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Weekend Warrior Pale Ale - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: mothman on 01-12-2013

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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by Ford:
Photo of Ford
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ExaltedNecrosis
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of tjsmith910
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pretty decent for a pale ale

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
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 brurevu
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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 jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of imstimpy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 champ103
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Roybert
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

yes, will buy again soon

Photo of Walter_82
1/5  rDev -73.5%
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 Premo88
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of Splatter_sin
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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

Photo of D9sus4
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 mothman
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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 NCalement
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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 doorknobs
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

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Weekend Warrior Pale Ale from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.