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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 35
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I sample this while a visit on the West Coast. Poured a semi cloudy coppery orange color with a good head and limited lacing. Both detracted quickly.

The smell was mostly hoppy but some lighter caramel malts were noticed in the background. The hops had a earthy almost spicy scent to them. There was also a slight yeasty smell but very feint.

The taste was balanced well between malt and hops. The malt had some basic flavor with a wispy caramel flavor a the backend. The hops came out nicely but had a strong finishing flavor and very little bitterness. The hops had a tad citrus but mostly grapefruit taste.

The body was light to mid feel and just a tad wispy. Some soapy background as well. Overall nothing fantastic but for non-hop heads a very easy drinking IPA.

Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with massive white puffy head. Very attractive lacing as the head slowly feel to a thick coating. Smnell is predominately grassy hops with a slight sweet malt background. Taste follows through on the smell with the hops in the foreground and the malt gining a nice balance Finishes only slightly dry, and very thirst quenching. An excellent example of the style. Will definitely try again.

Photo of rgrace99
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Good thick head with some lacing. Color was a deep gold with moderate carbonation. Aroma was citrusy hops. Taste was also hops, finishing with a malty sweetness. Very easy to put away but not an overwhelming example of the variety.

Photo of ElGordo
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz bottle a medium golden color topped by a small, creamy white head that lingers a bit. Not much carbonation results in a pretty still-looking beer. Aroma is mostly fresh, crisp floral hops and just a touch of lightly sweet malt. Palate is more crisp floral hops, with a residual sweetness from the malt that complements the up-front hoppiness. The medium body could use just a bit more carbonation, but is still pleasant. A relatively light, easy-drinking IPA that's true to the west coast style.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a lightly hazed pale goldenrod color with thin off white head. Aromas mostly of piney, citrusy hops with a light malt sweetness underneath. Slightly bitter upfront and moving towards a malt sweetness mid-palate and swaying back to a bitter, astringent finish. Trace amount of mineral flavor. Not overpoweringly bitter, but it is certainly within IPA standards. Maybe a slight bit undercarbonated. Not my favorite IPA to date, but a good one that has a west coast feel to it. Maybe a little too thin, but it's hot out and the beer's cold. Cheers.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper / golden straw color with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing behind. Smell is mostly hoppy...pine and citrus, with some sweetness lurking in the background. The taste is actually quite refreshing. Hoppy and bitter, but sweet caramel tries to keep it all in check. The hops win, though. Mouth feel is thin and watery with a dry finish. Hop oils keep it slick on the tongue. I have another one left to drink...and I will...but I won't go out of my way to get anymore.

Photo of MLegendre
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me into IPA's and still one of my favorites. Unfortunatly the store where I live that used to carry it no longer does so it's a rare occasion that I get to enjoy this or any or the many fine brews from Speakeasy.

A: Very light yellow with a very thin white head but lots of sticky lacing that sticks to the glass all the way down. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top.

S: Very strong smell of piney hops. A little citrusy like lemon

T: A very bitter IPA. There is a noticable malt sweetness, but it stays in the background, the hops is the main focus. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste. Hopheads will love this.

M: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, goes down very smooth with a dry finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D: A very strong solid IPA. If you love hops you will love this beer. Some people didn't like the lack of malt, but it's one of my favorite things about this beer. Keeps strong with hops, but not so strong that it's overbearing like a Double IPA.

Photo of sullysbeer
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Earthy, spicey hop aroma. Slight alcohol. Caramel sweetness

Appearance: Brilliant Gold, Very clear. White head retention that settles back into the glass and rings the sides.

Flavor: Huge grape fruit, Grassy, Spicey hop flavor balanced with a malty sweetness and finishes dry with a lingering bitterness that's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body.

Overall Impression: Well, if your a hop head you have to try this. Nothing to drop everything for but for sure a great India Pale Ale. Why they named it "Big Daddy?" I have no idea, but I bought it.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was shocked when I poured and saw a liquid I would associate more with a Witte. It looked almost white! Nose is grapefruit, lemon and orange. No malt smells to speak of. Taste is grapefruit, pine, lemon and a seltzery taste. I honestly can't detect any malt flavor. In a way it's kind of cool to get a naked hop taste, but I do miss my malt. That said though, I think this would make a terrific session IPA. Though the malt doesn't show much, the hop flavor isn't so robust that it kicks you in the face and demands your submission. I could definitely see picking up a sixer of this from time to time ... if I didn't have to rely on Clickpush to kindly include it in a trade that is ...

