Hopadillo IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.
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3.04/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
Might pair decently with spicy food.
Serving type: can
09-23-2013 01:18:14 | More by kojevergas
4.21/5 rDev +12.6%
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
Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.