Big Barrel Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-03-2011 06:35:20 | More by Drinkerofales
2.83/5 rDev -30.5%
22oz bomber poured into pint glass
A. Rich golden, 1.5 finger frothy head, crystal clear
S. bready honey malt, white grapes, earthy hops
T. heavy on the malt twinge, was hoping for more hop presence but more of bitter with oxidization then with hops and something is weird and yogurt-like in the backbone.
M. all over the place, not sure what's going on here, needs more balance
O. Disappointed, more of a poorly done 90minute ipa then something special.
11-11-2011 16:15:23 | More by Centennial
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
22oz bottle poured into my Stone "Hoppy Fathers Day" pint glass. No best by date on the bottle
A- An attractive, clear, orange yellow pour yields a small white head that sticks around for a little bit and clings to the sides of the glass for dear life.
S- Fresh tropical fruits on the nose followed by sweet malty notes. Grains, bread, cirtus, pine, fresh grassy aromas. Awesome
T- Sweet malts up front, bready grain flavors give way to fresh, bitter, hops. Tropical fruits mixed with delicious resiny pine on the back end that fades into candy sweetness and no residual bitterness. Spectacular.
M- Slick mouthfeel, good carbonation, perfect for the style.
O- It really takes an amazing beer to "wow" me. This was impressive, really wish i had more. Seek this out!
10-29-2011 18:18:06 | More by kmatlack
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
Glowing orange with a thick off-white head and lots of stick left all over the glass. Gorgeous.
Incredibly pungent and tropical aroma. The distinct Nelson hops really shine here. The aromas are of strong, smashed pineapples and grapefruits, along with a strong floral note, and some dank, sticky marijuana. Love it! One of the best aromas I've ever experienced from any DIPA.
Medium to high bitterness, but loads of grapefruit and pineapple flavors balance things out. Again, the Nelson hops shine through tremendously.
Medium to thick body with a dry finish.
An absolutely wonderful DIPA. I need to have this one again (and again and again and again). Honestly, I never expected a DIPA this good to come from Karl Strauss--count me in as very pleasantly surprised.
09-28-2011 15:04:34 | More by ehammond1
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a translucent deep honey orange color with a nice white foamy, soapy head that leaves some nice sticky lacing.
Aromas begin with a boat ton of pineapple, not pine, but fruity pineapple juice almost. The you get some orange, light grapefruit and a tiny bit of floral hops are present as well. As it warms I can detect the nice caramel and bready malt sweetness. The almost acidic vinous/earthy white wine-like Nelson hops are stealing the show here and dominating my olfactory senses.
The tastes begin with the light caramel and sweet bready malts, then you get a ton of pineapple and orange hop flavors. The bready sweet malts are present throughout helping to balance the bitter hop flavors. Nice tropical mango flavors join the party and complement the pineapple and the other candied/sweet hop flavors. There is a nice light spiciness mixed in there as well that I can't quite identify.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation; exactly what I would want in this style of beer. The finish borderlines being crisp and clean but the ample hops make it lean ever so slightly to the typical DIPA "sticky" feeling. Not a drop of alcohol is present which is a great complement/accomplishment for any beer of this style/magnitude.
Overall this is a great extremely dangerously drinkable DIPA. The sweet caramel and bready malts are perfectly balanced with the hop bitterness and hop flavors. I can't stress enough how balanced this is with all the flavors which is why this beer is such a winner. It's not mind-blowing in any category, just really really well made beer that highlights a great new hop variety (Nelson Sauvin); not as awesome as Alpine Nelson does, but still a great, highly recommended beer that is worth seeking out.
09-22-2011 22:44:59 | More by claspada
5/5 rDev +22.9%
A - Orange & clear yellow, Great lacing and a perfect normal small DIPA head. No sediment.
S - WOW! Floral hops! Reminds me of a tropical paradise with a ipa. Sweet apricot, some very balanced alcohol, backed with some sweet grapefruit.
T - Taste is as it smells, floral sweetness nectar of a DIPA. Bitter but very nice, goes down balanced with very apricot/grapefruit taste, taste is rich and plentiful. This has to be a hop heads dream.
M - Smooth, not to fizzy and not under-carbed, just perfect. Great floral/tasty aftertaste!
O - Overall.... um this stuff is supers! Bomb, dank... yea. Too good that I am about to get another grower. Come on now, what more can you ask out of a DIPA? HOP HEADS UP!
