IPA - Rubicon Brewing Company

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2003

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Photo of beerbrewerdan
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat cloudy copper orange. The bartendress suggested the beer was unfiltered. Very nice grass and citrus nose. Flavor hits with hops. Bitterness is subdued and the malt is present though slightly drying at the end. Could drink a lot of this. Short review for a very good beer.

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise in an un-hyped, plain bottle. Pours orangy-gold with a frothy white head. Clean pine hop aroma, with some citrus, a la the west coast style. Great taste of grapefruit and oranges. Bit of bread in the back a is a slight resiny tang. Dry finish. Nice.

Photo of mattffrost
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass

Appearance Beer is a mostly clear amber/orange color. Head is whtie. Middle head dissolves quickly leaving outer head staying around outside of glass.

Smell Hoppy Citrus, Sweet Malt, earthy grass smells.

Taste Sweet up front, does not finish vey bitter. Not an abundance of hops. Nice citrus flavor, I would say a very mild American IPA. I have had better and worse, it's a good solid beer.

Mouthful Low carbonation, not really hoppy a nice mild American IPA.

Drinkablity Nice aroma and flavors makes this a nice mild American IPA nothing over the top.

Photo of ehammond1
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Acquired via Uncle Larry!

A beautiful clear and dark amber with a big khaki head. Lots of nice lacing down the glass. Incredibly pretty.

Not an aromatic IPA, which is one of my favorite aspects of a good IPA. Some mild hoppiness, and this beer is certainly balanced well by a certain malt presence, but it's just boring and average.

A little bit more hop bite and a citrus twang in the flavor, but overall a very balanced, unaggressive, relatively uninteresting, yet drinkable IPA.

Medium mouthfeel, ample carbonation.

A decent IPA, but nothing at all special. Drinkable and tasty, but nothing really in particular memorable or special.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored liquid, looks like it has a little more viscosity, might be in for a caramel malt bomb, but being that this is Rubicon, who has shown the ability to deliver good west coast hoppy beers, I dunno. Smell was a little subdued, pithy notes of citrus can be picked up, but they aren't as sharp as they should be.

Usual suspects in the taste, bitterness, caramel, mild sweetness. Hops just aren't out in the forefront like I hoped for. No bottle date, who knows how old this is, especially when purchased at a Bevmo. Really came off similar to most run of the mill to decent ipa's out there. Does Rubicon just make extra special batches for Bistro's hop events, or did I just get a less than desireable aged ipa bottle?

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright orange amber with a white 3 finger head. Good retention. Leaves behind a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Aromas are a bit musty, but notes of peppery spice, pine and a touch of citrus cut through.

Taste - Follows the nose. A lot of piney hops, with notes of pepper and just a touch of grapefruit resin. A subtle, tea like quality sits below all this.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation is on point.

Overall - A good, but not great IPA. Kinda dirty. Hops aren't quite as aggressive as some of the standard bearers on the market. Probably wouldn't buy again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What should really be said here? Rubicon's IPA is a very straightforward amber-colored American style IPA. It has an aroma of citrusy Cascade hops combined with softly sweet biscuity and caramelish malts. The flavor is basically the same with some more pine-like hop character (it's a bit floral as well). It's solidly bittered but balanced. If anything, it could be a bit more refined (the bitterness does tend to stick at the back of the throat), but as it is, it's still far more in-check than many of the examples on the market today. A straightforward, balanced, and drinkable American IPA.

Photo of MiScusi
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Right off the bat this beer reminds me of Ballast Point Big Eye IPA in almost every regard. The appearance is similar- a golden-amber-orange color. The smell is similar- floral yet distinctively sweet malt. The taste is similar, has a big malt backbone that I don't normally see in IPA's, except by East Coast brewers who don't dry their IPA's out as much as most West Coast brewers. It delivers a nice floral hop flavor with a moderate resiny bitterness... went well with my chili and spicy nachos but overall the malt is just a bit too much here for me to really love it.

Photo of HalfFull
2.09/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A golden orange into a large wine glass I pour ye, with a half inch of off white head. Fair retention and lacing. Looks rather rich.

Orangey, buttery, sweet, bit skunky in fact on the nose. No hops in the house, how is this an IPA? This beer reminds me of Union Jack (in the bottle) but isn't as good. Is it possible the beer was just very old and the hops had broken down? Maybe, but I didn't get that impression. There were some cryptic markings but nothing I could interpret as for freshness.

Back to the smell. A rich sugary citrus oil odor emanates, not my favorite though apparently there are many fans. Similar to some Firestone offerings in that regard.

Taste follows with a buttery texture, rich and syrupy. Bitterness is cloaked on the finish as are hops on the nose by the sweetness.

Feel and Drink, yeah, OK.

This beer is like a dumb blonde to me. She's pretty and all but the reality comes hard and it comes fast. If you like the Cascade/Crystal combo with a rich buttery diacetyl flavor then I would consider this an average Pale Ale. Yet this is a strange one in the IPA world.

