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IPA - Rubicon Brewing Company

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of ronniebruner
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.

ronniebruner, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of grubefresh
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

grubefresh, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of trevordglenn
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

trevordglenn, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Schwegler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Schwegler, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3/5  rDev -18%

IchLiebeBierZu, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Hopster916
3/5  rDev -18%

Hopster916, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Tiffany88
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Tiffany88, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Nathans_86ed
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Nathans_86ed, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of smogfood
3/5  rDev -18%

smogfood, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of cjnuxoll
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

cjnuxoll, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber bottle ~4 months old

looks like your average ipa: orange color, filtered, khaki head, poor retention, better lacing. smells slightly like peach, with a lot of nature scents, grass, floral, and an odd hint of garbage juice. taste is like the smell but better. it starts bitter and grassy, sweet spiced marmalade middle, finishing with oak and alcohol.

Very average.

jimmah120, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +9.3%

mc4z, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Michael_DaBeers_IV
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Michael_DaBeers_IV, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Bnoise11, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

InfernoBoss, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Spaz7
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Spaz7, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jakecattleco, May 30, 2013
Photo of NickSMpls
4/5  rDev +9.3%

NickSMpls, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of camelgar
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

camelgar, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of casapy
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

casapy, Mar 22, 2013
IPA from Rubicon Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.