Rodeo Clown | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Icedog
5/5  rDev +34%
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 johnnycomelately
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
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 Premo88
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip

L: murky caramel brown with an amber glow when held up to a light; thick, fluffy head of an inch or more that sticks and laces. this beer puts on a show -- and i love the opaque murkiness.

S: hops AND malt! an awesome balance ... smells as good as anything on the planet. it swings to a very hop-forward aroma, then swings over to a sweet malty biscuit aroma. complex but over the long haul has a great balance.

T: hop forward with a good bitter bite that smooths out with a very sweet, malty finish -- and is VERY complex. you get a different taste each time, always with a hops, alcohol and sweet malt rotating in there. sometimes one takes center stage, then another. without question its the most malty of any of the DIPAs I've tried yet, and I love it!

F: hardly notice anything about it ... good carbonation, good feel, but I must say there doesn't seem to be anything about it that makes it stand out. might just be me.

O: what a brew! I'm very excited that our little Texas brewery is cranking this one out full-time. I'd put it up against Arrogant Bastard, it's that complex and well-constructed. about the only drawback I can find is the fact that you *do* taste the alcohol at times; personally, I'm not a fan of that ... but it's not as in your face as other higher ABV brews, and ultimately, who cares? this beer's so damn good just drink it!

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
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 HotDogBikeRide
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
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 HTownGuy85
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard great things about this beer. I live in Houston too, and I love to support local I gave it a shot. Poured into a tulip.

A - reddish amber, beautiful tan head laces well.

S - piney, typical Double IPA smell. Very subtle with this one though.

T - pine, citrus. Finishes with the pleasant dry hop taste that lingers on. Can't taste the octane even at it being 9.5% ABV, well balanced.

M - carbonation very present, refreshing. Light feel on the palate.

Overall, a damn good double IPA. The hops and malts are so harmoniously combined. Very impressed here, specially for a craft beer company that has only been opened just over a year.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Hops4Pops
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I went with an empty 64 ounce growler and decided on Rodeo Clown. The keg ran dry at about 40 ounces. I got the bottom of the barrel literally. Perfect for a review. I have had this offering before in the standard 4 packs of 12 oz cans but finished them before I got around to doing a review. This time is different.

I got the growler really cold and am going to work it down and let it warm to let everything come out from it.

A: This is a medium dark very cloudy amber color. It looks like carmel candy but a few shades darker. Its very very cloudy. I am sure there is a lot of flavor in there. But first a smell...

S: Wow. I am getting the hops but it smells really sweet. Like candy almost. I think I smell too many things too rapidly. I am getting pine, earth, grapefruit, bread, maple, molasses, and some other stuff.

T: Wow again. This beer is delicious but has to warm up to reveal its complexity. When its cold, it seems overly sweet and devoid of a decent hop profile for this style. However, it is there. This beer is MUCH better when served above 55 F. I am really amazed at the hidden ABV. Even at the warmer temp, where you would expect some heat, its still hidden and well blended being balanced very well by the sugar. I have seen others say it is too syrup-like for them. Ok. Let it warm up and try again would be my advice. Also don't pigeon hole it for the style it calls itself. There is a lot going on here. Its very complex on the hop profile and the malts in the foundation. I am going to rate this beer very high. I would be willing to say that is beer actually deserves its own new style classification. Yes it is that different.

O: It is very difficult to rate this beer. Here's why. First it is not anything close to your highly rated American Double or Imperial IPA. Its way too complex for this classification style. At the same time, I am not going to rate it lower based on the fact this it is not typical for this style. I would challenge any brewer to match this beer or even come close to the complexity, the hop profile, the foundation and the ability to hide the ABV so broadly across the temperature spectrum. During the iterations coming from this half filled 64 oz growler, I have had a chance to get to know it much better. Looks like we will have breakfast together. LOL! GREAT BEER! A new style is indicated in my humble opinion based on the bottom of the keg sample reviewed proudly.

