Hop Delusion - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 57
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 03-15-2013

You are in a state of full Hop Delusion, but you knew what you signed up for when you popped this bottle. You knew that it had over 100 IBUs of hop bitterness and that it was dry hopped with insane amounts of Simcoe and Mosaic hops, but you chose to drink it anyway. It's difficult to say if you will ever snap out of it, for you have been smitten with the disorder that many can never overcome.
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Ratings: 305 | Reviews: 41
Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I have had this several times at the brewery, though this is the first I have seen this at bars. On cask at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a beautiful bright and hazed orange color. A two finger egg white head forms. Dense, pillowing, and with excellent retention. A cap of foam stays throughout. Spiderweb lace is left all the way down the glace. This is a looker.
S: This pops with tropical fruits. Orange, mango, banana, passion fruits. Very juicy up front in the nose. Followed by an almost candy like sweetness, though that fades in a second. Finishes more on the dank side, but still exceptional balance between fruits, juice, enough sweetness for balance, and bitter dankness.
T: At first dank hops take over. Though that quickly fades to that great fruit juicy hop flavor that popped and burst on to the senses in the nose. Some sweetness for a second. Then, again finishes with that dank hop, lingering bitterness which is just a bit strong for me. Still excellent.
M/D: A wonderful full body, that is silky smooth. Though with enough carbonation for a crisp bite in the finish. A superlative mouthfeel on cask. I very much enjoyed this. For me to get through two glasses of a DIPA is saying something.

An amazing cask. This will be a huge hit once it is released in full force. Endeavour is great, but this might top it for the best DIPA in Houston. Hmm, need to do a side by side when this comes out in bottles. Highly recommended.

Photo of BryanCarey
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color with a clear body, this beer experience starts off right with a nose that combines scents of citrus, passion fruit, and pine. Served from the tap, the foam level looks nice and everything appearance- wise seems right.

Tasting this beer, the experience just continues to get better. The hop resins, grapefruit, and bitterness are there, as expected, but there are other flavors worthy of mention, like bread, biscuit, pine, and even some melon. The brew is hop- forward, as it should be, but not in an overdone, excessively bitter way.

Hop Delusion is a very nice double IPA and one of its most surprising qualities is its smoothness. It isn’t harsh like some other double IPA and even the higher than average alcohol level seem to behave itself. The smoothness makes this beer deceptively delicious, and it does require care when drinking.

This is certainly a beer worthy of a sample and it is yet another example of Karbach’s tendency to overachieve. I based this review on a pint served at World of Beer in the west Houston suburb of Katy, but the bottled version is equally delicious. It is one of the best DIPA brewed in Texas and local craft beer fans should definitely seek it out.

Photo of AMG55
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall this is probably the best beer I've had from Karbach.

I have had this from cans and bottle. Both versions are phenomenal.

Appearance: Golden tangerine color with a white foamy head which possesses great retention. Lacing throughout the drinking experience.

Smell: Lots of dank citrus, Citra dry-hopping makes this wonderful to smell. This is a fantastic beer to admire and just keeps getting better and more fragrant as it warms. Alcohol is invisible.

Taste: Very hop forward but the citrus intensity is so delightful. Passion fruit, grapefruit and sweet caramel dance on the palate. Bitterness is at a balanced level, enough to which states this is a DIPA. Clean finish as well, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Assertive, complex but very smooth and almost creamy texture. This is a beer I could enjoy over and over again.

Overall if you have any friends/relatives/trade partners in Texas, please get your hands on this one. Fantastic and a joy to drink.

Photo of Dope
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a date but this appears to be quite fresh.

A: Pours a clear amber with a huge fluffy tan head. Head fades away slowly, leaving a big island behind. Lots of heavy lacework from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Oh yeah. Huge fruity aroma. Sweet candied citrus. Tropical fruits like mangos and pineapple and ...is it papaya? Maybe even sweet melons? Wonderful fruity hops. Absolutely mouthwatering aroma.

T: Big, sharp fruity hops. Again with the tropical fruits. Has a strong, dank resinous hop flavor in addition to the citrus and tropical fruits. Just a little caramel in the finish before the waver of bitterness kicks in. Not overly bitter if I'm honest. Just big juicy hop flavor throughout.

M: Medium bodied, pretty smooth, barely drying. A bit of astringency in the finish with a bit of sticky hop oils.

