Sam Adams has announced with the nationwide launch of Rebel Grapefruit IPA in bottles and cans. Drinkers first got a taste of this IPA back in November when it was released on draft, and the brewers are now offering it year-round in bottles and cans.
Brewed with real grapefruit – California-grown Star Ruby and Star Rio – Rebel Grapefruit IPA has a juicy citrus flavor. These grapefruits are known for their thick peels, the company says, 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.
Four hop varieties, including Mosaic hops, impart the tropical, citrus notes at the forefront of this beer. In addition to Mosaic hops, three other hop varieties are added at different stages of the brewing process for even more hop flavor and aroma. The resulting beer is bright, with a juicy tartness complemented by the hops:
· Mosaic (kettle & dry-hopping): Sweeter fruit notes of Mandarin orange, pineapple and grapefruit, with hints of eucalyptus
· Centennial (dry-hopping): Medium citrus, intensely floral with hints of wood
· Cascade (kettle): Citrus and grapefruit with subtle floral balance
· Citra (kettle): Strong citrus, tropical fruit and slightly floral
Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is available nationwide on draft, in six-packs of bottles for a suggested retail price of $7.99-$9.99, and in 16 oz. cans for a SRP of $1.99-$2.49. The beer will also be available in the upcoming Pack of Rebels Variety Pack for $15.99-$18.99. Price varies by market.