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Weekend Warrior Pale Ale - Karbach Brewing Co.

Weekend Warrior Pale AleWeekend Warrior Pale Ale

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very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mothman on 01-12-2013)
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Photo of Premo88


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 23:17:08 | More by Premo88
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 23:13:11 | More by brentk56
Photo of NCalement

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Murky orange with a two finger, foamy, whit head that holds strong. Lacing is that of soap suds.

S- Spicy hops, light citrus, lemon grass, bread, malt, and bitter hops.

T- Bitter hops, a little soap, orange, grapefruit and sweet malt. Very well balanced between hop presence and malt, but still showcases the hops well.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Hops linger on the palate. Would pair well with almost any meal.

O- What a good pale ale. It's nothing crazy but it's very solid. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 18:09:38 | More by NCalement
Photo of jlindros


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yay craft beer cans. Cryptic code on the bottom but no understandable date. Thanks to AdamR46 (reddit) for this one.

Pours a huge fluffy honkin head that fades pretty slowly fluffy foamy head that forces me to stop pouring as it reaches the very top of the glass, the last few drips cna't make it in from the can, so I shoot it, mmm... eventually it leaves a big soapy spiderweb lacing, over a hazy nectarine orange slight reddish colored beer.

Nose brings nice fresh hops, cascade family maybe some centennial like hops, mild grassy fairly floral, hint of citrus and a fruity juicy hop juice like aroma, touch of a clementine like citrus and almost apricot like fruity, with a mild juicy malt bill underneath.

Taste starts similarly as the nose did, with the fresh cascade family hops, quite a juicy fruity hop character with more mild citrus clementine like but that's barely there, again that mild apricot or almost white peach like fruity flavor too. HOps mostly get grassy and floral and eventually turn just a bit spicy, there is a touch of grapefruit too somehwere in the background, actually the more I drink the more a grapefruit rind pithy flavor comes through in the background. Malts are mildly sweet with a little toasty biscuity note almost wheat like but not quite there. Nice balance, and incredibly drinkable. Finish adds a bit more bitterness but still very manageable, with a bit of a spicy but mostly grassy and floral hop lingering, also a hint of citrus again, and touch of a clean malt finish as well.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall pretty good, very enjoyable pale ale, pretty staple style with the cascade variety hops, but it shows them off well and everything is right where it should be. Extremely crushable and enjoyable, I would love to pound back a few of these on a nice warming spring weekend.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 00:32:11 | More by jlindros
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tannish orange and just a touch of haze, with a monster head that left an awesome foamy cap and sticky lace.

A nice blend of sweet tasting and smelling malts and a good selection of hops, kinda fruity with a touch of citrus.

Drinkability is great, it's easy drinking and makes you want another. I'm really starting to like Karbach's beers, great job on this one.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 21:47:05 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of brurevu


3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Warrior poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a full and fluffy white head. The aroma had tropical fruit hops with some light citrus hops and sweet malt as well. The taste followed the aroma with tropical and citrus hops all wrapped in a sweet malt blanket The overall taste profile is similar to a toned down Hopadillo which is a good thing. It has a good lingering bitterness and with enough malt to keep it light and easy to drink. The Weekend Warrior is a well crafted Pale Ale that is a welcome addition to the Karbach line-up.

Serving type: can

11-16-2013 21:13:30 | More by brurevu
Photo of BryanCarey


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange in color with a fragrant nose of grapefruit, pale malt, and pine, this pale ale seems pleasant right from the start. It pours from the can with a small head of foam that leaves specs of lacing as you drink and the fragrant nose piques your curiosity to sample the beer within.

This pale ale offers a taste that is middle of the road and actually quite nicely balanced. The citrusy/piney hops take center stage, but they are balanced out by the taste of sweet, biscuit- like malts to the best of the beer’s ability. The flavor that stands out most, however, is the resinous hops. The malt balance is certainly there, but the sticky citrus and pine hops just keep coming back, even when you think the battle was already won.

This is a nicely balanced and sessionable pale ale from Karbach and yet another solid beer offering from the guys on Karbach street. The medium body and the assertive but still friendly hop profile make this a good pale ale for everyday consumption. It’s a good go- to beer and a pale ale most anyone will like.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 05:35:55 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A - Cloudy dark orange with 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head

S - Piney hops, grapefruit, with a bit of sweetness on the end

T - The piney hops are most apparent in the taste, with semi-bitter grapefruit and caramel malt rounding it out. Lots of musty pine and resinous hops.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. It has a resinous and slightly oily feel to it.

O - Nothing spectacular, but this beer is done well. The pine and grapefruit go well together, and there's not too much bitterness or sweetness. Middle of the road mouthfeel, I could see myself kicking back a few of these.

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 21:35:46 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to channels321 for the excellent texas love...enjoyed from a freetail snifter.

a - brew poured a semi transparent orange with a generous foamy head that hung out and left milkshake like chunks on the glass.

s - nose has a really well balanced rich thick hop to it. smells fantastic. there is a hint of a musty earthy malt in the background, but the hop leads the way and dominates the nose.

t - taste does not live up to the nose and is actually super resinous and kind of a one-trick pony. the wonderful grapefruit of the nose is amped up to the point of just pine cone...beyond fruitiness. not bad, and actually comes across more as an ipa than a pale. not bad, but not what the nose is.

m - thick and bittery.

o - overall a nice pale ale and worth checking out if you are a hophead. the nose is the star with a wonderful fruity hop to it...the taste is also dominated by the hop, but more bitter and less fruity. glad i got to try it.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 20:29:27 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of BradWilcox

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just talked to the brewer on this one and the abv is 5.5%

Strong hop flavoring, very citrousey, without an over-abundance of bittering. Supposedly an homage to Sierra Nevada as the 'Father of Craft Beer'. They missed out on their chance for some sweet pun action by not using any Warrior hops though (3 different hop varietals used). A very crisp pale, I think they did a good job of keeping the bitterness down enough so you could taste the malt, but not really my cup of tea for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 19:51:30 | More by BradWilcox
Photo of Ford


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.. served in a pint glass.

Karbach says this is a seasonal... not sure if spring or summer... guessing spring since it is out now...

This is a super refreshing easy to drink beer... I could see this becoming my main session beer... so good...

In Texas if this is going to be seasonal it should be from January to October... as we have plenty of hot days in the months within...

Well done Karbach... well done again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 20:30:35 | More by Ford
Photo of champ103


3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Sugar Land Flying Saucer Tap takeover and the Hay Merchant takeover in Houston.

A: Pours a pale, clear orange color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: A big dank hoppy aroma up front. Citrus, floral, a big piny resinous aroma. Lingering grapefruit. A very light malty backbone, but overpowered by the lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Big dank hops that are resinous and piny. A light biscuit/bread flavor. Though grapefruit bitterness overpowers and lingers on forever.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and mostly dry with a bit of sweetness that pop up here and there. Not hard to drink, but the bitterness is a bit much for me. That makes it something I am not going to come back to very often.

Personally, I think this is a good Sierra Nevada clone. Plenty of dry hops, bitterness, and bready background. Though not something that really appeals to me. IMO Karback does much better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 01:50:45 | More by champ103
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I believe this is a single hopped pale with warrior. Had it at the brewery.

Clear gold in color. White head.

Aroma is dank and hoppy. A lot of pine and grapefruit citrus. A bready malt backbone.

Pretty sticky. Ends with a hop resiny aftertaste.

Overall, this was a really nice pale. Very fresh and hoppy.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 19:24:34 | More by mothman
Weekend Warrior Pale Ale from Karbach Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.