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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,044 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 28
Gots: 67 | 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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quakeroatmealstout

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-21-2013 02:24:02 | More by quakeroatmealstout
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jnardone235

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-20-2013 23:45:38 | More by jnardone235
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GratefulTech

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-20-2013 23:29:51 | More by GratefulTech
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-20-2013 01:21:02 | More by thinwhiteduke
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TheBattousai

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-20-2013 00:53:36 | More by TheBattousai
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours golden, clear, with 1/4 inch patchy white foam/. Early lacing observed. Leaves islands. Lemon pine nose, sharp. Grapefruit taste, firm hop, even throughout. Latent citrus. Very dry finish, flavorful IPA.

05-19-2013 21:53:13 | More by KTCamm
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-19-2013 19:52:07 | More by Satan70
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likeemdark

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-19-2013 18:43:16 | More by likeemdark
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-19-2013 00:19:21 | More by ssimpson89
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-18-2013 21:59:34 | More by jbarletto
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: super clear yellow/gold with light bubbles on the body. Head is a straight white with no tint rising about 1/3".

Smell: honestly it feels like a strong floral, and after my first sniff it was more like a forest. Honestly no complaints.

Taste: heavy floral, feels light at points granted I am pairing this with an excellent chicken dinner. The hops are strong, definitely room for improvement but still pretty good.

Mouth: medium to heavy, consistent stickiness to the beer.

Overall: good beer and honestly will be ordering another. Have had it before and honestly thought I wrote a review a long time ago about it but I apparently didnt. Salud!

05-18-2013 03:08:01 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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prender1482

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-18-2013 00:29:47 | More by prender1482
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eliz108

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-17-2013 15:48:30 | More by eliz108
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-17-2013 05:49:54 | More by rob99er
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magictacosinus

California

3.34/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mason jar pint... Because, why not? Consumed on 05/12/13. Review is from my notes.

Produces a golden-amber straw color, complete with 2.5 fingers of head depending on how aggressive the pour was. Some bubbles rise to the top, but luckily the head never fully goes away. No lacing to speak of. Not too viscous in nature, but does look like a thickened IPA as far as the ingredients go. Seems a bit paled, however, and I do prefer my IPAs to shine and glow.

The aroma immediately threw me off with an acrid, skunky earthiness and faded hops, almost to the point where I thought the bottle had been oxidized or was past its prime. However, as I let it sit, the initial off flavors changed for the better, and I got some subtle yet warm lemon rinds, some slight oranges, and an undeniable pine/grass combo from the hop profile. However, this may be TOO subtle, especially when considering the style at hand here. There's a bit of malty sweetness, as well as brief astringency from the hop resins, but otherwise this is not too complex by any means. I wouldn't say it's necessarily "balanced" either!

There's a rush of floral, grassy hop notes, as well as lemon, that melds decently into the crisp grainy profile and finishes with a touch of sweetness and bitterness that is mild yet inoffensive. Slightly earthy, but nothing wrong, unlike the initial skunked phenols in the initial aroma. Not as fruity as I usually like my IPAs, and I'd go as far to call this a golden ale with extra aromatic dry hops included in it. Definitely not too astringent, but the initial burst of floral hops is rather nice. The body is relatively thickened, and to me is the biggest strength of this beer, which makes this easy to drink, if relatively underwhelming.

I remember having Big Daddy in bars across SF years ago when I was first getting into craft and found it to be overwhelmingly mediocre (given the fanboyism that went around for it), but it seems that it might have changed for the better here. There's less of that prickly graininess from the original recipe and little bit more balance here, as well as extra charm added to the hop profile. However, it's not something I'd really have again unless offered.

05-16-2013 16:48:48 | More by magictacosinus
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cnbrown313

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-16-2013 13:10:36 | More by cnbrown313
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rgilbert

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-15-2013 02:24:58 | More by rgilbert
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Drucifer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-14-2013 13:42:19 | More by Drucifer
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-12-2013 15:01:38 | More by cadaugherty
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-11-2013 06:12:18 | More by mc4z
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-08-2013 23:16:59 | More by MidwestBA
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-07-2013 18:18:28 | More by Hopmarc
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JHendu

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -33%

05-07-2013 03:38:02 | More by JHendu
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beersvh23

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-07-2013 02:43:31 | More by beersvh23
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CoolEthan

California

2.5/5  rDev -33%

05-07-2013 02:38:44 | More by CoolEthan
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.