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Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Hopadillo IPAHopadillo IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

68 Reviews
THE BROS
82
good

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 654
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 25
Gots: 232 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 09-09-2011

A "Texas-style IPA" at ~70 IBU and brewed with a combination of American, English and German hops (German Magnum, Chinook, Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, East Kent Goldings). Dry-hopped too.
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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 654
Photo of HotDogBikeRide
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's very refreshing and enjoyable, some extra carbonation, but nothing really makes it stand out from the crowd with so mant different IPAs available on the market -- in Texas alone. It has a lot of hops, mostly bitter ones, and reminds me of similar ones in the style. Smell is very faint but nice. I've had beers taste like this and at least hide in an additional 3% alcohol haha. Worth a try just to say that you've had it at least, kinda expensive at certain stores but to a true IPA/hops lover you couldn't really go wrong. Good session beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think I received a dated batch but it was still enjoyable. The malty sweetness was outdoing the bittering hops but the aroma was still intact. Decent, but I would like to try it fresh.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can at 3rd Bar Eating House, Houston Intercontinental Airport (Terminal B), Houston, TX

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy, spicy, and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a variety of different hop flavors such as flora and citrus along with notes of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of hop aromas and flavors in that no hop stands out in particular. The taste isn't overly bitter, but still has some hop bite and tastes like an assertive IPA.

Serving type; can

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, nice head retention & even better lacing

S: Piney, grassy, bready, some perfumy/floral hops as well; great nose

T: Follows the nose, nice mango, some leafy hops, as well up front, some biscuitty malt dryness too. Dryness & cattiness as this warms, a little juiceyness as well, mango mostly, some grapefruit in smaller amounts. Finishes catty. with herbal hop presence, some dryness & a little grapefruit, some biscuitty malt & grassyness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation , decent balance

Easy drinker, not my favorite blend of hops, but I would buy this again given the chance, well worth a go. Dry hopping is done well here!

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Photo of Spikester
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First craft beer tonight that traveled all the way from Texas through Boise, ID and on to Salem, OR.
Hazy golden orange with three fingers of off white head that really sticks around. Big clumps of lace as the liquid level drops.
Smell is pretty mild but nothing bad. A bit of malts some floral hops.
Taste is a surprise. Nice hop assortment but the malt levels are quite high for the style. Kind of veers toward the bold Pale Ale realm a bit. Makes for a very tasty beer though. Not enough hop bitterness for the big hop crown but I am enjoying it a lot. Hop flavors are tropical fruits a bit of pine some light pink grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter but not overly so.
You can renew the head with just a swirl of the liquid.
Overall a very nice beer from the great state of Texas. Is it a West Cost hop bomb? It is close but actually much more enjoyable than many of that ilk. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a darker straw color with a one finger head that recedes moderately and leaves a minuscule ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma of bitter, piney hops. Taste follows the nose. Bitter pine hops dominate the taste with a slightly spicy finish that is the smoothest part of the beer. Medium body and medium carbonation with a bitter aftertaste that lingers. Strong hops for a 70 IBU beer.
It's an acceptable but unbalanced IPA that pairs decently with spicy food. The "legend of the Hopadillo" (typing on the can) claims that it is very bitter and it certainly fulfills that promise. There are more palatable hop bombs out there.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells wonderful - very tropical with tons of pineapple juice. It has a strong kick at the front of the tongue, but is way too bitter and oniony on the aftertaste for me. If it tasted as good as it smells then it'd get a big score. Still a pretty solid Texas beer though.

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Photo of RockRuler
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can bought at Kroger in Baytown, TX

Excellent representation of what an IPA should be. Great color, smell and flavor. Solid hoppy flavor and a slight bitter after taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped "crafted on 060815...") poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber with a good, frothy head of odd white foam and rings of lace.

Smell: Roasty grains, resin, earthy hops.

Taste: Malty caramel base, resin, earth, lemony citrus, mint, sharp herbal bitterness, slight vegetal notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation, smooth feel.

Overall: Drinkable, flavorful IPA; plenty of hoppy bite and complexity.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass at Sam's Boat in Houston over a few pounds of crawfish. While a great IPA from right here in Houston, three cans weren't enough to cool off the crawfish spice. Great IPA from a can.
Updates:
10-7-15 - on tap at Champps and Oceanaire in Houston. Good times with the Willis crew, even though the Pirates lost their wild card game.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a cloudy golden. As for the taste, hops rule the day: pine and citrus with grapefruit coming in late. A nice refreshing beer. (Had it at IAH in the middle of a long trip home.)

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is a murky, golden, Amber. Smell has an earthy, piney note to it. Taste is hoppy with a slight bitterness. Slight citrus note to it. Feel is smooth with a slight syrupyness to it. Overall, a great ipa!

