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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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908 Ratings

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 439
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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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden color with a one finger head composed of a billowy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a mix of bready and cracker malt aromas with a decent showing of a grapefruit citrus and pine hop aroma. With a nice caramel and tropical fruit sweetness mixed within the aroma is rather inviting overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier crackery and biscuit taste along with some lighter hop flavors of a more grapefruit nature. As the taste advances it sweetens up a bit with some lighter caramel flavors coming to the tongue and with the more cracker flavor fading a bit. At the same time the hop flavors intensity some with both the grapefruit hop growing stronger as well as some flavor of pine and grassy hop coming to the tongue. In the end, the mix of hop, malt, and sweetness leave a rather crisp and clean hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both were quite nice for the crisp and hopped flavors of the brew, making for a very pleasant drinking IPA.

Overall – A rather crisp and clean, overall drier IPA. Overall quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2014 01:53:16 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of woodychandler


4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scarlett has just departed into the snowy night when Big Daddy made his usual grand entrance, preceded by a few gun thugs and a sweeper, in the form of Mickey Tommy, an Irishman wielding a Thompson sub-machine gun like it was a pencil. I grew up with Mickey, a fellow altar boy until we both figured out that there were better ways to spend our time than with Christ, Our Lord. Tommy went for guns and women while I went into the navy to sample the wares of the world. Coming home, I admired his style, but even more, I admired his boss' honey honey, a smoky-voiced doll named Scarlett and the rest is history, as ye shall have revealed.

From the bottle: "Legit since 1997"; "Who's your Daddy?"; "No lightweight, BIG DADDY IPA tips the scales with a huge hop flavor and clean dry finish that leaves the scene without a trace."

Fu**er came roaring out at me like I was making time with his woman! Never mind that I had been, that kind of action makes Mickey Tommy want to stitch his trademark "X" on somebody's chest, no matter who. "Back off, motherf**ker!" I shouted, grabbing Big Daddy by the lapels of his double-breasted worsted. Thia created two fingers of dense, tawny head and Big Daddy waved off the gunsels. I stepped back to to take in his immenseness, a big man who was not afraid of the many women that he kept in his inventory or the rare man who might rise to their defense. The label did not do him justice as he was from Northern Italy, a big blonde whose mother was of Swiss descent, where the label portrays him as swarthy. Deep, golden yellow with NE-quality clarity and yet Mammon, Croesus and Midas did not appear in deference to his authority. He wore his hops like cologne, applying them liberally in a devil-may-care-fashion and they attacked my nose like his boys did in that Valentine's Day event, recently. Oh, yeah, that was Big Daddy's doing, and don't let any jailhouse skell tell you otherwise. Floral, citrusy, and cutting. I actually took a step back before my first sip, but when I did, he was hammering away at my poor, bruised, aching tongue. "F**k you, Woody!" he shouted. "I know you're a wrong guy, but I haven't put my finger on it. When I do, you're deader than everybody in recent memory!" I live for this sorta thing, however, and simply smiled back at him. The finish was bone-dry and I could hear the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. "Hey, Big Daddy, I'm done with you!" I cried out as a I pushed him away from me yet again. Guns were raised and pointed at me, but I shoved through their stance and sauntered into the night.


My previous review, dtd 24 June 2010, was on-tap, with scores of 4; 5; 4.5; 4; 5.

