Hopadillo IPA | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Hopadillo IPAHopadillo IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A "Texas-style IPA" at ~70 IBU and brewed with a combination of American, English and German hops (German Magnum, Chinook, Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, East Kent Goldings). Dry-hopped too.

Added by champ103 on 09-09-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
765
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
315
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 765
Photo of california_republic
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear, dark amber with ample head. Poured out of a can.

Smell: I forgot to do this one when originally writing the review, but I remember it was quite piney and not as citrusy as the west coast IPAs.

Taste: The bitterness is what hits you first, and it just covers up everything else. Can't say that I get much out of here except for strong piney hops and maybe a bit of malt? The citrus that was in the nose is nowhere to be found.

Finish/Feel: Bubbly, light, and actually quite crisp and smooth and not sticky even though this is steps on the line between IPA and DIPA. However, the hops are very bold with a very piney note. Can't say it's especially fruity. Burps have an apple/pear note however.

Overall: Definitely not one of my A-list west coast IPAs, but they could have done a lot worse (see: Watermelon Dorado). My problem with it is that it's just not very complex, since the bitterness sprints out at you masking out a lot of the other flavors. There also isn't very much sweetness to it. Karbach probably threw in every hop in the world with this one but you can't really taste the key notes of any except for the "essence of hop" pine and bitterness you get from all of them. It's similar to making a soda out of all the flavors at the soda fountain, except with hops. It'll still taste good but you sure won't be able to detect all the nuances of each soda you're putting in and it ends up tasting pretty flat.

The astringency of the bitterness and cleanness of the finish does make it well-suited for pairing with salty/rich foods, however. Good for a local beer with the local food, but I'm really not sure why Hopadillo needs to be. Sure it's not bad, but it's not outstanding in an incredibly crowded market. The fact that AB now owns Karbach leaves me with even more questions because Hopadillo really doesn't stand out amongst the amazing nationally distributed IPAs out there.

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Photo of JayW1966
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, rich, orange color with a wonderful citrus aroma followed by a distinct taste of grapefruit and a hoppy finish. This is one IPA that won't be flying under the radar much longer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with thin ring of head.

Smells are hard to detect but biscuit malt and orange peel

Flavors of hop out front with grapefruit pith trailing behind and a biscuit base. Nice dry hop character.

Feel is crispy yet creamy

A fair to good ipa. Id try it again.

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Photo of Mad_Monkey
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let's take a trip...just east of Tacoma Wa. Cool, Crisp, a fresh sent in the air. Nothing but Evergreens for miles in every direction. This beer embodies the true taste of a Northwest hop. What a culture shock when you find this beer hails from the grate lone star state. Hoppy, tangy, and a woody taste when you get deep into the flavors, a true IPA lover will find themselves in Nirvana with this beer in their hand.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

Toasted orange and crowned with a thick white head which is not only very sticky, but also great with the retention. It smells of orange peel, grapefruit, and hemp. For this California guy, Hopadillo doesn't deliver the strong assault of hops as I'm used to getting in my IPA. Instead, Hopadillo makes up with subtleness. The toasted sugar base hits first, with little notes of resin, plus orange and lemon that are placed well. Hearty and medium bodied, trailed with just a little bitterness, it's a beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of Antonyll
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sweet, and bready. Poured from a can into a pint. Very mild hop presence; almost couldn't tell it was an IPA. Every sip gets sweeter as it coats the tongue. Colour is amber with a off white head. Smell is somewhat estery, not a lot going on in the nose. Feel is very pleasant.

Overall, a really easy drinking IPA. It's not going to impress hop heads, but it's not really trying to.

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Photo of Zimples
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at a Rubys Diner in Houston. Clear copper color, good lace on glass. Good nose hop notes making me think it would be super bitter. Pretty smooth though. Very sweet taste and crisp finish. Gets sweeter with each sip.

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Photo of stephens101
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Father-in-law brought this one back from Texas. Gotta love that!

Pours a very clean amber. One-finger of off-white froth tops it off. Caramel followed by citrus to the nose. Well-balanced with plenty of caramel mixed with the fruit and grapefruit. So subtle and well-balanced, and there's nothing to be ashamed of in that respect.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a frozen goblet and a local restaurant. Maybe a frozen goblet is not the best glass.

(L) It had a dark amber color and a thick off white head.

(A) Modest fruity aroma.

(T) The flavor consisted of a caramel malt base, mango and grapefruit, and a moderate lingering bitterness.

(F) It is an easy drinking IPA. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a Speigelau ipa glass. Pours a hazy raw honey gold. Two finger white, soapy head that still covers the beer.
Citrus is at the forefront but can smell grain also. Mainly citrus rind.
Can taste the citrus. Slight grain or floral. I like the taste. Nothing special but wouldn't kick it out of bed.
Feel is a little light. Not quite watery.
Overall it is very drinkable. Will buy again.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a murky golden color when poured. The head was fairly thick, and frothy. The nose you get a nice citrus smell. The taste is interesting. You get very little of the hops taste, but it is there. I really have a hard time describing the flavors that compete with the hops, but I can say that they do work well together.

