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Hopadillo IPA | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Hopadillo IPAHopadillo IPA

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

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.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a 16oz glass at the Clarion Hotel in Houston.
Nice lacing and a nice head that fades to a thin layer. Nice hops but has some bitterness I can't quite figure out. Overall a nice APA and considering the selection I had to chose from this was a winner

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

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Mild lace develops.

Smell: orange and floral hops are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, orange, and a floral hop bitterness is moderate. Very straight forward IPA.

Mouthfeel: very crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Nicely refreshing.

Overall: an easy drinking IPA that hits the spot.

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Photo of DavidHume
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a shaker fake pint glass.

L: A rich gold, with some bits of suspended yeast scattered throughout it.

S: Grapefruit and orange, faint hints of tropical fruit.

T: Piney bitterness, grapefruit pith, finishing with a light orange sweetness

F: Surprisingly thick and creamy, nice carbonation.

O: A tasty, drinkable IPA. Nothing special, but it sure beats the draft Bud Light that was the alternative.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark orange body and a off white head.

Orange, grapefruit, floral hop aroma.

Nice hit of bitterness giving way to the hop flavors and ending with bready malt.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

At ~70 IBU and brewed with a combination of American, English and German hops (German Magnum, Chinook, Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe, East Kent Goldings), this is a very different IPA. Don’t expect this to be a typical American IPA, as the range of hop flavours runs the gamut, which might be too much for some. Nonetheless, this is an interesting hop bomb of complex flavors.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.6%

LOOK: Bright, dark amber, thick foamy head

SMELL: Pine, resin, lemongrass, grain

TASTE: Smooth, viscous, sweet, caramel, cereal grains, earthy, leafy, resiny, oily, citrusy, piney, spicy, astringent, dry, ashy

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Photo of deadmoney5x5
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

A weak IPA or a strong PA. Much more bitter and less friendly than, say, Sierra Nevada Pale, but nowhere near a dogfish 90. I would rate it higher, but the hop notes are very floral and the finish isn't clean.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sent to me by my son in Texas, it was brewed on 10/09/14 and consumed on 12/05/14. It's dry hopped, and called a 'Texas IPA' on the can. Poured nicely with a relatively small head that did last, with plenty of lacing. Had a pine forest aroma, very pleasant. First sip yielded some fresh grapefruit flavor that was lively and embracing, followed by the pine resin hoppy taste. There was some mild bitterness as I swallowed, followed by a clean finish. If this is what Texas IPAs are about, give me more!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned Oct 20th 2014.

Thick and fluffy very large controlled head, off tan in appearance, huge staying power and retention, with a smooth cap. Foamy ring lacing while settling very slowly. Gorgeous crystal bronze and garnet red body color, with ample rising carbonation coming from the bottom. Great looking IPA.

Mild subtle hop notes of dank earth. More notes of caramel and some sweet herbs come forth a bit though taking over just a bit. Some juiced orange like character squeaks out just a bit wanting to poke it's aroma through. Very subtle but quite nice in a way.

Palate comes quite nicely with a subtle kick. Mild juiced body with lots of good tangerine soft sweetness. Malt action takes a bit of backseat with still some toffee light notes but lets the hops do the talking. Juiced orange body, with a resin soft chewy feel, then gives way to leafy herbal tea quality. Comes off almost like wet hop brewed interestingly, with a big airy aftertaste. Mild pine to mint finish with a breathmint quality.

Overall really nice with some subtle complex character and good balance.

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Photo of wejohnsn
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Served in a 12 ounce can. not expecting anything i was surpised at how good it it is. I taste grapefruit peel and orange. has a kinda creamy mouth feel. this is good stuff. the flavors tend to fade quickly so it doesnt over whelm the taste buds and makes me want to drink more. good stuf. i will get this again.

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Photo of FLima
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very fresh straight from the brewery tap.
Amber copper color with a one finger head with short retention but leaving laces.
Very pleasant aroma of pine, peaches and pineapple.
Flavor of pine, toasted malts, mango, caramel and grapefruit. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness, but it doesn’t feel harsh even at 65 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Great American IPA, although bold in hops, it is rather tropical and smooth. Worth trying.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden copper in color with light to moderate amount of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and hints of apricot + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet caramel malts with moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts. There is a moderate flavor of citrus/orange rind hops with a light amount of pine hop flavors as well. Hints of herbal hops as well. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an enjoyable and easy to drink IPA, nothing crazy but a solid offering that I would definitely grab again (thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from Houston). Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a bottle in Houston after a 9 hour high school graduation I was forced to watch - hopefully some of these kids will make something of themselves and brew beer I can purchase.

