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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11964) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours hazy gold with an average, creamy cream colored head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, grainy, hay, straw), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple, apricot, and tropical fruits. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, grainy, hay, straw, toasted), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple, sweaty socks, and coconut. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low carbonation with a dry and biting finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2010
22oz bottle acquired in trade (thanks Tim!). Poured a medium to deeper golden color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, some floralness, fruity (my 7 year old said pears), and pine. Tastes of floralness, citrus, lighter fruitiness, and some caramel. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content well hidden.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet pine aroma, crystal sweetness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, fruity citrus, lots of pine, peppery spicyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (10878) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
The Nelson Sauvin hop was really interesting in the Mikkeller single hop, and it is masterfully used here. First comes the "white wine" taste (and the aromas are lovely grapes) and a good one at that, then in the finish, other hops put the beer into 90 IBU territory, so hops in your face. Nebver harsh, this was an absolute delight and worth seeking out. Above average mouthfeel, a great smooth drinker. Kudos to my southern neighbour that sent this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Clear golden ale with a nice, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a mélange of earthy, piny, citrusy hops with just a kiss of butterscotch. Full-bodied and ultra creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor offers some nice, earthy bitterness, but overall, it’s way too sweet for a double IPA - even for me, the ultimate malt head. Tasty, though. Lengthy, sweet finish. Kudos to growler for popping the top on this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2010
Hazy amber with a medium beige head. Aroma had plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits and lemon. Flavor was quite dry with plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits, lemons pale malt and hints of peach. Very dry and bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (10000) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2015
22 oz bottle. Courtesy of olio. Thanks! Cloudy golden color with a tiny white head. Strong sweet resiny hoppy aroma with malty sweetness and alcohol. Strong and sweet. Strong hoppy bitterness, pungent bitterness, some sweetness and mild malty balance in the flavor. Very strong hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
651mL thanks to Chris. Pours a clear orange, weak white head. Nose is mega cheese, sticky orange. Taste is sticky orange, butterscotch, heavy candy. Richer cheese and butterscotch toffee palate. But it isn’t for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9668) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Shared bomber at Craft. Hazy golden pour with white head and copious lacing. Nose was resiny hops, tropical citrus fruit. Smooth flavor with heavy hops, piney notes, and some grapefruit and lemon throughout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (9600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Aroma and flavor subdued pineapple and floral notes - didn’t see a date but didn’t seem terribly fresh. Still pretty bitter. Just ok with the potential to be better.


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