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Rosabi - Dogfish Head Brewery

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330 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 54 | 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 rudzud:
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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper hue with a very nice 2.5 finger off white creamy head that fades to leave light side lacing and a creamy blanket. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of light herbal hops, earthy, faint caramel malts, faint honey. Vigorous swirls bring up some nice spicy root wasabi and horse radish. The wasabi is definitely noticeable and pleasant, though having some citrus hop notes here would make it much better. Faint, faint pine.

T - Taste is pretty nice. Somewhat normal 'largely produced' pale ale as far as hop level goes. Herbal, earthy hops, caramel. Alcohol hidden completely which is nice. The finish though, while somewhat bitter, is so, so, so wasabi. Nice horse radish flavour, faint heat. For me, the wasabi is there as an accent to the end of the beer finish, almost like when wasabi is integrated in a piece of nigiri. The more I drink this the more I enjoy the balance of the earthy, lightly herbal hops, malts, bitterness, and wasabi.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, lighter carbonated, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer. Leave it to DFG to do something like this. That being said, some solid hop notes ala citrus would make this a home run for me. While too heavy to be consumed with raw fish, this would be quite pleasant with some udon noodles.

06-19-2014 01:31:54 | More by rudzud
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

06-27-2014 14:49:19 | More by npala86
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4.18/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

07-26-2014 18:12:53 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-28-2014 23:55:03 | More by Todd
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-18-2014 04:56:54 | More by Toasty
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-06-2014 02:52:28 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-26-2014 03:16:59 | More by Doomcifer
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-08-2014 19:59:55 | More by mikejonze
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-24-2014 01:31:45 | More by sgn4779
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-13-2014 22:51:17 | More by Funky-Brewster
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4.21/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

08-02-2014 07:34:00 | More by MattyG85
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-28-2014 20:25:44 | More by Mantooth
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-09-2014 03:46:43 | More by DrKarl
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

07-04-2014 17:47:48 | More by briandaube
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-22-2014 13:41:37 | More by williamjbauer
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New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

06-13-2014 00:14:16 | More by PeterParker
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

08-16-2014 00:22:03 | More by BrianCuoz
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-14-2014 01:57:06 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-10-2014 11:23:38 | More by johnyb
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3.54/5  rDev -3%

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.

06-29-2014 02:36:42 | More by rdilauro
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

08-14-2014 17:19:46 | More by Triklino
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-21-2014 05:03:49 | More by kgammell1
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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

A: As the name implies, this beer is a beautiful ros´e with excellent lacing. Upon pouring, it blooms to a full two-finger head that dissipates over the enjoyment of the glass to a thin capping of foam that persists throughout the experience.

S: This beer is fruity and sweet on the nose, and has a fruity punch from the Centennial hops balanced with the earthy qualities of the Simcoe. i'm having trouble picking up the wasabi except for possibly a complexity in the aroma.

T: Sweet, but resinous, this well-balanced beer borders on IPA-like bitterness and alcohol burn with a less assertive bittering that betrays it's APA roots. I'm hard-pressed to detect any heat from the wasabi that the name of the beer advertises.

M: The bitterness lingers, seemingly forever. This beer has a nice balance to make it a great choice for summer nights when the sun has faded.

O: For a beer with the word wasabi on the label, I was expecting to feel a bit of heat from the horseradish. I'm not unhappy with this beer, but I'm surprisingly underwhelmed. There's so little heat that I'm having trouble distinguishing it from the bitterness of the hops and carbonation. Perhaps this offering is just not quite off-centered enough for my taste. However, I must say that I love the story behind the beer and that aspect about Dogfish Head in general. I paid $11 for my bottle, and for that, I'm quite happy with my purchase.

07-25-2014 06:13:43 | More by ZachHodgson
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-24-2014 11:46:14 | More by Griffith
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-12-2014 02:38:08 | More by ipc2000
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Rosabi from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.