Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,259 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,259
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 40
Gots: 196 | 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:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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Ratings: 1,259 | Reviews: 477
Photo of katelynxandrea
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Finishes bitter, almost rye.

Photo of mac31
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Carmel, citrus, grapefruit nose.

Nice, fresh, hops and some sweetness at the crack of the bottle.

Nice hint of caramel sweetness that is blanketed by the danky, resinous bittering hops. Just past the bittering hops is some nice orange, floral, and grapefruit/citrus hoppiness. The beer is nice and balanced. The malt profile gives off just enough sweetness to offset the hops. Bready malts clean up very nicely, leaving the bitterness of the hops to linger behind on the palate. Minor grainy finish after the bitterness dissipates, which I welcome. This is a pretty damn good brew. It's solid. My buddy picked this up on a whim and brought it over. Sold!!! Glad he did. For sure I'll come back to this one, snake eyes not so much.

Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +34%

Love this brewery and all the beers are great. When it comes to IPA's this is probably one of the smoothest best tasting out there. Highly recommend this beer.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber.Smell is grapefruit and hops.Very middle of the road ipa.At 6.5 once again middle of the road.Nothing special about this.Taste is average at best.At 4.99 a bottle not bad.But there are a lot better out there.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus, a touch of malts. Taste is hops, pine, some citrus and malts, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Golden with a mild haze and a quarter inch of soapy, off-white head. Floral hop aroma with underlying biscuit aroma and an odd, fruity sweetness. Hops and cleaning solution. Spritzy carbonation. Eh...

Photo of hophugger
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice IPA. Dark Yellow beer with a creamy head and good lacing. Taste is the usual IPA flavors of pine and citrus. Bitterness lingers a bit but is ok. I will say that even with the bitterness, this IPA is smoother than a lot I have had. That's ok, overall very nice ale !!

Photo of kingmaxwell
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Big Daddy IPA is a tasty IPA worth an afternoon drink. I purchased this beer in a pounder and decanted it into a pint glass. The beer looks good with a large frothy head and a light yellow color. Lace foam clings to the beer glass after drinking.

The taste is smooth drinkable India Pale Ale. Citrus funk and pine cone are the initial flavor and then a little bitterness lingers. It could almost be a pale ale in appearance and taste, but there is a fair amount of hops in there -- it is just very smooth. Very enjoyable beer.

Photo of BTodd
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz, bottle poured into a pint glass (bottled 4 months ago)

A-Lively bubbles on the pour with about 1 1/2 fingers of foam, dissipating to less than one in the first minute. Nice, golden color with a little haze to it.

S-Malty sweetness with a little aroma of orange peel.

T-Still relatively malty as the nose indicated but better hop presence in the taste. I'm still getting primarily citrus with some spiciness showing up as it warmed. More hop bitterness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. It lingers slightly on the tongue.

O-The sum is better than its parts on this one. I don't think it offers a lot on the nose and isn't the most powerful or complex tasting IPA on the market. However, I enjoy this beer and would buy it again. Would probably get higher reviews from me if labeled generically as "ale." As an IPA, it's lacking in hop character.

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Creamy 1 finger head with staying power. Solid lacing

Golden color

Subtle hop aroma

Good carb, pleasant malt forefront with a nice bitter finish. Not overwhelming hops but a little piney and a little citrusy. All around it is easy drinking and deceptively boozy for a DIPA

Photo of beerviews2013
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taste: The first drink it tasted no diffrent from a stone IPA(this is a good thing). As for the huge hop taste I didn't see it no different then any other IPA. With a light citrus giving it a light bitterness.

Apperance: the golden color and great look makes this beer look very refreshing.

smell: is very floral of hops

Overall: As the bottle says its leaves the scene without a trace. I would recommend this to the beer drinker that wants to get into drinking IPA and develop a taste for stronger brews.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium golden color with a white head that recedes to a fine layer. The smell is fruity and citrusy. In the taste, citrus, melon, pith and some earthy pine to round it out. This is a nice balanced IPA that has great West Coast hop flavor but is also remarkably light, clean and easy drinking. Overall, this is an impressive IPA from Speakeasy, outstanding stuff.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: honey colored; very clear; thin white head that hung around; moderate lacing;

S: Belgian yeast (odd); orange peel; as it warmed, pine began to come through;

T: grapefruit rind; pine and caramel in the background; bitterness came quickly; pine and moderate bitterness in the long finish;

M: medium bodied; crisp; semi-dry; moderate carbonation;

O: not a big fan of the nose - threw me off; other than that, I liked it quite a bit.

