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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

222 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 44
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: LongBeachHopHead on 11-15-2009

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Photo of RangnaR
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of brydeen
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ccrida
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Madskill
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DSkilling
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jwalden
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of KevT
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Omer4176
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Shogun730
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Yello5
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bvermilion
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of swetsastonic
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.