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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BrewMonkey on 07-18-2008

"Hop Sauce 8.2%
A nice golden color with aromas of pine,
citrus and some earthy spice notes was
created using 1800 lbs of English pale
malt and over 100 lbs of hops! Hopsauce
is full of hop flavor at about 100 IBUs.
This is what hop lovers dream about.
Get hopped up on the sauce!"
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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 140
Reviews by BrewMonkey:
Photo of BrewMonkey
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: This is a celbration ale, the 3000th brew at Rubicon, congrats! By their math that's over 7 million pints, and I'm sure I had a good number of them. While the bartender originally told me it was 10% ABV, it's actually 8.9% according to the brewery literature. It also incorporates 12!!! different varieties of hops including a 10 pound dry hopping addition.

Served in a 10 oz pour.

Wow, talk about an appropriate name for a beer! This is like drinking juiced hops. Pours golden to amber with light white head that recedes fairly quickly. Aroma is intense with hoppy goodness, lots of citrus, a bit of pine and some grassiness. Slight hint of alcohol in the nose, but not much.

Taste follows the aroma with intense citrusy hop flavor and a bitterness that's not overly palate destroying, which is nice. Smooth mouthfeel, a slight hint of oilyness but not cloying, finishes clean and bitter.

Fantastic brew, hope they do it again. (938 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a light orange in color and very clear with a moderate head.

Smell – The hoppy pine resin is abundant here with no malt to speak of.

Taste – The malts are absent at the taste as well and the hop flavor, while huge, is one-dimensional pine.

Mouthfeel – This is way too light for a DIPA, maybe medium-bodied at best, but has some incredibly satisfying dryness.

Drinkability – This really is like hop juice. It’s thin, almost like water, but extremely hoppy. It is not a true double though. (524 characters)

Photo of beerbrewerdan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper to amber color with hops and sugar in the nose with hints of dark cherry. Definitely more hops than the IPA. The alcohol lurks, but remains stealthy. Flavor is malty and rich. This is a dessert beer that skirts the barleywine style. The hops win out in the flavor with Chinook and other high alpha acid hops presenting that deep hop character that is so lovable. The malt puts up a very good fight in the flavor. This is definitely not a dry beer by any stretch. Bitterness plays nice and doesn't dominate. I'm sure there is plenty of bitterness, but the balance makes it all work out. 10 ounces is not enough. I considered bribing the bartender for a full pint. (674 characters)

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of the Rubicon Brewing Company and this beer didn't disappoint. I knew this was going to be something special as I started to pour it into my pint glass. A very beautiful orange/rust color, thick head and lots of hop scents including grapefruit and other citrus notes. The taste is all you want from a big IPA --- huge hops, full bodied and lots of interesting characteristics. This is a very dry beer and you’ll want to drink more and more to quench your thirst. It’s a good problem and beer! (511 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Runofthemiller
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange 2” off white foam cap
S: citrusy, grassy hops
T: Starts malty, then the hops come on board followed by a burst of orange to apricot, hints of pineapple, some caramel in the background and a long lingering grapefruit rind bitter finish.
F: Creamy, very fine soft carbonation, medium full body.
O: The interaction of fruit, caramel malt and hop flavors is well balanced and exquisite. (403 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle

Acquired via Uncle Larry!

A dark, caramel amber with not a lot of head and not a lot of carbonation. Little lacing. Unimpressive.

An impressively hoppy aroma. Some citrus aromas, some biting alcohol, and caramel malt. Not particularly interesting and relatively one-note, but certainly hoppy.

The taste actually follows the nose almost exactly. Some citrus, a lot of caramel malt, a lot of hop bitterness, and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Not quite enough carbonation, and I think with more, it would greatly improve this beer. As is, there's not enough carbonation to properly cope with the harshness from the alcohol. Not incredibly drinkable, though this beer actually is tasty.

A tasty DIPA brought down by it's mouthfeel and its lack of appropriate carbonation. (781 characters)

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 11th DIPA festival. Back then it was only 8.2% abv and clocking in at 80 IBU.

Great appearance, massive clarity coming out of a glowing yellow and tangerine orange colored beer with a thin egg shell white head to it. Big deep piney aroma, complimented with an almost equally deep orange citrus component. Hits all the points aroma wise.

Lots of sweet caramel in the taste, of course, the hopping is through the roof and allows for a hop resin chewiness to be its predominant quality versus just a bunch of bitterness.

Pretty amazing on tap. Cut through a lot of lesser dipas that day. Just gotta be careful of this one getting too sweet, as that is its only negative characteristic, one that is likely to get even more difficult to swallow as the beer ages. But fresh, it hides the alcohol, and the sweetness to a lesser degree, very well. (859 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear gold with a thin white head that receded to a thin ring leaving some lacing down the glass. Standard for a DIPA. Scents of citrus peel, tropical fruit, mango, pine resin and caramel malt. As it warms some earthy and funky aromas come out alongside some overripe fruit. Not the most complex aroma amongst West Coast DIPAs, but good and true to form. Flavor begins with strong pine resin bitterness that remains present throughout the sip and aftertaste. Prominent flavors of citrus peel, citrus pith, some fruit flavors, spicy hops, some earthy hops and a hint of caramel malt in the background, though rather subdued. A very hop forward beer. Alcohol is detectable in the background. A rather dry finish. A little sweeter as it warms, though not much. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a semi-drying mouthfeel. Not as heavy bodied and stick as most DIPAs, a little watery and light, but quite drinkable. The mouthfeel allows the hops to be the center of the beer. Overall this is a good DIPA due to its hop-forward nature. Its not as balanced or complex as other West Coast DIPAs, without the usual sticky and sweet malt flavors and feels. But if you like hops, this is a good beer, as the hops are the star of the beer. (1,259 characters)

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dougieboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Snow81
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of jkroese
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of tclipse
3.64/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of head on a clear, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a wonderful mixture of orange, mango and grapefruit.
The taste has moderate to strong pine bitterness throughout with peeks of pineapple sweetness to balance it out.
The texture has soft edges with moderate carbonation.
It's loaded with bitterness at around 100 IBUs but still retains great flavor. (373 characters)

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Dales Pale Ale shaker from a 22oz bottle. Clean amber color, completely filtered. A Finger of creamy off-white head. Nose of citrus hops, some sort of medicinal artificial smell and an overpowering booze scent for 8.2%. A little bit of citrus and a big pow of pine and booze on the mouth. Very very bitter. Overly so with no malt backbone. Way too boozy. Mouthfeel is creamy, not bad. Not impressed. (414 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color in the glass with wispy white head. Carbonation is mellow, bubbles stick around the glass and leave a decent lacing. Aromas of sappy pine, syrup, and hops. Flavor is boozy, rich and hoppy. Slick sweet mouthfeel with a big bittering finish. Nice balance and hop intensity, very piney. Solid brew overall, need more hops on the east coast. (356 characters)

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
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