Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +31.6%
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.
01-05-2011 22:47:33 | More by hopshopshops
4.68/5 rDev +23.2%
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!
12-17-2013 00:18:20 | More by arrowh
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
05-07-2011 03:06:19 | More by abecall98
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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!!
02-24-2010 02:01:12 | More by Choop
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
05-25-2011 01:08:56 | More by Tripphop
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
07-18-2008 03:48:30 | More by BrewMonkey
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
08-29-2008 17:45:53 | More by beerbrewerdan
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
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!
08-22-2008 00:18:25 | More by opwog
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
07-12-2011 15:51:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
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
08-28-2008 19:40:15 | More by Floydster
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
02-15-2010 18:28:39 | More by jeffjeff1
4.14/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
12-26-2013 06:43:38 | More by Auraan
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
05-05-2012 01:12:40 | More by lsummers
Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
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