This came to me with a finger of bone-white head with great retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was full-on grapefruit hoppy nirvana. I loved this beer the first time it appeared in PA in bottles, but draft was so much better! The alpha acids really stand up in a draft service. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice, fresh hop snap on the tongue. This was the type of American IPA that really got me hooked on the style. Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Finish was dry, citrusy, just right. More, please, sir.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 03:49:05 | More by woodychandler
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my least favorite from speakeasy so far. their most generic beer, and while still delicious, it fails to pop like the others do, and like a good ipa should. its pale blonde in color, light for the style, with gorgeous ring lacing as it sips and a lasting almost nitro white head. the nose is balanced, too much so. grain cancels hops, not good for ipa. the flavor is better, with a quenching bitterness only on the back end, fine and dandy, but boring. light grain bill, in terms of color and flavor, but enough fermentable sugar to reduce the otherwise interesting hop profile to nothing. I like the sessionability though, I could have five of these no worries. not enthusiastically excited about this, but I appreciate the feel, which lets little bubbles percolate the more jovial bits right through the tongue, right in the center, fun and different, this beers main redeeming quality. otherwise a letdown from speakeasy, who is capable of greatness every time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2013 03:06:08 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Zippelin Bier Garten, Jersey City. Pours golden with long lasting, foamy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and some ripe fruit. Finish is long and balanced. Nice, not too hoppy, balanced IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 13:19:09 | More by mikeg67
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: super clear yellow/gold with light bubbles on the body. Head is a straight white with no tint rising about 1/3".

Smell: honestly it feels like a strong floral, and after my first sniff it was more like a forest. Honestly no complaints.

Taste: heavy floral, feels light at points granted I am pairing this with an excellent chicken dinner. The hops are strong, definitely room for improvement but still pretty good.

Mouth: medium to heavy, consistent stickiness to the beer.

Overall: good beer and honestly will be ordering another. Have had it before and honestly thought I wrote a review a long time ago about it but I apparently didnt. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 03:08:01 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of smakawhat


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a shaker pint.

A real nice classic amber orange with lots of cola carbonation rising up. Head is a little soapy off white, laces real nicely and always leaves a puck. Otherwise pretty solid.

Nose is muted hop, a little citrus barely peeks out, some nice hit of caramel malts. Good balance but not hop forward.

Palate hits toned down but real nice balance. Nice sweet malts and light toasty brown sugar. Hop angle comes out nicely with some citrus orange and hits of pine. Mildly coating with a balanced finish on the palate. Carbonation is dialed down nicely letting everything coat.

Overall not an amazing brew, but certainly one to know about. I could easily have this again. Drinks very easily too.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 17:43:46 | More by smakawhat
Photo of FosterJM


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1664th Review on BA
Draft to 16oz Stella Artois Chalice

@Buffalo Wild Wings, Chino Hills, CA for $5.25
Paired with Asian Zing, Thai Curry and Parmesean garlic boneless wings

App- A big glowing orange color with some tans/browns around the edges. A bit of yellow and gold in the center. A nice 2 finger fluffy head was there and had a good amount of soapy cling. A little bit less as it got to the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Fairly hoppy with a bit of a thicker citrus note. A bit dry at a big pull and a bit grassy as well. A nice balanace but still a bit thick and dense vs. bright and hoppy. A bit creamy as well.

Taste- I thought it was good. A nice solid IPA from Nor. Cal. Had a good amount of balance and hops behind it. The malts were a bit subtle and thick, but overall the whole flavor was a bit thick. Thicker hops and a bit more deep citrus created a good flavor that went well with the wings.

Mouth- A solid medium body. Not sure where they intended this in a bottle version. Might have to compare. A solid carbonation and a bit dry and citrusy with a bit of bitter hops on the finish. More residual citrus is on the finish.

Drink- This was a solid West coast IPA. A bigger beer than the 6% would lead on. A nice balance and fairly dense. A well rounded flavor. Solid but not wowing. A good go to it would seem for the bottle price. Id have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 19:22:18 | More by FosterJM
Photo of TheBrewo


