Big Barrel Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
WOW. Something I like from Mr. Strauss.
A - Bright amber/honey, near white head. Lots of cling lace. Gummy webby goodness.
S - Caramel, hops. Repeat. Hops, caramel. Repeat. Looking forward to this one.
T - Not disappointed. Big gooey caramel center effectively surrounded by a skin of hops. Nice is too simple.
M - Medium to full, great carb and balance.
D - OH yeah, I am a hop head at times. I can play with you for awhile.
Thanks for surprising me!
12-31-2009 02:44:05 | More by srandycarter
3.55/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
08-30-2010 04:06:31 | More by emmasdad
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):
Obligatory chill haze on the orange-amber hue clears as the beer warms up a bit; solid- looking head. Smells of freshly macerated ruby red grapefruit, mint, faint pineapple and mangos. Mouthfeel pings off the palate with a sublime creamy body and smooth carbonation. Hop bitterness may have that initial sting, but the flavors really unfold with each sip; grapefruit rind, arugula and light minty tone. Some tropical fruit in the mix within the warming estery alcoholic profile here. There is enough malt to go around though, which keeps most of the bitterness in check. Stays juicy even while the hops pummel the taste buds.
Hop character is in your face--or ours, rather--fume of alcohol for good measure, and it all makes for a very good Double IPA.
01-03-2011 15:39:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.15/5 rDev +2%
Well, Karl Strauss really stepped their game up with this one!
Pours a bright glowing orange. Big four or five inch white foam head. Long lasting foam and bubbles. Nice juicy yet appropriately carbonated mouthfeel.
Smells like funky grapefruit-y ... ganga-ness ... and some tropical juices. Surprising amount of caramel in the flavor.
Well, it's certainly not a hop-forward DIPA, but rather a balanced, pleasantly drinking one. Juicy tropical notes, some grapefruit, a bit of pine, but not much (it ain't very bitter), and a grain-y caramel malt backbone. Interesting. Unexpected.
05-22-2010 09:22:10 | More by Overlord
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%
A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of a lot of grapefruity hops
T - Follows the nose with grapefruit hops
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
D - Its a good beer overall a little average for a DIPA from San Diego I'd get again its worth a try
07-04-2010 21:11:17 | More by armock
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Pours a medium orange color with a thin cream layer across the top with large bubbled lacing and mild carbonation.
S - Smells very bready with very mild citrus, a little earthy, mildly peaty, and a little fruity.
T - Slightly biscuity, booze forward, and with a perfect citrus and pine balance. The booze is definitely present right at the end with some warming and there's a surprisingly clean finish and no lingering bitterness.
M - Medium body.
D - Awesome balance!
03-10-2011 05:11:05 | More by jzeilinger
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours hazy copper with a one inch head of bone froth. Moderate retention with a solid skim coat for the duration and some smeary lacework.
Aromatics are subdued for the style. Biscuity malt with hints of tangerine, grapefruit, and pine. Traces of honey and spruce bark can be found as well.
Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on.
Plumpish malt with toasted biscuits lead off the palate with some crushed pine and citrus. Grapefruit with minerally undertones.
Finishes with some lingering sugars with pine resin and grapefruit.
Pretty middle of the road flavor-wise, but the nose is seriously lacking for IIPA. Drinkable for sure, but so many other superior examples on the shelves in So Cal to choose from.
10-27-2010 00:04:23 | More by brewandbbq
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
A- A cloudy, luminescent, orange liquid with a creamy slightly off-white head that has good retention. Very nice.
S- Lots of pine and caramel with a touch of smoke. Fragrant and someone of a standout.
T- Sweet caramel malt, and I mean serious caramel, combines nicely with the pine hop flavors. Very flavorful, but a touch on the simple side.
M- Silky smooth liquid with a light lasting bitterness and dryness. Probably the smoothest DIPA that has touched my lips.
D- The alcohol is hidden well. Overall, this is very smooth, but not as complex as some other beers of the style. Enjoyable and worth trying.
08-29-2010 03:31:26 | More by david131
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
A rare good DIPA from Karl. Poured hazy orange with a frothy white head and good lacing. Very nice orange and grapefruit aroma with equal parts piney goodness. Some caramel malt that fades in the background. Hearty mouthfeel without being sticky. Solid hop bomb of citrus and herbal/resiny hops. Leans on the sour citrus rather than the tropical sweetness. Enough malt to keep in balanced, in terms of DIPA's. Really, really liked this.
12-21-2009 22:04:20 | More by magictrokini
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Karl Strauss is rather easy to overlook in the San Diego beer scene - there are just so many great brewers at work in the area. I enjoy their sessionable ales once in a while, but here we have an attempt to make a BIG beer on par with some of the offerings from their more renown neighbors.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Deep tangerine colored body toppd by a thick, lasting, soapy beige foam finger. Ropy lacing and faint glassy legs.
Nelson hops are readily apparent in the nose, adding a candy/berry like fruit note with a hint of guava and grapefruit as well (from the Ahtanum I suppose). Malts are present with a vague sweet/spicy/smokey element too.
Big citrus (grapefruit) flavors up front with a pungent pine-like element, but smoother than most C-hops. Hay-bale like backbone, sweet and grassy, but rather bitter, probably from a mixture of malt and (Warrior) hops. Smooth, almost cocoa or even oat-like finish once the bitterness finally recedes, though the fruit persists as well.
Medium-bodied, well carbonated, and very lightly astringent - alcohol is well disguised/integrated.
Unique, subtle, and very tasty - I'll be picking up the rest of this series of "big" beers over time.
07-15-2010 01:20:51 | More by augustgarage
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
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
I got this for Christmas from my Sister in law, who lives in SD. I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep, clear orange with a monstrous sticky, white head. The lacing is all over the glass. The nose is big and full of tropical fruit(pineapple, mango). Sweet grapefruit are also noticeable. The flavor follows the nose. A very balanced DIPA, The tropical flavors are balanced out by a slightly bitter finish. This is medium bodied and well carbonated. This beer is a home run. The nelson hops shine in this making this one of the best DIPA's I have had.
01-01-2010 18:37:12 | More by bonkers
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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