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Big Barrel Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Big Barrel Double IPABig Barrel Double IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

221 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 46
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LongBeachHopHead on 11-15-2009

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Photo of Buzz3d
2.48/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours an alright light gold with almost no head at all. no lace, bad nose. not a great DBL

Photo of cletusdog
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Centennial
2.86/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into pint glass

A. Rich golden, 1.5 finger frothy head, crystal clear

S. bready honey malt, white grapes, earthy hops

T. heavy on the malt twinge, was hoping for more hop presence but more of bitter with oxidization then with hops and something is weird and yogurt-like in the backbone.

M. all over the place, not sure what's going on here, needs more balance

O. Disappointed, more of a poorly done 90minute ipa then something special.

Photo of Cuvie62
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of rtaps
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good. Nothing particularly special. Not much of an aroma.

Photo of Rybarra
3.36/5  rDev -17%

Photo of dertyd
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 22oz bomber to a tulip

A:poured a verry nice amber redish orange rusty color with a decent head that last a wile then fades to lace that clings to the glass

S;grape fruits and other tropical fruits higlight this beer with a little bit of grain and sourdough aromas

T:at first taste you get grains with bitter tropical fruits on the back end then it gets realy piney with the after taste

M:kinda wet and sticky with a piney after taste

O:overall a good beer but not great was hoping for a more grapefruity ipa I think lagunitas spoiled me with all there ipas cause not many stand up to them but this is far from
A bad beer it goes down smooth for the alch%

Live life drin beer!!!:-)

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Yoda22
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of hopswap1
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of RangnaR
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TheBigDipa
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty malty. But it does have an alright hop taste nothing too great.

Photo of TomD
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant orange colour. Bit of cloud. Head is off-white, sparse bubbling but nice uneven lace. Pleasant.

Smells extremely nutty. Caramel toffee, sweet, earthy, peanut brittle, hazelnut toffee, some citrus zest, salted caramel and marzipan. Sweet more than zesty. Is that a problem? Maybe a slight one.

Taste is a bit cardboardy. Possibly oxidised? Tastes caramel toffee, malty upfront, then gets metallic midway, some slightly old herbs, rocket, some citrus tang. Bitter, bit of freshness but has an empty stale woody flavour as well.

Bit tingly, bit of body to it. OK.

Tastes a bit old, some nice notes but a bit meek. Will attempt to re-try, if possible.

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Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.