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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
copper color, aroma of citrus fruits, caramel, flavor of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, strong caramel finish, very balanced, very solid DIPA

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Super hazy amber. Crazy Hop Melon smell. Piny grapefruit hop front that mellows to a slight sweet finish. Smooth with a great bite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a foamy, large off white head and a nice lace. Aroma is lots of pine with some grapefruit and orange citrus notes, a bit spicy. Flavor is spicy and resinous with pine, a solid malt backbone, and some floral notes. Full bodied and slick with moderate carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Pours hazy gold, orange cast. Medium foamy head. Lots of nice caramel notes bordering into toffee land. Pine and tropical fruit hop notes abound. A good moderate sweetness fades to solid and pleasant bittering that clings to the palate for a few moments. Really well balanced, nice take on the DIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (380) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Rather piney, but balanced by caramel malts and finishes with grapefruit bitterness. Good body and carb. Not stellar for the style, but good.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyAnalog (327) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
The title of Karl Straussí Big Barrel Double IPA isnít really tongue in cheek when it comes to the massive hop content. I really like the bottle design, as it looks like, from the minimalist colors, a band poster for a show at a local venue. The flesh of a peach would be the best way to describe the velvety-orange glow that the beer provides upon the initial pour. A strange candied pecan taste envelops the bitterness, which, if you slosh it around it your mouth enough, adds a sort of depth that other IPAís donít provide. A lot of ample complexity from the selection of hops makes for a unique and delicious juggling of flavors. And that aroma is like your nose is getting hit with a bouquet of grassy notes. Yes, yes and yes!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
This DIPA pours a clear copper color with a ton of bubbles floating up top. Fluffy white two finger heads. Good lacing throughout the glass. Now since Alpine Nelson is the only beer I can think about when I think about Nelson hops, you might hear me compare this beer to Nelson. Alpine Nelson was a much more balanced mix of a APA and an IPA. This beer is a full on DIPA. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and itís a beer that is rough around the edges. Still a fantastic mixture hops, malt, and fruits. Mango, grapefruit, citrus, and grape undertones. There are other kinds of hops used this beer and youíll pick those up to in the aroma and taste of pine. The backbone is primarily caramel malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and more on the heavy side of medium. Itís smooth and goes down really nice. Thereís a very bitter aftertaste that just sits on your tongue.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (270) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Sweet caramel aroma. Pours clear amber with a thick white head. Well balanced flavor, finishes very sweet and long with a hint of sourness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (266) - Portland, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Big thanks to Paulie T. for this one. Rated from memory during the Michigan vs. UConn game. Wow did that not go the way it was supposed to. Nice hoppy aroma. Pours a brilliant dark amber with a thick white head. Taste is rather malty, some alcohol comes through as well. This is a beer you will want to try if you can get your hands on it.

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.


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