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Rodeo Clown - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

267 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%


Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 10-13-2011)
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goochpunch

Texas

2.16/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a dark amber with a thin head. Smells of a light hint of herbal hops. Smells like sugar. In the flavor: a wallop of sweetness with very restrained bitterness and hops flavor. Very hot finish. I have to admit that the mouthfeel is nice. Full and creamy. This is an IPA? Even for a barleywine, this is sweet and lacking.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:27:17 | More by goochpunch
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

yay IPAs in cans. Thanks to AdamR46 (reddit) for this one.

Can forces a big head pour of about 1.5 fingers, creamy semi thick head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice lacing too, super hazy murky darkish mahogany chestnut color.

Nose brings plenty of hops, citrus, orange peel, little earthy and spicy, some generic fruit, hint tangerine like, and into sweet malts, lots of candy sweet malts, caramel, etc, and mild candied orange peel.

Taste starts with more sweet candy malts, toffee, caramel, chewy malts with reddish candy and little syrupy. Then hops, some pine and little resin, earthy spicy and chewy, with a little citrus and orange peel, more generic fruit as well, hint herbal hops with a touch of mint and peppery notes. Mild warming booze too. Finish is drier but still sticky and mild syrupy, more warming slight tingly booze, and mild citrus, more earthy spicy hops, chewy like hops and a little herbal pine lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming booze, little syrupy, decent carb,

Overall not bad, but nothing too crazy, typical DIPA with some citrus earthy spicy mild piney resinous like hops, big sweet malts, pretty good but nothing too special.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 23:15:14 | More by jlindros
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BryanCarey

Texas

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a clear body, this double IPA has a nice appearance that emphasizes a substantial off- white head of foam with generous lacing. The nose on this beer is one of dark fruits, candy- like malt sweetness, a touch of pine, and some earthy hops.

With the taste, this beer offers plenty to like. The flavors of caramel, pine, grapefruit, and caramel are the standouts, along with some herbal notes, earthy, sticky hops, and alcohol. Different flavors vie for your attention and the overall taste, while certainly leaning toward the hoppy side, still attempts to balance itself with other flavors.

This is a tasty double IPA from Karbach and a complex brew. The complexities are somewhat lost if you drink the beer too cold. They become more noticeable as the beer warms slightly and they continue to reward with each passing sip. I must say that I like the draft version of this beer best, but the canned version is still very tasty and it is definitely a beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 03:29:12 | More by BryanCarey
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

we dont see enough canned big ipas, so this beer fills a necessary role in my opinion, but the beer itself isnt as well done as some other karbach stuff. its new penny copper in color, clear, with a frothy and airy tan head with sticky retention. the nose on it is a little too balanced. i get some sweeter amber like malt, with just bitterness showing from the hops. the flavor too is similarly balanced by sweeter grain, and the hop profile doesnt offer nearly as much excitement as the black ipa they do. its all bitterness with only a touch of vegetal leafyness and a little residual sugar. well carbonated and foamy in the mouth, but the finish is a little metallic and the bitterness exacerbates that. the alcohol is also a bit exposed here. despite its shortcomings, we need more big ipa in cans, so i am grateful for this even though its a step below the other stuff ive had from karbach in terms of overall quality.

Serving type: can

01-21-2014 18:35:37 | More by StonedTrippin
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can from Monkeypuker (thanks man!). Canned 12/18/13. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Hazy chestnut with two fluffy fingers of manilla head. A thick layer of foam lingers, leaving big clumps of lace.

Straightforward, lackluster nose with pine, citrus zest and biscuit.

This one is a bitter bomb. Flavors of pine, earthy, floral, citrus peel, cracker, biscuit, pepper and alot of booze.

Slick medium full body with moderate carbonation. Bitter earthy hops and alcohol finish.

Ultimately this is just ok. Not much flavor to balance the heavy handed booze and bitterness. I didn't have a problem drinking the can but I won't be seeking out any more.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 00:17:51 | More by ThickNStout
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mattLummus

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Good head and a bright aroma. The body is nicely carbonated and not too light. It's actually pretty sweet at first taste, borderline too sweet, but makes up with a decently bitter finish to balance. Finish lingers long enough. The 9% ABV is nice as well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 22:47:55 | More by mattLummus
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Hops4Pops

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I went with an empty 64 ounce growler and decided on Rodeo Clown. The keg ran dry at about 40 ounces. I got the bottom of the barrel literally. Perfect for a review. I have had this offering before in the standard 4 packs of 12 oz cans but finished them before I got around to doing a review. This time is different.

