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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5972) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Universal City, Ca. - on Tap at their Universal City Walk location - part of their August Sampler. Medium copper pour, light off white head, nice lace. Spruce-like aroma with a nutty bent. Flavor has some malty caramel notes, a touch of grapefruit bitterness, some nuttiness. Thickish mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2011
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle. This is beer number 2500 for me. The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of grapefruit, pineapple and papaya notes. The tropical fruit notes in the beer really stand out, with very little else coming through. The flavor is more of the same. I get a little biscuit malt, but I also get a ton of pineapple and papaya. The beer is full of hop flavor but the bitterness is fairly low. Overall, the beer is very drinkable, Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Gigantic grapefruit aroma on this one. A gold orange color with a small white head. This is a hoppy damn beer. I got alot of grapefruit. Alot alot alot. Extremely bitter with a little bit of softer citrus backing like oranges or something, but mostly hops. Not alot of malts balance here. Lingering grapefruit and some alcohol on the palate. A little astringent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to BMan1113VR) clear pale yellow, few bubbles in a ring around the edge that are white. Nose of celery, rye, citrus rind. Taste of umami, grapefruit, citrus, meat, wood. A little underwhelming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5663) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at the La Jolla brewpub
Appearance: Clear golden with a nice white head and good lacing
Aroma: Floral and grapefruit
Taste: Grapefruit and piney
Very nice IIPA

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Golden with a fizzy white head. Big grapefruit pine and caramel aroma and taste with a sticky resiny finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle from Wholefoods. Clear orange with a fizzy off white head. Good earthy herbal hops aroma. Tastes of grass and pine up front followed by a decent bitterness and finishing with a caramel, citrus, and toffee sweetness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden body with a white head. Mothy citrus tones, oxidation very present, bitter soapy tones, a mild tea and pine bitterness. Probably great at one point but past prime.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Sampled on 7/15/2010. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is floral, tropical, grapey and spicy. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, a touch tropical even. The hops are citrus, grapefruity and the ‘grape’ like quality that is so prevalent in the Nelson Sauvin hop. I still have problems describing this hop, but it sure is becoming easier to recognize. Nice balance. Good carbonation. There is also a touch of wood and some funk in this beer as well, yet the hops are really juicy. Interesting finish, it’s a touch tropical and then there is some dryness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (5178) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
GABF 2011. Clear brilliant gold under a dissipating whit head. Big grapefruit aroma with some burnt caramel, floral and resinous tones throughout. Taste was smooth delightful grapefruit, tolerable bitterness, mild oak tones. Very floral as well. Big body, long nice linger, with a small boozy warmth. Big yet balanced, with bitter hoppiness and caramalt sweetness. Eccentric and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Thanks to overlord for the bottle. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a tulip. Color is a moderate amber with a bit of an orangish tint. Two-finger white head falls somewhat quickly with an average amount of lacing getting left behind. Nose is very nice with a pretty hefty dose of both tropical and citrus fruits. The taste scales back and doesn’t hit as hard as the nose, but there’s still a bit there and a nice bitterness. Small malt presence. Drinks quite well and I was glad to be able to try this. Thanks again, Mike. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-12-2010


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