Big Barrel Double IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
271
Reviews:
98
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Bammer21
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bcurrie33
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SSS
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oidmoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zach_960
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beerserk
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurkar
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Didier
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johlac66
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WDJersey
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Furlinator
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ews3
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cyates3
3.06/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bowers-Brew
2.92/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Me thinks this has been sitting on the shelf for awhile.... Some pretty bad off flavors.

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Photo of Minski405
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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