Big Barrel Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
412th review on BA
bottle to tulip
App- A very dark sunset orange with amber and yellow highlights. One finger head that was nicely fluffy and white. Very sticky lacing.
Smell- Smells a bit of grapefruit and malts with some fresh mint.
Taste- A bit of a creamier DIPA with some malts being forward and fruits accentuating the big alcohol feel but not boozy.
Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed as was expecting but like the taste was a bit maltier and a bit creamier than most.
Drink- Pretty good DIPA, holds its own with some of the big boys but just falls a bit short. Was good but but probably wont come back to this one.
04-18-2011 03:00:37 | More by FosterJM
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a hazy amber-orange with two fingers of parchment colored head. Low retention but manages to leave some spots of lacing on the glass with a bit of stick to it.
Malty backbone of caramel, toffee and sweet breads underlying tangerine, blood oranges, tropical starburst candy and herbaceous mint. A bit faint.
Sweet breads and a touch of grain before the hops come in very sweet and juicy. Tangerines, pineapple and considerable snappy bitterness with a long lasting bitter feel. Flavor lends well to a bit of alcohol burn at the tail end. Finishes with orange rind and a parched slight acidity.
Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Accentuates the sweeter hop profile and big alcohol in this beer. Pleasant bitterness that lasts well past the flavor. Boozy and juicy.
May have caught this one on the tail end of it's life but still punchy and well built DIPA. Similar hop profile to Karl's regular DIPA Tower 20 but without the intense sweetness and more of an alpha acid focus. Will revisit.
03-15-2012 02:09:32 | More by rawfish
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
Thanks a lot to Tim for sharing this and Dr. B for bringing it back from
San Diego - cheers.
Enjoyed chilled in a snifter.
The color is rosy amber with good clarity and golden hues with thick white head. The smell is floral with pleasant hop aroma -nice hint of light citrus and subtle sweet malt with mild caramel nose. The feel is balanced with malt and light spice with moderate sweet elements and mild alcohol w/ semi-dry finish.
The taste has mild citrus flavor with light vegetal elements and subtle tinge of malt in the middle with a gentle spice and grapefruit note from the hops with caramel malt providing a nice backbone to the bitterness the hops provide. Overall I think this is a decent if not above average example of the style, not aggressively hopped to the extreme as others but a very nice flavor and balance and one I could drink frequently -not a bad beer in any sense.
09-24-2012 14:00:13 | More by Slatetank
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into Duvel Tulip
A: Beautiful golden hazy color with about a fingers worth of creamy white head. Left behind some nice lacing. This beer really looked special. Amazing.
S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit pineapple. A nice malty backbone. Typical west coast IPA smell
T: Really well balanced. Sweet citrus up front and a nice bitter finish. A nice malty, bready character. 9% alcohol is well disguised. A really delicious, refreshing drink.
M: Medium bodied, with a nice amount of carbonation. Not too heavy. Very smooth as it goes down.
D: I took down the entire bomber, and that is the perfect amount. I got through it easily. A nice drinker.
03-29-2011 07:35:09 | More by SeaOfShells
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.