Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,256
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 193 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 1,256 | Reviews: 476
Reviews by ManuelHerrera:
Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite the kinda gross sounding name, this is actually a pretty solid IPA.

A - Pours a lighter, pure golden with a frothy white head and feathered lacing. Oh yeah, and the bottle has cool eyes on the neck.

S - Nutty smell purveys on the nose with light alcohol through out. Not overly sharp, malty even.

T - Malty peanut flavor balances simple hop bitterness with a little spice to make a relatively smooth IPA. Sharp, but not too aggressive as many harsher IPAs.

M - Carbonation is used to take the edge of the harsh bitterness. Mildly soapy, and a little thin.

Overall a nice effort from Speakeasy, on the hit side of this hit-or-miss brewery.

More User Reviews:
Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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 oberon
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.47/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Duster72
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ElSid
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
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 mattster
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with cool screened graphics (a la Stone and Rogue). Tidbits of information on the back talking about Speakeasy's of the Prohibtion era and the hoppy character of this beer.

Appearance: Bright sunshine-yellow in appearance (read: not your typical IPA), with a massively thick white head that plastered the glass.

Smell: Like walking through a pine forest. Very prominent pine scents, with some citrusy scents floating in the background. Wonderful. This tells me that the flavor will be a hop-laden treat as well. Yippee!

Taste: Sure enough, my hop fetish is satisfied. Definite (though not over-the-top) hop flavor snags your taste buds and won't let go. Malt? We don't need no stinkin' malt! Begone! It's all hops, baby! Citrusy, piney....beautiful. Very nice, semi-honey-sweet and quite bitter finish is very, very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Pretty darn smooth. Crisp, with a lingering bitterness on the palate. Medium-bodied and rather low on the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one easy-drinking beer! A lovely oily hop resin stays on my lips and the hoppy burps are a delight in and of themselves. Makes the $11.25/6-pack price more bearable.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why isn't this rated higher? Nice clear amber pour with a short white head. Sweet, citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Smooth grapefruit and orange-hop flavor witha bold resiny taste. Malty backbone without turning this into an amber. Dry finish as advertised. Very nice IPA.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped-on cap.

Cloudy,reddish/orange color with a thick,creamy white head that falls slowly into chunky clumps of foam. Decent lacing with lots of particles floating in suspension.

Grassy,dried hay like aromas,fruity with some sweet carmelly malts and a light citrus aroma.

Light citrus rinds tastes with a slight bit of grapefruit. Light sweet carmelly/toffee flavors,also grassy. Mid tastes of a watery feel, finishes with a light citrus rind feel.The taste was on the light side more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Very smooth and creamy light feeling. Very drinkable,pleasing and enjoyable,could drink this ipa all day. Just a bit lacking for an ipa, but worth a try.

Photo of ironlung
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal-clear extra light orange bordering on yellow. Standard 2-finger head. Great retension. Nice lace.

S: Lemon/pine citrus. Biscut malt.

T: Great hop profile. Tastes like lemon zest mixed with some pine needles. I love it. A shining example of a west coast IPA.

M: Crisp. Palate clensing. Perfect IPA for a spicy meal or even a hearty salad.

D: High. Nice to have this on deck in the bay area all the time.

Photo of DiscerningDude
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

It's certainly not "big". It's barely an IPA.

The initial taste is floral and overpowered by the taste of alcohol even though it is only rated at 6.5. The bite is not at all like what should come from a nice hoppy IPA but seems more like what one would expect from a cheap gin.
The hop taste is bitter but very much like "hot" is when you are eating a ghost pepper. No redeeming qualities. Really. None. It barely sits on your tongue long enough to search for something positive.

The aftertaste is similar to what Band-aids smell like. Rubbery and fortunately short-lived.

I am sorry for giving this beer such low rating and I am amazed at the positive reviews gained so far. This is one of the most unfavorable beers I have tasted in a long time and I am typically much more forgiving. Perhaps I got a bad batch or just a bad bottle?

Photo of Thrasher
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At a beer tasting, I tried Speakeasy's main 3 beers side-by-side, and this was my clear favorite. However, a recent sample makes me think that Speakeasy is somewhat inconsistent; I am not liking this as much as I remember. It pours a hazy light gold, very foamy, with lots of good lace. The malts are light but provide a lot of substance, with sweet bready toffee flavors. The hops are a big blast of grapefruit, not too bitter. Since the beer pours very foamy, and a lot of CO2 is discharged, it actually makes the beer very soft and pleasant in the mouth. The finish is a bit rough, a slightly jolting mix of fruit and caramel flavors. Still, this beer has plenty to offer and should satisfy a mild hop craving, even though it's not a huge IPA.

Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a lighter appearance, yellow/gold, thin head. Aroma was nicely dry hopped, soft touches.

Very light body, definitely allows it to proclaim hop forward. Big on the carbonation. Equal parts pine and citrus, tend to notice the pine more in lighter bodied ipas like this one. A solid ipa for the summer or any weather. Price seems to be continually going up on this. Wouldn't be surprised if they used hop oil here, similar to Hop Stoopid, not as good though, and of course, that's a dipa v. this ipa, but I see similarities between the two. Grassy at times.

Definitely better on tap than in bottles, mostly because it seems the bottles sit around somewhere before they make it to the store.

Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearish dark gold/orange color, nice creamy white head with good lacing properties. Aroma is hoppy and pithy. Flavor doesn't stray far from the smell, plenty of orange juice to start and winding out in the hoppy grapefruit realm. A little below average in mouthfeel, but plenty of carbonation. My take places this dead center for an American I.P.A. -- plenty of hops but in need of somewhat better malt assertion.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with a touch of orange nice off white foaming head chunky not bad at all, with nice speckled lacing. Aroma: Citrus hops namingly grapefruit tones here, pine sol esque but there is some malt sweetness to tend with the hoppy zeal the beer carries in the aroma. Taste: Flavor is predominantly citrus toned hops with a bit of eathiness in the finish this beer is also contains a butterscotch like sweetness that blends so well with the zesty hop bite very nice. Mouthfeel: Smooth a bit oily from the hop resins but very good medium bodied IPA, great brew much better than the pale I had. Drinkability: Simply amazing it's the type of IPA that gives me a citrusy hop burp after the first sip turning my taste buds on immediately and ready for more and more of this very drinkable brew.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.