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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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467 Reviews

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 1,300
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 20.64%
Wants: 41
Gots: 246 | 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:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

Big Daddy IPA is a hop-head's delight, a generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style India Pale Ale. Poured into a standard American pint glass, the beer is a golden straw color, with tight carbonation and a slightly off-white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The aroma is floral, fresh grass, pine needles, grapefruit, and a some subtle notes of fresh bread.
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Photo of safaricook
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden crystal clear body, great fine white foam
resiny pine ipa aroma
resin flavor, bitterness appropriate, metallic!
refreshing medium-light body
decent IPA with off-putting metallic taste to it

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Photo of J-Calm
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing stunning. A good IPA. More flavor than a light-hops IPA, not nearly as hoppy as the strong hop IPAs that are coming out and getting popular these days. No complaints. Nothing to rave about.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking copper color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing was somewhat stringy and slightly messy.
The smell had pine, citrusy rind, and a slight citrusy pulp, sweet yet bitter, playing off of each other nicely.
The taste was moderately sweet leaning into bitter citrusy components. A light piney/resinous aftertaste echoes into the finish.
The mouthfeel is about medium bodied with carbonation hitting nicely. Bitterness still shows its harshness, but I can tell that the carbonation seems to be following decently.
Overall, as an AIPA, it works. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Reema
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours a clear golden honey. Smells of hops, pine resin, light citrus zest, and a minuscule amount of baked bread. Taste reflects the smell, initial hops taste and bitterness, followed by a powerful citrus rind flavor, ending with a small malt sweetness. Very hop forward though it is never overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium light that ends on a dry finish. Medium carbonation prickles the tongue along with a minuscule alcohol warmth as the beer warms up. Overall this is a pretty good hop forward beer, though the citrus rind flavor persists for a while after sipping.

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Photo of TomChiari777
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber pour. Nice aroma, citrus and floral with spice notes. Lace was fine. Malt back bone gave way to smooth bitter finish. Slight after taste couldn't get. Overall excellent.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy copper gold crowned by a 1” clingy white foam cap. S: Citrusy, resiny hops T: Hop driven with bitterness from start to finish seasoned with bready malts, grapefruit and pine resin. The bitterness is not harsh. Some drying astringency from the hops appears in the finish. F: Medium body and medium carbonation O: A very drinkable bitter tonic.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden pour with a strange lack of bubbles, considering the massive suds on top of the beer. They are big soapy looking suds too, absolutely clinging to the glass as it retreats. Aroma is pure hops, I know the bitterness is going to peel the taste buds off my tongue before I even take a drink.

Strangely, it is a lot gentler than expected. Obviously the bitter is here, but it's a nice blend of pine and citrus, with neither being very forward. One of the most balanced hop mixes I have yet encountered. This is really good! Feels nice and dry too. I think I am going to have to get some more...

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Photo of scottfrie
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint glass on-tap.

A: Served a golden amber with a greasy and dense white head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting collar. Spotty sheets of lace was left down the glass.
S: Notes of citrus and toasted grains. Smells pretty straight forward. Citrus is grapefruit with maybe a hint of pine.
T: Grapefruit citrus hops all the way with a solid bready malt backbone. Definitely balanced flavor, perhaps even a bit maltier than some. Malts remind me of whole grain toast. Finish has a bitter punch of grapefruit pith, and the aftertaste has mild hints of pine. There's a touch a caramel in there as well.
M: Medium body, greasy hop oil mouthfeel, tingly carbonation.
O: Bitter and bready overall, maybe breadier than many. Still packs a clean bitter punch with a good amount of oily hop resin, but flavors are toasted and grainier than other ipas.

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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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. Bottled on date is on the back label. Love all the lablels from Speakeasy.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/ amber color with a 1-finger white head. Retention wasn't long, buti t never dissipated completely either. A thin layer of white foam remained on top throughout the session. Lacing was incredible.

Very pleasant hoppy smell - both citrus and floral.

Delicious hop flavor. I get mostly grapefruit and pine but it's not harsh at all. Some reviewers don't find any malt in here but I find it perfectly sweetened with pale and Munich mats. Still leans towards the hops with a bitterness score of 60 IBUs., but I wouldn't call it a bitter beer, just a delicious one.

Medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation.

Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I'll be going back for more of these.

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Photo of Jahgrizzly
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, but full bodied and flavorful. Great hop flavor without the overwhelming grapefruit/citrus of some varieties. Very drinkable! I love this beer.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - 4FH, clear, foamy, amber. Good carbonation.


TASTE - Bitter.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, creamy, astringent, effervescent, frothy.

