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RATINGS: 250   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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3.6
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Big summer/tropical fruit aroma. Tropical fruit and light vanilla flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Tropical fruit and light vanilla lingers with caramel.

3.7
arminjewell (9720) - 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 (9691) - 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.

3
drowland (9057) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010. The aroma and taste are earthy hop with plenty of malt in there... reminds me of old homebrew.

4.1
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bomber pours brilliant clear deep gold with off white head. The aroma is rich Simcoe goodness with resiny pine like notes, grapefruit and tangerine along with faint sweet malts and sugariness. The taste unveils resiny hop notes from the likes of grapefruit, tangelo, pineapple and thick pine like resininess running from front to back. This brew really only attains a sense of malty sweetness well underneath the yummy hoppy onslaught. I can drink a ton of this.

3.7
Plovmand (8616) - Grindsted, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a medium off white head. The aroma is highly malty with biscuity and ripe stone fruit notes. Orange marmalade notes. Sweet malty and somewhat alcoholic flavor with notes of crackers and biscuits. Faint hoppy notes. Some citrus and orange. More U.S. Barley Wine like than DIPA. Still very nice.

3.7
Hansen (8615) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
Golden coloured and hazy. Has a white head. Heavy hoppy aroma, fruity, mango, passionfruit. Flavor is sweet to a start, fatty texture, heavy hoppy and bitter.

3.8
laiti (8513) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
65 cl bottle @ Sankt Hans Tasting, Ulfborg Aroma is sweet and somewhat heavy with fruity hops, pineapple juice and mild hayish tones. Flavour has pineapple juice, gluey tones, minerals, grapefruit and some caramel. Finishes with lingering hops. Massive.

3.5
Hermod (8347) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
650ml bottle @Stadin panimobaari. Pours deep amber with a thick white head. Grapefruity hoppy aroma, caramel, pine and mild hoppy notes. Flavor has grapefruit, oranges, citrus, caramel. Bitter, hoppy finish. Fresher this would have rocked.

3.2
PorterPounder (8284) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Universal City, Ca. - on Tap at their Universal City Walk location - part of their August Sampler. Medium copper pour, light off white head, nice lace. Spruce-like aroma with a nutty bent. Flavor has some malty caramel notes, a touch of grapefruit bitterness, some nuttiness. Thickish mouthfeel.


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