Big Barrel Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to robL for the sweet extra. Tasted 12 March 2013.
Pours a clear medium orange, drifting to amber. One finger of whitish head, good retention and impressive lacing. Thick ring of foam, reaching up with rings of lacing. A few stray bubbles are the only visible carbonation.
Smell is juicy, full of apricots, with a bit of citrus peaking through. Definitely malt-forward, without the hop zip I expect from a DIPA. I like balanced IPAs, but this one's leaning more towards barleywine territory, IMO.
Taste is similarly big and fruity. Lots of stone fruit, peaches and apricots, with honey layered on top. Minimal hop bitterness in the back end. And even that quickly gives way to
Mouthfeel is good. Medium-heavy body, fizzy buzzy zippy carbonation, gently zinging on my tongue. Sticky and persistent.
I'm torn about this beer. It doesn't strike me as a DIPA. Tasting it blind, I would definitely peg it as a barleywine. And not even that hoppy of a barleywine. But it's a pretty tasty, malt-forward barleywine. As a DIPA, I'm not sold. But as a beer, I really like it.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2013 03:20:15 | More by zeledonia
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Big Barrel is one of my favorite KS beers. The New Zealand hops come strong in this one.
Appearance- Golden hue with a light head
Aroma- I get a lot of Mango and Pineapple
Taste- Tropical fruitiness with light-medium malt backbone
Drinkability- An easy drinking Double IPA with my type of hops.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2014 18:26:44 | More by PorterPotty
3.99/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap; into a snifter.
Appearance - sunset orange; nothing breathtaking, but nothing to turn away from.
Smell- I'm not hooked, but there has to be something here.
Taste- there it it is. A distinct, out of the box, oak, vanilla twist to a DiPA. Nothing grand, but leaves it's mark.
Feel - easy drinking DIPA; nicely done!
Overall - there's potential here, but not next level...yet!
Serving type: on-tap
02-16-2014 05:31:34 | More by DenverHopHead
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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