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IPA - Rubicon Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 104 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bscalt
4/5  rDev +9.6%

bscalt, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bluetrevian, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Nage37, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of GarretD
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

GarretD, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of silentdonkey
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

silentdonkey, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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?

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of pandatron
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

pandatron, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of beerbellydaddy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

beerbellydaddy, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

HoistinBrews, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of SavageHopHead
1/5  rDev -72.6%

SavageHopHead, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Lorihall1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Lorihall1, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 22 oz bomber

A-pours a clear light copper color with a very nice beige head

S- was malts , bread and pine some tropical notes , caramel

T- malt forward with floral citrus hops ,grassy notes with baked bread middle a pine and citrus finish

M- medium carbonation,a touch of floral hops with a semi bitter finish

O- a good ipa but 2nd tier all the way did pack some good flavor for a 6.5%

gatornation, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of terence
3/5  rDev -17.8%

terence, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The hop tones on this are one dimensional and pedestrian. Slightly salty and very mildly earthy. But the consistency is nice. There is a touch of a citrus edge here that provides the only flavor diversion. Overall, it's s pretty nice ale. Nothing that's going to blow you away, but it's not too bad.

RblWthACoz, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of optimator705
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

optimator705, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

dmorgan310, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice foam on the orange amber brew. Poured in a tall glass, lots of lacing. Modestly carbonated in the mouth.

Fruity, flowery, and resiny flavors dominate over the bittering hops. Quite earthy and herbal. Medicinal aftertaste. Starts out nicer than it finishes. Rather woody and sets my teeth on edge. Pine sap and some spoiled fruit. Nice nose of pine boughs and fresh laundry. GEtting more and more bitter.

From the 22 oz bottle. Plenty of flavor for the modest alcohol content, and more richness in the body than many other more powerful IPAs.

mactrail, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slight malt finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells and is easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of IPApadawan
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and very smooth tasting IPA. I was very impressed by how rich it smelled and yet was so smooth for only being a 6.5% IPA. For people who are still trying to acquire the taste of IPA's I would highly recommend getting this one. I am still trying to get a bottle of the Hopsauce Double IPA.

IPApadawan, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of PSanger
3.25/5  rDev -11%

PSanger, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
Photo of mettkea
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

mettkea, May 24, 2012
Photo of Beermazter310
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Beermazter310, May 22, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

TheSixthRing, May 03, 2012
IPA from Rubicon Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.