Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) | Rubicon Brewing Company

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)

Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Hop Sauce 8.2%
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!"

Added by BrewMonkey on 07-18-2008

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 155
Photo of hopshopshops
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, obviously, in not retired. At least not as of Dec 26, 2010.

I won't go too far with this as I had two beers prior and the better part of a meal, but I can't remember enjoying a beer more than this. Perfect mouth feel, and while sweet (and maybe suitable as this was almost an after dinner beer), not overly sweet. The hop taste and hop bitterness was rather subdued for a DIPA, but every sip was like when you have a perfect bite of lobster, or steak, or sashimi, or truffle or whatever your passion.

I will try this again soon and update if my recollection is skewed due to circumstances.

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Photo of arrowh
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amber, cloudy since this was on cask; thick, frothy head. Great hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. Layers of hop flavor followed by caramel and yeasty bread. Silky cask-induced mouthfeel. This beer is made for being cask-conditioned--much better balanced than the regular tap version. The lower carbonation level lets all the flavors and nuance come through. Hops still dominate, but not overpowering. Sublime!

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Photo of Bear1964
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a good look and a great taste, bright orange color and a small creamy off white head. Aroma is juicy citrus and pith...really fresh smells as the awesome lace clings to the glass, mouthfeel is medium after the first hop bomb wave...this settles into a really nice sipping brew with a lot of taste without dulling the taste buds. People complained about the bitter side of this, this is what I look for in a DIPA...this has it all and I think this is a solid brew!

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Photo of Choop
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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 abecall98
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed me a case of this stuff. Sharing a couple bottles with MarkyMark88.

A - Pours beautifully. The beer is clear, amber tint. The head is white and fluffy. This is how DIPA's should look IMO.

S - The beer is least dominant in this area. Still good, but not very powerful. The nose gets hints of mango, slight grapefruit, and a noticeable sweet maltiness.

T - Very good. The hops come through at first. I taste nice blend of citrus, and pine, and some of the simcoe stuff too. The sweetness from the malt is also present, though less subdued than in the nose. No alcohol presence, and given it's 8.2% abv., that's a great thing.

M - The beer is not intensely carbonated, but fits the DIPA style just right. Although less than average carbonation, it does not hurt the beer. The beer is a very sticky one. It leaves a lasting flavor.

O - very nice beer from Rubicon. My friends and I were all very pleased with it. Worth a try if you want something on the west coast, that is a little more east coast.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color in the glass with wispy white head. Carbonation is mellow, bubbles stick around the glass and leave a decent lacing. Aromas of sappy pine, syrup, and hops. Flavor is boozy, rich and hoppy. Slick sweet mouthfeel with a big bittering finish. Nice balance and hop intensity, very piney. Solid brew overall, need more hops on the east coast.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: This is a celbration ale, the 3000th brew at Rubicon, congrats! By their math that's over 7 million pints, and I'm sure I had a good number of them. While the bartender originally told me it was 10% ABV, it's actually 8.9% according to the brewery literature. It also incorporates 12!!! different varieties of hops including a 10 pound dry hopping addition.

Served in a 10 oz pour.

Wow, talk about an appropriate name for a beer! This is like drinking juiced hops. Pours golden to amber with light white head that recedes fairly quickly. Aroma is intense with hoppy goodness, lots of citrus, a bit of pine and some grassiness. Slight hint of alcohol in the nose, but not much.

Taste follows the aroma with intense citrusy hop flavor and a bitterness that's not overly palate destroying, which is nice. Smooth mouthfeel, a slight hint of oilyness but not cloying, finishes clean and bitter.

Fantastic brew, hope they do it again.

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Photo of beerbrewerdan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper to amber color with hops and sugar in the nose with hints of dark cherry. Definitely more hops than the IPA. The alcohol lurks, but remains stealthy. Flavor is malty and rich. This is a dessert beer that skirts the barleywine style. The hops win out in the flavor with Chinook and other high alpha acid hops presenting that deep hop character that is so lovable. The malt puts up a very good fight in the flavor. This is definitely not a dry beer by any stretch. Bitterness plays nice and doesn't dominate. I'm sure there is plenty of bitterness, but the balance makes it all work out. 10 ounces is not enough. I considered bribing the bartender for a full pint.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy orange 2” off white foam cap
S: citrusy, grassy hops
T: Starts malty, then the hops come on board followed by a burst of orange to apricot, hints of pineapple, some caramel in the background and a long lingering grapefruit rind bitter finish.
F: Creamy, very fine soft carbonation, medium full body.
O: The interaction of fruit, caramel malt and hop flavors is well balanced and exquisite.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 opwog
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now listening to: African Head Charge - Depth Charge

A- True amber color, short head
S- fruit and sugary malt
T- Bold hops with lots of sticky malt to back it up (or maybe lots of sticky malt with bold hops to back it up). Some fruit in the aftertaste.
M- This is a mouthful of beer. A very nice mouthful. Not for the faint of heart
D- This was a nice surprise from Rubicon. I had visited there close to 15 years ago and it was "OK," but this was the first time since then that I found myself sitting in front of one of their beers. Very nice!

