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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: 64 | Ratings: 395
Photo of popery
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a light amber color. Moderately cloudy. The head is white and pretty big. Lots of lacing, good retention. The aroma has a nice mix of hop flavors with a pretty good amount of malt presence. There’s a fairly dank grapefruit and pine resin foundation. Pineapple juice sweetness. Some mango and orange. Caramel tinged malt sugar character. More malt sweetness comes out as the beer warms. Taste has a lot of malt character. Hop flavor is there, but it’s toned down and a bit bland. Medium bitterness. Piney, grapefruity hop flavor. A bit heavy. Caramel malt flavor. Medium body. Not a bad DIPA but it just doesn’t have it in the taste.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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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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 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 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 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 jngrizzaffi
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours an amber color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Nice fresh, citrus, piney aroma. Hints of malty caramel as well. Great malt to hop transition. Taste biscuits, resin, caramel and slight citrus. Moderately astringent at the end. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Very good beer for sure.

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Photo of deltacoog
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy sh*t. Best Karbach IPA to date. Hopadillo and Weekend Warrior fans will love the transition. Reminds me slightly of LP Yellow Rose but better because I can get it cold, in a can, and with higher ABV.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can served into a snifter.

Looks good with a pale white, frothy head and sticky lacing. Golden body with some amber traits. Trickling carbonation. 4.5

The aroma is floral, pungent, sweet and a tad solvent-like. Citrus is heavy like orange juice. 4

It's been a while but this brew has some similarities with Hoptimum. Perhaps it's a bit boozier though. Initially I found the flavors a bit messy and harsh, but some warmth does this beer good. The flavor is mostly zesty citrus flavors of orange and grapefruit along with light melon flavors. Malt caramel sweetness smooths the flavors a tad. 3.5

It suffers from some real harshness. Messy feel and flavors but warmth smooths things out a tad. Sweetness, bitterness and booze all swirl around together. It's not pleasant initially but eventually settles into a reasonably enjoyable drink. 3.25

It's cool but nothing crazy. Good aspects that don't come together well and the booziness is no fun.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best beers I've had from Texas. Probably second to Heavy Machinery. It looks fantastic and the smell is tropical with a hint of pine. Almost smells like a California IPA. Taste is perfectly balanced. Just the right amount of tropical fruits, bitterness, and resin. Probably the least boozy 9%er I've ever had.

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Photo of kevinjtee
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper color with plenty of creamy head. Smells of piney and tropical hops. Distinctively Mosaic. Taste is an explosion of hop flavor, touch of alcohol, and clean crisp bitterness. One of the best Imperial IPA's I've had and certainly the best to come out of Houston.

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Photo of Martinus
1.8/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap this DIPA is ok. This year is not great when compared to 2014. However the canned batches are acrid and horrible tasting. I call it acrid, some people are calling it an onion off flavor. This beer was canned 4/292015' very fresh. Very bleah. It only has a hint of the nice citrus and floral hop aromas. It seems like all the nice flavoring hop oils went to the kegs and we got stuck with the dregs. There is something very wrong with this beer. Avoid this latest batch of canned Hop Delusion. We deserve better from Karbach.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with a small off white head. The nose is full of the hop aromas you would expect plus some booziness. The taste reflects this but honestly the flavors seem kind of out of whack, like the different hop flavors weren't balanced very well. Overall it was kinda disappointing for me. I was ready for a hop bomb, but I didn't care for the hop flavor profile too much. I can understand the love it gets though considering there aren't too many hop bomb IIPA's coming from Texas.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 Meyers1023
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber color that is very clear with over two fingers worth of foamy white head that sticks around and laces the glass. The nose is hoppy, dank, citrusy, and piney. You get those flavors in the taste as well but you also get a hefty amount of malt to balance all the hop flavor. The feel is medium with decent carbonation. This is one of my favorite beers from Karbach. I'm glad they are canning it and making it more available!

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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 shanman
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Fantastic DIPA, and IMO easily the best thing Karbach does excluding their fun series brews. Loaded with mosaic hops which is apparent in the nose and taste. I LOVE mosaic hops. Nothing compares to that tropical mango like flavor. They did an excellent job balancing out that super sticky dank hop mess with some sweet malts. If you haven't tried it do it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

The beer is mostly clear and golden with a lasting white head. Aromas of hops, pine, alcohol, biscuit, a touch of spice. Boozy with a light sweetness. Warming alcohol in the finish. A tad syrupy, coating the palate. A big, thick, malty DIPA. This was ok, but if I want a big, malty, high abv beer I'll seek other styles.

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Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White head with a lot of lace. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor profile: very juicy. Dank and weedy. A touch of onion. Some mango and orange flavors. A bit of bready malts. Hop resin flavors.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky. Medium bodied. Ends with a hop resin stickiness.

Overall, very awesome dipa. Maybe a bit to sticky.

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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 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 AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a very elegant umber orange that is bright and cloudy with am umber tinge. The head is extremely think, long-lived and settles very slowly with condensing foam that leaves rich lacing down the glass. The head is light tan to beige in color that darkens as it settles. This is a perfect beer to look at. The cloudiness makes promises of richness in texture and taste, time to stop looking and start drinking...

The nose is sweet malt that is in submission to the hops with notes of grass, citrus, lavender, dark wet dirt, beer (Just checking to see if your paying attention ;-) pine, spring rain. The nose is very complex because many of the notes are very strong and blend. The warmer I let it get the more rich it smells.

The taste is equally complex and dominated by by the hops which are crisp, bitter and has notes of grapefruit, butter, sea weed, and it al floats on a bed of sweet malt that rises in the middle. The initial flavor is a crisp strong hoppiness that is powerfully bitter that falls to the sweet malt that then finishes with a softer more subtle and savory bitterness.

The mouthfeel is rich, coats the palate and releases at just the right time allowing the the drinker to experience the rich earthiness of this Imperial IPA that is one of the most complex and enjoyable beers ever.

Overall this is a superior example of an Imperial IPA with the typical excursiveness you would expect from an American IPA. I would go so far as to label this a Hybrid California/Imperial IPA. The difference being is that they got this one perfect! This is an exceptional beer that distinguishes itself from the majority. I find this one to be a fantastic and unique beer.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
1.45/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.
Pours brownish yellow with thick off white head. Substantial lacing.
Orange peel and grass in the nose.
Very imbalanced. There is a strong hop presence here but I question the proportions. The malt presence is subdued but there is an off-putting sweetness. I get some bitter grapefruit pith and alka seltzer.
This beer set my teeth on edge. I could not finish it. Overpriced. I am glad that Karbach is bucking the Texas brewery tendency to put out Kolsch and Hefe-Weizens, but I think they need to rework this one and Rodeo Clown. Lacking subtlety and drinkability.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.41/5  rDev +5%
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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Hop Delusion from Karbach Brewing Co.
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