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Rosabi - Dogfish Head Brewery

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465 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 21
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with wasabi.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 05-15-2014)
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Photo of kojevergas
1.95/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded brass-colour pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local H-E-B grocery and served cold into a snifter at low altitude in Austin, Texas.

Reviewed live as an "imperial pale ale" per the label. 8.00% ABV. Expectations are below average given the brewery (and style).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Fairly frothy. Has a nice smooth even consistency and a soft appearance. A light coating of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Creaminess and thickness is decent.

BODY: Vibrant gold colour with orange hues. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Clean.

It's a good overall appearance for a pale ale; the vibrance in particular is nice. Appears very well-carbonated. While it's not unique or special, I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Generic floral hop character. Hints of faint diacetyl/buttery off-character. Pale malts. Munich malts. Caramalt.

Dogfish Head's hoppy brews are often criticized for their sweetness; this is shaping up to be anything but an exception. It's mind-boggling a beer touted as an "imperial pale ale" (not even an IPA) could somehow still be overmalted.

I don't find anything of interest in terms of hop character: no citrus, no pine, no nectar, no oils, no herbal notes...all it has is that boring floral hop character.

I find none of the red rice or wasabi mentioned on the label, nor is there even a nasal spiciness that would indicate the presence of wasabi or horseradish.

Alcohol presence is poorly disguised considering the mere 8% ABV. No yeasty notes are detectable.

It's an underwhelming aroma, but doesn't offend. Average in strength. My biggest issue is the bland hop profile, which suggests quite an insipid pale ale indeed.

TASTE: I do pick up on the wasabi note in the first act and early second act, and boy does it just plain not work in this flavour profile. It's not spicy (both in terms of heat on the palate and in the horseradish-y nasal sense), but it does have a weird herbal feel to it. There's an odd herbal note on the finish as well - could be the red rice, could be the wasabi. Either way, those notes do not belong in a pale ale, and do not work.

The foundation is doughy and raw, and is littered with unwelcome vegetable notes. Hopwise, all we get is boring floral hop notes. Pale malts, Munich malts, caramalt. It's a biteen grassy. It's got some creamy notes, which don't work well in a pale ale in my opinion - or at least not in this one.

I'm straining for positive feedback here: the beer hides its ABV better than the aroma suggests. It's not the spicy sinus-annihilating trainwreck it could have been given its premise.

I can't stay positive very long...this is a mess of a brew, with plenty of off-notes and little else. Even if you subtracted the off-character, there'd still be an overly sweet pale malt base with a bland hop profile. It has more cohesion than it ought to considering how much the flavours the clash with the malt base, but no one could genuinely call this a balanced brew. There's no interesting subtlety here, and the beer flat-out fails at providing a satisfying drinking experience. I'm definitely not liking this one.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, buttery, medium-bodied, moderately thick, and a bit too heavy on the palate. Unrefreshing. Fairly soft. Overly creamy for the style.

This texture is not a good companion to the taste, but I'm glad it's not bitingly crisp or overcarbonated. Overall presence on the palate is subpar, largely due to the problematic buttery feel.

OVERALL: I'll finish this with effort, but the buttery feel, diacetyl off-notes, and horribly misguided vegetable notes make this very hard to recommend. I expected a subpar beer given the brewery, but this is so far off the mark it's hard to believe it even made it to market. More usage of gimmicky ingredients masquerading as experimental boundary-pushing brewing. This reminds me why there's often a long period of time between my reviews of Dogfish Head beers; how can you not be turned off when they're putting out beers like this at the prices they do?

High D-

kojevergas, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

PaulyB83, Tuesday at 03:24 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kingmaker, Nov 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Karibourgeois, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dannycohen62, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jmryan8, Nov 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

LeeEvolved, Nov 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

runner72, Nov 10, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

HopasaursRex08, Nov 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Gotta love dogfish head. They always make a wonderfully balanced beer. The wasabi acts like another hop and gives a beautiful and slightly spicy green note that you feel in your nose. Definitely will drink again

NinjaJesus, Nov 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

jtc5632, Nov 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

RadfordBrewing, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

RavenForBeer, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A hazy copper body, heavy bubbles within the frame and white head which is thick on the initial pour rising about to a notch or two below a finger's length.

Smell: Light hops scent,

Taste: Smooth, real smooth...to dislike it is almost a sin. Bitter with a sour after taste. Comes off like lemon and mustard with pieces of spiciness. LIght but complex, almost feels like a liquid meal.

Mouth: Full carbonation, feels bready almost like a bavarian lager but has this sourness to it almost citrussy at the end as well.

Overall: I don't know what the bashing is about this beer, it is something totally different but not exactly spectacular. It exceeded my expectations by far, maybe a little pricey but worth purchasing. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Nov 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

cj8311, Nov 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

devilfluff, Nov 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ridgeline23, Nov 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

DrDietz, Nov 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mike_dawson, Nov 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Anvilfarm, Nov 01, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a hazy, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, alcohol, hint of pine, and wasabi. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight heat/warmth. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, hint of wasabi, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Oct 31, 2014
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Rosabi from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.