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IPA - Rubicon Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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164 Ratings
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a thin, wispy off-white head.

Smell: Caramel maltiness with some honeylike hints and scents of citrus and pine.

Taste: Caramel malts with a drizzle of honey and a medium level of sweetness. Forward hop flavors of citrus and pine. Moderate hop bitterness. Slightly acidic. Finishes expectantly dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not exactly the most memorable beer around, but it's still a solid representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 19:46:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber purchased from Joey poured into a nonic.

Pours somewhat murky rustic amber hue with a thin fluffy off-white head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Lacing leaves thin layers of webbing on the sides. Big citrus in the nose up front; grapefruit, lemon, oranges. I'm loving the smell, but I'm sure many would argue for a bit more of a malt presence. Taste is an interesting blend between rotten grapefruit and dirty earth flavors, not sure I really enjoy it. Some pine flavors emerge towards the end and linger in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a full medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Not a bad IPA, typical west coast offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 01:48:23 | More by BeerTruth
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Floydster

California

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber purchased from Cooke's Market in El Segundo for $3.79, split with my dad tonight

Poured into a Firestone pint glass with a golden orange color and 1/2 inch white soapy head, left pretty good amounts of lacing

Smell was full of pine and strong hop aromas, could also smell some toffee and small hints of sweet malt

Taste was dry and very nice, some citrus, oranges in particular, nice faint sweetness fades into a bitter finish, very similar to Rubicon's black IPA that I just had at Beachwood BBQ earlier this week, this one did not taste as strong, pretty standard IPA with a nice orange twist, charcoal-like aftertaste that I have learned to love

Could drink a couple bottles of this, no problem, pretty light on the stomach and about six percent alcohol is not bad at all

Recommended and generally cheap for a bomber, worth trying, great brewery from Sacramento, I am bumbed I did not discover their beer before, add another good IPA to my list of tastings this past year

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 03:14:23 | More by Floydster
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- About a 1 1/2" light tan head on a cloudy orange copper body.
S- Big grapefruit hop aroma, hints of lemon and oranges, and light pine. Just a huge hop aroma with some caramel hidden behind it.
T- Big hop flavor with a pretty decent balance of malt body. Grapefruit and light pine come through like in the aroma and leave a nice size bitterness all over the tongue.
M- Medium/thin body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a good west coast IPA. Not a whole lot to make it stand out from the crowd but just a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 21:45:39 | More by BlindPig
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at stone brewery and then again in a 22 oz bottle. Pours a nice copper/amber color with a nice 1/2 inch head. The foam died off over the course of a minute or so and laced the glass nicely. There were a few bubbles coming out of solution. The beer smelled of fresh hops and sweet malt, mostly hops though. The taste was half malt half hops with a good amount of bitterness, a little above average for an IPA. It was a bit less bitter out of the keg but who knows how old it was. The mouthfeel was good and thick. Very drinkable if you're a hop head. I'm going to get a case or so of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2007 04:59:52 | More by t0rin0
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Stoneman78

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a translucent deep dark orange with amber highlights, head is huge, white, creamy, and cumulus-like once dissipated, lacing is thin but sticky on the glass
S- Nice big hoppy profile, balanced by pine resin and grapefruit citrus, hints of bread and caramel in the back
T- Initial taste is big grapefruit and pine hops followed soon by a nice balance of caramel malts, tones of grass and floral hops, finishes with subtle dry and bitter hops
M- Light/medium bodied beer, oily texture coats the mouth, good carbonation
D- Solid and easy-drinking IPA with a hefty hop profile that is very well-balanced, good all-around IPA, I can't find many flaws with other than it lacks any particular boldness or craziness that is found in several other west coast IPAs
Buy Again? Probably
Personal Score- 85/100

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 22:49:10 | More by Stoneman78
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Westsidethreat

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean hammered copper color with a refined feel to it. Only a few bubbles spawn from the bottom of the glass. Head is fairly nice, good vanilla colored creaminess.

S: Good balance of grapefruit rind, pine tar and caramel.

T: Starts mildly fruity with nips of red fruits, old orange juice and aluminum. Bitterness comes on hard and unyielding, really attacking the tongue and not allowing the other flavors to come through. Little bit of pine and pear can be perceived through the bitterness. As the bitterness subsides, alcohol becomes present in an aloof sort of way. Finishes with some red apple and lingering dirty bitterness.

