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Quintuple IPA, Karbach by Tony

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Karbach was bought by Anheuser Bush (AB Inbev).

Here’s more info on the buyout.


Quintuple IPA

Karbach Brewing Co.

Houston, TX

Quintuple IPA

ABV: 11.91%

IBUs: 85

Packaging: 22 oz. Bomber

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To begin with, Karbach Quintuple IPA is is more complex than an angry woman. It’s brewed with 5 different hop varieties, 5 different types of grains, and 5 different fermentables. It’s a beer they brewed to honor their fifth anniversary, and it’s completely ridiculous.

The flavor of Quintuple IPA changes drastically as it warms up, and everything intensifies. As you take a sip, it starts off somewhat boozy, then it gets very sweet and malty without any distinct toffee, caramel or coffee malt flavor, just malty in general. As it goes down, it gets a subtle bitterness that lingers a little and intensifies in between sips, but then something else happens if you wait between sips. As if by magic, there’s a second after taste that creeps in and it’s hop flavor and maltiness. It’s almost as if each sip gives you two different experiences as the flavors linger and change.

In addition, this beer is pure proof that not all IBU are created equally. It rings in at 85, but it doesn’t taste like it at all. The hop bitterness is definitely overpowered by the malty, sweetness. When it was nice and cold, it wasn’t very boozy or powerful, but all the flavors grew as it warmed up.

Nothing compares to this quintuple IPA. Period.

I was one of the last ones of the Beer Chronicle bunch to drink this beer, so I had their opinions influencing me. They didn’t love it, but I think it was great, all things considered! I think I like it so much because it’s really creative, yet really drinkable despite the high ABV.

Quintuple IPA is clear, and it has a rich, golden color. It pours with a medium-thick, two finger head that lingers a little bit. The lace crawls down the glass in an odd, spotty, sort of way. It’s less like lace and more like polka dots. It has a medium-light mouthfeel with lots of tiny bubbles.

I expected to hate it, honestly. When I first got it, I thought it was gonna be great, but then Nick and Chris tasted theirs before me, and neither of them loved it. They were quite vocal about it in our group text, so they influenced my expectations. However, I disagreed with both of them. I really like it.

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This artwork is unique, and one of a kind. You can’t miss it if you’re a Karbach fan. It’s got a big orange 5 with the words Quintuple IPA above it. This all sits on a crazy illustration of all things Karbach, paying homage to the beers that paved the way. You’ll spot things like the Hopadillo, The blue Three Legged Lab dog, the Staycation pool and lawn chair, and the drunken Krunkin Pumpkin etc. It’s super busy, and if you know Karbach, it’s hard to miss. This all sits on a baby blue, sky-like background.

As far as I know, this is only available via bomber at finer stores like HEB and Spec’s. Chris grabbed a handful of them at his last big Spec’s haul, and handed them out to the team.

This beer is crazy. Simple as that. It’s a sweet malt bomb, but I enjoyed it for it’s uniqueness. Have you tried Karbach Quintuple IPA yet? What’d you think?

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Anthony Gorrity
tony.d@beerchronicle.com

Anthony's a Houston native, a Creative Strategist at https://ledgeloungers.com/, an adjunct instructor of Visual Communication at Lone Star College, and a UH Coog that loves good beer almost as much as he does his city. Anthony lives to help others and that's found a home helping some of the coolest breweries on earth with creative and marketing projects that can be seen on our Portfolio page. Fueled by hoppy lagers, sessionable IPAs, and gangster rap, he's ticked his way through H-Town, rocking the most unusual Nikes he can find. When he's not writing for us, he's with his family or very patiently rooting for the Rockets.

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