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 kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed as a Black IPA because it identifies as such as on the label. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at the Growler Room for $8.00 USD and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; this is a hard style to pull off and because it's so new, many breweries are not able to execute good examples.

As of 09.22/13: 7.20% ABV according to Karbach's website. IBU: 80. O.G.: 16 plato;. Malts: 2 row pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Black. Hops: Amarillo, Magnum, Citra, Simcoe, Zythos.

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 three finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 7 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Somewhat frothy. Complexion is kind of soft.

Body colour is a very dark brown-black. By no means a true or jet black. Opaque (nontransparent/nontranslucent). No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's very standard fare for the style. Not unique or special, but no overt flaws are obvious.

Quite average.

Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malt, pale malts. Caramel. A hint of marshmallow. No real roasted barley. Some cream. Floral hop character. A buried hint of pine, I guess. Not getting any citrus, at least none that's evocative. Lightly tropical; it's quite vague. The notes in the aroma don't ring all that distinct. An inoffensive aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

As it warms, the cocoa and chocolate emerge more - which is pleasant.

T: Like most subpar beers in the style, the flavours clash and there is little balance. Marshamallow, caramel, dark malts, and chocolate malt occupy one end of the ring. Floral hops, pale malts, and vague citrus occupy the other. The battle between the two is not rewarding for the drinker. This is not a gestalt or cohesive brew. It does have some nice pine resin, but the caramel cuts it short. Has some zest. Some of the hop character veers towards soap territory, suggesting this spent a hair too long in primary fermentation. Plenty of hop bitterness goes unremedied about the climax.

Lacks complexity and subtlety. Little depth of flavour here. Duration and intensity of flavour are average for the style.

No yeast character comes through. I do get some alcohol presence, unfortunately.

It's quite rough around the edges, and frankly I don't really like it. It's not uninspired; it just falls short of what it should be.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely creamy. Unrefreshing. Somewhat oily. Too thick. Has an overbearing presence on the palate. The body is full but off. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well. Overcarbonated. Even a biteen biting. It does have a decent softness to it.

Dr: Poorly priced. I definitely wouldn't get this beer again, nor would I recommend it to friends. It's another subpar beer in a style plagued by subpar beers. A disappointment from Karbach. The subpar quality limits its drinkability, as does its detectable ABV. Not Karbach's best, to be sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brurevu
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

El Hopadillo Negro poured an opaque black with a significant tan head that exuded heavy hops and a hint of roasted malt in the aroma. The taste has a strong citrus hop start that faded into a sweet roasted malt bitterness. The Negro was very similar to their Hopadillo but a bit sweeter and with a deeper richer profile. Given the dark appearance the brew was light and flavorful and left a roasty bitterness on my palate. It was a really enjoyable beer from Karbach.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with icetrauma. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear almost pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, roasted malt, light char, cocoa, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, pine resin, lemon zest, floral, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pine resin, floral, roasted malt, light char, toast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hops and roasted malt flavors; with hop over malt flavor balance; and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and very sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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