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!"

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 155
Photo of RoyalT
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a light orange in color and very clear with a moderate head.

Smell – The hoppy pine resin is abundant here with no malt to speak of.

Taste – The malts are absent at the taste as well and the hop flavor, while huge, is one-dimensional pine.

Mouthfeel – This is way too light for a DIPA, maybe medium-bodied at best, but has some incredibly satisfying dryness.

Drinkability – This really is like hop juice. It’s thin, almost like water, but extremely hoppy. It is not a true double though.

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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 flexabull
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Alehouse Pub.

Pours an orange color, kind of cloudy, with a decent white head.

Aromas area kind of faint, but still pleasant for a DIPA. Some tropical fruits, resin, and hints of pine, this is all about the hops.

Taste is like the nose, but more pronounced. Citrus like, with some tropical fruits, I notice nectarines, and mangos. It's kind of sweet, with some sharp underlying bitterness, and a crisp somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good, full, smooth, with plenty of body.

Overall this is a pretty solid DIPA. It has a few flaws, but still well worth trying.

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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 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 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 litheum94
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle with no dates.

Copper color, like a decade old penny. One finger, vaguely tan head that settles to a patchy covering. Very nice lacing.

Ganja hops, with a medicinal quality. Some leather and tannins. Has a red wine quality to it. Black iced tea aromas. Pretty unique nose for the style.

Black tea flavors, leafy and herbal. Citric acid sourness. Pine hop bitterness, and they come on strong. The bitterness keeps building until it reaches an almost destructive level. A dry tannin mouthfeel develops as the beer warms.

The flavors and aromas are very unique, but it the end, the bitterness starts getting out of control. Needs some more balance. Where are the malts?

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Photo of ghetto90007
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 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 ehammond1
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


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 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 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 flannelman808
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this bottle reads 8.2% abv not 10%. So maybe a new recipe.

A: Looks good. This pours a very bright yellow amber (truly crystal clear) and has a slightly off white head which has a nice billow to it. Good retention and good lacing to boot.

S: Orange rind and orange flesh softly reach the nose. Smells like its going to be "chewy". Not very many sweet notes but perhaps a subtle caramel.

T: Just a bit sweeter (caramel indeed) than I would have hoped for but this isn't bad stuff. Bitter herbal (approaching pine but not quite there) notes develop in the front and sides of the palate. Bitter orange zest/pith follows through as well (a very authentic flavor).

M: round with a soft prickle.

O: good stuff, a decent value pick up, I think it was just under $6 for a bomber. However I wouldn't let this age for more than another month or so. Fleeting hop notes are needed to keep it in balance and I would guess it wont take long for this stuff to get sweet.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours with little to no head with an amberish golden color.

S. Sweet piney scent, more sweet than pine, could chalk it up to a citrusy smell as well.

T/M Medium viscosity, tastes of pine like hops with some sweetness, the malt comes into play but does not balance it out, which I like, starts strong in IBU's hits you with a little malt and leaves you with some sweet piney bitter bite on the end.

Overall: Wow. Rubicon you impressed me with this one, I am not a big fan of R. Beers normally but this one is well thought out and executed. Will definitely be more likely to try a R. Beer in the future.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in sample size at the 2011 Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a clear dark gold with a thin white film of a head. Aroma is sweet and perfumey with flowers and molasses coming to mind. Brown malt flavor with molasses and a mild soy sauce thing to go with the candied hop notes. Sweet but not overly sticky on the palate. Weird but tasty.

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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 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 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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Photo of vacax
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rubicon Brewpub in a tulip glass. Amber colored, cloudy, little head, slight amount of lacing. Aromas of strong piney hops along with some caramel malts. The taste is hoppy with pine, floral, lots of bittering, and respectable alcohol. Full bodied for a DIPA with lots of bubbles and sticky icky hops. This is a tasty hop bomb, but has a bit too much kick. The hop balance needs worked on or some more malt to balance this one out. I do like it though.

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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 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 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 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 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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Hop Sauce (Hopsauce) from Rubicon Brewing Company
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