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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 21.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnL9013
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I am a huge fan of double IPA's, and this one misses the mark on many fronts.

There's not much to like here, other than the hop level, which is just about right. This beer is both too malty, and too bitter, at the same time. It's like somewhere along the way they decided that adding a lot of bittering hops was a good strategy and then sweetened it up to make it tolerable.

The result is a beer that tastes exactly like some kind of barleywine-double IPA hybrid, right down to the bitter, harsh, medicinal aftertaste that many barleywines are known for. If you're into this, that's fine, but I prefer the smoother, more balanced beers of this style.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a tulip glass.

Clear copper color, no head. Nice hoppy aroma- citrus and floral. Not much malt in the taste, but good hop flavor. Not too bitter, but nice bite. Body is a bit thin.

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Photo of m4xx
3.1/5  rDev -18%

A: 4.1 - Deep golden, almost orange in color, with moderate carbonation

S: 3.2 - Heavy malt, grain, a bit piney, a little dank, a little citrus/grapefruit once it warms up, not very heavy on hop aroma, can smell the alcohol

T: 2.7 - Pretty malty, lingering sharp bitterness, a bit one-dimensional -- between the alcohol and the boring bitterness, it's a little astringent

M: 4.5 - Nice viscosity, near perfect carbonation, almost leaves behind a resin-like coating on the tongue

O: 3.1 - A very standard, mediocre DIPA; really heavy on the bitter, but lacking in the late hop addition characteristics, and a little too malty

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev 0%

From 10/24/14 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip, thanks to nimbleprop for giving me this.

Pours a murky, reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pine hops, bitter grapefruit hops, fruity malts, bready malts, caramel malts, and grains. Taste is maltier than the nose, not too hoppy. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, light bitterness in the taste.

Overall a decent beer, maltier than I expected or would have liked for an IPA though. Nose is nice, a decent beer.

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Photo of Smitt
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Mason Jar. Pale golden color. 8/10 clarity. Nice carbonation. I can see continuous bubbles floating to the top. Smell: Citrus, grassy, nutty, soapy, ripe cantelope soaked in 151. Taste: smooth at first, with an immediate aged bitter malt seedy alcohol flavor followed by extreme bitterness that is slightly floral. After taste is very dry and hops spice stays on tongue. Leaves me wanting another sip. I like bitter!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

If it's a bottled Rubicon beer, expect an IPA of some sort. Hopsauce has made its way into a 22 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

Sunset orange colored and topped with an inch of billowy soapy head. The head slowly drops away, though being so thick that takes time. The aroma is solid, though it won't strike fear among the top tier per style. There's amodest bitter greapefruit peel note, bittersweet tangerine, vauge grass, and a hint of mango.

Hopsauce is not hot, but instead is a sweet and hoppy experience. There's enough hops which bring sweet mango, tangerine, grapefruit, resin, and a note of honey. It leaves a somewhat astringent aftertaste, though remains solid as a rock overall.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and metallic flavors on the 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it seems fairly old and the metallic flavor I am getting isn't very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Opaque orange, small head, leaves to small clumps of bubbles. Not much lace.

S - Not hoppy. Maybe dishwater notes. Not bad but not appealing.

T - Standard hoppy offering. Not much malt, and not exceptional hops notes.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - Average, but very drinkable.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to a snifter, no dates

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a finger of foam. Mild carbonation from the sides, good lacing, okay retention

Smells of fruity hops- tropical fruits, citrus, and a bit of pine. Behind that is a sweet caramel malt and a splash of alcohol

Taste is with the nose, tropical fruit and citrus for the hop profile followed by a ridgid caramel and bready malt backbone. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol

Feel is a medium body with a wet finish. Alcohol's present but it's still pretty drinkable, medium bitterness

Overall it's okay. I don't think I'd get it again at the price though

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Photo of mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Clear medium amber color in the New Belgium snifter. Some coarse foam for a while, but it releases some carbonation with every sip. Interesting cedar wood aroma along with the flowery hop notes.