Photo of arizcards
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at AJ's just before Christmas for $2.29.

Beer poured a dark golden color with a nice fluffy well sustaining head. Nose initially was of grapefruit, and is somewhat malty in mid bottle. Taste is of astringent grapefruit with a big bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth quality to it. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a bit of an unusual ipa but it is worth a try.

Photo of Illinick
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Smokin Joes
A: Great bottle- I am a big fan of their screened labels. Classy and unique. Golden yellow with some slight hints of amber (sort of a golden amber color) with a big, sticky, fluffy head that sticks around throughout. Really nice lacing also.
S: Citrus rind and citric acid hit you at first and give way to a nice hop and oily hop smell. Some herbal notes derived from the hop and a slight cake malt that's in there somewhere but is not picked up on every whiff. Floral undertones smooth out the citric smells.
T: Parallels the smell with tons of hops and oily hop flavors. Citric rind and pulp flavors are abound and provide some of the dominant flavors-grapefruit and lemon being most predominant. Floral flavors smooth the edges of the citrus flavors and add a nice compliment. There are some cake-like malts in there, but most of the time they are pushed aside by hops, and I don't mind. Hop bitterness at the end that finishes long. Nice flavor profile.
MF: medium and finishes long and bitter.
Overall: A hop heads delight. There are slight malt flavors in there, but they are no match for the hoppy overtones. Great citrus and floral flavors that provide the essential bite just the way I like it. The more brews I have by Speakeasy the more I am impressed.

Photo of asabreed
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with the eyes on the neck staring at me, which is awesome. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with some bubbles floating up, not a lot but a good amount I suppose. A decent frothy head, though fairly uniform in its thickness. Fairly spidery lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of strong and piney hops with some citrus as a backbone. I also get a good amount of sweet malt, and everything's balancing pretty nicely. Strong, but balanced, and not overpowering in any way.

Taste: The aroma comes through well. More bitter and piney hops than malt in the taste, however. There's not much malt finish for those non-hopheads, but the hops are strong and lingering. There IS a malt presence, but it's just not as present by this finish... Very drinkable stuff.

Mouthfeel: Feels slightly watery and slick before the final burst of carbonation. Wish it was a little fuller. Maybe more malt would help that?

Drinkability: This is extremely tasty. It doesn't take huge risks, but it's definitely a West Coast IPA, and one that I could very much see making a session brew.

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

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 for 12oz)
pours a bight golden with a slight head.
the aroma is hopsack and a bit piney.
the flavor is a little thin, very hoppy, little bit of malt, spice.
this beer is alright, little watery, not enough malt flavor.
worth a try

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange copper with a clingy white lace. Decent carbonation streaming. Light body. Grapefruit is the predominant flavor and smell. There is almost no pine or juniper as one expects with an IPA. Hints of pineapple in the flavor. Finish is dry but a bit chalky. Average on all accounts. Underhopped with little malt base to compensate.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I swear, there must be an IPA for every taste.
Big Daddy pours a slightly darker clear yellow (morning after piss?) with a nice 1 finger white head that melts to medium lacing.
Aroma is orange and pineapple
Taste is also orange and pineapple with a moderate citrus peel hops bite....
Mouthfeel is comfortable for an IPA...not too thick, but not thin either. I like it alot.
Aftertaste is citrus peel but not obtrusively...(that's supposed to mean that the aftertaste doesn't get in the way or overpower).
This one is very drinkable...not a knock out....but pleasant and drinkable.

Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very pale, watery straw in color. A sandr drift white, pasty sheet of head that leaves trails of dimpled, whispy lacing.

A bit citrus nose: lemon, grapefruit, lime. Very clean, bright fruity aromas. Bright citrus hops jumping from the glass with tones of earthen, floral hops.

Citrus hops and tropical fruits initially: pear, lemon, lime. Musty, powdered floral hop effect with some astringent wheats and grains. A moderate hop bitterness that is quite musty followed by a Cascade hop aftertaste.

Light, medium bodied; bright but a touch filmy on the palate.

A bright and drinkable IPA from the Left Coast, drank on the Left Coast. Decent but flawed. I'd have another, but probably wouldn't buy another six pack.

Photo of SethB2
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Despite an aggressive pour, this beer produced a very small head and it disappeared very quickly leaving very little lacing. The color looks like an IPA however. Orangish and cloudy. Smell of grapefruit .... and that's about it. Tastes good, but very week for an IPA. The hops are there, but not nearly as impressive as many in the same style Mouthfeel and drinkability are also just average.

