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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 they’re planning on doing 1,000 cases of 22’s. Specs: Color 15.4 SRM ALC 9.0% IBU 90 PLATO 20


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
On tap at Karl’s joint. Poured with a very nice golden orangy hue with a killer citrus/hoppy nose. Very interesting combination of hops that really smoothes out the high abv, which is barely noticable. Has a great long lasting finish and was quite a nice IIPA.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LiMuBai (169) - - JUL 18, 2014
Pine resin aroma and a dark golden color . Wonderful hop flavor with a nice finish. Wonderful beer.

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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle @ ks sv. Pours ruby amber with nice off colored white head. Nice smooth hop aroma with some earthy dank grassy notes but not too much. Good smooth body which hides the alcohol nicely. Keep brewing more agressive beers please. Rip Karl.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Growler from natedogg on BA. Thanks. Pours slightly hazy bright orange with a nice lasting off white head that leaves some lacing. Grapefruit and sharp pine on the nose. Grapefruit, spicy pine, and some caramel malts with a little bit of alcohol in the finish. Nice and dry with plenty of carbonation. This one was a real surprise. Quite delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
SD trip, Karl Strauss LaJolla: Another DIPA and a real good one. Nice hazy orange/amber color. Strong hop nose and flavor as expected; citrus and floral hops then a smooth finish. Very good and much smoother than the Idiot (Coronado).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spittle8 (110) - - MAY 26, 2013
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Strong, hoppy aroma. A little bit citrus, a little bit piney. Strong malt flavor, not a coffee malt like a stout or a porter, though. Very flavorful, biting beer, bitter but drinkable, substantial but refreshing; neither light nor heavy. Smooth, slightly creamy finish. This is one of the more universally appreciable double IPA’s I’ve experienced, a VERY good beer with enough character to woo the non-IPA diehard.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
New, on tap at the brewery in La Jolla. A fantastic double IPA that puts the others on tap to shame. Light color but busting with flavor. Plenty of hops and a citric taste that lingers forever. A delight.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StormCoat (106) - 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. There’s 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, it’s a really interesting and tasty beer. Definitely the best Karl Strauss beer I’ve had yet; I don’t typically find their beers to be particularly great, so this is a welcome addition to the lineup.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
On tap at one of the Karl Strauss brewpubs at CityWalk in Universal Studios. Very aggressive hop profile and luxurious mouth feel. Watch your tastebuds on this one, you may find everything else tasting like water.


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