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Rodeo Clown - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 470
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 26
Gots: 125 | 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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma hard to decipher. Very malty. Maybe tropical fruit. Pleasing but not complex. Malt bomb taste. Strong caramel. Resin at the end. Smooth. Heavy bodied. Moderate carbonation. (280 characters)

Photo of Paynebr21
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (824 characters)

Photo of Cvogel22
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

my favorite beer from karbach for sure.
Ive had it from the can and it tasted a little different, but chilled from the tap.. it was outstanding.

crispy hopped citrus goodness.. without the bitter beer after. Did not taste like a double but it sure is at 9 1/2 %.

Karbach has oddly came out of nowhere it seems and to have such odd "microbrew" beer choices (lager?) (367 characters)

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no date
Jester King

A: Slightly hazy amber orange color. Full finger and a half of fluffy of white head. Like a pillow on top. Leaving sticky lacing already. Head sticks around.

S: Earthy hop aromas. Herbal notes. Some pine. Sweet malts. Might be drifting towards the dark side here.

T: Up front, you get some herbal bitterness. Definitely more on the earthy hop side. Some orange marmalade behind that. Flavor grows on you as you drink it. There is a big sweet malt backbone here. Have to match the hop bitterness. Finish is sweet with some dryness.

M: Medium bodied. Rich mouthfeel. (598 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into tulip. no best before or canned on date.

A: very hazy. darker copper colored hue. head is super frothy, slightly off-white. great retention and a shit load of lacing.

S: initial pour gives off a lot of hop resins. rich. piney. however there is a lot of sweet caramel/toffee grain aromas in there too. the resin is so strong I cant tell if I am getting a sense of alcohol from it as well or if this is all hops.

T: sticky. similar to the nose a ton of caramel malt sweetness. pine is even stronger here. a minor bit of citrus. alcohol is much stronger than it was on the nose. lingering into the finish brings back the caramel sweetness that started the drink off but also a decent amount of bitterness. not overwhelming but certainly present.

M: carb is mild and spicy. full bodied.

D: my first DIPA from a TX brewery. cant say im overly impressed but the beer has held up on its way to myself in PA, which says a lot in the mass of production breweries popping up these days. hoppy, rich, resinous, slightly hot. this could use some refining, but overall reminds me of the big, in-your-face hoppy brews of about 5 years ago. (1,149 characters)

Photo of gobrewsome
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Patriotic colored can divided between gabf tasting glasses butterscotch almost opaque cloudiness appearance with tight clinging well formed off white tan head . S slight mingling hop pine citrus orange . Pleasant taste hop forward tongue and finishes back of throat leaves with hoppy sweetness minimal malt some caramel and slight etoh warming . Nice mod carbonation medium mouthfeel. Overall solid ipa that packs a classic hoppy punch the more u drink the sweeter it gets with etoh evident (492 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of tpgraham
4.34/5  rDev +17%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a fairly murky copper color with a decent sized milky white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. The aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and brown sugar mostly with hints of pine resin and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with sugary caramel malts and a solid shot of ethanol. Light bitter citrusy resinous hop flavor with a firm hop bitterness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Decent enough IPA, but a bit sweet and a little too alcohol harsh for my tastes. (597 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip

L: murky caramel brown with an amber glow when held up to a light; thick, fluffy head of an inch or more that sticks and laces. this beer puts on a show -- and i love the opaque murkiness.

S: hops AND malt! an awesome balance ... smells as good as anything on the planet. it swings to a very hop-forward aroma, then swings over to a sweet malty biscuit aroma. complex but over the long haul has a great balance.

T: hop forward with a good bitter bite that smooths out with a very sweet, malty finish -- and is VERY complex. you get a different taste each time, always with a hops, alcohol and sweet malt rotating in there. sometimes one takes center stage, then another. without question its the most malty of any of the DIPAs I've tried yet, and I love it!

F: hardly notice anything about it ... good carbonation, good feel, but I must say there doesn't seem to be anything about it that makes it stand out. might just be me.

O: what a brew! I'm very excited that our little Texas brewery is cranking this one out full-time. I'd put it up against Arrogant Bastard, it's that complex and well-constructed. about the only drawback I can find is the fact that you *do* taste the alcohol at times; personally, I'm not a fan of that ... but it's not as in your face as other higher ABV brews, and ultimately, who cares? this beer's so damn good just drink it! (1,391 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Darkness tulip. Thanks to Chris for picking one of these up for me in Texas. Bottom of the can cryptically displays 052K-3 02902.

A – Pours with a finger of creamy yellow-tinged foam, eventually settling to a thick collar, wisps, and splotches of lace. Hazy dark amber-red body, with a few stray bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S – Citrus hops, light pine and earthiness, grapefruit zest, a bit of tropical fruit. Fairly heft malt backdrop, with some red fruits and treacle, as well as a bit of bread and burnt sugars. A tad odd for the style, but fairly pleasant.

T – Taste is a bit more malt-heavy, with moderate, lingering hop bitterness. Tropical fruits integrate with a caramel and tangerine hop flavors, but there’s enough zest to balance the sweetness. The ABV wasn’t listed on the can, but I assumed this was a bigger East Coast DIPA (and was proved right, but the listed 9.5%).

