Hello again, fellow beer-radasses! After sampling a smattering of Houston-brewed beers, thanks to a trade with a new buddy down that way, I figured I’d put my palate to the test against one of Karbach Brewings’ year-round offerings. This year I’ve had the privilege of trying almost all of them, thanks to some awesome folks, and I’m happy to report that I’ve loved pretty much everyone. (Weisse Versa is a huge win in my book, so if any of ya’ll are down that way… HINT HINT.) Anyhow, I’ll dispense with the witty banter, sit back down on my ever-expanding-slightly-fat ass, and get this show on the road. (I’m modest, ain’t I?)
Rodeo Clown pours a clear, copper-orange, kicking up a fluffy one-finger head, which lingers around for quite a while. The lacing left behind on the glass as it slowly recedes is fairly thick, and coats the glass heavily on the side if you tilt it, or take a sip. (There might be a formula or use for this as a way to gauge intoxication. Further study is needed, and will be done.) The carbonation is abundant, and serves to hold up the head that remains after a few minutes of sitting untouched.
Loads of dank and citrusy hops leap out of the glass, like a punch thrown by Chuck Norris, and assault your nose. But in a good way. Light hints of bready malt-sweetness help balance out this hop-bomb, and a nip of alcohol and cracker make an appearance as well. The nose on this beer just goes to show the good folks at Karbach know their hops, and aren’t afraid to use them in ridiculous quantities!
On the palate, sweet tropical fruits reign supreme, showing mango, white peach, and plumcot (plum apricot hybrid), all held together by sweet yeast roll bread flavors. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, as Rodeo Clown coats the tongue like cement shoes on a snitche’s feet, and the higher ABV becomes more apparent as it warms. The carbonation is wonderfully light, and only serves to make this monster even easier to drink than it should be, so assuming you don’t have any plans to use your higher brain-functions for the rest of the evening, after two of these, you should be feeling right as rain.
As I previously mentioned, I love me some Karbach beer, and highly recommend you try any and all of it that you come across. This little number is no exception, earning itself a place in my bacon-clogged little heart, as it will yours, if you give it a chance.
Keep your eyes open for my next review, and beer-blogs, as well as some new event reviews from my pal and fellow contributor, Danielle! Also, if you have any questions, beer-drinking, beer-brewing, or anything else beer related, feel free to reach out to me at Mattdabeerguy01@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to talk to you. Have a “Hoppy” day Friends!