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Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.

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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 16
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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+

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.75/5  rDev +27%
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!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.44/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber, kinda hazy. Decent cream head and nice wisps.

Smell - There's something off about it I can't pinpoint. Very malty. Caramel. A little bit of butterscotch. Citrus hop, but the off aroma is dominant.

Taste - Some citrus hop, but malt is dominant. Sweet caramel malt. Again that off flavor is really strange. Maybe it's diacetyl, but it's not the normal diacetyl flavor. Butterscotchy, but not in the traditional way.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, medium carbonation. Weird.

Overall - I wish I could qualify that off flavor better, but I can't. It's not a normal IPA.

Photo of wejohnsn
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from a big box provided by woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is hops, pine, some citrus and malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking IPA.

Photo of DavidHume
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Karbach Hopadillo IPA has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a cloudy, golden-orange appearance, with some streaming bubbles and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of slightly piney, oily hops and sweet white bread. The flavor is of sugary, white bread, fairly bitter, piney, and faintly citrusy hops, and a touch of bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Karbach Hopadillo IPA finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. The bitterness seems to be considerably lower than a 70 IBU. Overall, I score this at the lower end of excellent.

RJT

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

A - Burnt orange / amber with 2 fingers of fine creamy off white head. A thin line of head persisted the entire time I was drinking.

S - Lots of grapefruit with some pine, caramel and bread

T - Grapefruit is the main flavor, followed closely by pine, caramel malt, bread, and citrus hop bitterness

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is decently oily, and a resinous bitterness remains for a while in the aftertaste

O - A good offering from Karbach. Not too bitter, a bit lacking on the mouthfeel, but the grapefruit / pine / caramel combo works well.

Photo of SHODriver
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a pint glass to a hazed deep orange with a small off white head that fades to a small mat
S: smells of caramel malt sweetness, citrus and pine
T: tastes of pine, citrus rind, slightly minty, herbal and a bit resinous with a bit of caramel sweetness. swallow is some clean citrus and pine with a bit of residual caramel sweetness
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and a juicy finish
O: fortunately cans are like mini kegs so this one held up well. plenty of hop bitterness and hop flavor with some good hop complexity and the malt struggles to find a balance. It's a very well done beer but in my opinion they need to improve the clarity of their beers as this one was particulate instead of a chill haze

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can pours a gorgeous reddish hue with a sticky cap of fluffy, tan head. One of the nicer looking beers I have seen lately.

Nose is tropical and citric hops. The malts are lighter than I expected, given the dark color of the beer. Graininess fading into a light caramel is about all I can get on the malt end of the spectrum.

Taste is smooth hop flavor leaning tropical but also throws out some pine sap and grapefruit along the way. Dank sticky nuggs actually, good range of flavors all the way from beginning to a dusty, bitter finish. The malt provides just enough to not be flabby and thin...light caramel with a low sweetness. I dont see any reason why this cant be a top-notch IPA. Tons of hop flavor, nice neutral malt, clean finish...what's not to like?

I had this on tap previously and it did not even come close to this sample, not sure why as I usually find the tap version more appealing (my guess is served too cold). But all three Karbach offerings I have had so far from both spigot and can, the can has reigned supreme!

Photo of TexasRedskinFan
4.9/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhh, Hopadillo IPA....
This beer is fantastic. Floral, piney, grassy, nicely carbonated and cheap!!! $6 a sixer here in Houston. This beer is gorgeous. Pours almost nut brown, thick head, great lacing. It smells like a fresh hop cone. It goes down dry and smooth, while ringing every last nuance out of the hops.

Beautiful, local, hoppy, bright, cheap...

Uhhh no brainer.

Photo of jwff
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned April 23, 2013.

Pours out a burnt orange with a dissipating white head. Excessive (for my tastes) yeast suspends in the glass. Smells of citrus oil, sugary dough, and mild alcohol. Upfront hop flavor of grapefruit and orange is initially pleasing, but is followed by a heavy sweetness and leads into an excellent bitter finish. Finishes sticky and dry with bitterness lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel is slick with medium carbonation.

