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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 29
Gots: 78 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001)
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Photo of CBrown3763
1/5  rDev -73.1%

CBrown3763, Nov 07, 2013
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1/5  rDev -73.1%

artperez, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of thatdirtymick
1/5  rDev -73.1%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of 65Coronet
1/5  rDev -73.1%

65Coronet, Wednesday at 10:23 PM
Photo of bvermilion
1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

bvermilion, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of maximum12
1.9/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to lurpy1 for yet another bottle from the sunny confines of Sacramento. Hehehe. I said sac. 22 oz. bottle split into two tulips.

Opener. Cap. Pop. FIZZZ! The bottle overflows before I can blink & a bunch of foam ends up on the wood. Black mark. Pours a light orange/amber with, not surprisingly, a massive head (what didn't spill, of course). Bright citrus greets the nose, & a side of spring flowers. Nice.

Big Daddy IPA disappoints. What happened to that lovely nose? Massive bread crusts, melted rubber, & a horrific iron aftertaste violate the palate. WTF? Tastes like licking my fingers after changing a tire. There's more, but I'm not going back in for fear of having my face freeze like this. Three sips maxes me out.

Blech. Sorry, but this has to be an off bottle, because it's awful. My wife can't drink her half either. To the drain.

maximum12, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a good head, nice carbonation and lace. Golden color and not hazy. Nose is clearly hops and like the brewer says this is loaded with hops. Could not find any malt. Too hoppy and too bitter for me.

jdhilt, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of vfgccp
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Medium grade golden honey. Nice frothy head.

S - Very mild. Some sugar, maybe orange PEZ?

T - Malt up front with a pine character mid profile. Flavors feel flat though. They're not that powerful and don't hold up well throughout the profile. Some yeast in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, but poor carbonation. Aftertaste holds some lingering booze and pine.

D - Poor flavor and mouthfeel will make you more likely to put down your first than pickup a second.

vfgccp, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of DiscerningDude
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
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?

DiscerningDude, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of freed
2.38/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First try with this brewer. 12oz bottle with a somewhat silly label. Pours a clear golden with a rapidly dissipating head. The foam laces the glass as it subsides. The smell is somewhat grassy, like my freezer. Must have a big hop, like a nugget.

The taste is somewhat off, there's a surprisingly unbalanced bittering level that outbalances the aroma hop and malt. The taste is much like arugula, or some bitter green. The mouth is left with a sweet and sour feeling, but there's no evidence that there was any body to the beer. The bitterness and taste really take away from its drinkability.

freed, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of Boxus
2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Bottle to glass, I detect a mild, unimpressive scent of coppery hops. Appearance is clear tan with a nice bubbly head. I go for a sip...

Ugh. That stale, musky hop flavor again. I notice this happens a lot with Speakeasy beers. Usually when I get the stale hop flavor, I just figure my bottle sat on the shelf too long. Indeed that may be an issue now, since this one was bottled close to four months ago. But with this beer in particular, I've noticed that stale, musky flavor every single time I've tried it - probably five or six times in all.

I can only conclude that something is amiss with the brew itself. The flavor has barely a hint of the bright, floral hop bite I expect from a Cali IPA. Instead it's bitter in an unpleasantly dank and musky way. It tastes like cardboard and multivitamins. Totally unpleasant and disappointing.

Again, this may be due in large part to a lack of freshness. But I've noticed that same stale flavor in almost every Speakeasy beer I've had. And I can't help but wonder, living in Oakland, why it would be so difficult to get fresh beer from a brewery in San Francisco.

Boxus, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Beaver13, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of TheDeuce
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA….on tap at Burger and Barrel in Manhattan, NYC….

Appearance-came to me in a normal pint glass, golden color with a two finger head sitting with sticky lace. Normal by all appearances.

Smell-sweet honey like aroma with sticky hops surrounding it. Pine and light citrus on the nose as well, malt and alcohol are there but sort of lost in the shuffle.

Taste/Mouthfeel-piney hope flavor up front, thin consistency throughout, alcohol and bread arrive and disappear quickly. More hops appear and stay with the beer all the way down. One dimensional and not that enjoyable, the sticky sweetness isn’t balanced.

Drinkability-no catastrophic issues but flavors are one dimensional and not that enjoyable.

Overall-further proof that just loading a beer with hops isn’t good enough anymore and there has to be more going on. Just barely passable and there are many West Coast IPAs that blow this one out of the water. Pass.

