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Hopadillo IPA | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by champ103 on 09-09-2011

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Photo of Zimples
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at a Rubys Diner in Houston. Clear copper color, good lace on glass. Good nose hop notes making me think it would be super bitter. Pretty smooth though. Very sweet taste and crisp finish. Gets sweeter with each sip.

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Photo of stephens101
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Father-in-law brought this one back from Texas. Gotta love that!

Pours a very clean amber. One-finger of off-white froth tops it off. Caramel followed by citrus to the nose. Well-balanced with plenty of caramel mixed with the fruit and grapefruit. So subtle and well-balanced, and there's nothing to be ashamed of in that respect.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a frozen goblet and a local restaurant. Maybe a frozen goblet is not the best glass.

(L) It had a dark amber color and a thick off white head.

(A) Modest fruity aroma.

(T) The flavor consisted of a caramel malt base, mango and grapefruit, and a moderate lingering bitterness.

(F) It is an easy drinking IPA. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a Speigelau ipa glass. Pours a hazy raw honey gold. Two finger white, soapy head that still covers the beer.
Citrus is at the forefront but can smell grain also. Mainly citrus rind.
Can taste the citrus. Slight grain or floral. I like the taste. Nothing special but wouldn't kick it out of bed.
Feel is a little light. Not quite watery.
Overall it is very drinkable. Will buy again.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a murky golden color when poured. The head was fairly thick, and frothy. The nose you get a nice citrus smell. The taste is interesting. You get very little of the hops taste, but it is there. I really have a hard time describing the flavors that compete with the hops, but I can say that they do work well together.

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Photo of BigGold
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, poured from 12-oz. can into thick-walled tumbler. Nothing at all wrong with this beer, but nothing particularly remarkable either.

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Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours out smooth and creamy, silky head. Gentle hoppy aroma, taste brings out some caramelly malts, hops rest softly on the backplane. Mild for an IPA, but very well crafted.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.
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.
2-29-16 - Leap Day 2016!!! Back at Sam's Boat in Houston. Two pounds of crawfish! Nice. On tap and served in a pint glass (a "few" times). Hoppy and cold with half inch head. Great by itself. Better with mud bugs. Get here now.

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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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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
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