Weekend Warrior Pale Ale | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Weekend Warrior Pale AleWeekend Warrior Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of txmilligan
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured fro a can into a pint glass which resulted in a strong, well defined head that was slow to dissipate, but left a nice lacing behind. Cloudy, golden and good bubbling below the head. The aroma was very understated and muted, which gave no indication of what the beer offered. The flavor was bright, direct and had equal measures of bitter and citrus. No noticeable aftertaste, and was very refreshing drink after drink, from first drink to last, very consistent. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light grain-gold with 2 fingers of head and a surprising amount of lacing.

Hops come through stronger than a typical pale ale, which seems to be Karbach's style. Distinct notes of grapefruit, citrus, honey and biscuit are present, but a little washed out by the prominence of sweet pine at the back of the tongue.

Medium body and carbonation stick around even if you have to run a few mid-drink errands, which is welcome for such a casual-type beer. A good choice for the summer, or if you're looking to ease someone into that sticky world of more hoppy beers.

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Photo of joecaputi
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And in conclusion, may I state... This beer is better than it looks and smells. The Hops are up front and don't stay long in the throat. I found an interesting sweetness that isn't honey or molasses or corn- elusive may be apt here. No head to speak of and light lacing with a cloudiness that can warn you off. Drinking this beer is where it's at. I am going to be sad to leave Texas.

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Photo of puck1225
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep yellow into a tall glass, decent head and lacing. Smell is a bit bread you and herbal. Taste is lemony and grassy with a bit of bitterness. Overall, a good beer!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Karbach, dark gold beer with sticky lacing. Light grain smell, which is apparent in the taste. Some hops, same kind as featured in their Hop Delusion or Hopadillo, just a lot less. A little bit underwhelming, but I've been drinking a lot of varying and high alcohol/hop beers, throwing my pallet off. The alcohol content is pretty on point with the taste. Above average beer.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid beer from Karbach. I love the smell- I just with it was stronger. Very floral. The taste is good and danky, but a little too oniony on the aftertaste. Great beer overall though.

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Photo of mpk_tx
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just finished a sixer over the course of about a month. For some reason, I had never had this one despite it being everywhere in Texas. Its good, but doesn't stand out as an APA. Has an interesting spiciness to it. I wouldn't seek it out again, but wouldn't mind drinking it when options are slim.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold, a tad hazy, with a large, dense head.
S: Resinous hops, quite aromatic, with a light touch of sweet malt.
T: Quite bitter beer, perhaps harshly so, without a good malt backbone to stand up for it. Hop flavor is very piney, grassy. Finish is very dry.
M: Light bodied, neutral texture.
O: Not that an interesting a beer from Karbach this time.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice, easy sipping, mellow APA. I could crush a few of these and not get "palate fatigue" if that is a thing. Not the hoppiest of beers but it doesn't have to be.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Pretty nice head retention & lacing

S: Pineynesss, cattiness & a little breadyness

T: Bready sweetness, a little pineyness & a little orange peel up front. Leafy hops, pineyness, & a little pear, & faint bready sweetness. Finishes piney, a little catty, plus bready sweetness, grassiness, plus dryness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, a solid APA

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange-yellow color with white head. Pine and citrus, with just a touch of maltiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with piney citrus and a nice malt backbone, lingers too.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Amber golden color with a two finger, white head that recedes quickly and leaves a quarter inch of lacing. Strong aroma of piney hops and resin. Taste is pine hops and grassy malt with a bitter finish. Medium body and medium carbonation, with a slightly oily mouth feel.
Well hopped APA that is too one dimensional and slightly unbalanced. The bitterness slowly faded as the beer warmed up. A good APA but not worth getting a sixer of.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours some sort of orange. Fluffed head. Aroma is hoppy. It smells different than most. I bet the hop proifle is pretty distinct. Grassy, earthy, fruity. Not too verbose in the malt category. Flavor is green and hoppy. Pretty pleasant. Hop forward. Pedestrian malt flavors. Not all that bitter. Drinkable. Tasted a tick above decent.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think Karbach makes several good beers. Hopadillo is a fine IPA and Rodeo Clown is an excellent DIPA. But there are so many great beers in those categories. Where Karbach hit the home run was with Weekend Warrior. I just don't see how an APA could be much better. I think a lot of breweries get overly enamored of their specialty malts. Too much biscuit-type malt or caramel malt mutes the glorious high notes of dry-hopped APAs everywhere you look. Not this one. The hops aroma and taste shine through like a beacon in the night (feel free to substitute your own trite cliche'). Wonderful citrus and faintly pine-y flavors in a perfectly balanced beer. Stone is great but too much bittering hops compared to aroma hops, in my opinion. Sierra Nevada, Mirror Pond, Dale's....can't hold a candle. How these beers can have a higher rating than WW on BA is a mystery to me. Zombie Dust is the only equal that I have tasted.

