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IPA - Rubicon Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-21-2003)
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Reviews by bbb099:
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bbb099

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear, orange golden color. Average amount of white-colored head. Quite typical of most IPAs.

S - Piny hops and a small amount of citrus. Some yeast aroma present as well.

T - Citrus hops up front followed by the bitter, musky piny hops. Malt flavors are present throughout. Did not finish quite clean however, it has a tiny amount of unpleasant aftertaste (fishy).

M - Medium body, nice amount of carbonation.

O - Pretty good for the price, not much to write home about though. Decent value, but I would fork over the extra $2-3 per bottle for a better IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 21:06:38 | More by bbb099
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PickwickHopz

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-12-2014 20:00:47 | More by PickwickHopz
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dads_basement

Yukon (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-29-2014 15:30:50 | More by dads_basement
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper-bronze coloring with a dense, foamy, big bubbled, off-white head with good cling and staying power. Aromas of sweet caramel, tropical fruits, tart grapefruit, and a subtle resinous character. Flavors are smooth, with a tropical (pineapple and mango) and citrus (grapefruit and orange) blend forward, a roasted and richly sweet caramel backbone, and a solid bitter and resinous hops characteristic at the end. Tangy and bitter throughout, with the tart citrus notes to cut through. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a tangy sweet and dank, bitter aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slick, with a solid bitter resinous linger. Tasty and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 20:29:40 | More by GarthDanielson
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-10-2014 00:58:45 | More by GRG1313
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arizcards

Arizona

3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Total Wine back in early March for $1.99. No visible freshness date.

Beer poured orange with a nice white bubbly head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is grainy with some light citrus hops.

Taste is grainy up front and heavy on the grapefruit on the back end. Lingering hop oil in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall this is an OK representation of the IPA style. Very bitter in the finish which is good if that is what you are seeking. For the price point there are many other IPA's i would buy before this one. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 22:27:21 | More by arizcards
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aparabola

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18%

05-24-2014 03:18:45 | More by aparabola
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-18-2014 05:37:15 | More by mhaugo
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beertraveler13

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-18-2014 23:41:17 | More by beertraveler13
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-18-2014 04:29:08 | More by Beerlover
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sommersb

Tennessee

2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 04-11-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 02-14-14
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Clear copper-hued beer with a huge cream-colored head. Features very good retention and a ton of lacing.

S: Aromas include light, floral hops and an uninviting vegetable smell that I hope doesn't carry through to the taste.

T: Well, sadly the vegetable notes in the smell are also in the taste. I get hoppy bitterness and also this harsh, vegetable-like taste.

M: Medium in body, with an astringent aftertaste.

O: Overall a difficult beer to finish. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or if this is how it's supposed to taste, but it was pretty bad. I'd try it again one day to see if maybe the next is better, but as-is I can't recommend it.

Thanks go to Craig for this one, even though I wasn't crazy about it!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 19:46:28 | More by sommersb
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dwtyler

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-01-2014 04:24:08 | More by dwtyler
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Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-23-2014 17:53:47 | More by Pug
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-20-2014 20:13:18 | More by harpus
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gefinley

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-26-2014 05:15:28 | More by gefinley
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Ilovebeer1549

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-12-2014 04:19:54 | More by Ilovebeer1549
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ronniebruner

Arizona

3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a nice copper color. Upon opening of the bottle, the aroma was very strong grassy hops. The beer had the right amount of foam, lace and head and had the typical high hop taste of modern American IPAs. The mouthfeel left a tinge of hops that lingered on the tongue for quite some time. Overall I would say this beer is slightly above average for an IPA and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 04:21:51 | More by ronniebruner
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grubefresh

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-30-2014 06:21:23 | More by grubefresh
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-05-2014 02:57:15 | More by jaydoc
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trevordglenn

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-04-2014 07:58:32 | More by trevordglenn
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Schwegler

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-23-2013 21:17:12 | More by Schwegler
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18%

12-15-2013 20:47:15 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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Hopster916

California

3/5  rDev -18%

10-23-2013 02:28:46 | More by Hopster916
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John_M

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub the other day.

The beer pours copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as always, with considerable dry citrus and leafy tobacco to bouy the moderate malty sweetness. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the beer showing pretty decent bitterness and good balance. There's a decent amount of sweet malt in this beer, but it has sufficient bitterness to counter and balance that malty sweetness very well. The finish is fairly long , and there's good bitterness at the end. The beer comes across as almost heavy on the palate after a glass of the monkey knife fight, but for all that, this is a very drinkable, completely uncomplicated IPA.

Have drunk quite a lot of this IPA over the years and have always been a fan. While it doesn't excite me the way it did when I first sampled it back in 89 (and when the beer was winning gold medals at the GABF), this is still an enjoyable, always dependable IPA. Very glad to have the opportunity to sample it again after all these years.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 00:31:01 | More by John_M
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

08-29-2013 17:56:02 | More by GraduatedCashew
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IPA from Rubicon Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.