Photo of dacrza1
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 15, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: unwinding with Napoleon Dynamite... APPEARANCE: bright orange amber body that provides steady effervescence; thick, frothy white head that remains--nice cirrus lacing... AROMA: beautifully fragrant floral pine, with some citric flair--a nicely balanced bouquet... PALATE: thick, full-bodied, mouth-filling impact; unlike the bottle's label, this beer doesn't "leave without a trace," staying well into the next sip--and this is a welcome layover!...TASTE: a flourish of pine cone that that balances nicely with caramel malts; sweet and strong...OVERALLL: a hit with my poker game friends, this beer demands attention--a BIG West Coast IPA, crunchy and worthy of long, slow sips....

Photo of mediumtommy
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear and amber in color. Has a perfect size head on top when poured into a glass. Has a nice hoppy IPA smell with a taste to match. The hops are not overbearing or overly bitter, but are definitely there. It is definitely a smooth beer for an IPA.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A- Poured a dark golden-orange color with a big, 2f, white head that left lots of sticky lacing. Clean and clear carbonation.

S- Grapefruit to start, then a bit of earthy pine and some malts.

T- Citrus, grapefruit again. The malt come through in the taste, slightly sweet with some hearty bready flavor.

M- Hops hit the tongue right off and stick around for a long hop finish. Nicely carbonated, some sweets for balance. Lip-smacking.

O- Well rounded IP; hoppy and bitter but not over the top, right sweetness and abv so it's not a booze bomb or sugar cube.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden color with a one finger head composed of a billowy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a mix of bready and cracker malt aromas with a decent showing of a grapefruit citrus and pine hop aroma. With a nice caramel and tropical fruit sweetness mixed within the aroma is rather inviting overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier crackery and biscuit taste along with some lighter hop flavors of a more grapefruit nature. As the taste advances it sweetens up a bit with some lighter caramel flavors coming to the tongue and with the more cracker flavor fading a bit. At the same time the hop flavors intensity some with both the grapefruit hop growing stronger as well as some flavor of pine and grassy hop coming to the tongue. In the end, the mix of hop, malt, and sweetness leave a rather crisp and clean hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both were quite nice for the crisp and hopped flavors of the brew, making for a very pleasant drinking IPA.

Overall – A rather crisp and clean, overall drier IPA. Overall quite nice.

Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a two finger thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice tropical fruits and floral aroma with notes of pine, menthol, caramel, grapefruit and slightly toasted malts.
Citrusy tropical flavor with a decent bitterness. Notes of pineapples, tangerines, mango, grapefruit, pine, spices, earth, grass and toasted malts. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is present but it is harmonic.
I was expecting a bit more, it is a very good beer though, but with a rather common character (ps. this was bottled eight months ago, thus not that fresh).

Photo of bball208
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this wasn't a bad beer. For $5, great value for the type and style of beer for a 22 oz. bomber. aroma wasn't crazy, got more malt than hops. Taste was bready, malty, and had some hoppiness come through. It did get better as I kept drinking, and the warmer it got. Would drink again, but wouldn't ever actively search for this one. It's your plain jane IPA.

Photo of woodychandler
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scarlett has just departed into the snowy night when Big Daddy made his usual grand entrance, preceded by a few gun thugs and a sweeper, in the form of Mickey Tommy, an Irishman wielding a Thompson sub-machine gun like it was a pencil. I grew up with Mickey, a fellow altar boy until we both figured out that there were better ways to spend our time than with Christ, Our Lord. Tommy went for guns and women while I went into the navy to sample the wares of the world. Coming home, I admired his style, but even more, I admired his boss' honey honey, a smoky-voiced doll named Scarlett and the rest is history, as ye shall have revealed.

