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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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10692) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bottle from Beverages4Less in Santee.Pours copper with a huge frothy off-white head. Great floral aroma. Full bodied, almost, with rather mild carbonation. Flavor is floral hop and the malt is definitely in the minority. It’s not harshly bitter, but it is very bitter. The finish leaves nice hoppiness throughout the mouth. In the end it is very grapefruit rind.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
22oz from riversideak. Chill hazed light orange golden with thin flabby off white head. Super orange citrus, pine and some dankiness...malt is super faint, which is nice. Really dig the amount of orange as it has the full orange...zest, pilth, flesh. Lightly carbonated with a thinner feel to it. Nicely balanced hop and malt flavors. The resinous citrus isn’t as sweet as the nose may lead you to believe. The earthy pine and bittering shows well but doesn’t over power. Alchohol well hidden. I would buy this often if it was available to me as I love the balance and the different hop aromas.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (882) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less ($6.99). I had heard about this and saw the pretty good reviews here. I had to try it and see if Karl is finally ready to join its fine San Diego brethren and make some real beer. Pours a clear amber with two fingers of frothy white foam. The head has quite good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Nose is mellow and lightly sweet with citrus (tangerine, lime) and grass aromas. Flavor is initially more bitter than I would have thought considering the nose but it mellows out with a nice bit of sweetness near the end. Hop flavors abound (tropical fruits, pine) with a sufficient amount of malt to take the edge off. The 9% is well concealed. This brew really ups Karl’s ante in terms of both ABV and IBU. It will be interesting to see if this starts an overall move for Karl toward bigger and better beers. (226, 48)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Picked up a bomber bottle at Spirits of St. Germain in La Jolla, California. Pours a clear, warm amber color with a small, off-white head. It has a really nice aroma that is full of citrus notes (most notably orange), with hints of alcohol peeking through. There’s a subtle, light bitterness in the taste which complements the big, caramel malt flavors. Medium bodied; coats the inside of your mouth, and leads to a fairly long, resinous finish and aftertaste that have lots of herbal and fruit (apple?) notes. Overall, it’s a really interesting and tasty beer. Definitely the best Karl Strauss beer I’ve had yet; I don’t typically find their beers to be particularly great, so this is a welcome addition to the lineup.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours hazy orange gold with a white head. Nose is orange creamsicle- malt, caramel, orange, tangerine, vanilla, and apricot with kumquat. Flavor is similar with lots of creamsicle and citrus mixed with vanilla. This medium-bodied IPA finishes with lingering citrus and tangerine hops.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Fresh grapefruit aroma,citrus marmelade,caramel aspects come throughflavor is carmelly bitter,muted pine oil one of those well done "balanced" Double IPA’s

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sublime7727 (3) - USA - MAY 16, 2011 does not count
Great double IPA. High in alcohol content at 9% but when you taste it, it does not taste like 9%. Great find, a different tasted from the tower 10 IPA but they are both great.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1359) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours a golden rusty yellow color. Nose is citrus and hops, sweet and pleasant. Taste is bitter sweet and full of citrus. Finishbis bitter sweet as well, and finishes on the same citrus notes. Excellent DIPA ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (262) - Portland, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Big thanks to Paulie T. for this one. Rated from memory during the Michigan vs. UConn game. Wow did that not go the way it was supposed to. Nice hoppy aroma. Pours a brilliant dark amber with a thick white head. Taste is rather malty, some alcohol comes through as well. This is a beer you will want to try if you can get your hands on it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Really tasty beer! This IPA is fruity and piney, and for 90 IBUs, it only seems like 50. Really smooth and hints of pineapple, apple cider, and a bit on the sweet side. I highly recommend this one!


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