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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

The carbonation is average in intensity, but somehow tightly wound at the same time, the body on the light side of medium weight, and yet mostly smooth, the hefty hops not the sort to mess up a good thing here, it would seem. It finishes barely off-dry, just a smidge of generic malt sweetness facing the lingering saltine cracker and citrus hop headliners.

A decent, one-sided IPA affair, this one is. Which is no big deal to me, as I'm all right with that sort of thing, as long as the malt is repped in some form, and the hops don't blow their lupulin all over me, the apparent status quo here. Speakeasy seems to like that crackery, dry malt character, now evident to me in two of their offerings - one more, and we may have a pattern.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:31:28 | More by biboergosum
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A- Poured a dark golden-orange color with a big, 2f, white head that left lots of sticky lacing. Clean and clear carbonation.

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

T- Citrus, grapefruit again. The malt come through in the taste, slightly sweet with some hearty bready flavor.

M- Hops hit the tongue right off and stick around for a long hop finish. Nicely carbonated, some sweets for balance. Lip-smacking.

O- Well rounded IP; hoppy and bitter but not over the top, right sweetness and abv so it's not a booze bomb or sugar cube.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 12:21:57 | More by NiceTaps
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FLima

Brazil

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a two finger thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice tropical fruits and floral aroma with notes of pine, menthol, caramel, grapefruit and slightly toasted malts.
Citrusy tropical flavor with a decent bitterness. Notes of pineapples, tangerines, mango, grapefruit, pine, spices, earth, grass and toasted malts. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is present but it is harmonic.
I was expecting a bit more, it is a very good beer though, but with a rather common character (ps. this was bottled eight months ago, thus not that fresh).

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:57:03 | More by FLima
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bball208

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this wasn't a bad beer. For $5, great value for the type and style of beer for a 22 oz. bomber. aroma wasn't crazy, got more malt than hops. Taste was bready, malty, and had some hoppiness come through. It did get better as I kept drinking, and the warmer it got. Would drink again, but wouldn't ever actively search for this one. It's your plain jane IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:20:32 | More by bball208
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ouncer poured into pint glass. Now this is a session IPA. One of the most balanced IPA's I've ever had. This is my second beer from Speakeasy (Tallulah EPA the first), and I must say they make some excellent brews. Bottle art is pretty awesome too. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 23:55:25 | More by Johnny_Muir
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a nice amber color with very little carbonation. Good fingers worth of head that settles to a very thin layer with pretty nice lacing from start to finish.

S: Very piney hops right up from a very slight sweet malt.

T: Very much like the smell... Very strong piney hops right up front with a very slight sweet malt. Finish is warm and bitter...

M: Mid-bodied with a very light carbonation. The ABV is present with a little warming to it. Not much balance here.. Hops Hops Hops.

O: (Note: I'm not much of a IPA guy)It is a straight up IPA... Lots of more hops than malt here... Overall not a bad IPA, pretty average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:14:17 | More by mralphabet
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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 6.5% abv

Appearance- Clear medium amber with thick white head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell- A pretty good mix of grapefruit citrus along with aromas of pine and grass.

Taste- An initial taste of malt-like biscuit flavor followed up by a blast of hop bitterness. The hop taste is quite fresh and lingers for awile. Traces of some sweet undertones mixed in as well. Hops dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Creamy in body. Finishes dry.

Overall- A generously hopped IPA for sure. Does not have the complexity of some IPA's but nobody could say this beer lacks hops. Still has nice balance and is smooth as is typical of West coast IPA's. A well done brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 04:38:07 | More by PA-hunter
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Courtesy of bstyle. 12oz. bottle served in an American Pint. Bottled on 09.26.13 indicated on the label. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a loose, half-inch, cream-colored head. Nose expresses citrus zest and perhaps a hint of tangerine. Taste expresses bitter citrus zest, light malts and a slightly metallic flavor towards the back and a trace of wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation and a slight acidity. Same impressions as my review of Prohibition Ale - not sure if it's a bad bottle, old bottle or just a bad beer, but not something I need to try again any time soon. At least it looks nice in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:31:09 | More by Jwale73
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bnes09

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright orange color and mostly see-through. Luscious head remains throughout the entire drink. Leaves behind solid and everlasting patches of lacing.

Buttery, biscuity malt aroma. Citric hop aroma smells like artificial fruit flavoring. Pinesol and menthol as well.

Solid malt character, rye and wheat. Dry hop bitterness, citrus, pine and menthol. Hint of honey. Well balanced.

