Hopsauce
Rubicon Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.34%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
159
From:
Rubicon Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  26
SCORE
86
Very Good
HopsauceHopsauce
Notes: A nice golden color with aromas of pine, citrus and some earthy spice notes was created using 1800 lbs of English pale malt and over 100 lbs of hops! Hopsauce is full of hop flavor at about 100 IBUs. This is what hop lovers dream about. Get hopped up on the sauce!
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Reviews by Auraan:
Photo of Auraan
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear gold with a thin white head that receded to a thin ring leaving some lacing down the glass. Standard for a DIPA. Scents of citrus peel, tropical fruit, mango, pine resin and caramel malt. As it warms some earthy and funky aromas come out alongside some overripe fruit. Not the most complex aroma amongst West Coast DIPAs, but good and true to form. Flavor begins with strong pine resin bitterness that remains present throughout the sip and aftertaste. Prominent flavors of citrus peel, citrus pith, some fruit flavors, spicy hops, some earthy hops and a hint of caramel malt in the background, though rather subdued. A very hop forward beer. Alcohol is detectable in the background. A rather dry finish. A little sweeter as it warms, though not much. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a semi-drying mouthfeel. Not as heavy bodied and stick as most DIPAs, a little watery and light, but quite drinkable. The mouthfeel allows the hops to be the center of the beer. Overall this is a good DIPA due to its hop-forward nature. Its not as balanced or complex as other West Coast DIPAs, without the usual sticky and sweet malt flavors and feels. But if you like hops, this is a good beer, as the hops are the star of the beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Clear medium amber color in the New Belgium snifter. Some coarse foam for a while, but it releases some carbonation with every sip. Interesting cedar wood aroma along with the flowery hop notes.

The flavors are a wild hop circus. Mostly it's just a lot of overly bitter and acidic tastes. The initial taste has some sweetish fruit with a hint of malt, followed by the grapefruit pith. There are some decent hop flavors in here but they are overwhelmed by the palate-scorching overdose of some alpha dog. Hot and sharp.

This is just too bitter and peculiar to drink by itself. I need a can of Simpler Times to dilute this down to something beery. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 11th DIPA festival. Back then it was only 8.2% abv and clocking in at 80 IBU.

Great appearance, massive clarity coming out of a glowing yellow and tangerine orange colored beer with a thin egg shell white head to it. Big deep piney aroma, complimented with an almost equally deep orange citrus component. Hits all the points aroma wise.

Lots of sweet caramel in the taste, of course, the hopping is through the roof and allows for a hop resin chewiness to be its predominant quality versus just a bunch of bitterness.

Pretty amazing on tap. Cut through a lot of lesser dipas that day. Just gotta be careful of this one getting too sweet, as that is its only negative characteristic, one that is likely to get even more difficult to swallow as the beer ages. But fresh, it hides the alcohol, and the sweetness to a lesser degree, very well.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of head on a clear, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a wonderful mixture of orange, mango and grapefruit.
The taste has moderate to strong pine bitterness throughout with peeks of pineapple sweetness to balance it out.
The texture has soft edges with moderate carbonation.
It's loaded with bitterness at around 100 IBUs but still retains great flavor.

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Photo of Phelps
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance: blood orange-like. Poured into a tulip glass, Hopsauce is an almost perfectly clear ruby-orange, topped with a small clumps of sticky, off-white bubbles.
The nose: biting. A good swirl of the grass reveals the full force of the brew's hop payload -- heavy citrus pith, grassy spice, weed-like dankness. Hints of honey and some cheesy funk are all that's there to balance.

The flavor: constantly improving. When colder, the beer's a little muted, showing just occasional flashes of the greatness promised by the aroma. The promise is fulfilled as the brew warms, however -- flavors of grass, weed, crackers, burnt sugar and booze increase in accordance with temperature. At around 60 degrees, this beer is a 100-IBU beast.