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Photo of tpgraham
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is such a unique DIPA. Huge malt backbone on this one that causes it to come across as a barleywine. If you can, get it as fresh as possible to get all of the hop aroma to support the malt bill on this one. One of my favorites due to its uniqueness.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L growler filled at the Whole Foods on Montrose.

The beer pours a dark orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is very powerful, with a nice mix of resinous hops, orange notes and some biscuit malt. There is also a little bit of alcohol in the aroma, not letting you forget the beer is nearly 10 percent.

The flavor is heavy on the hops. I get quite a bit of bitterness, as well as some nice orange and resin notes from the West Coast hops. Once again, there is some biscuit malt and a little bit of alcohol in the flavor, which gets more prominent as the beer warms. The beer is extremely to drink and quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of rdp5008
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the brewery on a recent visit to Houston. The tour had some good info about the history (short) of the brewery and was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I went on a nice afternoon and the place was packed. There was even a food truck to serve a fusion of Korean and Mexican fare.

On to the beer...

The beer was delicious. Had their canned Hopadillo IPA before heading to the brewery. Rodeo Clown Double IPA didn't disappoint. Fairly high ABV but you wouldn't know it from the taste or finish so go easy on this one.

A: Nice dark amber pour from the tap with great lace during the drink.

S: Smell of hops and malt. The malt body is prominent in this beer.

T: The hop flavor is a bit masked from the effort to increase ABV so it tasted a bit maltier/sweeter than their standard IPA. Great taste from start to finish. Similar to others in this category I've tried. One thing to note is the lack of the alcohol taste as compared to some other high ABV offerings I've tried. Very drinkable.

O: Nothing crazy here but very easy to drink a few of these. Definitely worth a try! The brewery experience was great as well. Really nice folks.

Can't wait to try this from the can!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice deep amber pour with 2 fingers of off-white head and great lacing.
smells of hops! piney/floral hop notes, caramel, more hops! seriously, also getting some grassy hop smell, citrus grapefruit.
bitter citrus flavor up front, heavy earth notes, not as much hop flavor as in the smell.. very boozy.
medium to full body, moderate carbonation, sticky, creamy.

a great dipa, but i wish it came through better in the flavor department.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | 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, but all elements work.

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Photo of Ford
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Karbach Brewery

I'm not a huge IPA fan.. but I do prefer dIPA's generally.. this one I really liked.

Plenty of hops, but maybe not the hop bomb others are... I would prefer some more grapefruity taste as that is what I like most about IPA's...

Not overpowering in the alcohol taste department which is good.

Smell is fantastic.. loved it.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma hard to decipher. Very malty. Maybe tropical fruit. Pleasing but not complex. Malt bomb taste. Strong caramel. Resin at the end. Smooth. Heavy bodied. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of mattLummus
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Good head and a bright aroma. The body is nicely carbonated and not too light. It's actually pretty sweet at first taste, borderline too sweet, but makes up with a decently bitter finish to balance. Finish lingers long enough. The 9% ABV is nice as well.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz Can canned on 07/30/2014. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber with 1 finger of head with lacing down the glass

Smell: Pine and spruce hops

Taste: Theres hop flavor up front of pine and earth notes but quickly develops into a mix of malt and some alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and cloying

Overall: This blurs the line between Double IPA and a strong ale/American barley wine. Its mouthfeel and flavor profile remind me of Dogfish Head 90 min. Theres a lot of complexity but as far at the Hop flavor of an American DIPA, this has a lot of malt and alcohol to cover it up.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can poured into a Karbach Brewing pint glass. Served chilled straight from the can. No freshness date (from what I can find) on the can.

Appearance: Copper orange to light brown in color with a really nice, cloudy, sticky white head with great retention. Leaves a really nice lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Floral and piney hop notes definitely assert themsleves upfront. A touch of malt background but spicy hop notes definitely dominate.