09-03-2011 02:52:22 | More by SDtastentune
4.03/5 rDev -1%
A - Pours a slightly hazy almost amber color with a dense tan head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing behind.
S - Primarily tropical fruit hops, mostly pineapple. Some sweet caramel malt comes through as well.
T - Massive hops up front, again mostly tasting of pineapple, with some other tropical fruits mixed in. Nice amount of malt balances this out nicely.
M - Nice, bright medium mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.
O - Easily the best beer I've had from Karl Strauss, though still a notch or two below the best DIPAs I've had. Still, a very drinkable DIPA with hardly any noticeable alcohol.
07-25-2011 16:44:33 | More by warnerry
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance - Hazy orange/amber colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There appears to be a fairly high amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pineapples
Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. As well, there is a quite a bit of tropical fruit/pineapple flavour and some orange zest and juice. It finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with a medium amount of lingering hop bitterness.
Overall - I couldn't find a date on my bottle, so I'm not really sure how fresh it was. It had a decent amount of hop taste but It's not a hop bomb by any means. I enjoyed the beer more as it warmed up in my glass. If you're a fan of tropical fruit flavours in your DIPA's, give this one a try.
06-15-2011 16:33:21 | More by spinrsx
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle. This is beer number 2500 for me.
The beer pours a golden-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity. I get a lot of grapefruit, pineapple and papaya notes. The tropical fruit notes in the beer really stand out, with very little else coming through.
The flavor is more of the same. I get a little biscuit malt, but I also get a ton of pineapple and papaya. The beer is full of hop flavor but the bitterness is fairly low. Overall, the beer is very drinkable,
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-29-2011 04:13:49 | More by Mora2000
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
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
The Nelson Sauvin hop was really interesting in the Mikkeller single hop, and it is masterfully used here. First comes the "white wine" taste (and the aromas are lovely grapes) and a good one at that, then in the finish, other hops put the beer into 90 IBU territory, so hops in your face. Nebver harsh, this was an absolute delight and worth seeking out. Above average mouthfeel, a great smooth drinker.
Kudos to my southern neighbour that sent this one.
04-03-2011 01:57:51 | More by Sammy
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
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured from a 22oz into a Surly Darkness tulip on 3/28/11.
Pours a pretty clear golden orange with 2 fingers of slightly off white frothy head that dissipates leaving moderate lacing on the glass.
Smells of a hops and grapefruit. Sweet malt is present but only on the backside. Very nice malt hop balance one of the best I have had the pleasure of smelling.
Taste hops and grapefruit citrus that have a wonderful bitterness. Carmel and candy sweetness balances the bitterness of the hops and keeps my mouth watering. Gets a little boozy as it warms.
Mouthfeel is light to medium weight. Bitterness is present but very well balanced but the sweet notes and leaves the finish smooth and enjoyable.
Drinkability is high in my book. It gets a little boozy as it warms and the alcohol becomes more volatile but other then that this beer has few flaws. I will be looking for this one again. My first Karl Strauss brew and I am looking forward to trying others from them now.
03-29-2011 03:26:59 | More by UMNbeerhunter
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
This extremely smooth and drinkable DIPA was enjoyed out of a 22oz bomber as the last beer at the end of a DIPA session.
The appearance looks like a typical DIPA, but one taste told me that this is a big-league hoppy brew. This beer bursts with IBUs but is still one of the smoothest DIPAs I've had.
At 9%ABV its dangerously drinkable. I put it in my top 5 DIPAs with Pliny the Elder, Green Flash Imperial, Left Coast Hop Juice and Ruination
03-10-2011 19:57:05 | More by gfthree7
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Pours a medium orange color with a thin cream layer across the top with large bubbled lacing and mild carbonation.
S - Smells very bready with very mild citrus, a little earthy, mildly peaty, and a little fruity.
T - Slightly biscuity, booze forward, and with a perfect citrus and pine balance. The booze is definitely present right at the end with some warming and there's a surprisingly clean finish and no lingering bitterness.
M - Medium body.
D - Awesome balance!
03-10-2011 05:11:05 | More by jzeilinger
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance - This is a rich, heavy orange in color yet clear with a nice, retentive head that came up on a vigorous pour.
Smell - The pine is stiff but balanced. There's some orange in here as well along with a much larger floral hop aroma. The malts are very sweet and full of butter.
