Big Barrel Double IPA | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Big Barrel Double IPABig Barrel Double IPA
BA SCORE
86.1%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 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:
#3,479
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
273
Liked:
235
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
10.15%
Alströms:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
54
Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of Bowers-Brew
2.92/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

88 characters

Photo of Minski405
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Big Barrel Double IPA looks like a big beer - and at 9% alcohol and 90 IBU that comes as no surprise. Despite a light peachy-golden complexion and modest highlights, the beer is thick and cloudy as split pea soup and, it would seem, every bit as hearty. The clunky mass of white foam only adds to that notion.

There's an aggressive amount of hoppiness in the aroma but also a disarming level of biscuity, doughy maltiness. IPAs are characterized by hops, true, but they also contain a higher-than-average amount of malt too. And that's doubly true for Double IPAs which by default start out with even more grain. So I'm alright having a little bread mixed this profile of tree bark, musty herbals, and fruit rinds.

Not putting 'bottled on' dates on IPAs makes for an unfair guessing game and cruel surprises. I have no way of knowing how fresh this bottle of Big Barrel is but, judging by the clouded complexion and slightly yeasty aroma, I suspect it wasn't just pulled off the truck (despite what the shop staff assured me).

Believe or not, right or wrong, there are some folks out there that enjoy aging DIPAs. I don't count myself among them but I can appreciate the enhanced maltiness that becomes almost cookie dough-like as well as the more subdued hoppiness that goes from fresh-squeezed citrus juice to candied rinds and marmalade-like preserves. Just don't always expect the alcohol to fade...

Not exactly the 'everyday is sunny' kind of San Diego hop-bomb I was expecting, Big Barrel Double IPA has a bit of a 'don't mess with me' attitude. Mind you, that's not inherently a bad thing considering the style in question. I didn't think this was great but Karl Strauss does tend to be good.

 1,709 characters

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kovfer
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Malty nose and piney flavour. All around very good.

51 characters

Photo of khmel
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grunchy
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very citrusy balanced double. Thanks Nelson hops for being so juicy.

68 characters

Photo of cannabispinoy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Kplummer82
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J2A2
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WindUpBird
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has a citrus nose with some floral in the background. Pours hazy gold with a 1” white foam cap. The front of the palate is melon and tropical fruit with traces of sweet becoming increasingly bitter as it moves to the back sinishing herbal, slightly astringent and dry. Faint grains in the background become more prominent as the beer warms. It has a very creamy, moussey texture with above average carbonation and a medium to medium full body.I am drinking this at nearly 9 months old and it is still very good.

 514 characters

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

Photo of MKrauss
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Good. Nothing particularly special. Not much of an aroma.

57 characters

Photo of Jeysun23
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty malty. But it does have an alright hop taste nothing too great.

70 characters

Photo of Buzz3d
2.48/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours an alright light gold with almost no head at all. no lace, bad nose. not a great DBL

90 characters

Photo of rockernino
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of stonefan55
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of breadwinner
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really quite excellent DIPA with a rich citrus nose that seems to drop a hint of vanilla in there for good measure. Interesting appearance, rather opaque, but not demonstrating the sort of filling yeast/trubbiness you might expect. Throw this in a four pack or something, Karl Strauss!

 285 characters

Big Barrel Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.1% out of 100 with 273 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.