O: Seriously good IPA. One of the best, if not THE best aromas on an IPA I've ever had. No knock against the beer, but the flavor couldn't hold up to the smell. It's still delicious, it's just that the aroma was THAT good. Need to make an air freshener out of this smell. My first Karbach beer and man what a doozy. Absolutely wonderful, wish they distributed up here.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can canned on 04/29/15 poured into a becker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden amber with ample off-white head

Smell: Bright citrus hop aromas along with some herbal notes

Taste: Strong hop bitterness with the citrus flavors that were present in the aroma which is accented by a malt base that rounds out the flavors in the finish, slight cracker and bread notes in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium with a crisp finish

Overall: This is just as good as I remember the previous releases and now the availability in cans is a win. Lots of hop flavor with just the right malt backbone to balance it and bring it all home in the finish.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Nice fresh, citrus, piney aroma. Hints of malty caramel as well. Great malt to hop transition. Taste biscuits, resin, caramel and slight citrus. Moderately astringent at the end. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Very good beer for sure.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass translucent amber with a huge thick frothy white head. Great head retention and wonderful lacing. Scent is strong with a plethora of hops. The taste isn't a wham hop wallop, but it is a good punch of a well balanced variety. Aftertaste is just a hint of caramel, but your tongue is still getting it's butt kicked with hops.

Photo of Junkforadam
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh hops smell, citrusy flavor but bitter, really solid DIPA!

Photo of dcloeren
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear and crisp burnt orange with 2 fingers of sticky off white foam. Excellent head retention and some nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is exploding out if my glass. Citrus soaked pine sap with wonderful notes of melon and grapefruit as well. I almost get a sugary caramelized note as well with the caramel malt backbone.

The taste is amazing. Very citrus forward with melon and pineapple as well followed by a hop assault on my palate. The malt takes a back seat making this am absolute citrus hop bomb!

Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. This is goin down almost too easy... Great hop dragon finish makes you thirsty for more.

Overall this is the best DIPA to come out of TX hands down. Will gladly put it up against any if the more well known hop bombs out there.

Photo of ElJacobian
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best beers I've had from Texas. Probably second to Heavy Machinery. It looks fantastic and the smell is tropical with a hint of pine. Almost smells like a California IPA. Taste is perfectly balanced. Just the right amount of tropical fruits, bitterness, and resin. Probably the least boozy 9%er I've ever had.

Photo of shanman
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Fantastic DIPA, and IMO easily the best thing Karbach does excluding their fun series brews. Loaded with mosaic hops which is apparent in the nose and taste. I LOVE mosaic hops. Nothing compares to that tropical mango like flavor. They did an excellent job balancing out that super sticky dank hop mess with some sweet malts. If you haven't tried it do it.

Photo of dbnarley
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent IPA. Hints of grapefruit. Great head and lacing. A keeper. Not too bitter.

Photo of stoverride
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best Imperial IPA I've ever had.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a very elegant umber orange that is bright and cloudy with am umber tinge. The head is extremely think, long-lived and settles very slowly with condensing foam that leaves rich lacing down the glass. The head is light tan to beige in color that darkens as it settles. This is a perfect beer to look at. The cloudiness makes promises of richness in texture and taste, time to stop looking and start drinking...

The nose is sweet malt that is in submission to the hops with notes of grass, citrus, lavender, dark wet dirt, beer (Just checking to see if your paying attention ;-) pine, spring rain. The nose is very complex because many of the notes are very strong and blend. The warmer I let it get the more rich it smells.

The taste is equally complex and dominated by by the hops which are crisp, bitter and has notes of grapefruit, butter, sea weed, and it al floats on a bed of sweet malt that rises in the middle. The initial flavor is a crisp strong hoppiness that is powerfully bitter that falls to the sweet malt that then finishes with a softer more subtle and savory bitterness.

The mouthfeel is rich, coats the palate and releases at just the right time allowing the the drinker to experience the rich earthiness of this Imperial IPA that is one of the most complex and enjoyable beers ever.

Overall this is a superior example of an Imperial IPA with the typical excursiveness you would expect from an American IPA. I would go so far as to label this a Hybrid California/Imperial IPA. The difference being is that they got this one perfect! This is an exceptional beer that distinguishes itself from the majority. I find this one to be a fantastic and unique beer.

Photo of kevinjtee
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper color with plenty of creamy head. Smells of piney and tropical hops. Distinctively Mosaic. Taste is an explosion of hop flavor, touch of alcohol, and clean crisp bitterness. One of the best Imperial IPA's I've had and certainly the best to come out of Houston.

Photo of deltacoog
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy sh*t. Best Karbach IPA to date. Hopadillo and Weekend Warrior fans will love the transition. Reminds me slightly of LP Yellow Rose but better because I can get it cold, in a can, and with higher ABV.

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Hop Delusion from Karbach Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.