Taste - The malty butterness is wonderful here and the hop combination from the nose pairs nicely with it. The floral notes are a bit more prominent but otherwise this is rightly balanced.
Mouthfeel - This is a bit lighter than I would have liked but just does qualify as medium-bodied. The carbonation is appropriate for the style. This ale is very smooth and creamy in the mouth and the light bitter bite at the end is just stiff enough to get noticed.
Drinkability - This is a very smooth DIPA with no hint whatsoever of the 9% ABV. It is big but not overpowering and would be an excellent choice to introduce the novice drinker to the style.
02-24-2011 02:48:51 | More by RoyalT
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
22oz bottle. From notes
A - Slightly hazy, apricot orange, small, slightly off-white head
S - A musty orange smell with grassy hops. Not overwhelmingly bitter nose but the sweet malt is picked up
T - Very grassy and also very orange tasting. A bit sweet toffee and caramel sugars. A little booziness flavour to it
M - Juicy and actually pretty smooth (probably those Warrior hops doing their thing)
D - A good drinker, interesting blend of hops. Wouldn't say it's in the 'upper class' of DIPAs but good on its own.
01-25-2011 17:55:02 | More by OakedCanuck
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):
Obligatory chill haze on the orange-amber hue clears as the beer warms up a bit; solid- looking head. Smells of freshly macerated ruby red grapefruit, mint, faint pineapple and mangos. Mouthfeel pings off the palate with a sublime creamy body and smooth carbonation. Hop bitterness may have that initial sting, but the flavors really unfold with each sip; grapefruit rind, arugula and light minty tone. Some tropical fruit in the mix within the warming estery alcoholic profile here. There is enough malt to go around though, which keeps most of the bitterness in check. Stays juicy even while the hops pummel the taste buds.
Hop character is in your face--or ours, rather--fume of alcohol for good measure, and it all makes for a very good Double IPA.
01-03-2011 15:39:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance: Deep golden honey colored beer with a nice creamy white head that lasts.
Smell: Fruity hops followed by some grapefruit like hop aroma, (not as strong as when I had it on draft). Very nice, but a little subdued.
Taste: Great topical fruit and grapefruit hop taste that isn't overly bitter. The hops are definitely in the taste, just fruity, and delicious. The Nelson Sauvin hops have such a great fruitiness to them. The beer has a nice slightly sweet malt flavor but finishes really nice and dry.
Mouthfeel: It has some body and slight sweetness, but finishes creamy and dry.
Drinkability: For a IIPA, this is one of the easier to drink. It masks the alcohol very well. The lower bitterness and the great hop flavor coupled with the dry finishes makes this an easy drinker. Extremely well balanced, a great West Coast "San Diego" style IIPA.
Karl Strauss is really starting to pick it up. I think this beer will open a lot of beer nerds eyes to what may be coming down the line from Karl Strauss.
Side note: This beer is even better fresh and on tap.
12-02-2010 04:08:32 | More by WeeObese
4.21/5 rDev +3.4%
Good light orange and light brown appearance. Amazing musty Nelson aroma, lots of dry pine to it, followed by a heartier, thicker grapefruit contingent.
Taste, hoppy, ample bitterness, doesn't weigh heavy in the mouthfeel. A little upbeat with ever so slight mint feel to it. The most complex and best Karl Strauss I've ever had I'm thinking at this point. . . by far. Melds dryness with stickiness and a great reperesentation of the Nelson hop. Kinda strange, I've had this and the Nelson for the first time within the last month, and the results are completely surprising, as I like the KS more than the Alpine (for once).
A great amount of drinkability for a beer this strong, very easy going down. I would recommend you drink this earlier in your night (order wise with other beers) as the Nelson hop is delicate, but here, it is strong, but I just think the Nelson hop needs to really shine a little warmer and earlier in the evening.
$6 a bomber and well worth it. Easily the best thing ever from Karl Strauss.
11-20-2010 01:58:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5 rDev +2%
a - has a nice creamy golden texture to it
s - my first throught was milk on the smell but now it seems more like a yeast rsmell with a hint of rose
t - bitter sweat
m - lovely feeling in a mouth
d- pretty dern good, a little to powerful to drink the full pounder, 9% is a little to powerful for me
11-19-2010 03:51:32 | More by taylorparsons
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.