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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BdM
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ARoman
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a pint glass. The aroma is mellow and mild with notes of bread crust, woody spice, and a light roast with a strenghtening dank herb late. The beer is a rich, oily, clear cola with a big, off-white, foamy head that has a high amount of retention and lace. The taste is a medium high bitter and mellow, medium-light sweet. The oily and creamy texture is complimented by a soft, foamy head. The medium full body is flavored by bread and mild raisin and finishes with burnt grain and spice, some smoke, and a touch of a berry sweetness flourish. There's a bread notes as well and an undertone of dark chocolate. The aftertaste is lightly sticky and has a strong rye character and bitter grapefruit note; it's short and mellows quickly turning to bitter wax, then resin clean late.

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Photo of rjs246
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The best black IPA I've tried. Very malty. Very tasty.

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Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kips
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoppy91
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jadler16
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisBanks
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tuckerster
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CorgiDad
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ali1987
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of ed_loves_ipa
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sirhc3034
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Dillinger
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of faint hops
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular layer from 10 mm to 0 mm
Lacing excellent - complete rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt and some generic hops, short lived flavor with a slight astringency; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

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Photo of jandadeboer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thereal_adam
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%

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