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Rodeo Clown - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 477
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 40.7%
Wants: 29
Gots: 133 | 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

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Beer added by: champ103 on 10-13-2011

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 477
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a extra in a trade.
I poured this beer into a pefect pint glass. It has a nice rich dark golden color body with a nice 1' sticky white head. The smell has some pine/hop notes to it. The taste is very bitter, almost to bitter for my taste. I can taste the hops, then on the back of the tongue i get the malt. The mouth feel is really good, nice and smooth and leaves a nice hop taste on the tongue. Overall this is a good DIPA, not the best i have had but i'm glad i got to try a local brewery from another state.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a beer trade from Dolph1979. Thanks, again, Tim...

Dark gold body and off-white, sticky, creamy head. Hop aroma comes across with lots of pine. Taste is malt-forward. Sweet and velvety. Excellent IPA bitterness brings up the finish while the malt sweetness lingers on.

A good IIPA. No overly "alcohol-y". Good aroma and taste, hits the style.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of DevilsCups
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What an odd brew we have here. 12oz can served into a Duvel tulip.

A - Looks like a barleywine. Deep amber, almost red pour. Slight haze, bone white head. I must say it has very nice lacing.

S - Grainy, cantaloupe style malts with an earthy hop note way behind. No citrus or fruitiness to the hops. Kind of a quiet aroma for a DIPA.

T - This should not be classified as a double IPA. This drinks like a barleywine-light through and through. Malt forward for sure, with an earthy hop note closing out. Slightly to moderately bitter. Booze is noticeable but pleasant. This just hits more American barleywine notes than it does DIPA notes. Not bad at all, just misclassified.

M - Carbonation is nice, as is the mouthfeel. Slightly coating, but not too thick.

O - If this beer wasn't classified or rated as a DIPA, it would probably do it good. This drinks more like a light barleywine than a DIPA. If you're into malty barleywines with a slight earthy hop-bite, you'll enjoy this.

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Photo of rudzud
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade from LadyofMuchBeer. So awesome.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear hazelnut hue with a very thin quarter inch head that fades to leave a light halo and a little cloud. Not much going on.

S - Smell is surprisingly not all that malty for a DIPA. Sure, the carmel and malt is still there but there are some nice light pine and citrus. While I'd love more pine/citrus I have to respect that this doesnt smell like a malt bomb.

T - Taste though on the other hand..lots of malts here. Assault of sweet carmel malts and some light earthyness. Fades to a solid bitterness that isnt too too distinguishable. Just bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is top notch here. ABV not that noticeable, not too heavy, not syrupy at all. Lightly carbonated just enough to be pleasant.

O - Overall this is a enjoyable beer out of Texas. Really liked some aspects of it. Its just tough for me, I hear IPA and I want pine and citrus, but more often than not I get a mouthfull of malts. Glad to try this brew though!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours medium to dark orange red, amber in color. The head is quite silky and thick looking and carbonation is mild.

S - Earthy caramel malt with mild pine and citrus. More malt forward in the aroma and the hops don't have much aroma.

T - Caramel malt base up front and past the midway mark the tongue gets slammed with a healthy dose of piney and grapefruit bitterness followed by boozy effervesence and some warming on the way down. Nothing complex, just straightfoward and surprisingly very bitter. The hops are barely detectable in the nose but makes up for it on the tongue, almost agressively bitter.

M - Medium body and slight carbonation pricklies on the tongue.

O - Not setting the world on fire, this is a Double IPA that's straightforward with nice hoppy bite. This is a big beer I could keep in the fridge as a regular "go to" and not be afraid to pair with any type of food - I'm one who prefers to focus on what's in my glass at the time and this is a beer where it refreshingly doesn't matter. It doesn't require your undivided attention (in a good way).

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Photo of gshak
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kspongeworthy for this one...

A: Pours a perfect amber shade with about one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly and leaves a rocky halo along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malt, pine, and booze. That's about it.

