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RATINGS: 228   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


4.1
   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 (2030) - 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 (1979) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Big thanks to turboedtwo for this bottle. It’s a gorgeous pour with a deep clear amber body with a steady stream of bubbles feeding a rocky off-white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is a combination of citrus fruits, pine and white grapes. There is some sweet malty aromas and a hint of earthy spices as well. The taste has an even spicier character up front with some pine resin and the distinctive Nelson Sauvin chardonnay-type thing going on. The finish is sticky with pine resin hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation. I don’t have much experience with this brewery but I really enjoy this one. It’s a great DIPA with a distinctive spicy character that makes it fairly unique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1932) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2015
66 cl bottle @ home. Pours cloudy golden amber with a white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are flowers, peach, pine, and caramel - with a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1909) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours a golden rusty yellow color. Nose is citrus and hops, sweet and pleasant. Taste is bitter sweet and full of citrus. Finishbis bitter sweet as well, and finishes on the same citrus notes. Excellent DIPA ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1908) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (1875) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2015
Tap at Watering Hole. Clear golden color with a nice soapy white head that hangs around. Big Nelson aroma with papaya, mango and passion fruit all over the nose. Doesn’t have the nose of a typical Imperial IPA (which is a good thing imo). Taste is more typical with some sweet malt and piney and resiny notes that stand out. Easy to drink and hides the ABV very well. Bitter finish with a little sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2008
On draft at O’Briens. Clear amber color with a small, creamy off-white head. Unexpectedly mild aroma, grainy malts with lightly floral and citrus hop notes. Flavor is hop dominant, more grainy malts with pine, citrus peel and a bitter earthy character that is somewhat unpleasant, leading to an astringent finish. medium to full body and tingly carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Who knew that Karl Strauss would have a 9% IIPA. On tap a Hamiltons,and I see it starting to pop up elsewhere. Dark yellow color. Initial nice hoppy aroma, but then fades to a cooked corn vegetable or something. I can taste the corn/vegetable too. Not unpleasant, but not tasty or drinkable either. Possibly the worst IPA I’ve had. 5,2,6,3,11:2.7 Tried again at the brewery. 8,3,8,4,16:3.9


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