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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 35
Gots: 138 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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

A=Light gold in appearance pours a nce white head with medium carbonation

S=As little hop aroma.

T=Light malt taste and a fadding hoppiness.

Mouthfeel=Light body

D= I like this beer-I find it easy to drink and one that I could enjoy on an especialy warm day watching a baseball game

Photo of RedHaze
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy pale orange, with a thin white head that fades quickly to a spotty cap and ring. The lacing is actually a big thicker than I was expecting.

Smell; mostly citrus, with grapefruit and lemons. There's an underlying malt presence with a little bit of bread dough and caramel. Overall though, nothing really stand s out all that much in the aroma.

Taste; grapefruit is the primary flavor, but some lemon dose come through just a bit. Some bready, and caramel malts are present. If possible, the flavor is even more subdued than the aroma was, and that's not really such a good thing for an American IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the drinkability actually takes a hit for me due to the lack of flavors. I don't think I would ever pick this one up again.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is printed with 004

A - Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a thin white head.

S - Grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of citrus.

T - Primarily grapefruit with just a hint of malt breadiness underneath.

M - Medium bodied but slightly chalky on the finish.

D - A decent IPA that just seems a little one dimensional.

Photo of DrJay
2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark yellow with a thin, bright white head composed of fine bubbles. Fair head retention with some lacing present. Very mild aroma, mostly citrus and grassy with a little bit of caramel. Mild bitterness with a thin malt flavour. Some citrus and caramel, earthy, with lingering bitterness. Light bodied, a bit watery, with moderate carbonation. It was also very dry, definitely on the astringent side. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. It lacked depth of flavour in both the malt and hop departments, almost like they're skimping on ingredients. Bad batch maybe? Thanks Zithal!

Photo of stephendr
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of clear honey, with a medium off white head - nose of piney hopps , cannibis , resin , butter , and citrus – taste of hopps piney , tar / resin , floral , nice bitterness and grapefruit - body thicker , and light carbonation – aftertaste of hopps , and citrus

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

This beer actually looks hoppy. Cloudy pale copper color, and a decent head. The smell is wicked-hoppy. In fact, the morning after I had a couple of these my poo smelled hoppy. This was a first.

The taste certainly isn't bad, but it's very one-dimensional. I think that having read the preceding quasi-paragraph we all know what that dimension is. The mouthfeel is good, but not surprisingly a little thin. Good dry finish, and reasonably drinkable. Can't wait till tomorrow morning!

Photo of aforbes10
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this the other night at Big T in Lawton, MI. Served in a shaker pint. Poured fairly clear and orange-brown with no head really. Nice lacing though. Fresh raw hop odor. Smells very much like wet freshly picked hops. Taste is also hoppt but not in a bitter way. Some sweet malt, well balanced. Very tasty, but i think more like an american pale ale than a true IPA.

Photo of demcorhip
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this a while back in trade, if my memory serves me I have trevorwideman to thank for this one. Thanks!

Very nice looking clear light amber coloured pale ale. A big, billowy white head formed on a mildly vigorous pour. Thick and clingy lacings decorated the inside of the glass as i enjoyed this one.

A pleasant grapefruit aroma overtop of lighter malts with aromas of mostly toasted bread, but also some biscuit there.

Dry malts, with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Biscuit slightly more pronounced in the taste compared to the nose. Relatively mild but pleasant hops (no west coast hop bomb) with flavours of citrus, grapefruit and orange, and some pine.

A decent brew, but almost too well balanced for the style. Light to medium bodied. A little more hop kick could help to bring it all together in this one.

A good, sessionable brew. Not big enough for the hopheads, but would make a great intro to the style as well as hoppier beers in general. Glad i got to try this one.

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orangish with a creamy head that is well-retained and leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is citrusy - orange and lemon. A fresh hop aroma.

The taste is of bitter citrus fruits. Orange peel, lemon rind, grapefruit. This is a plethora of citrus hops. There is just a vague hint of maltiness. The chewy hops dominate. It could use a bit more malt backbone, but the hops supported by more hops in this case works well. It has a clean, fairly dry, finish.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. This is probably because of the lack of a solid malt backbone. It approaches thinness, but then stays solid. The bitterness lingers - though not quite as long as I would have expected.

This is an incredibly addictive beer. I easily helped myself to a second, and even a third. Had it not been for any scrape of will-power, I would have wanted more...It has a very nice blend of hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable. This goes in the rare category of the "I like it more than the scores show" beers. A bit malt complexity and this would be a phenomenon. (On the other hand, "if it ain't broke...don't fix it".) Bottom line - I highly recommend - esp. to the hop-heads out there, and will be getting more of this!

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This sure as hell is a california IPA. hop bomb, that is. absolutely no malts to back it up. pours a light orange/yellow with little head. very full-bodied. orange and coriander up front, little bit of sugar cane sweetness as well. but who are we kidding this bad boy is all about the hops.

not a bad IPA, but it got a little into itself - that is, it didn't try and be a little bit more subtle, like maybe the Stone IPA, which i much prefer.

this is an example of a brewer getting caught up with just making the hoppiest beer they can, rather than trying to make a well-balanced beer. if the former is your style, by all means, pick this up, but i prefer the latter.

