Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) | Rubicon Brewing Company

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company
California, United States
rubiconbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
155
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of 4000qtrap
2.13/5  rDev -43.8%
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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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of JohnL9013
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I am a huge fan of double IPA's, and this one misses the mark on many fronts.

There's not much to like here, other than the hop level, which is just about right. This beer is both too malty, and too bitter, at the same time. It's like somewhere along the way they decided that adding a lot of bittering hops was a good strategy and then sweetened it up to make it tolerable.

The result is a beer that tastes exactly like some kind of barleywine-double IPA hybrid, right down to the bitter, harsh, medicinal aftertaste that many barleywines are known for. If you're into this, that's fine, but I prefer the smoother, more balanced beers of this style.

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Photo of davegray
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of jooler
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really bitter and interesting. Hoppy but it's very bitter. The bitterness overpowers the hops taste. There is no sweetness to it, it's just hops

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Photo of mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
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 m4xx
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%

A: 4.1 - Deep golden, almost orange in color, with moderate carbonation

S: 3.2 - Heavy malt, grain, a bit piney, a little dank, a little citrus/grapefruit once it warms up, not very heavy on hop aroma, can smell the alcohol

T: 2.7 - Pretty malty, lingering sharp bitterness, a bit one-dimensional -- between the alcohol and the boring bitterness, it's a little astringent

M: 4.5 - Nice viscosity, near perfect carbonation, almost leaves behind a resin-like coating on the tongue

O: 3.1 - A very standard, mediocre DIPA; really heavy on the bitter, but lacking in the late hop addition characteristics, and a little too malty

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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 Seanibus
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good, but perhaps less than the sum of its parts.

Pours a nice amberish/golden with a big, sticky head. The aroma leaps out of the bottle, with a blast of citrusy hops, but the effect is marred by a certain vegital quality, like steamed artichokes. The flavor is strong and hoppy, with a generic citrus, but that same slightly soggy vegetable edge that throws it off and leaves the beer just this side of perky and refreshing. The mouthfeel is thick and turgid and the beer clings to the tongue, leaving a surprisingly dull bitterness.

This beer has some nice elements individually, but the overall effect is leaden and thick.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Bronze amber color, two finger head, dissipates quickly, good lacing and retention, nice looking beer.
S- Big malts in the aroma, slight hops, really nutty and bready, the hops are hidden behind the malts and breadiness, not the best smelling IPA.
T- Very sweet, malts up front, really nutty and bready, bitterness is there, very disappointing for this style, the hops are almost an afterthought in this beer.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, crisp.
O- Really disappointed with this beer, does not represent the style very well, the hops are overpowered by the nutty breadiness and the malts, sweet and bitter, but the hops are an afterthought, I have no desire to try this beer again but worth trying at least once.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle

Acquired via Uncle Larry!

A dark, caramel amber with not a lot of head and not a lot of carbonation. Little lacing. Unimpressive.

An impressively hoppy aroma. Some citrus aromas, some biting alcohol, and caramel malt. Not particularly interesting and relatively one-note, but certainly hoppy.

The taste actually follows the nose almost exactly. Some citrus, a lot of caramel malt, a lot of hop bitterness, and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Not quite enough carbonation, and I think with more, it would greatly improve this beer. As is, there's not enough carbonation to properly cope with the harshness from the alcohol. Not incredibly drinkable, though this beer actually is tasty.

A tasty DIPA brought down by it's mouthfeel and its lack of appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Mike-Harms
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mhbarber
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of surfotog
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ISmith87
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - 3.75 - Nice clear orange-amber color with thin film of white bubbles on top leaving okay lacing.
S - 3.25 - A little too garlicky/earthy for my tastes. Bready malts.
T - 3.25 - Same problem. Same tastes.
M - 3.25 - Light medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is bitter and garlic.
O - 3.25 - Yea it pretty much sucks. Bad choice at a local bottle shop. Will think twice before I grab whatever's on the front counter again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

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 lordofstarside
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to a snifter, no dates

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a finger of foam. Mild carbonation from the sides, good lacing, okay retention

Smells of fruity hops- tropical fruits, citrus, and a bit of pine. Behind that is a sweet caramel malt and a splash of alcohol

Taste is with the nose, tropical fruit and citrus for the hop profile followed by a ridgid caramel and bready malt backbone. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol

Feel is a medium body with a wet finish. Alcohol's present but it's still pretty drinkable, medium bitterness

Overall it's okay. I don't think I'd get it again at the price though

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Photo of jvillefan
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A deep golden yellow with a lasting 1-2 finger ivory head.

S: Very hoppy. There is a heavy citrus presence with a minor pine presence in the background.

T: Not balanced at all. There is an overwhelming hop presence. I normally like very hoppy beers but only when it has a malt backbone to support it. This beer is all hop and virtually no malt flavors.

M: A little heavy and excellent carbonation.

O: This beer is bitter with little balance. Try at your own risk.

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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