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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,077 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,077
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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big head, malt and hops promising start, then dry hop leaf bitterness astringent, citrus. Pine needles, some C hops for aroma. I won't have it again, but for what it is, it was quaffable. Some chocolate in my mouth, more chocolate.

Not bad 30th sample at Radekfest 05, brought by a generous Yankee
guest.

Sammy, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

t0rin0, Feb 09, 2013
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

djrn2, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

zestar, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.5%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently covered the surface and left lacy rings down the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between a slight amount of malty sweetness and mild hop bitterness; it has flavors of bready and caramel malts along with citrus hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste but there's nothing overly special about the taste that would make me consider it sessionable.

metter98, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Minimally hazy golden amber. The smallish head is off-white in color and doesn't look nearly as firm, as creamy or as sticky as a good IPA head should look. A slim collar of lace is the only glass coverage.

The aroma is pretty nice and is dominated by sweet, zesty citrus fruit peel. It could be a bit stronger though, I can't appreciate much until I get my nose almost into the glass. Big Daddy is definitely not a top-notch IPA. The hop flavor is too understated, especially in comparison to the degree of hop bitterness.

In addition, the body/mouthfeel is too light and too carbonated for the style. The finish is harshly bitter and overly dry. I haven't been all that impressed with Speakeasy's other beers (none of them even sniff 'great'), but neither were they the disappointment that Big Daddy is.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a dirty hazy yellow color ale with a large foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of medium citrus hops with some bitter notes is average for the style. Taste is also dominated by some weak note of citrus hops with a dry bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited malt presence and some good carbonation.

Phyl21ca, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You got to love the branding on the necks of their bottles. After the clever decoarations, the beer still stands out. The mildly hazy, bright copper color delivers a nice head that lasts the session -- a prototypical IPA appearance. Aromas of citrus and piney hops jump out ahead of the sweet malts and provide a balance in aroma similar to pale ales. The tastes prove that the maltiness ends up more sweet and less attenuated as American IPA's should, but I like the balance nevertheless. Could be using Brittish malts that hold on to a biscuity sweetness along with some caramel and confectionate flavors. The hops intensity is evident but never overshadow the malts- contributing nice pine, orange rind flavors. Esters of peaches, pineapples, and appricots get back to English malts and bready yeasts. The texture of the malts helps the beer from becomming astringent or bitey because of the hops and smoothen out the dryness quite a bit. Finishes with a malt-hop balance that is quite pleasant. Although the amount of hop characteristic does quality for an IPA, the balance never really favors the hops over the malts decisively. Can we have a double pale ale?

BEERchitect, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was thrilled when I saw this single bottle when I was at the Biggs up in Mason Ohio. The Double daddy was one of my favorite big IPA's, so to finally get a hold of the regular IPA, I was thrilled to get this one. Purchased a single bottle in a mixed six pack and had stored it away until now. Decided to crack it open tonight as I was in the mood for a good IPA. Served right out of the fridge, this twelve ounce bottle was poured into an Otter Creek pint glass and allowed to warm just a touch before indulging in it.

A - Poured into the glass quite vigorously trying to produce as much of a head as I could. This led to a very nice three finger high head of white foam that hung around for a good few minutes before finally settling down to a thing pillow of white which lasted till the end of the session. Very nice side glass presentation, left copious amounts of lace up and down the sides of the glass throughout the session. Crystal clear amber color was presented right in front of me. A very big bright amber color, and clear as a bell letting the nice chains of carbonation ripple up to the surface in chains of bubbles.

S - The aroma was not as heavy as I would have hoped it would be. To be honest a touch light overall with the aroma. Light floral citrus hops dominating everything here, in fact really not much else coming though at all. Hints of orange and pineapple could be picked up here with ease, with lots of sugar mingling in as well, sweetening it up and showing the malty side that was laying underneath. As it warmed, some light pine like notes arrived, as well as some earthy tones to show the way through.

T - The flavor came though a little light for an IPA for me at least. I mean it was good don't get me wrong, I just think there was that certain x factor that was missing from it that would make it outstanding. It was almost like the flavor was too light and that was a bit of a turn off. There was some very nice floral citrus right up front which welcomed you and brought you on board for the rest of it, this faded quickly and was replaced by a solid back of light earthy grains and a touch of fresh grass that had some light piney flavors inside of it that were starting to dry out the flavor right away. Nice crisp finish offering a really nice dry bittering feeling on it. The long flavors of citrus were around for a good while and were nicely sweetened up toward the end.

