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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

211 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Kaleh001, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of PorterPotty
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

PorterPotty, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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

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

tastymug, May 24, 2014
Photo of jcallover34
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jcallover34, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ubufan2112, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

hit728, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

BryanCDM, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Yoda22
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Yoda22, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ThePaleRider, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

OscarO67, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

pumaguy021, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

DenverHopHead, Feb 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

chuckwn, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Raziel313, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Jan 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JerseyHopHead, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mikeburd1128, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JamesGWittel, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Beer21, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bnewms87, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JohnG190, Dec 31, 2013
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
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.