Rodeo Clown | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 603
Photo of MattinHouston
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this IPA at the Mad Dog in San Antonio. It wasn't my favorite DIPA but it was good.

Look: reddish brown with a thin off-white head

Aroma: sweet caramel, citrus and pine

Taste: Sweet caramel, grapefruity and piney bitterness, quite good but a bit on the sweet side.

Feel: medium body.

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Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Date is smudged but I think it says 5th or 6th month, 12th day, 2017. One or two months old.

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a tall light brown head. Excellent head retention as it doesn't like to fade out at all. Heavy and thick walls of lacing to boot.

S: Citrusy and sweet. Definitely a lot of malt base.

T: More of the same, citrusy hops up front and then a tidal wave of sweetness. Heavy caramel malt makes for a syrupy sweet base. Hops kick back in in the finish, sort of a citrusy but also herbal and piney hop hit.

M: Heavy, syrupy at times.

O: Hmph, a very malt-focused DIPA for sure. Very heavy on the caramel, not a ton of hops in this one. More for the "balanced IPA' lovers.

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Photo of Icedog
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like a walk in the forest; the hops and malts are wrapping around my taste buds in a clowning way; I'm asking was that malt or hop? Mostly both in each gulp; I'm easily downing the cold glass and looking for a refill...The reddish color says I'm your Oktober fest, that is easily forgotten when the blend of aromas escapes challenges for a better brew...Way to go Karbach!!!

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Photo of HipCzech
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 19.2 fl oz can ("crafted on 110316") poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish amber with a lush, frothy head of offwhite foam that quickly gives way to streaky lace a nice foamy cap.

Smell: Deep caramel, toasted grains, burnt sugar, pine resin and a good, vegetal dankness.

Taste: Bitter black tea with honey. Cereal sweetness balanced a good dose of hops - grapefruit and orange rind, pine needles and earthy tea. Hints at but doesn't reveal its ABV. Bitter finish lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily and sticky; relatively light carbonation.

Overall: While far from the best DIPA, it strikes a good balance by integrating big malt and hop profiles. A very welcome addition when it first arrived on Houston's beer scene.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a short-lived, off-white head.

The aroma is nicely layered with orange and guava. Moderate biscuit malts prop up the background, but unfortunately come first to overwhelm much of the hop complexity on the tongue. Doesn't warrant the 9%.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is an attractive dark orange/ amber. Opaque with quite a head, two-finger high with frothy sudsy consistency. Lacing is rigorous around the glass throughout the drink.

Aroma is juicy, malty, and rich. Quite good. A bit of dank hops in there slightly.

Taste is immediately malty, hoppy, and more of that tart juiciness. Like many of my favorite strong DIPAs, I also feel a hot booziness throughout (it's 9.5%) but the hoppy bitter edge seems to prevent it from souring the whole thing. There's also a sweet malt undertone that comes across, everything seems strong here, like a barleywine -- but the hops keeps it from being too grapey.

A DIPA that is both citrusy and aggressive. Not a lot of subtlety, a little sudsy, but all elements work.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Grassy, leafy & herbal hops

T: Pine, cakeyness, herbal & orange peel hoppyness up front, leafy hops as well. Cakeyness & leafy hops as this warms, pears as well, a touch of caramel & a little booze warmth. Finishes bready with leafy & woody hops, a little pine too

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation , alright balance

Drinks easy enough, just not quite put together the way I like my DIPAs

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A little darker than expected, but otherwise an average looking double ipa, light auburn and brown colors, 1/3" white head. Aroma was seriously lacking anything in terms of dry hopping. For shame.

Taste, bitter, crystal malts, long boil C hops. Definitely less than average for style. The mouthfeel is almost all alcohol and bitterness. Lacks hop flavor. A tough beer to finish.

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Photo of mpk_tx
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Intro to the style for me. Powerful flavor. Boozy and malty more than hoppy, although there is bite. Worth a try. I may look for it again, probably on a cold night.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can crafted on 12/01/15 (I think) according to the bottom. Dark amber pour into a pint glass, copper white head which foamily clings to the glass in a sticky way. Lots of bubbles which stay throughout the Pretty beer. Smell is a nice tropical undertone and a clean malt forward craft brew backbone.

Taste is as you'd expect by the aroma, which is really damn surprisingly good for almost being 10% alcohol content. The malt, bready brew washes down clean with the tropical hops highlighting the way down in a spectacular, almost trippy way, reminding you that a lot is at work here that you have to pay attention to, to get the full picture. Some of the hops literally pick a spot on your taste buds and make it feel sour like a Sour Patch - others have a great presence in the back of the mouth with a little bit of bitterness fully laminated over with malt goodness.

