Rodeo Clown
Karbach Brewing Co.

Rodeo ClownRodeo Clown
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,310
Ranked #21,426
3.79 | pDev: 14.25%
Mar 15, 2023
Oct 13, 2011
Very Good
Rodeo ClownRodeo Clown
Notes: None
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Rated: 3.76 by raust from Texas

Mar 15, 2023
Rated: 3.72 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 02, 2023
Photo of Hooded
Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured from a 12oz can into a Tulip glass. The beer is a reddish amber with 2 fingers of quickly reseeding foam.
Strength of aroma is low. The smell has sweet malt with a light hop aroma. It's unusual to have a DIPA smell so sweet and have such a light hop aroma.
Strength of taste is medium-high. The taste has a lot of sweet malt for a DIPA. Halfway through the hops assert themselves. The alcohol taste at the end is stronger than any other beers I've had in this style. Between being too malty and having too much alcohol in the flavor, it's very out of balance and an inferior beer.
Feel is medium-high in thickness. Carbonation and astringency are medium.
Overall, if an inexpensive DIPA with a high ABV is all you want, then this will do. I had a feeling that the gimmicky advertising was a attempt to hide that this is an inferior product.
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Walnut from Missouri

Jun 18, 2022
Photo of Frank_The_Tank_Tolic
Reviewed by Frank_The_Tank_Tolic from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
First, the ABV is 9.5 not 9.8 as listed. This is my first review here, so I'll keep it simple. Been back in Austin, TX after number of years hiatus in upstate New York. I have to admit, I am pleasantly surprised with the growth of Texas beers. It's actually a little daunting, as there are so many to choose from. I was happy to find this in the local HEB. I liked it since it stated German style beer, which is one I prefer next to Belgium style. Went with this since I wanted a nice strong ale similar to Belgium brews, and this one didn't disappoint. It was not a bad price either. BTW, when did beer get so expensive in Austin, TX? I remember almost 8 years ago never having to pay more than $6 or $7 a six pack. That's why I was happy to see this nice quality beer selling for only $8.60 a six pack. Anyways, for the strength, it is still a nice smooth ale, with nice hints of bunch of stuff and not too hoppy. There... how'd I do on my first beer review?
Dec 23, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Tiernan from Texas

Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by TrojanRB from Texas

Aug 08, 2021
Photo of Rabner
Reviewed by Rabner from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance is inviting with it's darkish tint. Malty smell with the right amount of carbonation. Being is a high APV DSIPA you are waiting for the strong danky hit, but this comes across mild with a sort of caramel sweet flavor. Not hoppy at all. Front end is better than the back end. Will definitely order it again.
Apr 20, 2021
Photo of Adeezy23
Rated by Adeezy23 from New York

2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Honestly, it's just way to malty imo. Heavy beer, hides abv well. Almost barley fish. Definitely not good for the style. Drinkable, but barely.
Feb 01, 2021
Photo of gvickery
Rated by gvickery from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Looks great, dark copper, medium white head.
Smells like citrus and molasses
Tastes like citrus rinds and syrup.
Good example of a Texas dipa.
Aug 04, 2020
Rated: 5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 3.42 by chadopher from Texas

Feb 04, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Askerdue from Texas

Nov 18, 2019
Photo of Darkmagus82
Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a clear reddish amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast to leave a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is strongest of a slightly bready smell mixed with some aromas of a caramel sweetness and a bit of tropical fruits. Along with these smells comes a little bit of candied sugar and a touch of pine.
Taste - The taste begins with a rather malty and sweet flavor with tons of caramel sweetness and a very lightly toasted malty taste. Upfront there is a little bit of a bready and herbal hop taste which both grow stronger as the taste advances. All the while some flavors of tropical fruit as well as a little bit of grapefruit, grass, and pine come to the tongue, and leave one with a rather thick and sweet, and moderately hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the big and robust, sweet flavors of the brew the feel is good and makes for a good sipper.
Overall - This is a good brew, but more of a strong ale/barleywine/wheatwine then an IPA in my opinion. Not really hoppy, but nice and malty and flavorful. A nice winter sipper that is robust and big all while giving a warming, yet very approachable taste.
Oct 28, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 04, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Aug 03, 2019
Rated: 4.72 by Sp8dowt from Texas

Jul 21, 2019
Photo of Thankin_Hank
Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It pours a reddish copper color with a big beautiful head. Has a rich hop and malt aroma with hint of sweetness.The malt is strong in this one and then the hops come in and has an awesome balance and no bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat thick and chewy it's really nice on the tongue. It has a strong aftertaste that's quite enjoyable. Overall this is a strong DIPA that a has great balance of flavors. It rates up there with a couple of favorite standards including DogFish Head's 90 Minute IPA and Sixpoint's Resin and that's a helluva crowd to run with. Poured into a Spiegelau glass from a 12 ounce aluminum can. Best Enjoyed by 091219.
Jul 19, 2019
Rated: 2.84 by JaimePena67 from Texas

May 04, 2019
Photo of StonedImmaculate
Rated by StonedImmaculate from Texas

2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Gets the job done but taste like motor oil mixed with battery acid.
Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by moodyflyboy from Wyoming

Apr 03, 2019
Rated: 3.33 by Rangerjak from Texas

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 3.27 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Sep 16, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by hockeypuck from Maine

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by Spaten454 from Texas

Aug 13, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Aug 10, 2018
Photo of MattinHouston
Reviewed by MattinHouston from Texas

3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
This one seems to have quality control issues at the brewery. Sometimes it tastes great, other times a bit off. It always is very syrupy. Tastes a lot like the high ABV beers that add sugar to get a higher alcohol content. A douple IPA that definitely has a punch but probably 350 calories is my guess.
Aug 07, 2018
Rated: 4.73 by Categart from Pennsylvania

Jul 24, 2018
Photo of Cbowman01
Rated by Cbowman01 from Texas

1.65/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Like concentrated piss in a can. Gives a good buzz though. If you are looking for a tasty double IPA try Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet. 100x better.
Jul 07, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Jun 14, 2018
Photo of depechemode1983
Reviewed by depechemode1983 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice clear copper color. The head is off-white with excellent retention and moderate lacing. There is a good amount of visible carbonation.
The nose is mostly pine hops with some caramel malts to back it up. Simple but effective.
The taste balanced quite well. You get a nice piney hops kick to the throat buts its mellowed down with a malty sweetness that is just right.
Mouth feel is a bit heavy. Thick but with decent carbonation to lift it up.
May 14, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by jackpotjimmie from Nevada

May 03, 2018
Rated: 3.37 by Hooley from Texas

Mar 23, 2018
Rated: 1.6 by MarioH from Texas

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 4 by brew-Ed from Texas

Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 3.03 by jeschaefer from Texas

Jan 13, 2018
Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 622 ratings