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El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
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%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 29, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

BryanCarey, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

champ103, Dec 30, 2011
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El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.