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RATINGS: 165   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


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sblair (37) - SD, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
On Tap Hamilton’s. Wonderful San Diego sunset orange color Light sweet tangerine and grapefruit nose. Brilliantly hopped with plenty of bite and a crystal clean finish. Deceptively drinkable for the ABV which is closer to 9% then the 8% listed

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Bomber - thanks riverside; pours a vibrant hazy orange with thick white head fading quickly; grassy hop aromas with some lemons, spicy hops, a little fruit; sticky, dry finish; lovely grassy notes with eathy malts; get some creamy caramel too; smooth, bitter, well rounded and damn tasty

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1243) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Got to try this thanks to, "hannont". I must say, I was wary of anything from Karl Strauss as my only experience with their beers was their hideous amber lager which I paid $8.00 for in Disney’s California Adventure because I was desperate for a beer! I later found out I could get some decent craft beers or imports at Uva Bar in Downtown Disney (Whew!). Colour... amber-orange with a thick white head. Nose... sweetly hoppy and quite resinous. Palate... lightly cloying, with pineapple, stone fruits, candied citrus, grapefruit zest and a medium length finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emagana (38) - Fillmore, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bought this one at BevMo in simi valley. Pours a copper orange with about a finger worth of head. the aromas really take hold after the pour and the pinny citrus really calles you in. the aroma as you near is subtle and not over powering. hints of great fruit and citrus. starts off smooth and not harsh which is a plus . follows with a subtle hop resin bitterness. well balanced and a definite plus. cant beleive this is in the 9 percentile abv.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10220) - 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2014
This is among the sexiest beers I have had. It has the hallmarks of the archetypal Imperial IPA from the land that conceived this crazy, sexy beer. It looks good, as if it is a member of a Mormon family of singers with perfect teeth: perfect clarity, a lovely orange amber colour with a persistent head and good lace. Aromas of oranges, pink grapefruit, gooseberry and lime peel, testament to its New Zealand hops, grown less than twenty minutes away from where I am consuming it. The flavour is golden, spritzy and has grapefruit-like bitterness in spadefuls. It covers its abv very well to the extent that I could happily demolish another bottle if I had one handy. Gorgeous.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 19, 2007
On tap @ Hamiltons. This is possibly the best smelling beer I have ever consumed. The hop nose is so profound, it’s almost addictive. Very nice beer, with lots of what I presume to be amarillo and Simcoe hops. Far and away, the best beer Karl Strauss has ever produced.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear orange amber with a retaining white 1/4 inch head. Aroma: Grapefruit,pineapple and pine. Taste: Bitter, citrusy and herbal hop flavor backed by sweet caramel like malts. Has a sage like after taste that I enjoy. Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Not thick or syrupy though. Overall: Another Rookie of the Year Candidate.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
650 ml bottle from bev4less. Super fresh bottle, got it as they were off-loading the truck at the liquor store.. Pours a translucent copper color with a big off white head that slowly fades and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The aroma is light with mixed fruits, bubble gum and a bit of perfumy soap. The taste is vibrant with crisp hops, citrus, hazelnuts, white pepper and some caramel. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is clean with a bit of hops and some sweetness lingering. Overall: This is an outstanding DIPA, I can’t believe its a Karl Strauss. Compares favorably to Alpine Nelson.


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