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Hop Delusion | Karbach Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
396
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
24.29%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 396
Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Born on 7-27-16, pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Impressive head retention & lacing

S: Citrus & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, leafy hops as, some mango too up front. Leafy & catty hops combine with citrus as this warms, some honey malt as this warms. Finishes grassy with lime, grapefruit & a little pineapple, plus a kiss of herbal hops
MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, really nice balance

Well put together DIPA, would drink this often if I could. Karbach's hoppy stuff is super solid! The nose could be better. But given this is damn near 3 months old, I am impressed

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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 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 Rcaros
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Finger of off white creamy head with sporadic big bubbles that dissipated quickly. . Golden orange in glass.. transparent with mild carbonation

A. Dank garlicie up front followed by citrus peel and grapefruit flesh.. malty sweetness on the back

T. Butter up front with a lot more citrus than the nose. . Finish is surprisingly dank and resinous. . No alcohol whatsoever

M. Medium with resinous coating and a smooth finish

O. Outstanding

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Photo of smb
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Very slight hop aroma and flavor here. This is definitely a hop delusion on Karbach's part, since this is a total malt bomb, like almost every other Texas brewed double IPA.

It's also important to note that a decent number of the high score reviews on the page for this beer are from users with 1-5 other beers rated and no other participation on the site. Come on Karbach...

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orangish golden color with white head. Dank, citrus, pine, and some malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and sticky. Finishes with pine and malt.

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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 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 GreatStoutman
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 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 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 woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 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 Rpm0003
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow this is pretty great. Pretty impressed with the few beers I've had from this brewery. Look and smell weren't out of this world, but the taste is. Pours about average for an IPA and smell is about as expected. Floral scent with a noticeable grapefruit character, and maybe a little mango. Taste is excellent. Strong grapefruit flavor, but definitely not overbearing. Hint of the mosaic hops. Complex character. Strong beer at 9%, but very drinkable and goes down smooth. Excellent, and will buy again

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Photo of princessbay710
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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 gr8ful
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

if you're into floral mosaic hops, this is the beer for you! nearly perfect.
poured from a growler filled last night at taps and caps in Lewisville, Tx.

pours a nice copper with foamy ecru head. a little hazy. head dissipates fairly quickly and lacing is not particularly evident. (if the lacing was stronger, I MAY have rated this a "5" overall. I'm into the lacing)
ahhhh...the smell...strong floral hop aroma that it maintains throughout the glass. THIS is nearly perfect.
taste...what you smell is what you taste. hops and hops but not crazy just bitter and overly hopped. despite the ABV, the alcohol is not prevalent. BE CAREFUL unless you want to be dozing as you finish the growler :).
Feel...smooth. no astringency. carbonated but too too much so, at all. just right.
overall...pretty dang good. THIS is what an IPA should be. big, big hops flavor and aroma; ABV with punch; good balance but still leaning towards the bitter side.
I give this the "NO SUCK" guarantee. This may be my current favorite beer.

edit 5/11/16: filled and emptied another growler this weekend...just as satisfying as my first growler upon which I wrote the original review.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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 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 Brenterman
4.66/5  rDev +11%
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 StoneTSR
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
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 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 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 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 Nicole15
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. Pours a orange reddish Amber. Thick white head that disappears into a sticky lacing. The aroma is overwhelmingly boozie. I was nervous that it would taste too boozy but it's pretty balanced considering the ABV. I get a lot of pine and a decent amount of booze in the finish. Really good imperial.

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Hop Delusion from Karbach Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 396 ratings.
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