TheDeuce, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of winomark
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, lighter than I remember, with a thick, bone-white head. Good hop citrus and spice dominate the nose. Mild sweet tones also noticable. Hop flavors control the palate, with an unpleasant vegetal and wet bandaid finish. Dry crisp finish, but nothing special. Pretty disappointing beer. I remember this tasting much better when I tried it in San Francisco. Not as good as their other offerings. I actually dumped out half of this beer. Purchase at your own risk.

winomark, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of DrJay
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark yellow with a thin, bright white head composed of fine bubbles. Fair head retention with some lacing present. Very mild aroma, mostly citrus and grassy with a little bit of caramel. Mild bitterness with a thin malt flavour. Some citrus and caramel, earthy, with lingering bitterness. Light bodied, a bit watery, with moderate carbonation. It was also very dry, definitely on the astringent side. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. It lacked depth of flavour in both the malt and hop departments, almost like they're skimping on ingredients. Bad batch maybe? Thanks Zithal!

DrJay, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of JHendu
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

JHendu, May 07, 2013
Photo of Beardcore
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Beardcore, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of CoolEthan
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

CoolEthan, May 07, 2013
Photo of CortexBomb
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours what I'd consider a 'standard beer' yellow with a moderate head. Scent is the typical floral assault that one would expect from an IPA.

Taste continues the flavour, but that's it. This is a very shallow beer, the hops are there, and in quantity and it has a grapefruity effect, but the same flavours just seem to sit, linger, and finally die with little variation. As it warms a definite rindish flavour starts to come in, and then starts to become dominant, making this beer suffer some further score loss.

Mouthfeel is purely average, drinkability seemed good when I started the beer, but was getting down there by the end.

CortexBomb, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of lvbs
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As usual, the hop-heads liked this IPA a lot more than the hop-haters (who largely gave it ones), but even the IPA fans were a little unimpressed with this beer's bitterness. As one female taster put it, "I prefer IPAs to grab me by the balls I don't have." The "sweet smell" gives way too easily, and it "loses its flavor towards the end."

lvbs, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of warmstorage
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

serving: 12 ounce bottle, $1.39 at high-end grocer, poured into beer clean bell pint glass.

Appearance: medium straw colored, filtered and easy seen through in a glass. Poured with a significant white-ish head, but died down quickly. Leaves limited lacing on glass sides. Uninspiring.

Aroma: smells nice, slightly resinous, but with a hint of flat or metallic smell. Slightly sweet alcohol hints.

Taste: hop presence, hints of grass and hay, lingers long with a nice citrus bitterness, but overall a very underwhelming flavor. Tasty, drinkable enough, but absolutely not an overpowering IPA, west coast style or otherwise. Hop presence is barely sufficient to call it a legitimate IPA; hops present more as bitter tang than as hoppy, floral, or citrus.

Mouthfeel: spritzy, significant carbonation, sweet slightly hoppy alcohol makes it a pleasant tangy taste to leave in my mouth.

Overall: underwhelming. A nice hop bitterness, but more like an overly bitter, tangy APA than an IPA. Certainly doesn't stand up to numerous other West Coast style IPAs available.

warmstorage, May 23, 2005
Photo of wheelinshirt
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed with this. I wasn't expecting a world class beer, but i was expecting some nice hope flavor and aroma. I didnt get it. Maybe i had an old bottle, couldn't tell though, as there was no discernable freshness date.

Clear golden color with bubbly carbonation, head receded fairly quickly leaving a ton of lace. Smell was pretty non existant, taste had bitterness from the hops and not much malt or hop flavor--very disappointing. Carbonation and body were good for the style, drinkability hampered mostly by the mostly bitter flavor profile and the fact that i wouldn't really be interested in another bottle.

wheelinshirt, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. No date on bottle. The body was a hazy butterscotch color with three fingers of fine, off-white head. Delicate lacing remained.

Smell was grassy green. Sweet grainy malts (mild). Alcohol aroma gentle appeared as it warmed further.

Taste was somewhat juicy, and somewhat bitter, but rather pallid overall. Not bad just one note--dull grassy bitterness. (Maybe an older bottle?--purchased at Jungle Jim's).

Mouthfeel was medium to thin. Mild to medium carbonation. Not one I will seek out again.

Cresant, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Husenator
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden straw, fairly cloudy though. Nice lacing.

S - Citrus and honey, I picked up a chemical aroma (goo gone?)
something was a bit off.
T- Hops are heavy up font as they should be, but after the grapefruit and pine with a bit of sweetness I picked up a solvent aftertaste.

M - Medium with a stickiness.

O- Drinkable but I have had much better.

Husenator, Oct 28, 2011
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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.