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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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9515) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Bomber. Slightly hazy vibrant yellow-orange pour with a white head. Aroma is mild pineapple, but I’m getting just a hint of cardboard peeking through here as well. No date on the bottle, but I’d be surprised if this was very aged, as everything else I bought from this store on this day seemed quite fresh. Kind of a juicy taste, nice hop bite, fairly clean yet dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9480) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent, Belgie, consumed at home Saturday 24th October 2015. Pours hazy gold with a white head, an IPA very much in the US IPA mould, oily, thick lightly syrupy but this is a great beer. Big punchy hoppiness a little bit of fresh garden herb but massive malty backbone and sweet, subtle tropical notes though these don’t transfer to the mouth so much Lovely IPA do different after an Axe Edge. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9292) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9237) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9216) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2015
65 cl bottle. Bottled on 20.11.2014.
Pours golden color with a medium sized head. Sweet tropical fruits on the nose, resin, pine and grapefruits. Sweet caramel-y and fruity flavor, resinous hops, some malty notes as well as some grapefruits on the finish. Very nice aggressive hop profile. Tasty.
4615

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9029) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8536) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8390) - 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 (8107) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tderoeck (8090) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2015
28/IX/15 - 1Pt 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ the turd (di)mansion (home) - BB: n/a (2015-1429) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, big yellow creamy irregular white head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, marzipan, bit sugary, play dough, chemical touch. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, plastic touch, bitter, rubbery, very bitter. Aftertaste: unpleasant bitterness, chemical, play dough, very dry finish. Nope, this one doesn’t work for me.


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