Big Barrel Double IPA
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Big Barrel Double IPABig Barrel Double IPA
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From:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
9%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 10.15%
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
181
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 16, 2020
Added:
Nov 15, 2009
Wants:
  48
Gots:
  55
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Big Barrel Double IPABig Barrel Double IPA
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Rated: 3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.71 by EdFed from Illinois

Nov 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by riderwbd from Vermont

Sep 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Jun 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by Red5StandingBy from Maryland

May 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by CScott12 from Michigan

Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by FrankCastle from California

Aug 30, 2017
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Reviewed by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
True west-coast D/IIPA! i love my annual pilgrimage to So. Cal for this very reason! Big Barrel is an excellent example and even at 9.0%abv (hidden well too btw), this is an extremely drinkable beverage!
Jul 03, 2017
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Reviewed by whatthehull from California

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a hybrid glass from a 22 oz bottle

A - bright orange copper, one finger white fluffy head and some nice lacing

S - the huge roasted and sweet malts abound up front, dank/citrus and floral hops, very sweet, huge yeast, a bit of funk, lots of earthiness, nice boozy note, light scent of fresh cut grass

T - tons of sugar, nice alcohol, floral citrus rinds, citrus fruit, pine, sweet and toasted malts/grains, nice Mary Jane notes, very bright bitter hops, baking yeast,

M - medium plus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation and a huge hop malt bomb

D/O - this is a hell of an DIPA and how. Up front it has huge hop and if not at the same time surely after you have tons of sweet and toasted malts and it melds so well. I have never been a huge fan of KS brewing, but this ale is awesome. A lot of TLC makes this one special. This all year around and all weather ale is really well conceived and done.

Final thoughts - this ale is only $6-7 and a huge 9% ABV that makes one great or even better to share. Get this one on tap if you can!
May 30, 2017
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Rated by ZJSimon from California

4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
A bit of an aftertaste, but a joy for any IPA lover.
Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Mar 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Mar 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Mar 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jan 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mrcraft from California

Dec 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by JCarson410 from Maryland

Nov 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.38 by CJNAPS from California

Oct 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by InfernoBoss from California

Oct 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Sep 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by Bcurrie33 from Montana

Jul 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.2 by SSS from Canada (QC)

Jul 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Oidmoe from Austria

Jun 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by zach_960 from California

Jun 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.05 by beerserk from California

May 29, 2016
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Reviewed by cmurkar from California

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two inch white head. Decent retention with a little lacing. Smell is fresh citrus and pine. Inviting hop presence. Taste is great, delicious grapefruit and berry notes with a refreshing hop kick you'd expect from a DIPA. Pretty sweet as well, due to the hefty amount of hops in the brew. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Super drinkable beer. Be careful with this one though. Masks the alcohol very well, which will most definitely sneak up on you.
May 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

May 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by Didier from New Hampshire

May 03, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A mixture of light orange and brown colors making this amber/auburn I'd say. 1/3" white head. Aroma kicked down those dank and funky Nelson hops. Very impressed with the aroma. Funky, piney and grapefruit like.

Taste, good bitterness quotient. Not overly done malt wise like a lot of Strauss ipas before it. Easily the hoppiest Karl Strauss beers. The Nelson hop can vary quite a bit, but the two times I've had this is was consistently good.

Wish this was not bomber format.
Apr 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.2 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Mar 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.36 by Dominic_Decoco from New Jersey

Feb 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Mattias from Sweden

Feb 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by johlac66 from California

Feb 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by WDJersey from Colorado

Feb 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Some type non obvious batch code on the bottle otherwise no real date.

Beautiful classic looker. Shiny brass orange and supper crystal clear. Mish mash of fast but most slow and fine rising carbonation through the body. Head creation is only a little straightforward three fingers of soapy white, a little bit of retention as it collapses a little flat and does have a big soapy cling. Just a great excellent looking IPA.

Hop forward on the nose with a sticky hop oil sense. Sweet pine and a bit of maple like syrup qualities. Small dank notes slightly with a bit of earthy weed as well. A good hop note but with heavy sweetness a little. Impressive too.

Palate hits with a little more sugar and spice. Tangy front palate on first sip, with lots of sugary grapefruit and large orange interestingly at first sip. Light rich caramel for a taste in the mid palate, with a treacle like sweetness. Finishes dense but with a light hop almost floral aromatic push.

A decent DIPA but a bit in the heavy malt realm, not that much fading either way to make a difference I think, but certainly large.
Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Feb 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Marvicsin from California

Jan 03, 2016
 
Rated: 2.73 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas

Dec 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.03 by Furlinator from California

Nov 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Oct 22, 2015
Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 280 ratings