El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.
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3.99/5 rDev +5.8%
one of the more tropical and citrus forward black india pale ales around. medium bodied dark brown liquid with a ton of black barley and a short lived whitish frothy head. the nose on this is all hops, it overcomes faint barley bitterness to bring this beer to life with intense fruity oily hop waves that make this seem a lot lighter than it is. the flavor too is equally hop forward. the black malt gives just a cutting bitterness and an earthy base to what otherwise is a straight up hop bomb. not sure the hop varietals here, but its high alpha stuff putting grapefruit and tangerine and lemon all through this, which is a cool combination with the dark grain. long fruity finish before it switches to bitter and dry. well carbonated and not super full bodied for what it is. a bomber would be a perfect dose, more than that might get a little fuzzy, but a very well made brew, and a cool version of the style that displays the more interesting side of hops in a sturdy dark beer.
01-21-2014 18:31:43 | More by StonedTrippin
2.58/5 rDev -31.6%
Reviewed as a Black IPA because it identifies as such as on the label. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at the Growler Room for $8.00 USD and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; this is a hard style to pull off and because it's so new, many breweries are not able to execute good examples.
As of 09.22/13: 7.20% ABV according to Karbach's website. IBU: 80. O.G.: 16 plato;. Malts: 2 row pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black. Hops: Amarillo, Magnum, Citra, Simcoe, Zythos.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a three finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 7 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Somewhat frothy. Complexion is kind of soft.
Body colour is a very dark brown-black. By no means a true or jet black. Opaque (nontransparent/nontranslucent). No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it's very standard fare for the style. Not unique or special, but no overt flaws are obvious.
Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malt, pale malts. Caramel. A hint of marshmallow. No real roasted barley. Some cream. Floral hop character. A buried hint of pine, I guess. Not getting any citrus, at least none that's evocative. Lightly tropical; it's quite vague. The notes in the aroma don't ring all that distinct. An inoffensive aroma of mild strength.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
As it warms, the cocoa and chocolate emerge more - which is pleasant.
T: Like most subpar beers in the style, the flavours clash and there is little balance. Marshamallow, caramel, dark malts, and chocolate malt occupy one end of the ring. Floral hops, pale malts, and vague citrus occupy the other. The battle between the two is not rewarding for the drinker. This is not a gestalt or cohesive brew. It does have some nice pine resin, but the caramel cuts it short. Has some zest. Some of the hop character veers towards soap territory, suggesting this spent a hair too long in primary fermentation. Plenty of hop bitterness goes unremedied about the climax.
Lacks complexity and subtlety. Little depth of flavour here. Duration and intensity of flavour are average for the style.
No yeast character comes through. I do get some alcohol presence, unfortunately.
It's quite rough around the edges, and frankly I don't really like it. It's not uninspired; it just falls short of what it should be.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely creamy. Unrefreshing. Somewhat oily. Too thick. Has an overbearing presence on the palate. The body is full but off. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Overcarbonated. Even a biteen biting. It does have a decent softness to it.
Dr: Poorly priced. I definitely wouldn't get this beer again, nor would I recommend it to friends. It's another subpar beer in a style plagued by subpar beers. A disappointment from Karbach. The subpar quality limits its drinkability, as does its detectable ABV. Not Karbach's best, to be sure.
09-23-2013 01:46:40 | More by kojevergas
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Got in a trade with icetrauma. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear almost pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, roasted malt, light char, cocoa, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, pine resin, lemon zest, floral, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pine resin, floral, roasted malt, light char, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hops and roasted malt flavors; with hop over malt flavor balance; and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and very sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
07-25-2013 04:10:13 | More by superspak
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
06-24-2014 19:15:04 | More by chinchill
3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
This was from a gravity cask at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX.
A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Ruby red around the edges. A small, bubbly beige head forms and recedes to nothing in a second. No lace to speak of.
S: Soapy hops up front. Some bitter sweet chocolate malts. That is about it.
T: Follows the nose. Soapy hops at first followed by a malty sweetness. Chocolate is dominate. Finishes to bitter for my tastes, that lingers on and on. Not a big fan of how the malt and hops compliment each other.
M/D: A medium body and very low carbonation. Almost under carbonated. Easy enough to drink. I can finish the pint without a problem.
Not bad, but like most beers of this style the hops and malt do not mesh well for me. Worth a try for sure, but far from their best offering.
12-30-2011 01:37:41 | More by champ103
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance: Black glass shows thick ruby edges that extend to the core of the glass. Holds a dark foam cover that laces the glass in thick tide marks.
Smell: A bit grassy, a lot of dark roasted grain that goes a bit coffee, a bit earthy and leafy.
Taste: Hops come through the dark roasted background, again a bit grassy but some west coast citric hop notes as well. The hops aren't really up to an IPA level, and the black base is a bit light, but it makes for an easy drinking example of the style.
Mouthfeel: Goes a bit soapy in the mouth, frothy, a light medium body, lingering oily finish.
Overall: Not the monster portrayed on the label, more of a gentle, misunderstood woodland creature. A fine beer, nothing wrong (save maybe the soapy mouthfeel) and an enjoyable sipper.
03-14-2014 23:51:14 | More by HardTarget
El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.