RateBeer
overall
98
90
style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
ďTo 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.Ē According to a brewery rep, the beer will be distributed throughout Southern California and theyíre planning on doing 1,000 cases of 22ís. Specs: Color 15.4 SRM ALC 9.0% IBU 90 PLATO 20


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bomber from Bevmo. Medium amber in color. Sweet nose of citric hoppiness. Thick mouthfeel. Fairly sweet with a big hop bite. Big and syrupy. Grapefruit dominates. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty tasty with a good mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StormCoat (110) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Picked up a bomber bottle at Spirits of St. Germain in La Jolla, California. Pours a clear, warm amber color with a small, off-white head. It has a really nice aroma that is full of citrus notes (most notably orange), with hints of alcohol peeking through. Thereís a subtle, light bitterness in the taste which complements the big, caramel malt flavors. Medium bodied; coats the inside of your mouth, and leads to a fairly long, resinous finish and aftertaste that have lots of herbal and fruit (apple?) notes. Overall, itís a really interesting and tasty beer. Definitely the best Karl Strauss beer Iíve had yet; I donít typically find their beers to be particularly great, so this is a welcome addition to the lineup.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 13, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear amber/orange with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, citrus and bread. Flavor is lots of sweet caramel malt and a mellow bitterness. Medium body with mild carbonation and a soft, smooth mouth feel. Pretty good IPAx2 on the sweeter side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5096) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at the La Jolla brewpub
Appearance: Clear golden with a nice white head and good lacing
Aroma: Floral and grapefruit
Taste: Grapefruit and piney
Very nice IIPA

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crvcac (8) - , California, USA - OCT 12, 2010 does not count
Had this beer on ap at Tonys darts away in la. A very well balanced double ipa. Nice to see that the malt was actually taken into consideration when brewing a beer of this style. Will most definitely seek again. Cheers

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2211) - 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 (10350) - 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 donít associate either of those flavors with the Nelson hop so Iím 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.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 6 7 8  9  10 11 12 » 17


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50