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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)

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85
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
"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!"

(Beer added by: BrewMonkey on 07-18-2008)
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +32.6%

02-26-2012 05:54:02 | More by Rocketman8911
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hopshopshops

California

5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, obviously, in not retired. At least not as of Dec 26, 2010.

I won't go too far with this as I had two beers prior and the better part of a meal, but I can't remember enjoying a beer more than this. Perfect mouth feel, and while sweet (and maybe suitable as this was almost an after dinner beer), not overly sweet. The hop taste and hop bitterness was rather subdued for a DIPA, but every sip was like when you have a perfect bite of lobster, or steak, or sashimi, or truffle or whatever your passion.

I will try this again soon and update if my recollection is skewed due to circumstances.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 22:47:33 | More by hopshopshops
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arrowh

California

4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amber, cloudy since this was on cask; thick, frothy head. Great hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. Layers of hop flavor followed by caramel and yeasty bread. Silky cask-induced mouthfeel. This beer is made for being cask-conditioned--much better balanced than the regular tap version. The lower carbonation level lets all the flavors and nuance come through. Hops still dominate, but not overpowering. Sublime!

Serving type: cask

12-17-2013 00:18:20 | More by arrowh
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Snow81

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-30-2014 02:43:45 | More by Snow81
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madtrixter787

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-09-2014 15:08:25 | More by madtrixter787
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

05-03-2014 02:16:36 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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abecall98

California

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed me a case of this stuff. Sharing a couple bottles with MarkyMark88.

A - Pours beautifully. The beer is clear, amber tint. The head is white and fluffy. This is how DIPA's should look IMO.

S - The beer is least dominant in this area. Still good, but not very powerful. The nose gets hints of mango, slight grapefruit, and a noticeable sweet maltiness.

T - Very good. The hops come through at first. I taste nice blend of citrus, and pine, and some of the simcoe stuff too. The sweetness from the malt is also present, though less subdued than in the nose. No alcohol presence, and given it's 8.2% abv., that's a great thing.

M - The beer is not intensely carbonated, but fits the DIPA style just right. Although less than average carbonation, it does not hurt the beer. The beer is a very sticky one. It leaves a lasting flavor.

O - very nice beer from Rubicon. My friends and I were all very pleased with it. Worth a try if you want something on the west coast, that is a little more east coast.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:06:19 | More by abecall98
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Choop

California

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goldenbrown in color with a great fine lacing, if you like DIPAs then this is for you.

A CRAZY amount of hoppiness and a smooth mouthfeel lead to a nice puckering finnish. I'm a big hop guy so I really fell for this beer.

Cheers to Glenn at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA for tapping another fine brew!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 02:01:12 | More by Choop
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Tripphop

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:08:56 | More by Tripphop
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BrewMonkey

California

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2008 03:48:30 | More by BrewMonkey
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beerbrewerdan

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2008 17:45:53 | More by beerbrewerdan
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jkroese

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-23-2014 00:55:43 | More by jkroese
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-03-2014 16:07:03 | More by GClarkage
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opwog

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now listening to: African Head Charge - Depth Charge

A- True amber color, short head
S- fruit and sugary malt
T- Bold hops with lots of sticky malt to back it up (or maybe lots of sticky malt with bold hops to back it up). Some fruit in the aftertaste.
M- This is a mouthful of beer. A very nice mouthful. Not for the faint of heart
D- This was a nice surprise from Rubicon. I had visited there close to 15 years ago and it was "OK," but this was the first time since then that I found myself sitting in front of one of their beers. Very nice!

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2008 00:18:25 | More by opwog
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Popp24

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-01-2012 15:21:33 | More by Popp24
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 15:51:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Floydster

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass at Rubicon Brewing Company on 8/9/08, reviewed from notes, also more recently had a glass at Beachwood BBQ, 3000 batches of beer is quite the accomplishment for this small Sacramento brewery

A-Color was a mix between amber and medium orange, small 1/3 inch creamy white head, went away quickly, lacing or retention were not impressive
S-Lots of hops with pine, citrus, and floral, candied sugar, lemons, grapefruit, some sweet malt, resin, and soap
T-Starts off with some subtle hops, then there is lots of caramel malt in the middle, some chewy accents as well, finish and aftertaste is full of pine and citrus, pine is the most appealing part and shines through at the beginning more than when it warmed, did not get sweet until the last sip or two, nicely balanced, strong and appealing warming sensation as well
M-Medium bodied, quite thick for a double IPA, dry, boozy, and slick mouthfeel, nice amount of carbonation, taste lingers
D-Could not drink too much of this because of its ABV mainly, still drinkable for its style, although heavy at times, alcohol could be hidden better too

Probably the best beer I have had from this brewery, had good timing finding this up north and in Seal Beach, their IPA is decent and this was much better, would like to drink again if possible, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 19:40:15 | More by Floydster
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jeffjeff1

California

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap yesterday at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy, golden color, not much head

Smell- mostly hops

Taste- hops but well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Really good. It was delicious on tap and had a great hops flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 18:28:39 | More by jeffjeff1
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Auraan

Arizona

4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 06:43:38 | More by Auraan
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lsummers

California

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at my local craft bar, it's a very nice cloudy reddish orange with some nice lacing, not really a head to be seen here.

Smells of the faint citrus cascade hops, not the most distinguished quality, which is why I was surprised when the taste hit me. First off, I loved the caramel hoppy almost grapefruit character. It carries through with a pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, if this were a bit less sticky it would be a perfect flavorful summer dipa.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 01:12:40 | More by lsummers
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whatthehull

California

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted may 27th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - translucent copper, two finger white head and some nice lacing

S - citrus, candy, alcohol, pungent yeast, citrus, mangos, pungent in all smells

T - a bit boozy, sweet, sugary, lots of malt, toasted, sweet yeast, citrus, pine, sap and slightly soapy/floral

M - chewy, high acidity, very very bitter, very long finish and quite a bit bitter

D - this beer is awesome...BUT super bitter! Not your everyday IPA, but drinks very well for those bitter hop heads

Final thought - at $4 and 8+ ABV, why not?

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 17:14:20 | More by whatthehull
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Phelps

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance: blood orange-like. Poured into a tulip glass, Hopsauce is an almost perfectly clear ruby-orange, topped with a small clumps of sticky, off-white bubbles.
The nose: biting. A good swirl of the grass reveals the full force of the brew's hop payload -- heavy citrus pith, grassy spice, weed-like dankness. Hints of honey and some cheesy funk are all that's there to balance.

The flavor: constantly improving. When colder, the beer's a little muted, showing just occasional flashes of the greatness promised by the aroma. The promise is fulfilled as the brew warms, however -- flavors of grass, weed, crackers, burnt sugar and booze increase in accordance with temperature. At around 60 degrees, this beer is a 100-IBU beast.

The body: medium, viscous, sugary. Moderate carbonation prickles the tongue while the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The overall impression: gives new meaning to the phrase "hopped up on the sauce." The hopheads shall be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 19:53:30 | More by Phelps
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mikechance

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 15:34:48 | More by mikechance
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dougieboy

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-28-2014 15:07:42 | More by dougieboy
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine hops with some earthiness.

Tastes of spicy hops with a solid malt base. Hops charge in with notes of pine and some citrus and solid earthy spice throughout. Comes through quite bitter. Some fruitiness comes on the end and adds a little depth along with some caramel sweetness. Not sweet enough to balance the hops though, but I like it like that. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an above average DIPA, but I feel like at 8%, they could tweak the recipe a little and have an outstanding single IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:31:11 | More by ocelot2500
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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.