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El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Late one stormy night at the brewery the lights went off and things got interesting. Ask a brewer and they'll swear up and down it was El Hopadillo Negro himself. Like his kin, El Hopadillo Negro craves bitterness, but has a bit of a dark streak. Suddenly...noises in the malt room, thuds in the hop cooler. The next morning it was bubbling away. Dark as night and laden with American hops, this brew has the tropical fruit and citrus flavors of an IPA with a rich, malty body. Don't be afraid of the dark...

(Beer added by: champ103 on 12-30-2011)
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Hops4Pops

Texas

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%

Bottle: 22 oz bomber fresh in Houston
Glassware: Pint Glass
A: Vigorous center pour with a slight glug, glug into pint glass. Three fingers of light tan head colored head. Bubble sizes ranging from foam to 1/4 inch. Slowly receding head consolidates centerward leaving almost no lacing on glass. What is left is sticky. As the glass goes by it leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. As the head recedes, it is forming a beautiful pillowy cloud in the center of the glass. Reflective light reveals a very dark chocolate brown color. Light passing through the beer reveals a dark red color with some lighter maple syrup coloring. Its a beautiful beer.
S: Citrus grapefruit, pine, hops, sweet malts, caramel and coffee as it warms up. Very hoppy smelling with a malt profile that balances it out a little.
T: Roasted malt. Caramel. Pine. Grapefruit. Coffee. Bitter chocolate. Great hop profile. Finishes crisp, bitter and dry. Aftertaste eventually goes slightly sweet and invites you to take another quaff.
M: Starts creamy and smooth. Medium body. Moves quickly to crisp, dry and tingly. Enough malt to balance it very well and leaving strong hop bitterness remaining. Perfect for style.
O: Very well constructed beer. If you like this style, this beer is a must try. It is a good example and it works best if you let it warm up to get all of its character. This is a very good American Black Ale/Black IPA.

01-08-2014 03:32:36 | More by Hops4Pops
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Aroma: Sweet with less hop aroma than expected.

Flavor: good integration of dark malts and hops for style; a style where these seem to clash more often than mesh.

O: a moestly above average Black IPA.

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El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.