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Big Barrel Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

197 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 11 | 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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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-11-2012 10:04:47 | More by brand_OHH
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-26-2012 17:15:38 | More by beerpadawan
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-24-2012 03:22:56 | More by Texasfan549
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-24-2012 02:26:21 | More by BeerHunter76
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-23-2012 16:35:59 | More by kjkinsey
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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-24-2012 03:34:22 | More by CelticAleMan
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-16-2012 00:01:36 | More by SheboyganJake
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rawfish

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 02:09:32 | More by rawfish
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-07-2012 02:47:10 | More by BMart
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rtaps

California

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-04-2012 06:20:09 | More by rtaps
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crbooher

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-11-2012 22:14:19 | More by crbooher
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BucannonXC5

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was honey orange. About a finger width of head. Dusty white lacing on the top with some bubbles in the middle. Sporadic film on the sides, but not as much as I thought there would be.

Smelled huge hops right in the beginning. Citrus hops as expected with grapefruit seeming to be the leader. Also tangerine in there, too.

Tasted a bit stronger on the alcohol side than I expected. Tons of citrus hops. Seemed to be more tangerine than grapefruit, but it was tough to tell. Bitter on the tongue after.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.

I had high hopes for this beer, but it didn’t quite live up to my billing. I’d probably try it again though.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 04:59:21 | More by BucannonXC5
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +23.2%

01-13-2012 20:57:49 | More by CEDAMA
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vic21234

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A- Looks like a beautiful DIPA. Pours a cloudy orange with a finger or two worth of head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Lots of citrus- grapefruit and mango.

T- A strong and bitter hop profile combines with a malty finish in the end. Citrusy as well as a bit of pine notes.

M- Medium, nice carbonation. Heavy bitterness lingers for awhile.

I like this one. Too bad I can't get it regularly in IL.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:34:30 | More by vic21234
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TheBigDipa

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-07-2012 04:52:13 | More by TheBigDipa
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-24-2011 08:03:33 | More by jophish17
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Thingus

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review on empty stomach... Forgive me if spelling or grammar errors start popping up...

Picked up this bottle earlier this evening, not sure when it was bottled (no date listed) but I'm only about 40 minutes north of San Diego so I imagine it's pretty fresh...

Poured into a 16 ounce tulip;

Appearance; is a nice amber, 3 finger head that quickly faded to a thin layer of bubbles... Lacing is not terrible and what little head there is seems to be hanging around...

Smell; no standouts here for me but subtle notes of citrus and tropics... I feel like I just stepped off an airplane in Honolulu...

Taste; much like smell, nothing stands out a ton, smooth citrus, and tropics, pineapple, star fruit... Well balanced with just a touch of bitterness on the finish.. Slight hint of alcohol throughout that becomes more prevelant...

Mouthfeel; very smooth, lively carbonation

Overall; a fairly mellow DIPA, that is quite enjoyable and may be a fitting stand in to my current favorite, Unearthly (which can't be found around these parts unfortunately) and given the price is tough to beat... I recommend it!!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:24:15 | More by Thingus
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iSrALE

Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-18-2011 04:47:24 | More by iSrALE
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banger1228

California

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-15-2011 21:11:06 | More by banger1228
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a light frothy head.

Smells like roasted malts, kinda sweet and a hint of hops underneath.

Tastes exactly like it smells, a sweetish malty flavor, with a hint of hops hidden in there.

Great texture, feels luxurious, with a lot of boldness.

A great beer, but not if you are looking for the hops. Malt is key player here, doesn't make it bad, just not as much of an IPA as I prefer.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 06:35:20 | More by Drinkerofales
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-26-2011 14:16:37 | More by jenray
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-24-2011 19:34:41 | More by Exiled
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.