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Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.

Hopadillo IPAHopadillo IPA

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
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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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 23:01:52 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 15:58:06 | More by cpetrone84
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dippy

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-24-2014 02:01:01 | More by dippy
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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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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 13:33:30 | More by Ozzylizard
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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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kojevergas

Texas

3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
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+

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 01:18:14 | More by kojevergas
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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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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -34%
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.

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 00:47:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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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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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 03:02:04 | More by Jimmys
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kennymule

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 22:52:51 | More by kennymule
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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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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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jwff

Alaska

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 02:47:22 | More by jwff
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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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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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 20:07:55 | More by mothman
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
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