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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company

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49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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: 140
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of the Rubicon Brewing Company and this beer didn't disappoint. I knew this was going to be something special as I started to pour it into my pint glass. A very beautiful orange/rust color, thick head and lots of hop scents including grapefruit and other citrus notes. The taste is all you want from a big IPA --- huge hops, full bodied and lots of interesting characteristics. This is a very dry beer and you’ll want to drink more and more to quench your thirst. It’s a good problem and beer! (511 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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? (688 characters)

Photo of ghetto90007
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a giant pint glass.

Pours amber color with a thin, white head. Didn't produce a very significant head, but managed to lay down some fairly decent lacing.

Hop bitterness leads off the nose. Some piney notes, citrus, hints of floral and a strange garlic/onion note that reminds me of Ten Fidy. I don't see other reviewers mentioning this, but I'm getting it right now.

Starts off with some gentle floral hops and malty sweetness. Bitterness comes in. Fades into that funky garlic/onion bitterness. I swear I didn't have garlic and onions for dinner tonight, but I'm getting it in this beer. It's a pretty tasty IPA nonetheless.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Gentle mouthfeel. Not incredibly crisp, which you get from a lot of IPA/DIPAs.

A decent beer, but there are better DIPAs out there. (825 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted may 27th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - translucent copper, two finger white head and some nice lacing

S - citrus, candy, alcohol, pungent yeast, citrus, mangos, pungent in all smells

T - a bit boozy, sweet, sugary, lots of malt, toasted, sweet yeast, citrus, pine, sap and slightly soapy/floral

M - chewy, high acidity, very very bitter, very long finish and quite a bit bitter

D - this beer is awesome...BUT super bitter! Not your everyday IPA, but drinks very well for those bitter hop heads

Final thought - at $4 and 8+ ABV, why not? (580 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Dales Pale Ale shaker from a 22oz bottle. Clean amber color, completely filtered. A Finger of creamy off-white head. Nose of citrus hops, some sort of medicinal artificial smell and an overpowering booze scent for 8.2%. A little bit of citrus and a big pow of pine and booze on the mouth. Very very bitter. Overly so with no malt backbone. Way too boozy. Mouthfeel is creamy, not bad. Not impressed. (414 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Bronze amber color, two finger head, dissipates quickly, good lacing and retention, nice looking beer.
S- Big malts in the aroma, slight hops, really nutty and bready, the hops are hidden behind the malts and breadiness, not the best smelling IPA.
T- Very sweet, malts up front, really nutty and bready, bitterness is there, very disappointing for this style, the hops are almost an afterthought in this beer.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, crisp.
O- Really disappointed with this beer, does not represent the style very well, the hops are overpowered by the nutty breadiness and the malts, sweet and bitter, but the hops are an afterthought, I have no desire to try this beer again but worth trying at least once. (781 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (356 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this bottle reads 8.2% abv not 10%. So maybe a new recipe.

A: Looks good. This pours a very bright yellow amber (truly crystal clear) and has a slightly off white head which has a nice billow to it. Good retention and good lacing to boot.

S: Orange rind and orange flesh softly reach the nose. Smells like its going to be "chewy". Not very many sweet notes but perhaps a subtle caramel.

T: Just a bit sweeter (caramel indeed) than I would have hoped for but this isn't bad stuff. Bitter herbal (approaching pine but not quite there) notes develop in the front and sides of the palate. Bitter orange zest/pith follows through as well (a very authentic flavor).

M: round with a soft prickle.

O: good stuff, a decent value pick up, I think it was just under $6 for a bomber. However I wouldn't let this age for more than another month or so. Fleeting hop notes are needed to keep it in balance and I would guess it wont take long for this stuff to get sweet. (971 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours with little to no head with an amberish golden color.

S. Sweet piney scent, more sweet than pine, could chalk it up to a citrusy smell as well.

T/M Medium viscosity, tastes of pine like hops with some sweetness, the malt comes into play but does not balance it out, which I like, starts strong in IBU's hits you with a little malt and leaves you with some sweet piney bitter bite on the end.

Overall: Wow. Rubicon you impressed me with this one, I am not a big fan of R. Beers normally but this one is well thought out and executed. Will definitely be more likely to try a R. Beer in the future. (607 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of abecall98
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of hopshopshops
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (598 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.13/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Fairly floral with prominent citrus/orange notes over a light background of pine. Overall not too intense though. Malts lay low in the background.

Taste: Balanced but fairly sweet for a DIPA. Loads of brown sugar and citrus fruit flavor that unfortunately has a "canned" taste to it - like its there but not fresh, juicy, or ripe. Finish is very bitter, grassy and fruit skin. No alcohol presence.

Note: Below average, not too much intensity or interest. (486 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Choop
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!! (306 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of beerbrewerdan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (674 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (1,305 characters)

Photo of opwog
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (545 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -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. (601 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of BrewMonkey
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (938 characters)

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