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Hop Delusion | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Hop DelusionHop Delusion

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
You are in a state of full Hop Delusion, but you knew what you signed up for when you popped this bottle. You knew that it had over 100 IBUs of hop bitterness and that it was dry hopped with insane amounts of Simcoe and Mosaic hops, but you chose to drink it anyway. It's difficult to say if you will ever snap out of it, for you have been smitten with the disorder that many can never overcome.

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 394
Photo of bhoss9235
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. I'm a decent fan just because I support local breweries, but this hits the spot with my palate. I'm s home brewer myself and can instantly pick out the mosaic and simcoe. I just wanna say, great job Karbach, another great offering.

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

Pours a deep orange, with a light brown head with medium retention. Fresh, grassy hop scent. Rich flavors start strong citrus, then fade to pine with a lingering bitter that's nice. Thick mouthfeel, and thick flavors to go along with it.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a Goode Company Seafood in Houston, TX.

L: Nice deep gold to light amber, clear with a faint touch of haze, and a thin creamy head on top.

A: Huge sticky tropical fruit, blueberry, pine resin, and a touch of onion/garlic in the background. Candy malt background with a touch of caramel sweetness.

T/M: Low bitterness for DIPA standards, very smooth, moves into a huge blueberry/fruity hop character with some piney complexities. The malt swoops in and offers a great neutral backdrop with just a touch of candy sweetness. Big lingering hop flavor in a smooth finish.

Overall, an exceptional DIPA, awesome hop character and some pretty good balance. The bitterness could be bumped up in my opinion, but overall there is little to complain about. Karbach is really impressing me.

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Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice and fresh on tap, poured from tap into a fluted snifter. Beautiful head and great curtain lacing. Floral and citrus smell, a it of fresh lemon. The taste was very citrusy, grapefruit, orange, and some white wine. Nice smooth feel. I really enjoyed this beer. This version had three types of hops. Great beer!

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this for the first time last night, as it was highly recommended to me by a fellow beer enthusiast. As a Houston native, Saint Arnold beers have my heart, but this was my first Karbach Brewing beer I've had. It did not dissapoint. Poured a nice caramel orange color, with about an inch to inch and a half head. What really blew me away of all things was the smell. Lots of flavorful citrus/grapefruit aromas, with a hoppy bite at the end. Taste was good, expected more flavor judging by the smell, but had a decent mix of flavors from the aroma with a small hop finish, and a hint of malt backbone. Good beer, would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$ 10.81 (Including tax)/4 pack ($ 0.225/oz) at Central Market (Gucci B), Alamo Heights, TX
Crafted on 7/27/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – The wonderful freshness of a coniferous forest, weakens somewhat over time
Head large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular four to eight mm ring and a partially heaped full layer
Lacing fair – frothy partial rings and an occasional frothy island
Body – orange, clear
Flavor – well balanced malt and hops, not what I was expecting from a DIPA. The hops appear on the exhale after a long swallow of liquid. A mild bitterness remains on the palate several minutes after consuming. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

A very good DIPA, more malty than expected, well balanced and probably sessionable. I have had other Karbach offerings (Hopadillo, El Hopadillo Negro, Three-Legged Lab) and found them to all be above average so there isn’t much surprise that Hop Delusion is pretty decent as well.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.5

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Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Karbach's bier garten. Wow. Had thought to try Rodeo Clown...but noticed Hop Delusion...and asked for a taste. Just a floral citrus hop bomb. Simcoe comes through but Mosaic just kicks down the door. Just a great IPA that recalls visits to So Cal and New England. Right up there. Will be looking for bottles or cans to go in suitcase home.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Candied orange, pineapple, light sweetness, balanced bitterness, mango, hint of alcohol at end, light breadiness

Overall this is a great balanced double IPA

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a copper, darker orange hue. Excellent tight white bubbles in the head with great lacing.

In the smell, getting plenty pine from the simcoe and some floral and resin. Slightly tropical, getting some subtle pineapple, mango, and passion fruit.

Taste is definitely a simcoe pine foward profile. The hop resin definitely balances with the sweet malt, and the hop resinous is pretty noticable in the back end.

Mouthfeel is quite chewy from all the hop resin and bitterness going on.

Excellent, heavy DIPA from Karbach. I personally think this is their best IPA to date.

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Photo of Ford
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Nobi Public House

I think I still like Saint Arnold Endeavour more than this.. but this is great.. just like Endeavour...

I really need to drink them side by side... fresh and see what happens.

I don't like either of them as much as Enjoy By or Sculpin... though they aren't far behind.

Props to Karbach for giving us in Houston another great dIPA option!

Ford scale of Deliciousness.

Really Delicious!

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fuzzy, amber-orange colour, like fancy honey. The tightly packed head fizzles down to a layer of creamy lacing relatively quickly.

The initial aroma smacks you across the face with dank resin, but swathes of pineapple, mango and orangey syrups come to the foreground as things warm up. Some of those tropical notes are lost to a predominant bitterness on the tongue, but sweet, bready malts balance any overly astringent or boozy notes.

The mouthfeel makes me smile, surprising smoothness carrying everything nicely without sacrificing that big, dry bite. All in all, everything is much more well-rounded than the high IBUs and the labelling might have you believe. Barring their brilliant Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter, this is the best I've had from Karbach.

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Photo of obrike
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a couple of single cans at World Market in Round Rock, Tx.

Pours a vibrant orange color. Sticky off white lacing remains for the duration. Just a very pretty looking beer.

A dank, deliciously hoppy smelling beer. Some weedyness, tropical fruit, and sweet malt...a great balance.

