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Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA

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98
90
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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“To kick off this series of intense hoppy beers, we wanted to go big. Imported New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops provide a vibrant tropical aroma that raises eyebrows and expectations. Aggressive amounts of Warrior and Ahtanum hops produce an assertive bitterness that stands out against a firm malt backbone. Balanced even at 90 IBUs, Big Barrel leaves a considerable first impression that serves as a prelude of things to come.” According to a brewery rep, the beer will be distributed throughout Southern California and they’re planning on doing 1,000 cases of 22’s. Specs: Color 15.4 SRM ALC 9.0% IBU 90 PLATO 20


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2014
This is among the sexiest beers I have had. It has the hallmarks of the archetypal Imperial IPA from the land that conceived this crazy, sexy beer. It looks good, as if it is a member of a Mormon family of singers with perfect teeth: perfect clarity, a lovely orange amber colour with a persistent head and good lace. Aromas of oranges, pink grapefruit, gooseberry and lime peel, testament to its New Zealand hops, grown less than twenty minutes away from where I am consuming it. The flavour is golden, spritzy and has grapefruit-like bitterness in spadefuls. It covers its abv very well to the extent that I could happily demolish another bottle if I had one handy. Gorgeous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2681) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle on my 2nd day in San Jose(10/11). Clear brilliant gold under a dissipating white head. Big grapefruit aroma with some burnt caramel, floral and some resin. Taste was smooth delightful grapefruit, tolerable bitterness, mild oak tones. Very floral as well. Big body, long nice linger, with a small boozy warmth. Big yet balanced, with bitter hoppiness and caramel sweetness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pdubyah (418) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2014
650ml bottle, Crashing hops and a crashing wash of warm malts that finish in decent towards dry but not raspingly so. Grassy hops predominate up front, aroma great, colour great, this instantly appeals to me, Then I noticed the ABV and wonder if I’d remember in the morning just what a belter this is. (I will)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1499) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: citrus, floral hops, tropical fruits, Appearance: hazy gold, medium , creamy, white head. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: hoppy bitters intensify, tropical fruits again, light bitters coming up, slightly dry finish. Overall: very nice IIPA, great aroma and palate. Pint at Karl Strauss Brewing, San Diego.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (1558) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Light orange color. Medium body. Medium to high bitterness. Aroma is woody, alcohol, fruit, piny.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4124) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
Costa Mesa Karl Strauss place: happy hour on-tap $4.00 pint on 9th July 2014. Light amber pour with a thin white wisp for a head. Bitter and hoppy from the start, I really enjoyed it. The hop combination works well and what malt content there is prevents the bitterness getting completely out of hand. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2645) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Flaske: Gulorange let diset øl med et stort skumhoved. Duft af jordbær og let citrus. Smagen er let sprittet men stadig godt humlet. Meget velfungerende øl.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gdwhite (1) - - JUL 26, 2014 does not count
Great double IPA, good appearance with great color. Taste is top of the line for a double IPA.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LiMuBai (187) - - JUL 18, 2014
Pine resin aroma and a dark golden color . Wonderful hop flavor with a nice finish. Wonderful beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (664) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 29, 2014
20oz bottled I shared with my good firiend and a hop addict from San Diego, Paul, at Karl Strauss at the Universal Studios. It was my last beer at the end of my L.A. Visit. Aroma of citrus, malt, some alcohol. Color was shiny golden yellow. Taste citrus, bitter hops, malt backbone. Alcohol present but smartly hidden. Overall a great fresh and hoppy DIPA with more hops and less malt. I like that.


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