Weekend Warrior Pale Ale - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: mothman on 01-12-2013

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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 37
Photo of PhilsPils
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think Karbach makes several good beers. Hopadillo is a fine IPA and Rodeo Clown is an excellent DIPA. But there are so many great beers in those categories. Where Karbach hit the home run was with Weekend Warrior. I just don't see how an APA could be much better. I think a lot of breweries get overly enamored of their specialty malts. Too much biscuit-type malt or caramel malt mutes the glorious high notes of dry-hopped APAs everywhere you look. Not this one. The hops aroma and taste shine through like a beacon in the night (feel free to substitute your own trite cliche'). Wonderful citrus and faintly pine-y flavors in a perfectly balanced beer. Stone is great but too much bittering hops compared to aroma hops, in my opinion. Sierra Nevada, Mirror Pond, Dale's....can't hold a candle. How these beers can have a higher rating than WW on BA is a mystery to me. Zombie Dust is the only equal that I have tasted.

Photo of Josephah2000
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My second keg. A great tasting summer beer.

Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything Karbach is good and well worth the money.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smooth. Very mild. No appreciable aroma.

Photo of ARoman
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into a pint. A pleasant citrus blossom note comes forth (peach) first, dampens, then follows with a distinct fruit stripes note supported by a subtle caramel. It's a brilliantly clear, yellow amber hue topped by a white, dense soap head that has good lace and retention. The beer is a balanced medium sweet and bitter. The texture is oily with a soft, fuzzy carbonation and medium body. Juicy citrus hits the palate first, followed by a finish that's crisp and grassy with notes of sweet grapefruit. The aftertaste is clean with just a light spice and a mild, cloying, waxy character and flavor.

Photo of rjs246
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly drinkable pale ale. Nothing overly remarkable or disappointing.

Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. canned 3/2015, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear pale golden color with a small foamy white head that settles to a thin layer floating on top

S- grassy and earthy hops with some pine, clean underlying toasted malt

T- light pine & citrus hops up front, some grassy notes, clean and crisp underlying malt, allows the subtle hops to take front stage, clean finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy

O- very clean and easy drinking pale ale

Photo of tjsmith910
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pretty decent for a pale ale

Photo of Lundste
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit hoppy for a pale ale.

Photo of doorknobs
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Rating based on tap. Can is not good for any beer.

Photo of ipakingdom
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Awesome but not the best

Photo of Roybert
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

yes, will buy again soon

Photo of D9sus4
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice drinking brew. Had on draft in Houston for the first time. Amber colored, medium body with a decent malt backbone. Not overly hopped. Like a cross between a pale ale and an APA.

Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a 1 finger off-white head. It's a good representation of the APA style.

The smell is resin and citrus hop notes with a little spice and tropical fruit.

The taste follows the smell. There is a nice malt presence with some grapefruit and pine. The finish is clean citrus hops and a smooth bitterness. This is a well balanced pale that's refreshing and drinks easily.

Photo of imstimpy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

My first taste was draft, where I was pleasantly surprised as an Imperial IPA drinker. The can is a decent representative of the draft.

It is sort of like a subtle IPA.

Photo of Splatter_sin
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Crisp, clean pale. Light in color, translucent. Aroma's great. Seems well attenuated and generally balanced.

Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick thin off-white head that keeps a constant plate.
Nice piney resin aroma with hints spices, passion fruit and American yeast.
Pleasant citrus flavor with notes of grapefruits, toasted malts, pine, fresh oranges and spices. Nothing too heavy. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
As some others APA, this has a perfect match of drinkability and citrus and pine hop flavors. At the brewery yesterday, someone told me it was not worth it... I am glad I insisted today at Petrol Station, the hype place right now in Houston for craft beers with a limited but especial selection.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,75 Sens.4 Cj.3,75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot/peach in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick mottled pillowy surface covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit/pineapple, citrus/tangerine, and pine hops with a lighter aroma of slightly sweet grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sweet grainy and caramel malts with a lingering sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tropical/pineapple, citrus/tangerine, pine, and herbal hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Super easy to drink and refreshing - if this was available where I lived, this would be my go to beer for the summer (cookouts, tailgating, etc). Very enjoyable and one I highly recommend for the sessionable APA style.

Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I don't know if this pale ale is unique or tasty enough to stand out in a "packed division" so-to-speak.

