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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

905 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%


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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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 23:17:25 | More by Jason
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22oz bottle, more overt Prohibition era imagery on the silk-screened label, the sort becoming more and more common of late - what, is it cheaper than paper and glue?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some sudsy flotsam and jetsam lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind, a laid-back bready, crackery pale malt, just a hint of toffee/caramel sweetness, and a further dry pine and forest floor detritus edginess. The taste is rather dry all around - gritty, crackery pale malt, sassy pine needles and spruce tips, dried grapefruit and lemon pith, and a certain flinty stoniness, with little sense of the gently elevated ABV.

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S- Grapefruit to start, then a bit of earthy pine and some malts.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.