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El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

rallen1967, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Maverickdp, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Lagerquestrian, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bayern1987, May 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

nmann08, May 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

J85jam, May 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Bearman13, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Shafaegalo, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jame515, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Can_has_beer, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Real nice looking, big head and lots of lace, black as expected.

A very nice blend of hops and roasty malts, some earthy woods, crisp tangy hops, overall enjoyable and in the range of expectations for Karbach.

Body was medium with pretty good carbonation and a nice crisp hoppy finish. Karbach continues to impress me, so I keep buying their beer.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

WDJersey, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

bundy462, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Furley80, Mar 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Sazz9, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

HardTarget, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

htownbeerhound, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

dmorgan310, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JasonHaviland, Feb 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ChuckHardslab, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Tiernan, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

msanborn, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

stumac, Jan 15, 2014
El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.