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a Coney Island pint glass, showing a transparent, light gold coloring. It held a one finger white head of creamy bubbles. This showed nice retention, leaving splotchy lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The aroma was spicy, with earthy and citric hops. Pale malts and light metallics made up the grain bill, with bittering lemon rind on the back. Our first impression was that it was light in flavoring, but nice. The flavor opened up with pale toasty malts that bittered, and light citric hops that added to this. The middle peaked with chalked, pale malts, and those same light hops. Bittering citric hops, earthy tones, and stone marked an end that was otherwise watered out a bit, and light in flavoring. The final flavor was a plastic bite, with some lighter metallics. The aftertaste breathed of bitter hop cone, grass, and lemon rind. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, with little cream or froth. The mouth was lightly coated in a nice toasty cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fresh hop aroma. This was light, and very refreshing and inviting. The flavoring was a bit washed out but it, too, was rather refreshing. In the end this guy is average for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 13:08:08 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rather clearigh or light amber red with two-finger head that died quick and left minimal lace. A basic citrusy and piney hop aroma along with barebones sweet caramel malt. Taste is more of the same; light, low-key, hoppy and sweet with a good balance. A good beer but not great as the citric hops are minimal and there's not much else flavorwise, nor do the malts really stand out either.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 11:38:43 | More by clayrock81
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy bone color head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits and citrus zest. Taste is of of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel and medium body. Overall, this is a good IPA with a better taste than smell.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 05:53:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of kojevergas


2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean - brewpub. Reviewed from notes. Instantly I'm turned off to the beer because the brewers see no problem with serving it in a plastic cup.

A: Pours a one finger head of decent slight cream, okay thickness, and downright bad retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Slight malted barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light hops and barley. Rather simple, to say the least. Decently balanced and built alright; there's just not much there to describe.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the (lack of) flavours decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to them by any means.

Dr: Pretty drinkable and offered at a decent price. I wouldn't get it again on account of its low quality.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 21:18:11 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Brent


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

This beer hits all the right marks for an American IPA. Light amber color. Hops are bright and clean, with citrus character, tinged with grapefruit. Malt body is well balanced with an appropriate level of sweetness to take the edge off the hops. Finish was quite smooth. A nice quaffer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 14:31:05 | More by Brent
Photo of musicman575


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even on tap, it didn't have much head, but bubbles continuously rose from everywhere. Light amber in color. Little flora and lots of citrus in the smell, which wasn't as bold as many other IPAs. Good and bitter, pretty bright. Again, citrusy hops and some pine with pale malt aftertaste. Finishes clean with good carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 21:07:45 | More by musicman575
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 03:28:11 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 20:21:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of dgilks


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a moderate creamy off-white head. Nice lacing but head retention isn't the best.

Crisp, straight forward citrus hops with grapefruit being dominant. Mild sweetness.

Solid up front bitterness with a mild backbone of soft malt. Good fresh hop flavour but it seems a little light on the brightness associated with the best IPAs.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing on this hot day.

A solid, middle of the road IPA with good flavour but it's nothing particularly special.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 20:05:25 | More by dgilks
Photo of Rifugium


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at House of Brews, NYC, NY

Despite the terrible service at House of Brews, I eventually got this beer. Served on tap in a pint glass, it was clear golden yellow in color with a small white head that laced fairly well. Aroma was very light, consisting of floral and citrus hops with an underlying sweetness. More citrusy hops in the taste, giving a certain crispness from beginning to end. Pale malt sweetness in the background. Very light and grassy. Light-bodied, not overly flavorful, but still crisp and refreshing for an IPA, if you're not in the mood for anything over the top.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 13:30:31 | More by Rifugium
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is mostly clear yellow golden with a nice fluffy 2 inch white head. Aroma of fresh citrus (lime and tangerine) - fresh and clean, nice. Taste is earthy pine, with bitter citrus peel fruit behind that. Nice, though not as fresh tasting as it smelled. Palate is medium, nice carbonation. Decent enough IPA - though seemed more balanced towards the caramel malt that comes through the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 18:58:49 | More by CuriousMonk
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A - very light yellow, small head dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing behind. Small amount of visible carbonation

S - nice pine hops nose but not much else

T - grapefruit/pine hops resolving into almost no malt profile; slight grassy aftertaste

M - slight oilyness coats the mouth; cut with a slight carbonation

D - quite drinkable; a bit light but goes down easy

Decent IPA, not exceptional

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 04:06:40 | More by DoktorZee
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a sports bar in San Francisco, while watching football on a Sunday. Pours a light orange colour with small head. Smells of citrus hops with some mild caramel malt. Small bitterness in the flavour. Good medium-bodied carbonation level. I think this one may suffer somewhat in my ratings due to all to amazing west coast IPA's I had on my trip, but I'm trying to judge it fairly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 21:17:16 | More by kwjd
Photo of Jemonster


3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold color with a white head. I have never seen an IPA this light, so this is new to me.

