Big Barrel Double IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Big Barrel Double IPABig Barrel Double IPA
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4.04/5
273 Ratings
Big Barrel Double IPABig Barrel Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LongBeachHopHead on 11-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,506
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
273
pDev:
10.15%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
54
Trade:
0
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Photo of MikeBogert53
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRougeBastard
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!

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Photo of whatthehull
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!

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Photo of ZJSimon
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.

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Photo of Curt3
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JCarson410
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CJNAPS
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bcurrie33
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SSS
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oidmoe
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zach_960
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beerserk
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurkar
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.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Didier
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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