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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
BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Bomber. Slightly hazy vibrant yellow-orange pour with a white head. Aroma is mild pineapple, but I’m getting just a hint of cardboard peeking through here as well. No date on the bottle, but I’d be surprised if this was very aged, as everything else I bought from this store on this day seemed quite fresh. Kind of a juicy taste, nice hop bite, fairly clean yet dry finish.

3.6
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2010
Hazy amber with a medium beige head. Aroma had plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits and lemon. Flavor was quite dry with plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits, lemons pale malt and hints of peach. Very dry and bitter finish.

3.8
olio (10286) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2015
65 cl bottle. Bottled on 20.11.2014.
Pours golden color with a medium sized head. Sweet tropical fruits on the nose, resin, pine and grapefruits. Sweet caramel-y and fruity flavor, resinous hops, some malty notes as well as some grapefruits on the finish. Very nice aggressive hop profile. Tasty.
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3.6
marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle consumed at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours reddish copper with a thick off-white head and a sweet citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with a balanced hoppiness.

2.6
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
651mL thanks to Chris. Pours a clear orange, weak white head. Nose is mega cheese, sticky orange. Taste is sticky orange, butterscotch, heavy candy. Richer cheese and butterscotch toffee palate. But it isn’t for me.

3.8
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This chewy and highly cozy Double IPA establishes floral and tropical hop aromas onto honeyed malts before bark-like resins create an easygoing bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sticky layers of foam settle atop the cloudy orangey blond.
-This may not be the most complex of Double IPAs, but it remains beautifully crafted and very enjoyable throughout.
-The hops develop oranges, spiciness as well as farmy angles. That Nelson Sauvin sure is a fragrant cultivar.
-The bitterness appears rather subdued for the style, which I appreciate.
-The bottle conditioning is very well executed; this is very drinkable even though it is rich.

Bottle.

2.9
tderoeck (9724) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2015
28/IX/15 - 1Pt 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ the turd (di)mansion (home) - BB: n/a (2015-1429) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, big yellow creamy irregular white head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, marzipan, bit sugary, play dough, chemical touch. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, plastic touch, bitter, rubbery, very bitter. Aftertaste: unpleasant bitterness, chemical, play dough, very dry finish. Nope, this one doesn’t work for me.

4.2
onceblind (9679) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
GABF 2011. Clear brilliant gold under a dissipating whit head. Big grapefruit aroma with some burnt caramel, floral and resinous tones throughout. Taste was smooth delightful grapefruit, tolerable bitterness, mild oak tones. Very floral as well. Big body, long nice linger, with a small boozy warmth. Big yet balanced, with bitter hoppiness and caramalt sweetness. Eccentric and complex.

3.7
arminjewell (9669) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, clear yellow-orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big grapefruit, orange, white fruit into some pine, floral notes, some biscuit and slight caramel comes through. Taste is a mix of orange, citrus, some caramel, hints of white fruit, slight spice and floral hops into a bit of biscuit, finishing bitter. Pretty tasty.

3.7
blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Draft. Pours orange with a thin white head. Piney and citric hops, lightly sweet malts, and a medium bitter finish. Refreshing and easy drinking.


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