Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company
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3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
08-27-2014 04:55:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.96/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
01-02-2014 05:23:27 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
08-19-2008 23:42:45 | More by Halcyondays
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
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-20-2012 23:07:35 | More by RoyalT
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
05-16-2011 21:28:08 | More by illidurit
3.23/5 rDev -15%
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.
06-21-2011 04:20:40 | More by ehammond1
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
03-03-2014 04:41:52 | More by srandycarter
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-19-2011 03:03:38 | More by flexabull
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
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
06-03-2012 19:53:30 | More by Phelps
3.94/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-02-2013 00:59:30 | More by Fatehunter
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
06-21-2012 01:08:16 | More by jvillefan
Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.