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Fantasy Factory - Karben4 Brewing

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 452
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 29.52%
Wants: 44
Gots: 108 | FT: 4
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Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Ri0 on 06-11-2013

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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 452
Photo of Barnoloid
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top notch IPA here - one that I had been waiting to get my hands on. Benefits from not being too imbalanced in any direction - easy drinking lower ABV IPA. The label art is awesome of course, and the appearance of the beer follows suit - burnt orange with a look like it has been run through an Instagram filter for added depth. This is fairly sessionable too - light citrus rind notes backed up by enough of a solid back end to keep things ticking along.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber with finger white head, great retention and coating lace. Aroma is mild tropical fruit, touch of sugary malt. Good balance here, starts with toasted malt but the hops show up quickly and take over. Mostly earthy pine and floral notes, a little fruit peeking in, but mostly resiny, touch of stem. Soft creamy medium mouthfeel. Very solid earthy IPA.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -The beer was a golden orange color with a bubbly white head. Carbonation was visible.

Smell - There are modest citrus notes that blend with light grass/resin.

Taste - At the beginning, I detect orange rind, slight pineapple and a resiny twang. The light backbone brings to mind crackers, which lead nicely into a dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is noted, quickly brushing away any sweet notes.

Overall - This is a fairly standard American IPA

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Discount Liquor - Milwaukee

Fantasy Factory is an orange libation. It glows like the setting sun when backlit. The touch of haze that runs throughout gives it that dusky appearance. The silky foam is linen white as it rises to a finger in height. Taking its sweet time to settles it leaves sheet lacing down the glass. Fantasy Factory is a damn good looking beer.

The nose is citrusy and softly tropical. Jammy orange marmalade gets things going before being met with peach rings, pineapple, and lime zest. This beer smells like a crazy fruit salad. There are some soft resins running through the backend as well. A Doughy maltiness makes up the majority of the malt profile but there's some sugar cookie in there as well.Nice.

The flavor profile is a little different from the nose. A sturdy resin and pine hoppiness is what grabs your attention and it pushes through from start to finish. The fruitiness plays accompaniment with grapefruit pith and soft pineapple. There is even a hint of florals going on in there. The malt profile is straight up sugar cookie and toast in the flavor, while that's noticeable this is no doubt geared toward hops.

The body sits at moderate in weight but a slick feel makes this beer incredibly easy to put away. The carbonation is nearly unnoticeable in that it's not prickly, aggressive nor nonexistent or flat. It's just right.
The bitterness builds to moderate and hovers around there throughout the drink. I can't say that I'm setting the glass down much while drinking this beer.

Fantasy Factory is a damn good beer from up 'der in Madison, you betcha. The hop profile is fruity and resinous jumping from one to the other. It's a highly drinkable libation as well.I'll certainly pick more of this up and the future and would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Hopera
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With a bottle like that, you don't even really need the beer to be good. Luckily, it's one of the strongest small craft brews I've had the pleasure of tasting on a whim. Super murky and wonderful, it takes the esb and ipa characteristics and blends them in a fine, earthy brew that is super drinkable. If you come across this, buy it!

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So this is what happens when final fantasy dorks form a brewing company... awesomeness. Strangely, what caught my eye in the store was the artwork. I keep asking myself, "is there fire shooting out the backside of that unicorn? ... huh... "

This is a very solid IPA. This has a fresh crisp feel with that citrusy grapefruit flavor upfront with a bitter backend (just like the flames of that unicorn). I would love this beer after push mowing the lawn or a marathon session of gaming. Well played team. Well played.

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Photo of bfrank8
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mix of IPA & ESB, has a malty sweetness. I think it has similarities to Rogue Brutal IPA. Don't see the Pale Ale/ Zombie Dust comparisons. Solid beer.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a somewhat hazy/almost cloudy orange with an off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Big aroma of citrus, pineapple, and pith with a hint of sugary sweetness.
Tasty beer. Big fruit flavor up front. Oranges, OJ, and pith on my tongue, perhaps a little sweet pineapple a bit of sugared toast before a pithy, finishing bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly drying.
Excellent beer.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely cloudy golden orange with nice lacing head. Aroma is very juicy with tropical fruit, tangerine or pineapple and floral spice. Tastes just the same but with some nice earthy resin and bread like malt. Feel is pretty spot on and crisp on the tongue. A well done IPA!

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Photo of tylerMKE
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thin head w/ light amber body. Aroma is tropical and citrus notes, primarily mango and orange. Taste differs from nose slightly, in that there is more grapefruit and resin in the profile. Juicy mouthfeel and crisp, clean finish. Thumbs up to Karben4 on this one. Definitely better than your average IPA. Reminds me of Zombie Dust, but with more tropical notes.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Karben4 Fantasy Factory IPA has a thin, off-white head, an initially clear, golden-orange appearance, which gets very murky, once the brown sludge at the bottom of the bottle is swished and poured in. The aroma is of tropical fruit, hop resin, flower nectar, and rather intense hop resin. Taste is of sweet, white bread, sugar crystals, lightly browned bread crust, hop oil, and pine. Mouthfeel is medium, and Karben4 Fantasy Factory IPA finishes dry and drinkable.

