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RATINGS: 247   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
DocJitsu (1979) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours a shade darker than a classic golden color. The liquid is crystal clear. An eggshell colored, fat, clumpy head forms quickly. Butterscotch, lemon esters, and somewhat earthy bouquet. Mouthfeel is full, cottony, slick, and maybe a bit oily. Some mild butterscotch (not diacetyl) and some sweeter citrus esters in the flavor. The alcohol appears by itself after the finish, which tends to taint the experience a bit.

3.8
zgaier (1951) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours a dark orange with an off white head and hops and citrus. Taste is bittersweet, of hops, big citrus notes with a massive, long bittersweet finish. Very good IPA

3.8
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Big thanks to turboedtwo for this bottle. It’s a gorgeous pour with a deep clear amber body with a steady stream of bubbles feeding a rocky off-white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is a combination of citrus fruits, pine and white grapes. There is some sweet malty aromas and a hint of earthy spices as well. The taste has an even spicier character up front with some pine resin and the distinctive Nelson Sauvin chardonnay-type thing going on. The finish is sticky with pine resin hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation. I don’t have much experience with this brewery but I really enjoy this one. It’s a great DIPA with a distinctive spicy character that makes it fairly unique.

3.9
RedSox2004 (1897) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Hazy creamsicle orange with a one-finger bright white head and very nice lace. Aroma is all about the hops - kind of citrusy up front, but more piney after a bit. Same sensation on the palate, though there is a nice balance with the malt sweetness, and the alcohol becomes evident. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, supre creamy mouthfeel and a crisply bitter finish. Big, bold and beautiful.

3.9
wetherel (1883) - 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

3.1
SDbruboy (1864) - 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.

3.8
SeniorZozo (1863) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 25, 2017


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3.6
ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a goblet. It seemed to have a freshness date of June 24. I got this at #BBC13.

Appearance: Bright orange hue over a hazy body, though carbonation is visible. Forms a good sized, ivory, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Remarkably sweet for the style with a flowery, candy-like aroma plus fruit juice concentrate.

Taste: Sometimes I like balanced IPAs, other times I don’t. Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA makes me question which is better since it has both hop bitterness and malty sweetness to an extremely high degree. I don’t think I’ve encountered a brew of the style that was so strong in both aspects simultaneously. This makes for an interesting beer to say the least. A great beer? Not so much.

This beer confuses my tongue. Initially, I taste a sweetness not unlike children’s cereal or bubblegum or powdery candy like Sweet Tarts. But at the same time I also taste sharp, dry bitterness. It’s so intense, actually, that it almost seems to be salty. If this were an old bottle I could understand, but it’s quite fresh. That’s not to say the beer isn’t enjoyable, quite the contrary. The sweetness, while strong, is not sickly or cloying - just flavorful enough to enjoy while it’s in the mouth. The bitterness is perhaps even stronger, but it never flies out of control. The Nelson Sauvin hops also create for some subtle fruity characteristics, which are pleasant. Overall, this is a beer whose eccentricities are both attributes and flaws.

Drinkability: This is a beer that definitely lives up to its "Double IPA" name. It’s full-bodied with constant flavor, but it’s delivered via a comfortable body. The mouthfeel is soft, calm and smooth with an aftertaste that’s relatively clean (just a subtle dryness). At 9% ABV, "Big Barrel" doesn’t feel nearly as big as it is since there’s no alcohol warmth or distracting qualities. Highly recommend to pair with food to offset the palette.

4.4
beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - APR 27, 2013
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Pours golden color with frothy white head. Citrus, fruit and hop aromas. Citrus, hop and fruit flavors. Bitter hop finish. Easy to drink for a double IPA.

4
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear orange amber with a retaining white 1/4 inch head. Aroma: Grapefruit,pineapple and pine. Taste: Bitter, citrusy and herbal hop flavor backed by sweet caramel like malts. Has a sage like after taste that I enjoy. Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Not thick or syrupy though. Overall: Another Rookie of the Year Candidate.


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