M: Very prickly.

D: This is an old school IPA, very different than the new, ultra-diverse IPA’s that are hitting the market now adays. This is a drinkable beer but totally outclassed by the new age brews hitting the market.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 01:30:23 | More by Westsidethreat
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Dukeofearl

California

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 01:50:23 | More by Dukeofearl
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Stone's Bistro in Escondido, CA

A- 1 finger white head with good retent, clear auburn brew, silky lace

S- caramel, hops, citrus, bready

T- hops dominate front to finish. grassy, leafy, earthy. bready and toasted malts, caramel, citrus rind at finish

M- medium body, slight hop abuse to palate, lingering hop after

D- very nice and decently balanced IPA, good flavor, nice mouth feel, and attractive, give this brew a try

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 02:18:11 | More by tonistruth
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Lucky Baldwin's IPA festival, June 2007
This beer is topped by a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deeply red, copper color. The aroma is fresh and hoppy with notes of clean, sweet citrus (made up of grapefruit and orange peel). Malty aromatics towards the end contribute notes of biscuits, soda crackers and perhaps a wisp of crystal malt / caramelized aromatics.

The flavor is quite bitter with lots of pine & menthol flavors that I did not notice in the nose. There is still an ample citrus character in the flavor; notes of sweet citrus, tangelo, lychee and grapefruit all play a role here. This beer has a good balance between the citrus hop notes and the sharper, herbaceous hop character. It also has a nice, lingering bitterness in the finish. It is fairly light bodied, which really helps it to be easy drinking. It does have a certain malty fullness to it that helps to carry the dominant hop flavors. I get a hint of caramelized malt sweetness and a hint of toasty malt character in the finish. I also like that this is fairly dry, though with enough sweetness to accentuate the citrus notes. The dry character helps to accentuate the biting bitterness and the herbal notes over the citrus character.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2007 04:42:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled 2 days earlier. Burnt copper color with large rocky head.

Huge pine aromas.

Toffee, caramel, and malty flavors provide a substantial malt backbone upfront. Grapefruit rind and pine resin dominate the palate. Finishes with large amount of IBUs (almost double IPA levels).

Medium bodied and very drinkable. My favorite beer produced by Rubicon Brewing Co. (and maybe my favorite beer produced in Sacramento).

Serving type: growler

04-29-2007 23:33:23 | More by bosco7
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fairly deep amber beer, creamy texture, and a piney aroma. Fairly bitter bite, but not particularly bold or aggressive. The taste reminds me of Jewish rye bread. Pine is the predominant hop flavor, with some old lady perfume and spicy cayanne pepper. Head retention is good throughout the beer; when it fades, it's easy to swirl one back up. Aftertaste is like bitter hops and hard water. Definately the best beer from this brewery, and a unique IPA. Not the greatest IPA, but it has its own thing going on, and could easily be distinguished in a lineup. Worth seeking out in the Sacramento area.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 16:56:31 | More by rayjay
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baiser

Massachusetts

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2005 04:21:02 | More by baiser
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warmstorage

California

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewpub about two dozen times in the last four months. My 3.0 ratings across the board actually surprised me, but this really is a very average IPA, and very average brewpub beer, from a place that can do better.

The Rubicon IPA is consistent, and good, but I think it used to be MUCH better in years past.

It's mildly hoppy (for IPA), apparently British style, medium-average copper, crisp (and served way too cold), medium carbonation. Not a lot of initial aroma (again, it's served quite cold), but as it warms up, hints of floral and citrus-spice, but again, definitely not as much as in other IPAs served on the West Coast.

It starts with a full hop floral presence, but is somewhat unbalanced, and the hop start doesn't deliver and turn into much. It finishes a little raw and over malty for style, and a little bitter (perhaps with a small hint of metallic.)

In years past (late 90s, early 2000s) it was hoppier, more floral, and less harsh-bitter in the finish. I don't know if it was reformulated, but it's not the first IPA I ever fell in love with. Then again, my tastes have developed quite a bit since I first had it, so that might well have something to do with it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2005 00:44:42 | More by warmstorage
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IPA from Rubicon Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.