The flavors are a wild hop circus. Mostly it's just a lot of overly bitter and acidic tastes. The initial taste has some sweetish fruit with a hint of malt, followed by the grapefruit pith. There are some decent hop flavors in here but they are overwhelmed by the palate-scorching overdose of some alpha dog. Hot and sharp.

This is just too bitter and peculiar to drink by itself. I need a can of Simpler Times to dilute this down to something beery. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego.

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Photo of Auraan
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of arrowh
4.66/5  rDev +23.3%
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!

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Photo of ISmith87
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - 3.75 - Nice clear orange-amber color with thin film of white bubbles on top leaving okay lacing.
S - 3.25 - A little too garlicky/earthy for my tastes. Bready malts.
T - 3.25 - Same problem. Same tastes.
M - 3.25 - Light medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is bitter and garlic.
O - 3.25 - Yea it pretty much sucks. Bad choice at a local bottle shop. Will think twice before I grab whatever's on the front counter again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of dmatsui
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 bomber. Hazy, wheaty-looking that hit a small, one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very typical looking west coast IPA. Definitely some alcohol legs, but little lacing.

Smell up front is a full, floral and citrusy-spicy hop-forward delight, with the support of a toasty, biscuity malty goodness. The Hops are definitely more forward in this juicy diipa, as it should be.

Big spicy hop notes at the front of the palate, a nice acidity and and bitter bite with good "green" and sprite-y notes. Definitely an alcohol warmth and spice with vodka hints persist almost throughout. Super dryness is what makes this diipa a little different. Despite the big hop presence, there isn't much of a residual lupulin oil tongue-coating effect as you would expect. I actually kinda enjoy the dryness, it leaves you wanting another sip. The malts support a very mild sweetness that does not interfere with the hops.

Overall, this is definitely a very good west coast IPA. It has a nice hop zing and a dank quality to it, very typical of a lot of Bay Area IPAs.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A deep golden yellow with a lasting 1-2 finger ivory head.

S: Very hoppy. There is a heavy citrus presence with a minor pine presence in the background.

T: Not balanced at all. There is an overwhelming hop presence. I normally like very hoppy beers but only when it has a malt backbone to support it. This beer is all hop and virtually no malt flavors.

M: A little heavy and excellent carbonation.

O: This beer is bitter with little balance. Try at your own risk.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange copper beer topped by a large ecru head that leaves some good lacing from a nice ring.

Smells of orange, and malt, with a bit of booze.

Taste is strange, starting with weak malts and progressing towards fruity in the middle and a bitterness in the finish.

A light to medium bodied bear with a nice punch, but almost too bubbly.

While there is plenty of flavor in the beer, it's a bit out of balance, but at least the price is nice.


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Photo of Phelps
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - amber in color, somewhat clear, with about half a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - typical high-hop content in the aroma, as one would expect from a double IPA. There's also something a little more floral about it.

Taste - much like the smell. There's a very strong feel and taste of hops, which lingers on in the aftertaste. There's another quality that I can't quite narrow down.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, not leaning too far on the watery or creamy sides.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. It's pretty strongly bitter, but that's to be expected from a double IPA.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Alehouse Pub.

Pours an orange color, kind of cloudy, with a decent white head.

Aromas area kind of faint, but still pleasant for a DIPA. Some tropical fruits, resin, and hints of pine, this is all about the hops.

Taste is like the nose, but more pronounced. Citrus like, with some tropical fruits, I notice nectarines, and mangos. It's kind of sweet, with some sharp underlying bitterness, and a crisp somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good, full, smooth, with plenty of body.

Overall this is a pretty solid DIPA. It has a few flaws, but still well worth trying.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good, but perhaps less than the sum of its parts.

Pours a nice amberish/golden with a big, sticky head. The aroma leaps out of the bottle, with a blast of citrusy hops, but the effect is marred by a certain vegital quality, like steamed artichokes. The flavor is strong and hoppy, with a generic citrus, but that same slightly soggy vegetable edge that throws it off and leaves the beer just this side of perky and refreshing. The mouthfeel is thick and turgid and the beer clings to the tongue, leaving a surprisingly dull bitterness.

This beer has some nice elements individually, but the overall effect is leaden and thick.

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.