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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle from mspindler. Aroma of burnt caramel, sweet sugar, hops, citrus (amazing). Appearance was golden clear with a beautiful head. Taste was very hoppy with nice bitterness and malt backbone. Nice carbonation. Very very good IPA. I was shocked by this one.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
The title of Karl Strauss’ Big Barrel Double IPA isn’t really tongue in cheek when it comes to the massive hop content. I really like the bottle design, as it looks like, from the minimalist colors, a band poster for a show at a local venue. The flesh of a peach would be the best way to describe the velvety-orange glow that the beer provides upon the initial pour. A strange candied pecan taste envelops the bitterness, which, if you slosh it around it your mouth enough, adds a sort of depth that other IPA’s don’t provide. A lot of ample complexity from the selection of hops makes for a unique and delicious juggling of flavors. And that aroma is like your nose is getting hit with a bouquet of grassy notes. Yes, yes and yes!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Pours hazy gold, orange cast. Medium foamy head. Lots of nice caramel notes bordering into toffee land. Pine and tropical fruit hop notes abound. A good moderate sweetness fades to solid and pleasant bittering that clings to the palate for a few moments. Really well balanced, nice take on the DIPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meier (14) - USA - JUL 15, 2013
Great hippy beer that I picked up at a local liquor store. Great flavor and happiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a foamy, large off white head and a nice lace. Aroma is lots of pine with some grapefruit and orange citrus notes, a bit spicy. Flavor is spicy and resinous with pine, a solid malt backbone, and some floral notes. Full bodied and slick with moderate carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4287) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
This DIPA pours a clear copper color with a ton of bubbles floating up top. Fluffy white two finger heads. Good lacing throughout the glass. Now since Alpine Nelson is the only beer I can think about when I think about Nelson hops, you might hear me compare this beer to Nelson. Alpine Nelson was a much more balanced mix of a APA and an IPA. This beer is a full on DIPA. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and it’s a beer that is rough around the edges. Still a fantastic mixture hops, malt, and fruits. Mango, grapefruit, citrus, and grape undertones. There are other kinds of hops used this beer and you’ll pick those up to in the aroma and taste of pine. The backbone is primarily caramel malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and more on the heavy side of medium. It’s smooth and goes down really nice. There’s a very bitter aftertaste that just sits on your tongue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bomber pours brilliant clear deep gold with off white head. The aroma is rich Simcoe goodness with resiny pine like notes, grapefruit and tangerine along with faint sweet malts and sugariness. The taste unveils resiny hop notes from the likes of grapefruit, tangelo, pineapple and thick pine like resininess running from front to back. This brew really only attains a sense of malty sweetness well underneath the yummy hoppy onslaught. I can drink a ton of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9952) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy golden amber with a small lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, skunk bud, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, melon and light peach. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, skunk bud, pine, earthiness, light tropical fruit and a hint of melon with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering grapefruit finish. Very tasty indeed!


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