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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,041 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,041
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 27
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001)
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Reviews by Irie:
Photo of Irie


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured with a tall head with good lacing and a clear yellow-red tint. Rich all hop aroma with only hints of malt.
Interesting balance of hops. Lots of body hops, but surprisingly it doesn't seem to have much finishing hops. I like the flavor and feel of it, but there's a bitter taste after the aftertaste that lingers a bit more than one would like. Still a good body and a nice finish.

12-05-2008 04:02:26 | More by Irie
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Well I was in a hoppy state of mind and wanted a fix and I sure got it in this beer,pours a light golden color with a light head that does leave some decent lacing,aroma is hugely piney and carammely very appetizing.Taste was very resiny and piney to be expected but not as harshly hoppy as I had thought it would be from the other reviews,but this beer is for hop heads for sure and malt mavens who are looking for a hop fix.Well done.

01-27-2004 18:03:46 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


4.03/5  rDev +8%

Appearance – This one was a very light yellow in color with a giant, terrific head.

Smell – The big floral and piney hop profile was a treat if a bit one-sided. It was very soft on the nose.

Taste – The hops from the nose made it rightfully at the taste. I would have liked to have seen some sort of malt backbone to this one, though.

Mouthfeel – This one has some nice drying but lacks structure. I think it’s the first light-bodied IPA that I’ve ever had.

Drinkability – This is a nice, easy drinker with some good leafy, floral flavors.

Update – The 2005 vintage that Erica sent me was well above this mark. The malt balance was here in force along with some good caramel sweetness. The body was a solid medium if not a tad bigger, and the dry finish really took the cake. Give this one 4.0’s around with a 4.5 for Appearance and a big thanks to Just E.

10-25-2004 16:11:20 | More by RoyalT
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

Light orange copper with a clingy white lace. Decent carbonation streaming. Light body. Grapefruit is the predominant flavor and smell. There is almost no pine or juniper as one expects with an IPA. Hints of pineapple in the flavor. Finish is dry but a bit chalky. Average on all accounts. Underhopped with little malt base to compensate.

05-17-2006 22:10:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of woodchipper


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-03-2014 22:06:43 | More by woodchipper
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-30-2014 01:52:17 | More by SanFranJake
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Very hazy, nice sticky head, high carbonation, with a golden color.

S - Pine and citrus hops with just a touch of sweet malt.

T - Much like the aroma, mostly pine hops flavor with some citrus and earthiness. Nicely balanced with some sweet malt.

M - Light to moderate body keep it refreshing.

O - Good session IPA, balanced and not over the top. At the same time, not outstanding, but pretty good.

09-26-2011 00:25:06 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Kjanisch7

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-15-2013 18:18:56 | More by Kjanisch7
Photo of EastBay_Nick


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-13-2013 21:35:22 | More by EastBay_Nick
Photo of andyfrancis


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Deep golden, almost amber in color, with a beautiful white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Pleasant citrus aroma. Tastes pretty good...fairly balanced, maybe a tad bitter, nice clean finish. You can taste the alcohol a bit, but it's very drinkable for 6.5%. 22 oz of Big Daddy is great way to kick start or finish off your night.

04-07-2010 00:03:18 | More by andyfrancis
Photo of csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-13-2014 02:48:35 | More by csmartin6
Photo of Lazaro


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-20-2013 17:25:15 | More by Lazaro
Photo of Beaver13


2.48/5  rDev -33.5%

12 oz bottle, bottled on 8/14/13. Pours clear golden orange with a big rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet biscuity crystal malt with some grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malts with a good amount of grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA - too much sweet biscuit malt and grassy hops.

09-19-2013 03:51:26 | More by Beaver13
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-04-2013 21:45:31 | More by TTripp725
Photo of Duster72


3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a minimal head. Aroma is mild citrus and floral hops. Taste is rather bland / generic IPA. Big malt profile with very generic hop flavor and dry finish. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is fine, although I wouldn't be interested in another. Very fine, albeit generic IPA.

