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Samuel Adams Rebel Raw
Boston Beer Company
10% ABV
Beer Geek Nation Rating: B+

Our brewers are really excited to announce that Rebel Raw, a big, hoppy double IPA with a 10% ABV and 100 IBUs, is now on shelves!

Rebel Raw is a limited release with a 35 day shelf life. IPA lovers can only find it in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
We brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel to create a huge hop character bursting with citrus, floral, spice, and resinous pine notes. Imagine burying your nose in a pile of fresh hop cones – that’s what you’ll experience when you sip Rebel Raw.

Because this is such an aggressively hop-forward brew, freshness is critical. Hop character diminishes over time, and we want IPA-lovers to enjoy this brew as fresh as possible in order to experience the optimal range of hop flavors and aromas.

So, if you find it, DRINK IT IMMEDIATELY to enjoy that fresh hop aroma and flavor. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

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35 thoughts on “Samuel Adams Rebel Raw (Heady Topper Killer?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    I absolutely hated this beer. Big miss from Sam Adams IMO. Review going up soon.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    So if you hate IPAs like Sculpin, this is the perfect IPA? Rogness Brewing (the same couple also own Austin Homebrew Supply) make a triple IPA called Titanoboa that matches your description of Rebel Raw and it's basically my gold standard for IPAs.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    i can't get myself to drink a sam adams, not with all the choices i have, just can't do it.

    prost

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Enjoy your vids but stop the link bait. This was nowhere near a heady killer based off the vid.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    I bought a 4 pack of this a few weeks ago (in Boston), and for some reason was equally let down–haven't even finished the other 2 yet, still sitting in the fridge. I was excited to think that it would be as super hop forward as Maine, Trillium, and others as you mentioned–but it just tastes like a heavier Rebel IPA. Smells too sweet on the nose, and the hops (ironically) seem to get lost somewhere.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    For a brewery with the resources of Sam Adams, is it that difficult to clone NE style IPAs? I don't know much about the brewing process, but it seems like it shouldn't be impossible to find a NE style IPA outside of NE! I'm in the Bay Area, and nothing I've tried resembles the beers I've had from Tree House; why? Too expensive? Just charge more!

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    I'd heard they were making a big deal about it having a 37 day expiration date, and were implying no one else was willing to do that, and distributers were giving them a lot of blowback about it. I was like, have they not heard of Enjoy By? Or are they just hoping no one else has heard of Enjoy By? I mean, it's distributed in 40 states, so I found this to be dubious.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Happy new years chris!! Are you going to do a Top Ten Beers of 2015? Cheers!

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    If this would have been a micro brewery beer you would have gave it an A. Don't knock the beer because Sam Adams brews it.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    agreed on the sweetness. if they knock it down to ~8% and dry it out, it would be a home-run.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    where did they say "drink from the can"?

    I've tried to find it and I can't

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  • January 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    I sure hope they ship that out to Calif!! there's not enough "good" east coast beers out here. I'm sure I'll be fine if not….. Cheers Cris, Happy New Year

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