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Rosabi - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

434 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 66 | 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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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

geryeb624, Yesterday at 11:54 PM
Photo of Stofko1992
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Stofko1992, Sunday at 07:25 PM
Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jzeilinger, Sunday at 07:14 PM
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Knapp85, Sunday at 07:08 PM
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3.52/5  rDev -3%

buzzed, Sunday at 01:58 AM
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Rosabi pours a hazy bronze color with a big white fluffy head. There is a bigger hoppy aroma with a nice wasabi note. The taste is old hops, with very few but some wasabi flavors. Very flat body, weaker flavors. Overall interesting idea, but doesn't pan out.

vette2006c5r, Sunday at 01:56 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Dope, Saturday at 09:29 PM
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3.52/5  rDev -3%

ljthockey7, Saturday at 09:27 PM
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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%

frlrv1020, Thursday at 11:38 PM
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3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

Saxboy10, Thursday at 03:10 AM
Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

This is a very scary sounding beer that works surprisingly well. You first notice the wasabi upon opening the bottle where it joins some malt and spice aromas.
The beer pours hazy copper tinted amber under a 2” very finely bubbled lightly copper tinted off-white foam cap.
As the creamy brew sweeps over the palate, malt, fruit, a light bitterness and a touch of sweetness first appear then a little wasabi heat comes through on the finish with a little vegetal astringency. In the middle you start to notice flavors suggesting Sake and realize it’s the red rice that is being used to slim down the body while boosting the alcohol. Sam Calagione is using the wasabi instead of hops and he manages to squeeze just the right amount of bitterness out of the wasabi to balance the malt and the red rice while keeping the wasabi heat to reasonable levels.

pat61, Wednesday at 09:08 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

thinwhiteduke, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Light hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light grassy, grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops, no heat from the wasabi. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Oct 13, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

costanzo_mike, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of supaadam
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

supaadam, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

SlothB77, Oct 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Oct 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

oriolesfan4, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

420Rick, Oct 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

EricTKole, Oct 09, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

I enjoyed this from the bomber chilled in a IPA glass, review taken from notes ...shared with Rich and JC.

The color is rosy with light haze and fast moving bubbles are visible with thick white head with fine bead and stringy lace pattern. The smell has a fruity ester with slight orange essence and hop aroma with spice note and slight grapefruit in the back with mild wasabi earthy odor. The feel has a very tangy citrus quality up front with moderately high bitterness and light spice texture with medium carbonation and semi-dry spicy finish.

The taste is good with fruity and citrus hop qualities with a light dank herbal aspect and slight yeast flavor contributing with a subtle earthy wasabi peppery flavor in the middle and mild toasted grain with slight horseradish bitter wasabi flavor toward the finish. Overall interesting and very good as far as strong pale ales go with nice spice and hop combo, I would drink this again

Slatetank, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

memphischas, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jbertsch, Oct 05, 2014
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Rosabi from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.