El Hopadillo Negro - Karbach Brewing Co.

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85
very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.