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Big Barrel Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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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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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-04-2013 18:03:49 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:11:26 | More by Teleweizen2
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +23.2%

02-19-2013 14:37:25 | More by csustar001
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apf

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-12-2013 03:13:53 | More by apf
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Devinph

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-06-2013 05:31:17 | More by Devinph
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AlbertosTacos

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-03-2013 07:28:12 | More by AlbertosTacos
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 20:51:15 | More by BMMillsy
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cheetsmageets

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-12-2013 02:31:11 | More by cheetsmageets
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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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shagal

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-03-2013 06:29:00 | More by shagal
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-01-2013 08:50:15 | More by PthPndr
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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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BlackTuesday

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-25-2012 22:10:39 | More by BlackTuesday
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match1112

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:58:35 | More by match1112
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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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ChanChan

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-07-2012 16:57:14 | More by ChanChan
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ac419


4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-25-2012 02:15:16 | More by ac419
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-21-2012 17:36:47 | More by Archemedies
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-17-2012 02:45:39 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a sweet honey flavor on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 03:35:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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goatxpower

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice fluffy white head, very clear amber hue

S- it's official... I can pick out Nelson Sauvin in a beer. That was the first thing I said when I took a whiff, and sure enough it was mentioned in the description. smells like Grand Marnier, almonds, marzipan, white wine. very intricate, yet one dimensional, as these are all aromas produced by the hops. The aroma is mouth watering, really.

T- There's hops in it...
For the most part, the taste mirrors the smell, but with further subtle intricacies. I get hints of pomegranate on the tail end, toasted malt, almost quinine-like bitter notes, lemongrass and ginger. This is a really layered beer

M- this beer hides its ABV remarkably well. you simply can't tell that you are drinking a 9.0 % alcohol beer. The body is thin, but the flavors linger and evolve long after each sip.

O- While I don't think that this is a groundbreaking DIPA, it is a world class example. My only gripe is the $8 price tag that I paid (at a store that is known for marking up a bit high). At a good price, I would buy this again.... but only if Pliny wasn't available.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 06:13:40 | More by goatxpower
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to Tim for sharing this and Dr. B for bringing it back from
San Diego - cheers.

Enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color is rosy amber with good clarity and golden hues with thick white head. The smell is floral with pleasant hop aroma -nice hint of light citrus and subtle sweet malt with mild caramel nose. The feel is balanced with malt and light spice with moderate sweet elements and mild alcohol w/ semi-dry finish.

The taste has mild citrus flavor with light vegetal elements and subtle tinge of malt in the middle with a gentle spice and grapefruit note from the hops with caramel malt providing a nice backbone to the bitterness the hops provide. Overall I think this is a decent if not above average example of the style, not aggressively hopped to the extreme as others but a very nice flavor and balance and one I could drink frequently -not a bad beer in any sense.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 14:00:13 | More by Slatetank
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-23-2012 19:40:51 | More by Reagan1984
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-22-2012 00:14:07 | More by tbeq00
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tizride

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-19-2012 23:31:46 | More by tizride
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.