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Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.

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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 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 Alieniloquium
2.44/5  rDev -34.6%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Richmond Arms, Hopadillo is a dull, dark copper with creamy off-white head leaving heavy, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet and malty, gingerbread, a hint of citrus.

Taste is also really malty, to much so for my taste, more in the English style. A bit more citrus hop flavor then the nose, moderate bitterness, pretty smooth, clean.

Mouthfeel is very nice, creamy, lighter then I expected for such a malty brew, in-spite of the nitro.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a below average IPA flavor wise (much to malty and earthy for my taste), but the mouthfeel and overall smoothness bump it up a notch. (620 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 Jimmys
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can. no canned on date.

A: a good bit of haze on an otherwise very copper brew. head is comprised of big bubbles. frothy. retention is reasonable. big plumes of head retention left behind.

S: a decent malt richness. caramel. candied apple? oxidation? the hop aroma has seemed to worn out a bit. wish I knew how old this thing is...

T: a definitive oxidation is the first thing that jumps out at me. a whole heck of a lot of bitterness as well. the pine and the hop resins are muddied by the bitterness. finish is right back to the bitterness.

M: a real tingly carb, maybe slightly aided by the bitterness. medium body.

D: this thing is a bit too muddied and beat up for me to find it truly enjoyable. like I stated earlier, I wish I knew how old this can was. tastes like it has been around for a bit. anyway, gotta review what is in front of me and cant help they don't date. (891 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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+ (3,511 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear copper gold in color. White head.

This beer is a little more malty than weekend warrior. Bready malts with floral and pine hops. A dose of citrus mixed in as well. Very earthy.

I'd say this is a fairy average ipa. Ends sticky. I'd pick something over this one next time. (278 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep orangish amber, clear, tons of fluffy tan head. Lightly stale hop, caramel and pale malts, faint citrus and pine. The taste is more pale malt and stale grain, faint citrusy and piney hops carry through and linger with a light bitterness, semi dry finish, and lighter body. (285 characters)

Photo of jwff
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (602 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 Ozzylizard
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from cans into goblet. Head average (3 cm), off-white, frothy, slowly diminishing. Body medium orange, hazy. Odor slight piney, no citrus.

Initially slightly bitter with no distinct flavor. Finishs with a astringent aftertaste. Not a bad example of an AmerIPA. Worth trying a six-pack. (293 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 kennymule
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into Hopadillo IPA glass.
A-semi clear orange with nice thick head that doesn't dissipate entirely and has nice lacing.
S-a combination of citrus hop and bread.
T-nice bitter hops front with slightly sweet middle notes and a dry finish.
M-slightly sticky, but medium bodied.
O-this is a good IPA and Karbach continues to be one of the better Houston breweries. Not my favorite IPA, but is a good one. (417 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TimmyJ21 for throwing one of these my way.

Appearance: Clear bright copper. Head is white, loose, and bubbly. Drops to a tiny cap after a couple minutes. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Biscuits, citrus, and floral as can be. Orange zest with a dusting of grapefruit. Almost like Juicy Fruit at times. Malts are sweet and, as mentioned, biscuity. Dough. Slight peppery spiciness from the hops as well. Caramel malt sweetness...I think.

Taste: Floral and peppery hops hit first. Malt sweetness. Pale malts and cooked grains. Some caramel sweetness lingers. Pithy bite on the end. Grapefruit rind and oily resin. Big bready malts help temper, but come across a touch too sweet. Watered down malts. Nicely hopped.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I would like, running on the thin side of medium. Carbonation is on point. A little slick and dry.

Overall: Decent. (863 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of FUNKPhD
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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. (712 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 bmwats
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of coldriver
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
3.67/5  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. (587 characters)

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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
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