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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 32
Gots: 85 | 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 WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with the addition of floral hops. It is highly refreshing to the nose. The taste is decent. It has a very dry and bitter hop flavor that is at times watery and uninspired. It goes down easy and finishes with a musty hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It is a bit watery, and it drinks like water; very nice.

WesWes, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool brown bottle with eyes on the neck and some shadowy characters lurking behind the guy in front. No ingredient or freshness information. My bottle leaked a bit in the suitcase on the way back to Moscow, so I was a bit worried. Seems OK, though.

Pours a hazy copper under a 1 finger off-white head that lingers well and leaves sheets of lace. The nose is hoppy, but it's quite subdued, with only a bit of flowers and citrus coming through. Much milder nose than most of the big boys at this ABV level. The mouth is light and prickly. The taste here is actually quite sweet at first, with perhaps some apricot in the malt. The hops are there, but seem content to lurk in the background until the finish, when they burst forth in a dry, bitter, slightly espresso revelry of flavor. The aftertaste is bitter like coffee, and lasts for a very long time (rather than the label's claim that the finish "leaves the scene without a trace" - there's plenty of evidence in my mouth; evidence of a good brew!).

Globetrotter, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear golden color. This beer had an almost perfect head. Bright white, almost whip cream in texture with big full bubbles. The head was fed with tiny champagne bubbles throughout the beer. A delicate sheet of lace was left after each sip. The aroma is dominated by floral hop with no real hint of malt or alcohol. The same floral hop character comes with the first drink, but in the mouth more citrus flavors are unveiled with just a hint of alcohol. It has even more fruity characteristics later in the flavor profile. It has a medium/light mouth feel, and is very drinkable. I had this beer with some sushi; it turned out to be a great complement to the food.

carln26, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A surprisingly pale golden yellow, some sediment adding a bit of haziness, with a thin white head forming on the pour. Good head retention, keeping a film throughout the entire glass, leaving plenty of blobby lace sticking to the glass.
The aroma is very nice, with a juicy pine and citrus hop overtone. Sweetish, toasty malt provides balance, with a soft undercurrent of grain and yeasty earthiness. Subtle apple esters weave into the orange and lemon citrus seamlessly. Very enticing.
The flavor starts out surprisingly light, for an IPA. Sweetish toasty malt carries a bit of a barleywine malt feel, but it's more like a small beer. The sweetness moves quickly into a juicy citrus hopping, blooming with orange and grapefruit acidity. A bit of apple esters carry into the hops, proving for a very fruity finish. A hint of cookie dough yeastiness. Mild pine bitterness, mostly balanced by the malt, finishing with a lingering lemon and orange citrus. Bright carbonation supports a rather lightish body and summery mouthfeel.
Alright for an IPA, a little lacking in "ooomph". This would be an awesome summer brew, something with more presence to it than your standard golden or wheat ale. If I'm in the mood for an IPA, this isn't something I'd be looking for. Not a beer I'd make a habit out of, but I sure wouldn't turn down another bottle.

UnionMade, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was a very light yellow in color with a giant, terrific head.

Smell – The big floral and piney hop profile was a treat if a bit one-sided. It was very soft on the nose.

Taste – The hops from the nose made it rightfully at the taste. I would have liked to have seen some sort of malt backbone to this one, though.

Mouthfeel – This one has some nice drying but lacks structure. I think it’s the first light-bodied IPA that I’ve ever had.

Drinkability – This is a nice, easy drinker with some good leafy, floral flavors.

Update – The 2005 vintage that Erica sent me was well above this mark. The malt balance was here in force along with some good caramel sweetness. The body was a solid medium if not a tad bigger, and the dry finish really took the cake. Give this one 4.0’s around with a 4.5 for Appearance and a big thanks to Just E.

RoyalT, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for an IPA, of any kind, and this did not disappoint. Pours a light orangey ice tea-like color. It is somewhat cloudy and a little fizzy. The head poured is bubbly and white in color, about one inch thick.

The aroma is very hoppy and distinquishable. It has an orange like smell. The taste is very good with an abundant grapefruit like flavor. The bitterness is not overwhelming, but, very satisfying for an IPA. This is a good one, one that I will go back to.

abcsofbeer, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of dippy
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was a little lighter in color than I would have expected, a touch more blonde than amber. A good thick foamy head.

The scent is very flowery and gets my tastebuds watering.

Great hoppy bite, as citrusy as it is floral. This has a great hoppy kick that didn't diminish as I finished a six pack. A slight malty sweetness can be tasted in the background but remains a relative unknown in comparison to the bitterness.

