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Rosabi - Dogfish Head Brewery

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405 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 20
Gots: 64 | 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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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a tarnished orange color. Mostly clear. Head is a slightly off-white cluster of frothiness. Freckles of lace along my glass.

S-Interesting aroma. The wasabi is noticeable and it seems to bring some impending heat in the flavor. The aroma isn't incredibly powerful. Citrusy hops from the Simcoe and Centennial combo. A bit floral and a bit earthy.

T-A very unique flavor. Sweet, perfumey hops and a much more robust malt profile than in the nose. The finish brings forth wasabi flavor along with just the slightest amount of heat. Sweet rose petals and caramel. Has a sort of Amaretto flavor to it. Woodsy, maybe from the wasabi.

M-Medium bodied. Lingering, soft wasabi heat. Not very bitter. Just a little booze. Still manages to be more of a sipper.

O-Usually don't toss out money for many Dogfish brews; been burned too many times. This one did pique my interest so I went for it. It was, all things considered, a fairly fun beer to try. I would rather have had a pour of it on tap or shared the bottle instead of facing the whole 750ml but I think I'll be able to finish the job without much complaining.

VelvetExtract, Jun 14, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

npala86, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was an attractive beer. In a snifter it was a strikingly clear cherry amber color. There was a thick tan head that receded quickly, leaving a bit of lace.

Aroma was very herbal and earthy. Peppery in the nose. A bit of sweet fruit.

Herbal taste (? oregano). There was some late, subtle heat that I assumed was the wasabi. A little fruity, but in the background.

Medium-bodied and spicy.

I liked this beer a lot; I see I'm in the minority on this issue.

lordofthewiens, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Todd, May 29, 2014
Photo of Toasty
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Toasty, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Doomcifer, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Billolick, Today at 02:20 AM
Photo of mikejonze
3/5  rDev -17.6%

mikejonze, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of sgn4779
3.75/5  rDev +3%

sgn4779, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3/5  rDev -17.6%

MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Funky-Brewster
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Funky-Brewster, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 05/13/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: An earthy, herbal, and pretty spicy aroma with big hints of wasabi and hops. Big upfront scent of the wasabi spice giving some herbal and floral hints. Earthy hop hints of grass and slight pine. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple. Pale malt with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, straw, and yeast. A very interesting and pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy, herbal, and very spicy hop forward taste with big notes of wasabi and hops. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and pineapple. Big presence of the wasabi spicing giving some herbal and floral notes. Solid malt presence with sweet notes of caramel, biscuit, straw, grains, and yeast. Nicely bitter and spicy. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and pretty drying on the finish. Some heat is felt but its probably more from the wasabi than alcohol.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid twist on a Pale Ale. Good combination of wasabi and hops with a solid caramel malt backing.

MattyG85, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Mantooth, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of DrKarl
3.75/5  rDev +3%

DrKarl, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

briandaube, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

williamjbauer, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

WVbeergeek, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of PeterParker
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a Dogfish glass a translucent maroon with a beige finger of head.

Nose is very interesting. I'm getting spice and malt. No hop aroma detected. Predominantly horseradish but not quite. It kind of smells like steak actually. Interesting.

Tastes like sweetened wasabi. Spicy malty goodness. The wasabi is present but subtle. Very drinkable. Perfect dinner beer, like red wine.

Thick, smooth, and savory, would pair well with burgers or steak. Mild wasabi is in the aftertaste as well.

Overall this is very drinkable and nice if you're eating. It is different in many ways which is why it's worth a look.

PeterParker, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of BrianCuoz
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

BrianCuoz, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of johnyb
3.75/5  rDev +3%

johnyb, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of rdilauro
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one has been intriguing me for a while now. I love Wasabi, so a brew with a hint of wasabi from the red Rosabi tree, how could I not go for it.

This poured like a golden tan ale with a medium semi-white creamy head. There was nothing to really distinguish from the nose, so I went right in for the sip. The taste was round and soft, semi-big, but no real wasabi flavors. It wasnt until after the beer was down, did I find a trace of wasabi. Nothing hot or spicy, but a nice grainy dryness you sometimes get from wasabi made from powder.

The aftertaste stayed for a while and it was real pleasant. A real nice surprise from the brewery that never stops surprising.

rdilauro, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Triklino
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Triklino, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

kgammell1, Jul 21, 2014
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Rosabi from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.