From the bottle: "Legit since 1997"; "Who's your Daddy?"; "No lightweight, BIG DADDY IPA tips the scales with a huge hop flavor and clean dry finish that leaves the scene without a trace."

Fu**er came roaring out at me like I was making time with his woman! Never mind that I had been, that kind of action makes Mickey Tommy want to stitch his trademark "X" on somebody's chest, no matter who. "Back off, motherf**ker!" I shouted, grabbing Big Daddy by the lapels of his double-breasted worsted. Thia created two fingers of dense, tawny head and Big Daddy waved off the gunsels. I stepped back to to take in his immenseness, a big man who was not afraid of the many women that he kept in his inventory or the rare man who might rise to their defense. The label did not do him justice as he was from Northern Italy, a big blonde whose mother was of Swiss descent, where the label portrays him as swarthy. Deep, golden yellow with NE-quality clarity and yet Mammon, Croesus and Midas did not appear in deference to his authority. He wore his hops like cologne, applying them liberally in a devil-may-care-fashion and they attacked my nose like his boys did in that Valentine's Day event, recently. Oh, yeah, that was Big Daddy's doing, and don't let any jailhouse skell tell you otherwise. Floral, citrusy, and cutting. I actually took a step back before my first sip, but when I did, he was hammering away at my poor, bruised, aching tongue. "F**k you, Woody!" he shouted. "I know you're a wrong guy, but I haven't put my finger on it. When I do, you're deader than everybody in recent memory!" I live for this sorta thing, however, and simply smiled back at him. The finish was bone-dry and I could hear the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. "Hey, Big Daddy, I'm done with you!" I cried out as a I pushed him away from me yet again. Guns were raised and pointed at me, but I shoved through their stance and sauntered into the night.

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My previous review, dtd 24 June 2010, was on-tap, with scores of 4; 5; 4.5; 4; 5.

This came to me with a finger of bone-white head with great retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was full-on grapefruit hoppy nirvana. I loved this beer the first time it appeared in PA in bottles, but draft was so much better! The alpha acids really stand up in a draft service. Mouthfeel was medium with a nice, fresh hop snap on the tongue. This was the type of American IPA that really got me hooked on the style. Hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Finish was dry, citrusy, just right. More, please, sir.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ouncer poured into pint glass. Now this is a session IPA. One of the most balanced IPA's I've ever had. This is my second beer from Speakeasy (Tallulah EPA the first), and I must say they make some excellent brews. Bottle art is pretty awesome too. Cheers!

Photo of mralphabet
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Poured a nice amber color with very little carbonation. Good fingers worth of head that settles to a very thin layer with pretty nice lacing from start to finish.

S: Very piney hops right up from a very slight sweet malt.

T: Very much like the smell... Very strong piney hops right up front with a very slight sweet malt. Finish is warm and bitter...

M: Mid-bodied with a very light carbonation. The ABV is present with a little warming to it. Not much balance here.. Hops Hops Hops.

O: (Note: I'm not much of a IPA guy)It is a straight up IPA... Lots of more hops than malt here... Overall not a bad IPA, pretty average for the style.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 6.5% abv

Appearance- Clear medium amber with thick white head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell- A pretty good mix of grapefruit citrus along with aromas of pine and grass.

Taste- An initial taste of malt-like biscuit flavor followed up by a blast of hop bitterness. The hop taste is quite fresh and lingers for awile. Traces of some sweet undertones mixed in as well. Hops dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Creamy in body. Finishes dry.

Overall- A generously hopped IPA for sure. Does not have the complexity of some IPA's but nobody could say this beer lacks hops. Still has nice balance and is smooth as is typical of West coast IPA's. A well done brew!

Photo of Jwale73
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Courtesy of bstyle. 12oz. bottle served in an American Pint. Bottled on 09.26.13 indicated on the label. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a loose, half-inch, cream-colored head. Nose expresses citrus zest and perhaps a hint of tangerine. Taste expresses bitter citrus zest, light malts and a slightly metallic flavor towards the back and a trace of wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation and a slight acidity. Same impressions as my review of Prohibition Ale - not sure if it's a bad bottle, old bottle or just a bad beer, but not something I need to try again any time soon. At least it looks nice in the glass.

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.