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Hop Delusion | Karbach Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.04/5  rDev -4%
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 puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice and fresh on tap, poured from tap into a fluted snifter. Beautiful head and great curtain lacing. Floral and citrus smell, a it of fresh lemon. The taste was very citrusy, grapefruit, orange, and some white wine. Nice smooth feel. I really enjoyed this beer. This version had three types of hops. Great beer!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is clear copper body with a couple fingers of off-white head. Spotty lacing on the way down.

Smell is a strong piney, dank aroma which turns to tropical smell from the mosaic that eventually gets filled in with malty notes later on.

Taste is all hops, but it doesn't feel overwhelming because of the big malt presence (although you never really get that sweet flavor). Initially it taste like pine fresh out of the fridge, but as it warms the tropical taste kicks in really hard. Very tasty.

Fell is pretty heavy for an IPA, has some stickiness that falls off into a some-what creamy finish. Bitterness throughout, but balanced very well.

Overall, this is delicious and should be sought by all hop heads. Too bad its not available more regularly, but a nice treat for a little while.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +3.8%
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 -0.7%
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 Mateo2699
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a copper, darker orange hue. Excellent tight white bubbles in the head with great lacing.

In the smell, getting plenty pine from the simcoe and some floral and resin. Slightly tropical, getting some subtle pineapple, mango, and passion fruit.

Taste is definitely a simcoe pine foward profile. The hop resin definitely balances with the sweet malt, and the hop resinous is pretty noticable in the back end.

Mouthfeel is quite chewy from all the hop resin and bitterness going on.

Excellent, heavy DIPA from Karbach. I personally think this is their best IPA to date.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
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 jwff
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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 HotDogBikeRide
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap in Karbach's biergarten. Light color for such a strong hoppy beer. Darker gold with a funky hop bitterness apparent in the smell and taste. A bitter but clean tasting beer, kind of reminds me of a Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas. Grainy taste in the back of the mouth that the bitterness carries well. Leaves you needing more haha. Full bodied beer that you can get full on quickly. Hides alcohol extremely well, watch out boy she'll chew you up hahah. Peace.

On can a little more dark amber,a cacophony of hops cascading into the mouth leaving a Ballast point type of malt on the aftertaste. Great buzz

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Photo of Rpm0003
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow this is pretty great. Pretty impressed with the few beers I've had from this brewery. Look and smell weren't out of this world, but the taste is. Pours about average for an IPA and smell is about as expected. Floral scent with a noticeable grapefruit character, and maybe a little mango. Taste is excellent. Strong grapefruit flavor, but definitely not overbearing. Hint of the mosaic hops. Complex character. Strong beer at 9%, but very drinkable and goes down smooth. Excellent, and will buy again

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -65.6%
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 +6.9%
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.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours somewhere in between gold and amber. The extremely hoppy smell of this one over prepares you in a comforting way when you take your first sip, definite hops but manageable, somewhat drinkable. Apparently high percentage.

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Photo of Nicole15
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -57.2%
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 willricewillsweep
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange, with a light brown head with medium retention. Fresh, grassy hop scent. Rich flavors start strong citrus, then fade to pine with a lingering bitter that's nice. Thick mouthfeel, and thick flavors to go along with it.

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Photo of gr8ful
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

if you're into floral mosaic hops, this is the beer for you! nearly perfect.
poured from a growler filled last night at taps and caps in Lewisville, Tx.

pours a nice copper with foamy ecru head. a little hazy. head dissipates fairly quickly and lacing is not particularly evident. (if the lacing was stronger, I MAY have rated this a "5" overall. I'm into the lacing)
ahhhh...the smell...strong floral hop aroma that it maintains throughout the glass. THIS is nearly perfect.
taste...what you smell is what you taste. hops and hops but not crazy just bitter and overly hopped. despite the ABV, the alcohol is not prevalent. BE CAREFUL unless you want to be dozing as you finish the growler :).
Feel...smooth. no astringency. carbonated but too too much so, at all. just right.
overall...pretty dang good. THIS is what an IPA should be. big, big hops flavor and aroma; ABV with punch; good balance but still leaning towards the bitter side.
I give this the "NO SUCK" guarantee. This may be my current favorite beer.

edit 5/11/16: filled and emptied another growler this weekend...just as satisfying as my first growler upon which I wrote the original review.

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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 kevinjtee
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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 SargeMcCluck
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fuzzy, amber-orange, like fancy honey. The head is white, tightly packed and strikes a pleasant balance between light carbonation and creaminess, though I'd prefer things a tad spongier.

Initial aroma smacks you across the face with dank resin and booze, but pineapple, mango and orangey syrups come to the foreground as things warm up. Some of those tropical notes are lost to the predominant pineyness of the palette, but sweet maltiness halts any overly astringent or boozy notes.

The feel makes me smile - surprising smoothness carries everything nicely without sacrificing that big, dry bite. I've heard that some settling can make the bottom of the can a bit of a chore, but I have no such complaints about the draught.

All in all, everything is much more well-rounded than the labelling might have you believe. Barring their brilliant Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter, this is the best I've had from Karbach.

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Hop Delusion from Karbach Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.