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El Hopadillo Negro | Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.79/5
Very Good
193 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Late one stormy night at the brewery the lights went off and things got interesting. Ask a brewer and they'll swear up and down it was El Hopadillo Negro himself. Like his kin, El Hopadillo Negro craves bitterness, but has a bit of a dark streak. Suddenly...noises in the malt room, thuds in the hop cooler. The next morning it was bubbling away. Dark as night and laden with American hops, this brew has the tropical fruit and citrus flavors of an IPA with a rich, malty body. Don't be afraid of the dark...

Added by champ103 on 12-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,729
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
193
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by ExaltedNecrosis:
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4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Freetail in San Antonio, TX.

Pours black with one finger of tan/light brown head. The head is very fine and creamy. Aroma is citrusy hops (mainly grapefruit), roasted malt, and caramel. Taste follows the nose, and the grapefruit really comes to the forefront. It is solidly backed in the middle by roasted malt and caramel sweetness, which offsets the bitterness. A very well balanced beer by Karbach. Body and carbonation are moderate all around. It's exceptionally smooth and creamy. Leaves a sticky bitter sweetness in the mouth. This has a good amount of complexity for a black IPA, and Karbach really knows how to balance this beer out. No flavor is overwhelming and they all complement each other.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Meyers1023
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tiitomireles
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Dinkel
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle of El Hopadillo Negro pours clear dark red-brown rather than black. The modest size beige head is durable and leaves fine lacing.

Aroma: Sweet with less hop aroma than expected.

Flavor: good integration of dark malts and hops for style; a style where these seem to clash more often than mesh.

O: a moestly above average Black IPA.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of En29356
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Ebrill
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of twizzard
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Tuckerster
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoppy91
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of humpty1602
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a teku glass

A- pours a dark brown color with a small creamy off-white head that retains nicely, leaving some nice lacing

S- roasted dark malt from up front mixes with some piney hops, along with some earthy notes and a hint of coffee

T- citrus and piney hops up front dark black malts, earthy finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- nice balance of hops are dark malts

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Photo of cfrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GeoCait
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of goochpunch
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out pretty much black (at least with this lighting). Nice khaki head. Smell isn't all that strong. I get some US hops and some sweet malts. Not very roasty/toasty in the nose, as I'd expected. Flavor has some sweet, caramelly malts with a bit of a piney/citrussy punch at the end. Not a whole lot going on. I expect a little more complexity out of a black IPA with some darker malt flavors. This really just tastes like a typical IPA that has been merely colored with some specialty malt rather than flavored. I like the mouthfeel on this. Pretty soft and fluffy. Is there wheat in this? Overall, I don't know how I feel about this. I can think of better black IPA options, for sure. Will I buy this again? Probably not (MAYBE if they sold this in 6 packs of cans).

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El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 193 ratings
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