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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,217 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 159 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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Ratings: 1,217 | Reviews: 468
Photo of Zachthelumberjach
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing Great good 5 words Now

Photo of MattR2014
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of bottle. Solid IPA. Pretty hoppy Definitely Buy again. Got better as I drank it

Photo of Jahgrizzly
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of BeerBob44
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Middle of the road IPA...

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of DoctorEvil
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lighter than expected... in color, feel, and taste but still solid...nothing negative

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of BigJdizzle
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head that hangs around. Had out of a bottle. Great taste.

Photo of thgreatrandini
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Exhibits the exact hop profile that I personally don't enjoy

Photo of Dpx710
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love this company, their IPA is hoppy with earthy elements.

Photo of Cubro
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light color. Creamy head. Bitter.

Photo of Gajo74
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of drink2remember
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A good IPA, it gets you to suck in your cheeks. I believe that is the goal of a good IPA.

Photo of katelynxandrea
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Finishes bitter, almost rye.

Photo of mac31
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +34.4%

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.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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...

Photo of hophugger
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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 !!

Photo of kingmaxwell
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BTodd
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.