Beer #67 Big Barrel Double IPA

Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA

Name: Big Barrel Double IPA

Style:   Double IPA

Brewery: Karl Strauss Breweries website

Country: USA

Region:  San Diego, California

ABV: 9.0%

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Stone Levitation glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: A full rack of Baby Back Ribs with a spicy barbeque sauce.  It was great pairing this DIPA with these ribs and its spicy/tangy barbeque sauce.  Too bad I didn’t enough for a second helping.   

Tasted on:  Thursday January 21, 2010.

Note:  Of the 2 Big San Diego Double IPA’s I’ve had this week, I liked the Dorado a hair more.  With that said this as still an amazing brew with a great aroma and a very balanced hoppy taste. 

On the Label: Karl’s Coastal Reserve:  To kick off this series of intense hoppy beers, we wanted to go big.  Imported New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops provide a vibranttropical aroma that raises eyebrows and expectations.  Aggressive amounts of Warrior and Ahtanum hops produce an assertive bitterness that stands out against a firm malt backbone.  Balanced even at 90 IBU’s, Big Barrel leaves a considerable first impression that serves as a prelude of things to come.

From their website:  

Big Barrel Double IPA is an intense West Coast IIPA for hop lovers. Abundant imported New Zealand hops give this medium-bodied ale fruity citrus and white grape-like flavors over a firm maltiness. It finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Alcohol by Volume: 9%
Color: 15.4 SRM
Bitterness: 90 IBU

Availability: Limited Release in October 2009 in kegs and 22oz. Bottles. First of the Karl’s Coastal Reserve Series