El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.
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4.46/5 rDev +18.3%
This one pours a midnight black with an incredibly thick and rich tan head that almost has a permanent structure as it would never settle down. As for lacing, well, that is there so thick I can’t see through the glass. The head on this begins to eventually settle and the illusion of no lacing is actually the result of the head and the lacing being so thick it pulls itself down the glass and is clear where it settles eventually leaving a ring of impenetrable “lacing” that is more reminiscent of blanketing. The beer settles down to about a ½ inch head that I am too impatient to wait to see if it goes away, 10 minutes is too long!
As for the nose it is very definitely dominated by sweet malt and I definitely get the fructose and citrus with a hint of pine as well as some subtle caramel, coffee and cardamom; I would almost say I can smell what reminds me a tiny bit of Turkish coffee.
The mouthfeel is a bit watery compared to all the other complexities of this beer. I was expecting more richness and thicker mouthfeel. Overall pretty good, but the appearance, the thickness of the head and the lacing lead me to think this would closer to a porter or even a stout in mouthfeel.
The flavor is excellent, extremely hopped and bitter and very well balanced to the malt. There are strong coffee and very dark unsweetened chocolate flavors, hints of butter and bread, with an overwhelming hopped flavor that has a surprisingly fresh and non-lingering finish. Overall, exceptional.
10-11-2013 00:42:12 | More by AtrumAnimus
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
El Hopadillo Negro poured an opaque black with a significant tan head that exuded heavy hops and a hint of roasted malt in the aroma. The taste has a strong citrus hop start that faded into a sweet roasted malt bitterness. The Negro was very similar to their Hopadillo but a bit sweeter and with a deeper richer profile. Given the dark appearance the brew was light and flavorful and left a roasty bitterness on my palate. It was a really enjoyable beer from Karbach.
08-15-2013 17:52:14 | More by brurevu
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
On tap at Freetail in San Antonio, TX.
Pours black with one finger of tan/light brown head. The head is very fine and creamy. Aroma is citrusy hops (mainly grapefruit), roasted malt, and caramel. Taste follows the nose, and the grapefruit really comes to the forefront. It is solidly backed in the middle by roasted malt and caramel sweetness, which offsets the bitterness. A very well balanced beer by Karbach. Body and carbonation are moderate all around. It's exceptionally smooth and creamy. Leaves a sticky bitter sweetness in the mouth. This has a good amount of complexity for a black IPA, and Karbach really knows how to balance this beer out. No flavor is overwhelming and they all complement each other.
08-31-2013 22:09:01 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
Bottled on 11/08/13
APPEARANCE: Very dark, but when held up to the light a touch of light brown shines through. The head is off-white and about a half-inch thick with solid retention. The lacing is very good, with about 70% of the backside of the glass covered.
SMELL: It almost smells like Wookey Jack, but as far as I know there is not any rye. The citrus, however, is big and crisp, right on par with the Wookey.
TASTE: Again, gonna compare this one to Wookey. It tastes very similar, but without the spicy bite of the rye. The Simcoe and Citra stand out big time with the latter providing an excellent does of citrusy bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light in body, the mouthfeel is bright and lively with a touch of sparkle. While a decent amount of malt balances this out, it remains wonderfully dry throughout.
OVERALL: All its missing for me is rye, but for those of you who are fans of black IPAs, but not so much rye, this has got to be on your list of beers to try. Really well done.
12-01-2013 02:45:39 | More by StoneTSR
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
Another quality offering from our friends at Karbach. Black IPA is a relatively new style here in Houston. I've been reading about it in Beer Magazines and was so very impressed to see it available from Karbach. Local beer is always nice...
This is actually the second bottle I've had. I didn't pour it this time. I just drank it from the bottle. This beer does pour a dark beautiful brown/black with a nice head. It smells beautiful and hoppy. Full of pine and grapefruit.
The taste is the winner here. Everything a great IPA is supposed to be. Full of bright pungent hop flavours. Clean, bright and surprisingly dry. BUT the silent superstar here is the malt. I normally don't like malty beer that much. Especially Euro malt beers. But the malt in this Black IPA is subtle, it flows in the background. Instead of fighting for attention, the malt compliments the hops. Balance???
Overall this is an outstanding brew. Only available in 24oz bottles here in Houston. I am going to start buying one to compliment my sixers and cases...
HAIL TO THE REDSKINS
06-25-2014 03:00:27 | More by TexasRedskinFan
4.24/5 rDev +12.5%
Dark brown in color, El Hopadillo Negro Black IPA has an appealing appearance that grabs your attention. It pours out of a bottle to form a large and lasting head of foam that takes time to subside and leaves generous lacing. The nose on this ale is hoppy all the way, with some grassy notes hiding behind some pine.
Taste- wise, this beer pretty much follows its nose. The flavors of pine and citrus hops are obvious, as are the flavors of roasted malt. There is also a tropical fruit component to the flavor as well and it is equally obvious, although it catches you a little off guard because it isn’t the type of flavor you expect in a dark beer. The ale finishes bitter and dry.
This ale is an interesting one, to say the least, and it should appeal strongly to those who love a great craft beer made with a flavor all its own. As I said above, the tropical fruit taste takes you by surprise, but in a most pleasant way. The sense of intrigue and the full- bodied, plenty- of- frills flavor will keep craft beer freaks like myself occupied with each passing sip.
El Hopadillo Negro Black IPA is yet another winning brew from Karbach and one that earns an easy stamp of approval. Try it if you get the chance and wax philosophical about El Hopadillo Negro and its multi- faceted, take- you- by- surprise personality.
04-27-2013 03:05:56 | More by BryanCarey
4.24/5 rDev +12.5%
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
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
22 oz. bomber poured into tulip
L: so black with such a fantastic tan head that laces like a Sierra Nevada brew. the foam is thick on this 2-inch head, an explosion of carbonation that tops an all-but black-as-night brew. hold it up to the Texas sun and you see super dark chocolate brown with deep amber. otherwise it shows only the brown at the edges against house lighting.
S: so many hops. light underneath malt that hides ... my nose isn't discerning enough to find it consistently. but it's there lurking, a hint of sweetness.
T: great smooth hop bite that has some burnt/roasted notes to it -- not burnt/roasted malt, that is, but burnt/roasted HOPS ... really cool. dry finish. not as much malt showing up early into this bomber, even less than that in the nose. the burnt-tongue finish has a toasted barley note.
F: huge head hasn't kept this brew from staying fully carbonated -- and a solid midweight. fantastic.
O: really good American IPA that doesn't feel all that "black" until it warms up. but it does get some malt going about 1/2 or 3/5 into it, a little biscuit and even some dark chocolate. and the brew's construction is incredible -- it's like a great Belgian beer, the weight and feel, look ... i mean, you look at a glass of El Hopadillo Negro and see nothing but supreme craftsmanship.
but it's lack of definitive "blackness" forces me to say it does not fully distinguish itself as different. i'm still going to score the hell out of it because it is soooo good, but true black IPA lovers might look elsewhere for true blackness -- if you just want another little tweak on an IPA and love good American IPAs, you'll love this.
06-03-2013 07:17:44 | More by Premo88
El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
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