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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
“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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6172) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6101) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zita (5866) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
grass, citrus, yellow,hazy, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, fizzy, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5863) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5831) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5407) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2015
650ml bottle from Bier-Deluxe

Bottled November 2014 :( - Pours yellowish golden with a smooth white head. Aroma of zesty lemon, citrus, grass, sweet grassy notes, hay, hints of aged hops and loads of caramely maltiness. Taste is crisp, sweet and a bit stuffy with some grassy hay notes, pine, resin, citrus and hints of old hops. Finish is crisp, sweet and bitter with some maltiness, caramel, sticky citrus, pine and resin. Not very fresh, but surprisingly tasty still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5340) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5235) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Very hazy, chewy looking, orange coloured body with a light copper glow and a dense, thick tan head. Aroma of potent citrus and piney hops with some honey and perfume in the mix as well - nice and balanced and STRONG. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep fragrant and complex floral and perfumey hop presence which draws you in to deal with the good malt backbone and the lingering sweetness and almost fruity character. Aftertaste shows more of the hops than anything else, but when they are this complex and strong, it’s nice. The alcohol is a bit present on the end, with some lingering potency, but not overly so, especially for this style. Overall, a good imperial ipa, bordering on a normal IPA, but still a bit high in alcohol and in palate with the malt especially. Worth trying it if you can find it, especially if you like Nelson hops! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market in San Diego, California on 08-February-2011 for US$5.79 sampled at home in Washington on 18-February-2011.

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