Photo of clickpush
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: draught to pint glass. Served to me with just a sliver of white head that fades to nothing but a pattern of bubble marks floating on the surface and also leaves a substantial halo ringing the glass. Beer is dark honey color with a light haze to it and no interior bubbling.

Nose: On the faint side... strong aroma reminiscent of tangerines combines with an overall citric hop impression. Smells nice and bitter, green like fresh hops off the vine. Inviting, but too faint.

Mouth: First impression is that there's no up front qualities and all the flavor is reserved for the hops in the back of the mouth. Strong carbonation tickles its way from the tip of my tongue to the back of my throat. It gets grapefruit bitter in the back with rind flavors on the tongue that combine with the bitterness and last long after swallow. This is a brew whose fragrance is accentuated once it's being swished around inside the mouth and that adds a lot of depth to it. Extremely dry swallow. Also, this beer was served way too cold. As it warmed more malt flavors became present and the balance increased 10 fold.

Great IPA: sessionable and delicious.

Photo of rayjay
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pretty light pale and nothing to write home about. No bs, just a simple looking beer. Aggressive hops that fallout to pure bitterness. The body is nice and light, allowing for the hops to shine through in the most glorious way, and also making the drinkability blast through the roof. Not exceptionally challanging to drink, but still a fine choice for a night of sessioning. A few bottles of this hoppy treat give you a great head buzz similar to ganja food. The light malts and upfront bitterness are exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA. Currently my everyday beer of choice. Cheers!

Photo of aychbomb
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked this one up on a trip to manitoba last month,along with some other speakeasy products and other imports (stay tuned for reviews), very surprized by good selection of imports avalable in small town government run liquor store.

appearance: very pale straw color, little head and no retention, small bubbles.

smell: grapefruit, hops, pine, hops (did i mention hops) no dissernable malts

taste: aggressive citrusy (grapefruit) hops, slight malt undertones

mouthfeel: slightly thin, lightly carbonated, very dry finnish

drinkability: a nice drinkable beer, hopheads rejoice, this was an enjoyable brew, reminded me of sierra nevada pale ale or bushwakker's chico pale ale.

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

Had it on tap at Brouwer's in Seattle and I must say that it was the best IPA i have had in awhile. Big, citrusy with that complexity that holds up after a few sips. The dark gold colour gave the head some gravitas and the finish was one to remember. I have no idea how this got to Seattle in keg form but I am glad I got to try it.

Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty IPA from Speakeasy.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a big head and notable lacing.

Smell: Big hop, grapefruit flavors; citrusy character in the aroma dominate the sweet malty undertone.

Taste: The flavor is dominantly hoppy with pine and grapefruit flavors coating the mouth and a remote hint of malt that is well hidden but present. The hops are lively and tasty enough to lead this beer into a hophead delight.

Mouthfeel: A dry medium body lends a very drinkable quality to the beer.

Drinkability: I love the hoppy beer. It may not be the most complex beer with the malt character, but if you like hoppy beers this one showcases an appealing hop flavor.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Served in a pubglass. Pours a golden amber color with large white frothy head, tight light carbonation. Suprisingly large amounts of lacing.

Smells very earthy and piney. Ginger, lemongrass, and grassy smells are also present. Very light caramel maltiness.

Very unbalanced. Tastes primarily of pine hops with an earithiness. Very little maltiness or citrus flavors presents. I felt that it needed a bit more maltiness for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: It could have had more oiliness to it to help break up the hoppiness. Finishes very abruptly and finishes very dry. Pine residue taste lasts forever.

Not bad beer if you like pine hops. A reasonably good ipa for the money, but not the greatest one out there.

Photo of psinderson
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Very clear golden, only a small shade darker than a wheat beer. Probably the lightest color IPA I've had. Good white head, about 1" worth. It took a few minutes to dissipate with some lacing.

Smell: Good, typical IPA hops aroma. Very citrusy.

Taste: Strong citrus flavor up front, not much in the middle, finished with a clear hop bitterness. This beer needs a little more balance in the middle with some maltiness, just a little. When the beer warmed, there was a strange, glue-like aftertaste that preceded the bitterness. Strange.

Mouthfeel: Good, medium body. Felt mostly clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: The lack of some kind of maltiness makes this beer very clean and easy to drink. Although, not necessarily what I expected.

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

12 oz. bottle with 004 on the back label. It pours a caramel/amber color that looks unfiltered with extremely active carbonation and a two finger off-white head that is creamy and fairly sticky, leaving big sheets of lace on the glass. In the nose it's predominantly grapefruit, pine, and resiny hops, but there's also some orange, mango, and apricot, although the aroma isn't as strong as I'd like. The flavor is about the same, with resiny, citric (orange, grapefruit) hops along with mango, a good bitterness, and caramel/biscuity malts to balance. It has medium carbonation and finish with a body that is smooth and glides easily across the tongue and goes down pretty easily.

Photo of dherling
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice white head caps a slightly murky honey orange brew. The nose has lots of hops and some sweetness to it too. The beer itself taste good, with an IPA bitterness to it, but not overwhelming. You can taste the leaf of the hops, and not as strong on the bitterness. It is well balanced in that respect. The finish does leave some bitterness on the tongue and in the back of the throat.

Personal note: I am not a particular fan of IPAs, I prefer maltier beers to hop driven ones. Hop heads might be a bit underwhelmed by this beer, but the average beer drinker should enjoy this.

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.

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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