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Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
91
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Think "Grapefruit Radler on steroids" and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from this beer. Bold, yet refreshing, the tangy, fresh grapefruit combines with American hops for a citrus explosion, but the malt sweetness keeps things just barely in check. The hop bitterness by itself may be a little low for an IPA, but fortunately, the tartness of the citrus aids the overall perception resulting in a decidedly hoppy, bitter beer. There are some residual sugars, but the finish is dry with a lingering citric tartness.

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