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Hop Delusion | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States | website

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.

Added by champ103 on 03-15-2013

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59
Ratings:
384
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
25.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 384
Photo of mkoneil1
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Mateo2699
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 FootballAndBeer
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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 willricewillsweep
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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 bhoss9235
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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 champ103
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I have had this several times at the brewery, though this is the first I have seen this at bars. On cask at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a beautiful bright and hazed orange color. A two finger egg white head forms. Dense, pillowing, and with excellent retention. A cap of foam stays throughout. Spiderweb lace is left all the way down the glace. This is a looker.
S: This pops with tropical fruits. Orange, mango, banana, passion fruits. Very juicy up front in the nose. Followed by an almost candy like sweetness, though that fades in a second. Finishes more on the dank side, but still exceptional balance between fruits, juice, enough sweetness for balance, and bitter dankness.
T: At first dank hops take over. Though that quickly fades to that great fruit juicy hop flavor that popped and burst on to the senses in the nose. Some sweetness for a second. Then, again finishes with that dank hop, lingering bitterness which is just a bit strong for me. Still excellent.
M/D: A wonderful full body, that is silky smooth. Though with enough carbonation for a crisp bite in the finish. A superlative mouthfeel on cask. I very much enjoyed this. For me to get through two glasses of a DIPA is saying something.

An amazing cask. This will be a huge hit once it is released in full force. Endeavour is great, but this might top it for the best DIPA in Houston. Hmm, need to do a side by side when this comes out in bottles. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion this might be the best IPA/DIPA Houston has to offer. (Note:Magnolia isn't Houston) Tons of citrusy/tropical fruity dankness. The mouthfeel is heavy and rich. If only I could convince Karbach to keep making this year round instead of rodeo clown.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color with a clear body, this beer experience starts off right with a nose that combines scents of citrus, passion fruit, and pine. Served from the tap, the foam level looks nice and everything appearance- wise seems right.

Tasting this beer, the experience just continues to get better. The hop resins, grapefruit, and bitterness are there, as expected, but there are other flavors worthy of mention, like bread, biscuit, pine, and even some melon. The brew is hop- forward, as it should be, but not in an overdone, excessively bitter way.

Hop Delusion is a very nice double IPA and one of its most surprising qualities is its smoothness. It isn’t harsh like some other double IPA and even the higher than average alcohol level seem to behave itself. The smoothness makes this beer deceptively delicious, and it does require care when drinking.

This is certainly a beer worthy of a sample and it is yet another example of Karbach’s tendency to overachieve. I based this review on a pint served at World of Beer in the west Houston suburb of Katy, but the bottled version is equally delicious. It is one of the best DIPA brewed in Texas and local craft beer fans should definitely seek it out.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is clear copper body with a couple fingers of off-white head. Spotty lacing on the way down.

Smell is a strong piney, dank aroma which turns to tropical smell from the mosaic that eventually gets filled in with malty notes later on.

Taste is all hops, but it doesn't feel overwhelming because of the big malt presence (although you never really get that sweet flavor). Initially it taste like pine fresh out of the fridge, but as it warms the tropical taste kicks in really hard. Very tasty.

Fell is pretty heavy for an IPA, has some stickiness that falls off into a some-what creamy finish. Bitterness throughout, but balanced very well.

Overall, this is delicious and should be sought by all hop heads. Too bad its not available more regularly, but a nice treat for a little while.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours somewhere in between gold and amber. The extremely hoppy smell of this one over prepares you in a comforting way when you take your first sip, definite hops but manageable, somewhat drinkable. Apparently high percentage.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the greatest CANtributors to The CANQuest (tm) is the Mighty JenRay! She hooks me up like nobody's business & knows my CANfinity, so it makes it easy for her to go shopping. It is easy on my end, also, as she only wants APAs/AIPAs/DIPAs or anything with "Hops" in its name. I was recently at a collaboration brew day at Stoudt's & Karbach BC came up in the luncheon convo. Jaws dropped when I stated that I was eminently familiar with them & their beers & could even cite their address: 2032 Karbach Street in HOUTX. I love these guys, plus that is just an easy one to remember. I gotta get back to HOU & see Catherine the Great. Whoops, faulty memory card! That was at the now-defunct Lovejoy's in Austin. Either way, what a doll!

From the CAN: "Brewed In Texas"; "off the Deep end".

Ha! The CAN art looks like Salvador Dali meets craft beer! Soft CANstruction with Boiled Hops (Premonition of the Crack! & Glug!) is the title. Following the aforementioned, it puffed up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head that fell rather quickly to wisps, leaving a Persistence of their Memory in their wake. Color was a stunningly beautiful Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pungent with hops and my hophead mouth began to water unCANtrollably! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was cool, minty, refreshing & with just enough fusel alcohol heat to remind me to take my lead foot off of the gas pedal & slow the f**k down! Mmmm. I kid you not, the pine/peppermint/evergreen/wintergreen flavor was just off the hizzy. I felt like I could gargle with this in lieu of mouthwash. There were some underway periods where us hardcore types made Pruno out of anything that would ferment, laced with mouthwash containing alcohol. Man, those were the days. Probably lucky that we didn't go blind ... Back to the present. This was a CANtastic beer! Man, it was big, but the taste was just so minty & cool that it was going down like nothing. Finish was likewise cool & refreshing with that little niggling burn in the back of my throat to remind me not to operate any heavy machinery any time soon. Yowza!

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Photo of AMG55
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall this is probably the best beer I've had from Karbach.

I have had this from cans and bottle. Both versions are phenomenal.

Appearance: Golden tangerine color with a white foamy head which possesses great retention. Lacing throughout the drinking experience.

