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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of ficklenicholas


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-23-2012 03:33:12 | More by ficklenicholas
Photo of ocelot2500


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:31:11 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of RoyalT


3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:07:35 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BlackIIPAJK


4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-19-2012 03:08:25 | More by BlackIIPAJK
Photo of lsummers


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 01:12:40 | More by lsummers
Photo of Popp24


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-01-2012 15:21:33 | More by Popp24
Photo of DWolf


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-30-2012 16:15:31 | More by DWolf
Photo of Rocketman8911


5/5  rDev +32.6%

02-26-2012 05:54:02 | More by Rocketman8911
Photo of ralphw56


4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-19-2012 02:50:58 | More by ralphw56
Photo of azureoval


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-31-2011 04:01:40 | More by azureoval
Photo of flexabull


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 03:03:38 | More by flexabull
Photo of Seanibus


3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 05:19:02 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 15:51:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of mikechance


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 15:34:48 | More by mikechance
Photo of litheum94


3.55/5  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?

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 06:30:52 | More by litheum94
Photo of ghetto90007


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:49:12 | More by ghetto90007
Photo of whatthehull


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 17:14:20 | More by whatthehull
Photo of WestValleyIPA


3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 05:41:36 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of ehammond1

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 04:20:40 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 08:46:02 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of Tripphop


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:08:56 | More by Tripphop
Photo of flannelman808


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:58:28 | More by flannelman808
Photo of alexhahn82


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:24:27 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of illidurit


3.6/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 21:28:08 | More by illidurit
Photo of abecall98


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:06:19 | More by abecall98
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