Rodeo Clown - Karbach Brewing Co.
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3.19/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
Serving type: can
09-19-2013 01:42:15 | More by kojevergas
3.94/5 rDev +4.2%
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
Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
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