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El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | 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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4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

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El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.