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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
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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 08:20:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
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emmasdad

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 04:06:31 | More by emmasdad
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csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

12-28-2012 01:45:47 | More by csmartin6
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-03-2013 04:47:53 | More by Beerswag
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Yoda22

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-15-2014 21:23:48 | More by Yoda22
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kdown

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-05-2013 05:52:10 | More by kdown
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hopswap1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-09-2013 16:26:13 | More by hopswap1
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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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laituegonflable

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:48:26 | More by laituegonflable
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RangnaR

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

09-25-2013 18:13:31 | More by RangnaR
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hit728

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-13-2014 04:15:01 | More by hit728
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Soto

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

09-06-2013 23:17:41 | More by Soto
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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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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-04-2013 18:03:49 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Buick222

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-02-2013 17:49:56 | More by Buick222
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TomD

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-04-2013 01:50:26 | More by TomD
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a nice looking golden color with a bit of orange to it and a finger's worth of white head.

S: Quite a bit of sweet caramel maltiness with some slightly grassy and citrusy hops. A little maltier/sweeter than I like, but not too bad.

T: The hops have really died out from the flavor. A bit of grass and citrus with only a mild pine on the finish. Quite sweet and malty, lots of caramel.

M: The body is nice and a bit on the full side for an IPA. Moderately carbonated.

D: As I noted in the aroma, this is a bit on the sweet side for my tastes. Still not bad, but I would prefer a bigger, more pungent hop character.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 15:31:35 | More by womencantsail
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dertyd

California

3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 22oz bomber to a tulip

A:poured a verry nice amber redish orange rusty color with a decent head that last a wile then fades to lace that clings to the glass

S;grape fruits and other tropical fruits higlight this beer with a little bit of grain and sourdough aromas

T:at first taste you get grains with bitter tropical fruits on the back end then it gets realy piney with the after taste

M:kinda wet and sticky with a piney after taste

O:overall a good beer but not great was hoping for a more grapefruity ipa I think lagunitas spoiled me with all there ipas cause not many stand up to them but this is far from
A bad beer it goes down smooth for the alch%

Live life drin beer!!!:-)

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 07:27:44 | More by dertyd
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Cuvie62

Florida

3/5  rDev -26.1%

10-27-2013 04:16:40 | More by Cuvie62
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rtaps

California

3/5  rDev -26.1%

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

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 16:15:23 | More by Centennial
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cletusdog

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

12-12-2012 19:10:55 | More by cletusdog
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Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.