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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2013 22 oz. bottle, pours an opaque vibrant orange with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out lots of tropical fruits, particularly oranges, followed by mango and pineapple, some resinous hops, and a touch of caramel malt. Flavour brings out loads of oranges upfront, followed by loads of resinous an citrus hops, and ending on notes of residual sugar notes and citrus hoppy bitterness. There is a bit of tanginess as well, likely due to the Nelson Sauvin hopping. This is a big n bold IIPA with a solid caramel malt backbone that never quite overdoes it. Great stuff, but still a bit chewy for a IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, clear yellow-orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big grapefruit, orange, white fruit into some pine, floral notes, some biscuit and slight caramel comes through. Taste is a mix of orange, citrus, some caramel, hints of white fruit, slight spice and floral hops into a bit of biscuit, finishing bitter. Pretty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This chewy and highly cozy Double IPA establishes floral and tropical hop aromas onto honeyed malts before bark-like resins create an easygoing bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sticky layers of foam settle atop the cloudy orangey blond.
-This may not be the most complex of Double IPAs, but it remains beautifully crafted and very enjoyable throughout.
-The hops develop oranges, spiciness as well as farmy angles. That Nelson Sauvin sure is a fragrant cultivar.
-The bitterness appears rather subdued for the style, which I appreciate.
-The bottle conditioning is very well executed; this is very drinkable even though it is rich.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a clear orange body and a massive off-white head. Aroma of orange, light tropical fruits, caramel, a bit of pine and a touch of lemon. Taste is herbal and citrus (lemon). Odd battle with the nelson and the warrior. Caramel, stuffing (of all things). Bitter, clean finish, but odd flavors. Dry. Creamy carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7454) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle consumed at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours reddish copper with a thick off-white head and a sweet citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a balanced hoppiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7448) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
Golden coloured and hazy. Has a white head. Heavy hoppy aroma, fruity, mango, passionfruit. Flavor is sweet to a start, fatty texture, heavy hoppy and bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bomber pours brilliant clear deep gold with off white head. The aroma is rich Simcoe goodness with resiny pine like notes, grapefruit and tangerine along with faint sweet malts and sugariness. The taste unveils resiny hop notes from the likes of grapefruit, tangelo, pineapple and thick pine like resininess running from front to back. This brew really only attains a sense of malty sweetness well underneath the yummy hoppy onslaught. I can drink a ton of this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Big summer/tropical fruit aroma. Tropical fruit and light vanilla flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Tropical fruit and light vanilla lingers with caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
65 cl bottle @ Sankt Hans Tasting, Ulfborg Aroma is sweet and somewhat heavy with fruity hops, pineapple juice and mild hayish tones. Flavour has pineapple juice, gluey tones, minerals, grapefruit and some caramel. Finishes with lingering hops. Massive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle shared by argo0: Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a fresh citrusy hoppy nose with a touch of light malty sweetness. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light toasty caramel sweetness with some good resiny hop notes before a crisp bittersweet finish. A true to style and drinkable IPA.


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