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Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.

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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
Photo of TexasRedskinFan
4.9/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
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 facundoCNB
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
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 ;)

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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 twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of NoseOverTail
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
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 wejohnsn
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a 3 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a fresh, piney, citrus aroma. You can really smell the resin. Good malty taste up front with a strong piney hop. The hoppiness is better balanced with the malts than I remembered it. Noce grapefruit aftertaste. Piney bitterness. It is good. Not much astringency at the end.

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Photo of Spikester
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 RockRuler
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.


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Photo of BryanCarey
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a bottle in Houston after a 9 hour high school graduation I was forced to watch - hopefully some of these kids will make something of themselves and brew beer I can purchase.

Karbach is a new brewery that I never have heard of. This poured a very clear copper color....little head that dissipated quickly. Fruity and hoppy smell that was consistent with the taste. This was a surprising beer for me. A great combination of hoppiness with a taste of fruit....but what gets me is the background of pepper - makes this very distinct. Mild carbonation with a decent finish. Only beer I have had yet from Karbach, but nice job.

Hmmm....wonder if that graduation is over.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Sent to me by my son in Texas, it was brewed on 10/09/14 and consumed on 12/05/14. It's dry hopped, and called a 'Texas IPA' on the can. Poured nicely with a relatively small head that did last, with plenty of lacing. Had a pine forest aroma, very pleasant. First sip yielded some fresh grapefruit flavor that was lively and embracing, followed by the pine resin hoppy taste. There was some mild bitterness as I swallowed, followed by a clean finish. If this is what Texas IPAs are about, give me more!

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to revisit this beer. Canned on 12/12/14, consumed 12/27/14.

Nice clear copper with good lacing as the glasss goes down. Well balanced, not too bitter, not too aggressively hopped. Well done. I'm not sure why I had this rated so low from my previous rating.

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Photo of Weisseguy1
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Altrurian
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.