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El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.

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El Hopadillo NegroEl Hopadillo Negro

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BA SCORE
85
very good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 18:31:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Texas

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Texas

4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: 22 oz bomber fresh in Houston
Glassware: Pint Glass
A: Vigorous center pour with a slight glug, glug into pint glass. Three fingers of light tan head colored head. Bubble sizes ranging from foam to 1/4 inch. Slowly receding head consolidates centerward leaving almost no lacing on glass. What is left is sticky. As the glass goes by it leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. As the head recedes, it is forming a beautiful pillowy cloud in the center of the glass. Reflective light reveals a very dark chocolate brown color. Light passing through the beer reveals a dark red color with some lighter maple syrup coloring. Its a beautiful beer.
S: Citrus grapefruit, pine, hops, sweet malts, caramel and coffee as it warms up. Very hoppy smelling with a malt profile that balances it out a little.
T: Roasted malt. Caramel. Pine. Grapefruit. Coffee. Bitter chocolate. Great hop profile. Finishes crisp, bitter and dry. Aftertaste eventually goes slightly sweet and invites you to take another quaff.
M: Starts creamy and smooth. Medium body. Moves quickly to crisp, dry and tingly. Enough malt to balance it very well and leaving strong hop bitterness remaining. Perfect for style.
O: Very well constructed beer. If you like this style, this beer is a must try. It is a good example and it works best if you let it warm up to get all of its character. This is a very good American Black Ale/Black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Texas

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Colorado

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/08/13

APPEARANCE: Very dark, but when held up to the light a touch of light brown shines through. The head is off-white and about a half-inch thick with solid retention. The lacing is very good, with about 70% of the backside of the glass covered.

SMELL: It almost smells like Wookey Jack, but as far as I know there is not any rye. The citrus, however, is big and crisp, right on par with the Wookey.

TASTE: Again, gonna compare this one to Wookey. It tastes very similar, but without the spicy bite of the rye. The Simcoe and Citra stand out big time with the latter providing an excellent does of citrusy bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to light in body, the mouthfeel is bright and lively with a touch of sparkle. While a decent amount of malt balances this out, it remains wonderfully dry throughout.

OVERALL: All its missing for me is rye, but for those of you who are fans of black IPAs, but not so much rye, this has got to be on your list of beers to try. Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

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Texas

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Texas

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Texas

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Texas

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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a midnight black with an incredibly thick and rich tan head that almost has a permanent structure as it would never settle down. As for lacing, well, that is there so thick I can’t see through the glass. The head on this begins to eventually settle and the illusion of no lacing is actually the result of the head and the lacing being so thick it pulls itself down the glass and is clear where it settles eventually leaving a ring of impenetrable “lacing” that is more reminiscent of blanketing. The beer settles down to about a ½ inch head that I am too impatient to wait to see if it goes away, 10 minutes is too long!

As for the nose it is very definitely dominated by sweet malt and I definitely get the fructose and citrus with a hint of pine as well as some subtle caramel, coffee and cardamom; I would almost say I can smell what reminds me a tiny bit of Turkish coffee.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery compared to all the other complexities of this beer. I was expecting more richness and thicker mouthfeel. Overall pretty good, but the appearance, the thickness of the head and the lacing lead me to think this would closer to a porter or even a stout in mouthfeel.

The flavor is excellent, extremely hopped and bitter and very well balanced to the malt. There are strong coffee and very dark unsweetened chocolate flavors, hints of butter and bread, with an overwhelming hopped flavor that has a surprisingly fresh and non-lingering finish. Overall, exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:42:12 | More by AtrumAnimus
El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.