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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 149 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
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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Ratings: 1,201 | Reviews: 465
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at PJ MacGrady's.

The aroma could have been richer and the hops profile could have been more complex, but I still think this is an underrated IPA. There was a fruity aroma reminiscent of Avery's hoppy beers. The flavor had a nice 1-2 punch of fruity, very slightly earthy hops, followed by more coarse, bitter citrus hops that really hung on your palate. I enjoyed drinking it and wouldn't mind having it again at all. Gets my stamp of approval if that's worth anything.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 6.5% ABV. Hazy light golden color, with a white rocky head. The head trickled down to a thin layer, but then remained for quite some time. Nice patches of lace.

Juicy citrus and floral hops, with a bit of perfume. Smells pretty good, and very West Coast.

Toasty malt backbone, with a light profile. A bit citrusy and floral, but well balanced. A bit astringent. Not as juicy as I wanted, or that the nose led me to believe.

Maybe a bit thin in the mouth. Not bad overall, but I expected a bit more.

Photo of bosco7
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden/pale color with creamy head.

Caramel, lots of candy orange, peach, and some vegetal aromas.

Bland flabby hop flavor; I am thoroughly unimpressed already with this IPA. Flavors include canned peaches, orange, lots of malt, and a bit of butterscotch.

Slightly watery mouthfeel with prickly mouthfeel.

Okay at best, there are so many better IPAs on the market. Not bad tasting but there is more hop character in something like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Photo of OStrungT
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving almost no lace.

This beer has a very subtle grassy hop aroma. I can also detect a slight citrussy aroma. It smells a little sweet as well. All the aromas are very subtle and rather boring.

As witht the aroma, this beer tastes booring. I tastes some citrusy hops, and grassy hops, but only slightly. That is about all I taste.

This beer is very smooth, due to the slight lack of flavor and aroma. It is a little undercarbonated. It leaves a slight citrusy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not overly high in alcohol, and the flavor is very mellow.

Overall: As with most from Speakeasy, this beer is boring. I would not waste my money on it again. It is not bad, but there are just so many other good beers available.

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

On-tap at Heroe's last night after a crazy time near the beach, on to the beer:

Blonde in color, but cloudier than other IPA's I've had so far, it leaves good lacing along the glass as it's consumed. The smell was hoppy with some tropical fruit (oh geez, what a surprise!). Nice pleasing fruity, citrusy, and hoppy flavors run around on the taste buds, and not overpowering bitter. Delightful! I might revisit it, but there are so many good IPA's out there. But nonetheless, give this one a try.

Photo of MiScusi
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly chill-hazed gold but as it warms up the clarity really comes out. The bright white head is pretty small, not much going on there, though a fluffy cap can be regenerated pretty easily when swirled. The smell right away is major perfumey and floral sweetness.

The taste is a pretty sharp hoppiness, more of a floral character to it, that also imparts quite a high bitterness to it. The finish is very dry, as is stated on the back of the bottle. There is plenty a barley background to the beer, the malt contributes a substantial portion to the body of the brew, but the hops are the main course by far.

Drinkability to me is limited by the dryness. I don't like, and can't really take that much beer that finishes with a pronounced dryness. However, everything but that is pretty appetizing in this beer. This was my 3rd offering from this brewery (prohibition ale and untouchable pale ale) and all have been pleasant.

Photo of boelker62
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a room temperate fluted glass from a bottle.

A - perfectly clear, crisp body that plops down a thick white head oiver topo this fizzy yellow body. Extraordinary for an IPA. Different at least.

S - the constant carbonation consistently releases strong grapefruit (not ruby red, though, rather the more bitter variety) overtones and the head keeps them there for you after each sip.

T - where I think this brew lacks is the complexity or discovery in the translation from aroma to flavor. There are no hidden secrets unveiled. Some may appreciate that, but I like the layers of a good IPA.

M - very light, crisp bite before the mostly watery, fizzy body. I appreciate an oilier brew in an IPA.

D - less than one would think, but the metallic finish doesn't sit well with me.

Photo of Redwood21
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I loved the look, a nice white rocky head with a hazy golden color. the head lasted for a really long time
S: a little hopes in the nose but nothing too amazing.
T: a little lacking in flavor, certainly not bad but not very intense. a little fruit a little hops, a lot watery. very smooth though.
M/D: a little too light for me but with some smooth easy to drink charcteristics. a decent beer.