In my opinion, pale ale's seem to be a dime a dozen, but every so often one will stick out - a diamond in the ruff.

This, unfortunately, isn't one of them.

I would absolutely drink one of these if it was offered...!
...and I certainly wouldn't complain if it was one of a few choices to pick from (as it does taste okay and it's quite crisp and refreshing)...
...but it isn't one that I would actively seek out to satiate my beer thirst.

Salute! Cin Cin! Evviva!

Photo of Walter_82
1/5  rDev -73.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Worst beer I've ever had. It tasted like tree sap! The smell and after taste wants you quit drinking. Who in the world would spend money on this. Yes the name says it all.... you have to be a warrior to finish drinking it! Barf barf barf barf puke puke puke.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is a rich cloudy golden color with a rich and thick slow settling off-white head that leaves a good lacing down the glass.

The nose is a nice sweet malt bed which the hops rise from with hints of pine, white pepper, cut grass and lemon zest.

The flavor is superb. The malt is dry yet pleasant and works well with the tangy hops. the Hops are bitter and well balanced with the malt that is tad dry for my taste but not too dry. Subtle notes of bread, pine, pepper and a tinge of fructose on the finish that gives way to a nice bitter aftertaste that lingers but doesn't stick around like an uninvited guest.

The mouthfeel is just right for this one. Slightly rich but not too much so. This allow the finish the to linger without staying to long.

Overall a very drinkable PA and a great example of an American classic. I highly recommend it.

Photo of JerradMcD
1.6/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

I've never stuffed a handful of pine needles into my face before, but I imagine this beer would taste similar. Sticky after taste. Not terrible, but certainly not my favorite. I need a glass of iced tea after every 2nd sip. I got this beer in a Karbach collection because they brew in TX, and sadly I have 2 of these left.

Photo of woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once more, the mighty JenRay has come through with some new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! I am looking forward to meeting her in-person in a couple of weeks.

From the CAN: "Brewed in Texas"; "Proudly Brewed in Texas"; "Recycle Dammit!"; "checkin' boxes ..."; "To do: - Hit the trail ... [check] Yard Work [struck through] next week Get Wet ... [check] Catch the game ... [check] Chill & grill ... [check] ... Have a Cold One!"

The loud Crack! was followed quickly by an inverted Glug and the pseudo-cascade resulted in just over two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was about as perfect an amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) as I have ever seen and with NE-quality clarity, to boot! Nose had a citrusy, grapefruit scent and my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste did not quite live up to my expectations. It seemed a little muted as compared to the intensity of the nose. That said, it was a pleasant enough APA and given my self-abuse with Cigar City AIPAs recently, I am not complaining. I guess that the bottom line is that it would be worth a try, but not worth actively seeking out.

Photo of Premo88
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into tulip

(Jan. 15, 2014 bottled date printed on bottom of can)

L: gold, clear with big thick head of white foam, almost a full inch tall and sticks like glue at the top, not a ton of lacing on the way down, but it keeps a super-thick white collar of foam; brew isn't crystal clear, has just a little haziness to it, but it's still very easy to see through it

S: grapefruit light ... it's like a big grapefruit bomb with some sugar added to tame the bitter, astringency

T: follows the nose 1 to 1; a mini-grapefruit bomb, tons of bitter citrus hops that have a quick and pronounced fruity sweetness in the middle of the bitter ... it's like citrus hops candy

F: full for a pale ale, good carbonation for drinkability

O: LOVE IT! i was thrilled to hear Karbach was going to make a pale ale ... I much prefer the sub-6% ABV world of American pale ales/IPAs/DIPAs, and this hits the mark as well as any APA I've tried -- big huge hop flavor in a much more sessionable form. i'm tempted to give this brew all 5s because it truly is EXACTLY what I want from an American pale.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with just a bit too much froth at first, but the head eventually settles down and displays great staying power, leaving sheets of lacing on the wall of the glass

Smell: Shortbread malt with a nice hop kick, featuring floral, tropical fruit and pine tones

Taste: Balanced between the shortbread malt and the floral, tropical fruit and pine hop flavors; after the swallow, the hops become a bit more assertive, moving toward a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very drinkable APA; this would be a standard in my fridge if I had a standard beer

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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Weekend Warrior Pale Ale from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.