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Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.

Hopadillo IPAHopadillo IPA

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%


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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 09-09-2011)
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful pour. clear copper/yellow with 1" of fluffy white head - TONS of lacing.

S - piney, sweet, earthy, malty, slight citrus

T - piney, sweet, mellow bitterness, slight earthy - a perfect blend of all standard IPA aspects

M - very smooth flowing, not too heavy, not too bitter - very easy on the palate

O - this is honestly close to perfection in every aspect as far as the style goes. i would have preferred some more hops/bitterness, but i'll leave that up to when they make a double ;)

Serving type: growler

02-28-2012 21:03:57 | More by facundoCNB
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 05:09:22 | More by twiggamortis420
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brurevu

Texas

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 18:06:02 | More by brurevu
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: can

06-08-2013 14:05:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
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BryanCarey

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 05:13:40 | More by BryanCarey
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice almost too nice carbonation. It develops a giant two finger crisp white cap above a tinted body, caramel body.

Smells.. oo, very appreciable grassy nature with a very herbal body. It has the right amount of sweetness balancing out the combo grassy, herbal, just barely bitter. The back end is delightfully grainny. Not Bready, but the unmashed grains.

Flavors... Instantly grassy, just a great field of light vegetation and shrubberies. Beyond that is a sharper hop character, like pure spicing from Italian seasoning, the finish of Italian seasoning at least. Good amount of sweetness throughout it. From start to finish, sucrose, toffee, and caramels.

Medium bodied, crisp carbonation that lasts the entire palate presence. Low alcohol body which I appreciate. The stickiness of flavors and bitterness is nigh on perfect for my palate, but not necessarily the best for an AIPA.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 23:37:31 | More by Khazadum
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-06-2013 19:45:05 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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Weisseguy1

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A burnt orange almost reddish and a thin head
S. sweet bread aroma
T. Resinous flavor upfront then spicy aftertaste, bitter hops lingering, and still lingering,still...
M. Bubbles to medium body that is slightly oily ending with cotton mouth
O. When I first tried this beer about a month ago I was not very familiar with IPA's, this beer has set a bar for me. Granted I am fairly new to craft beer, I have bought this beer more than once, it hase been a beer that I go to when all I need is one beer,and no messin around. I get the full craft beer experience in one 12 ounce can.

Serving type: can

08-11-2013 02:53:11 | More by Weisseguy1
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Altrurian

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came across this estimable surprise at Pappadeaux's restaurant in Terminal E of IAH. It's always a delight--and all too rare--to find a quality beer in an airport.

Rich orange-amber color; nice, modest, creamy head. Rich and creamy mouthfeel to match. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine, as is the robust flavor. In sum, a solid, hearty IPA that satisfies beyond what might be expected with its sane ABV. Kudos, Karbach!

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2014 18:17:09 | More by Altrurian
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 19:16:03 | More by WoodBrew
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-19-2012 00:22:44 | More by woodychandler
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Premo88

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 05:02:25 | More by Premo88
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SHODriver

California

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 22:48:06 | More by SHODriver
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sitarist

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange / copper color. Two finger, off white head. The head falls quickly to a cap that leaves behind spots of lacing. Absolutely gorgeous.

It has a sweet, floral aroma; with hints of toffee, papaya, herbs, and an earthy wet forest scent. It tickles my nose.

It has a sweet malty flavor that quickly gets lost by an attack on the bitter receptors of my tongue. It is woody, and resinous; it has hints of grapefruit, stems, tea, papaya, and pecan husk.

It has substantial body. It sticks to my tongue, like a dry hop napalm.

It is a great beer. Wonderful aromatics, and flavor. Its body, and bitterness beat up my tongue pretty well which hurts its flavor, or Id score this beer alot higher. I would try this beer again.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this one.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 02:02:08 | More by sitarist
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into my Southern Tier tulip. Copper in color with a foamy, pillowy, inch thick head to it. It left behind some nice lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a pretty nice juicy hoppiness to it with some notes of of citrusy orange and grapefruit coming out. Some bready malts with a touch of caramel lend some nice support for the hops.

The taste follows through with a good amount of juicy, citrusy hops to it throughout. Again notes of grapefruit and pine come out, but I also get a touch of tropical fruit to it. Pretty decent malt base to it with some noticeable sweeter, bready, slight caramel notes. A bitter citrus rind flavor lingers into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it was a pretty nice beer of the style. It had a pretty good, juicy hop profile and a nice malt base to support it. Very drinkable and flavorful beer overall.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 19:54:26 | More by billab914
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-14-2012 01:49:51 | More by VaterRoss
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beergoot

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received about two hours ago via UPS from a 2nd successful beer trade with Tim from Houston...

Dark golden color; thick and creamy white head. Nice citrus hop aroma -- orange and grapefruit with some peach and melon-like notes.

Good malt front-end. Biscuit. Nice bitter finish.

Light-to-medium body (mouthfeel). Dry finish.

A respectable AIPA. Nothing really makes this beer stand out from other quality IPA offerings, but that's no reason not to pick up a six and enjoy this beer if you're in the mood for this style.

Serving type: can

05-11-2012 00:56:31 | More by beergoot
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coldriver

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a medium amber with good head and lacing. Aroma is pine and grapefruit with sweet cotton candy malt. Taste is balanced more towards bitter oily piney hops than citrus fruit, malt profile seems a bit flat. Medium mouthfeel with dry bitter finish that really hangs on the tongue. A very bitter beer which doesn't quite have enough malt backbone to balance the hops - it's not bad but it would be tough to finish more than one of these in a sitting.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 22:14:50 | More by coldriver
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 06:58:49 | More by bmwats
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 03:14:51 | More by Mora2000
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 03:06:51 | More by TenHornsProud
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-21-2012 20:07:42 | More by tone77
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champ103

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Anvil in Houston, TX

A: Pours a cloudy and dark reddish color. Very dark for an IPA. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace.
S: Hop resin. Pine, and oily hops that are intermingled with some caramel malt.
T: Follows the nose. Piny, slightly oily hops all intermingled with some caramel malt and lightly burnt sugar.
M/D: A medium to full body with good carbonation. A slightly oily and resinous consistency and not as clean as I would like. Easy enough to drink. I finished my pint without a problem and could have had more if the mood struck.

Enjoyable enough, and a well made beer. Nothing wrong with this IPA, but I will take the Wheat over this everyday.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 01:04:01 | More by champ103
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FUNKPhD

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer/Houston.

From Notes:
Mahogany in color with an off white head. Not terribly aromatic, but smells like an IPA. Tastes hoppy and bitter, with a slight sweetness, nutty. Delivers a nice hop mouth tingle.

Not the greatest IPA I've had, but I wasn't disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 02:33:58 | More by FUNKPhD
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-02-2012 03:36:05 | More by TMoney2591
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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
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