Taste follows scent perfectly. A pretty intense blast of tropical fruit with nice finish of sweet malt to balance this one out.

This is a very good DIPA. On par with some of the best Texas DIPAs I've had.

Great job Karbach!

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Photo of mkoneil1
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer would be too heavy for chilling by the pool on a hot Texas summer day - but you know what - I found this beer, when very cold in a can a coozie, brings about an incredibly enjoyable experience. The hops are very refreshing, and the beer finishes without that syrupy aftertaste that many Imperial IPA's tend to have. I would choose this over Karbach's Rodeo Clown Double IPA any time I want a strong beer experience with high ABV and IBU.

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Photo of stanleyelnats
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Always a solid beer. Not too malty for an IPA, great balance. This could be my favorite double coming out of Texas honestly, although Valkyrie is a good shout.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

6/6 can opened 6/28

Appearance- deep orange,crystal clear with minimal head nice lacing

Aroma- citrus up front, followed by dankness and crystal malt at end

Taste- very sweet beer but not cloying. Reverse of the aroma with sweetness,dank then citrus in the back end. I like this as a nice change of pace from juicy iPas. Alcohol is slightly evident in after taste, but for 9.0 abv I am not shocked

Feel- light mouthfeel, sweetness takes over late

Overall- this is my first Karbach beer ( acquired in trade) so I did not have any expectations. I did really enjoy this beer. Reminds me a lot of dogfish 90 min. Not a beer u can session but a solid sipper

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Photo of ARoman
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into a pint glass. Floral and juicy citrus notes come forth initially followed shortly after by bright, danky herb. The beer is effervescent and colored orange amber with a white, foamy head that leaves good lace and has. good retention. The taste is, up front, a bright, juicy medium sweet that support the medium high bitter that follows. It's creamy and fuzzy with a medium full body. Flavors of bread come through first with tangerine and light caramel. It finishes crisp with a heavy, bitter dank and spice which is followed by sweet citrus and grapefruit as well as a toasted note. The aftertaste is slightly sticky with notes of wax and pine with a dank note that lingers.

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Photo of Premo88
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(drank on 6/30/13 ... no best-by or born-on date)

L: caramel orange and murky; 2-inch off-white head, huge; lots of debris floating in column, but the cool bright orange color and big lacing are hard to ignore

S: grapefruit; HOPS!; orange, sweet but not overly so

T: candied grapefruit then huge hop bite; enough bitterness to cut into the sweetness; as hoppy as any brew I've tried, possibly more so

F: strong and good; great carbonation

O: as good as any DIPA I've had, huge hops but still drinkable; it might be better than Karbach's Rodeo Clown, though "better" is relative because they're different enough to be incomparable

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Photo of senglish7
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another IPA that is very malty in nature. Aroma is above average. Taste is very nice. Not super bitter. Very flavorful. Good Texas IPA that id have again.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color. Aroma is citrusy with some tropical fruit. Flavor is juicy citrus with some tropical fruit. Has a nice feel and overall a nice ipa with a delicious juicy flavor.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz, spring 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Deep orange color. Full finger of off white head. Egg shell like color. Sticky lacing sheeting. Good carbonation.

S: True to label, very dank and resinous here. More earthy and pine aromas. Some hints of orange. Sweet malts.

T: Nice hop punch on the front of the tongue. Nice tarts of bitterness attack the taste buds. Again, more of the earthy herbal notes. Some pine. You do get some sweet fruit flavors of orange and tangerine. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness still hitting the tongue.

M: It's medium bodied.

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Photo of donspublic
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Tulip, pour is dark golden/amber, high foamy head that dissipates within a minute. Smell resiny pine and some citrus. Taste is bitter at first with the malt picking up the back end. Nice balanced DIPA. Feels thick in the mouth, so all around a very good beer

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: soft coppery, yellow, clarity, soft cream colored head.

Aroma: orange, peach, grass, dank, caramel, resinous.

Taste: stark bitterness, juicy citrus, dank flowers, pear, bread, caramel, toast, line resins.

Mouthfeel: full, not too sticky, drinkable, mild crisp, clean finish.

Overall: well done, intense hop experience, with a smooth drinkability, and sold malt backbone. Quite nice.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can (marked "") poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber gold with a tall, rocky head of frothy white foam - recedes slowly with nice lace.

Smell: Tropical fruit, caramel, resin and dankness.

Taste: Full malt body of grain and honey balanced by big hop spice, resin, mild tropical fruit and dank. Candied orange peel. Cleansing bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight hop oiliness and good carbonation.

Overall: A nice big IPA, tending slightly towards sweetness, but still tasty.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and clear with a real nice head that had plenty of staying power and left real good sticky lace.

True to its name, it's jammed full of hops. Very high perceived bitterness, a whopping aroma, and a ;ungent, fruity, massive hop flavor scream out IPA in every possible way. There's a touch of malt flavors and profiles, but they're residual only. This beer is about the hops.

Body is thick and oily, almost full, with a pronounced hop bitterness and long linger of bitter.

Tasty IIPA for sure.

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Photo of jwff
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid looking. Burnt orange with nice head and lacing. Smell is orange, tangerines, and guava. Tons of citrus notes. Good upfront bitterness that rides on the palate throughout. Like the aroma I'm getting tons of guava and tangerines in the finish. Good tropical notes. As it warms toasted malt starts to overwhelm the citrus and is really taking away from the flavor. A toasty sweetness takes over. Around 3/4 of the way through it gets pretty taxing to drink. Heavy, sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Better than Rodeo Clown.

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Hop Delusion from Karbach Brewing Co.
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