Karl Strauss Brewing Company is introducing Big Barrel Double IPA—their first-ever 22 ounce bomber. While this is the company’s first foray into 22s, Karl Strauss is no stranger to brewing innovative beers. Big Barrel Double IPA is the initial beer in a new Coastal Reserve series scheduled to hit shelves across Southern California in early November.
“Unlike most double IPA’s which use the traditional Pacific Northwest hops, we wanted to feature a more exotic hop profile,” says Brewmaster Paul Segura. The company chose Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand for their intense tropical fruit and white wine-like flavor and aroma. The bold flavors of this recipe make Big Barrel Double IPA the perfect beer to kick off the Coastal Reserve series, showcasing the company’s more esoteric offerings.
“When you dive into this beer, the first thing that hits you is the aroma—it’s so different from what you expect to find in a Double IPA. The Nelson hops add a different dimension to the beer. I love the mango, tangerine, and passion fruit I pick up on,” says Paul.
Big Barrel Double IPA has a golden-amber color from the Marris Otter and Caramel malts used. Fermented with Chico yeast, this beer finishes smooth and dry with a pleasant, fruity bitterness. Coming in at 9.0% ABV, Big Barrel is best enjoyed with friends and food.
“Big Barrel Double IPA is a bold beer that pairs well with spicy foods and heartier seafood dishes,” says Paul. “The bitterness of the beer tempers the heat in spicy foods, while the carbonation lifts the heaviness of fried foods and cream sauces.”
A limited run of 600 cases of Big Barrel Double IPA will be for sale at retail locations throughout Southern California in early November. With demand for 22 ounce bottles on the rise, Karl Strauss plans to put more of their big beers in bombers. Look for the company’s holiday offering, To the 9’s Imperial IPA, next month and a unique aged anniversary ale in February. For more information and a video of the Big Barrel Double IPA bottling run, visit www.karlstrauss.com.
“To kick off this series of intense hoppy beers, we wanted to go big. Imported New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops provide a vibrant tropical 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 IBUs, Big Barrel leaves a considerable first impression that serves as a prelude of things to come.”
About Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Two college grads, a 75-year-old master brewer, and a passion for beer… when Karl Strauss Brewing Company started brewing full-flavored, quality handcrafted beer in 1989, it was the first craft brewery to open in San Diego in more than 50 years. Today, you can enjoy our flagship beers, special releases, and seasonals at any of our six brewery restaurants or other fine drinking establishments throughout Southern California. For more information visit karlstrauss.com or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739.