Karbach is a new brewery that I never have heard of. This poured a very clear copper color....little head that dissipated quickly. Fruity and hoppy smell that was consistent with the taste. This was a surprising beer for me. A great combination of hoppiness with a taste of fruit....but what gets me is the background of pepper - makes this very distinct. Mild carbonation with a decent finish. Only beer I have had yet from Karbach, but nice job.

Hmmm....wonder if that graduation is over.

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Photo of TexasRedskinFan
4.9/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhh, Hopadillo IPA....
This beer is fantastic. Floral, piney, grassy, nicely carbonated and cheap!!! $6 a sixer here in Houston. This beer is gorgeous. Pours almost nut brown, thick head, great lacing. It smells like a fresh hop cone. It goes down dry and smooth, while ringing every last nuance out of the hops.

Beautiful, local, hoppy, bright, cheap...

Uhhh no brainer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A thick, creamy foam sprung out of the can as soon as I cracked the beer. That strong foam continued on into the glass and created about three fingers worth in my snifter. The heavy, foamy nature of it kept the head from falling and ten minutes later there was still a finger strong. It also provided some very nice, layered lacing. The beer underneath it was copper in color with a very slight haze.

SMELL: Some very pretty, floral hop aromas greet the nose with lemon zest and apricot notes. A subtle, brown sugary, malt smell lingers underneath as well.

TASTE: The hop flavor is very different from the hop aroma. The citrus turns into more grapefruit and they are intensely grassy. The malt is similar to the nose in the sense that it is a brown sugar/molasses-like taste and it provides a nice balance.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to big bodied with a fair amount of sweetness. The beer goes down smooth and velvety with a drying finish.

OVERALL: Strong effort from Karbach here. It is a much bigger beer than I expected from an IPA, even if it is a “Texas IPA”. If they ever bring this up to Colorado it’ll make a great late-fall/early winter beer for those first few cold days of the year.

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Photo of dippy
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got this beer in a mixed pack. Left me feeling very underwhelmed.
It poured lovely with a nice tight head that left a nice lace on the glass. The problem with the beer was that is was very one note, hops. But it's happiness wasn't a real highlight. There were too many hop variety that left the brew muddled and without direction. I wanted more from this beer. Once you got past the hops it fell off the map. It was just kinda watery.

I will skip this from now on.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came across this estimable surprise at Pappadeaux's restaurant in Terminal E of IAH. It's always a delight--and all too rare--to find a quality beer in an airport.

Rich orange-amber color; nice, modest, creamy head. Rich and creamy mouthfeel to match. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine, as is the robust flavor. In sum, a solid, hearty IPA that satisfies beyond what might be expected with its sane ABV. Kudos, Karbach!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am trying the Hopadillo during an unplanned layover in Houston at Ruby's diner in Terminal E. The beer has poured a clear copper amber with thin white head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent carries fresh hop that is leaning toward bitter than what is traditionally expected fro American IPAs. The taste is bitter through the drink, but not to the point where ira undrinkable. There is enough malt to balance the beer making it sessionable. In addition a bitter citrus, grapefruit, is present. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable ipa.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from cans into goblet. Head average (3 cm), off-white, frothy, slowly diminishing. Body medium orange, hazy. Odor slight piney, no citrus.

Initially slightly bitter with no distinct flavor. Finishs with a astringent aftertaste. Not a bad example of an AmerIPA. Worth trying a six-pack.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

A - Burnt orange / amber with 2 fingers of fine creamy off white head. A thin line of head persisted the entire time I was drinking.

S - Lots of grapefruit with some pine, caramel and bread

T - Grapefruit is the main flavor, followed closely by pine, caramel malt, bread, and citrus hop bitterness

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is decently oily, and a resinous bitterness remains for a while in the aftertaste

O - A good offering from Karbach. Not too bitter, a bit lacking on the mouthfeel, but the grapefruit / pine / caramel combo works well.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label art acquired as part of a 6 pack for $13.00 USD at the Growler Room 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. Reviewed as an IPA because it identifies as such in the name and on the label. No ABV is listed on the can. No best before/brewed on date. Bottom of can says "241K-3 03508." "Dry hopped."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes.

Body colour is a clear orange-copper of above average vibrance. Translucent/transparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style and ABV. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Pine, light onion (amarillo/simcoe methinks), floral hop character, herbal hop character, caramalt, pale malt, and biscuit malts. Not as resinous as you might expect. The caramalt mutes any citrus; I'm not getting the orange or grapefruit I expected. A bit buttery. The malts counteract the hops a bit more than is necessary; I do like the hoppy edge - especialy the pine, but the hop choices don't seem ideal based on the aroma alone. A pleasant hoppy aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off-notes.

