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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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211 Ratings

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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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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
Photo of JohnG190
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
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

leodarko, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Booner818, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

tdm168, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.5%

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Cuvie62
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Cuvie62, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jklecko2, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TxMdScotty298, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

DustinSWB, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

vidisad, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of RangnaR
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

RangnaR, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
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.

laituegonflable, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Soto, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

brydeen, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

funkel81, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearence is hazy gold with a big white head leaving chunky, foamy lace.

Smell is strong, sweet hops, citrus, almonds?

Taste is also big and hoppy with an unusual candied vibe up front, some malt sugars mid-palate before a resious, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Drinkability is good, a dank, unusual, complex IPA.

ccrida, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

danwho, Aug 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

kdown, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

akang, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Madskill, Jul 30, 2013
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.