I got the growler really cold and am going to work it down and let it warm to let everything come out from it.

A: This is a medium dark very cloudy amber color. It looks like carmel candy but a few shades darker. Its very very cloudy. I am sure there is a lot of flavor in there. But first a smell...

S: Wow. I am getting the hops but it smells really sweet. Like candy almost. I think I smell too many things too rapidly. I am getting pine, earth, grapefruit, bread, maple, molasses, and some other stuff.

T: Wow again. This beer is delicious but has to warm up to reveal its complexity. When its cold, it seems overly sweet and devoid of a decent hop profile for this style. However, it is there. This beer is MUCH better when served above 55 F. I am really amazed at the hidden ABV. Even at the warmer temp, where you would expect some heat, its still hidden and well blended being balanced very well by the sugar. I have seen others say it is too syrup-like for them. Ok. Let it warm up and try again would be my advice. Also don't pigeon hole it for the style it calls itself. There is a lot going on here. Its very complex on the hop profile and the malts in the foundation. I am going to rate this beer very high. I would be willing to say that is beer actually deserves its own new style classification. Yes it is that different.

O: It is very difficult to rate this beer. Here's why. First it is not anything close to your highly rated American Double or Imperial IPA. Its way too complex for this classification style. At the same time, I am not going to rate it lower based on the fact this it is not typical for this style. I would challenge any brewer to match this beer or even come close to the complexity, the hop profile, the foundation and the ability to hide the ABV so broadly across the temperature spectrum. During the iterations coming from this half filled 64 oz growler, I have had a chance to get to know it much better. Looks like we will have breakfast together. LOL! GREAT BEER! A new style is indicated in my humble opinion based on the bottom of the keg sample reviewed proudly.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2013 02:09:40 | More by Hops4Pops
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy burnt orange/brown with 2 fingers of creamy light khaki head. Half a finger of head persists for a very long time.

S - This is very sweet smelling at first. Lots of caramel malt, along with grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops.

T - The hop profile is comprised of mainly pine and grapefruit. A large caramel malt sweetness rounds this out, and there is a good amount of earthy hop bitterness. This is sweeter than I was expecting.

M - Moderately thick mouthfeel that tends to be sticky and resinous. The carbonation is done well, as this is very smooth and creamy. Lots of syrupy stickiness on the aftertaste.

O - A pretty well done DIPA from Karbach. Not exactly what I was expecting, but good nonetheless. It's a bit too sticky and syrupy to have more than one.

Serving type: can

12-04-2013 18:18:14 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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JezyGray

Texas

3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours burnt orange/amber with a half-finger of khaki head. Nice lacing and retention. Heavy orange and ripe pineapple on the nose. Big bitter pop at the front of the tongue, ending with more acidic citrus and a dank, herbal finish. Some might say it's a bit on the musty side, especially on the nose and back of the tongue. Alcohol is well-hidden for 9%+.

Serving type: can

10-28-2013 21:22:50 | More by JezyGray
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kojevergas

Texas

3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz aluminum can with stylistically colored label art acquired as part of a 4-pack for $15.00 at the Growler Room here in Austin yesterday and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I really enjoyed Karbach's hefeweizen/witbier hybrid beer. Reviewed as an Imperial IPA because it clearly identifies as a Double IPA on the label. No ABV is listed on the label, so I can't confirm that.

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 nice head of even thickness. It's light khaki in colour and two fingers wide. Nice creaminess and frothiness. Some light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good - seemingly 8ish minutes - which is pretty solid for 9.5% ABV. Complexion could be softer and more welcoming, but it's not unappealing by any means. A pretty good head for an Imperial IPA overall.

Body colour is a clear copper with faint amber hues. Transparent and translucent. Average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated judging by the carbonation bubbles.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style, but the head retention does stand out. I'm looking forward to trying it, but the appearance isn't unique or special.

Sm: Some light grapefruit zest is present; often grapefruit is overbearing and biting but doesn't seem to be here based on the aroma. It's nicely balanced by a caramalt and bready malt sweetness. Well integrated pine hop character. Estery. Hints of tropical fruit hops - mango, maybe passionfruit. Not getting any pineapple (thankfully). Plenty of white sugars here. I'm also getting a strange fruityish note - maybe coconut? It's quite vague. A bit on the resinous end for the style. I do get a hint of orange, and I'm hoping the taste won't have that awful stale orange juice note that plagues so many beers in this style.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of average strength. No off-notes. Not a unique or special aroma, but it's inoffensive and within the bounds of the style.

