Fantasy Factory
Karben4 Brewing

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From:
Karben4 Brewing
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #448
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,602
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
688
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 09, 2024
Added:
Jun 11, 2013
Wants:
  50
Gots:
  196
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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Ratings by Curt3:
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Rated by Curt3 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 14, 2021
More User Ratings:
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Rated by krh from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Solid all around. Nothing overpowering.
Mar 09, 2024
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Reviewed by BrewMattster from Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
She’s a bit “clean” for an IPA. I definitely like her, she just doesn’t have that sloppy, hazy, stanky character that some of us have come to love in these beers. She’s just a bit……”proper” and crisp……definitely easy drinking and very smooth with very little bite and almost no after taste.
Oct 28, 2023
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Rated by BlueMountain from Iowa

3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Bitter finish, texture a bit shallow but with some nice foam, darker colored IPA.
Oct 04, 2023
 
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Reviewed by cryptichead from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a nice old fashioned old school IPA. Pours a nice tannish amberish hue. Nice and fluffy and sticky foam that lingers for a while. Piny and citrusy on the tongue nose and the tongue. Grapefruit. Get a nice touch of the malt too. A very nice IPA with a fun absurd label to boot.
Mar 04, 2023
 
Rated: 4.01 by NodakEric from Minnesota

Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Captain69 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
great hoppy ipa fresh hop taste in every sip , just started getting this in the south sub. of chcago , had several of their beers in Madison they were all great
Jan 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Papercut4 from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice opaque gold with a 2 inch head that lingers. Smells bready and malty. Tastes bready and citrusy as well. A decent IPA for sure. Pretty much your standard
Dec 30, 2022
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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
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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 Wisconsin

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

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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