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Photo of BigGold
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, poured from 12-oz. can into thick-walled tumbler. Nothing at all wrong with this beer, but nothing particularly remarkable either.

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Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours out smooth and creamy, silky head. Gentle hoppy aroma, taste brings out some caramelly malts, hops rest softly on the backplane. Mild for an IPA, but very well crafted.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's very refreshing and enjoyable, some extra carbonation, but nothing really makes it stand out from the crowd with so mant different IPAs available on the market -- in Texas alone. It has a lot of hops, mostly bitter ones, and reminds me of similar ones in the style. Smell is very faint but nice. I've had beers taste like this and at least hide in an additional 3% alcohol haha. Worth a try just to say that you've had it at least, kinda expensive at certain stores but to a true IPA/hops lover you couldn't really go wrong. Good session beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think I received a dated batch but it was still enjoyable. The malty sweetness was outdoing the bittering hops but the aroma was still intact. Decent, but I would like to try it fresh.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can at 3rd Bar Eating House, Houston Intercontinental Airport (Terminal B), Houston, TX

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy, spicy, and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a variety of different hop flavors such as flora and citrus along with notes of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of hop aromas and flavors in that no hop stands out in particular. The taste isn't overly bitter, but still has some hop bite and tastes like an assertive IPA.

Serving type; can

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, nice head retention & even better lacing

S: Piney, grassy, bready, some perfumy/floral hops as well; great nose

T: Follows the nose, nice mango, some leafy hops, as well up front, some biscuitty malt dryness too. Dryness & cattiness as this warms, a little juiceyness as well, mango mostly, some grapefruit in smaller amounts. Finishes catty. with herbal hop presence, some dryness & a little grapefruit, some biscuitty malt & grassyness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation , decent balance

Easy drinker, not my favorite blend of hops, but I would buy this again given the chance, well worth a go. Dry hopping is done well here!

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Photo of Spikester
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First craft beer tonight that traveled all the way from Texas through Boise, ID and on to Salem, OR.
Hazy golden orange with three fingers of off white head that really sticks around. Big clumps of lace as the liquid level drops.
Smell is pretty mild but nothing bad. A bit of malts some floral hops.
Taste is a surprise. Nice hop assortment but the malt levels are quite high for the style. Kind of veers toward the bold Pale Ale realm a bit. Makes for a very tasty beer though. Not enough hop bitterness for the big hop crown but I am enjoying it a lot. Hop flavors are tropical fruits a bit of pine some light pink grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter but not overly so.
You can renew the head with just a swirl of the liquid.
Overall a very nice beer from the great state of Texas. Is it a West Cost hop bomb? It is close but actually much more enjoyable than many of that ilk. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a darker straw color with a one finger head that recedes moderately and leaves a minuscule ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma of bitter, piney hops. Taste follows the nose. Bitter pine hops dominate the taste with a slightly spicy finish that is the smoothest part of the beer. Medium body and medium carbonation with a bitter aftertaste that lingers. Strong hops for a 70 IBU beer.
It's an acceptable but unbalanced IPA that pairs decently with spicy food. The "legend of the Hopadillo" (typing on the can) claims that it is very bitter and it certainly fulfills that promise. There are more palatable hop bombs out there.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells wonderful - very tropical with tons of pineapple juice. It has a strong kick at the front of the tongue, but is way too bitter and oniony on the aftertaste for me. If it tasted as good as it smells then it'd get a big score. Still a pretty solid Texas beer though.

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Photo of RockRuler
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can bought at Kroger in Baytown, TX

Excellent representation of what an IPA should be. Great color, smell and flavor. Solid hoppy flavor and a slight bitter after taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz can (stamped "crafted on 060815...") poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber with a good, frothy head of odd white foam and rings of lace.

Smell: Roasty grains, resin, earthy hops.

Taste: Malty caramel base, resin, earth, lemony citrus, mint, sharp herbal bitterness, slight vegetal notes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation, smooth feel.

Overall: Drinkable, flavorful IPA; plenty of hoppy bite and complexity.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass at Sam's Boat in Houston over a few pounds of crawfish. While a great IPA from right here in Houston, three cans weren't enough to cool off the crawfish spice. Great IPA from a can.
Updates:
10-7-15 - on tap at Champps and Oceanaire in Houston. Good times with the Willis crew, even though the Pirates lost their wild card game.
2-29-16 - Leap Day 2016!!! Back at Sam's Boat in Houston. Two pounds of crawfish! Nice. On tap and served in a pint glass (a "few" times). Hoppy and cold with half inch head. Great by itself. Better with mud bugs. Get here now.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a cloudy golden. As for the taste, hops rule the day: pine and citrus with grapefruit coming in late. A nice refreshing beer. (Had it at IAH in the middle of a long trip home.)

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is a murky, golden, Amber. Smell has an earthy, piney note to it. Taste is hoppy with a slight bitterness. Slight citrus note to it. Feel is smooth with a slight syrupyness to it. Overall, a great ipa!

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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 765 ratings.
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