Samuel Adams Grapefruit Rebel IPA
From Samuel Adams – Brewed with real grapefruit – California-grown Star Ruby and Star Rio – Rebel Grapefruit IPA hits the palate with a juicy citrus punch. These grapefruits are known for their thicker peel, and during the brewing process the peel is added in the kettle to give the beer a tart, sharp character. Before the beer is filtered, grapefruit juice is added for a sweet juiciness and to round out the bitterness from the peel. The grapefruit amps up the citrus and fruit notes of the four hop varieties, including Mosaic hops, which impart the tropical, citrus notes at the forefront of this beer.
Samuel Adams – Samuel Adams Grapefruit Rebel IPA – 16 oz. can poured into a pint glass. 6.3% abv.
Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellow gold with a remarkable head that retains.
Aroma: As expected, grapefruit oils. Nothing else.
Taste: Sweetened grapefruit. Very authentic. Juniper, mild grassy hops. Neutral yeast profile. Slightly sweet pale malt. Could use a little more hop bitterness/presence for my liking.
Mouthfeel: Juicy, full bodied. Average carbonation.
Overall: This tasted fairly fresh and juicy. This is very fruit forward, so imagine a strong radler and that’s what you have here, rather than an IPA with an extra grapefruit kick.