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RATINGS: 156   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


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (988) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
February 12th, 2012 - The draw with Karl Strauss’ Big Barrel Double IPA is the strange and exotic hops that the brewers brought to bear on this tall hop bomb. It’s a clear and bronze brew, like so many other hoppy beers, but a study of the carbonation is a little disquieting. Too few bubbles suggests a heavier, murkier palate and too little shielding from the wave of IBUs about to crash into my palate. The aroma is strikingly fruity and piney, with juicy touches of mango and, strangely, even some cacao nibs. The folks at Karl Strauss weren’t kidding when they said the addition of New Zealand hops would give the Big Barrel a tropical air. A lot of this South Pacific bliss disappears in the flavor, where the Big Barrel takes on a milder, slightly sweet yeasty and bread profile, more like a saffron roll than a drinkable hop cone. Still, that aroma is something I’ll remember for a long time to come, and a mild IPA is always welcome on my beer shelf.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1115) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A - pours golden orange with high fluffy white head. Some lacing. S - very malty nose. Sticky sweet caramel and doughy malts. Over ripe pineapple juice, blood orange, soap and pine notes as well. Definitely a malt heavy beer. M - medium body, very round creamy mf. High carb. Smooth on the palate, bitter and drier on the end. T - soapy and piny hops up front. Fruity, citrus notes, pineapple, pear, with a strong caramel and bready malts on the palate. Bitter hops, vegetal notes, lemon zest and tea bitters. O - why are so many "big" dipas just malt madness. Pretty well balanced up front, but the palate is over malty. Pretty good dipa. 3.4 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1254) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours a cloudy orange with small head that dissapates rather dast. Bit of lacing left. Smell of sweet malt, sugar, orange zest, and a bit of grapefruit. Smells super sweet. Bitter up front with a lemony pine finish. Some serious malt backbone and lots of sweet caramel malts. Very solid and on the malt side of the spectrum for the style. Makes for a relaxing Friday night.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1423) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a nice frothy head. Nice hoppy aroma with some grapefruit and lemon zest in the background. Tart, tangy flavor with a strong sense of hops and a hit of the alcohol. Not bad for a double IPA but I was hoping for more hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy golden amber with a small lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, skunk bud, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, melon and light peach. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, skunk bud, pine, earthiness, light tropical fruit and a hint of melon with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering grapefruit finish. Very tasty indeed!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - OCT 16, 2012
Huge passionfruit nose - I thought this must be galaxy hopped, not Nelson. Fairly straight forward DIPA body and texture wise, toffee, caramel and a bit helping of citrus and passionfruit. Very tropical. Unique and fun.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2012
Definitely the best thing I’ve had from these guys. Big floral piney nose with pale malt in the background. The hops hit the tongue on initial sip. Full bodied, moderately dry, nice malt backbone. Well balanced. A fair amount of tropical fruit. Very nice IIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3541) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Draft: poured a copper color with off white head. Nice citrus hops aroma. Taste is hops forward but not over the top nIce malt balance. Finish is sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle consumed at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours reddish copper with a thick off-white head and a sweet citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a balanced hoppiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1047) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle from capitol beer. Aroma is boozy color is copper with no head. Taste is very sweet an you can taste some oak


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