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Wednesday, June 13th 2012

Rodeo Clown Double IPA
(Karbach Brewing Company)

Recently I was down in Houston for a week for work. I didn't know much about the beer scene there but was directed to check out a few places and a few local brews. One of the breweries that I knew I'd be on the lookout for was Karbach Brewing (the name comes from the street that the brewery is located on). Despite being relatively new to Houston they've done very well in their hometown thus far as their beers are available on draft and in cans at a lot of places around the city. Rodeo Clown is one of four beers that they're currently canning with hopefully more to come. Cheers!

From the Karbach site:

"It’s a job. And a hazardous one at that. Benefits, you ask? I hardly think so.

But the show must go on. So, it’s with bravado that the Rodeo Clown takes his place in the arena lights. Whether or not he’s insane is not important right now.  It’s with grit and intensity that the Clown steps in the path of almost certain destruction.

Our Double IPA is much the same. At 9.5% ABV, Rodeo Clown Double IPA coats the tongue in bitterness and packs a punch that will knock a bull on its ass . Intense and maybe a little insane drink carefully, but drink often. Ladies and Gentlemen, let the show begin."

Here we go...

Pour – fills the glass with a dark amber liquid with a big, off-white, sticky head that creeps down the inside of the glass. A nice clean appearance. This looks very tempting.

Aroma – as soon as the can was cracked open some of hop aromas made their way a good 2-3 feet right to my nose. This has some seriously intense citrus hop aroma along with some tropical aromas of pineapple and mango. There is quite a bit of sweetness in the aroma as well, its obvious that this is packing some bitterness and some heat simply by sticking your nose in the glass.

Taste – a little viscous on the tongue, swirling around the mouth there some burnt caramel flavors, some of those big sweet tropical fruit notes and of course a boat load of hop bitterness. As it warms a bit some flavors of mandarin oranges and grapefruit come out. A tad sweet on the tongue, sticky and coating, but quite delicious. Surprisingly for a beer of this strength it is quite balanced and the tongue is battered and bruised but will certainly survive to see a few more beers this evening. 

Overall - very solid and well put together Double IPA. All the big hop flavors and aromas are present and accounted for and a nice malty sweet backbone is there to back things up. The tropical notes are especially nice and the rather complex hop profile is fun to try and figure out as this warms. 7 different hops from both sides of the Atlantic were used in this beer! Enjoy!

Note - Rodeo clowns are now commonly referred to as bullfighters. The job they do today is much more serious compared to what it was many years ago when they were simply there to entertain the crowd much like circus clowns do. Yet, they still dress like clowns. Go figure.

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Rodeo Clown Double IPA
Style: Double/Imperial India Pale Ale
Brewery: Karbach Brewing Company
Houston, Texas  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pale, medium Crystal, dark Crystal, Munich, Biscuit
Hops: Amarillo, Citra, Chinook, East Kent Goldings, Simcoe, German Magnum and Sapphir. Dry-hopped intensely with Citra, Sapphir and East Kent Goldings
ABV: 9.5%
IBUs: 85
Date: June 13th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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