Rosabi | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Pale Ale brewed with wasabi.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 564 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of crow
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance : opaque with colorful reddish orange hue, white head. Aroma: hops, grass, straw, horseradish/wasabi comes later but once you key in on it, its there, and can start to feel that lovely burn in your sinuses. Taste: Odd (though not unexpected). Wasabi is very present, but seems to be disconnected from the main flavor. Some ash, sour fruit, citrus, grapefruit, Feel: medium carbonation. Some creaminess,that seems to evaporate. Strange taste makes this hard to evaluate. Moments of interest, but overall falls short. A nice effort by dogfish head is appreciated but i can’t say I’ll spend $14 on this again."


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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Rosabi was ok....not sure how old the bottle was that I drank as I see it has been retired. It poured a hazy golden with fizzy white head that dissappated quickly and did not leave any lace. The scent was common to most ipas....pine citrus touch of spice. The taste was also close to an ipa. I was expecting a bit of a kick....not sure why....I guess Rosabi is close to Wasabi.....death by word association. The mouthfeel was medium in body. Overall it was good and glad to have tried it.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Definite wasabi, on every level: green, rooty nose, with that freshly-grated horseradish stench; great red-gold color, with ample, billowy-pillowy head, not to mention lots of sticky spider-web lacing; and in the taste, as well as the odor, the wasabi seems to be supplanting hops as the inflection point of the imperial pale ale: chthonic bitters, green potato-skin notes, touch of rutabaga, sharp carrot-top and chard intense herbal leafy tones. Not, ultimately, the most sessionable, let-me-drink-a-lot-of-this IPA; but fucking interesting as hell, and a very well-executed expression on this seemingly atrabilious idea.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This starts with a very earthy tone, some malt, and the Wasabi. I get caramel, toffee and light hop. Sounds good but I just didn't like the combination.

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Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy amber reddish color with a 3 finger foamy beige colored head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading very slowly and leaving great spider web foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of caramel, sweet malt, toffee and what seems like the wasabi up front. The second wave is candied sugar, brown sugar, herbs, grapefruit, orange and grains which may actually be the red rice listed on the bottle as it have a very different smell. Mild spices and a strong caramel sweetness hides the alcohol completely, releasing aroma's that resemble maple syrup as it warms up.

Taste is a little strange with a very earthy presence combining with the sweetness that leaves a funny aftertaste. It seems like the wasabi alters the malt presence and drives this away from the hoppy sweetness and citrus in the nose to more like dirt and roots; it seems the wasabi root (listed on the bottle) doesn't taste like the green blob of wasabi that comes with sushi. The heat is minimal and the sweetness remains, but the beer tastes like it's dirty. The enjoyable citrus, caramel and malty presence in the nose starts to turn into a graham cracker tastiness, and then drives off the side of a cliff and loses all the nice pale ale flavors that seemed promising at first. I appreciate the attempt to brew with wasabi, but this combination just didn't do it for me like the nose did.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, with a medium to chewy body, moderate bitterness, minor heat and nice sweetness from the citrus hops and caramel malts. The finish has orange and hop bitterness, very mild earthy spices, bready malts and crackers, and then finally the root or wasabi plant which finishes like ginger. I should have had this with a sushi dinner, it may have been the perfect compliment. Overall it was decent and another nice Dogfish Head experiment, I applaud their creativity as always, but this is not something I'd seek out or go for again.

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Photo of Shanty76
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dwinslow15
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.66/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 finger head, poured from a 750ml bottle. Head retention is quite good and lacing continues for quite some time. After the head recedes, I was left with a nice foam ring around the glass. Deep amber/brown color and quite hazy and opaque.

Smells of powerful hops, fruit, and caramelly malts. There definitely is a spicy aroma that arises with each swirl of the glass.

At first there is a hop bite, then a sweet caramelly wave that comes through. It is not long before you get the rush of tangy wasabi. It comes in very forcefully along with some warmth. It's very noticeable, but it doesn't overpower your taste buds. Then there is a nice floral-hoppy finish that balances all.

Fairly full boded brew. A little thick and syrupy feeling.

Loved this one as I do all of Dogfish Head's brews. This one was so unique and unlike anything I have tasted before. I am a huge wasabi fan so this one was right up my alley. I will grab another one of these if I see one as it looks like it has been retired.

I am an off-centered person and I love their off-centered beers!

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Photo of Donkster46
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SStein
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The vivid rose hue of Rosabi comes from a combination of Munich and Caramel malts and a touch of red rice from Louisiana, birthplace of musician and collaborator Julianna Barwick. Citrusy Simcoe and Centennial feed Julianna's love of hops, and the star of the show is her go-to ingredient: wasabi. What's hoppy? ,,, Wasabi. The Japanese root adds bittering and herbal notes simolar to hops, with its subel heat creepin in after the kick of carbonation. It's expansive from start to finish. So go ahead, take a sip, toss your head back, and howl at the red Rosabi moon." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale with Wasabi added. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy, smooth head of a batter-white color over a mildly hazy copper-orange body with ample carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Light bread malts, slight caramel graininess and delicate pale syrup base, with the bold bittering aromas of lemony, grassy and murky citrus hops, also a distinctive aroma that I deduce to be Wasabi with a bit of subtle heat on the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The impact of the wasabi is noticeable from the initial impact of the first sip with a slightly vegetal bittering agent throughout the flavor profile although the overall impact is much more transparent than I had imagined. Bread malts, caramel and delicate graininess, a lingering mild vegetable bitterness that I can only describe as slightly piney, slightly minty at this point but all-around very interesting- it makes little to no impact on the finish of this beer with heat, the spiciness is virtually gone as are the hop profiles included in this ale. Pretty interesting, fairly curious impact of wasabi, those who fear an overpowered ale can try this ale without fear, but for wasabi fans, this ale may leave something to be desired. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, smooth, mildly dry. Carbonation is light, generating a mild frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) I'm a bit saddened that I missed trying this ale at a younger age but part of me intended to hold off in case the wasabi was overly brash and intensely spicy when freshly bottled. What remains is a fairly enjoyable pale ale with a notable flavor of wasabi, but not overly dominant nor overly spicy and harsh. It's very distinctive and unique as far as flavors go and I think it would accent certain fruit beers fairly nicely. One may have to see if Dogfish Head ventures this way and rebrews this ale again but at its current age I'd sooner venture away from this incarnation than seek it out. 3.5

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ddibella84
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BARFLYB
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down a bit but never completely faded away and left some bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wasabi are present in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste starts out with some light flavors of caramel and toasted malts and then transitions to some notes of wasabi. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is present.
O: This seems to be rather weak for a wasabi beer as you just get some notes of it in the smell and the finish of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BradExtreme
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Rosabi from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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