Karbach Hopadillo American IPA Review

9 July 2017 - Best Beer HQ

Karbach Hopadillo American IPA Review

One of the first beers I had on my recent trip to the “Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free” was this delightfully-named Hopadillo American IPA by Karbach Brewing Co.

I was sitting at a tremendous Tex-Mex bar and restaurant on Main Street in downtown Houston, and I remember wondering why they feel the need to call them “American” IPAs in America, when just IPA would probably suffice. I mean, do they call it “French toast” in Paris? No, they just call it toast. 😂

ABV: 6.6%

IBU: 65

Blurb about the beer: He lurks in the shadows, waiting in bold anticipation. He’s surprisingly bitter. Bitter about something. Legend has it that he feasts on those with fresh hops coursing through their veins.

This dry-hopped, Texas IPA has a flavor as defiant as the Hopadillo himself. It’s packed with the bracing bitterness of hops from around the world that this creature craves. He’s comin’ to get ya. You’ve been warned…

Taste test: Karbach Hopadillo smacks of piney hops and grapefruit tang, with a big dollop of bitterness and no small amount of fizziness.

It pours the colour of amber with a frothy white head.

The verdict: I’m in Texas, and everything is bigger in Texas, right? Well, no, not necessarily…

Hopadillo isn’t nearly as ferocious as some American IPAs (hop-heads chasing their next big thrill need not apply), but neither is it a shrinking violet either. It’s just a good, solid, easy-drinking APA.

Beer/movie combination: When I think Texas, I think of gun-toting cowboys, George W, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

If you like this movie, you should really check out my vicious new novel ‘Slasher Sam’, a blackly-funny love letter to the slasher movie. Read it before you go offline… permanently.

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