Rodeo Clown | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Rodeo ClownRodeo Clown

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by champ103 on 10-13-2011

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Photo of breadwinner
2.16/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Praying this was an old can, because it was utterly undrinkable, pure booze and malt, not a shred of hops (nor even palatable malt sweetness) to reign it all in. Of course, the off apple notes, etc. tell me it probably wasn't an age issue. At any rate, If you're going to push a DIPA to 9.5%, for the love of Pete, make sure you do it well, lest it end up like this.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.21/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a dark amber with a thin head. Smells of a light hint of herbal hops. Smells like sugar. In the flavor: a wallop of sweetness with very restrained bitterness and hops flavor. Very hot finish. I have to admit that the mouthfeel is nice. Full and creamy. This is an IPA? Even for a barleywine, this is sweet and lacking.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can from Monkeypuker (thanks man!). Canned 12/18/13. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Hazy chestnut with two fluffy fingers of manilla head. A thick layer of foam lingers, leaving big clumps of lace.

Straightforward, lackluster nose with pine, citrus zest and biscuit.

This one is a bitter bomb. Flavors of pine, earthy, floral, citrus peel, cracker, biscuit, pepper and alot of booze.

Slick medium full body with moderate carbonation. Bitter earthy hops and alcohol finish.

Ultimately this is just ok. Not much flavor to balance the heavy handed booze and bitterness. I didn't have a problem drinking the can but I won't be seeking out any more.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
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 mrcharlie
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
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 TxBrewser
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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 csulaguy
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Texas definitely has some fine breweries, but Karbach ain't one of 'em (that is, if their other beers are similar to this one). It didn't taste hoppy how I expected it, and it tasted more sweet, like malt liquor. But for what it cost me, I could've picked up a gallon of malt liquor.

This beer isn't horrible, but it's NOT one I will be buying again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz aluminum can with stylistically colored label art acquired as part of a 4-pack for $15.00 at the Growler Room here in Austin yesterday and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I really enjoyed Karbach's hefeweizen/witbier hybrid beer. Reviewed as an Imperial IPA because it clearly identifies as a Double IPA on the label. No ABV is listed on the label, so I can't confirm that.

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 nice head of even thickness. It's light khaki in colour and two fingers wide. Nice creaminess and frothiness. Some light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good - seemingly 8ish minutes - which is pretty solid for 9.5% ABV. Complexion could be softer and more welcoming, but it's not unappealing by any means. A pretty good head for an Imperial IPA overall.

Body colour is a clear copper with faint amber hues. Transparent and translucent. Average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated judging by the carbonation bubbles.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style, but the head retention does stand out. I'm looking forward to trying it, but the appearance isn't unique or special.

Sm: Some light grapefruit zest is present; often grapefruit is overbearing and biting but doesn't seem to be here based on the aroma. It's nicely balanced by a caramalt and bready malt sweetness. Well integrated pine hop character. Estery. Hints of tropical fruit hops - mango, maybe passionfruit. Not getting any pineapple (thankfully). Plenty of white sugars here. I'm also getting a strange fruityish note - maybe coconut? It's quite vague. A bit on the resinous end for the style. I do get a hint of orange, and I'm hoping the taste won't have that awful stale orange juice note that plagues so many beers in this style.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of average strength. No off-notes. Not a unique or special aroma, but it's inoffensive and within the bounds of the style.

T: Certainly more malty than most fans of the style will be anticipating - and that's fine, in my book. It's got a sweetness from the biscuit malt, bready malt, pale malts, and caramalt. The onset of the hop notes is delayed until the second act, whereupon a timid grapefruit zest hop character emerges accompanying by generic floral notes as well as some well integrated tropical fruit notes - definitely coconut, maybe mango or tangerine, but thankfully no pineapple. Pine is very well incorporated, and dances about the second act. Not getting much in terms of a hop bite or bitterness; the hops emerge for the middle and then are covered up again in the third act, preventing any lingering bitterness from assaulting the palate. I for one like that approach, but I do think the sweetness is a bit overdone; I can tell the maltiness will make this a beer that quickly goes downhill with age. The bitterness is quite tame as a result; this might make a good Imperial IPA for introducing newcomers to the style. It's decently balanced, but far from ideal. By no means a paragon of the style, but a pretty nicely executed one.