VALUE - $7.00 for a 12-oz. bottle. Good price.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - OK beer. Bitter and hoppy.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a big white head that eventually faded to a healthy amount of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, a bit floral.

Taste: Moderate bitterness up front, runs up against a sharp, somewhat sweet malt backbone. Tastes like rye, but I couldn’t find any mention of rye being in it. Either way, I like it! Aftertaste is mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Solid all-around IPA, the malt backbone sets it apart for me.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is sweet and citrusy with apple, grapefruit, and orange zest. There's a bit of fresh grass and a bready undertone. Clear, bright gold body with a frothy, off-white head that really sticks around. Smooth, clean malt up front, soon followed by moderately flavorful hops which are piney, flowery, spicy (not as citrusy as the aroma). There's a quick surge of bitterness. Grainy malt lingers in the finish. Smooth texture, medium body; considerable acidity from the hops, which with the subdued carbonation makes for a good bite.

Well balanced and drinkable—the hops are not overwhelmingly bitter, and the hop flavors are pleasant enough. There is considerable, though still backgrounded, grainy sweetness to round out the flavor.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. I believe it was worth the wait! Pours a golden and slightly amber tone with a finger length head that retains as a sticky lace. Great hop aroma accompanied by a sweetness that reminds me perhaps of a nutty cake. Taste is an explosion of hops. A bitter grapefruit like taste with a dry finish. Great feel! Creamy and chewy at the same time. An instant classic for me!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. Thanks for sneaking this back from LA, Brenda.

A: Opaque, golden. An aggressive pour produced a billowy 2-finger head with staying power. Thick lacing.

S: Citrus notes aplenty, grassy hops, mangoes, lemons.

T: Delicious with low bitterness. Smooth, subtle. Citrus featuring lemon and mangoes. Lightly sweet. Very sessionable.

M: Light to medium with medium creamy carbonation.

O: Didn't know how this would hold up after 2.5 months in the closet. It was terrific. A great IPA. An easy drinker.

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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

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Photo of mac31
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Carmel, citrus, grapefruit nose.

Nice, fresh, hops and some sweetness at the crack of the bottle.

Nice hint of caramel sweetness that is blanketed by the danky, resinous bittering hops. Just past the bittering hops is some nice orange, floral, and grapefruit/citrus hoppiness. The beer is nice and balanced. The malt profile gives off just enough sweetness to offset the hops. Bready malts clean up very nicely, leaving the bitterness of the hops to linger behind on the palate. Minor grainy finish after the bitterness dissipates, which I welcome. This is a pretty damn good brew. It's solid. My buddy picked this up on a whim and brought it over. Sold!!! Glad he did. For sure I'll come back to this one, snake eyes not so much.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +34%

Love this brewery and all the beers are great. When it comes to IPA's this is probably one of the smoothest best tasting out there. Highly recommend this beer.

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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.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus, a touch of malts. Taste is hops, pine, some citrus and malts, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Golden with a mild haze and a quarter inch of soapy, off-white head. Floral hop aroma with underlying biscuit aroma and an odd, fruity sweetness. Hops and cleaning solution. Spritzy carbonation. Eh...

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Photo of hophugger
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice IPA. Dark Yellow beer with a creamy head and good lacing. Taste is the usual IPA flavors of pine and citrus. Bitterness lingers a bit but is ok. I will say that even with the bitterness, this IPA is smoother than a lot I have had. That's ok, overall very nice ale !!

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Photo of kingmaxwell
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Big Daddy IPA is a tasty IPA worth an afternoon drink. I purchased this beer in a pounder and decanted it into a pint glass. The beer looks good with a large frothy head and a light yellow color. Lace foam clings to the beer glass after drinking.

The taste is smooth drinkable India Pale Ale. Citrus funk and pine cone are the initial flavor and then a little bitterness lingers. It could almost be a pale ale in appearance and taste, but there is a fair amount of hops in there -- it is just very smooth. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BTodd
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz, bottle poured into a pint glass (bottled 4 months ago)

A-Lively bubbles on the pour with about 1 1/2 fingers of foam, dissipating to less than one in the first minute. Nice, golden color with a little haze to it.

S-Malty sweetness with a little aroma of orange peel.

T-Still relatively malty as the nose indicated but better hop presence in the taste. I'm still getting primarily citrus with some spiciness showing up as it warmed. More hop bitterness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. It lingers slightly on the tongue.

O-The sum is better than its parts on this one. I don't think it offers a lot on the nose and isn't the most powerful or complex tasting IPA on the market. However, I enjoy this beer and would buy it again. Would probably get higher reviews from me if labeled generically as "ale." As an IPA, it's lacking in hop character.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.