Block Party | Karben4 Brewing

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Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Klimm on 04-14-2013

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Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's not too too often that I rate, but I feel I have to do Block Party justice. This is, admittedly, the best beer I have ever had. It is my Kubrick of beers; although it fits into the comfortable category of "amber," Block Party is completely inimitable, with maybe a couple of very distant cousins (one of which I'll allude to). I feel it gets overshadowed in America's best beer state.

A: Pours a deep copper. Head fizzles and sort of diminishes into a thin rim of lacing. But it's the color that really amazes me. I just love it. A sharp, translucent reddish gold. Like a late autumn sunset.

S: Much, much, much more pungent than other ambers. The first thing I think of whenever I get a whiff of Block Party is yam/sweet potato. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and Swiss Miss are right there too. Finally, there's a little bit of Belgian-style fruitiness. It's hard to tell whether it's more bitter or sweet. Just a perfect balance of hop and malt.

T: One way of describing it is: imagine infusing a Christmas Ale with some sugar-roasted nuts. I feel like this is what Fat Tire wanted to achieve (and don't get me wrong, I do love me some Fat Tire, but it's not this). Block Party doesn't necessarily follow the nose, interestingly. To be sure, the bitterness is there, and the caramel and cocoa certainly influence the taste. But this bitterness is balanced more by a mild sourness than a mild sweetness, as the smell would lead you to believe. This is where the beer is so unique: Imagine lemon juice and chickory. Weird, right? Well taste this and there you have it. It's as if malt and hop are both there, but also neither there. Absolutely delicious. It is easy to drink entire six packs of these and still wanting more.

M: The bitterness and sweetness coalesce and just cling to the back of the throat. It's almost stout or porter-like in its ubiquity on the roof of the mouth. I wouldn't necessarily say the finish is dry, but it's certainly refreshing and palatable.

O: I get that I have gushed over this enough. Maybe I will have a better beer in my life, but I will definitely not have a better amber. So totally unlike anything I've tasted, and in an odd way familiar. Wisconsin has its share of legendary brews--New Glarus Spotted Cow, Ale Asylum Hopalicious, Central Waters Illumination, Capital Kolsch, even Karben4's own Fantasy Factory--but this eclipses these selections in my opinion. If you find yourself in Wisconsin and you are looking for a beer that is not only delicious, but is totally one-of-a-kind, you have to get a pint or a sixpack of this.

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Photo of tyleeis
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another great beer from K4 lots of malt and a light hop profile followed by a breadiness that reminds me of German lagers...very unique and delicious

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the better amber beers I've tried.

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Photo of B-rett
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Mostly red amber with a thin yellowed head.
S-Sweet roasted bread and caramel.
T-Like the smell. Roasted malts with sweet caramel infused. Mostly roasted malts.
M-A little oily. Smooth.
O-A very well balanced amber in another very cool bottle from Karben. Will be visiting the brewery soon.

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Photo of p_dogg
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 101stJay
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth caramel color with 90% opacity. Head is popcorn colored and starts at a finger, moving to a solid thin ring.

Aromas of jammy fruits, some cornbread, and bread crusts. Slight esters.

Flavor is super complex and has several layers. It starts with bread and blood orange, moving to some pithy flavors, and finally to roasted caramel malts. Jam and fruit float in and out - plum, raspberry, blackberry. Some melon too. Light martini onion. Just really, really complex.

Feel is medium bodied, well carbonated, with some thickness throughout. The feel on the finish is nothing short of fantastic. It's succulent.

Karben4 has done some great work here. I'm not a huge fan of amber ales, but if YOU ARE, you owe it to yourself to try one of the best Ambers on the planet.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rihup
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maxcoinage
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SamuelR
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of pkkosmatka
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of knepper
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of elroacho
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deuceduce
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Ourchestra
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

Thanks goes out to jwc215 (Joe) for sending me this one, much appreciated.

Poured into a pint glass, a very nice cloudy dark amber color, with some nice carbonation, which leaves a small creamy/white head, with some nice sticky lacing and a few small islands in the middle of the glass. The nose is slightly hoppy with a very nice touch of malts. A slightly nice chocolate note. The taste is very nice, slightly hoppy, malty, with some nice chocolate note. Medium body with a nice very slight dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty Amber Ale. A nice thirst quencher on a hot day. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of Hallertau
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschantz
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a semi-opaque, dark burgundy color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It smelled malty and of pine and citrus. Really a nice citrusy aroma. A nice sharp bitter hop bite. It has a burnt toast maltiness. It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish.

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Photo of RichardARoss
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Block Party from Karben4 Brewing
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