Rodeo Clown - Karbach Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Hops4Pops:
4.38/5 rDev +15.9%
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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2.16/5 rDev -42.9%
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
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
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
4.01/5 rDev +6.1%
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
3.56/5 rDev -5.8%
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
2.5/5 rDev -33.9%
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
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
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
Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.