Big Barrel Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 91 | Display Reviews Only:
4.16/5 rDev +2.2%
Clear orange colored ale with a puffy off-white colored head.
Smell is strongly of citrus. Abundant grapefruit with strong tea and malt sugar. Smells woody and slightly smoky.
Starts out sweet with a woody citrus flavor. Abundant citrus flavor like the smell. Little bit of butter and burnt sugar with a slight onion flavor. Tasty yet very smooth with not the slightest hint of how strong it is.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall a tasty and easy to drink double IPA. Not the best but it is nice for the price.
04-16-2013 01:34:03 | More by Zorro
3.35/5 rDev -17.7%
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!!!:-)
03-23-2013 07:27:44 | More by dertyd
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Thanks to robL for the sweet extra. Tasted 12 March 2013.
Pours a clear medium orange, drifting to amber. One finger of whitish head, good retention and impressive lacing. Thick ring of foam, reaching up with rings of lacing. A few stray bubbles are the only visible carbonation.
Smell is juicy, full of apricots, with a bit of citrus peaking through. Definitely malt-forward, without the hop zip I expect from a DIPA. I like balanced IPAs, but this one's leaning more towards barleywine territory, IMO.
Taste is similarly big and fruity. Lots of stone fruit, peaches and apricots, with honey layered on top. Minimal hop bitterness in the back end. And even that quickly gives way to
Mouthfeel is good. Medium-heavy body, fizzy buzzy zippy carbonation, gently zinging on my tongue. Sticky and persistent.
I'm torn about this beer. It doesn't strike me as a DIPA. Tasting it blind, I would definitely peg it as a barleywine. And not even that hoppy of a barleywine. But it's a pretty tasty, malt-forward barleywine. As a DIPA, I'm not sold. But as a beer, I really like it.
03-13-2013 03:20:15 | More by zeledonia
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Attractive sudsy pour in the tall Saxo tulip. Aromas of flowers and overripe fruit.
Quite sweet, but a malty rather than a sugary sweetness. It goes well with the huge fruit flavors. Mango, apricot nectar. Rather tart after some sipping. A textbook example of the Nelson Sauvin flavor, but more bittering hops lurk in the background. However, the bitterness is way less than most big hop beers. It allows the spice and alcohol to give it a livelier taste.
One of the more drinkable DIPAs for my taste. Cheerful and fruity. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in San Diego.
03-11-2013 04:21:43 | More by mactrail
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
A - 3 fingers tightly packed white foam on a deep golden liquid.
S - honeysuckle. Mint. Black pepper. Wild flowers. Grapefruit rind.
T - honeycomb sweetness up front with a hint of grainy cereal. Sweet pineapple fruit character and grapefruit rind in the center. Soft floral ad well. Hints of alcohol on the backend.
M - full bodied creamy texture. High carb with full round bubbles.
O - nice beer. A bit sweet for me but it was still enjoyable.
02-21-2013 03:11:26 | More by Teleweizen2
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours a cloudy orange with small head that dissapates rather dast. Bit of lacing left. Smell of sweet malt, sugar, orange zest, and a bit of grapefruit. Smells super sweet. Bitter up front with a lemony pine finish. Some serious malt backbone and lots of sweet caramel malts. Very solid and on the malt side of the spectrum for the style. Makes for a relaxing Friday night.
01-28-2013 20:51:15 | More by BMMillsy
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks to Pelican5 for sending this one my way! A nice hazy copper body with a finger and a half of head. Spotty spider web lacing is left behind. While i'm pouring this into the glass aromas of pineapple, mango and grapefruit fill the air. Taste is just as juicy as the smell. So much tropical fruit in this one. Has a medium body with a nice level of carbonation and just the right amount of hop bitterness. A little oily resin is left on the cheeks and the finish is so wet and juicy at first before turning dry. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and would love to have it again.
12-23-2012 02:58:35 | More by match1112
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.