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RATINGS: 242   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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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Michael27 (1652) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2016
Aus der groen Flasche getrunken (Hndlerlieferung). Golden mit satter Schaumkrone im Glas. Wunderbar mild-fruchtige Balance der Hopfennoten. Kaum Bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a nice frothy head. Nice hoppy aroma with some grapefruit and lemon zest in the background. Tart, tangy flavor with a strong sense of hops and a hit of the alcohol. Not bad for a double IPA but I was hoping for more hops.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1612) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was honey orange. About a finger width of head. Dusty white lacing on the top with some bubbles in the middle. Sporadic film on the sides, but not as much as I thought there would be. Smelled huge hops right in the beginning. Citrus hops as expected with grapefruit seeming to be the leader. Also tangerine in there, too. Tasted a bit stronger on the alcohol side than I expected. Tons of citrus hops. Seemed to be more tangerine than grapefruit, but it was tough to tell. Bitter on the tongue after. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish. I had high hopes for this beer, but it didnt quite live up to my billing. Id probably try it again though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (1608) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2015
Anaranjado ligeramente turbio con espuma blanca compacta. Aromas de melocotn, albaricoque, menta fresca, pino y fondo de malta. Cuerpo medio-alto maltoso, sabor intenso de fruta naranja, hierba fresca y pino con final de amargor resinoso e intenso agradable.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle from HH22... Great nose on this beer. Lots of tropical grapefruits, orange, and pines notes. Reminded me of 3F Dread. Decent pour....orange in color, average head. Taste is decent.... bet its great on tap. Pine notes, orange, tropical juices.. little on the sweeter side but not sugary. Malty notes as well. Medium body, average carbonation. Overall: wish I could have this on tap.... but still a nice dipa. thanks Tim

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Bomber - thanks riverside; pours a vibrant hazy orange with thick white head fading quickly; grassy hop aromas with some lemons, spicy hops, a little fruit; sticky, dry finish; lovely grassy notes with eathy malts; get some creamy caramel too; smooth, bitter, well rounded and damn tasty

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Fresh grapefruit aroma,citrus marmelade,caramel aspects come throughflavor is carmelly bitter,muted pine oil one of those well done "balanced" Double IPAs

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle. Light orange pour capped off with some white head. Hop bitterness approaching the unbalanced side but still nice. Grapefruit and other citrus hop aromas and flavors. The nelson sauvin hop is very interesting and smooth - I seem to enjoy every brew that employs it.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1562) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2013
February 12th, 2012 - The draw with Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA is the strange and exotic hops that the brewers brought to bear on this tall hop bomb. Its a clear and bronze brew, like so many other hoppy beers, but a study of the carbonation is a little disquieting. Too few bubbles suggests a heavier, murkier palate and too little shielding from the wave of IBUs about to crash into my palate. The aroma is strikingly fruity and piney, with juicy touches of mango and, strangely, even some cacao nibs. The folks at Karl Strauss werent kidding when they said the addition of New Zealand hops would give the Big Barrel a tropical air. A lot of this South Pacific bliss disappears in the flavor, where the Big Barrel takes on a milder, slightly sweet yeasty and bread profile, more like a saffron roll than a drinkable hop cone. Still, that aroma is something Ill remember for a long time to come, and a mild IPA is always welcome on my beer shelf.


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