Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

461 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 461
Hads: 1,268
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 40
Gots: 208 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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Reviews: 461 | Hads: 1,268
Photo of vladdswrath
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden pour with a strange lack of bubbles, considering the massive suds on top of the beer. They are big soapy looking suds too, absolutely clinging to the glass as it retreats. Aroma is pure hops, I know the bitterness is going to peel the taste buds off my tongue before I even take a drink.

Strangely, it is a lot gentler than expected. Obviously the bitter is here, but it's a nice blend of pine and citrus, with neither being very forward. One of the most balanced hop mixes I have yet encountered. This is really good! Feels nice and dry too. I think I am going to have to get some more... (606 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint glass on-tap.

A: Served a golden amber with a greasy and dense white head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting collar. Spotty sheets of lace was left down the glass.
S: Notes of citrus and toasted grains. Smells pretty straight forward. Citrus is grapefruit with maybe a hint of pine.
T: Grapefruit citrus hops all the way with a solid bready malt backbone. Definitely balanced flavor, perhaps even a bit maltier than some. Malts remind me of whole grain toast. Finish has a bitter punch of grapefruit pith, and the aftertaste has mild hints of pine. There's a touch a caramel in there as well.
M: Medium body, greasy hop oil mouthfeel, tingly carbonation.
O: Bitter and bready overall, maybe breadier than many. Still packs a clean bitter punch with a good amount of oily hop resin, but flavors are toasted and grainier than other ipas. (854 characters)

Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden apricot colored with streams of five bubbles rising up. A finely bubbled head of white foam settles out slowly. Aroma of honey and citrus. Flavors of honey malt and tangerine, some pine and orange pith. More hop flavors join in the fun, floral and tropical fruit. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Really good beer. (332 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. Bottled on date is on the back label. Love all the lablels from Speakeasy.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/ amber color with a 1-finger white head. Retention wasn't long, buti t never dissipated completely either. A thin layer of white foam remained on top throughout the session. Lacing was incredible.

Very pleasant hoppy smell - both citrus and floral.

Delicious hop flavor. I get mostly grapefruit and pine but it's not harsh at all. Some reviewers don't find any malt in here but I find it perfectly sweetened with pale and Munich mats. Still leans towards the hops with a bitterness score of 60 IBUs., but I wouldn't call it a bitter beer, just a delicious one.

Medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation.

Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I'll be going back for more of these. (981 characters)

Photo of Jahgrizzly
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, but full bodied and flavorful. Great hop flavor without the overwhelming grapefruit/citrus of some varieties. Very drinkable! I love this beer. (156 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - 4FH, clear, foamy, amber. Good carbonation.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops.

TASTE - Bitter.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, creamy, astringent, effervescent, frothy.

VALUE - $7.00 for a 12-oz. bottle. Good price.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - OK beer. Bitter and hoppy. (273 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a big white head that eventually faded to a healthy amount of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, a bit floral.

Taste: Moderate bitterness up front, runs up against a sharp, somewhat sweet malt backbone. Tastes like rye, but I couldn’t find any mention of rye being in it. Either way, I like it! Aftertaste is mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Solid all-around IPA, the malt backbone sets it apart for me. (469 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is sweet and citrusy with apple, grapefruit, and orange zest. There's a bit of fresh grass and a bready undertone. Clear, bright gold body with a frothy, off-white head that really sticks around. Smooth, clean malt up front, soon followed by moderately flavorful hops which are piney, flowery, spicy (not as citrusy as the aroma). There's a quick surge of bitterness. Grainy malt lingers in the finish. Smooth texture, medium body; considerable acidity from the hops, which with the subdued carbonation makes for a good bite.

Well balanced and drinkable—the hops are not overwhelmingly bitter, and the hop flavors are pleasant enough. There is considerable, though still backgrounded, grainy sweetness to round out the flavor. (740 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. I believe it was worth the wait! Pours a golden and slightly amber tone with a finger length head that retains as a sticky lace. Great hop aroma accompanied by a sweetness that reminds me perhaps of a nutty cake. Taste is an explosion of hops. A bitter grapefruit like taste with a dry finish. Great feel! Creamy and chewy at the same time. An instant classic for me! (414 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. Thanks for sneaking this back from LA, Brenda.

A: Opaque, golden. An aggressive pour produced a billowy 2-finger head with staying power. Thick lacing.

S: Citrus notes aplenty, grassy hops, mangoes, lemons.

T: Delicious with low bitterness. Smooth, subtle. Citrus featuring lemon and mangoes. Lightly sweet. Very sessionable.

M: Light to medium with medium creamy carbonation.

O: Didn't know how this would hold up after 2.5 months in the closet. It was terrific. A great IPA. An easy drinker. (553 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Washington, for $1.49. According to the label, it was bottled on May 27, 2014, which is probably why it was on sale. I’ve seen 22oz bottles of this locally, but I vastly prefer 12oz servings, so that’s why I grabbed this.

Poured a semi-clear golden amber color, with a big, creamy beige head that took lots of time dropping, leaving lots of lace on the sides of a Boston Lager glass.

Initial blast of tropical fruits and grapefruit when the bottle was cracked open. As it warmed some bready malt aromas came out to play as well, but it remained the hops’ show.

Grapefruit-like hop flavor hits the tastebuds first. There are elements of pepper and pine present as well. There’s bitterness, but it’s not nearly as in-your-face as some IPAs. It IS bitter enough to keep the fruitier hop flavors at bay enough to make things very balanced. There’s a mild dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that manages to be both oily and creamy, with a little bit of stickiness.