T: The initial blast is sweet and malty, but it transforms into bitters and spices in the middle. I get a punch of pine and grapefruit mixed with coriander. The finish is booze, yeasty, and stinging.

M: Medium bodied beer. I feel like I need to chew this beer a bit. The flavors are all over the place and it finishes biting and dry. The booze comes on strong in the finish with a slight touch of ripened bananas.

O: This beer is alright, but it's nothing special. I don't think I;d seek it out again.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can poured into a Karbach Brewing pint glass. Served chilled straight from the can. No freshness date (from what I can find) on the can.

Appearance: Copper orange to light brown in color with a really nice, cloudy, sticky white head with great retention. Leaves a really nice lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Floral and piney hop notes definitely assert themsleves upfront. A touch of malt background but spicy hop notes definitely dominate.

Taste: Tons of pine hop notes upfront. The hop profile is really unique too. Very spicy and floral at the same time. Bitter but not overly so. Really interesting. It is definitely growing on me with each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice creaminess. Some nice carbonation to lighten it. Spot on for the style.

Overall, a really interesting but tasty IPA with a really unique hop profile. Refreshing and tasty for sure. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark orange with a big white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of pine, spice, fruit/grapefruit. Heavy Columbus and Simcoe notes. Generally sweet smelling, but there is an almost citra like character in the nose as well. Really pleasing and interesting smell.

Taste is pine up front that goes into a more grapefuit and spicy middle and ends on a big bitter yet sweet, from the citrus hop character, note. The taste is pleasing but somewhat muddy, just like the IPA...and really bitter like the IPA.

Medium body with medium carbonation and slight alcohol presence.

I like this beer for the stone fruit flavor and slightly spicy from the, I'm assuming, Columbus, but the bitterness is somewhat harsh, though less out of balance here than the IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Godot613
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Liberty Station

Appearance: copper amber with a tinge of red. Very nice clarity. Decent head retention with some lacing, at least for such a high ABV. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell: Hops in a glass. Citra and Magnum were obvious. Very strong pine resin and spruce upon entry with commanding presence throughout. Other evergreen and more vegetal aromas combine with some temporary herbaceousness. I get something close to star anise. Grapefruit and citrus quite evident, almost dominating. Floral notes. Good amount of sweet aroma with a hint of malt. A nice appearance of pineapple as the beer warmed up. Possibly a bit of peach or nectarine. Quite complex considering its initial simple entry.

Taste: Hops in a glass. Very similar to the aroma. Pine is quite evident, but not overly dry. Citrus and pineapple. Stereotypical IPA mid palate. Not excessively bitter. Some hints of tea and roses. Very good balance. The malt and the hop bitterness play of each other. A nice sweet finish reminiscent of honey with a good biscuity flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice, smooth, and silky. Maltiness gives great full to medium body. There's just enough carbonation and froth. Very drinkable. Until I checked their website, I had no idea this was 9.5% ABV. Whatever rough edges this beer has, it gets better with time and temperature. Good for a long sip. Finish was long but abruptly ends with some dryness. Good astringency serves as a reminder that this ale follow the style.

Overall: Much better than the Hopadillo. This is a great new beer from Karbach. This and the Weisse Versa are their best offerings. I like the maltiness. There is enough sweetness (not cloying) and quality mouthfeel to make this something that I want to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of champ103
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX

A: Pours a dark orange/red color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Light lace is left.
S: Floral hops with pine resin. Big fruity grapefruit and pineapple aromas. Burnt sugars, caramel malts. Simple, but very nice.
T: At first fairly herbal and tea like, though that fades. Resinous with some grapefruit and pineapple again. Caramel malts, toast, very malty in the middle and end. Finishes with some light honey sweetness. I like it.
M/D: A full body with good carbonation. Crisp, and effervescent. Though smooth at the same time. The alcohol is not noticeable. Easy to put back a few.

This is fairly simple, but very nice. Plenty of hops that are not over barring with enough sweetness and malts for balance. Though really more of an American Barleywine with the malt character. Still well done and recommended

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Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
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