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Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass at Rubicon Brewing Company on 8/9/08, reviewed from notes, also more recently had a glass at Beachwood BBQ, 3000 batches of beer is quite the accomplishment for this small Sacramento brewery

A-Color was a mix between amber and medium orange, small 1/3 inch creamy white head, went away quickly, lacing or retention were not impressive
S-Lots of hops with pine, citrus, and floral, candied sugar, lemons, grapefruit, some sweet malt, resin, and soap
T-Starts off with some subtle hops, then there is lots of caramel malt in the middle, some chewy accents as well, finish and aftertaste is full of pine and citrus, pine is the most appealing part and shines through at the beginning more than when it warmed, did not get sweet until the last sip or two, nicely balanced, strong and appealing warming sensation as well
M-Medium bodied, quite thick for a double IPA, dry, boozy, and slick mouthfeel, nice amount of carbonation, taste lingers
D-Could not drink too much of this because of its ABV mainly, still drinkable for its style, although heavy at times, alcohol could be hidden better too

Probably the best beer I have had from this brewery, had good timing finding this up north and in Seal Beach, their IPA is decent and this was much better, would like to drink again if possible, recommended

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 rodbeermunch
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light orange colored, impressive clarity. Lots of pine in the aroma, orange.

A lot of caramel feels from the crystal malt I suspect. Resinous. Sweeter than average. Eats up alcohol. Pale malts toasted greater than average. Earthy. Lots of bitterness.

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Photo of Auraan
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 whatthehull
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 lsummers
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at my local craft bar, it's a very nice cloudy reddish orange with some nice lacing, not really a head to be seen here.

Smells of the faint citrus cascade hops, not the most distinguished quality, which is why I was surprised when the taste hit me. First off, I loved the caramel hoppy almost grapefruit character. It carries through with a pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, if this were a bit less sticky it would be a perfect flavorful summer dipa.

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Photo of Phelps
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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 errantnight
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Shows up ruddy golden brown in a tumbler with a faint whisp of head with moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is a pungent swirl of hops... distinct varieties are impossible to discern, but there's pine and citrus and fresh flowers backed by a malty sweetness.

The taste is... wow. Resiny hop bomb galore. Thick, and a bit sweet without being cloying, this really is super heavy on the hop resin, pine flavors come out a lot more, riding that wave, although citrus and melon come through around the sides, more with the malt sweetness.

Rich and full, and delicious. Too much, maybe, for a regular, but a delight of pure, unadulterated, hop extremity.

Hop heads... seek.

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Photo of Smitt
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Mason Jar. Pale golden color. 8/10 clarity. Nice carbonation. I can see continuous bubbles floating to the top. Smell: Citrus, grassy, nutty, soapy, ripe cantelope soaked in 151. Taste: smooth at first, with an immediate aged bitter malt seedy alcohol flavor followed by extreme bitterness that is slightly floral. After taste is very dry and hops spice stays on tongue. Leaves me wanting another sip. I like bitter!

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Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine hops with some earthiness.

Tastes of spicy hops with a solid malt base. Hops charge in with notes of pine and some citrus and solid earthy spice throughout. Comes through quite bitter. Some fruitiness comes on the end and adds a little depth along with some caramel sweetness. Not sweet enough to balance the hops though, but I like it like that. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an above average DIPA, but I feel like at 8%, they could tweak the recipe a little and have an outstanding single IPA.

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Photo of dmatsui
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 bomber. Hazy, wheaty-looking that hit a small, one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very typical looking west coast IPA. Definitely some alcohol legs, but little lacing.

Smell up front is a full, floral and citrusy-spicy hop-forward delight, with the support of a toasty, biscuity malty goodness. The Hops are definitely more forward in this juicy diipa, as it should be.

Big spicy hop notes at the front of the palate, a nice acidity and and bitter bite with good "green" and sprite-y notes. Definitely an alcohol warmth and spice with vodka hints persist almost throughout. Super dryness is what makes this diipa a little different. Despite the big hop presence, there isn't much of a residual lupulin oil tongue-coating effect as you would expect. I actually kinda enjoy the dryness, it leaves you wanting another sip. The malts support a very mild sweetness that does not interfere with the hops.

Overall, this is definitely a very good west coast IPA. It has a nice hop zing and a dank quality to it, very typical of a lot of Bay Area IPAs.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look - amber in color, somewhat clear, with about half a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - typical high-hop content in the aroma, as one would expect from a double IPA. There's also something a little more floral about it.

Taste - much like the smell. There's a very strong feel and taste of hops, which lingers on in the aftertaste. There's another quality that I can't quite narrow down.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, not leaning too far on the watery or creamy sides.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. It's pretty strongly bitter, but that's to be expected from a double IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
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