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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
91
outstanding

200 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 47
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LongBeachHopHead on 11-15-2009)
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hopswap1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-09-2013 16:26:13 | More by hopswap1
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-10-2011 16:51:05 | More by mhaugo
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

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.

09-20-2013 01:48:26 | More by laituegonflable
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RangnaR

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-25-2013 18:13:31 | More by RangnaR
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hit728

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-13-2014 04:15:01 | More by hit728
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Soto

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-06-2013 23:17:41 | More by Soto
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TheBigDipa

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-07-2012 04:52:13 | More by TheBigDipa
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-04-2013 18:03:49 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Buick222

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-02-2013 17:49:56 | More by Buick222
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TomD

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-04-2013 01:50:26 | More by TomD
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours from the bomber a somewhat hazy orange color, with a finger or so of tight white head. Big hoppy aromas here, mostly citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind) and a little malt. On the palate, this one is very hop dominated, with a little caramel malt and a long bitter finish. I find it harder and harder to get through these hop bomb bombers alone.

08-30-2010 04:06:31 | More by emmasdad
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -12%

22oz bomber purchased somewhere in Northern California. Brought back to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep golden colour with a full weight to the body. Mildly hazed, but mostly pretty clear. Head is pocked, filmy and white, leaving some fairly fine specks of lace. Pretty full. Carbonation is also pretty fine. Looks very good all up.

Nose is pleasant enough. Resiny characters come through above a bright but light barley sugar character. Some soapy lemon comes through, leaving a slight rusty twang in the nostrils. Peppery spice is also noticeable, while the barley sugar character turns a bit doughy as it warms up.

Light and sweet on the front palate, more of that sugar note, before a little greenery comes through the mid-palate, along with a touch of herbs and a faint citrus bite. Clean finish, which is actually something of a shame, because it could really use more bite. Just a slight soda tingle on the back. ABV is well hidden at least.

Overall, this isn't bad. There's certainly things to like in it. It could use a bit more complexity: specifically, some more integrated complexity. Still, this is a solid brew, clearly well-made. I'd love to try it super-fresh as well.

12-27-2013 08:20:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

Crystal clear hue deep copper with a big off white cream colored head chunky textured billows above the rim of my nonic imperial pint glass. Fine speckled lacing around the sides of the glass. Aroma hints of juicy ripened fruit with citrus/herbal hops in the backend. A bit of maltiness and diacetyl popcorn butter tones. Just a hint of that ,with caramel malt tones earthiness balances as well. Flavor this one is in the mix between a light barleywine and a heavy DIPA it has alot of juicy malt caramelized sugars flowing back and forth. Sugary malt layers is really off putting with a bit of hot alcohol tones this is not refined nice and easy going big West Coast hoppy ales this is a diefferent direction. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying resinous but heavy on the palate residual sugars eliminate the clean drinking experience carbonation does live up to the bigger body. Drinkability has to get better for this style, no more heavy set women taking up arms unless you know somebody is getting to you, and want if you want me to get involved again, then maybe someday we will get a more refined version of what we're looking for.

10-23-2010 05:41:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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kmoen

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-01-2014 02:16:20 | More by kmoen
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-16-2014 01:35:03 | More by mikeburd1128
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Booner818

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-17-2013 07:29:51 | More by Booner818
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-03-2013 01:16:02 | More by largadeer
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Alron

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-14-2014 07:55:14 | More by Alron
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Madskill

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-30-2013 03:45:38 | More by Madskill
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-24-2012 04:33:23 | More by ygtbsm94
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DustinSWB

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-02-2013 18:51:00 | More by DustinSWB
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-15-2012 04:08:40 | More by SocalKicks
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jklecko2

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-25-2013 15:58:09 | More by jklecko2
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Raziel313

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-30-2014 10:46:29 | More by Raziel313
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SheboyganJake


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-16-2012 00:01:36 | More by SheboyganJake
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.