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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 theyre planning on doing 1,000 cases of 22s. Specs: Color 15.4 SRM ALC 9.0% IBU 90 PLATO 20


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle from naven. A nice iipa. Tons of Nelson hops in the nose and on the tongue. Crisp finish. Nice offering from ls.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Pours hazy auburn with a thick white head. Dank hops with wood, wet leaves, and grapefruit in the nose. Sharp, biting herbal/peppery hop bitterness up front that rapidly shifts to a bitter grapefruit flavor. I was torn on this one; some sips were great, others were grainy and musty. Rating may not be as high as my 3.4, or it may be too low. The beer is too inconsistent to rate.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1018) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was honey orange. About a finger width of head. Dusty white lacing on the top with some bubbles in the middle. Sporadic film on the sides, but not as much as I thought there would be. Smelled huge hops right in the beginning. Citrus hops as expected with grapefruit seeming to be the leader. Also tangerine in there, too. Tasted a bit stronger on the alcohol side than I expected. Tons of citrus hops. Seemed to be more tangerine than grapefruit, but it was tough to tell. Bitter on the tongue after. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish. I had high hopes for this beer, but it didnt quite live up to my billing. Id probably try it again though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 19, 2007
On tap @ Hamiltons. This is possibly the best smelling beer I have ever consumed. The hop nose is so profound, its almost addictive. Very nice beer, with lots of what I presume to be amarillo and Simcoe hops. Far and away, the best beer Karl Strauss has ever produced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (966) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
On tap at Karl Strauss Beer Gardens in the Mira Mesa area. Dark amber color. Big, thick and lacy beige head formation. Kind of a subdued aroma of caramelized sugars, crystal malt and a medium hops spicyness. Flavor is a lot less bitter than I expected for a double. Notes of cinnamon and caramel. Hops stand out more in the finish. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (966) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less ($6.99). I had heard about this and saw the pretty good reviews here. I had to try it and see if Karl is finally ready to join its fine San Diego brethren and make some real beer. Pours a clear amber with two fingers of frothy white foam. The head has quite good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Nose is mellow and lightly sweet with citrus (tangerine, lime) and grass aromas. Flavor is initially more bitter than I would have thought considering the nose but it mellows out with a nice bit of sweetness near the end. Hop flavors abound (tropical fruits, pine) with a sufficient amount of malt to take the edge off. The 9% is well concealed. This brew really ups Karls ante in terms of both ABV and IBU. It will be interesting to see if this starts an overall move for Karl toward bigger and better beers. (226, 48)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thisis12ptfont (952) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Aroma contains citrus, vanilla, malts, caramel. Appearance is a dark gold with a cream colored foam top. Taste is incredibly creamy, big vanilla taste with nice hops and malts accompanying. There is a big caramel finish with a light bitterness. Overall, this is an interesting one. I like how thick and creamy it is with a light hop taste. Could use a little more balanced flavoring but besides that, its an enjoyable cold one. Id give this a B rating.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Getbetter (939) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Brought this with a under $7 limit and after a pliny the elder.Aroma is good,the hoppy taste is satisfactory but could be more ,not as crisp.Karl Strauss is a Tumor on San Diego brewery community yet this beer prevails as a savior for the damage.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours a bright orange hue with a modest layer of frothy white head and super sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is amazing hop aromas, fresh pine and grass with grapefruit and sweet citrus tones. Flavor follows with high hop bitterness and piney-grassy-citrus hop flavors apparent from the onset, bready sweet malts provide appropriate balance, hints of tea leaves in the bitter drying finish. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. A great DIPA from a traditionally underwhelming brewery, I hope this is a sign of good things to come from another SD brewery, big hops and drinkability even at 9%, kudos for using NZ hops here....

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (774) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Nice pale amber/copper color with an off-white head. The aroma reminds you that hops are related to another wonderful plant called cannabis sativa. Seriously, Im getting some definite stankiness off this. Nice, big piney, grassy, herbaceous hop bitterness with a really well balanced malt body.


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