Fantasy Factory
Karben4 Brewing

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Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
American IPA
Ranked #492
Ranked #6,584
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Oct 26, 2022
Jun 11, 2013
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Notes: Hopheads crusade on a heroic quest for the holy grail of India Pale Ales. The subconscious composes paradisiacal scenes of malty waves crashing on a ripe lupulin landscape cascading hop flavors and aromas in profuse abundance. With humble confidence we offer this brew as fantasy made reality. Balanced in every detail and gushing resinous, exceptional citrus flavors and aromas that collaborate with soft bready notes surrendered from premium English golden malted barley, this beer is a tropical dreamscape. Epic.
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Rated by archermarks

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A great IPA. Not as heavy as two hearted, and really nice. Fun branding too.
Oct 26, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 14, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle

This beer brings me back to the first time I had it, back when my sister lived in Madison and was homesick so it gave me an excuse to visit friends in the area. My one buddy took me to this brewery and I became a fan of this beer for life. It reminds me of a better version of Summit Saga - just a good IPA for lovers of the style. Foggy, stinky, hoppy, bitter, enjoyable - that's my review. I could be critical but I won't

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Dec 02, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a medium golden to pale orange color with a strong white head. SRM of 10-11 (4.25)

Aroma: There's aromas of herbs and pine upfront. Some grapefruit and pear. Faint green banana?

Flavor: The flavor follows with more herbs, pine, and grapefruit. Some dank unripened pineapple. Hints of green banana.A pine and slightly sweet citrus on the finish. Finish is bitter.

Feel: Medium to light bodied. Moderate carbonation, but relatively strong. A smooth finish with some bitterness.

Compared to Revolution Anti-Hero IPA 11/14/21: Pours a similar color. Stronger head. More herbs and pine. Less grapefruit and tropical melon.

Overall: This was a more bitter and herbal IPA than I expected. I didn't get a whole lot of the tropical fruit that the site has described. Herbal and bitter, but not quite my style of IPA. (Final Rating: 3.72)
Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by jtransel from Illinois

Aug 07, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by EMH73 from New York

Jun 24, 2021
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Reviewed by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer was rated within the style.
Poured from a 19.2 oz can into a boot glass

L: cloudy, bright orange/gold. Tan/white head very good lacing

S: smells like an IPA. Complex mix of fruit, hops and bread crust.

T: stong hoppy front with pine. sweet and rounded aftertaste. Pleasant, refreshing, and a little grainy

F: feels very good. Very drinkable, very dry finish.

O: the can is interesting, and for an IPA its more rounded than I anticipated. Price and abv considered i would surely recommend this beer.
May 15, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Could not find a bottle date on any of the packaging.
Golden color with a slight haze. Solid head forms and plenty of lacing is left down the glass. Floral hop aroma with citrus but overall it is timid. The malt flavor is dry and slightly musty. The dominant hops are floral with citrus being secondary. I was expecting more hop flavor but bitterness is moderate. Medium body and appropriately carbonated. Good texture for an IPA.
Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by BSEDS from Illinois

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by Tassio34 from Wisconsin

Nov 03, 2020
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours deep orange with a small white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops, nice mixture and inviting. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops and slight pine. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Sep 17, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by Nunya from Ohio

Sep 08, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Jun 14, 2020
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Reviewed by HopHippie from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: Good golden color with some haze.
S: Citrus with a nice toasted malt.
T: Initial flavor is just all bitterness followed by some citrusy tropical notes.
F: Very bitter and is slightly dry.
O: Not the hop profile I usually enjoy but this was fine.
Jun 12, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Jun 07, 2020
Rated: 4 by VashonGuy from Washington

Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by ChuckTom from Arizona

Feb 07, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can from Tavour. The artwork alone gets this beer points. Medium golden with small soft head. Aroma is fruity, like a tropical Lifesaver. Hops first on the palate, more tropical fruit trailing behind. A bit if a dry finish.
Jan 07, 2020
Rated: 4 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Dec 17, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Dec 10, 2019
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 04, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by LennyDercolo from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Oct 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Oct 04, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by vheissu15 from North Dakota

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by Hitchman from Michigan

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by bplabernie from Michigan

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Sep 19, 2019
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Whipped up and frothy head of off-white foam with no retention. Soft haze, driven mostly by a large amount of small particulate floating in the glass, light amber in color. Disjointed nose of undercooked dough, pepper, campfire ash, bubblegum with cantaloupe, pear, apricot scents, minimal if any citrus, the more you sniff the less you like it. Medium-bodied, firm from cheek to cheek and suffers from a metallic bitterness and oily earthen, ashen quality. Lots of malts, something like corn syrup, and cocoa powder. No fruit, no citrus. Unsure what was supposed to be enjoyable here and have basically run out of words to say. (Bottled 7/15/19)
Aug 19, 2019
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, date stamp is smudged. Thanks to Derek for giving me a bottle to try! Amber colored ale with a frothy beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer of foam. Aroma is sweet caramel malt with earthy pine and faint mango & citrus. Flavors are balanced with notes of caramel malt, grain, mango, orange, and earthy pine. Full body, resinous hop oils, ample carbonation, bittersweet finish. This is a well crafted American IPA - kind of a hybrid of new school and old school IPAs.
Aug 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Creevo from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had at Woodchucks game August 1, 2019. The hop flavor didn’t have the finish I’m a fan of but it was ok in a tap lineup of of wheat beers and ales.for my taste and liking I’d give it a B-. Just skating by with my type.
Aug 02, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by Berknerj from Illinois

Jul 31, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jul 28, 2019
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