08-13-2007 11:20:24 | More by Duster72
Photo of Beerswag


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-04-2013 21:22:37 | More by Beerswag
Photo of Jason


4/5  rDev +7.2%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a silk-screen painted on label, a shady looking kingpin with is brood behind him is looking for the rival "Speakeasy" and kick some ass. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Rich vibrant yellow with golden overtones, clarity is nearly seamless. Big fat cake like head floats on top of the brew like a lily pad with the cover around the glass in a sea foam sprayed sticky lace.

Smell: Huge citric oil hop aroma, malt is barely traceable amongst the heavy hop smell. Smells of citrus rind and fresh blooming flowers.

Taste: Medium body, smooth as can be with a creamy mouth feel. Strong and flexing pungent hop, fierce in its bitterness unyielding in its flavour. Bucketfuls of pungent hop oil invade the taste buds and don’t let go. Flowery and citrus flavours engulf the mouth and fume out the nose with the hidden alcoholic esters. Speaking of esters there is a noticeable fruitiness within them as well as a nod from the warming alcohol. Malt flavour is nearly masked throughout, vague visions of a honey like malt sweetness and biscuity grain come to mind but then fades into a sleepy hop daydream. Pungent and puckering in the finish as the bitterness struggles to even want to let go in the everlasting finish.

Notes: Yikes! Slam, kick, punch and impale the mouth with hops. This beer does not even give you a chance to get ready or recover, some might say “out of balance” but hop heads might say “just enough”. Absolutely a kicker of a west coast IPA.

10-02-2001 23:17:25 | More by Jason
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

12 oz "Stone" style bottle pours a clear, medium yellow, with an attractive, offwhite head of small, tightlyknit bubbles. The head fades rather quickly, leaving islands of splotchy lace all over the glass. Aroma is westcoast hops(Cascades?), resiny pine, lemonrind, and a hint of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, with a potent hops bite on the tongue. Taste begins with bitter piney hops, and a crisp dryness. Some sweet fruitiness emerges midway through. Tasted like apples at first, then took on a pink grapefruit character. The fruity sweetness gets swatted into the background with a vengeance, with the powerful hopping of this ale. Pine hops and bitter, lemonrind dominate the flavor profile. I couldn't pick up any malt notes in the aroma or the taste. Finish is dry and crisp, with a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not noticed, but there are enough hops in this to mask anything. Still, a likeable westcoast style IPA.

03-21-2004 01:36:29 | More by merlin48
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours light amber and clear. Lifts amoderate white head and leaves nicely developed lacing. Nose is richly resiny, citric hops. This is a pleasantly hoppy west coast style IPA. Citrus, resin, pine, you name it you will pick up a wiff of it in the flavor profile of this brew. Spicy finish. A tad thin body wise and not any great marks for the typical mouthfeel. Respectabe if not an all star IPA. Worth a try.

03-18-2005 01:00:53 | More by Billolick
Photo of ElSid


3.58/5  rDev -4%

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 2/14/13

A: Clear, pale yellow with an ephemeral white head. The head reduces to a layer of white with decent layering on the glass.

S: Fresh spring flowers, pine, citrus zest, and touch of black pepper along with some honey and caramel sweetness.

T: Clean hop bite with earth, pine, and lemon peel. The spice also has elements of pepper and garlic. The fruit that is there is predominantly citrus and much more muted relative to the nose. The malt is barely there with honey and caramel breadiness. The finish is puckering.

M: Oily linger that coats the mouth with a feel that is ale medium and carbonation that is faint to medium.

O: A decent IPA with nice bitterness but little complexity. This brew is not much to look at and the label of 'good' can barely be applied here. Although decent and drinkable, this beer is not quite an IPA regular in the refrigerator.

03-02-2013 06:37:30 | More by ElSid
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-07-2013 02:03:04 | More by Guinnsslvr
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

07-05-2014 18:37:41 | More by mctizzz
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-04-2013 01:47:02 | More by aquazr1
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

10-20-2013 02:32:10 | More by KolbMarley
Photo of mattster


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Opened 12 Ounce bottle, poured into Nonic tumbler.

Nice low head leaving lace on glass. brew is coppered color with light haze.

Smell is slightly herbaceous grassyness. Taste is hoppy with nice light bitter finish. Faint yet present notes of citrus follow. Nice feel in mouth, bubbles are just right. Clean yet long finish.

09-09-2008 04:05:22 | More by mattster
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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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