Definitely my favorite Karbach beer, I wish they made it in a six pack though. The alcohol content may be high but there are a few other breweries, like Squatters, with six pack cans of 9%+ in the $8-9 dollar range. This is one of my favorites though, I cannot deny my love for it. Such a nice brewski.

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Photo of NoZeFace
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe my favorite of the Karbach beers (haven't tried much of their FUN Series). A solid double IPA; reliable and hoppy. Lovely golden color. Hoppy, slightly bitter taste. Bit of citrus on the nose. Just a great beer to have in a bar in Texas...especially with a steak.

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Photo of droomyster
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper body with a small head with decent retention. Aromas are malt-forward and less aggressively hoppy than I've come to expect from this style. Big biscuity and toasty malt notes blend with fresh leaf and orange peel-like hoppy aromas and flavors in a way that reminds me of Marmalade on breakfast toast. The high abv is notable on both the aroma and back-palate. Good stuff.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a teku glass

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, before leaving some nice lacing behind

S- aroma is loaded with tropical hops; picking up mango, passionfruit, guava & citrus. Underlying sweet malt

T- taste follows the aroma with loads of tropical hop flavors; mango, guava, passionfruit & pineapple. Malty undertones adds a bit of caramel malt and slightly sweet finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy

O- a bit maltier than I prefer in a DIPA, but really liked the tropical hop flavors

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/21/15. Nice and fresh. Poured from the can into a pint glass at about 45 degrees F. Nice off-white pillow head about 2 fingers worth, and dwindles to a nice foam glaze over the surface of the liquid. Smells sweet, and I really don't get much on the nose that stands out, except that it is definitely a double IPA. It just has that smell. Taste is a little strange at first, definitely unique kinda funk to it, but it grows on me. Brown sugar, almost a cinnamon type of spiciness, but not cinnamon flavor, if you get my meaning. Hops have an English tone to them, an almost musty bitterness, which I like in a beer that is quite sweet, as this beer is. This kind of reminds me of a barley wine in that it becomes quite complex as it warms (in a good way), and since it is really fresh, I would guess this beer might be better about 6 months, maybe a year down the road to let the malts develop and let the mustiness blend in a little more. I do really like this beer because it just tastes and feels good, but no, this is not your average double IPA.

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Photo of Kelz87
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into tulip

A- very deep read/orange copper color with some lacing as the beer is drank (didn't get a look at the head)

S- some sweet malt with tropical notes, some booziness (possibly rubbing alcohol)

T- sweet for a IIPA, howeverr once the beer warms up the tropical notes in the hops really start to become noticeable

M- not much carbonation, mostly thin mouthfeel.

O- it's an ok beer, I didn't care for it at first, but as it warmed it started to get better. I can agree with another reviewer that Texas is behind in craft beers, but this one isn't bad. Worth a try if you can get a single. Just drink it slow.

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Photo of mrcharlie
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm being a bit generous with the 3 overall rating. This is only the 2nd. beer that I poured out after tasting, the other being a Carling Black Label that rode in the trunk of a car for an entire summer. This tastes like a cheap malt liquor to me, yuck.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange with small off white head in a draft pour.

Sweet, orange, floral, pine, caramel, alcohol.
Fairly full bodied and packed full of bittering hops to counteract it's large sweet malt load.

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Photo of TxBrewser
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Really sweet and malty for a DIPA...enough to really overpower the hops. Drinkable and different, but not something I'd add to my list of preferred beers.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the smell - very malty and toasted for an IPA. This continues in the taste but with some hops and tropical fruit. Really heavy, strong beer. Most double IPAs taste pretty similar to me, but I like how this one is maltier. And it's from Texas so that's always a plus.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber color with foamy head. S- malt sweetness, piney hops. T- sweet malt, candied sugar(?), bitter on the back end but not out of balanced. M- heavier side of medium, creaminess. Dangerously chuggable. O- a bit on the maltose side of the IPA spectrum but it works nicely. Just enough hops to balance. I enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruby with a small off white head. Smell is very floral and piny with a little fruitiness and alcohol. The taste reflects this as well, and although there is a lot of hop flavor there is a lot more malty sweetness than I have tasted in an IPA before, let alone a DOUBLE IPA. Overall delicious brew.

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Photo of johnnycomelately
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers. Malty and citrusy, which offsets the hoppy finish. Also hint of citrus and pine nuts. I like the flowery aroma. The high alcohol content sneaks up on you! I have not had it from the can, but this one on tap is hard to beat! If ever in Houston give it a try.

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Photo of Steffenite
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Local watering hole...Karbach pint night and first tastes of the season. Good...not something I could drink all night though. Lives up to the Hop factor of a DIPA. Lots of pine...lots of earthly fullness lingers long after your last sip. Continues to parade you sense of smell. Good...but not "sessionable"?? :) Happy Karbach-ing.

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