T: Hop bitterness is nicely concealed by the malty sweetness for the most part. It got a nice piney edge, which is the dominant hop note (to its benefit). Floral, herbal, and vague citrusy hop notes are in there too. Pale malts, caramalts, pilsner malts, and some biscuit malts comprise the foundation. It's by no means a gestalt beer, but it has cohesion and decent balance. Lightly oniony. Could use more complexity and subtlety, but then so could most beers. It's fairly complex as-is, which I respect.

Depth of flavour is average for the style, as is duration of flavour. Intensity of flavour is slightly below average for the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I don't get any overt off-flavours either. As far as my personal tastes go, I'm not finding the naked hop bitterness and warm tropical pineapple notes I despise in an IPA. It could be more resinous. Hop choices aren't great.

Mf: Coarsens on the climax due to the hop bitterness, but it's otherwise smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Sticky. Lightly oily. A bit buttery. Crisp. Overcarbonated, with a bit of a bite. Not as approachable as many beers in the style. Decent body and presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't come across custom-tailored to it.

A bit abrasive, but otherwise not too flawed. Far from ideal for the style.

Dr: A downable little IPA from Karbach. At this price point, it's not worth getting again. I'm also asserting that it's more affordable in Houston, but I still doubt I'd pick it up again. There're some nice elements here, but it's by no means a world-class IPA. Slightly above average. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.

The resinous pine note was a highlight for me. The onion, hop bitterness, and overcarbonated biting mouthfeel will be a downside for many.

Store cold.

Might pair decently with spicy food.

Low C+

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Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Hopadillo poured a golden amber with a full and substantial head. There was loads of citrus and dank hops in the aroma. The taste had plenty of hop bite with a solid malt body that gave the Hopadillo a well rounded and balanced flavor profile. The hops were heavy with tropical fruits and citrus and a bit of dank hops that I always enjoy. The Hopadillo was an excellent IPA from Karbach.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.44/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber, kinda hazy. Decent cream head and nice wisps.

Smell - There's something off about it I can't pinpoint. Very malty. Caramel. A little bit of butterscotch. Citrus hop, but the off aroma is dominant.

Taste - Some citrus hop, but malt is dominant. Sweet caramel malt. Again that off flavor is really strange. Maybe it's diacetyl, but it's not the normal diacetyl flavor. Butterscotchy, but not in the traditional way.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, medium carbonation. Weird.

Overall - I wish I could qualify that off flavor better, but I can't. It's not a normal IPA.

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Photo of Weisseguy1
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A burnt orange almost reddish and a thin head
S. sweet bread aroma
T. Resinous flavor upfront then spicy aftertaste, bitter hops lingering, and still lingering,still...
M. Bubbles to medium body that is slightly oily ending with cotton mouth
O. When I first tried this beer about a month ago I was not very familiar with IPA's, this beer has set a bar for me. Granted I am fairly new to craft beer, I have bought this beer more than once, it hase been a beer that I go to when all I need is one beer,and no messin around. I get the full craft beer experience in one 12 ounce can.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can. no canned on date.

A: a good bit of haze on an otherwise very copper brew. head is comprised of big bubbles. frothy. retention is reasonable. big plumes of head retention left behind.

S: a decent malt richness. caramel. candied apple? oxidation? the hop aroma has seemed to worn out a bit. wish I knew how old this thing is...

T: a definitive oxidation is the first thing that jumps out at me. a whole heck of a lot of bitterness as well. the pine and the hop resins are muddied by the bitterness. finish is right back to the bitterness.

M: a real tingly carb, maybe slightly aided by the bitterness. medium body.

D: this thing is a bit too muddied and beat up for me to find it truly enjoyable. like I stated earlier, I wish I knew how old this can was. tastes like it has been around for a bit. anyway, gotta review what is in front of me and cant help they don't date.

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Photo of kennymule
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into Hopadillo IPA glass.
A-semi clear orange with nice thick head that doesn't dissipate entirely and has nice lacing.
S-a combination of citrus hop and bread.
T-nice bitter hops front with slightly sweet middle notes and a dry finish.
M-slightly sticky, but medium bodied.
O-this is a good IPA and Karbach continues to be one of the better Houston breweries. Not my favorite IPA, but is a good one.

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Hopadillo IPA from Karbach Brewing Co.
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