S: Roasted coffee and hops is what I pick up. Mostly just hops. Warm and fragrant scent.

T: The alcohol is noticeable in this one. There is the taste of buttered toast and heavy roasted hops. There is the bitterness all the way through, but it doesn't sit too long on the palate.

M: Really nice. Slight tingle from the carbonation. Round, full mouthfeel.

D: I went for another after my first, but for some reason, this beer is very filling to me. It was difficult to finish two after a medium sized meal. It doesn't wear out the tastebuds, but it's flavorful and nice to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 19:28:56 | More by Jemonster
Photo of Chizoad


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A worthy beer. Of course you probably can't find it easily outside of the Bay Area, but lots of bars stock it and it beats the hell out of the usual Bud fare.

Got a pitcher, fired it into a nonic, and found a nice, amber brew with fat bubbles and a lingering, lacy head that was a very pleasant surprise. Often I find the beer I get on draft is headless (maybe soap residue on glasses?), but this one had great retention.

Good bitter hops but the nose doesn't exactly entice you in. In fact I was quite surprised by the flavor which is by far better than the aroma. Classic west coast hopping of this beer, but not a huge bitterness or complexity. If I had to compare it to something else, it's like the little brother of Racer 5 from Bear Republic. Well balanced.

Medium body, never becomes overwhelming, leading to good drinkability. The ABV% is a little tall to pound back too many pints of this one, but it goes down pretty easy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 01:00:48 | More by Chizoad
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed by Wiseman Justin on Monday July 19, 2010. Stopped at Loris Diner in San Francisco due to the "Beer Zone" advertisement we saw from outside. This beer was selected randomly from the huge list with no input by myself from some non-drinker sibling associates of Wisewoman Natalia. Paired with a Chocolate Milkshake.

Appearance: Very clear; dark yellow. Head is retained barely. Lacing is hanging around for a bit which is bumping up the score.

Smell: Hopes (Check), Pine (Check). Fresh Rain... it's weak on the nose.

Taste: Very hoppy which scores points. The aftertaste reminds me of green olives. I like the way this taste. Especially with chocolate milkshake. Makes it taste like a Stout IPA.

Mouthfeel: Needs to be Chewyer and thicker. Almost Pilsner like in mouthfeel. It could be better with less carbonation.

Drinkability: High; if I didn't have Union Jack around I'd be more than Happy to down several of these. This is a good IPA.

Pairing Score: A- Milkshake + IPA = Stout. It's amazingly pair able.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 07:22:22 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste profile is perfectly balanced, in hoppy, slightly sweet, slightly grapefruity, yummy american IPA kinda way -- but it's lacking just a little ... oomph, boldness, sharpness. If there were a little more bitterness or sourness or something to give it an edge, it would be perfect, but as it is, while it's an enjoyable and drinkable IPA, there's a constant sense that it's missing something.

Oh well. It's still really good...

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 02:34:57 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of m1ked


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burlingame Hyatt layover courtesy of Delta. At the sports bar "Knuckles".

A- Pours a clear golden light yellow with plenty of streamers, thin pure white head.

S-Piney resiny hops, touch of light sweetness. Smells like a west coast IPA for sure.

T- I get the piney hops to start but not as much as I was expecting from the smell. There is some lemony notes in those hop flavors. I don't know if my palate is just wrecked after a weekend in SD, but all I get is hops.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation consistent throughout.

D- If you like hoppy IPA's then this would be a good grab. Nothing crazy here though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 03:58:35 | More by m1ked
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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.