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Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 588
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 184 | 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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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 588
Photo of RockRuler
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (203 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped "crafted on 060815...") poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber with a good, frothy head of odd white foam and rings of lace.

Smell: Roasty grains, resin, earthy hops.

Taste: Malty caramel base, resin, earth, lemony citrus, mint, sharp herbal bitterness, slight vegetal notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation, smooth feel.

Overall: Drinkable, flavorful IPA; plenty of hoppy bite and complexity. (451 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (219 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a cloudy golden. As for the taste, hops rule the day: pine and citrus with grapefruit coming in late. A nice refreshing beer. (Had it at IAH in the middle of a long trip home.) (191 characters)

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
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! (206 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of OregonDuckinTexas
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Yukk. Considering the hop IBU Hopadillo has a surprisingly "yeasty" taste. You know, sort of salty and a bit grainy. Essentially free of complexity and not a hint of the classic citrus note. It's a shame, because these guys made a great Octoberfest this year. Definitely not a West Coast IPA. (297 characters)

Photo of NoseOverTail
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
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! (169 characters)

Photo of Pukstopper
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a 16oz glass at the Clarion Hotel in Houston.
Nice lacing and a nice head that fades to a thin layer. Nice hops but has some bitterness I can't quite figure out. Overall a nice APA and considering the selection I had to chose from this was a winner (271 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of DavidHume
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark orange body and a off white head.

Orange, grapefruit, floral hop aroma.

Nice hit of bitterness giving way to the hop flavors and ending with bready malt. (168 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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 (685 characters)

Photo of deadmoney5x5
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

A weak IPA or a strong PA. Much more bitter and less friendly than, say, Sierra Nevada Pale, but nowhere near a dogfish 90. I would rate it higher, but the hop notes are very floral and the finish isn't clean. (209 characters)

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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! (506 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of wejohnsn
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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. (312 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very fresh straight from the brewery tap.
Amber copper color with a one finger head with short retention but leaving laces.
Very pleasant aroma of pine, peaches and pineapple.
Flavor of pine, toasted malts, mango, caramel and grapefruit. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness, but it doesn’t feel harsh even at 65 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Great American IPA, although bold in hops, it is rather tropical and smooth. Worth trying.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75 (501 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of TexasRedskinFan
4.9/5  rDev +31.4%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A thick, creamy foam sprung out of the can as soon as I cracked the beer. That strong foam continued on into the glass and created about three fingers worth in my snifter. The heavy, foamy nature of it kept the head from falling and ten minutes later there was still a finger strong. It also provided some very nice, layered lacing. The beer underneath it was copper in color with a very slight haze.

SMELL: Some very pretty, floral hop aromas greet the nose with lemon zest and apricot notes. A subtle, brown sugary, malt smell lingers underneath as well.

TASTE: The hop flavor is very different from the hop aroma. The citrus turns into more grapefruit and they are intensely grassy. The malt is similar to the nose in the sense that it is a brown sugar/molasses-like taste and it provides a nice balance.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big bodied with a fair amount of sweetness. The beer goes down smooth and velvety with a drying finish.

OVERALL: Strong effort from Karbach here. It is a much bigger beer than I expected from an IPA, even if it is a “Texas IPA”. If they ever bring this up to Colorado it’ll make a great late-fall/early winter beer for those first few cold days of the year. (1,208 characters)

Photo of dippy
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got this beer in a mixed pack. Left me feeling very underwhelmed.
It poured lovely with a nice tight head that left a nice lace on the glass. The problem with the beer was that is was very one note, hops. But it's happiness wasn't a real highlight. There were too many hop variety that left the brew muddled and without direction. I wanted more from this beer. Once you got past the hops it fell off the map. It was just kinda watery.

I will skip this from now on. (465 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (424 characters)

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