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Rosabi - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

517 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 21
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 05-15-2014

An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with wasabi.
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Photo of DaveHack
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOrtiz
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agreenman19
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobAM
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy a good pale ale and this one is no exception... However I don't taste wasabi in this. If you told me it was just a pale I probably would have scored it a bit higher.

Photo of GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DavoleBomb
1.77/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Well hazed amber copper color. Two fingers of frothy/pillowy beige head. Retention is about average and lots of lacing is left.

1.5 S: This smells interesting, but not good. The wasabi makes it smells like rotting vegetables. I'm not sure what else to say. It smells like a terribly brewed homebrew. Some caramel and doughiness. Orange citrus hoppiness.

1.75 T: It doesn't taste as bad as it smells, but it's not much better. This is just freaking weird and not in the usual good way that DFH manages. Again the wasabi gives a strange vegetal flavor. Unfortunately, it offers almost no heat, which could have helped a bit. Herbs, vegetables, tree bark, caramel, doughy yeastiness.

2.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Too chewy for my liking.

1.25 D: This beer is tough to drink. There's a good chance I'm going to dump some of this, which is something I've only ever done one other time. Wasabi gets put on my "do not brew with" list without a second thought.

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of trickynicky
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For me this was a beer I could only slowly sip, I struggled to finish it. It's far from a bad beer, but I don't think wasabi pairs well as an ingredient in beer.

Photo of axxe
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We pop a 750mL, pouring into our Great Lakes pints. It appears a beautiful auburn grapefruit coloring, supporting a two finger head of creamy, full oatmeal colored bubbles, showing excellent retention into cakey sheets of lacing and a resistant film across the top of the liquid. A thick, persistent haze dims clarity, and tiny hunks of sediment are found throughout. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives heavy malty sugariness of caramel, pale, and rye maltiness, buttery diacetyls, pesto saltiness, steel, cereal grain, syrupy and floury flapjack sweetness, nectary hoppiness, light molasses, cinnamon and white pepper spiciness, tomato soup, raw cauliflower, floral rose, and finally with warmth, on the back, we appreciate a subtle wasabi twang. The flavoring gives vegetal, metallic, and softly spicy wasabi from the very front of the very first sip. Following through is a blend of buttered popcorn Jelly Bellies, heavy but dusty caramel malty roast, dry pale and amber grain and grit, dried metallic straw, grassy and soapy hoppiness, peppery booze, vegetal poblano peppers, fermented strawberries and rhubarb, mineral water, melted brown sugar, old paper towel, hollow ethanol, Magic Marker phenols, and chemical chlorine. The body is quite full, and the carbonation is medium, but soft. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with a wet finishing pop. The mouth is left warmed somewhat neutral, but somehow both cooled and spiced, with a bit of a dry touch to the far back of the palate. The abv is appropriate, but on the high end stylistically, and the beer drinks back only okay.

Overall, this was an interesting beer. The wasabi is surely there as an additive, but I’m not entirely confident we would pick up on it if it weren’t plastered all over the bottle and in its name. Heat is mild and circumstantial; it doesn’t come close to being robust of frontal. The latter would have been nicer. It’s funny, actually, the best things about this beer are its supporting elements, such as appearance and feel. This is a gorgeous beer, in both color and head, while the feel is somewhat thick and hearty for the style. Unfortunately, none of this makes up for drinkability, which remains burdensome and novelty-driven for something labeled as a “pale ale”. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Dogfish Head, but it saddens us to see how poorly some of their beers can compete against some of the more edgy but excellently executed contenders that push the boundaries for their styles or ingredients respectively.

Photo of lobos62
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coffdaddy
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beastcpa
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointing, wasabi isn't prevalent at all

Photo of davegray
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of schaffer9252
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pdonovan16
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Black_Pearl
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wasabi flavor. Have with sushi.

Photo of batt6343
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rbodacious
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Supported solidly by the constant high level quality from Dogfish.
This IMPA exhibits a gorgeous hue orange to a red line capped with a thick froth head.
Pepper hop spice scent is noted and is repeated slightly stronger on the tounge. Nice chili bitterness spreads, expanding to a semi sweet malt finish-then an
encore of peppery dryness. Satisfying and unique- totally Dogfish.

Photo of let8it8grow
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ale207
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexsergio
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.75/5
The bottle claimed this beer had a "vivid rose hue", but it poured pretty orange-looking to me. Perhaps some red/brown hues to it, but basically it's an orange-red-brown color, emphasis on the orange. There is probably one finger of head. The beer is moderately clear. An average amount of carbonation is visible and is rising at a slightly slower than average rate. The look isn't bad, but I would have liked the brew to actually be red(-dish).

Smell - 3/5
Smells of citrus-pine hops. Couldn't really smell much beyond that. I would have liked to get some of the wasabi spiciness in the smell.

Taste - 2.8/5
Some sweet maltiness, a lot of pine-citrus hopiness. Maybe a hint of spiciness, but no more than that. I was kind of disappointed by the taste. I was hoping for more of a spice kick due to the wasabi, but there really wasn't any. This just tasted like a standard IPA (an expensive one!), for the most part. Also, the aftertaste is not very good.

Mouthfeel - 3.6/5
Beer is medium-light in body, fairly crisp. A fairly good carbonation kick, but far from overpowering.

Overall - 3/5
The wasn't a terrible beer, but it just didn't really stand out in any of the ways I was hoping for. The color wasn't red, I could barely detect the wasabi spiciness. The taste was only mediochre. I would never get this again, nor recommend this to others. Not because it's bad, but because I feel like I can get a better beer for way cheaper just getting a standard quality IPA.

Photo of moarmare
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Rosabi from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.