Rodeo Clown - Karbach Brewing Co.

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453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 115 | 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: 453 | Reviews: 71
Photo of beerfurious
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too sweet and too malty for my tastes in a DIPA.

Photo of RockRuler
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't care for the flavor or feel. Wasn't very hoppy for a double IPA.

Photo of Sabre311
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

For the high content of alcohol not enough flavor.

Photo of dbnarley
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bit strong for by personal taste. Karbach has much better. Alcohol over powers the flavor.

Photo of thebeerprincess
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great IPA. Has a strong peach taste and smell.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber color with foamy head. S- malt sweetness, piney hops. T- sweet malt, candied sugar(?), bitter on the back end but not out of balanced. M- heavier side of medium, creaminess. Dangerously chuggable. O- a bit on the maltose side of the IPA spectrum but it works nicely. Just enough hops to balance. I enjoyed this brew.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Full of spicy hop flavor with a solid, sweet malt backbone.

Photo of Buffythedog
2.54/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Ok has a different taste not as smooth as other double IPAs (Hops Rising) after taste ok

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruby with a small off white head. Smell is very floral and piny with a little fruitiness and alcohol. The taste reflects this as well, and although there is a lot of hop flavor there is a lot more malty sweetness than I have tasted in an IPA before, let alone a DOUBLE IPA. Overall delicious brew.

Photo of johnnycomelately
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
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 Steffenite
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Local watering hole...Karbach pint night and first tastes of the season. Good...not something I could drink all night though. Lives up to the Hop factor of a DIPA. Lots of pine...lots of earthly fullness lingers long after your last sip. Continues to parade you sense of smell. Good...but not "sessionable"?? :) Happy Karbach-ing.

Photo of csulaguy
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
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 KDub_JK27
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy, great tasting beer

Photo of GregJ
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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 breadwinner
2.16/5  rDev -43.2%
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 Mickeyp2814
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really good IPA but, as with most Texas beers, it falls short compared to IPAs from the PNW, Alaska and Cali. If the water were cleaner I think this beer would be better. But, compared to other Texas beers, it's above average. I love my home State of Texas but we are just a step behind compared to other craft beer states.

Photo of rjs246
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Totally drinkable with sufficient kick, but I prefer their Hopadillo.

Photo of grja7
5/5  rDev +31.6%

A nice IPA. The malty flavors set it apart from other IPA's. Will certainly buy again.

Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very fresh straight from the brewery tap.
Hazy amber color with a thick head with short retention.
Relative light aroma with sweet toasted malt, pine, passion fruit and orange marmalade.
Flavor with lots of honey and tropical fruits. Notes of spices, lots of tangerines, caramels, pineapple juice, pine and resin. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with mild carbonation. Somewhat sticky. Amazing alcohol of 9.5% abv is superbly well hidden.
Nice DIPA, a bit quite sweet as some DIPA regularly are, but still has a nice flavor and balance that keeps it pleasant to sip through out the degustation.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

Photo of JBallew
5/5  rDev +31.6%

This beer got me hooked and wanting to find the best IPA out there.
So far, this is it for me.

Photo of IvanJ126
4/5  rDev +5.3%

This brew is what introduced me to the whole Craft seen first sip and I was I hooked ... very strong and very hoppy almost too hoppy but a great brew

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%

12oz Can canned on 07/30/2014. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber with 1 finger of head with lacing down the glass

Smell: Pine and spruce hops

Taste: Theres hop flavor up front of pine and earth notes but quickly develops into a mix of malt and some alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and cloying

Overall: This blurs the line between Double IPA and a strong ale/American barley wine. Its mouthfeel and flavor profile remind me of Dogfish Head 90 min. Theres a lot of complexity but as far at the Hop flavor of an American DIPA, this has a lot of malt and alcohol to cover it up.

Photo of goochpunch
2.21/5  rDev -41.8%
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 jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 BryanCarey
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.