The body: medium, viscous, sugary. Moderate carbonation prickles the tongue while the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The overall impression: gives new meaning to the phrase "hopped up on the sauce." The hopheads shall be pleased.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Fairly floral with prominent citrus/orange notes over a light background of pine. Overall not too intense though. Malts lay low in the background.

Taste: Balanced but fairly sweet for a DIPA. Loads of brown sugar and citrus fruit flavor that unfortunately has a "canned" taste to it - like its there but not fresh, juicy, or ripe. Finish is very bitter, grassy and fruit skin. No alcohol presence.

Note: Below average, not too much intensity or interest.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Dales Pale Ale shaker from a 22oz bottle. Clean amber color, completely filtered. A Finger of creamy off-white head. Nose of citrus hops, some sort of medicinal artificial smell and an overpowering booze scent for 8.2%. A little bit of citrus and a big pow of pine and booze on the mouth. Very very bitter. Overly so with no malt backbone. Way too boozy. Mouthfeel is creamy, not bad. Not impressed.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap yesterday at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy, golden color, not much head

Smell- mostly hops

Taste- hops but well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Really good. It was delicious on tap and had a great hops flavor.

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Photo of ghetto90007
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a giant pint glass.

Pours amber color with a thin, white head. Didn't produce a very significant head, but managed to lay down some fairly decent lacing.

Hop bitterness leads off the nose. Some piney notes, citrus, hints of floral and a strange garlic/onion note that reminds me of Ten Fidy. I don't see other reviewers mentioning this, but I'm getting it right now.

Starts off with some gentle floral hops and malty sweetness. Bitterness comes in. Fades into that funky garlic/onion bitterness. I swear I didn't have garlic and onions for dinner tonight, but I'm getting it in this beer. It's a pretty tasty IPA nonetheless.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Gentle mouthfeel. Not incredibly crisp, which you get from a lot of IPA/DIPAs.

A decent beer, but there are better DIPAs out there.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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

Photo of brywhite
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Choop
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goldenbrown in color with a great fine lacing, if you like DIPAs then this is for you.

A CRAZY amount of hoppiness and a smooth mouthfeel lead to a nice puckering finnish. I'm a big hop guy so I really fell for this beer.

Cheers to Glenn at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA for tapping another fine brew!!

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Photo of madtrixter787
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Snow81
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

From 10/24/14 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip, thanks to nimbleprop for giving me this.

Pours a murky, reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pine hops, bitter grapefruit hops, fruity malts, bready malts, caramel malts, and grains. Taste is maltier than the nose, not too hoppy. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, light bitterness in the taste.

Overall a decent beer, maltier than I expected or would have liked for an IPA though. Nose is nice, a decent beer.

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Photo of azureoval
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of nealbert
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit juice, citrus zest, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it seems fairly old and the metallic flavor I am getting isn't very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of whatthehull
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted may 27th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - translucent copper, two finger white head and some nice lacing

S - citrus, candy, alcohol, pungent yeast, citrus, mangos, pungent in all smells

T - a bit boozy, sweet, sugary, lots of malt, toasted, sweet yeast, citrus, pine, sap and slightly soapy/floral

M - chewy, high acidity, very very bitter, very long finish and quite a bit bitter

D - this beer is awesome...BUT super bitter! Not your everyday IPA, but drinks very well for those bitter hop heads

Final thought - at $4 and 8+ ABV, why not?

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

I'm a big fan of the Rubicon Brewing Company and this beer didn't disappoint. I knew this was going to be something special as I started to pour it into my pint glass. A very beautiful orange/rust color, thick head and lots of hop scents including grapefruit and other citrus notes. The taste is all you want from a big IPA --- huge hops, full bodied and lots of interesting characteristics. This is a very dry beer and you’ll want to drink more and more to quench your thirst. It’s a good problem and beer!

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Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hopsauce from Rubicon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 159 ratings