Like most beers I review, it could use more complexity and subtlety. But it does have a fair amount going on and integrates its notes relatively well. I do like it.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour for the style.

No yeast character or off-notes come through - other than a backgrounded alcohol presence. It's by no means boozy or hot, but it's a bit more annoying than a pleasant warmth.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nice thickness and body. Pretty good presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. What I love is that it's soft and welcoming rather than aggressive and biting; that's a lesson other imperial IPAs could learn from this one. Not too acidic. It facilitates delivery of the flavour profile nicely; it's by no means reticent. Complements the flavour profile pretty well.

Not gushed, boozy, harsh, or oily.

Dr: A drinkable approachable imperial IPA from Karbach. It's too bad the price point is so terrible (at least here in Austin). While I wouldn't get this again personally because it's not in league with the best beers in the style - even those that I'm used to being readily available - it's by no means a bad imperial IPA. In fact, it's above average. It'll scratch your hop itch. I'll enjoy killing the other three in my 4-pack, but I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners. Decent, but unimpressive.

The pine (especially the evergreen pine on the finish) was a highlight for me.

Highish C+

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer from a big box provided by the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is hops, alcohol well pronounced, bitter, pines. Feels medium bodied and very dry in the mouth and overall I found this to be a mediocre beer.

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Photo of JezyGray
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours burnt orange/amber with a half-finger of khaki head. Nice lacing and retention. Heavy orange and ripe pineapple on the nose. Big bitter pop at the front of the tongue, ending with more acidic citrus and a dank, herbal finish. Some might say it's a bit on the musty side, especially on the nose and back of the tongue. Alcohol is well-hidden for 9%+.

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Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz van into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a caramel in color with a thick, foamy head to it. Nice lacing to it as I drank it and nice looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of candied fruit flavors to it with a bit of caramel mixing in. I get some grapefruit and citrus rind flavors coming in it as well. It's got a lot of sweetness to it, almost to the point of being sugary.

The taste is pretty malty up front with a lot of sweeter caramel and candied fruit flavors coming out. The finish is where it starts to show more of a grapefruit, citrus rind bitterness to it. It's very sweet and almost sugary as well with the candied flavors showing up nearly throughout. I get a little bit of a metallic presence in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a decent beer but it didn't really stand out in the style for me. It felt a little too sweet with the sugary, candied fruit flavors dominating a little too much for me.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from BeerHunter76 poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark gold with a hint of amber, hazy with tons of off-white head and lots of lace.

S: Some pungent hops (Simcoe maybe?) but this thing has a hefty malt backbone shining through. Bread, toffee even. There is a bit of earthy & herbal notes and very faint citrus but the malt dominates.

T: Follows the nose, bready with a flash of caramel, some astringent resinous notes from the hops but they aren't prominent.

MF: Creamy, some bitterness with a light touch of alcohol. Moderate dryness on the finish.

