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Weekend Warrior Pale Ale - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Weekend Warrior Pale AleWeekend Warrior Pale Ale

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 286
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 35.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

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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Photo of allengarvin
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold, a tad hazy, with a large, dense head.
S: Resinous hops, quite aromatic, with a light touch of sweet malt.
T: Quite bitter beer, perhaps harshly so, without a good malt backbone to stand up for it. Hop flavor is very piney, grassy. Finish is very dry.
M: Light bodied, neutral texture.
O: Not that an interesting a beer from Karbach this time.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice, easy sipping, mellow APA. I could crush a few of these and not get "palate fatigue" if that is a thing. Not the hoppiest of beers but it doesn't have to be.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Pretty nice head retention & lacing

S: Pineynesss, cattiness & a little breadyness

T: Bready sweetness, a little pineyness & a little orange peel up front. Leafy hops, pineyness, & a little pear, & faint bready sweetness. Finishes piney, a little catty, plus bready sweetness, grassiness, plus dryness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, a solid APA

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange-yellow color with white head. Pine and citrus, with just a touch of maltiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with piney citrus and a nice malt backbone, lingers too.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Amber golden color with a two finger, white head that recedes quickly and leaves a quarter inch of lacing. Strong aroma of piney hops and resin. Taste is pine hops and grassy malt with a bitter finish. Medium body and medium carbonation, with a slightly oily mouth feel.
Well hopped APA that is too one dimensional and slightly unbalanced. The bitterness slowly faded as the beer warmed up. A good APA but not worth getting a sixer of.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours some sort of orange. Fluffed head. Aroma is hoppy. It smells different than most. I bet the hop proifle is pretty distinct. Grassy, earthy, fruity. Not too verbose in the malt category. Flavor is green and hoppy. Pretty pleasant. Hop forward. Pedestrian malt flavors. Not all that bitter. Drinkable. Tasted a tick above decent.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of D9sus4
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Photo of imstimpy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.53/5  rDev -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!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of JerradMcD
1.6/5  rDev -58.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of NCalement
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of brurevu
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a large foamy head. Head retention and lacing is excellent on this one. Big citric, piney hops with resin dominates the aroma. A strong, bready, malty backbone dominates most of the drink with a strong, piney, hoppy finish. Sweeter caramel malts at the very end. Nice bitter aftertaste. This is one of my go to beers. I am never disappointed and always satisfied.

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Weekend Warrior Pale Ale from Karbach Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.