RJT

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Photo of tbryan5
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

A-Pours a very hazy orange with medium head that leaves a little lacing.

S-blood Orange, sweet citrus, slight pine

T- Blood orange, ripe, sweet citrus, notes of some earthy pine

F- Medium low carbonation,

D- I was surprised by this IPA. Not a hop bomb, just a very well balanced beer all around. Would get it again if I was in their distro.

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Photo of HoppedChef84
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was shipped to me from Wisconsin, and if it was this good after traveling cross country, I can only imagine it fresh. Holy shit this one is a winner. Beautiful juicy hop flavor very reminiscent of my favorites out here in RI. i would go on record saying this is one of the most memorable IPAs I've had in a while.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Kegatron. 12oz bottle into a tulip appears a clouded copper color with white cap thats quick to fade leaving spotty lace. Even thoufh I left a decent bit of beer in the bottle when pouring, some yeast chunkage found its way into my glass.

This smells fruity of alcohol moreso than hops. Its herbal, citrus, pithy and pulpy with slight solvent in the nose.

Its taste is bitter and slightly solvent. Some herbal aspect with citrus pith and pulp.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A pretty decent albeit average ipa that I think might be a bit dated but no way to tell since there was no frehness indication.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 10/11/14, consumed on 10/28/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a cloudy golden orange color with two fingers of frothy off white head. Great retention and great lace on this one.
Aroma = 4.75 Super juicy hops, citrus and tropical fruits. Orange juice, smell wonderful.
Taste = 4.0 Citrus and tropical fruit hops lead the way. Theres a bit of sweet malt balance in the middle followed by a mild bitter finish.
Feel = 3.75 Light bodied and light to medium carbonation - comes off a little watery and a little flat though refreshing.
Drinkability = 4.25 Hoppy and juicy, easy drinking IPA.
Overall = 4.25 Aroma really stands out on this one. Great all around beer, hurt a little by the mouthfeel.

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Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very cloudy and i swear i got a wholesome 'belgian yeast' on the nose..... but the aroma off the bottle was excellent! hard to explain, but a very hearty, hoppy aroma.....
fruity taste.... orange, citrus..... very 'amateur-ish' flavor, yet very, very good.... not refined.
heavy on the palate.
all these qualities together gives it the 'amateur' (maybe like a homebrew?) feel but it is very tasty and delicious!
awesome label artwork also..... is he blowing flames out of his a$$$????

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange body with average carb. Smell is juicy. This is a well balanced IPA. You get notes of bitterness, citrus juice, and sweet malt. Nothing really shines but all is well integrated. Mouthfeel is slick.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hopcat in Madison, WI.

Overall a very good IPA; probably the best non-New Glarus WI beer I had last weekend. Citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, resin, pine hops, and fruity malts. Light bitter bite but pretty easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Circles313
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew should be in the best 10 IPA's of all time!

It's light, crisp & refreshing while still juicy with an amazing body! Notes of; Grapefruit, Orange, mango, tangerines & pear.

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Photo of core42
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent version of a Midwest style IPA where it has a great hoppy, almost orange juicy smell to it. It has great hop presence up front but that malty backbone to keep it in check. This is a great IPA

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First tasted from draft in a pint glass at Monk's on July 5, 2015. Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle for this review. Look is cloudy golden orange, quickly fading head and lingering lacing. Smell is a complex combination of bitter citrus fruit and floral notes balanced with sweet malts. Taste is citrus fruit balanced nicely with sweet malts. Feel medium but velvety smooth finish.

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into goblet. No visible bottle date.

A: Golden orange with one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Some sticky lacing.

S: Light floral and citrus hops.

T: Grapefruit and orange zest mixed with a nice balanced malt backbone. Hints of a little spice that I can't quite place.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter.

O: Very nice IPA. My first beer from Karben4 and I might need to try a few more.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange, lasting coverage, there's some floating sediment in suspension. Spotty bits of lace around the edges.

Fresh citrusy aroma, grapefruit pith, fairly mild.

Bittersweet flavors of orange zest and grapefruit, dry and lightly bitter aftertaste. Light pale malt undercurrent present too, thankfully not sticky sweet. Nicely balanced and very drinkable, it's medium bodied and flavorful.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, frothy white head with great retention. Bright citrus aroma. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a very bitter, citrus rind flavor. Smooths out considerably to a flash of malt with lots of remaining citrus. Lingering citrus rind.

This isn't too bad. It's a bit one-dimensional; citrus rind. Luckily, the bitterness isn't cumulative and lingering, which makes the finish enjoyable. It's well made, but not for me; I prefer the Midwest "Hoppy, but not too bitter" IPA.

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Photo of Uhopia
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I feel sorry (not really) for all you folks that can't get a taste of a FF. Or just Fantasy, as the locals call it. Come on, who doesn't dig a black cat with a golden gun riding a fricken fire-breathing unicorn w rainbows and puppy dogs on the label! OK I made up the puppy dog thing but seriously, it's a great name with a great label on a bottle of a truly great beer. I'd give this baby the Pepsi Challenge to any APA, any AP where.

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Fantasy Factory from Karben4 Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.