Hopadillo IPA is an American IPA brewed by Karbach Brewing Co. that blends citrus and spicy hops with stone fruit, caramel, and biscuit.

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The Hopadillo IPA is an American IPA that’s brewed by Karbach Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz.can.

Packaging art for the Hopadillo IPA by Karbach Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Hopadillo IPA by Karbach Brewing Co.

What You Need to Know

The Hopadillo IPA is powered by a quintet of hops and dry-hopped for aroma and flavor. A quartet of malts lend balance with their caramel and bready backbone. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The IPA pours a deep copper hue and is topped by a generous cap of rocky, off-white foam that shows good retention. A soapy layer of bubbly froth crests atop the ale following the reduction. While a spittle of residue clings to the sides of the glass.

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Aroma

The Hopadillo’s aromatics greet the nose with a scent of caramel and floral hops.

Flavor

The palate is led by a taste of toasted bread and is followed by a hoppy bite of citrus and spicy hops. Sweet flavors of stone fruit and caramel round out its finish. A base of biscuit and baked bread tie the palate together.

Label art for the Hopadillo IPA by Karbach Brewing Co.

Label art for the Hopadillo IPA by Karbach Brewing Co.

Mouthfeel

The feel of the IPA is smooth with a medium body and matching carbonation. It finishes dryly with a moderate astringency.

Overall

The Hopadillo IPA presents very nicely and its aroma is pleasant but not particularly strong. The mouthfeel feel is spot on and while its palate is straightforward IPA flavor, there’s enough bite and balance to please just about anyone. The Hopadillo IPA may not be the most exciting brew, but it’s well made, and a solid representation of the style. And although AB InBev acquired the brewery back in 2016, there’s nothing wrong with knocking back a few of these.

Recommended Pairings

Karbach recommends the following food pairings with their Hopadillo IPA: Thai cuisine, red curry, gorgonzola or bleu cheese, and grilled steak.

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