Big Sur - Double IPA
BarrelHouse Brewing Company

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BarrelHouse Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #894
Ranked #4,448
4.18 | pDev: 8.61%
Feb 23, 2022
Jun 07, 2016
Notes: Big Sur, a masterpiece of colossal redwoods, treacherous cliffs, and dangerous surf breaks. With nearly 70 miles of rugged coastline and frigid sharky waters, adventure here isn’t for the faint of heart. Introducing BIG SUR Double IPA, brewed big to stand up to life’s most rewarding adventures.
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Ratings by RyanK252:
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

On tap at BarrelHouse Brewing

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Ripe tropical and stone fruit, bright citrus, spicy grassy herbal notes, a little pine, biscuity bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange lemon, and grapefruit, spicy resinous pine, tropical and stone fruit, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, peach, apricot, pear, and melon, grassy slightly dank herbal notes, biscuity bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: It's been a little while I last had a sip of this, glad to do a full shakedown from the source. Really solid DIPA with nice depth of flavor.

Nov 27, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

12oz can, no canning date

Pours a finger of dense white head into my can-style glass. Retention is quite good, only losing a small amount of head after a couple minutes. Initial lacing looks wonderful. Body is golden yellow, decent clarity, with an army of bubbles coming up. Looks very nice so far.

Nose is citrus rind, some alcohol, slight malty sweetness, faintest mango; astringent citrus dominates. Smells like an uneventful double IPA. It’s likely dated at this point, I’ve had it for a month, but it was probably canned a good amount before then, gotta date your cans!

Flavor certainly has more to it. Citrus is still a little high at times, but not nearly as piercing or sharp as on the nose. You definitely get some of that mango, some dankness comes out with time as well. The malt sweetness is tasteful and balances things well. Not outstanding, but pretty decent.

Carbonation is about medium, maybe medium-low. Either way, this is very lively, the hops are surely doing some work there too. Body drinks pretty light for a double, but again, very alive. Bitterness is palatable, but assertive in the finish. Sweetness is also tasteful, only coming in with a touch of sweetness; overly sweet is the fastest way to cancel a IIPA for me. No trace of alcohol, without using any flare or gimmicks, impressive. Stellar mouthfeel.

Due to the wonderful mouthfeel, the drinkability is actually quite good.

Appearance turned out killer. The lacing was thick all the way down, and the head very resilient.

Overall I’m not sure I can grade this much higher than the flavor, as that does hold it back a little bit. But big shout out to the mouthfeel and the rest of the supporting cast.

Feb 23, 2022
3.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jan 17, 2022
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3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

Fairly forgettable. Big caramel. Bit of lime and grapefruit. But malt forward, not enough hop bite. Medium body. Good carbonation. Zest and caramel, biscuit. Mild bitterness, a bit watery even.

Jan 02, 2022
4.25 by hockeypuck from Maine on Aug 21, 2021
4.25 by mpenske from California on Jun 03, 2021
4.29 by AWA from California on Apr 22, 2021
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3.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HazyinLove from California

Nooooooottttt sooooo baaaadd. A bit of an abv buzz to this guy. Would love to sip at an outdoor concert. Piney, west coast style.

Apr 10, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by frankdatank1337 from California

This is a easy drinking NE style double IPA. No frills, just good beer.

Jan 02, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by simonrgilbert57 from California

This beer looks more like a hazy than a normal DIPA, and its floral taste reflects that look. The head seems natural but it goes away fairly quickly. The taste also resembles its smell: it doesn't taste like a super hoppy double IPA, but it does taste like a fantastic hazy ipa with multiple floral notes that stay in the mouth after the hops subside. If you're looking for a standard DIPA, maybe choose something else. But if you're looking for an outstanding overall beer with floral character, this is a great option. Will be buying again.

Dec 27, 2020
4.1 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Jul 31, 2019
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5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ambiguousbigot from California

The perfect double IPA. The easiest to drink beer above 9.6 percent I've ever had.

May 29, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Avitra from Switzerland

A little too one dimensional

May 21, 2019
3.74 by Lobina from Arizona on Feb 18, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by patre_tim from Thailand

Copper filtered with few slow rising bubbles, and 4 fingers of white head.

Smells of pine, pineapple candy, orange and a hint of grapefruit pith.

Tastes awesome, of pineapple candy, pine, caramel and a nice, solid bitterness.

Medium, slightly syrupy body, with little carbonation.

I got this in Fairfield, and am drinking it in Redding, Feb 2nd, 2019. Excellent brew, with reminders of Pliny.

Feb 03, 2019
4.23 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jan 02, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by lucius10 from California

Barrelhouse has impressed me with this DIPA! Had this on tap at Taproom in Visalia. Nose is one of the best I have ever enjoyed for an DIPA. Big, strong whiff of tropical notes...passionfruit, mango...sweetness...Taste follows nose up until the sweetness and then hits you with the IBUs and a slight bite of alcohol-ness at the end. Really complex with different parts throughout the swallow. Watch out! This is a very drinkable (almost fun!) DIPA that packs a punch at 9.6%.

Oct 27, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by FFreak from Vermont

22 oz bottle from the grocery in Paso for about $9. Nice coppery color with a 1/2 finger of creamy head that leaves some lace. Nice citrus and a little tropical fruit aromas. Very nicely balanced taste and mouth feel is just right - medium bodied with no hint of the high ABV. Overall, a great west coast DIPA.

Oct 25, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by 1koolrule from California

Easy drinking Double IPA.
Good go to double. Not harsh. Not over hoppy. Great beet!

Sep 23, 2018
4 by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina on Aug 13, 2018
3.71 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Jul 21, 2018
4.41 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2018
4.24 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2018
4.31 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Light, golden yellow body; thick, billowy head. Zesty, citrus and pine hop aroma; lemony. Light, biscuit malt base; slightly sweet; slow building yet prominent hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; soft and dry; mild warmth on the palate.

For a DIPA, there is a lot of delicacy to many of its aspects, but as the hop bitterness builds and the high ABV will make noticeable, this is no lightweight. Well-balanced with outstanding depth and complexity. An awesome beer!

Jul 14, 2018
4.1 by AleHunter805 from California on Jul 03, 2018
4.36 by FrankCastle from California on Apr 18, 2018
3.75 by Stengelfoot from California on Mar 23, 2018
4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Mar 14, 2018
4.31 by TrojanRB from Texas on Feb 01, 2018
4.24 by gspeer711 from California on Jan 19, 2018
4.25 by Hopsohard from California on Jan 05, 2018
3.99 by ladle69 from Florida on Dec 08, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by snaotheus from Washington

22oz bottle served in a nonic pint. I believe it was given to me by @mr-jj. Bottled 08/10/2017 -- within my 3 month "OK" window, but not by much.

Pours clear golden with a nice big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is juicy and rich, smells very nice.

Taste is surprisingly bitter based on the aroma. Fruit juice is still there, enough malt sweetness to balance, but barely.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean. Overall, this is a very good beer.

Oct 18, 2017
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2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas


Oct 14, 2017
4.56 by CJNAPS from California on Sep 13, 2017
4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Aug 29, 2017
3.96 by Bum4ever from California on Jul 29, 2017
4.1 by 2beerdogs from California on Jun 26, 2017
3.97 by InfernoBoss from California on Jun 17, 2017
Big Sur - Double IPA from BarrelHouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 69 ratings