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

A solid IPA. Looks slightly hazy; orange/yellow with a white head that fades. Nose is dominated by hops, sourness, and a slight citrus sweetness. Taste is lots 'o hops. Some malts and even bread in the middle try to make their way up to the surface, but more hops kick in for the finale. Lingering citrus hops on the end. Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe slightly above average. Drinkability is not bad either.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped-on cap.

Cloudy,reddish/orange color with a thick,creamy white head that falls slowly into chunky clumps of foam. Decent lacing with lots of particles floating in suspension.

Grassy,dried hay like aromas,fruity with some sweet carmelly malts and a light citrus aroma.

Light citrus rinds tastes with a slight bit of grapefruit. Light sweet carmelly/toffee flavors,also grassy. Mid tastes of a watery feel, finishes with a light citrus rind feel.The taste was on the light side more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Very smooth and creamy light feeling. Very drinkable,pleasing and enjoyable,could drink this ipa all day. Just a bit lacking for an ipa, but worth a try.

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

This beer poured a nice amber gold color with a medium thick white head that lasted about three quarters of the beer with a medium amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a citrus flavor with overtones of grapfruit.

The taste of this beer was a very nice hoppy IPA with some amount of a sweet malt flavor. A very good IPA with a nice hop after taste. The mouthfeel of this beer was good with the CO2 being perfect, and the beer not seeming thin at all.

Another great beer from Speak Easy and worth a try if you like IPAs.

Photo of Talisker
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh on tap at Pudley's in San Carlos, CA (SF Bay Area).

A nice NorCal IPA, but heavy competition in this area, and this one isn't in the top tier.

A nice brownish orange, one finger of persistent head. Aroma certainly American hops and medium dry malt, but overall a little muted - lacks the citrusy juice of a Racer 5. The taste is reasonably well integrated - certainly hop-forward, but there's a very slight hint of cardboardy off-flavor in the malt. Certainly the right proportions overall for an American IPA - not just an APA on steroids, actually includes the right amount of malt. But the whole package is just a bit bland compared to its brethren.

I wouldn't turn away another glass, but I wouldn't seek one out, either.

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to surface foam. Spots of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell: light citrus and bitterness are barely detectable.

Taste: caramel, bready maltiness, grapefruits, lemon zest, and a mild bitterness make up a slightly unbalanced beer.This beer was leaning a bit too much towards the bready side for the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light to medium in body. Weak bitter aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: not my cup of tea. Unbalanced and a bit too bready for an American IPA. There are better offerings out there.

Photo of hunteraw
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sending this one my way in the Secret Bunny '07 exchange.

Appearance: Bottle appears to be underfilled, only slightly past the beginning of the neck - odd... Color is lighter than I'd expect for an IPA, more hazy golden than a rich orange. Head isn't big but exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: Predominantly citrusy hops, but a surprising amount of sweet malt. Makes me do a double take and check to make sure this isn't a very very pale DIPA.

Taste: Citrusy hop flavor at the tip of the tongue, sweet malt middle, bitter finish. Finish is actually kind of weak and insipid. Not a great IPA.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected from the nose, but about right for the color... Interesting. Body is light, carbonation seems right, despite the underfilled bottle - maybe it would have been too carbonated with a full bottle? Again, that weak, watery finish detracts...

Drinkability: Not bad, but there are much better IPAs.

Photo of number1bum
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC Split #1.

Pours from a thick, heavy reusable bottle...hazy golden color, not clear at all. Unfiltered maybe?...stuff floating. Thin off-whtie head, leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is soggy, rotting citrus. Odd...I don't particularly like it. Taste is also odd. Some citrus, good malt presence and a hoppy bitter finish. Hops overall are weak, though, for an IPA. Medium-bodied, finishes dry and there's a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

I wouldn't pick this up again. I have had the Double Daddy Double IPA and it's a lot better than this. There are a lot of IPAs I prefer to this one...it's just a strange representation of the style. Based on the average ratings going back in time, I wonder if maybe this is an off-batch? The ratings seem to be going downhill of late.

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.

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