Photo of Troyone
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy off copper color, on the lighter side, with a half" off white head and has some carb action.

I could smell the florals right when I opened the bottle. Sweet florals of pine and a carmel aroma.

There is a medium bitter grapefruit taste with a hint of English Tea and background of caramel malt.

The medium bodied mouthfeel has crisp carbonation with a very tolerable slight astringent finish.

This is brewed at a different place than their Brewpub. The IPA on tap at the Rubicon Brewpub is excellent and their flagship beer. I'm a Hophead so this is a session beer for me.

Photo of Tripphop
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trade extra thanks to Loki83.

Color is crystal clear with a bright golden hue.
Head is nice and frothy, clings and clumps all over the glass.
Aromas are of pine needles, hop resin, and cat pee. (kinda looks like cat pee)
Taste is bursting with hoppy goodness. Flavors of orange, lemon, pine, grass, and herbs.
Finish is lasting with a dry tangy hop-pucker. Great for the style, classic Cali IPA.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Came with a solid one finger creamy head in a perspiring pint glass. A golden color with good clarity. A thick, creamy off white head. Good lacing.

S - Very good fresh hop aroma. Citrus and a touch of pine to is. Slight sweet malt to round it out.

T - Very good hoppy flavor to this IPA. Lots of Grapefruit. Good sweet malt backbone. Finish is bitter and dry. Awesome IPA.

M - Good Medium Body, right amount of carbonation.

D - This is a very well rounded IPA. The best cure in a pitcher to a long week. The bottled version is a touch less impressive then on tap. So if your in the Sac area it is best to stop by the Brewery.

Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Mauerhan....thanks Topher!

A- Poured into my Bell's pint glass. Nice golden orange color with some slight haze to it. Good one and a half finger pretty white head. Left good amounts of lacing on the side that look like they are clinging on for dear life.

S- Nice bitter earthy hop aroma to it. Pick up on a little grapefruit as well. Some sweet malts can be picked up on the undertones of this beer along with a slight hint of alcohol as well. Nothing to overpowering but it lets you know it's in there.

T- Some of the hops have begun to fade but holy shit the first taste I took I puckered my lips a little from the bitterness. Good stuff for sure! The big bitter hops take full charge right off the bat and it's like a battering ram knocking up against your palate. The malts come through a little more in the middle of the taste which I think is nice but I'm sure if this was alittle fresher that wouldn't be there. I personally am glad it is. The ending of this beer has some more hops to it but not quite as bitter as the first taste would suggest. Kind of a one trick pony but at the same time it's a little more complex than that. Good clean taste overall though.

M- This is a medium mouthfeel beer. The carbination is dead on making this beer neither dance or walk across the palate. More like it floats it across. I enjoy it a lot. The hops make their residence on your tounge shortly after you swallow the beer. Nice clean hop aftertaste.

D- This beer is pretty good with some age on it. I would like to try on tap to get the full feel for it but a nice add to the IPA world as a whole. Good job guys!

Photo of Tiffany88
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Rubicon restaurant on Capitol Ave. With a spinach salad.

A- Light gold brown color, with practically no head (white foam).

S- nice sweet aroma of hops with earthy tones and a slight citrus.

T- nice strong robust hops, but it didn't seem to have much of a kick to it. the bitterness seemed to overpower the beer.

M- light to slightly medium pallet, with a vague hint of carbonation.

O- an ok IPA. The way it was served on tap it really wasn't at my preferred temp (I like my IPAs really cold), but all in all it was decent at best.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a remarkably clear, amber color into my SA Perfect Pint. Honestly, I have not seen such a clean, clear beer in a long time (reminds me of a macro poured into a glass). Achieves about two fingers of head that leaves decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Citrus, floral, passion fruit, hops, and pine. This IPA has a very great nose to it. A slight malty end to the initial inhale. This, though lower key, reminds me just a bit of what the Oracle smelled like. Definitely fruity, definitely "juicy".

Taste - Damn, not bad, not bad at all. I'm guessing the few prior reviews had an older bottle. The one I have is about three weeks old. Honestly...I am really impressed. I sit here and as it warms, the taste keeps getting better. An initial burst of passion fruit such, pineapple, orange, and ripe grapefruit. Slight almost non-existent bitterness but this does NOT mean it has a huge malty backbone. It is an, in my opinion, extremely balanced beer. After the initial citrus burst there is a slight moment of piney/hoppy goodness which fades to the malty/sweeter backbone (but not 90 min sweet...ick). Extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy body. Can you say creamy? I haven't felt a body like this on an IPA since the Oracle which is a DIPA and 3.5% more ABV. This has a very thick, chewy mouthfeel that feels utterly amazing.

