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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2010
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours clear orange with white head. Aromas of orange rinds, grapefruits, hops, and some sweet caramel malts mixed. Flavors of sweet malt, grapefruit citrus, bitter hops, and some caramel. Decent IIPA, but missing big hop bitterness I was hoping for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Pours medium hazy orange with thick pillowing head yet only a thin lace. Smell of maple, caramel, malt and spice. Taste of watermelon, honey, pine and hay. This beer met expectations.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2010
Hazy amber with a medium beige head. Aroma had plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits and lemon. Flavor was quite dry with plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits, lemons pale malt and hints of peach. Very dry and bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
22oz. Bottle. This one has a deep honey orange color with a small layer of white bubbles. The nose is fairly mild, but I think this may have been in the bottle for a couple months already. The remnants of the aroma are mostly pine needles and a small note of grapefruit. I don’t associate either of those flavors with the Nelson hop so I’m assuming the nose would have been more pungent when originally bottled. Would consider this one to be slightly on the sweet side for the style with a subdued bitterness that reminds me of the East coast style DIPAs. Definitely shows a fair amount of malt with some sweet caramel and a slightly doughy character. The hop bill gives a tropical fruit profile reminiscent of mango, grapefruit and lemon zest. The bitterness hits late and is quickly subsumed by the malt. The palate is oily with a heavy resinous texture and a persistent carbonation. Overall a pretty respectable showing from a brewery that I have never otherwise been impressed with. Wish I could have had this on draft when it was first released.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle from Zinister.
Pours an average cheddar orange with a nose of lightly malted grapefruit and organic pine. Flavor is bready grapefruit banana. Oily mouthfeel. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
bomber. Shared by zinister. Pours amber with an off-white head. Nose is of orange rind. Taste is like artificial-flavored citrus. Yuck. Mouthfeel was bitter, yet sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Sampled on 7/15/2010. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is floral, tropical, grapey and spicy. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, a touch tropical even. The hops are citrus, grapefruity and the ‘grape’ like quality that is so prevalent in the Nelson Sauvin hop. I still have problems describing this hop, but it sure is becoming easier to recognize. Nice balance. Good carbonation. There is also a touch of wood and some funk in this beer as well, yet the hops are really juicy. Interesting finish, it’s a touch tropical and then there is some dryness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pours a hazy orange with a creamy off white head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, hops, a goo dose of malt and some spices. Flavor is grapefruit, grass, bitter pine resin, tropical fruits linger with the bitterness in the finish. Nice DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This chewy and highly cozy Double IPA establishes floral and tropical hop aromas onto honeyed malts before bark-like resins create an easygoing bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sticky layers of foam settle atop the cloudy orangey blond.
-This may not be the most complex of Double IPAs, but it remains beautifully crafted and very enjoyable throughout.
-The hops develop oranges, spiciness as well as farmy angles. That Nelson Sauvin sure is a fragrant cultivar.
-The bitterness appears rather subdued for the style, which I appreciate.
-The bottle conditioning is very well executed; this is very drinkable even though it is rich.

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Picked this puppy up from a bottle shop outside San Diego, and boy is it tasty. Pours a cloudy honey amber with a mid-size head, and packs a knockout punch of an aroma - intense citrus and piney hops, countered by an ice-cream sundae’s worth of caramel. Tons of ingredients in here. Flavor is equally punchy - sticky sweet, barely kept dry by all the hops and the high ABV. If you’re a lover of palate-bombs, this is up your alley. If you like ’em mild, find something else. I thought it was dang tasty.


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