I want to drink this beer every night. I was suprised by it and will not hesitate to buy it again. Excellent IPA.

dippy, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of Thrasher
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At a beer tasting, I tried Speakeasy's main 3 beers side-by-side, and this was my clear favorite. However, a recent sample makes me think that Speakeasy is somewhat inconsistent; I am not liking this as much as I remember. It pours a hazy light gold, very foamy, with lots of good lace. The malts are light but provide a lot of substance, with sweet bready toffee flavors. The hops are a big blast of grapefruit, not too bitter. Since the beer pours very foamy, and a lot of CO2 is discharged, it actually makes the beer very soft and pleasant in the mouth. The finish is a bit rough, a slightly jolting mix of fruit and caramel flavors. Still, this beer has plenty to offer and should satisfy a mild hop craving, even though it's not a huge IPA.

Thrasher, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a medium-sized creamy top that sticks and stays as a small cap.
After getting one whiff of this beer I double-checked the bottle to make sure it wasn't made by Sierra Nevada - smells like the hop character and yeast character of their beer. Nice, but not very impressive of Speakeasy to just copy it. Light cherry esters from a medium-alcohol, 68-70 degree ferment of that chico yeast, good late additions of American hops to give it a bit of an "aggressive edge." blah, blah, blah, yawn.
Flavor has a light caramel sweetness and a biscuit flavor before drying out to a hoppy-and-no-yeasty finish.
Feel is rather slick but has a little carbonation bite towards the end of the sip.
Fine enough for drinking once in a while, but with Sierra Nevada's offerings offering a similar experience and much cheaper, I probably won't bother with this beer again.

waughbrew, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultra-clean, Big Daddy is a platform for fresh, dry West Coast hops. Sweet mango ice cream nose. An almost distillate purity on the palate leaves this beer tasty, but a little empty. The hops die off a little bit in fruitiness, give off a not-too-bracing bitterness, and then give way to light grain. Hops turn spicy and the fruit comes out again in the finish -- citric and floral -- markedly tropical.

After a few minutes in the glass, the malts caramelize and add great depth to this beer.

ngandhi, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of misterscooter
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricots and cherries. That is the first thing I noticed in the smell and I thought I had gotten the wrong beer from the bar. There was very little head and the color was golden, as far as I could tell in the dim light of the pub.

That fruit taste was there in the taste but it was a little more subtle. The definitive IPA hoppy dryness was there so the beer had a bite and was carbonated quite a bit.

I liked it and want to try it again but it didn't blow me away for an IPA.

misterscooter, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of winomark
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, lighter than I remember, with a thick, bone-white head. Good hop citrus and spice dominate the nose. Mild sweet tones also noticable. Hop flavors control the palate, with an unpleasant vegetal and wet bandaid finish. Dry crisp finish, but nothing special. Pretty disappointing beer. I remember this tasting much better when I tried it in San Francisco. Not as good as their other offerings. I actually dumped out half of this beer. Purchase at your own risk.

winomark, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of rastaman
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap, Toronado, San Francisco. A typical USIPA, perhaps not as intense. Lemon and lychee. Nice, soft, refreshing, bitter session ale. Not really assertive or anything, juslt light and well balanced. Lots of flavour, but soft enough to have a couple of (or maybe more!!) i quite liked it.

rastaman, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brew with no yeast or floaters.

Smell is malty with a strong citrus hop scent.

Taste is sweet caramel and some grain flavor but really hoppy with a medium bitterness to it. And that is about it all hops.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK AIPA, not great but OK.

Zorro, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out a hazy golden yellow with about a half-inch of white rocky foam atop the body. The head quickly falls to a cap of bubbles and leave sparse lacing around the glass. The aroma is very hoppy with citric hops being the main ingredient and floral and earthy hops coming up as well. No traces of malt were detected in the aroma at all. A strong citric hop flavor hits you tongue as soon as you start to sip this and the hoppy bitterness doesn’t stop even after you swallow. Floral hops also come out quite strong making for an all around hop assault. The after taste is a lingering bitter one that is quite puckering. The body is medium and has a creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is good for those how like a very hoppy IPA as I do. This is a good IPA that I would recommend to anyone of the hophead persuasion.

meathookjones, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this on ein my favorite packy...and I said...ahhh a West Coast brew! Too bad it did not live up to my expectations. When I poured this offering, it was almost pilsner clear with an ok head...not overly inviting IMO for an IPA. Smell was good, with a nice strong hop presence that was very inviting. I am a bonafide hop head, but this was just too much for me...bitter throughout...defintely not a Hop Devil! Mouthfeel was ok...the lighly dry finish was a plus. Not a perfect brew, and I might have another.

