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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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“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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1152) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
22oz from riversideak. Chill hazed light orange golden with thin flabby off white head. Super orange citrus, pine and some dankiness...malt is super faint, which is nice. Really dig the amount of orange as it has the full orange...zest, pilth, flesh. Lightly carbonated with a thinner feel to it. Nicely balanced hop and malt flavors. The resinous citrus isn’t as sweet as the nose may lead you to believe. The earthy pine and bittering shows well but doesn’t over power. Alchohol well hidden. I would buy this often if it was available to me as I love the balance and the different hop aromas.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bottle from Beverages4Less in Santee.Pours copper with a huge frothy off-white head. Great floral aroma. Full bodied, almost, with rather mild carbonation. Flavor is floral hop and the malt is definitely in the minority. It’s not harshly bitter, but it is very bitter. The finish leaves nice hoppiness throughout the mouth. In the end it is very grapefruit rind.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5792) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Clear orange color/ fleeting beige head. Grape fruit rind, tooty fruity hop aromas. medium body. Good grapefruit and dank grassy hop flavors on a solid caramel base. Nice bittersweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Getbetter (827) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Brought this with a under $7 limit and after a pliny the elder.Aroma is good,the hoppy taste is satisfactory but could be more ,not as crisp.Karl Strauss is a Tumor on San Diego brewery community yet this beer prevails as a savior for the damage.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
22 oz bottle from Bevmo. Orange amber with killer head. Just off white, thick, creamy, and lasts ’til the bottom of the glass. Nose is stinky high sweet bitter hops. Light and crisp. Taste is sharp and sweet and lightly sugary. Nice bitterness follows. Definite pine tree scents and tastes. More caramel as it warms. A little plain in the back half. Bitterness shows up after a pause. Nice one overall, especially at the $4.29 price point.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle from mspindler. Aroma of burnt caramel, sweet sugar, hops, citrus (amazing). Appearance was golden clear with a beautiful head. Taste was very hoppy with nice bitterness and malt backbone. Nice carbonation. Very very good IPA. I was shocked by this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elguapo47 (13) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
22 oz. bottle, liquor store. Aroma- impressive citrus/tropical fruit hop nose front and center. Appearance- dark golden amber color. nice carbonation. Taste- firm citrus hop bitterness up front, hints of tangerine, passion and fruit flavors. maltiness comes through just enough to provide enough balance so hops don’t blow out the palate. Palate- full body. dry, long and lingering hop bitterness that sits on the tongue, but in a pleasant way. Overall- for KS first 22oz bomber, this is the way to go. about time KS! super hoppy, flavorful, yet balanced. at 9%, got a nice kick to it also.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours a bright orange hue with a modest layer of frothy white head and super sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is amazing hop aromas, fresh pine and grass with grapefruit and sweet citrus tones. Flavor follows with high hop bitterness and piney-grassy-citrus hop flavors apparent from the onset, bready sweet malts provide appropriate balance, hints of tea leaves in the bitter drying finish. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. A great DIPA from a traditionally underwhelming brewery, I hope this is a sign of good things to come from another SD brewery, big hops and drinkability even at 9%, kudos for using NZ hops here....

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle from naven. A nice iipa. Tons of Nelson hops in the nose and on the tongue. Crisp finish. Nice offering from ls.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22oz bottle, no date from Hollingshead, $5.99. Clear amber orange with a two finger yellowish white head, creamy with good retention. Loads of caramel malt up front in the aroma with citrus, pineapple, and resiny pine hops competing for dominance, floral hops hiding behind. Flavor still has a hearty malt backbone, with the hops staying mostly the same until the finish, where they turn into mangoes and berries. Semi-dry finish with some lisght alcohol and bitterness peaking at a 4-5. Full-body with moderate soft carbonation. Pretty tasty non-West Coast DIPA from the West Coast.


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