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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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3.3
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
A: The pour is a nice looking golden color with a bit of orange to it and a finger’s worth of white head. S: Quite a bit of sweet caramel maltiness with some slightly grassy and citrusy hops. A little maltier/sweeter than I like, but not too bad. T: The hops have really died out from the flavor. A bit of grass and citrus with only a mild pine on the finish. Quite sweet and malty, lots of caramel. M: The body is nice and a bit on the full side for an IPA. Moderately carbonated. D: As I noted in the aroma, this is a bit on the sweet side for my tastes. Still not bad, but I would prefer a bigger, more pungent hop character.

3.5
Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle @ Odense Summer Gathering, 2015. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Caramel, wood, citrus. Very bready and malty. Where is the hops? Fine Barley Wine.

4.1
Benzai (15624) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle shared by Joes. Clear orange golden color, medium sized thick white to off-white head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, strong hops, firm bitter hops, wood-ish. Taste malts, wood-ish again, heavy bitter, heavy sticky resin and piney bitter hops. I love these kind of beers and I also love (hoppy) barley wines which this almost is. Sort of a combination between a resinous piney IIPA and a hoppy barley wine. Full body, medium to full carbonation. Nice!

4
bhensonb (15251) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Bottle from Beverages4Less in Santee.Pours copper with a huge frothy off-white head. Great floral aroma. Full bodied, almost, with rather mild carbonation. Flavor is floral hop and the malt is definitely in the minority. It’s not harshly bitter, but it is very bitter. The finish leaves nice hoppiness throughout the mouth. In the end it is very grapefruit rind.

4.1
Ratman197 (14852) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy golden amber with a small lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, skunk bud, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, melon and light peach. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, skunk bud, pine, earthiness, light tropical fruit and a hint of melon with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering grapefruit finish. Very tasty indeed!

3.8
djd07 (14655) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazy gold with small white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is citrus and dank. Medium body, juicy hop, grapefruit, melon, light resin finish, very good.

3.7
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2011
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some bread, light caramel. Medium-full body, some resin.

3.8
Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
An amber IPA with a thin white head. In aroma, nice pungeant c-hops with loads of tropical fruits, menthol, alcohol warmth. In mouth, a good intense double IPA with loads of malts, herbal hops, meaty notes, pink grapefruits. Intense and rich. On tap at Ballast Point 13 Anniv. Beer Festival , Oct. 24 2009.

3.2
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
Ratebeer Odense Summer Gathering 2015. Hazy orange with a lasting white head. Malty aroma with biscuit and grain, and a touch of orange peel. Sweet, alcoholic, malty flavour with a touch of citrus hops

3.5
BeerandBlues2 (13355) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours hazy gold with an average, creamy cream colored head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, grainy, hay, straw), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple, apricot, and tropical fruits. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, grainy, hay, straw, toasted), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple, sweaty socks, and coconut. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low carbonation with a dry and biting finish.


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