El Hopadillo Negro | Karbach Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dasotelo50
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jodio
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephens101
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fluffy and rambunctious tan froth breaks away slowly.

Smells thick with oily hops as well as more subtle dark fruits and grain.

Medium in body with a lingering bitterness from the front-forward oily and earthy hops. up Has a toasty malt backbone and even a little plum in for a nice finish. Viscous and almost gummy at times, but never heavy.

Very satisfying.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aserwin
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Junichi
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of E-McFarden
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachary80
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of martyl1000
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Crisp Houston. Quite good.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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 brett606
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeubTube
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kelz87
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From undated bomber into tulip. I assume it's fairly fresh since it's made nearby.

L- pours a dark brown to black color, about 3 fingers of very light brown/ very dark white color head, decent lacing

A- tons of hoppy bitterness. Couldn't detect much malt notes. Not quite the double IPAs I like

T- again lots of, but not overpowering bitterness with a hint of coffee malt finish.

M- creamy mouth feel, bitterness coats the palate to quickly dry it out and leaves you wanting another sip. Good carbonation

O- I'd have to say I'm impressed. It seems very well balanced. I'm not a fan of black IPAs but this is by far the best one I've had. I opened this bottle thinking I was going to hate it, but I was wrong.

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Photo of twizzard
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aknalley
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of En29356
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raziel313
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gilgar
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tiitomireles
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdejoannis
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A black IPA from a cask. Hop flavor is mild. Creamy body and head, like a stout.

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Photo of Blaze5445
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe I got an old bottle but no hops what so ever.

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Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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