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RATINGS: 238   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 theyre planning on doing 1,000 cases of 22s. Specs: Color 15.4 SRM ALC 9.0% IBU 90 PLATO 20

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (3061) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Flaske: Gulorange let diset l med et stort skumhoved. Duft af jordbr og let citrus. Smagen er let sprittet men stadig godt humlet. Meget velfungerende l.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (3042) - SPAIN - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle 66cl / Botella 66cl. @ XXXII The Great Power of Beer & Wine. A: Golden / Dorado. T/S: Hops, fruity, bitter, slightly malty and sweet / Lupulo, afrutado, amargo, ligeramente a malta y dulce.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3041) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bomber from Bevmo. Medium amber in color. Sweet nose of citric hoppiness. Thick mouthfeel. Fairly sweet with a big hop bite. Big and syrupy. Grapefruit dominates. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty tasty with a good mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2009
From the tap poured amber with a fair amount of head. Nice strong hoppy flavor with a lasting fininsh.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2009 Total Score: 3.7
From the tap poured amber/brown with a small head. Sweet hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3017) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Nice 1/2 inch ivory head tops a liquid tangerine body and leaves moderate spotty lacing on the inside of the glass. Aroma delivers traditional citrus and pine but is overly dominated by caramel malt. Similarly, too sweet for the style. Candied hops might be the best descriptor here. Wouldnt pass on a glass but not the Southern California profile I look forward to.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 On tap @ Karl Strauss. Pours a mostly clear rust brown color with a fluffy beige head that left some great lacing. Tons of pine, citrus and resin on the nose. Big hoppy flavor with a good amount of sweet malt to add balance to the beer.
Earlier Rating: 5/26/2008 Total Score: 3.7
On tap @ Blue Foot Bar in North Park. Pours a medium amber with a ruby hue. Great lacing left on the glass. Nice grapefruit aroma and a nicely balanced finish. A pretty good one from the usually boring K.S.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2897) - GREECE - APR 1, 2016
From tap at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Hazy orange color with off white head. Malty and hoppy aroma, caramel, bubblegum, perfume, citrusy fruity. Sweet and light bitter like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #55. Dark orange with an off-white head with really nice head retention. Aroma was citrus upfront with a little pine in the background. Thin body and light hops, more citrus and very easy to drink, not bad overall, just seemed to lack that little something. (1150)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (2878) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Light orange color. Medium body. Medium to high bitterness. Aroma is woody, alcohol, fruit, piny.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2807) - Owensboro, Kentucky, 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. Doesnt 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.


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