T: Certainly more malty than most fans of the style will be anticipating - and that's fine, in my book. It's got a sweetness from the biscuit malt, bready malt, pale malts, and caramalt. The onset of the hop notes is delayed until the second act, whereupon a timid grapefruit zest hop character emerges accompanying by generic floral notes as well as some well integrated tropical fruit notes - definitely coconut, maybe mango or tangerine, but thankfully no pineapple. Pine is very well incorporated, and dances about the second act. Not getting much in terms of a hop bite or bitterness; the hops emerge for the middle and then are covered up again in the third act, preventing any lingering bitterness from assaulting the palate. I for one like that approach, but I do think the sweetness is a bit overdone; I can tell the maltiness will make this a beer that quickly goes downhill with age. The bitterness is quite tame as a result; this might make a good Imperial IPA for introducing newcomers to the style. It's decently balanced, but far from ideal. By no means a paragon of the style, but a pretty nicely executed one.

Like most beers I review, it could use more complexity and subtlety. But it does have a fair amount going on and integrates its notes relatively well. I do like it.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour for the style.

No yeast character or off-notes come through - other than a backgrounded alcohol presence. It's by no means boozy or hot, but it's a bit more annoying than a pleasant warmth.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nice thickness and body. Pretty good presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. What I love is that it's soft and welcoming rather than aggressive and biting; that's a lesson other imperial IPAs could learn from this one. Not too acidic. It facilitates delivery of the flavour profile nicely; it's by no means reticent. Complements the flavour profile pretty well.

Not gushed, boozy, harsh, or oily.

Dr: A drinkable approachable imperial IPA from Karbach. It's too bad the price point is so terrible (at least here in Austin). While I wouldn't get this again personally because it's not in league with the best beers in the style - even those that I'm used to being readily available - it's by no means a bad imperial IPA. In fact, it's above average. It'll scratch your hop itch. I'll enjoy killing the other three in my 4-pack, but I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners. Decent, but unimpressive.

The pine (especially the evergreen pine on the finish) was a highlight for me.

Highish C+

Serving type: can

09-19-2013 01:42:15 | More by kojevergas
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brurevu

Texas

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rodeo Clown poured a deep copper with a full tan head. The aroma was fruity and floral hops with sweet malts to round it out. The flavor had a good bitter hoppiness that leaned towards the piney side. As it warmed the sweet malt flavors came through with a slight alcohol burn but always ending with the piney hops that coated my palate. The Rodeo Clown was a decent brew, and it's great to have a local brewery that offers a Double IPA in bottles/cans.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 18:02:33 | More by brurevu
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Paynebr21

Texas

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

12 oz can poured into a stange glass
A - pretty frothy head with a decent amount of lot of lacing. Mahogany color off the pour with a decent amount of haze.
S - malt all up in your nasal pieces but incredibly balanced with a dank nug type resin smell
T - like most DIPAs very hop forward but really well balanced with the malts. High gravity but not boozy at all
M - not extremely carbonated but I love the oily hops feel to the mouth. Excellent finish that lingers but not crazy heavy
O - I'm from Houston and I have beer drinking this brew for a few years now. This and Saint Arnold's Endevour are two of the best DIPAs I have recently, not just in HTown but overall. This is an extremely drinkable DIPA and due to its banging malt flavor could be put up against any Oktoberfest beer once the fall comes around. Great beer

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 01:07:01 | More by Paynebr21
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Cvogel22

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

my favorite beer from karbach for sure.
Ive had it from the can and it tasted a little different, but chilled from the tap.. it was outstanding.

crispy hopped citrus goodness.. without the bitter beer after. Did not taste like a double but it sure is at 9 1/2 %.

Karbach has oddly came out of nowhere it seems and to have such odd "microbrew" beer choices (lager?)

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 15:55:28 | More by Cvogel22
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into glass, color is a deep copper reddish with nice lacing left on the glass. Smells of grass and piney hops and a bit of citrus. Taste follows the nose,nice piney and grass notes. Big sweet,caramel malt backbone, but balances the hops pretty well. Mouth feel is on the heavier side of medium,sometimes syrupy feeling. Overall, pretty decent Imperial IPA, but felt it was a tad harsh at sometimes. Got better as it warmed up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:29:04 | More by BayouBengal1537
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no date
Jester King

A: Slightly hazy amber orange color. Full finger and a half of fluffy of white head. Like a pillow on top. Leaving sticky lacing already. Head sticks around.