Sturdy medium body and lively carbonation helps bring the flavors to life. Plenty of malty texture through out. Dry, refreshing finish.

I'm impressed with this one. The subtle honey sweetness really adds to the experience. With so many IPA's out there today, it's tough for a single one to stand out but this one does the job.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 23:11:28 | More by bnes09
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 08/14/13
A - clear, golden ale capped with a tall ivory head holds excellent retention and leaves crazy thick lacing on the glass
S - tropical aroma of Citra hops - mango, pineapple; biscuity malt
T - juicy hops, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, faint pine, biscuity malt, honey, Juicy Fruit gum
M - resinous and medium bodied, finishes semi-bitter and semi-dry
O - nice, refreshing IPA, no complaints here

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 19:54:02 | More by barnzy78
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-golden with a frothy white head. looks good.

S-really decent and good scent of fresh hops. somewhat sweet as well.

T-comes in with a sweet and mellow flavor of citrusy hops. not a strong flavor, with only a small hint at bitterness. after-taste is mostly citrusy with a subtle hint at the grains.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O-definitely an okay IPA. nothing wrong with it, nothing too exciting. maybe it's worth a try, but I'm not about to order it again unless my options are unlimited.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 06:42:15 | More by AdamBear
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, honey-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy coating of head. Aromas of citrus sweet and tart, evergreen and spearmint, and subtle caramel notes. Flavors are very tart and spicy hopped forward, with lemon and grapefruit all over your tongue. Balance comes about as you go a bit deeper, with more of the pepper and green characteristics coming forward. Light, slightly dry body into a semisweet and tart aftertaste. Clean, smooth, and light finish with a slight dry and pucker at the end. Easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:33:04 | More by GarthDanielson
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not2complex

California

4.76/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this with a buddy and loved it the smell wasn't. harsh with hops went down smooth had a great hang no bad after taste the whole 12 Pk variety was just great but the main one was the IPA even the design of the bottle was pretty cool you can find the tallie any liquor store that sells craft brew defintly will buy this again very good beer

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 21:16:22 | More by not2complex
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear deep gold color one finger of white soapy head, thick lacing too.
S - Some dank pine and big floral hops, a touch of citrus, fresh baked bread.
T - Taste is more on the malt side, with a big fresh bread taste, then you get more of the hops as it fades out, nice floral notes, a little resinous.
M - Well balanced in feel between bitterness and malt.
O - This is just a good American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:11:47 | More by Omnium
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sjones5045

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass and first thing I noticed is the color and clarity. It kind of looks thin and weak but with a frothy head. The smell is ok, kind of citrus with a little sweet aroma coming through. The taste is kind of what it says on the bottle without the word huge. Instead it's just a hop flavor there and never really spikes the taste buds like a top IPA. It does go away clean but mostly cause it never really shows up too hoppy. Overall, not really bad at all but this will easily get lost in the number of good IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:02:23 | More by sjones5045
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Bottled on 09/09/2013.
Body is a clear, filtered golden yellow color. 1/2 a fingers worth of head that quickly dissipated and left a small amount of lacing at the top of the glass.

Smells of citrus, lemon, some spiciness and slight alcohol. Malty aromas come out as it warms.

Hops right up front with a malty sweetness on the end. Not a lot of bitterness. Pine. Lemon. More alcohol burn than I would expect from a 6.5% abv beer.

Very easy drinking IPA. Fairly balanced, bottle claims "...a clean dry finish..." which is pretty true, not something I really want from an IPA though. Would like something a little more aggressive with the hops to have a little more lingering pine or citrus taste on the tongue.

Overall an OK IPA that is pretty tasty, but not one I would search out again. (I received this one as a gift.) It seems to have lost a little something as it warmed up. I was expecting more from this based on previous reviews and the high marks, but was a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 21:53:22 | More by jhartley
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Tone

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper/amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight caramel malt, hint of alcohol, and hint of hops. Does not seem to fit the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight caramel malt, hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of pine. Overall, not hopped nearly enough to be considered an IPA, but otherwise a decent brew that is malt-centric.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 12:11:02 | More by Tone
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Pink grapefruit, florals and caramel.

Taste
Pink grapefruit and florals with a zesty bitterness. Thin honey and caramel backbone that balances the hops well. Touches of pine and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and semi-dry.

