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El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.

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El Hopadillo NegroEl Hopadillo Negro

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very good

23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 182
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 30.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: champ103 on 12-30-2011

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...
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Reviews by Hops4Pops:
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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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22 oz bottle of El Hopadillo Negro pours clear dark red-brown rather than black. The modest size beige head is durable and leaves fine lacing.

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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22oz bottle poured into a teku glass

A- pours a dark brown color with a small creamy off-white head that retains nicely, leaving some nice lacing

S- roasted dark malt from up front mixes with some piney hops, along with some earthy notes and a hint of coffee

T- citrus and piney hops up front dark black malts, earthy finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- nice balance of hops are dark malts

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3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out pretty much black (at least with this lighting). Nice khaki head. Smell isn't all that strong. I get some US hops and some sweet malts. Not very roasty/toasty in the nose, as I'd expected. Flavor has some sweet, caramelly malts with a bit of a piney/citrussy punch at the end. Not a whole lot going on. I expect a little more complexity out of a black IPA with some darker malt flavors. This really just tastes like a typical IPA that has been merely colored with some specialty malt rather than flavored. I like the mouthfeel on this. Pretty soft and fluffy. Is there wheat in this? Overall, I don't know how I feel about this. I can think of better black IPA options, for sure. Will I buy this again? Probably not (MAYBE if they sold this in 6 packs of cans).

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El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.