Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) - Rubicon Brewing Company
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4.14/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
12-26-2013 06:43:38 | More by Auraan
4.68/5 rDev +23.2%
Amber, cloudy since this was on cask; thick, frothy head. Great hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. Layers of hop flavor followed by caramel and yeasty bread. Silky cask-induced mouthfeel. This beer is made for being cask-conditioned--much better balanced than the regular tap version. The lower carbonation level lets all the flavors and nuance come through. Hops still dominate, but not overpowering. Sublime!
12-17-2013 00:18:20 | More by arrowh
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
A - 3.75 - Nice clear orange-amber color with thin film of white bubbles on top leaving okay lacing.
S - 3.25 - A little too garlicky/earthy for my tastes. Bready malts.
T - 3.25 - Same problem. Same tastes.
M - 3.25 - Light medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is bitter and garlic.
O - 3.25 - Yea it pretty much sucks. Bad choice at a local bottle shop. Will think twice before I grab whatever's on the front counter again.
12-10-2013 05:27:34 | More by ISmith87
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
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a 22 bomber. Hazy, wheaty-looking that hit a small, one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very typical looking west coast IPA. Definitely some alcohol legs, but little lacing.
Smell up front is a full, floral and citrusy-spicy hop-forward delight, with the support of a toasty, biscuity malty goodness. The Hops are definitely more forward in this juicy diipa, as it should be.
Big spicy hop notes at the front of the palate, a nice acidity and and bitter bite with good "green" and sprite-y notes. Definitely an alcohol warmth and spice with vodka hints persist almost throughout. Super dryness is what makes this diipa a little different. Despite the big hop presence, there isn't much of a residual lupulin oil tongue-coating effect as you would expect. I actually kinda enjoy the dryness, it leaves you wanting another sip. The malts support a very mild sweetness that does not interfere with the hops.
Overall, this is definitely a very good west coast IPA. It has a nice hop zing and a dank quality to it, very typical of a lot of Bay Area IPAs.
07-04-2012 03:42:13 | More by dmatsui
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
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
A clear orange copper beer topped by a large ecru head that leaves some good lacing from a nice ring.
Smells of orange, and malt, with a bit of booze.
Taste is strange, starting with weak malts and progressing towards fruity in the middle and a bitterness in the finish.
A light to medium bodied bear with a nice punch, but almost too bubbly.
While there is plenty of flavor in the beer, it's a bit out of balance, but at least the price is nice.
06-18-2012 09:43:59 | More by Drinkerofales
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
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-28-2012 06:20:54 | More by Nerudamann
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
05-23-2012 03:31:11 | More by ocelot2500
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
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
05-05-2012 01:12:40 | More by lsummers
Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.