edchicma, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of hungryghost
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a thin head. Not too carbonated.
Good, crisp (floral) hop aroma, hints of citrus.
This is a nicely hopped brew. Maybe a bit much for beginnners but not overly done. A pleasant level amount. As it enters the mouth you can taste the hops and the citrus - not lemon. Big Daddy finishes dry and leaves a fresh zing in your mouth.
I would drink more.

hungryghost, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright yellow-gold with a full pillowy off-white head and slow carbonation. Nice big citrusy hop aroma !! Nice citrusy hop flavor with just enough malt to balance... clearly on the hoppy side. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a lightly dry bitter finish.

Excellent West Coast hoppy brew I've had a few times and consistent over many years... As good as I remembered albeit a bit pricey.

'003' under "Whose Your Daddy?" (?)
Tasted: 08/10/04

($1.61 / 12 oz. bottle)

RBorsato, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of beerinator
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden peach colored. The slightly off-white head left very nice lacing on the glass that stuck around for a while.

Aroma: Sharp grapefruit surrounded by heavy malty caramel sweetness. The aroma is very pleasant if you like hops, and super pleasant if you're a fan of American citrusy hops.

Taste: Upfront the flavors are malty and a bit fruity, but the bitterness kicks in during the last of the sip. The hops are slightly sharp a tiny bit harsh. But overall it seems like a nice hefty balance. The finish is a bit longer than I would like, because the bitterness fades and leaves a very small bit of a twangy metal flavor. The body of this beer is on par for a pale ale or IPA.

Notes: This is a nice beer to drink. The aroma is a bit better than the actual taste, but it's very solid and drinkable.

beerinator, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of putnam
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

These guys (gals?) are just using way too aggresive a yeast strain. Or should they be adding more varied carbohydrates (ie. "adjunct")??? Something must be changed to slow down this brew. One can tell from the nose that it is ripe enough and has been seasoned with some very high-quality hops. I mean, these are hops flavors to die for: sticky chunks of lamb's bread, lemon liqueur and wild herbs de Provence.
But in the mouth it is unforgivingly dry and awkward. Tanned honey flavors, biscuit and tree bark tease the palate before rigorous, unrelenting, lean dryness takes away the fun. Medicine and ashphalt linger. This isn't green tea folks!

putnam, Jul 28, 2004
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 RedDiamond
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle of IPA looks like one of those snow scene bubbles. You know -- those little water-filled toys you shake to create a snowy scene. That’s what Big Daddy’s yeast content looks like when you pour it in the glass. No measure of restraint could hold back the slurry of yeasties this bottle contained.

Big Daddy is very pale for an IPA, almost the color of lager. It has very low carbonation and produces a slight, thready head. The aroma is crisp and floral with a few meaty off-notes. The taste is a modest B-average.

There’s nothing particularly wrong with the flavor of this beer and it might make for an easy session beer. But it is visually unappealing and otherwise uninspired.

RedDiamond, May 28, 2004
Photo of sinistersteve
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spiffy looking bottle that seems to look back at you...safe to say I quickly poured this into my trusty, spy-free glass to calm my cronic parania.

Color poured to a somewhat thin, transloucent amber. Not a very thick head, but the carbonation seems to be decent enough to leave a constant, yet thin head that leaves a certain amount of lace against the edges of the glass that others could leave..

Aroma was citusy. Could easily recongize that hops were a main ingrediant in this tasty brew.

Taste and mothfeel are good. Seems to have that full-flavored feel, yet isn't a huge palate dystroyer.

Drinkability is good...I would have no problem buying this one again.

sinistersteve, May 18, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark gold with some chill haze and a white head. There is some decent lace left on the glass. The aroma is mostly all hops (earthy, floral, minty, citrus) but it does not come off too strong. There is also some fletting vanilla and grain in the nose. The body is thin and it is not balanced well. I like hops and a lot of them, but I need some sort of body to drink them with, not just a hop tea. It finishes with an earthy, minty bitterness and is almost astringent. The bitterness seems to linger forever.

ark57, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of kmcnair
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Daddy IPA pours a rich golden color and creates a thick white head. Smell is fruity, estery, piney and an accent of citrus. Taste is quite bitter, slight notes of diacetyl and is spicy. It is adequately hopped. Medium to full body and is thick on the palate. This is an above average IPA, but not my favorite... an easy drinker none the less.

My 20th review!

kmcnair, Apr 13, 2004
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.