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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
Clear amber golden colour, white head. Light hoppy aroma, plastic, wasco, tea lights. Sweet flavour, hops, play dough. Rough bitter finish.
(from 66cL bottle @ the Turd (di)Mansion. Thanks for sharing, Tim!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (4251) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle at Stadin Panimobaari, Helsinki. Thanks to Tonagi! Colour is deep golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Tropical fruits, pine, caramel, hops and malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tkrjukoff (4229) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
Pours clear amber with a small lacing off white head. Aroma and flavor, hmmm hard boiled egg... sulfur off flavors maybe. Fruity bitter hoppy citrc and malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4060) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Draft: poured a copper color with off white head. Nice citrus hops aroma. Taste is hops forward but not over the top nIce malt balance. Finish is sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle at home. Hazy yellowish orange pour, white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, resin, tangerine, mango and some wheat. Flavor is quite bitter, citrus fruits, slightly spicy and somewhat floral with a hint of butter. Nice and very fruity IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Awesome double ipa, thanks chris, part of beer tasting, very strong, hoppy double ipa, great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Bomber from Beverages4Less. Was looking forward to this one, having enjoyed a similar brew from KS. The pour was extremely inviting, a lustrous gleaming orange with a two-finger creamy head and abundant sticky retention. Aroma is fairly nice, with inviting sweetness a bit to the fore of the bitter, piney hop smell. Nice creamy mouthfeel. But the taste was a bit of a letdown, with bready malts dominating and some oxidation evident. Seems like this one’s past its prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to Stefanje. Orangish amber pour with a big, thick off white head. I think it grew in the glass. Aroma is floral, with pine, citrus, a bit dank. Light caramel malt in the background. Flavor is resiny pine, citrus, mild tropical fruit, pretty nice bitterness. Quite nice to drink. Body is medium, creamy mouthfeel. Finished with a bit of herbal hops. Pretty great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3608) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2011
22 oz bottle. Fuzzy peach brown with a white head. Nose is toffee, spiced apple cider, dough and mild pine. Juicy medium body, a touch syrupy and resiny, just enough carb to lighten. Taste is orange juice concetrate, grass, juniper and grapefruit peel. Too tilted toward the sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2010
On tap at the Old Columbia brewpub. Has a sweet honey aroma, also some butterscotch to the scent. Light amber with a thin white head. The flavor has delicious hop citrus grapefruit and mango. This beer has an intense malt flavor. A very classic IPA-like palate. It’s good beer but it’s not great.

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