S: Earthy hop aromas. Herbal notes. Some pine. Sweet malts. Might be drifting towards the dark side here.

T: Up front, you get some herbal bitterness. Definitely more on the earthy hop side. Some orange marmalade behind that. Flavor grows on you as you drink it. There is a big sweet malt backbone here. Have to match the hop bitterness. Finish is sweet with some dryness.

M: Medium bodied. Rich mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 16:07:43 | More by inlimbo77
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into tulip. no best before or canned on date.

A: very hazy. darker copper colored hue. head is super frothy, slightly off-white. great retention and a shit load of lacing.

S: initial pour gives off a lot of hop resins. rich. piney. however there is a lot of sweet caramel/toffee grain aromas in there too. the resin is so strong I cant tell if I am getting a sense of alcohol from it as well or if this is all hops.

T: sticky. similar to the nose a ton of caramel malt sweetness. pine is even stronger here. a minor bit of citrus. alcohol is much stronger than it was on the nose. lingering into the finish brings back the caramel sweetness that started the drink off but also a decent amount of bitterness. not overwhelming but certainly present.

M: carb is mild and spicy. full bodied.

D: my first DIPA from a TX brewery. cant say im overly impressed but the beer has held up on its way to myself in PA, which says a lot in the mass of production breweries popping up these days. hoppy, rich, resinous, slightly hot. this could use some refining, but overall reminds me of the big, in-your-face hoppy brews of about 5 years ago.

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 02:36:45 | More by Jimmys
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gobrewsome

Alabama

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Patriotic colored can divided between gabf tasting glasses butterscotch almost opaque cloudiness appearance with tight clinging well formed off white tan head . S slight mingling hop pine citrus orange . Pleasant taste hop forward tongue and finishes back of throat leaves with hoppy sweetness minimal malt some caramel and slight etoh warming . Nice mod carbonation medium mouthfeel. Overall solid ipa that packs a classic hoppy punch the more u drink the sweeter it gets with etoh evident

Serving type: can

07-03-2013 23:24:08 | More by gobrewsome
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SHODriver

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a tulip to a deep and hazy orange with a finger of off white head that fades to a small mat
S: smells of citrus pine and caramel
T: tastes of earthy hops, pine resin, citrus and some caramel with a bit of sweet orange. swallow is more caramel sweetness and oily piney hops
M: heavier side of medium with fairly soft but slightly prickly carbonation finish is oily but still a touch drying
O: pretty middle of the road, good but not great. decent flavors and a solid hop kick but fails to separate itself from other offerings. decent balance though.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 01:00:11 | More by SHODriver
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a fairly murky copper color with a decent sized milky white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. The aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and brown sugar mostly with hints of pine resin and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with sugary caramel malts and a solid shot of ethanol. Light bitter citrusy resinous hop flavor with a firm hop bitterness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Decent enough IPA, but a bit sweet and a little too alcohol harsh for my tastes.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 04:58:45 | More by johnnnniee
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Premo88

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip

L: murky caramel brown with an amber glow when held up to a light; thick, fluffy head of an inch or more that sticks and laces. this beer puts on a show -- and i love the opaque murkiness.

S: hops AND malt! an awesome balance ... smells as good as anything on the planet. it swings to a very hop-forward aroma, then swings over to a sweet malty biscuit aroma. complex but over the long haul has a great balance.

T: hop forward with a good bitter bite that smooths out with a very sweet, malty finish -- and is VERY complex. you get a different taste each time, always with a hops, alcohol and sweet malt rotating in there. sometimes one takes center stage, then another. without question its the most malty of any of the DIPAs I've tried yet, and I love it!

F: hardly notice anything about it ... good carbonation, good feel, but I must say there doesn't seem to be anything about it that makes it stand out. might just be me.

O: what a brew! I'm very excited that our little Texas brewery is cranking this one out full-time. I'd put it up against Arrogant Bastard, it's that complex and well-constructed. about the only drawback I can find is the fact that you *do* taste the alcohol at times; personally, I'm not a fan of that ... but it's not as in your face as other higher ABV brews, and ultimately, who cares? this beer's so damn good just drink it!

