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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (791) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 22oz. Bottle. Golden amber, with nice big fluffy head, which hangs on to the sides. Malty nose mixed with fruity hops. Big flavors of sweet malts with fruits like mango and pineapple. Hop flavors along with well balanced bitterness. Some burn in the finish. Usually I don’t like my Imp IPAs too malty, but there is almost enough hop to counter this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (338) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Sweet caramel aroma. Pours clear amber with a thick white head. Well balanced flavor, finishes very sweet and long with a hint of sourness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4964) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
Costa Mesa Karl Strauss place: happy hour on-tap $4.00 pint on 9th July 2014. Light amber pour with a thin white wisp for a head. Bitter and hoppy from the start, I really enjoyed it. The hop combination works well and what malt content there is prevents the bitterness getting completely out of hand. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3058) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle on my 2nd day in San Jose(10/11). Clear brilliant gold under a dissipating white head. Big grapefruit aroma with some burnt caramel, floral and some resin. 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 caramel sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1276) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2015
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours an orange color with a bit of head. Intense hoppiness that is a little sharp tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (876) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2015
Surprisingly restrained aroma in a golden pour. A double that is way sweet and leaves one wanting another.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (14250) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 200615

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7590) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
65 cl bottle @ Sankt Hans Tasting, Ulfborg Aroma is sweet and somewhat heavy with fruity hops, pineapple juice and mild hayish tones. Flavour has pineapple juice, gluey tones, minerals, grapefruit and some caramel. Finishes with lingering hops. Massive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (12964) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle, 9%. Slightly hazy amber with big off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops, peach, little citrus and a little earthy. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, peach, caramel, little grapefruit, medium sweet, earthy and medium bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7903) - 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


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