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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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

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3.9
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Growler from natedogg on BA. Thanks. Pours slightly hazy bright orange with a nice lasting off white head that leaves some lacing. Grapefruit and sharp pine on the nose. Grapefruit, spicy pine, and some caramel malts with a little bit of alcohol in the finish. Nice and dry with plenty of carbonation. This one was a real surprise. Quite delicious.

3.2
doubleo (1432) - 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

3.4
brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
on tap at Karl Strauss, very fruity and citrusy, smells like pine. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation,

3.1
SDbruboy (1863) - 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
dwyerpg (6582) - 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.

3.6
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
On tap at Karl’s joint. Poured with a very nice golden orangy hue with a killer citrus/hoppy nose. Very interesting combination of hops that really smoothes out the high abv, which is barely noticable. Has a great long lasting finish and was quite a nice IIPA.

3.6
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
On tap @ Hamiltons. Dark orangish color. very nice citrusy nose. Very hoppy flavor with vegetibly backgrounde, whcih was actually quite interesting. Nice to so something interesting out of old KS.

4
Naven (1001) - 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.

4.1
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

3.9
wetherel (1905) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Who knew that Karl Strauss would have a 9% IIPA. On tap a Hamiltons,and I see it starting to pop up elsewhere. Dark yellow color. Initial nice hoppy aroma, but then fades to a cooked corn vegetable or something. I can taste the corn/vegetable too. Not unpleasant, but not tasty or drinkable either. Possibly the worst IPA I’ve had. 5,2,6,3,11:2.7 Tried again at the brewery. 8,3,8,4,16:3.9


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