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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15163) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ As Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA ].
Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, pale malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, wood, orange - citrus. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, hops, orange, peach. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150620]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9456) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (3673) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2016
@ Best Western Elegant Gardens 16-3-7: mycket humlerik och fruktig öl med fin balans. En riktig god dipa

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1357) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Dark gold pour with good sized white head. Nose of tropical fruit and pine. Flavor is rich with citrus and well balance of hops. The 9% is well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
On tap at Karl Strauss Beer Gardens in the Mira Mesa area. Dark amber color. Big, thick and lacy beige head formation. Kind of a subdued aroma of caramelized sugars, crystal malt and a medium hops spicyness. Flavor is a lot less bitter than I expected for a double. Notes of cinnamon and caramel. Hops stand out more in the finish. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
I’m not sure if this is the correct beer. I had an Imperial IPA on tap at PP Carlsbad. Dark amber pour, off-white head. Citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel malt, and some biscuits. Well balanced and not too overwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6722) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Clear orange color/ fleeting beige head. Grape fruit rind, tooty fruity hop aromas. medium body. Good grapefruit and dank grassy hop flavors on a solid caramel base. Nice bittersweet finish.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Picked up this bottle while in San Diego. Pours copper with a white head. Nice strong hoppy aroma with lots of citrus. The 9% ABV is well hidden without being overly sweet. Great citrus flavor. Nice work.


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