This is an IPA on the maltier/sweeter side, but with a nice hop profile and accessible packaging it is a solid beer. Not amazing, but a good local product.

Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Hopadillo poured a golden amber with a full and substantial head. There was loads of citrus and dank hops in the aroma. The taste had plenty of hop bite with a solid malt body that gave the Hopadillo a well rounded and balanced flavor profile. The hops were heavy with tropical fruits and citrus and a bit of dank hops that I always enjoy. The Hopadillo was an excellent IPA from Karbach.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden copper in color with light to moderate amount of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and hints of apricot + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet caramel malts with moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts. There is a moderate flavor of citrus/orange rind hops with a light amount of pine hop flavors as well. Hints of herbal hops as well. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an enjoyable and easy to drink IPA, nothing crazy but a solid offering that I would definitely grab again (thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from Houston). Alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another CAN courtesy of the wondrous JenRay! It is nice to have sources for CANs and I hope that my latest box to her was to her liking.

From the CAN: "Brewed In Texas"; "Please Remain Calm"; "Proudly Brewed In Texas"; "Cuidado [-] He lurks in the shadows, waiting in bold anticipation. He's surprisingly bitter. Bitter about something. Legend has it that he feasts on those with fresh hops coursing through their veins. This dry hopped, Texas IPA has a flavor as defiant as the Hopadillo himself. It's packed with the bracing bitterness of hops from around the world that this creature craves. He's comin' to get ya. You've been warned."

The Crack revealed another brimful craft CAN and so an inverted Glug was in order. The room suddenly smelled heavily of grapefruit and my mouth began to water. My pour resulted in two fingers of rocky, tawny head with decent retention. As I patiently allowed it to fall, sticky lacing began to appear. Color was amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite citrus hop bite on the tongue. I liked that they did not saturate the beer with hops to the point that it takes on a grainy quality. It was that intense on the tongue, however. Finish was dry and bitter, just the way I like my AIPAs. Hell, I did not need to be warned about this guy - he and I got along just fine, thank you.

Photo of VaterRoss
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Ommegang BPA glass.

Pours an dark orange/amber with a medium sized fluffly off-white head. Smell is bright sticky citrus of the tangerine variety (some pine) and a hint of resin. Towards the extra hoppy side for an IPA. Taste starts with the citrus hops followed by a slightly musky malt. Nice and bitter. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and medium in body and carb.

The strong hoppiness and somewhat odd malt give this IPA a certain strong sharpness that I'm not crazy about. There's a hop oil stickiness that is interesting as well. Worth a try for the west coast hop heads.

Photo of bmwats
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can, into a standard pint.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly and unevenly leaving plenty of dry, sticky residue as it does. Substantial lacing.

N: Nose is cardboard, and pine, with some very light floral components.

T: Light earthy, pine flavor.

M: A little shallow, but a light crisp body, and a slightly dry finish.

D: Not much resistance. Sip or fire away.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Nice hue, great head, and some great lacing. Nose is light earthy and floral combination. Flavor is earthy, and lightly piny, but quite shallow. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this can!

Something about the armadillo that no matter his form it takes, I still love it. Dunno why... This stuff pours a clear topaz-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, mild caramel, and a touch of orange rind. It's subtle, but decently effective. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of earthy greens tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice little IPA, nothing earth-shattering or anything, but a generally enjoyable brew.

Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with a big white head that linger and laces.

Smells of earthy and fruity hops, some of the off-cat pee hop aroma, some bready sweetness...it is somewhat lacking or muddled in the nose...not a lot stands out.

Taste is up front stone fruit bitterness with some pine that goes into a sweeter malty note and ends on a really bitter, slightly metallic taste with hints of fruit and just a tad of earthyness. **This opens up a lot as it warms and the malt character and hops blend more.

Medium body and medium carbonation work well enough.

This beer is surprisingly bitter for the style and has notes of pine and citrus fruit but comes across a bit muted in the overall flavors...and odd IPA.

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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.