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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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 143
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 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 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 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 Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, solid retention, leaves some lacing.

S: Medium smell of hops, strong grapefruit, other citrus.

T: Strongly flavoured malt, with heavy caramel is balanced, by a hop character of white grapefruit and subtle pine. Lots of citrus, though too astringent at times for me.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, resiny, at times a little to much carbonation.

D: Athough at times there were points I wasn't really into it, overall a nice Double IPA, if a bit dissapointing. Definitely does not drink as a 10% beer though, drinks like a regular IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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 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 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 illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in sample size at the 2011 Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a clear dark gold with a thin white film of a head. Aroma is sweet and perfumey with flowers and molasses coming to mind. Brown malt flavor with molasses and a mild soy sauce thing to go with the candied hop notes. Sweet but not overly sticky on the palate. Weird but tasty.

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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 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 ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


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.

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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 Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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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 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 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 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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Photo of litheum94
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle with no dates.

Copper color, like a decade old penny. One finger, vaguely tan head that settles to a patchy covering. Very nice lacing.

Ganja hops, with a medicinal quality. Some leather and tannins. Has a red wine quality to it. Black iced tea aromas. Pretty unique nose for the style.

Black tea flavors, leafy and herbal. Citric acid sourness. Pine hop bitterness, and they come on strong. The bitterness keeps building until it reaches an almost destructive level. A dry tannin mouthfeel develops as the beer warms.

The flavors and aromas are very unique, but it the end, the bitterness starts getting out of control. Needs some more balance. Where are the malts?

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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 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 jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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

On-tap at Rubicon Brewpub in a tulip glass. Amber colored, cloudy, little head, slight amount of lacing. Aromas of strong piney hops along with some caramel malts. The taste is hoppy with pine, floral, lots of bittering, and respectable alcohol. Full bodied for a DIPA with lots of bubbles and sticky icky hops. This is a tasty hop bomb, but has a bit too much kick. The hop balance needs worked on or some more malt to balance this one out. I do like it though.

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Photo of errantnight
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Shows up ruddy golden brown in a tumbler with a faint whisp of head with moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is a pungent swirl of hops... distinct varieties are impossible to discern, but there's pine and citrus and fresh flowers backed by a malty sweetness.

The taste is... wow. Resiny hop bomb galore. Thick, and a bit sweet without being cloying, this really is super heavy on the hop resin, pine flavors come out a lot more, riding that wave, although citrus and melon come through around the sides, more with the malt sweetness.

Rich and full, and delicious. Too much, maybe, for a regular, but a delight of pure, unadulterated, hop extremity.

Hop heads... seek.

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