Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) | Rubicon Brewing Company

Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)Hop Sauce (Hopsauce)
BA SCORE
61.5%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 156 ratings
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
Ranking:
#17,219
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
156
Liked:
96
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
12.4%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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 VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

If it's a bottled Rubicon beer, expect an IPA of some sort. Hopsauce has made its way into a 22 ounce bottle. On to the beer:

Sunset orange colored and topped with an inch of billowy soapy head. The head slowly drops away, though being so thick that takes time. The aroma is solid, though it won't strike fear among the top tier per style. There's amodest bitter greapefruit peel note, bittersweet tangerine, vauge grass, and a hint of mango.

Hopsauce is not hot, but instead is a sweet and hoppy experience. There's enough hops which bring sweet mango, tangerine, grapefruit, resin, and a note of honey. It leaves a somewhat astringent aftertaste, though remains solid as a rock overall.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, solid retention, leaves some lacing.

S: Medium smell of hops, strong grapefruit, other citrus.

T: Strongly flavoured malt, with heavy caramel is balanced, by a hop character of white grapefruit and subtle pine. Lots of citrus, though too astringent at times for me.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, resiny, at times a little to much carbonation.

D: Athough at times there were points I wasn't really into it, overall a nice Double IPA, if a bit dissapointing. Definitely does not drink as a 10% beer though, drinks like a regular IPA.

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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 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 jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a tulip glass.

Clear copper color, no head. Nice hoppy aroma- citrus and floral. Not much malt in the taste, but good hop flavor. Not too bitter, but nice bite. Body is a bit thin.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 FLima
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with a thin head with short retention, but keeps a constant plate.
Delicious tropical aroma with notes of passion fruit, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, mango and caramel malt.
Bitter flavor with predominant notes of resiny and spicy hops, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, soap, cantaloupe, garlic and slightly toasted and caramel malts. Quite dry aftertaste with an insistent bitterness.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.2% is not felt.
Decent resiny DIPA that satisfied my appetite for hops. Not overly sweet and with a nice nose, but resiny and dunk hops hid a bit its mouth complexity. Though it increases as it warms up and hops settle down on your palate. It didn’t fell so fresh and live.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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Photo of Sludgeman
3.6/5  rDev -5%

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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 61.5% out of 100 with 156 ratings
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