Rodeo Clown - Karbach Brewing Co.

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very good

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 26
Gots: 105 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: champ103 on 10-13-2011

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Ratings: 438 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by Hops4Pops:
Photo of Hops4Pops
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of breadwinner
2.16/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Praying this was an old can, because it was utterly undrinkable, pure booze and malt, not a shred of hops (nor even palatable malt sweetness) to reign it all in. Of course, the off apple notes, etc. tell me it probably wasn't an age issue. At any rate, If you're going to push a DIPA to 9.5%, for the love of Pete, make sure you do it well, lest it end up like this.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L growler filled at the Whole Foods on Montrose.

The beer pours a dark orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is very powerful, with a nice mix of resinous hops, orange notes and some biscuit malt. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the aroma, not letting you forget the beer is nearly 10 percent.

The flavor is heavy on the hops. I get quite a bit of bitterness, as well as some nice orange and resin notes from the West Coast hops. Once again, there is some biscuit malt and a little bit of alcohol in the flavor, which gets more prominent as the beer warms. The beer is extremely to drink and quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of csulaguy
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Texas definitely has some fine breweries, but Karbach ain't one of 'em (that is, if their other beers are similar to this one). It didn't taste hoppy how I expected it, and it tasted more sweet, like malt liquor. But for what it cost me, I could've picked up a gallon of malt liquor.

This beer isn't horrible, but it's NOT one I will be buying again.

Photo of Paynebr21
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer from a big box provided by the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is hops, alcohol well pronounced, bitter, pines. Feels medium bodied and very dry in the mouth and overall I found this to be a mediocre beer.

Photo of goochpunch
2.21/5  rDev -42%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel color, with a beige head that laces a bit.

Aroma is initially piney, with some resinous, slight citrus and a bit of sweeter, bready malts.

Taste is a bit sweeter, with some caramel notes, bread, citrus, resins, and notes of pine. It has a low bitterness level.

It's got an upper medium body, slick and creamy.

Definitely a solid DIPA. Thanks Will!

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a mostly clear, dark copper color with a massive cap of tan head. Very sticky lacing is the most impressive part of how this beer looks.

Citrus, tropical and maybe a little herbal. Malts dont roll over and play dead...they show plenty of caramel and bread. Smells pretty good, but wont rival the best, dankest DIPAs on the sniff test.

Tastes juicier than it smells, there is loads of hop flavor on here...mostly tropical and the alcohol supports that flavor well. More sweet than dry, and malts are smooth but somewhat assertive...toast and caramel. ABV well integrated and the mouthfeel is full, creamy and lush. Its a pretty good beer, not top tier DIPA, but a great price point at less than 10 bucks a 4-pack. I can see myself buying more of this and it is a much needed addition to the slow-growing, Texas-brewed DIPA posse.

Photo of brurevu
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of tpgraham
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is such a unique DIPA. Huge malt backbone on this one that causes it to come across as a barleywine. If you can, get it as fresh as possible to get all of the hop aroma to support the malt bill on this one. One of my favorites due to its uniqueness.

Photo of sukwonee
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra through a trade. Thanks!

A: Much darker and redder than your typical DIPA. Amber brown with 2 finger head, nice amount of lacing. It looks delicious, but I took some points off for not looking like a DIPA.

S: I don't mind the smell, but it has a weird mix of grain and hops. Like I said, I don't mind it. You can actually malt from this. Some fruit notes

T: Ok, so this is not a very good tasting IPA. It starts off with a little bit of fruit notes (grapefruit maybe) then quickly changes to wheat? or some sort of grain, followed by unpleasant bitterness (pine notes as well). It's a bit on the sweet side and it's got more malt than it needs.

M: Near perfect. Smooth, yet got good amount of carbonation. Mouth feel saves the taste a bit.

O: It looks, smells, feels good, but doesn't taste too good. I am glad I got to try this. I haven't had any DIPA like this before.

Photo of GregJ
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft. Very heavy malt, sweet, pine spice, tamarind and earthy/grassy. Fully body and med/light carbonation. Aftertaste of rye and hop resin.

Photo of zac16125
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Thanks to Zadavis for sending this over as an extra.

A: Pours a dark amber with reddish hues and 1 fingers width of light tan head, takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down,  leaves some mild spotty lacing

S: interesting but not terribly pleasant,  a big odd grainy aroma, some caramel malt sweetness, booze, almost no hop presence ,  not a fan in fact it's rather unappealing

T: on the contrary, tons of hop bitterness on the tongue, pine and grapefruit, some of the odd grainy notes come through in the taste but not much, a little bit of citrus and some caramel malts, booze comes out as it warms, but for the most part just a big hop bitterness, which I quite like

M/D: Pretty smooth, appropriate carbonation, medium bodied, drinkability is high

O: overall, I would have liked this if not for the strange and rather unpleasant aroma.  I'm glad I got to try it as I always like examples of my favorite styles from local breweries. Although I don't think I would seek this out again,  

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of HTownGuy85
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the lot (for the time being) from the wondrous JenRay whose CANtinued CANtributions to The CANQuest (TM) keep the madness humming along. Many thanks and I hope that Lunch lived up to expectations.

From the CAN: "Brewed in Texas"; "Get Down with the Clown!"; "It's a job! And a hazardous one at that. Benefits, you ask? I hardly think so. But the show must go on. So, it's with bravado that the Rodeo Clown takes his place in the arena lights. Whether or not he's insane is not important right now. It's with grit and intensity that the Clown steps in the path of almost certain destruction."

No Clowning around on the Crack 'n' Glug, either! Me and this good old boy got right down to business. I had a finger of dense, tawny head with great retention by the time that I was done. Color was a deep, reddish amber with just a gentle haze to throw off its clarity. Nose smelled of minty hops and I was ready. Send in the Clown! Mouthfeel was medium but the hops hit the ground of my tongue running and scrubbed away any loose taste buds that might have been hanging around unnecessarily. Finish presented a pleasant caramel maltiness that briefly offset the onslaught of hops, but the extreme finish lingered with a minty hoppiness that almost made me want to gargle with it. Not a bad addition to The CANQuest (TM).

Photo of gshak
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack based on the reviews, and also to support a local craft brewer since we have so few here in TX.
A - clear amber color with about 3 fingers' width of head that dissipated slowly leaving some decent lacing
S - very malt forward with the hops taking a backseat.:..either that or my beer's already past its prime. Sweet caramel malts followed by slight hints of tropical fruits and pine.
T - follows the smell. Taste is opened up by sweet caramel and the hops kick in mid-palate to cut the sweetness somewhat, but not entirely. The malts are strong enough to overpower 85 IBUs worth of hops. To my taste, this crosses over the DIPA into the barleywine category. Banana esters become more pronounced as the beer warms up. The heat from the alcohol is also very noticeable.
M - on the thicker and fuller side for a dipa.
Overall - not a bad representation of the style, but there is much to improve upon. For now, I will be treating the remaining 3 cans as barleywine stuff.

Photo of johnnycomelately
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers. Malty and citrusy, which offsets the hoppy finish. Also hint of citrus and pine nuts. I like the flowery aroma. The high alcohol content sneaks up on you! I have not had it from the can, but this one on tap is hard to beat! If ever in Houston give it a try.

Photo of JezyGray
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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%+.

Photo of Ford
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
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