M - Came off as a very crisp, clean and very well carbonated light IPA. That was probably the real downfall of this one was how light it came off, never really having enough of a follow through to really let the flavors pop and explore and develop more. Excellent carbonation and never really felt too awfully thin and definitely not watered down on any way, just a little light is all.

D - This was easily session able for me, no issue with that what's so ever I could have had easily several of these with no issue what so ever. There was a very nice flavor and easy carbonation with a crisp clean feeling to wrap it all together, what more could you ask for in a nice light session able IPA.

Overall not bad, but seriously not the best that I had. I had really high hopes for this one, but it appeared that it was just not living up to what I had wanted In it. The flavors were good, it was just that everything was way too light. I would have liked to have seen a little more body in this one to make it a little more memorable but overall it was still a solid choice overall, though I do not think I would seek this one out again anytime soon.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jaydoc, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light, pale copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Candyish caramel and biscuity malts set against fruity notes of sweet, juicy nectarines and grapefruits.

Taste: Pale malts with a light toastiness and caramel sweetness. Pinch of fresh spices. Citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Small taste of grapefruit on the lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing more than a fairly easy to drink, standard American IPA. And there's nothing at all wrong with that.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I was in a hoppy state of mind and wanted a fix and I sure got it in this beer,pours a light golden color with a light head that does leave some decent lacing,aroma is hugely piney and carammely very appetizing.Taste was very resiny and piney to be expected but not as harshly hoppy as I had thought it would be from the other reviews,but this beer is for hop heads for sure and malt mavens who are looking for a hop fix.Well done.

oberon, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Flashbacks to Wiggum, PI... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of sandy off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, grapefruit peel, light mint, and a backbone of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit peel not only superseding the grass but also becoming a bit funkier, some earthy (read: dirty) greens coming in, and the biscuit hardly coming through at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent IPA at best, one that just comes across as unbalanced with unfavorable hopping. It's not altogether bad, just not all that good.

TMoney2591, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%

largadeer, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, foamy, white head. It left thin traces of lace.

S - The pine aroma was obvious without having to put my nose near the glass. Nice floral notes and citrusy smells.

T - It tasted of burnt toast and roasted malt. Nice caramel flavor, too. Very well balanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It was medium-bodied with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good IPA. Great aroma and a very good bottle with the eyes on the neck.

zeff80, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
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 hoppiness. 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 kind 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 at this brewery. 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.

biboergosum, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour is required to coax a good head on all of the Speakeasy beers (probably because they go for a more moderate level of carbonation that holds back some of the flavors and helps to round out the overall character & mouthfeel), but once you get the head - it holds very well and leaves some very nice lace. Very nice deep golden color, topped by a foamy bright white head. The aroma is a good balance of citrusy Pacific Northwest hops and gently sweet malt. The body is light-medium with a moderate carbonation (guessing at @ 2.4 volumes) that gives a slightly creamy character in the mouth. The flavor is bold, with citrusy hop and malt right up front, mellowing as it crosses the palate but not revealing much more than a clearer hop flavor and some slightly sweeter malt notes. The finish simply glides away with a lingering combination of both the malt & hop. Throughout the glass some variety is expressed in the hop flavors, alternating between citrusy and grassy, although the malt base remains the same. So, although this is a very one-sided I.P.A., it's extremely clean and well-balanced to showcase the hop flavors present. It's very drinkable, and enjoyable, but without the fuller character of their other beers. Still, very nice.

NeroFiddled, Sep 02, 2002
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

SocalKicks, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Oct 03, 2001
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from t0rin0 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a burst of pale hops bitterness, then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a hearty malt character that provides some balance and substance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's decent beer, but there are several other IPA's that I would choose above this beer.

TheManiacalOne, May 17, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with a touch of orange nice off white foaming head chunky not bad at all, with nice speckled lacing. Aroma: Citrus hops namingly grapefruit tones here, pine sol esque but there is some malt sweetness to tend with the hoppy zeal the beer carries in the aroma. Taste: Flavor is predominantly citrus toned hops with a bit of eathiness in the finish this beer is also contains a butterscotch like sweetness that blends so well with the zesty hop bite very nice. Mouthfeel: Smooth a bit oily from the hop resins but very good medium bodied IPA, great brew much better than the pale I had. Drinkability: Simply amazing it's the type of IPA that gives me a citrusy hop burp after the first sip turning my taste buds on immediately and ready for more and more of this very drinkable brew.

WVbeergeek, Nov 05, 2003
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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.