Idiot Farm - Karben4 Brewing

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 27
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Karben4 Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Ri0 on 07-24-2014

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 27
Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium light orangish body. Very fruity aroma. Taste is very bitter with lots of citrus fruits. I asked, and this is not a double of fantasy factory, but this sure is similar. Seemed more rich than FF. (201 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a very hazy burnt orange color; the two inches of foam leave a webby pattern of lacing

Smell: The hop resins can be smelled before the bartender places the glass on the counter - the aromatics of tropical fruit and pine are bursting

Taste: Caramel malt forms the backbone for a second and then the hops assault the palate, bringing bitterness first and subtle flavors second; guava and passion fruit add a tropical dimension to the grapefruit pith and pine; herbal elements are in the mix, as well; the bitterness never lets up and lingers well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This is quite a DIPA; I like the malt profile but the 120 IBUs are a bit too much; I am afraid the brewery needs to update their website mission statement - here is what they say:

"The quick and dirty is that Karben4 specializes in English-style malt bombs...we only use malts and hops in synergy...Above all, we require our brews to be balanced. When you are spending your hard-earned money on a pint you shouldn't have to fight through a rough spot in the flavor profile to get to the good part."

Well, in this beer I had to fight through quite a rough spot! (1,244 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Karben4's taproom. Full pint poured into a Karben4 snifter 9/14/2014.

A- Dark copper body, frothy thick white head with excellent retention time. I think they pour it intentionally to get plenty of head... but for the most part, this is a great looking beer with voluminous rings of lacing. [4.25]

S- Tons of citrus, grapefruit, floral notes and even a bit of pine resin. Balanced nicely by a sweet caramel malt backbone. This is a lot hoppier than I expected for a Karben4 offering. Really, really juicy. [4.25]

F- As in the nose, there is a lot of aromatic hops here that make this a very juicy bit of caramel. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral hops dominate up front, with the sweet caramel pale malt backbone coming into play in the middle of the palate; then the pine finishes things out with a nice dry bitterness. This is great and easily the best Karben4 beer I've had so far. Very well-executed, hoppy and complex. [4.5]

M- Substantial medium-thick mouthfeel, quite resinous but dry with a nice carbonation to it. Very easy to drink despite being fairly bitter on the backend with the pine resin. [4.5]

O- Overall a great double IPA, and one I can get behind locally. This is very good with a lot of hoppiness and the right amount of balance to it. It seems to be more of a west coast style IPA but with a nice east coast style IPA citrus contribution. Overall very pleased with this one, and I've had a lot of great double IPAs. [4.5]

Final score: 4.4375 (1,481 characters)

Photo of Dad_of_Rad
4.5/5  rDev n/a

A: Darker orange with slight haze. Not a huge head, but the growler is a few days old. Lacing is spotty, but lingers.

A: Bitter orange/citrus, fruit gum, underripe pineapple. Slight green onion, more like a spicy note than earthy.

T: You'd think it'd be bitter, but it's very balanced. Light caramel, some bitterness I think mainly from the bitter citrus. Finishes with bitter flavor at outside edges of tongue with slight sweetness in the middle. Some alcohol burn, not overpowering.

Really great beer! I'm a Pipeworks fan, but enjoy this so much. Pipeworks IIPA are not as balanced and you know you're drinking a big beer. Karben4 did an awesome job with this beer! (680 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.83/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured into snifter from tap.

A - Pours a darker orange color into the snifter with a gorgeous 2 finger white finger of head disappears quickly and leaves behind beautiful webbed lacing.

S - The scent is perfect blend of tropical, citrus, and bitter grapefruit. The Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe work in harmony. Think of pineapples, mangoes, oranges, and grapefruits all blended together creating a transcendent aroma.

T - Yes! Absolutely fantastic fruits in the taste is more of the same blend of citrus, tropical and bitter grapefruit juice. Pineapples, mangoes, oranges, grapefruits, and other juicy treasures and met with a smooth caramel malt. So much goodness and the finish packs a bitter punch. A bit of alcohol in the finish.

M - Zippy carbonation with oily hop residue left on the tongue.

O - It is like Sosus and a hoppy, imperial version of Fantasy Factory. It is right up there with some of the best IIPA's I have had, but it will only be around for a short time this year. Get some! (1,002 characters)

Idiot Farm from Karben4 Brewing
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