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Photo of ARoman
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into a pint. A pleasant citrus blossom note comes forth (peach) first, dampens, then follows with a distinct fruit stripes note supported by a subtle caramel. It's a brilliantly clear, yellow amber hue topped by a white, dense soap head that has good lace and retention. The beer is a balanced medium sweet and bitter. The texture is oily with a soft, fuzzy carbonation and medium body. Juicy citrus hits the palate first, followed by a finish that's crisp and grassy with notes of sweet grapefruit. The aftertaste is clean with just a light spice and a mild, cloying, waxy character and flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. canned 3/2015, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear pale golden color with a small foamy white head that settles to a thin layer floating on top

S- grassy and earthy hops with some pine, clean underlying toasted malt

T- light pine & citrus hops up front, some grassy notes, clean and crisp underlying malt, allows the subtle hops to take front stage, clean finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy

O- very clean and easy drinking pale ale

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Photo of D9sus4
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice drinking brew. Had on draft in Houston for the first time. Amber colored, medium body with a decent malt backbone. Not overly hopped. Like a cross between a pale ale and an APA.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a 1 finger off-white head. It's a good representation of the APA style.

The smell is resin and citrus hop notes with a little spice and tropical fruit.

The taste follows the smell. There is a nice malt presence with some grapefruit and pine. The finish is clean citrus hops and a smooth bitterness. This is a well balanced pale that's refreshing and drinks easily.

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Photo of imstimpy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

My first taste was draft, where I was pleasantly surprised as an Imperial IPA drinker. The can is a decent representative of the draft.

It is sort of like a subtle IPA.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick thin off-white head that keeps a constant plate.
Nice piney resin aroma with hints spices, passion fruit and American yeast.
Pleasant citrus flavor with notes of grapefruits, toasted malts, pine, fresh oranges and spices. Nothing too heavy. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
As some others APA, this has a perfect match of drinkability and citrus and pine hop flavors. At the brewery yesterday, someone told me it was not worth it... I am glad I insisted today at Petrol Station, the hype place right now in Houston for craft beers with a limited but especial selection.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.3,75 Sens.4 Cj.3,75

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot/peach in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick mottled pillowy surface covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit/pineapple, citrus/tangerine, and pine hops with a lighter aroma of slightly sweet grainy + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sweet grainy and caramel malts with a lingering sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tropical/pineapple, citrus/tangerine, pine, and herbal hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Super easy to drink and refreshing - if this was available where I lived, this would be my go to beer for the summer (cookouts, tailgating, etc). Very enjoyable and one I highly recommend for the sessionable APA style.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To be honest, I don't know if this pale ale is unique or tasty enough to stand out in a "packed division" so-to-speak.

In my opinion, pale ale's seem to be a dime a dozen, but every so often one will stick out - a diamond in the ruff.

This, unfortunately, isn't one of them.

I would absolutely drink one of these if it was offered...!
...and I certainly wouldn't complain if it was one of a few choices to pick from (as it does taste okay and it's quite crisp and refreshing)...
...but it isn't one that I would actively seek out to satiate my beer thirst.

Salute! Cin Cin! Evviva!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is a rich cloudy golden color with a rich and thick slow settling off-white head that leaves a good lacing down the glass.

The nose is a nice sweet malt bed which the hops rise from with hints of pine, white pepper, cut grass and lemon zest.

The flavor is superb. The malt is dry yet pleasant and works well with the tangy hops. the Hops are bitter and well balanced with the malt that is tad dry for my taste but not too dry. Subtle notes of bread, pine, pepper and a tinge of fructose on the finish that gives way to a nice bitter aftertaste that lingers but doesn't stick around like an uninvited guest.

The mouthfeel is just right for this one. Slightly rich but not too much so. This allow the finish the to linger without staying to long.

Overall a very drinkable PA and a great example of an American classic. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of JerradMcD
1.6/5  rDev -59%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

I've never stuffed a handful of pine needles into my face before, but I imagine this beer would taste similar. Sticky after taste. Not terrible, but certainly not my favorite. I need a glass of iced tea after every 2nd sip. I got this beer in a Karbach collection because they brew in TX, and sadly I have 2 of these left.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once more, the mighty JenRay has come through with some new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! I am looking forward to meeting her in-person in a couple of weeks.

From the CAN: "Brewed in Texas"; "Proudly Brewed in Texas"; "Recycle Dammit!"; "checkin' boxes ..."; "To do: - Hit the trail ... [check] Yard Work [struck through] next week Get Wet ... [check] Catch the game ... [check] Chill & grill ... [check] ... Have a Cold One!"

The loud Crack! was followed quickly by an inverted Glug and the pseudo-cascade resulted in just over two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was about as perfect an amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) as I have ever seen and with NE-quality clarity, to boot! Nose had a citrusy, grapefruit scent and my mouth was watering. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste did not quite live up to my expectations. It seemed a little muted as compared to the intensity of the nose. That said, it was a pleasant enough APA and given my self-abuse with Cigar City AIPAs recently, I am not complaining. I guess that the bottom line is that it would be worth a try, but not worth actively seeking out.

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Weekend Warrior Pale Ale from Karbach Brewing Co.
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