El Hopadillo Negro | Karbach Brewing Co.

El Hopadillo NegroEl Hopadillo Negro
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El Hopadillo NegroEl Hopadillo Negro

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

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

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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 24
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Real nice looking, big head and lots of lace, black as expected.

A very nice blend of hops and roasty malts, some earthy woods, crisp tangy hops, overall enjoyable and in the range of expectations for Karbach.

Body was medium with pretty good carbonation and a nice crisp hoppy finish. Karbach continues to impress me, so I keep buying their beer.

Revisited 4-28-15

Saw this bad-boy for 3.99, HAD to grab a couple! It's still a real good CDA/BIPA/ABA/Whatever. If this is your style, this should be your beer!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black glass shows thick ruby edges that extend to the core of the glass. Holds a dark foam cover that laces the glass in thick tide marks.

Smell: A bit grassy, a lot of dark roasted grain that goes a bit coffee, a bit earthy and leafy.

Taste: Hops come through the dark roasted background, again a bit grassy but some west coast citric hop notes as well. The hops aren't really up to an IPA level, and the black base is a bit light, but it makes for an easy drinking example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Goes a bit soapy in the mouth, frothy, a light medium body, lingering oily finish.

Overall: Not the monster portrayed on the label, more of a gentle, misunderstood woodland creature. A fine beer, nothing wrong (save maybe the soapy mouthfeel) and an enjoyable sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the more tropical and citrus forward black india pale ales around. medium bodied dark brown liquid with a ton of black barley and a short lived whitish frothy head. the nose on this is all hops, it overcomes faint barley bitterness to bring this beer to life with intense fruity oily hop waves that make this seem a lot lighter than it is. the flavor too is equally hop forward. the black malt gives just a cutting bitterness and an earthy base to what otherwise is a straight up hop bomb. not sure the hop varietals here, but its high alpha stuff putting grapefruit and tangerine and lemon all through this, which is a cool combination with the dark grain. long fruity finish before it switches to bitter and dry. well carbonated and not super full bodied for what it is. a bomber would be a perfect dose, more than that might get a little fuzzy, but a very well made brew, and a cool version of the style that displays the more interesting side of hops in a sturdy dark beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

El Hopadillo Negro from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 62.7% out of 100 with 193 ratings
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