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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - FEB 15, 2013
Aromas of rose petals, caramel and alcohol, hint of toasted nuts. Appearance is copper/amber colored brew with thin head and semi clear color in the light. Taste is initially sweet from lots of malted barley, but not crazy the first of the taste is sweet brew and 3 seconds later the hops come to the rescue and even out the sip. Leaving a slight layer of spice and earthy hop on the tongue. Overall its not bad, well crafted and balanced but it needs a little something its overall sweet but nice to sip.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
On tap @ Hamiltons. Dark orangish color. very nice citrusy nose. Very hoppy flavor with vegetibly backgrounde, whcih was actually quite interesting. Nice to so something interesting out of old KS.

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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pdubyah (492) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2014
650ml bottle, Crashing hops and a crashing wash of warm malts that finish in decent towards dry but not raspingly so. Grassy hops predominate up front, aroma great, colour great, this instantly appeals to me, Then I noticed the ABV and wonder if I’d remember in the morning just what a belter this is. (I will)

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (418) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanMM (413) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (373) - Montesarchio, ITALY - MAY 21, 2015
Aroma molto citrico, con il luppolo in prima linea. Arancio,pompelmo, un po’ di caramello. Non è freschissima al naso, la birra ha sei mesi e si avvertono. È oro carico, con velature arancia. Buona schiuma,molto bella. Dolce con caramello, arancia,pompelmo. Non ha un cattivo sapore. Fiori di arancia, ritorno di frutta fresca percettibile. Finale citrico,ancora buono. Non è invecchiata male, ha un ottimo bilanciamento. Liscia, calda sul finale senza stancare. È una ottima bevuta, di quelle che slddisfano. Retrogusto carico, corpo pieno, finale lungo. Molto ben fatta.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
The title of Karl Strauss’ Big Barrel Double IPA isn’t 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 IPA’s don’t 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (328) - 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.


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