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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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211 Ratings

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 17 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

kdown, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

hopswap1, Apr 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mhaugo, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

laituegonflable, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

RangnaR, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

hit728, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Soto, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

TheBigDipa, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

EyePeeAyBryan, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Buick222, Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

TomD, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

emmasdad, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 27, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Birmz, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 23, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

kmoen, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mikeburd1128, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Booner818, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

largadeer, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Alron, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Madskill, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

DustinSWB, Oct 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

SocalKicks, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jklecko2, Oct 25, 2013
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.