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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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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markextrae (4410) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2015
sample from bottle, deep hazy golden pour with a white head. sweet caramel, malts, tropical fruits, bitter peel, pine hops, harsh, oily mouthfeel. very hard bitter flavors. nowhere near as good as the session ipa from them

3.8
Fin (10478) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent, Belgie, consumed at home Saturday 24th October 2015. Pours hazy gold with a white head, an IPA very much in the US IPA mould, oily, thick lightly syrupy but this is a great beer. Big punchy hoppiness a little bit of fresh garden herb but massive malty backbone and sweet, subtle tropical notes though these don’t transfer to the mouth so much Lovely IPA do different after an Axe Edge. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

3.2
madmitch76 (24545) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
23rd September 2015
Very hazy gold beer, good pale cream colour head. Smooth palate but it still has good fine minerally carbonation. Sweet caramel - creamy malts, a little dry and thin though. Marmalade hops, a slightly odd apple tone. Florlaness. Light finish brings mild hop spice. Okay.

2.6
Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
Clear amber golden colour, white head. Light hoppy aroma, plastic, wasco, tea lights. Sweet flavour, hops, play dough. Rough bitter finish.
(from 66cL bottle @ the Turd (di)Mansion. Thanks for sharing, Tim!)

3.6
VastActiv (6945) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle at Stadin Panimobaari, Helsinki. Thanks to Tonagi! Colour is deep golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Tropical fruits, pine, caramel, hops and malts.

3.5
Hermod (7697) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
650ml bottle @Stadin panimobaari. Pours deep amber with a thick white head. Grapefruity hoppy aroma, caramel, pine and mild hoppy notes. Flavor has grapefruit, oranges, citrus, caramel. Bitter, hoppy finish. Fresher this would have rocked.

3.9
jc1762 (1386) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Shot glass showing honey gold with no head. The nose shows a lot of intense pineapple, tangerine and mango. The palate is medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a moderate intensity of fruit, pine on the mid palate, and a sharp IPA bitterness on the finish.

2.9
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
500 ml bottle at home. Pours hazy light orange with a thick fluffy head. Nice refined pine nose, typically Nelson Sauvin. Body is rather harsh pine of the sme hops, and getting unagreeably bitter and dry towards the end. Taste is very hard bitters, green unripe appel, and even sour yoghurt. Hurts the stomach.

3.6
willisread (3308) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2016 Bottle shared at AA thanks to Eric! Great tropical nose, light bodied with too much bitterness on the finish. Kind of old school. Tap at Watering Hole. Clear golden color with a nice soapy white head that hangs around. Big Nelson aroma with papaya, mango and passion fruit all over the nose. Doesn’t have the nose of a typical Imperial IPA (which is a good thing imo). Taste is more typical with some sweet malt and piney and resiny notes that stand out. Easy to drink and hides the ABV very well. Bitter finish with a little sweetness.

3.6
Yorker (1980) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2015
66 cl bottle @ home. Pours cloudy golden amber with a white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are flowers, peach, pine, and caramel - with a bitter finish.


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