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Fantasy Factory - Karben4 Brewing

Fantasy Factory
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%

Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Ri0 on 06-11-2013)
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Photo of Stevedore


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Karben4 in Madison, WI. Full pint poured into a Karben4 snifter today, 1/27/2014.

App- dark copper body, cloudy and comes with a finger white head with ok retention, leaving a thin film. Some lacing as the glass empties.

Smell- faint citrus. Grapefruit, tangerines, passion fruit is all there but not explosive like other citra IPAs such as ZD. Malt forward, with a sweet breadiness and caramel backbone on the nose.

Flavor- malty with a nice citra contribution. Bread, caramel, a bit of toffee. Grapefruit, pineapple, oranges are there but the malt is the most forward component.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, not too thick or thin, good carbonation. Not slick or resinous, easy to drink for sure. Almost sessionable, no sign of ABV.

Overall- nice malty citra IPA. Not the most flavorful but quite drinkable and brings just enough interesting character to the drinking experience. I prefer the juiciness of Hill Farmstead pale ales and pseudoSue, both of which definitely bring a nice juicy element to the experience, but hey this is a lot easier for me to get.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 00:17:40 | More by Stevedore
Photo of homebrew311


4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a sampler flight at the brewery. Appearance is slightly cloudy and is a gold/yellow color. Soapy white head form and leaves prominent lacing. Nose starts with dry hops. Tons of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and tropical notes come through. A touch of grassiness paired with some grainy backbone sneak through at the end. Taste is hop forward with restrained bitterness which makes for a nice smooth tasty IPA. The most forwards flavors are the same as the nose, tropical hops and a bit of pine. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and refreshing. Overall, a very nicely executed IPA. I definitely don't think this it is quite as tropical as something like Psuedosue or Zombie Dust, but it is very good in its own right.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 04:03:00 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Vonerichs


3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with a finger of off white head. There's a little spotty lacing.

It has the smell of a balanced ipa. Citrus and bread. A touch of caramel.

It has a little too much of the bready malt for my liking. Nice orange and grapefruit hop profile.

Mouthfeel is soft, if not a little light on the carbonation.

A good ipa and has more balance than most.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 00:26:16 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Etan


3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ.

A. Pours an unattractive burnt caramel with a small white head.

S. Aroma brings sticky citrus, vanilla, caramel malt, toasted grain, pine.

T. Taste brings brown bread, tangerine, grassy resin, bready with sweet citrus.

M. Light-bodied with light carbonation.

O. A hoppy IPA in the American vein, but with a bit of a malty English character. Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 00:11:05 | More by Etan
Photo of ceeman


4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful golden colored IPA with nice amount of carbonation and great citrus IPA taste. My only complaint is that it is a little light in the mouthfeel category, but sometimes that's even a good thing. When the brewery starts bottling soon this will be a staple in my fridge. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 22:42:45 | More by ceeman
Photo of djhowell


4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a glass (and then a growler) from their tap room. It pours a bright orange with a healthy head and leaves a little lacing. It's a nicely balanced, citrus-y and tropical fruit-y IPA that the Madison area has been missing. This is my favorite offering from Karben4 so far. The growler did not last long.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 21:11:47 | More by djhowell
Photo of bound4er


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Bernie's Tap Room on 7/1/13. Notes from memory.

Hazy light amber appearance with a nice two finger head. Smells tropical with citrus and mango really jumping out of the glass. Taste is really clean and fresh with the citrus hops balanced nicely by bready malt. Mouthfeel is oily and slick without being too heavy. Overall this is a fantastic beer - probably one of the better IPA's I've had from a Wisconsin brewer. Karben4 is 2 for 2 with beers I have tried from them - Silk Scorpion being the other.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 01:25:59 | More by bound4er
Photo of knepper


4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn - an absolute tropical fruit bomb in a glass. Fruity Pebbles, dank, fresh papaya, with enough malt character to let you know this is still a beer and not pure hop extract. Its a great beer and easily the best IPA currently being brewed in Wisconsin.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 02:04:37 | More by knepper
Photo of Ri0


4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the brewery in snifter. Is this the IPA I've been dreaming of finding in Madison?

A - Beautiful light golden orange color with a nice fluffy white 2 finger head that slowly falls into a thin ring that clings to the glass. Lacing paints the glass in a delicate white web.

S - The smell, oh that wonderful smell. The Citra dominates the aroma. It is like I am standing in a tropical grove of oranges, pineapples, grapefruit, and mango. Floral, pine, and soft sweet honey biscuit round out a magnificent and transcending aroma.

T - Wow! My taste buds are overcome with joy as waves of tropical fruits and citrus pummel my palate. Absolutely fantastic taste is citrus, pineapples and mangoes. A touch of sweet honey biscuit round it out. A bit of slight grapefruit and pine bitter in the finish.

M - Zippy carbonation with oily hop residue left on the tongue make it a fantasy to drink.

Finally an amazing Citra hopped IPA that I have been waiting for in Madison. Absolute dream beer. The 3 hops used for amazing taste are Citra, Galena, and Cluster. Big citrus flavor. Great job Karben4. Look forward to more of you beers! Calling all Madison BA's who want Citra, this is the IPA for you!

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 21:11:47 | More by Ri0
Fantasy Factory from Karben4 Brewing
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