Roshambo Belgian Style IPA - Karbach Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Hops4Pops:
4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bomber
A: Fairly aggressive pour into a 12 oz taster glass. Giant 4-inch, slightly-tan head that very slowly receded into a pillowy cloud like head on top of the beer. Beer is a golden amber color and slightly hazy like a Belgian triple. Sticky lacing on side of glass. Nice carbonation a little on the light side.
S: Hops up front in a big way. Notes of grapefruit and other citrus, pine and pineapple.
T: Again HOPPY! The bitterness is very nice and the slightly low carbonation is made up for with the bite of the hops. Slight maltiness helps to balance out the hops. The ABV is hidden completely.
M: Bite of the hops followed by a smooth creamy finish. Light and crisp on the tongue. Very slight warmth from the ABV.
O: A very nice beer at a great price-point. I have had several other Karbach brews and this one does not disappoint. I recommend anyone liking this style to give this one a shot. I plan to keep a couple of these around.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 01:50:17 | More by Hops4Pops
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I believe this is my first taste of this brewery's beer. All good so far!
Tan and clear with a good white head and plenty of lace.
Aroma and flavor are a little more towards the IPA end of the spectrum for this style. Hops dominate, but there are notes of breadiness and a light and pleasant sweetness as well. The flavor is full and tasty.
Body is creamy and medium, carbonation is smooth, it's an enjoyable beer. I will look for others from Karbach, since this one is so tasty.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 22:57:16 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.06/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This ale pours out a nice dirty golden color, think of a dark golden wheat color, the body is hazy and topped off with a nice tan head roughly a finger and a half thick. Citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemons first hit your nose; orange zest coriander and mild pineapple also come through mixed in with some spiciness. Its light and crisp on the tongue; the spices and hop are upfront but not overpowering. The citrus fruits follow and then the mild bitterness kicks in. Over all this is a very smooth tasting Belgian IPA and the flavor is well done. I’ll certainly be buying a few more of these!
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 18:45:45 | More by vickersspitfire
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with decent label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired for $8.00 USD at the Growler Room here in Austin and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery, which I could see pulling off this style well. Reviewed as Belgian IPA because it clearly identifies as such in the name and on the label. No ABV is listed on the bottle (is this a "thing" with Texas breweries?).
Served cold, straight from me fridge, and side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Nice taut creaminess. Good thickness. Some uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good for the ABV - about 4 minutes.
Body colour is a clear copper of slightly above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.
There are no overt flaws, but it's not unique or special. Standard fare for the style.
Sm: Hopping is somewhat assertive for the style; I get pine, floral hops, and some juicy citrus (grapefruit and orange). I also get a kiss of onion. Caramalt, pale malts, Belgian pale malts. Not getting any candi sugar or overdone sweetness. Lightly toasted and bready. It seems balanced based on the aroma, and the bitterness/sweetness seems to be par for the style.
I'm not getting any yeasty notes or alcohol. Not spicy either. I don't get any off-notes.
Floral notes dominate.
Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm slightly concerned it may be overhopped for the style, but I'm optimistic given the brewery.
T: Caramalts, pale malts, and Belgian pale malts provide the generally supportive foundation. Some breadiness and malty sweetness in there too. Hopping is definitely American, but isn't too bitter. Dominant floral hop notes, some pleasant but lightly biting pine, an herbal note, and lightly zesty grapefruit citrus esters; sadly, no orange citrus notes emerge. Not as juicy as I'd like. It's definitely cleanly fermented; you can thank the efficient Belgian yeast for that. Has a hint of a grainy presence in the second act. Overall, I do think the hoppiness is well suited to the maltiness, but the balance isn't ideal. It's got some complexity, but not much subtlety - and could use more of both (but there are few beers that can't). I do like the build of it; it's got good elements and has cohesion though the flavour profile never quite feels gestalt.
Average depth and duration of flavour. Flavour intensity is biteen high for the style; traditional Belgian IPAs aren't quite so assertively hopped, but I think it works here. They didn't push it too far.
It's a pleasant approachable beer in the Belgian IPA style.
No yeasty notes come through. No spiciness. There're hints of alcohol.
Mf: Overcarbonated - perhaps its biggest issue, to the point where it's lightly biting. Smooth and wet. Clean and crisp. Nice thickness and body. Decent presence on the palate, though it does seem aggressive for the style, which is meant to be naturally more mellow than American style IPAs. The mouthfeel suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. It's not a perfect marriage of texture to taste. It has a nice softness up front, but that deteriorates in the late second act.
Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Decent execution overall.
Dr: Drinkable, but not without its flaws. For me, the biggest issues it has are its overcarbonation and alcohol presence; no Belgian IPA should be this assertive. It's more an American IPA-meets-Belgian IPA. As much as I like a lot of what is here, I wouldn't get it again at $8/bomber. I'm assuming it's much cheaper in Houston, but frankly there are better Belgian IPAs (and American IPAs) available at a better or equal price point. This is a spirited inspired attempt at the style, but it's far from world-class. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners, but it's an above average brew from Karbach and while it's not fantastic, I can't see it disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2013 00:09:10 | More by kojevergas
Roshambo Belgian Style IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.