M – Medium-full body, with a syrupy and somewhat heavy feel to it. Lower carbonation, and thankfully dry in the finish, with lingering hop oils. Well-hidden alcohol. One of the rare occasions where I thought a beer needed more spritz.

D – Not really my kind of DIPA, but there’s no major flaws or issues either. I had no problem with the 12oz can, but it’s not really a beer of which I’d order multiples. Solid, but will be forgotten by tomorrow. (1,382 characters)

Photo of rdp5008
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the brewery on a recent visit to Houston. The tour had some good info about the history (short) of the brewery and was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I went on a nice afternoon and the place was packed. There was even a food truck to serve a fusion of Korean and Mexican fare.

On to the beer...

The beer was delicious. Had their canned Hopadillo IPA before heading to the brewery. Rodeo Clown Double IPA didn't disappoint. Fairly high ABV but you wouldn't know it from the taste or finish so go easy on this one.

A: Nice dark amber pour from the tap with great lace during the drink.

S: Smell of hops and malt. The malt body is prominent in this beer.

T: The hop flavor is a bit masked from the effort to increase ABV so it tasted a bit maltier/sweeter than their standard IPA. Great taste from start to finish. Similar to others in this category I've tried. One thing to note is the lack of the alcohol taste as compared to some other high ABV offerings I've tried. Very drinkable.

O: Nothing crazy here but very easy to drink a few of these. Definitely worth a try! The brewery experience was great as well. Really nice folks.

Can't wait to try this from the can! (1,202 characters)

Photo of Ford
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can -- extra from trade with thegerm87

A- Dark gold, almost red color. good amount of white foam, with a fair amount of lacing.

S- Mostly hops and malt. The citrus notes are there but more subtle. The sweet, malty smell is definitely most prominent.

T- This is very malty. Bitterness from the hops (not super citrusy in my opinion) is blended pretty well with the caramel-like sweetness from the malt. There is some pine and dark toffee at work here as well. Some citrus notes, but not really worth mentioning. Somewhat of an alcohol flavor here is well, but not really "hot". Mouth is medium and smooth, with light carbonation.

O- Had no idea what to expect with this one, but I did enjoy it. It was pretty malty but I like that once in a while. I would drink it again, and would be interested in trying more from this brewery. (838 characters)

Photo of HTownGuy85
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from BeerHunter76 poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark gold with a hint of amber, hazy with tons of off-white head and lots of lace.

S: Some pungent hops (Simcoe maybe?) but this thing has a hefty malt backbone shining through. Bread, toffee even. There is a bit of earthy & herbal notes and very faint citrus but the malt dominates.

T: Follows the nose, bready with a flash of caramel, some astringent resinous notes from the hops but they aren't prominent.

MF: Creamy, some bitterness with a light touch of alcohol. Moderate dryness on the finish.

O: Not sure about age here, looks like some of the other reviews praise the hop component, and Karbachs website says this thing is 'generously' hopped with Citra (among others). IMO, malt bomb. Still drinkable. (771 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice deep amber pour with 2 fingers of off-white head and great lacing.
smells of hops! piney/floral hop notes, caramel, more hops! seriously, also getting some grassy hop smell, citrus grapefruit.
bitter citrus flavor up front, heavy earth notes, not as much hop flavor as in the smell.. very boozy.
medium to full body, moderate carbonation, sticky, creamy.

a great dipa, but i wish it came through better in the flavor department. (436 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass. A little darker than I usually like my DIPAs but that's not a terribly bad thing.

S: The nose is full of aromatic hops in the form of grass, grapefruit, and pine. Once that settles there is a big candied sugar and malt aroma as well.

T: The taste follows the nose but is more malty than hoppy. I get big waves of slightly burnt caramel along with dark toffee and some pine and citrus as well. Not what I was expecting and it could be these were a bit old...there's no date on the can though.

M: The feel is pretty thick and creamy. Not sure if I like my DIPAs thick or crisp but I lean towards crisper examples of the style.

O: This has to be a bit old as the hops seem to have faded a bit and the malt is really at the forefront. It was a bit too sweet and the hops weren't exactly dominating the flavor. The aromas were great though. (966 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +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). (1,337 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pourd a burnt orange color wit good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, light bubbles and lacing present

S: A little booze stings the nostrils with some pine needles, caramel and dash of citrus

T: Initial caramel base with orange peel, grapefruit, light pine which transitions into a orange peel meets IBU's blend midway. The finish has a light boozey, nitter orange rind, hop bite which lingers on...

M: Medium bodied, balanced and chewy. A good amount of IBUs here.

O: A pretty good IIPA that I would not kick out of bed (532 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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! (376 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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,   (1,090 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz van into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a caramel in color with a thick, foamy head to it. Nice lacing to it as I drank it and nice looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of candied fruit flavors to it with a bit of caramel mixing in. I get some grapefruit and citrus rind flavors coming in it as well. It's got a lot of sweetness to it, almost to the point of being sugary.

The taste is pretty malty up front with a lot of sweeter caramel and candied fruit flavors coming out. The finish is where it starts to show more of a grapefruit, citrus rind bitterness to it. It's very sweet and almost sugary as well with the candied flavors showing up nearly throughout. I get a little bit of a metallic presence in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a decent beer but it didn't really stand out in the style for me. It felt a little too sweet with the sugary, candied fruit flavors dominating a little too much for me. (1,030 characters)

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Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.