Pretty good IPA, I must say. At the right price, I could happily drink this regularly (1,135 characters)

Photo of mac31
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Carmel, citrus, grapefruit nose.

Nice, fresh, hops and some sweetness at the crack of the bottle.

Nice hint of caramel sweetness that is blanketed by the danky, resinous bittering hops. Just past the bittering hops is some nice orange, floral, and grapefruit/citrus hoppiness. The beer is nice and balanced. The malt profile gives off just enough sweetness to offset the hops. Bready malts clean up very nicely, leaving the bitterness of the hops to linger behind on the palate. Minor grainy finish after the bitterness dissipates, which I welcome. This is a pretty damn good brew. It's solid. My buddy picked this up on a whim and brought it over. Sold!!! Glad he did. For sure I'll come back to this one, snake eyes not so much. (735 characters)

Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Love this brewery and all the beers are great. When it comes to IPA's this is probably one of the smoothest best tasting out there. Highly recommend this beer. (159 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber.Smell is grapefruit and hops.Very middle of the road ipa.At 6.5 once again middle of the road.Nothing special about this.Taste is average at best.At 4.99 a bottle not bad.But there are a lot better out there. (221 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus, a touch of malts. Taste is hops, pine, some citrus and malts, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer. (241 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Golden with a mild haze and a quarter inch of soapy, off-white head. Floral hop aroma with underlying biscuit aroma and an odd, fruity sweetness. Hops and cleaning solution. Spritzy carbonation. Eh... (200 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice IPA. Dark Yellow beer with a creamy head and good lacing. Taste is the usual IPA flavors of pine and citrus. Bitterness lingers a bit but is ok. I will say that even with the bitterness, this IPA is smoother than a lot I have had. That's ok, overall very nice ale !! (273 characters)

Photo of kingmaxwell
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Big Daddy IPA is a tasty IPA worth an afternoon drink. I purchased this beer in a pounder and decanted it into a pint glass. The beer looks good with a large frothy head and a light yellow color. Lace foam clings to the beer glass after drinking.

The taste is smooth drinkable India Pale Ale. Citrus funk and pine cone are the initial flavor and then a little bitterness lingers. It could almost be a pale ale in appearance and taste, but there is a fair amount of hops in there -- it is just very smooth. Very enjoyable beer. (532 characters)

Photo of BTodd
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz, bottle poured into a pint glass (bottled 4 months ago)

A-Lively bubbles on the pour with about 1 1/2 fingers of foam, dissipating to less than one in the first minute. Nice, golden color with a little haze to it.

S-Malty sweetness with a little aroma of orange peel.

T-Still relatively malty as the nose indicated but better hop presence in the taste. I'm still getting primarily citrus with some spiciness showing up as it warmed. More hop bitterness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. It lingers slightly on the tongue.

O-The sum is better than its parts on this one. I don't think it offers a lot on the nose and isn't the most powerful or complex tasting IPA on the market. However, I enjoy this beer and would buy it again. Would probably get higher reviews from me if labeled generically as "ale." As an IPA, it's lacking in hop character. (880 characters)

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Creamy 1 finger head with staying power. Solid lacing

Golden color

Subtle hop aroma

Good carb, pleasant malt forefront with a nice bitter finish. Not overwhelming hops but a little piney and a little citrusy. All around it is easy drinking and deceptively boozy for a DIPA (275 characters)

Photo of beerviews2013
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taste: The first drink it tasted no diffrent from a stone IPA(this is a good thing). As for the huge hop taste I didn't see it no different then any other IPA. With a light citrus giving it a light bitterness.

Apperance: the golden color and great look makes this beer look very refreshing.

smell: is very floral of hops

Overall: As the bottle says its leaves the scene without a trace. I would recommend this to the beer drinker that wants to get into drinking IPA and develop a taste for stronger brews. (511 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium golden color with a white head that recedes to a fine layer. The smell is fruity and citrusy. In the taste, citrus, melon, pith and some earthy pine to round it out. This is a nice balanced IPA that has great West Coast hop flavor but is also remarkably light, clean and easy drinking. Overall, this is an impressive IPA from Speakeasy, outstanding stuff. (370 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: honey colored; very clear; thin white head that hung around; moderate lacing;

S: Belgian yeast (odd); orange peel; as it warmed, pine began to come through;

T: grapefruit rind; pine and caramel in the background; bitterness came quickly; pine and moderate bitterness in the long finish;

M: medium bodied; crisp; semi-dry; moderate carbonation;

O: not a big fan of the nose - threw me off; other than that, I liked it quite a bit. (436 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 15, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: unwinding with Napoleon Dynamite... APPEARANCE: bright orange amber body that provides steady effervescence; thick, frothy white head that remains--nice cirrus lacing... AROMA: beautifully fragrant floral pine, with some citric flair--a nicely balanced bouquet... PALATE: thick, full-bodied, mouth-filling impact; unlike the bottle's label, this beer doesn't "leave without a trace," staying well into the next sip--and this is a welcome layover!...TASTE: a flourish of pine cone that that balances nicely with caramel malts; sweet and strong...OVERALLL: a hit with my poker game friends, this beer demands attention--a BIG West Coast IPA, crunchy and worthy of long, slow sips.... (754 characters)

Photo of mediumtommy
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear and amber in color. Has a perfect size head on top when poured into a glass. Has a nice hoppy IPA smell with a taste to match. The hops are not overbearing or overly bitter, but are definitely there. It is definitely a smooth beer for an IPA. (253 characters)

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