Fantasy Factory
Karben4 Brewing

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Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #509
Ranked #6,585
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Dec 31, 2021
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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Ratings by dt_gbpackersfan:
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3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Jul 19, 2019
More User Ratings:
3.9 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Dec 31, 2021
4.08 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Dec 14, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

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
4.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 21, 2021
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3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by defunksta from North Dakota

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
4.17 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas on Sep 25, 2021
4.25 by jtransel from Illinois on Aug 07, 2021
3.81 by EMH73 from New York on Jun 24, 2021
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3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

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
4.34 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on May 05, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by morimech from Minnesota

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
4.25 by BSEDS from Illinois on Nov 15, 2020
4.07 by Tassio34 from Wisconsin on Nov 03, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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
3.79 by Nunya from Ohio on Sep 08, 2020
4.1 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2020
4.15 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Jun 14, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by HopHippie from Wisconsin

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
3.77 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Jun 07, 2020
4 by VashonGuy from Washington on Feb 10, 2020
3.83 by BD3 from Wisconsin on Feb 09, 2020
4.2 by ChuckTom from Arizona on Feb 07, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

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
4 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Dec 17, 2019
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Dec 10, 2019
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 04, 2019
4.07 by nruhlig from Minnesota on Dec 01, 2019
4.17 by LennyDercolo from Massachusetts on Oct 22, 2019
3.79 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 18, 2019
4 by Stengelfoot from California on Oct 04, 2019
4.16 by vheissu15 from North Dakota on Sep 20, 2019
3.87 by Hitchman from Michigan on Sep 20, 2019
3.77 by bplabernie from Michigan on Sep 20, 2019
4.17 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Sep 19, 2019
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3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by farrago from New Jersey

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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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Creevo from Michigan

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
4.16 by Berknerj from Illinois on Jul 31, 2019
3.75 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jul 28, 2019
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