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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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“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 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (10596) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
A: The pour is a nice looking golden color with a bit of orange to it and a finger’s worth of white head. S: Quite a bit of sweet caramel maltiness with some slightly grassy and citrusy hops. A little maltier/sweeter than I like, but not too bad. T: The hops have really died out from the flavor. A bit of grass and citrus with only a mild pine on the finish. Quite sweet and malty, lots of caramel. M: The body is nice and a bit on the full side for an IPA. Moderately carbonated. D: As I noted in the aroma, this is a bit on the sweet side for my tastes. Still not bad, but I would prefer a bigger, more pungent hop character.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 On-tap at Churchill’s. Ehhh. Pours cloudy orange with a thin off-white head, some lace. Smells hoppy sweet with a bit of big citrus, grapefruit or the like. Tastes big and sweet. Pretty hoppy but with lots of malts as well. The hops are too sweet for me. Sweet up front with malts and hops, bitter through the middle, and then sweet again on the finish. Thick, syrupy body, good carbonation.
Update: 10/1/08. On-tap at Karls C’Bad. Pours hazy amber with a good sized white head, spider web lace down the glass. Smells grassy and citrusy hoppy. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Tastes grassy and citrusy bitter, earthy and resiny. Full body, smooth carbonation. 748416=3.9

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet pine aroma, crystal sweetness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, fruity citrus, lots of pine, peppery spicyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5481) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Universal City, Ca. - on Tap at their Universal City Walk location - part of their August Sampler. Medium copper pour, light off white head, nice lace. Spruce-like aroma with a nutty bent. Flavor has some malty caramel notes, a touch of grapefruit bitterness, some nuttiness. Thickish mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwyerpg (4486) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2008
This smells like flowers with some fruit too. Okay. This is not as good as the regular IPA to me because it has too much fruit characters.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2008
On draft at O’Briens. Clear amber color with a small, creamy off-white head. Unexpectedly mild aroma, grainy malts with lightly floral and citrus hop notes. Flavor is hop dominant, more grainy malts with pine, citrus peel and a bitter earthy character that is somewhat unpleasant, leading to an astringent finish. medium to full body and tingly carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2009
On tap at Karl Strauss in Universal Studios LA. Pours a mostly clear, darker orange body with a two-finger width, fluffy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Aroma of woody earth and heavy citrus. More muted than the IPA, but the flavor is better. Sweet, slightly resiny, deeper earthy hops with a dry, piney finish. Lingers with a moderate sweet citrus. Overall, a standard DIPA with some nice balancing caramels.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - 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.


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