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery the other day. Kind of between and amber and copper color with a respectable off white head. Has a good medley of hop aromas with a bit of citrus, pine, and earthiness. The taste is where this brew stands out to me. Unlike a lot of IPAs out there there is still a fair bit of malt flavor to it, while still having that hop punch that dominates for the most part. Definitely a solid IPA from an up and coming brewery.

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Photo of MikeyLegend
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a nice copper brown with nice head that left solid lacing on the glass as you sipped. The hop smell isn't overbearing for 70 IBUs. Nice pine smell with a citrus taste upon drinking. Nice local beer I'll be grabbing again.

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Photo of OregonDuckinTexas
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Yukk. Considering the hop IBU Hopadillo has a surprisingly "yeasty" taste. You know, sort of salty and a bit grainy. Essentially free of complexity and not a hint of the classic citrus note. It's a shame, because these guys made a great Octoberfest this year. Definitely not a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of NoseOverTail
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Similar IBU I feel compared to Karbach's Rodeo Clown which is one of my favorites. Excellent citrus taste, recommend to anyone that loves IPA's. Enjoy!

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a 16oz glass at the Clarion Hotel in Houston.
Nice lacing and a nice head that fades to a thin layer. Nice hops but has some bitterness I can't quite figure out. Overall a nice APA and considering the selection I had to chose from this was a winner

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Mild lace develops.

Smell: orange and floral hops are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, orange, and a floral hop bitterness is moderate. Very straight forward IPA.

Mouthfeel: very crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Nicely refreshing.

Overall: an easy drinking IPA that hits the spot.

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Photo of DavidHume
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker fake pint glass.

L: A rich gold, with some bits of suspended yeast scattered throughout it.

S: Grapefruit and orange, faint hints of tropical fruit.

T: Piney bitterness, grapefruit pith, finishing with a light orange sweetness

F: Surprisingly thick and creamy, nice carbonation.

O: A tasty, drinkable IPA. Nothing special, but it sure beats the draft Bud Light that was the alternative.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark orange body and a off white head.

Orange, grapefruit, floral hop aroma.

Nice hit of bitterness giving way to the hop flavors and ending with bready malt.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

At ~70 IBU and brewed with a combination of American, English and German hops (German Magnum, Chinook, Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, East Kent Goldings), this is a very different IPA. Don’t expect this to be a typical American IPA, as the range of hop flavours runs the gamut, which might be too much for some. Nonetheless, this is an interesting hop bomb of complex flavors.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.6%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Bright, dark amber, thick foamy head

SMELL: Pine, resin, lemongrass, grain

TASTE: Smooth, viscous, sweet, caramel, cereal grains, earthy, leafy, resiny, oily, citrusy, piney, spicy, astringent, dry, ashy

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Photo of deadmoney5x5
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

A weak IPA or a strong PA. Much more bitter and less friendly than, say, Sierra Nevada Pale, but nowhere near a dogfish 90. I would rate it higher, but the hop notes are very floral and the finish isn't clean.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sent to me by my son in Texas, it was brewed on 10/09/14 and consumed on 12/05/14. It's dry hopped, and called a 'Texas IPA' on the can. Poured nicely with a relatively small head that did last, with plenty of lacing. Had a pine forest aroma, very pleasant. First sip yielded some fresh grapefruit flavor that was lively and embracing, followed by the pine resin hoppy taste. There was some mild bitterness as I swallowed, followed by a clean finish. If this is what Texas IPAs are about, give me more!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned Oct 20th 2014.

Thick and fluffy very large controlled head, off tan in appearance, huge staying power and retention, with a smooth cap. Foamy ring lacing while settling very slowly. Gorgeous crystal bronze and garnet red body color, with ample rising carbonation coming from the bottom. Great looking IPA.

Mild subtle hop notes of dank earth. More notes of caramel and some sweet herbs come forth a bit though taking over just a bit. Some juiced orange like character squeaks out just a bit wanting to poke it's aroma through. Very subtle but quite nice in a way.

Palate comes quite nicely with a subtle kick. Mild juiced body with lots of good tangerine soft sweetness. Malt action takes a bit of backseat with still some toffee light notes but lets the hops do the talking. Juiced orange body, with a resin soft chewy feel, then gives way to leafy herbal tea quality. Comes off almost like wet hop brewed interestingly, with a big airy aftertaste. Mild pine to mint finish with a breathmint quality.

Overall really nice with some subtle complex character and good balance.

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Photo of wejohnsn
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Served in a 12 ounce can. not expecting anything i was surpised at how good it it is. I taste grapefruit peel and orange. has a kinda creamy mouth feel. this is good stuff. the flavors tend to fade quickly so it doesnt over whelm the taste buds and makes me want to drink more. good stuf. i will get this again.

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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
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