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Rodeo Clown - Karbach Brewing Co.

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 486
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 39.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 135 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: champ103 on 10-13-2011

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 486
Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a teku glass

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, before leaving some nice lacing behind

S- aroma is loaded with tropical hops; picking up mango, passionfruit, guava & citrus. Underlying sweet malt

T- taste follows the aroma with loads of tropical hop flavors; mango, guava, passionfruit & pineapple. Malty undertones adds a bit of caramel malt and slightly sweet finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy

O- a bit maltier than I prefer in a DIPA, but really liked the tropical hop flavors

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/21/15. Nice and fresh. Poured from the can into a pint glass at about 45 degrees F. Nice off-white pillow head about 2 fingers worth, and dwindles to a nice foam glaze over the surface of the liquid. Smells sweet, and I really don't get much on the nose that stands out, except that it is definitely a double IPA. It just has that smell. Taste is a little strange at first, definitely unique kinda funk to it, but it grows on me. Brown sugar, almost a cinnamon type of spiciness, but not cinnamon flavor, if you get my meaning. Hops have an English tone to them, an almost musty bitterness, which I like in a beer that is quite sweet, as this beer is. This kind of reminds me of a barley wine in that it becomes quite complex as it warms (in a good way), and since it is really fresh, I would guess this beer might be better about 6 months, maybe a year down the road to let the malts develop and let the mustiness blend in a little more. I do really like this beer because it just tastes and feels good, but no, this is not your average double IPA.

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Photo of Kelz87
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into tulip

A- very deep read/orange copper color with some lacing as the beer is drank (didn't get a look at the head)

S- some sweet malt with tropical notes, some booziness (possibly rubbing alcohol)

T- sweet for a IIPA, howeverr once the beer warms up the tropical notes in the hops really start to become noticeable

M- not much carbonation, mostly thin mouthfeel.

O- it's an ok beer, I didn't care for it at first, but as it warmed it started to get better. I can agree with another reviewer that Texas is behind in craft beers, but this one isn't bad. Worth a try if you can get a single. Just drink it slow.

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Photo of mrcharlie
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm being a bit generous with the 3 overall rating. This is only the 2nd. beer that I poured out after tasting, the other being a Carling Black Label that rode in the trunk of a car for an entire summer. This tastes like a cheap malt liquor to me, yuck.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange with small off white head in a draft pour.

Sweet, orange, floral, pine, caramel, alcohol.
Fairly full bodied and packed full of bittering hops to counteract it's large sweet malt load.

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Photo of TxBrewser
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Really sweet and malty for a DIPA...enough to really overpower the hops. Drinkable and different, but not something I'd add to my list of preferred beers.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the smell - very malty and toasted for an IPA. This continues in the taste but with some hops and tropical fruit. Really heavy, strong beer. Most double IPAs taste pretty similar to me, but I like how this one is maltier. And it's from Texas so that's always a plus.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnycomelately
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

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Photo of Steffenite
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of csulaguy
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
2.16/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of IvanJ126
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.21/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of mattLummus
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.