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Karbach Brewing Company’s Hopadillo IPA

I kind of feel like this beer might attack me. I can’t really tell if the Hopadillo is friend or foe, because he kind of looks like a dinosaur to me; a stegosaurus, to be exact. I’m more of a apatosaurus person, my brother is a stegosaurus person. He always used to attack my My Little Ponies with his stegosaurus toy, so I automatically process this stegosaurus-looking Hopadillo as a bit threatening.

Hopadillo: Friend or Foe?

Hopadillo IPA is brewing in Houston Texas, by Karbach Brewing Company. They have 5 main beers: Rodeo Clown IIPA, Sympathy for the Lager, Weisse Vera Wheat, Hellfighter Imperial Porter, and of course Hopadillo.  This arrived in a wonderful beermail from @DaveWantBeer, which also included the Rodeo Clown (and some other goodies that I cannot wait to open; my fellow writers will get to share some of them!)  Hopadillo comes in at about 70 IBU, and is described by Karbach Brewing as the following…

Everyone in this part of the world is familiar with the legend of the Chupacabra, but only recently have reports of the Hopadillo begun to emerge. Driven to the edge of extinction by the decades long practice of American brewers putting as few hops as possible in their beer, the Hopadillo has begun to thrive again now that craft brewers like Karbach Brewing Company are generously hopping their beers. You see, the Hopadillo needs a certain compound found only in hops in order to survive. Of course, you’re thinking that the Hopadillo should simply live in the major hop growing regions of the world. Problem is this compound the Hopadillo needs must be in a metabolized form found only in humans after they have consumed highly hopped beer.

So why has the Hopadillo been spotted more in Texas than in other parts of the US where the resurgence of well hopped beers has been underway for years now? For one, Hopadillos seem to prefer a warmer climate. They also seem to like when a variety of American and European hops are used in the process. Rumor has it that is exactly what the boys down at Karbach are doing. Despite the fact that one of Karbach’s employees disappeared one night after having a couple of the IPAs after work, they continue to brew this beer, undeterred by the traces of the employee’s DNA from an “unidentifiable” organism found in the brewery parking lot.

Hopadillo IPA
Hopadillo poured a nice golden-y orange color, with about a quarter inch of white head. The beer was surprisingly opaque. The initial foam settled fairly quickly, but there consistently was a layer covering the top. Nice lacing.
The aroma is very subtle, but there are very distinct grassy and floral notes, with some sweetness. The overall aroma is very pleasant, but not terribly strong nor complex.
This is a tasty and well balanced beer. It isn't overwhelmingly bitter, and there's a nice malt backbone of sweetness that adds nicely in terms of the grassy and laid back seeming hop characteristics. In terms of taste, this is a really sessionable IPA- not so much in terms of ABV.
This one has a moderate amount of carbonation, but really light in terms of mouthfeel. I'm normally a pretty slow beer drinker, but this one is going down quickly and easily.
I have no idea how much this one cost since it was from a trade. I'm guessing it's reasonably priced.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I like that it provides another hoppy choice in a can, aside from the wonderful Dale's Pale. I look forward to trying the circus clown!

Beer Stats
Style: IPA
Serving: Can
Size: 12oz
ABV: 6.60%
BA Score: N/A (9 Reviews)
RB Score: 87

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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