Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
Hopadillo IPA pours to a clear copper color with a nice head of white- colored foam that leaves some decent lacing as you consume. The beer eminates a nose that combines floral, citrus, biscuit, and pine with the scent of grapefruit and peppery hop spice coming through each time you inhale.
The taste of this beer is about what one would expect, based on the nose. The taste includes flavors such as caramel malt, bread, grapefruit, spicy/peppery hops, pine, and citrus. The beer starts off hoppy, then briefly switches to the flavor of caramel malt, before returning to the taste of citrus/peppery hops in the finish. The maltiness is subdued, but it still makes itself known before the hops take over and finish the task.
Hopadillo IPA is a hoppy brew, as an IPA is expected to be. I like that it does have some maltiness, but one cannot deny the quick transition back to the flavor of hops. The sticky, somewhat oily hops are the flavor you remember best and I like that the beer manages to look and finish clean.
Hopadillo is available only in the Houston area right now, but this may change in the future. In the meantime, Houstonians are reveling in the great taste of Karbach beer. It is nice to have such an excellent carft brewing operation in our backyard and we look forward to more great products in the near future.
07-05-2012 05:13:40 | More by BryanCarey
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3.04/5 rDev -18.3%
12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label art acquired as part of a 6 pack for $13.00 USD at the Growler Room and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Reviewed as an IPA because it identifies as such in the name and on the label. No ABV is listed on the can. No best before/brewed on date. Bottom of can says "241K-3 03508." "Dry hopped."
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a three finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes.
Body colour is a clear orange-copper of above average vibrance. Translucent/transparent. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style and ABV. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Pine, light onion (amarillo/simcoe methinks), floral hop character, herbal hop character, caramalt, pale malt, and biscuit malts. Not as resinous as you might expect. The caramalt mutes any citrus; I'm not getting the orange or grapefruit I expected. A bit buttery. The malts counteract the hops a bit more than is necessary; I do like the hoppy edge - especialy the pine, but the hop choices don't seem ideal based on the aroma alone. A pleasant hoppy aroma of mild strength.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off-notes.
T: Hop bitterness is nicely concealed by the malty sweetness for the most part. It got a nice piney edge, which is the dominant hop note (to its benefit). Floral, herbal, and vague citrusy hop notes are in there too. Pale malts, caramalts, pilsner malts, and some biscuit malts comprise the foundation. It's by no means a gestalt beer, but it has cohesion and decent balance. Lightly oniony. Could use more complexity and subtlety, but then so could most beers. It's fairly complex as-is, which I respect.
Depth of flavour is average for the style, as is duration of flavour. Intensity of flavour is slightly below average for the style.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I don't get any overt off-flavours either. As far as my personal tastes go, I'm not finding the naked hop bitterness and warm tropical pineapple notes I despise in an IPA. It could be more resinous. Hop choices aren't great.
Mf: Coarsens on the climax due to the hop bitterness, but it's otherwise smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Sticky. Lightly oily. A bit buttery. Crisp. Overcarbonated, with a bit of a bite. Not as approachable as many beers in the style. Decent body and presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't come across custom-tailored to it.
A bit abrasive, but otherwise not too flawed. Far from ideal for the style.
Dr: A downable little IPA from Karbach. At this price point, it's not worth getting again. I'm also asserting that it's more affordable in Houston, but I still doubt I'd pick it up again. There're some nice elements here, but it's by no means a world-class IPA. Slightly above average. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.
The resinous pine note was a highlight for me. The onion, hop bitterness, and overcarbonated biting mouthfeel will be a downside for many.
Might pair decently with spicy food.
09-23-2013 01:18:14 | More by kojevergas
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
On tap at Christian's Tailgate in Houston.
The beer pours an orange color with a large, creamy, long-lasting white head. The aroma is full of toffee and orange citrus notes, with the two appearing pretty much in balance. A little maltier than I like in an IPA, but still nice.
The flavor is more hoppy than the aroma. I get a lot of pine and orange citrus notes, as well as some biscuit malt which keeps the beer from being too bitter. The hops and malt are well balanced, but the hop flavor still does a good job of coming through and standing out.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
11-21-2011 03:14:51 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
I am trying the Hopadillo during an unplanned layover in Houston at Ruby's diner in Terminal E. The beer has poured a clear copper amber with thin white head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent carries fresh hop that is leaning toward bitter than what is traditionally expected fro American IPAs. The taste is bitter through the drink, but not to the point where ira undrinkable. There is enough malt to balance the beer making it sessionable. In addition a bitter citrus, grapefruit, is present. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable ipa.
12-09-2013 19:16:03 | More by WoodBrew
Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
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