Name: Big Barrel Double IPA
Style: Double IPA
Brewery: Karl Strauss Breweries website
Region: San Diego, California
How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Stone Levitation glass.
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