Drinkability - Hell yes. I am going back tomorrow and picking up at least two more bombers. There is zero alcohol taste. This is, for sure, a more "fruity" and balanced IPA. This is not a sweet IPA though. I enjoy two "styles" of D/IPA which are either somewhat bitter (PtE and PtY) and then the more "fruity" ones (The Oracle and now this). I really am extremely impressed by this beer and how balanced and flavorful it is. Oh, the best part? THREE FIFTY. Are you kidding me? This is cheaper than a bomber of Hop Stupid. Un-freaking-believable. I really can't get over how surprised I am with this beer. Bravo Rubicon!

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a tight, white head that little bits of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts and a bit of grassy hops.

Tastes of the grassy hops with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with lemon, pine, and grassy notes. Moderately bitter. Malts cut through the hops with some caramel sweetness and some toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent IPA, but doesn't really stand out amongst its competitors.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A newly bottled option, picked up in September 2007 at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. for $3.49 (22 oz). I've had this one on tap at the brewery on several occasions over the past 4-5 years, and always enjoyed it.

Pours a medium orange-golden, very clear, with minimal head or carbonation.

Aroma of flowery, slightly oily hops. Flavors follows through, with a grapefruit citrus dancing with a light sweetness. Decent tasting, an IPA I'm happy to drink. Not intense, but solidly hoppy. Full rich mouthfeel for the style.

Good stuff.

Photo of JTahoe
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden amber with fluffy off-white head with decent lacing, moderate retention.

S - Very nice hop aroma, though fairly mellow with notes of tropical fruit, pine, and wild flowers. Nice bready background.even smelling some banana, like ripe fruit.

T - Blended hop flavors come through in a pleasing way, much like the smell with a twist of orange juice. Decent bitterness without overpowering. Yeasty bread flavor with some biscuit malts with a hint of caramel. Not very complex in character, but some good interest. Lingering aftertaste late in the finish borders on unpleasant in my opinion, but doesn't ruin the overall beer for me.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly drying in the finish.

D - Pretty good--not the best example of the style, but solid. Definitely worth trying. I would like to try this on tap.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - burnt orange color with a one-finger ivory head, not much retention as the head quickly dissipates, moderate lacing, a bit hazy

s - pretty reserved/weak, aroma, some orange and citrusy hop notes along with a mild biscuity malt aroma, hints of alcohol

t - big sweet orange burst up front with more citrus on the mid-palate mixing with a nice mildly sweet malty backbone, hop bitterness with a lingering caramel maltiness on the finish, not much alcohol evident

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty dry on the finish, slight alcohol warming

d - decent drinkability in that it's pretty easy on the palate for an IPA, but it's not all that interesting in flavor

Decent IPA overall, but nothing memorable. Worth a try if you see it on your store's shelves.

Photo of andythegief
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- great golden color, little head that dissipated quickly, no lacing to speak of.

S- not a very aromatic beer - faint lemon smell

T- lots of lemon from start to finish, a little grassy, Malty bread aftertaste

M- average carbonation - perfect for an IPA; sticky - flavor lasts quite a while.

O- very drinkable - goes down quick despite the lingering, sticky taste. Great IPA for a warm day in the sun. Great price too!! $3.50 for a bomber, $4.50 for a pint on tap, and $16 for a pitcher.

Photo of Murchmac
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like the mighty rubicon river that caeser crossed. This beer flows easily into a pint glass.

Big head, some lacing, that follows the glass down.

Malty sweet smell, some macro smell.

Hop taste, kinda watery, not sacramento river watery, but light.

Decent mouthfeel. Leaves a piney aftertaste.

Ok, dont go out of your way, but good.

Photo of baiser
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a very well made IPA. Has all the characteristics you look for - hoppy and piney, floral, sweet and fruity. A nice amount of bitterness which compliments the maltiness. Good balance, flavour and mouthfeel. Medium bodied, smooth and for me, really drinkable. I liked this IPA quite a bit.

Photo of Djedhead360
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear golden with a brown tint.Smell has a hoppy floral aroma with some malts.taste is a hoppy flavor citrus flavor . mouth feel is a little under carbonated it could have been sitting around a bit to long after i poured it. I think this is a nice hoppy IPA with good flavor definitely worth another taste.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - hazy orange with fluffy white head. The head was gone quickly but the lacing stuck around.

S - Piney Citric hops immediately. Some biscuity malt in the background.

T - Sweet tasty piney and citrusy hops with the biscuit malt. Nice toasted background. Bitter bite at the end.

M - Medium bodied that fits the beer well. Oily and slick from the hops but a dry aftertaste.

D - Perfect balance of everything I enjoy in an IPA.

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed orange amber color, your basic "IPA Orange" color. Small off-white head forms and falls.

Smell is sweet and malty for an AIPA. Muted citrus, pine and pineapple aromas and woody and tea bags scents. Smells muted to me.

The taste starts out neutral and woody with a sharp bitterness and a teabag astringent taste. Strong woody flavor and something that prickles the tongue that I am going to call astringency. Malt sticks around here and doesn't get over powered by hops.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is just so so. This beer just seems to be a bunch of parts and not a combined beer. Not something I will likely try again.

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IPA from Rubicon Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.