Overall
Fairly simple IPA. However, exceptionally easy drinking and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:49:34 | More by justintcoons
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very good beer in opinion. The aroma is very fragrant. It's dry hopped so there is bold and pungent floral and pine aromas.
The appearance is up to the task too with a pretty golden amber color, a medium size off white head. There was some lacing but not a whole lot.
Taste was sweet dry and bitter. Some bready malts and bold fruity hops.Delicious.
I lucked out and got a fairly fresh one. Date said 7/13. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 14:16:15 | More by micromaniac129
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a healthy three finger white head with good retention and tons of pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and light piney hops, sweet malt. Flavor follows, with citrus hops with ligth notes of herbal and piney hops, supported by a good caramel malt body. Finishes with citrus and lingering herbal and citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely made, well balanced IPA, nothing out of the box, but a pleasant hoppy sipper which I enjoyed. This is a solid, dependable brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 03:59:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 5/3/13, so coming up on 5 months old.

poured a faintly hazy yellow, with more than a finger of bright white head. Some carbonation, and some lacing. Head eventually dissipated to a faint covering, but maintained throughout.

After opening the bottle, I got a good quick wiff of hops, and after pouring the beer, it was still detectable. All right, thought I, this could be decent. Sadly, it was to be the only evidence of hops in this beer.

Taste was completely bland. Not unpleasant at all, no sour aftertaste, no bite, just...nothing. Kept trying hard to gain any aroma, only the faintest of yeast smell came through. But absolutely no taste. No hops, no malt, no fruit, no nothing.

Mouth was around medium, and was the only thing that kept it from tasting like water. Pleasant water, but not even a mild nip of hops around the edge of the tongue.

Overall, it would appear that Speakeasy beers do not retain any original flavor at close to 5 months after the bottling date. (Had Prohition earlier today,similar bottling date, beer not much better) These beers were not on the shelf at my usual bottle shop on my last visit at the end of August, and were picked up yesterday, 9/27/13. I've had many a good IPA 3-6 months after bottling date. This was certainly not one of them. Sorry to be harsh, but other than the cool labels, I find nothing to recomend about this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:45:41 | More by MikeWard
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Beaver13

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 03:51:26 | More by Beaver13
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the only beer on the list from this brewing company, but I am excited to drink it. The history of this brewing company is cool, and I have an interest in the Prohibition. I mean… Imagine a time without alcohol. That's just silly! It is cool to see bars popping up that are themed like an old speakeasy. We went to one in Las Vegas that was pretty cool, and there is one here in Old Town Scottsdale that we like. The one in Scottsdale has a list of rules you must follow. They mean business, too. Their drinks are a little overpriced, but it's a neat place to take someone that is from out of town.

I think my favorite part of this beer are the eyes on the neck of the bottle. The same eyes are even on the side of the brewing company. Oh, and Big Daddy, the original big daddy, is named Dave Keene. One of my golf buddies is also named Dave Keene. Get this… Dave just called me! Random. Anyway, it's time to drink. I'm thirsty. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer pours a nice golden color, and leaves a lovely three finger head with impressive lace for an American IPA. The lace is sticky and I just want to lick it off the side of the glass so I don't miss any hoppy goodness. The tasting notes promised a nice citrus aroma. Let's see.

Nose: I am definitely getting some nice citrus notes on the nose. I am talking straight grapefruit juice. Speaking of grapefruit juice, I really like grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice and vodka is the best!

Flavor: That's a good IPA. The hops aren't overwhelming and I am getting some serious citrus notes on the palate, too. The mouthfeel might be my favorite part, though. But we will get to that. This beer is also really easy to drink and I could see myself finishing off a pitcher of this in no time. I am not sure if this is the same recipe they used during Prohibition, but I will pretend it is!

Mouthfeel: As I drink this, the front of my palate has a nice thick almost creamy feeling and as it hits the back of the palate the carbonation really starts to kick in. For a baseline American IPA, this beer has quite a lot of complexity. The bomber is almost gone it is so good.

Aftertaste: The hop flavor keeps on going, but as I continue to swallow it begins to dry out. I just can't get over how much complexity there is in this beer. They use a pretty nice array of hops in this, but nothing outrageous. The beer tastes so good I have a hard time letting it sit before taking another sip!

The beer really isn't anything to write home about, but it is a great example of the style. The aftertaste keeps me going back for one more sip. This beer also tastes great ice cold. I am sure some more hop flavor would open up as it heats up, but it is tasty cold. I bet this would be great on tap. Most beers are. Here's to another good example of an American IPA. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 23:04:27 | More by rickyleepotts
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Boxus

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:15:01 | More by Boxus
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DiscerningDude

California

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?

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 04:54:08 | More by DiscerningDude
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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.