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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company

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86
very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.3%

GRG1313, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

largadeer, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

mactrail, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

DoubleJ, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Cynic-ale, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

RoyalT, May 21, 2012
Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

illidurit, May 16, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

ehammond1, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

srandycarter, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

flexabull, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

KevMo84, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Floydster, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

VeganUndead, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Fatehunter, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Phelps, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

jvillefan, Jun 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Paccamacca, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +5%

pkalix, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Beerlover, Nov 17, 2013
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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.