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Hop Delusion - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 335
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 28.85%
Wants: 59
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
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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Photo of BryanCarey
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can (marked "") poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber gold with a tall, rocky head of frothy white foam - recedes slowly with nice lace.

Smell: Tropical fruit, caramel, resin and dankness.

Taste: Full malt body of grain and honey balanced by big hop spice, resin, mild tropical fruit and dank. Candied orange peel. Cleansing bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight hop oiliness and good carbonation.

Overall: A nice big IPA, tending slightly towards sweetness, but still tasty.

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Photo of ARoman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into a pint glass. Floral and juicy citrus notes come forth initially followed shortly after by bright, danky herb. The beer is effervescent and colored orange amber with a white, foamy head that leaves good lace and has. good retention. The taste is, up front, a bright, juicy medium sweet that support the medium high bitter that follows. It's creamy and fuzzy with a medium full body. Flavors of bread come through first with tangerine and light caramel. It finishes crisp with a heavy, bitter dank and spice which is followed by sweet citrus and grapefruit as well as a toasted note. The aftertaste is slightly sticky with notes of wax and pine with a dank note that lingers.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a Goode Company Seafood in Houston, TX.

L: Nice deep gold to light amber, clear with a faint touch of haze, and a thin creamy head on top.

A: Huge sticky tropical fruit, blueberry, pine resin, and a touch of onion/garlic in the background. Candy malt background with a touch of caramel sweetness.

T/M: Low bitterness for DIPA standards, very smooth, moves into a huge blueberry/fruity hop character with some piney complexities. The malt swoops in and offers a great neutral backdrop with just a touch of candy sweetness. Big lingering hop flavor in a smooth finish.

Overall, an exceptional DIPA, awesome hop character and some pretty good balance. The bitterness could be bumped up in my opinion, but overall there is little to complain about. Karbach is really impressing me.

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Photo of senglish7
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another IPA that is very malty in nature. Aroma is above average. Taste is very nice. Not super bitter. Very flavorful. Good Texas IPA that id have again.

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Photo of jwff
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid looking. Burnt orange with nice head and lacing. Smell is orange, tangerines, and guava. Tons of citrus notes. Good upfront bitterness that rides on the palate throughout. Like the aroma I'm getting tons of guava and tangerines in the finish. Good tropical notes. As it warms toasted malt starts to overwhelm the citrus and is really taking away from the flavor. A toasty sweetness takes over. Around 3/4 of the way through it gets pretty taxing to drink. Heavy, sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Better than Rodeo Clown.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with a small off white head. The nose is full of the hop aromas you would expect plus some booziness. The taste reflects this but honestly the flavors seem kind of out of whack, like the different hop flavors weren't balanced very well. Overall it was kinda disappointing for me. I was ready for a hop bomb, but I didn't care for the hop flavor profile too much. I can understand the love it gets though considering there aren't too many hop bomb IIPA's coming from Texas.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
1.45/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.
Pours brownish yellow with thick off white head. Substantial lacing.
Orange peel and grass in the nose.
Very imbalanced. There is a strong hop presence here but I question the proportions. The malt presence is subdued but there is an off-putting sweetness. I get some bitter grapefruit pith and alka seltzer.
This beer set my teeth on edge. I could not finish it. Overpriced. I am glad that Karbach is bucking the Texas brewery tendency to put out Kolsch and Hefe-Weizens, but I think they need to rework this one and Rodeo Clown. Lacking subtlety and drinkability.

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Photo of AMG55
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Nicole15
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. Pours a orange reddish Amber. Thick white head that disappears into a sticky lacing. The aroma is overwhelmingly boozie. I was nervous that it would taste too boozy but it's pretty balanced considering the ABV. I get a lot of pine and a decent amount of booze in the finish. Really good imperial.

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Photo of Martinus
1.8/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap this DIPA is ok. This year is not great when compared to 2014. However the canned batches are acrid and horrible tasting. I call it acrid, some people are calling it an onion off flavor. This beer was canned 4/292015' very fresh. Very bleah. It only has a hint of the nice citrus and floral hop aromas. It seems like all the nice flavoring hop oils went to the kegs and we got stuck with the dregs. There is something very wrong with this beer. Avoid this latest batch of canned Hop Delusion. We deserve better from Karbach.

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this for the first time last night, as it was highly recommended to me by a fellow beer enthusiast. As a Houston native, Saint Arnold beers have my heart, but this was my first Karbach Brewing beer I've had. It did not dissapoint. Poured a nice caramel orange color, with about an inch to inch and a half head. What really blew me away of all things was the smell. Lots of flavorful citrus/grapefruit aromas, with a hoppy bite at the end. Taste was good, expected more flavor judging by the smell, but had a decent mix of flavors from the aroma with a small hop finish, and a hint of malt backbone. Good beer, would definitely drink again.

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Photo of bhoss9235
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. I'm a decent fan just because I support local breweries, but this hits the spot with my palate. I'm s home brewer myself and can instantly pick out the mosaic and simcoe. I just wanna say, great job Karbach, another great offering.

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Photo of deltacoog
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Photo of kevinjtee
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of shanman
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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Photo of stanleyelnats
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Always a solid beer. Not too malty for an IPA, great balance. This could be my favorite double coming out of Texas honestly, although Valkyrie is a good shout.

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Photo of Brenterman
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review. This beer made me submit a review after being a long time lurker/user of the info here.

First of all, I got this in my growler earlier today from Whole Foods. People that don't bother putting whether they are drinking from a keg, bottle, or can should not bother posting here because that makes too much difference to overlook.

This is my favorite beer I have had in Texas. Grapefruit and persimmon, maybe tangerine, all on top of a nice piney background. the malt is there, but, it's just underneath it all - a really good balance.

The smell is the same as the taste. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy but smooth enough and the perfect amount of carbonation with it. I don't know why there is a rating for appearing - idgaf about that and you should too!

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Hop Delusion from Karbach Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.