Overall, an OK IPA, but nothing that I would seek out again.

Photo of nortmand
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow, with little head. Way too light.

Ruby red grapefruit dominates the smell. Very bright citrus, little malt.

Grapefruit up front. Astringency dominates in the mid palate. Very resinous bitter at the end. Malt is too subdued. Well, hopped, but missing the oomph of malt.

Medium body with a bright fizz, fairly refreshing and drinkable for the hottest day of the year so far.

Photo of Reidrover
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liked the bottle design, very bunusual for a 12 oz to be screen printed.
Clear golden coloure ale with a large frothy/bubbly off white head.
WOW, very nice strong spicy/lemony hop aroma to this one.
mmm the taste is bitter alraight, but for me not the usual IPA. Its a mild bitterness and almost smooth, yet long lasting and turns syruppy sweet, almost honeyish in the end.
Not a bad mouthfeel at all, semi=smooth.
Overall a pretty tasty and slightly off kilter IPA, well worth tasting again.

Photo of ReDave
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. One of my favorite beers. Nice light straw golden color. Great hoppy aroma. Not so subtle bittering hops. Just a touch of malt for balance. Great bitter after-taste. Nice white slightly lingering head, with sticky lace all the way down.
Nice dry finish.

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

Light in color. Pure, oily, raw and invigorating hop aroma calms my senses, allows me to relax and interpret what I am exactly smelling. Dripping honey covered pine needles. Orange. Other fruits. The hops are undeniably huge and fairly shocking but the sweet, fruity and sugary malt presence is what makes this a pretty delicious India Pale Ale.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 3/4/06 in the hotel room.

12oz. bottle purchased from The Jug Shop.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all citrusy hops. It has an almost peach/apricot smell.

Taste is a delicious blend of citrusy hops. A light peachy taste is woven in and the bitterness is well balanced.

Body has a creamy texture with solid carbonation.

A nice drinkable IPA from the land of IPAs.

Photo of ypsifly
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz purchased at Cost Plus in Westland and poured into a pint glass.

Clear brass with sparse carbonation and a small head of white that falls rather quickly into a veiled ring.

The nose is mostly grape fruit. Some underlying sweetness from the malt as this has that classic west coast power hop aroma that while not exactly balanced, I like it.

Quick swet malt flavor upfront then its almost all juicy then drying hops. The malt flavors are not obliterated by the hops as they seem to frame them and keep things from going to far off balance. Very hoppy finish with some of the hop juice lingering in the aftertaste.

Moderate mouth that is a bit slick. I could have another but the hop profile could lead to burnout and want of something different.

Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The "big daddy" must meet high expectations from such a fine brewery. Bottle graphics, combined with an easily manageable pour, Golden, chill hazed body to at the very least invite some gobblage. If its anything like the other beers on the line from speakeasy I have no worries.

Citrus hops are first and foremost. hoppy yet far from over the top. It made me stop as the citrus stinging was strong but its complex in the middle, bring in a toasted malt here and there, and even sweet if you dig hard enough, slight metallic twinge in the aftertaste. On the mild end of the scale for the style. IPA's have become so popular, and there is so much variety that this one comes up a bit short overall.

I really dig this brew. Not as over the top or crazy as you can find within the style. Just well brewed, nice timing of flavor and overall another winner from Speakeasy. Done.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is yet another bonus beer provided in trade from jpm30. Thanks alot! This is a good IPA, but it seems to lack some oomph.

The appearance interesting. It is as clear and pale as an macro, yet it has some suspended sediment filling the glass that tends to take away from it. The head is a nice thick frothy white that lacing very well to the glass.

The smell is great. Very aromatic hops. Hard to describe them without using thousands of adjectives, but they are beautiful aromatic hops. Not much malt to speak of in the aroma.

After the smell, the taste is a bit of a let down. Reminds me almost exactly of Spilker Hopluia in this regard, as it has the same unique hop aroma without hardly any of the taste or bitterness. Very light bubblegummy citric with a cheap malt base. Quite watery, and a bitterness that packs the punch of a 3 month old baby girl.

This beer almost seems to lack body at all. Very light indeed. It is not a bad beer by any means, but it just doesn't give me the feeling of drinking a beer. It almost seems to taste more like one of those new trendy energy drinks with all of the funky herbal shit in them. Certainly doesn't feel like I'm drinking something with alcohol in it. If anything beer related it is a light pale ale on the high end of the alcohol spectrum and with emphasis on aromatic hops, but it most certainly is not what I would call an IPA.

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.