Smell: Lots of dank citrus, Citra dry-hopping makes this wonderful to smell. This is a fantastic beer to admire and just keeps getting better and more fragrant as it warms. Alcohol is invisible.

Taste: Very hop forward but the citrus intensity is so delightful. Passion fruit, grapefruit and sweet caramel dance on the palate. Bitterness is at a balanced level, enough to which states this is a DIPA. Clean finish as well, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Assertive, complex but very smooth and almost creamy texture. This is a beer I could enjoy over and over again.

Overall if you have any friends/relatives/trade partners in Texas, please get your hands on this one. Fantastic and a joy to drink.

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Photo of Dope
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a date but this appears to be quite fresh.

A: Pours a clear amber with a huge fluffy tan head. Head fades away slowly, leaving a big island behind. Lots of heavy lacework from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Oh yeah. Huge fruity aroma. Sweet candied citrus. Tropical fruits like mangos and pineapple and ...is it papaya? Maybe even sweet melons? Wonderful fruity hops. Absolutely mouthwatering aroma.

T: Big, sharp fruity hops. Again with the tropical fruits. Has a strong, dank resinous hop flavor in addition to the citrus and tropical fruits. Just a little caramel in the finish before the waver of bitterness kicks in. Not overly bitter if I'm honest. Just big juicy hop flavor throughout.

M: Medium bodied, pretty smooth, barely drying. A bit of astringency in the finish with a bit of sticky hop oils.

O: Seriously good IPA. One of the best, if not THE best aromas on an IPA I've ever had. No knock against the beer, but the flavor couldn't hold up to the smell. It's still delicious, it's just that the aroma was THAT good. Need to make an air freshener out of this smell. My first Karbach beer and man what a doozy. Absolutely wonderful, wish they distributed up here.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can canned on 04/29/15 poured into a becker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden amber with ample off-white head

Smell: Bright citrus hop aromas along with some herbal notes

Taste: Strong hop bitterness with the citrus flavors that were present in the aroma which is accented by a malt base that rounds out the flavors in the finish, slight cracker and bread notes in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium with a crisp finish

Overall: This is just as good as I remember the previous releases and now the availability in cans is a win. Lots of hop flavor with just the right malt backbone to balance it and bring it all home in the finish.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fuzzy, amber-orange, like fancy honey. The head is white, tightly packed and strikes a pleasant balance between light carbonation and creaminess, though I'd prefer things a tad spongier.

Initial aroma smacks you across the face with dank resin and booze, but pineapple, mango and orangey syrups come to the foreground as things warm up. Some of those tropical notes are lost to the predominant pineyness of the palette, but sweet maltiness halts any overly astringent or boozy notes.

The feel makes me smile - surprising smoothness carries everything nicely without sacrificing that big, dry bite. I've heard that some settling can make the bottom of the can a bit of a chore, but I have no such complaints about the draught.

All in all, everything is much more well-rounded than 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 StoneTSR
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Burnt orange in color with a head that foams up quickly and creates two fingers of off-white foam. The head immediately begins to recede, but at a very slow pace, leaving some part of the head intact for nearly two minutes.

SMELL: Gorgeous, big, floral, fruity aroma here. Mango, orange, lemon, maybe a hint of grapefruit, this smells juicy and vibrant.

TASTE: Just as big and juicy as the nose would suggest. It is a little sweeter than I expected, but the huge hop flavors (grapefruit, lemon, orange, hint of spice and a bit of pine) help to balance it out. Despite the sweetness up front and towards the middle, the back and provides a nice, bitter snap. There is a boatload of malt in the Hop Delusion, but enough hops to keep almost any hop head satisfied.

MOUTHFEEL: Sticky and resinous, sweet in the beginning with a slightly drying bite at the end. The body is medium, but might lean just barely on the bigger side with that big, malty backbone. The light sparkle stays consistent throughout the whole beer, something that is not always the case. The mouthfeel is very lively.

OVERALL: I’ve had quite a few Karbach beers and I have to say that this may be the best I’ve had so far. A very aggressive, beautifully put together melding of hops and malt with just the right touch of carbonation to bring it all together. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of Brenterman
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review. This beer made me submit a review after being a long time lurker/user of the info here.

First of all, I got this in my growler earlier today from Whole Foods. People that don't bother putting whether they are drinking from a keg, bottle, or can should not bother posting here because that makes too much difference to overlook.

This is my favorite beer I have had in Texas. Grapefruit and persimmon, maybe tangerine, all on top of a nice piney background. the malt is there, but, it's just underneath it all - a really good balance.

The smell is the same as the taste. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy but smooth enough and the perfect amount of carbonation with it. I don't know why there is a rating for appearing - idgaf about that and you should too!

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass translucent amber with a huge thick frothy white head. Great head retention and wonderful lacing. Scent is strong with a plethora of hops. The taste isn't a wham hop wallop, but it is a good punch of a well balanced variety. Aftertaste is just a hint of caramel, but your tongue is still getting it's butt kicked with hops.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap in Karbach's biergarten. Light color for such a strong hoppy beer. Darker gold with a funky hop bitterness apparent in the smell and taste. A bitter but clean tasting beer, kind of reminds me of a Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas. Grainy taste in the back of the mouth that the bitterness carries well. Leaves you needing more haha. Full bodied beer that you can get full on quickly. Hides alcohol extremely well, watch out boy she'll chew you up hahah. Peace.

On can a little more dark amber,a cacophony of hops cascading into the mouth leaving a Ballast point type of malt on the aftertaste. Great buzz

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tropical fruit aroma is perfect. The color is a deep amber, close to red. Lingering white, fluffy head. Taste is slightly less tropical, but still off the charts. Had from a crowler

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Hop Delusion from Karbach Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.
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