O: Not sure about age here, looks like some of the other reviews praise the hop component, and Karbachs website says this thing is 'generously' hopped with Citra (among others). IMO, malt bomb. Still drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a fairly murky copper color with a decent sized milky white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. The aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and brown sugar mostly with hints of pine resin and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with sugary caramel malts and a solid shot of ethanol. Light bitter citrusy resinous hop flavor with a firm hop bitterness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Decent enough IPA, but a bit sweet and a little too alcohol harsh for my tastes.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into glass, color is a deep copper reddish with nice lacing left on the glass. Smells of grass and piney hops and a bit of citrus. Taste follows the nose,nice piney and grass notes. Big sweet,caramel malt backbone, but balances the hops pretty well. Mouth feel is on the heavier side of medium,sometimes syrupy feeling. Overall, pretty decent Imperial IPA, but felt it was a tad harsh at sometimes. Got better as it warmed up a bit.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a tulip to a deep and hazy orange with a finger of off white head that fades to a small mat
S: smells of citrus pine and caramel
T: tastes of earthy hops, pine resin, citrus and some caramel with a bit of sweet orange. swallow is more caramel sweetness and oily piney hops
M: heavier side of medium with fairly soft but slightly prickly carbonation finish is oily but still a touch drying
O: pretty middle of the road, good but not great. decent flavors and a solid hop kick but fails to separate itself from other offerings. decent balance though.

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Photo of DevilsCups
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What an odd brew we have here. 12oz can served into a Duvel tulip.

A - Looks like a barleywine. Deep amber, almost red pour. Slight haze, bone white head. I must say it has very nice lacing.

S - Grainy, cantaloupe style malts with an earthy hop note way behind. No citrus or fruitiness to the hops. Kind of a quiet aroma for a DIPA.

T - This should not be classified as a double IPA. This drinks like a barleywine-light through and through. Malt forward for sure, with an earthy hop note closing out. Slightly to moderately bitter. Booze is noticeable but pleasant. This just hits more American barleywine notes than it does DIPA notes. Not bad at all, just misclassified.

M - Carbonation is nice, as is the mouthfeel. Slightly coating, but not too thick.

O - If this beer wasn't classified or rated as a DIPA, it would probably do it good. This drinks more like a light barleywine than a DIPA. If you're into malty barleywines with a slight earthy hop-bite, you'll enjoy this.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a extra in a trade.
I poured this beer into a pefect pint glass. It has a nice rich dark golden color body with a nice 1' sticky white head. The smell has some pine/hop notes to it. The taste is very bitter, almost to bitter for my taste. I can taste the hops, then on the back of the tongue i get the malt. The mouth feel is really good, nice and smooth and leaves a nice hop taste on the tongue. Overall this is a good DIPA, not the best i have had but i'm glad i got to try a local brewery from another state.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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 rudzud
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade from LadyofMuchBeer. So awesome.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear hazelnut hue with a very thin quarter inch head that fades to leave a light halo and a little cloud. Not much going on.

S - Smell is surprisingly not all that malty for a DIPA. Sure, the carmel and malt is still there but there are some nice light pine and citrus. While I'd love more pine/citrus I have to respect that this doesnt smell like a malt bomb.

T - Taste though on the other hand..lots of malts here. Assault of sweet carmel malts and some light earthyness. Fades to a solid bitterness that isnt too too distinguishable. Just bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is top notch here. ABV not that noticeable, not too heavy, not syrupy at all. Lightly carbonated just enough to be pleasant.

O - Overall this is a enjoyable beer out of Texas. Really liked some aspects of it. Its just tough for me, I hear IPA and I want pine and citrus, but more often than not I get a mouthfull of malts. Glad to try this brew though!

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Photo of zac16125
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Thanks to Zadavis for sending this over as an extra.

A: Pours a dark amber with reddish hues and 1 fingers width of light tan head, takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down,  leaves some mild spotty lacing

S: interesting but not terribly pleasant,  a big odd grainy aroma, some caramel malt sweetness, booze, almost no hop presence ,  not a fan in fact it's rather unappealing

T: on the contrary, tons of hop bitterness on the tongue, pine and grapefruit, some of the odd grainy notes come through in the taste but not much, a little bit of citrus and some caramel malts, booze comes out as it warms, but for the most part just a big hop bitterness, which I quite like

M/D: Pretty smooth, appropriate carbonation, medium bodied, drinkability is high

O: overall, I would have liked this if not for the strange and rather unpleasant aroma.  I'm glad I got to try it as I always like examples of my favorite styles from local breweries. Although I don't think I would seek this out again,  

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Photo of sukwonee
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra through a trade. Thanks!

