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. Pdubyah (769) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2014
650ml bottle, Crashing hops and a crashing wash of warm malts that finish in decent towards dry but not raspingly so. Grassy hops predominate up front, aroma great, colour great, this instantly appeals to me, Then I noticed the ABV and wonder if I’d remember in the morning just what a belter this is. (I will)
Michael27 (2282) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2016
Aus der großen Flasche getrunken (Händlerlieferung). Golden mit satter Schaumkrone im Glas. Wunderbar mild-fruchtige Balance der Hopfennoten. Kaum Bitterness. elguapo47 (13) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
22 oz. bottle, liquor store.
Aroma- impressive citrus/tropical fruit hop nose front and center.
Appearance- dark golden amber color. nice carbonation.
Taste- firm citrus hop bitterness up front, hints of tangerine, passion and fruit flavors. maltiness comes through just enough to provide enough balance so hops don’t blow out the palate.
Palate- full body. dry, long and lingering hop bitterness that sits on the tongue, but in a pleasant way.
Overall- for KS first 22oz bomber, this is the way to go. about time KS! super hoppy, flavorful, yet balanced. at 9%, got a nice kick to it also. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle from mspindler. Aroma of burnt caramel, sweet sugar, hops, citrus (amazing). Appearance was golden clear with a beautiful head. Taste was very hoppy with nice bitterness and malt backbone. Nice carbonation. Very very good IPA. I was shocked by this one.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
The title of Karl Strauss’ Big Barrel Double IPA isn’t really tongue in cheek when it comes to the massive hop content. I really like the bottle design, as it looks like, from the minimalist colors, a band poster for a show at a local venue. The flesh of a peach would be the best way to describe the velvety-orange glow that the beer provides upon the initial pour. A strange candied pecan taste envelops the bitterness, which, if you slosh it around it your mouth enough, adds a sort of depth that other IPA’s don’t provide. A lot of ample complexity from the selection of hops makes for a unique and delicious juggling of flavors. And that aroma is like your nose is getting hit with a bouquet of grassy notes. Yes, yes and yes! beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Sampled on 7/15/2010. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is floral, tropical, grapey and spicy. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, a touch tropical even. The hops are citrus, grapefruity and the ‘grape’ like quality that is so prevalent in the Nelson Sauvin hop. I still have problems describing this hop, but it sure is becoming easier to recognize. Nice balance. Good carbonation. There is also a touch of wood and some funk in this beer as well, yet the hops are really juicy. Interesting finish, it’s a touch tropical and then there is some dryness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Pours hazy gold, orange cast. Medium foamy head. Lots of nice caramel notes bordering into toffee land. Pine and tropical fruit hop notes abound. A good moderate sweetness fades to solid and pleasant bittering that clings to the palate for a few moments. Really well balanced, nice take on the DIPA. Meier (14) - USA - JUL 15, 2013
Great hippy beer that I picked up at a local liquor store. Great flavor and happiness. arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Draft at brewery in San Diego. Pours clear golden with white head and lots of lacing. Nose is floral and pineapple. Taste adds great sweetness. Lots of mouthfeel. Great.