Serving type: can

04-17-2013 06:31:07 | More by Premo88
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Served in a Darkness tulip. Thanks to Chris for picking one of these up for me in Texas. Bottom of the can cryptically displays 052K-3 02902.

A – Pours with a finger of creamy yellow-tinged foam, eventually settling to a thick collar, wisps, and splotches of lace. Hazy dark amber-red body, with a few stray bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S – Citrus hops, light pine and earthiness, grapefruit zest, a bit of tropical fruit. Fairly heft malt backdrop, with some red fruits and treacle, as well as a bit of bread and burnt sugars. A tad odd for the style, but fairly pleasant.

T – Taste is a bit more malt-heavy, with moderate, lingering hop bitterness. Tropical fruits integrate with a caramel and tangerine hop flavors, but there’s enough zest to balance the sweetness. The ABV wasn’t listed on the can, but I assumed this was a bigger East Coast DIPA (and was proved right, but the listed 9.5%).

M – Medium-full body, with a syrupy and somewhat heavy feel to it. Lower carbonation, and thankfully dry in the finish, with lingering hop oils. Well-hidden alcohol. One of the rare occasions where I thought a beer needed more spritz.

D – Not really my kind of DIPA, but there’s no major flaws or issues either. I had no problem with the 12oz can, but it’s not really a beer of which I’d order multiples. Solid, but will be forgotten by tomorrow.

Serving type: can

04-16-2013 17:10:51 | More by MasterSki
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rdp5008

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the brewery on a recent visit to Houston. The tour had some good info about the history (short) of the brewery and was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I went on a nice afternoon and the place was packed. There was even a food truck to serve a fusion of Korean and Mexican fare.

On to the beer...

The beer was delicious. Had their canned Hopadillo IPA before heading to the brewery. Rodeo Clown Double IPA didn't disappoint. Fairly high ABV but you wouldn't know it from the taste or finish so go easy on this one.

A: Nice dark amber pour from the tap with great lace during the drink.

S: Smell of hops and malt. The malt body is prominent in this beer.

T: The hop flavor is a bit masked from the effort to increase ABV so it tasted a bit maltier/sweeter than their standard IPA. Great taste from start to finish. Similar to others in this category I've tried. One thing to note is the lack of the alcohol taste as compared to some other high ABV offerings I've tried. Very drinkable.

O: Nothing crazy here but very easy to drink a few of these. Definitely worth a try! The brewery experience was great as well. Really nice folks.

Can't wait to try this from the can!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2013 01:49:56 | More by rdp5008
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Ford

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Karbach Brewery

I'm not a huge IPA fan.. but I do prefer dIPA's generally.. this one I really liked.

Plenty of hops, but maybe not the hop bomb others are... I would prefer some more grapefruity taste as that is what I like most about IPA's...

Not overpowering in the alcohol taste department which is good.

Smell is fantastic.. loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 17:31:28 | More by Ford
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can -- extra from trade with thegerm87

A- Dark gold, almost red color. good amount of white foam, with a fair amount of lacing.

S- Mostly hops and malt. The citrus notes are there but more subtle. The sweet, malty smell is definitely most prominent.

T- This is very malty. Bitterness from the hops (not super citrusy in my opinion) is blended pretty well with the caramel-like sweetness from the malt. There is some pine and dark toffee at work here as well. Some citrus notes, but not really worth mentioning. Somewhat of an alcohol flavor here is well, but not really "hot". Mouth is medium and smooth, with light carbonation.

O- Had no idea what to expect with this one, but I did enjoy it. It was pretty malty but I like that once in a while. I would drink it again, and would be interested in trying more from this brewery.

Serving type: can

12-29-2012 02:17:15 | More by brother_kenneth
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard great things about this beer. I live in Houston too, and I love to support local businesses...so I gave it a shot. Poured into a tulip.

A - reddish amber, beautiful tan head laces well.

S - piney, typical Double IPA smell. Very subtle with this one though.

T - pine, citrus. Finishes with the pleasant dry hop taste that lingers on. Can't taste the octane even at it being 9.5% ABV, well balanced.

M - carbonation very present, refreshing. Light feel on the palate.

Overall, a damn good double IPA. The hops and malts are so harmoniously combined. Very impressed here, specially for a craft beer company that has only been opened just over a year.

Serving type: can

12-07-2012 06:06:17 | More by HTownGuy85
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