A: Much darker and redder than your typical DIPA. Amber brown with 2 finger head, nice amount of lacing. It looks delicious, but I took some points off for not looking like a DIPA.

S: I don't mind the smell, but it has a weird mix of grain and hops. Like I said, I don't mind it. You can actually malt from this. Some fruit notes

T: Ok, so this is not a very good tasting IPA. It starts off with a little bit of fruit notes (grapefruit maybe) then quickly changes to wheat? or some sort of grain, followed by unpleasant bitterness (pine notes as well). It's a bit on the sweet side and it's got more malt than it needs.

M: Near perfect. Smooth, yet got good amount of carbonation. Mouth feel saves the taste a bit.

O: It looks, smells, feels good, but doesn't taste too good. I am glad I got to try this. I haven't had any DIPA like this before.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass. A little darker than I usually like my DIPAs but that's not a terribly bad thing.

S: The nose is full of aromatic hops in the form of grass, grapefruit, and pine. Once that settles there is a big candied sugar and malt aroma as well.

T: The taste follows the nose but is more malty than hoppy. I get big waves of slightly burnt caramel along with dark toffee and some pine and citrus as well. Not what I was expecting and it could be these were a bit old...there's no date on the can though.

M: The feel is pretty thick and creamy. Not sure if I like my DIPAs thick or crisp but I lean towards crisper examples of the style.

O: This has to be a bit old as the hops seem to have faded a bit and the malt is really at the forefront. It was a bit too sweet and the hops weren't exactly dominating the flavor. The aromas were great though.

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Photo of gshak
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack based on the reviews, and also to support a local craft brewer since we have so few here in TX.
A - clear amber color with about 3 fingers' width of head that dissipated slowly leaving some decent lacing
S - very malt forward with the hops taking a backseat.:..either that or my beer's already past its prime. Sweet caramel malts followed by slight hints of tropical fruits and pine.
T - follows the smell. Taste is opened up by sweet caramel and the hops kick in mid-palate to cut the sweetness somewhat, but not entirely. The malts are strong enough to overpower 85 IBUs worth of hops. To my taste, this crosses over the DIPA into the barleywine category. Banana esters become more pronounced as the beer warms up. The heat from the alcohol is also very noticeable.
M - on the thicker and fuller side for a dipa.
Overall - not a bad representation of the style, but there is much to improve upon. For now, I will be treating the remaining 3 cans as barleywine stuff.

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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

we dont see enough canned big ipas, so this beer fills a necessary role in my opinion, but the beer itself isnt as well done as some other karbach stuff. its new penny copper in color, clear, with a frothy and airy tan head with sticky retention. the nose on it is a little too balanced. i get some sweeter amber like malt, with just bitterness showing from the hops. the flavor too is similarly balanced by sweeter grain, and the hop profile doesnt offer nearly as much excitement as the black ipa they do. its all bitterness with only a touch of vegetal leafyness and a little residual sugar. well carbonated and foamy in the mouth, but the finish is a little metallic and the bitterness exacerbates that. the alcohol is also a bit exposed here. despite its shortcomings, we need more big ipa in cans, so i am grateful for this even though its a step below the other stuff ive had from karbach in terms of overall quality.

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Photo of gobrewsome
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Patriotic colored can divided between gabf tasting glasses butterscotch almost opaque cloudiness appearance with tight clinging well formed off white tan head . S slight mingling hop pine citrus orange . Pleasant taste hop forward tongue and finishes back of throat leaves with hoppy sweetness minimal malt some caramel and slight etoh warming . Nice mod carbonation medium mouthfeel. Overall solid ipa that packs a classic hoppy punch the more u drink the sweeter it gets with etoh evident

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Rodeo Clown from Karbach Brewing Co.
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