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El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.

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very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

kennymule, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

EgadBananas, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Premo88
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Premo88, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Texas_Speed, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

abex44, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Andonato, May 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

WickedD365, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

jgbiggs, May 23, 2013
Photo of Bluestar
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into s dogfishead signature glass

A - A single finger thick, nicely coloured tan head presists from start to finish. liquid is a deep brown colour when held to the light. very nice lacing clings to the glass throughout the entire bottle.

S -hop resins dominate. Not entirely sure which hops. Background smell of dark chocolate and off in the distance I detect a faint coffee note...

T- bitter, hop forward beer. Here I get a little more coffee background, followed by some roasty notes. For some reason it just doesn't mesh together well...but I think that's indicative of the style and not any fault in the beer itself.

M - medium carbonation, just shy of being prickly on the tongue. Alcohol is not noticeable to any great extent.

O - Similar to other black IPA's on the market - well priced at $6 + tax a bottle. I would drink again, but not going to go out of my way looking for it. A hop-forward beer that is a little lacking in malt counterbalance .

Bluestar, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

canders0927, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ScubaSteve00, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Brokentalontsi, May 12, 2013
Photo of Ford
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Ford, May 12, 2013
Photo of hoody711
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's see if Texas can actually produce a good beer. Clearly that is too harsh, but thus far the Lone Star state hasn't impressed me. Multiple solid beers - nothing out of this world.

A - bomber to tulip. Dark toffee color. Nice two finger head with good retention and excellent lacing. A very pretty beer.

S - mostly IPA here, and it's nice. Mostly citrus to me, with some grassiness. There's a hint of sweetness at the beginning. Seems to fade a little bit and flatten out pretty quickly. Not much of the blackness of this black IPA here - maybe a little roast at the very end. Good, nothing overwhelming.

T - huh. It's interesting. Taste seems to belie its nose for sure. There is definitely some hoppiness at the end, but I get mostly a one-note sweetness to begin. Sharp chocolate bitterness in the middle, then some piney hops at the end. It's okay, nothing spectacular, and I'd like a little more complexity.

M - well the bitterness from the end of your sip really just lingers there. Otherwise it's a bit dry. Carbonation is low.

O - unfortunately follows its Texas brethren into the realm of tastiness, but falls short of excellence. The appearance is amazing, the nose has the right idea but is just a little soft, and the taste just isn't really that complex. It's good though - I'm not drain-pouring. Worth the $5 bomber for sure.

hoody711, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

dcloeren, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

valkyre65, May 08, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
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).

goochpunch, May 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

strib, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Meleah, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

ChiefHopHead, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

vcoggins, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

hsus0225, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Gagnonsux, May 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

MaddDogg84, May 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 29, 2013
El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.