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RATINGS: 250   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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3.8
fonefan (51072) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ As Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA ].
Clear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, pale malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, wood, orange - citrus. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, hops, orange, peach. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150620]

3.5
joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2017
Draught at Karl Strauss, Carlsbad. Clear golden colored with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops, pine needles and resin. Fruity flavor of caramel, hops and pine needles with notes of resin. Hoppy finish.

3.4
anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
Cask @ Churchill’s Pub and Grille, San Marcos, CA. Pours a dark amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

3.4
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
[email protected] Golden colour, small slightly off-white head. Aroma is fruity, floral and some toffeeish notes. Flavour is fruity floral, wooden, nectary and some mild earthy notes. Nice nectary and floral aftertaste.

3.2
madmitch76 (25568) - , 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.

3.8
Rasmus40 (21988) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 200615

3.7
saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich hops, peach, pine, citrus, flowers and malt. Nice bitter finish. Full bodied.

3.7
mcberko (18956) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2013 22 oz. bottle, pours an opaque vibrant orange with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out lots of tropical fruits, particularly oranges, followed by mango and pineapple, some resinous hops, and a touch of caramel malt. Flavour brings out loads of oranges upfront, followed by loads of resinous an citrus hops, and ending on notes of residual sugar notes and citrus hoppy bitterness. There is a bit of tanginess as well, likely due to the Nelson Sauvin hopping. This is a big n bold IIPA with a solid caramel malt backbone that never quite overdoes it. Great stuff, but still a bit chewy for a IIPA.

4
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
Draught at Karl Strauss, Carlsbad. Clear golden beer with a nice lasting offwhite head. Hoppy pine and mango aroma, citrus, peach, tangerines, passion fruit, red grapes, some caramel. Hoppy pine flavor, caramel, citrus, passion fruit, peach, grassy notes. Fresh DIPA with alcohol well hidden.

3.8
chrisv10 (18497) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle, 9%. Slightly hazy amber with big off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops, peach, little citrus and a little earthy. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, peach, caramel, little grapefruit, medium sweet, earthy and medium bitter.


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