Taste: Tons of pine hop notes upfront. The hop profile is really unique too. Very spicy and floral at the same time. Bitter but not overly so. Really interesting. It is definitely growing on me with each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice creaminess. Some nice carbonation to lighten it. Spot on for the style.

Overall, a really interesting but tasty IPA with a really unique hop profile. Refreshing and tasty for sure. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really good IPA but, as with most Texas beers, it falls short compared to IPAs from the PNW, Alaska and Cali. If the water were cleaner I think this beer would be better. But, compared to other Texas beers, it's above average. I love my home State of Texas but we are just a step behind compared to other craft beer states.

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Photo of Godot613
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Liberty Station

Appearance: copper amber with a tinge of red. Very nice clarity. Decent head retention with some lacing, at least for such a high ABV. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell: Hops in a glass. Citra and Magnum were obvious. Very strong pine resin and spruce upon entry with commanding presence throughout. Other evergreen and more vegetal aromas combine with some temporary herbaceousness. I get something close to star anise. Grapefruit and citrus quite evident, almost dominating. Floral notes. Good amount of sweet aroma with a hint of malt. A nice appearance of pineapple as the beer warmed up. Possibly a bit of peach or nectarine. Quite complex considering its initial simple entry.

Taste: Hops in a glass. Very similar to the aroma. Pine is quite evident, but not overly dry. Citrus and pineapple. Stereotypical IPA mid palate. Not excessively bitter. Some hints of tea and roses. Very good balance. The malt and the hop bitterness play of each other. A nice sweet finish reminiscent of honey with a good biscuity flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice, smooth, and silky. Maltiness gives great full to medium body. There's just enough carbonation and froth. Very drinkable. Until I checked their website, I had no idea this was 9.5% ABV. Whatever rough edges this beer has, it gets better with time and temperature. Good for a long sip. Finish was long but abruptly ends with some dryness. Good astringency serves as a reminder that this ale follow the style.

Overall: Much better than the Hopadillo. This is a great new beer from Karbach. This and the Weisse Versa are their best offerings. I like the maltiness. There is enough sweetness (not cloying) and quality mouthfeel to make this something that I want to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of IvanJ126
4/5  rDev +7.2%

This brew is what introduced me to the whole Craft seen first sip and I was I hooked ... very strong and very hoppy almost too hoppy but a great brew

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a clear body, this double IPA has a nice appearance that emphasizes a substantial off- white head of foam with generous lacing. The nose on this beer is one of dark fruits, candy- like malt sweetness, a touch of pine, and some earthy hops.

With the taste, this beer offers plenty to like. The flavors of caramel, pine, grapefruit, and caramel are the standouts, along with some herbal notes, earthy, sticky hops, and alcohol. Different flavors vie for your attention and the overall taste, while certainly leaning toward the hoppy side, still attempts to balance itself with other flavors.

This is a tasty double IPA from Karbach and a complex brew. The complexities are somewhat lost if you drink the beer too cold. They become more noticeable as the beer warms slightly and they continue to reward with each passing sip. I must say that I like the draft version of this beer best, but the canned version is still very tasty and it is definitely a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Paynebr21
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a stange glass
A - pretty frothy head with a decent amount of lot of lacing. Mahogany color off the pour with a decent amount of haze.
S - malt all up in your nasal pieces but incredibly balanced with a dank nug type resin smell
T - like most DIPAs very hop forward but really well balanced with the malts. High gravity but not boozy at all
M - not extremely carbonated but I love the oily hops feel to the mouth. Excellent finish that lingers but not crazy heavy
O - I'm from Houston and I have beer drinking this brew for a few years now. This and Saint Arnold's Endevour are two of the best DIPAs I have recently, not just in HTown but overall. This is an extremely drinkable DIPA and due to its banging malt flavor could be put up against any Oktoberfest beer once the fall comes around. Great beer

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