Fantasy Factory | Karben4 Brewing

Fantasy FactoryFantasy Factory
BA SCORE
4.12/5
598 Ratings
Fantasy FactoryFantasy Factory
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
karben4.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Ri0 on 06-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,978
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
598
pDev:
10.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
168
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better ipas to come out of Wisconsin. Take that fwiw: Wisconsin sucks at ipas, relatively speaking (they kick ass at just about every other beer style though). Pours a golden color, good clarity, 2/3" white head. Aroma hit citrus, grapefruit like notes. Dry hopped, but not mega dry hopped.

Seems like the ol centennial and chinook hop familiarity going on, with just a little bit of proprietary hop flair thrown in for good measure. Malt bill isn't quite that dry west coast feel, but it does toe the line between caramel and toasted pale malt dryness, best of both worlds possible vibe. Nah, I'd just prefer it be more dry. This is kind of the typical problem for WI ipas: Lots of grapefruit bitterness, but not the biggest amount of hop flavor. Did I enjoy it? Yes. But I'm still confused as to why it is so popular in WI. Its good, not great.

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Photo of bcaputo99
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a fresh pint at a Pizza Bar in Madison. Not my IPA style as its flavor is overtaken by the hops....finishes off with a bitter taste on the tongue.

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Photo of beerbehr
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This IPA strikes a perfect balance between hops and citrus. There's no fruity tang or pang, but rather hints in smell, sip, and swallow . And the hops are hoppy, but without feeling like you've sucked on a roll of nickels. Best IPA coming out of Wisconsin.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roby923
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pungent hops on the nose. There is no shortage here. Incredibly smooth to taste. Lighter on the malt side. Dry aftertaste.

On tap at the Silver Dollar in Madison, WI.

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Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZRT
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Feldpausch
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lorihall1
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of briantullis1
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus, pine, and caramel. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and apricot. Malt scent of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus, pine, and caramel. Upfront citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, apricot, and tangerine. Malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily.

Overall: A pretty good take on an IPA. Nice citrus hop presence with a good sweet caramel malt backing.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best label ever.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slight hazed golden color with a nice 1 finger head , Smell is dank & tropical with a sweet malt finish. Taste has b4 mentioned hops but its wrapped around a bitter pine hop finish, the hops in the smell were overtaken by this. Mouth feel again very bitter in the finish the tropical hops want to excel but they dont. Take away the bitterness and this would be a super star.

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Photo of npachl
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cincy_Beer_Fan
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_Swig
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Z_Anderson_0406
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Fantasy Factory from Karben4 Brewing
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 598 ratings
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