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Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Hopadillo IPAHopadillo IPA

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64 Reviews

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 625
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 38.67%
Wants: 24
Gots: 210 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

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: 64 | Hads: 625
Reviews by Premo88:
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3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pub glass

L -- murky gold, weakish head that disipates quickly ... some lacing. it has the slightest hint of amber, and the head is tannish.

S -- so hoppy. pine forest big time. as you drink it, a malt smell comes in.

T -- if you want hops, you got hops. not a whole lot else, though I swear this beer follows better than it leads ... for some reason, when I drink it after another beer, it tends to taste sweeter, whereas if I drink it by itself, it's almost a hop salad with no dressing.

F -- just fine. good carbonation, medium weight.

O -- for the price, LOVE it. it's a cheap way to get a good hoppy American IPA, and it's made in Texas: a big bonus for us Texans. But I have to admit, it's not incredibly balanced. Can be a bit bitter without much else going for it, so it's not the beer to drink when you're in the mood for malt or esters or something else.

i'll definitely be drinking more of this beer.

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More User Reviews:
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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%

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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3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Store cold.

Might pair decently with spicy food.

Low C+

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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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4.64/5  rDev +23.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
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