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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2370) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2009
650 ml bottle from bev4less. Super fresh bottle, got it as they were off-loading the truck at the liquor store.. Pours a translucent copper color with a big off white head that slowly fades and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The aroma is light with mixed fruits, bubble gum and a bit of perfumy soap. The taste is vibrant with crisp hops, citrus, hazelnuts, white pepper and some caramel. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is clean with a bit of hops and some sweetness lingering. Overall: This is an outstanding DIPA, I can’t believe its a Karl Strauss. Compares favorably to Alpine Nelson.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 1, 2009
From the tap into a growler from downtown location: Poured a golden honey color with a tiny formation of foamy head which did leave behind a trace of lace. From the nose, there are is an assortment of hops giving a combination of citrus and sticky green hop. The flavor comes across well with a perfect balance between malt and hop while the hops tend to dominate a little more. Minor hints of lime citrus and ginger, however, this isn’t a double IPA I would mention as a top contender of the category but meets the standard requirement I have.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (2248) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 10, 2015
Bottle. Copper colour with white head. Tropical frutis, pineapple, caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel, malt, tropical fruits, pineapple, resinous taste. Medium to full body.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrOrla (2242) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
Odense ratebeer summer gathering 2015. Pours orange with a white head. Aroma of malts, hops. Sugar, soapy. Taste is malts, quite sugary, fine barley :P.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
[Bottle] Clear golden-orange hue, modest head formation. Caramel malt aroma with hoppy pineapple juice and grapefruit citrus. Grapefruit dominates the palate, spiced hoppiness from start to finish, ending particulalry bitter. Grapefruit distinctive and long lingering in the aftertaste. There’s an orange alcohol flavor mid palate too while the sugarry caramel malt backbone is light but present.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (2049) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2015
Cervesa amb aroma i gust a fruites tropicals i amb tocs cítrics, l’amargor és fort perň no desagradable. Cerveza con aroma y sabor a frutas tropicales y con toques cítricos, el amargor es fuerte pero no desagradable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHOFF43 (2043) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle from brewery. Pours a nice orange with white head. Not really digging the nose--citrus and malts, lacking what I have tasted elsewhere recently, including in other KS beers. Solid, but stale seeming, though it was a fresh bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (2042) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte - BE. Color: clear golden blond beer with small carbonation and medium white foam. Smell: resin, mango and pine hops. Very intensive hoppy nose. Taste: full body with strong hoppy attack. Pine and resin attack with fruity balance. Good attenuation. Very amazing beer, highly drinkable. Aftertaste: pine and wet bitterness. Fruity as well. Amazing!


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