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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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474 Reviews

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Reviews: 474
Hads: 1,327
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 20.64%
Wants: 43
Gots: 266 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

Big Daddy IPA is a hop-head's delight, a generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style India Pale Ale. Poured into a standard American pint glass, the beer is a golden straw color, with tight carbonation and a slightly off-white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The aroma is floral, fresh grass, pine needles, grapefruit, and a some subtle notes of fresh bread.
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Photo of MobBarley
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this brew is ful of light and butterscotch hues. Cloudier than most American IPAs, it has an average head composed mostly of large bubbles turns into a frothy sea atop the glass, leaving a fine, strong sheet of lacing most of the way down. Gorgeous to behold.

The aroma is, well...this is my favorite smelling beer to date. Smells nice, hoppy and herbal. Very herbal, green, piney and grapefruity. Malt? yeah, I think I smelled some of that in there, (clinging to life in a sea of bitter glory). If I could rate it above five I would.

The taste is a hopehead's dream. Big and citric all the way through, a filmy hop-oil goodness dominates at the end. Somewhere in the middle, in the eye of the Lupulin storm, there is a bready (almost nutty) maltiness that is deluged out of existence as quickly as it came. Undeniably attention grabbing and absolutely mouth-watering.

The mouthfeel is big, but a little disappointing and on the thin side for the style. A bit more of an oily aspect would have put this brew near perfection. Carbonation moderate and perfectly complimentary.

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Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow in appearance with a moderate off white head. Lots of lacing. This beer had a huge hop strike up front. Very acidic and tart in mouthfeel. The hops were lemony and slightly floral. I actually liked the initial hit but the flavor faded bigtime by the finish. In the end there was nothing, where did the flavor go? This was quite a disappointment considering the upfront flavors. Apparently the lack of anything other than hops was this beer's downfall. Still went down easily and is something I might consider getting again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz "Stone" style bottle pours a clear, medium yellow, with an attractive, offwhite head of small, tightlyknit bubbles. The head fades rather quickly, leaving islands of splotchy lace all over the glass. Aroma is westcoast hops(Cascades?), resiny pine, lemonrind, and a hint of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, with a potent hops bite on the tongue. Taste begins with bitter piney hops, and a crisp dryness. Some sweet fruitiness emerges midway through. Tasted like apples at first, then took on a pink grapefruit character. The fruity sweetness gets swatted into the background with a vengeance, with the powerful hopping of this ale. Pine hops and bitter, lemonrind dominate the flavor profile. I couldn't pick up any malt notes in the aroma or the taste. Finish is dry and crisp, with a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not noticed, but there are enough hops in this to mask anything. Still, a likeable westcoast style IPA.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pssst! Big Daddy sent me...ah-hem...“The wet dog sighs by the dry fire.” After allowed in to this Speakeasy, I was greeted by slightly pale & apricot colored pour without carbonation bubbles except for the good sticky head, plenty of unevenly sized bubbles, antique white lace that sticks and slides down the glass.

First, I was met by grapefruit hops and macerated Maraschino cherries aroma. Next I turned a dark corner, which lead to flavors of apricot, and hints of straw. Dry, fairly complex IPA guesswork calls for this Speakeasy to be raided for closer scrutiny. Excellent body mouthfeel swirls to a highly swigable citrusy grapefruit rind. When the cops showed up, this brew slid to the back of the tongue, escaping to my belly. No awl-kee-hawl is detected at all. Citrusy, bitter dry finish, little aftertaste. Fresh cut grass-like hops dry off the finish, and make a clean getaway.

Last swigs: For $36 buckeroos to hush up the man, this undated 24 x 12 painted bottle 6.5% ABV case was a welcomed (Rice-a-roni, the San Francisco) treat that repealed Amendment XVIII, allowing for Amendment XXI to be passed. Bottom’s up!!! A solid IPA that stands up with the usual suspects but is fingered as the guilty party…and I mean party. Gotta git me hands on more Speakeasy brews!!!


My neighbor tried a SPEAKEASY IPA as his first intro to hoppiness. He liked it. Also, I found other SPEAKEASY: Untouchable Pale and Prohibition Ale.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours what I'd consider a 'standard beer' yellow with a moderate head. Scent is the typical floral assault that one would expect from an IPA.

Taste continues the flavour, but that's it. This is a very shallow beer, the hops are there, and in quantity and it has a grapefruity effect, but the same flavours just seem to sit, linger, and finally die with little variation. As it warms a definite rindish flavour starts to come in, and then starts to become dominant, making this beer suffer some further score loss.

Mouthfeel is purely average, drinkability seemed good when I started the beer, but was getting down there by the end.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a light yellow, medium gold with a slight haze, forming an average sized white head with poor retention and no lacing. Aroma is fruity and vibrant with citric sweet hops, oranges, grapefruit, darjeeling tea, a hint of sulfur and husk. Mouthfeel is semi-dry with a pronounced acidity and medium body. Carbonation is medium. Taste is much the same as aroma, with a peculiar grapefruit rind bitterness and a delicate darjeeling tea quality. The harsh acidity lasts and lasts and assaults the tastebuds like most west-coast pale ales. Agressively hopped with a resinous bitterness, intense beyond my liking, but not as intense as a Stone or Lagunitas. Not even an attempt at being balanced...just over the top hops. No off-flavors are discernible beneath the pungency.

Typical for west-coast IPA's, but not my cup of tea. A quality brew, but despite being a hophead, I demand some balance in a beer.

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Photo of belgianbeerlover
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no dating to be found.

A vigorous pour left a thin, creamy head that deflated rather quickly. It did retain a thin cap down to the bottom of the glass though. A beautiful, rich amber in color. The aroma is not too complex, sweet and hoppy. The taste is all about hops, living up to it's heritage as a West Coast IPA. That said, I was surprised by how smooth the finish was. I'd definitely recommend trying this beer if it's available, but don't know as if it's something I'd go out of my way to try and find.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours super clear, yellow with golden overtones. Large white head settles down quickly but leaves oodles of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma is oily hops and some citrus with some crystal and pale malt way in the background.
Flavor is pungent and oily bitter hop in the first wave. Incredibly bitter and almost develops a metallic note on the taste buds. As a second wave the citrus hop notes prevail and smooth it out a bit. A bit of grain and hint of pale malt show up only to be overrun by a very bitter end.
Mouthfeel is pucker city, overdoes of hops, so much it fact it really dries the palate and beer loses some it refreshing quality. Mid mouthfeel is quite nice when the citrus comes through but the beginning and end are not that appealing.
Drinkability loses some marks as the bitter metallic taste really detracts from nicer hop notes.

Notes: Yikes! Slam, kick, punch and impale the mouth with hops. This beer does not even give you a chance to get ready or recover, some might say “out of balance” but hop heads might say “just enough”. Absolutely a kicker of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden. The head was just slightly off-white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was very well done with huge grapefruit and citrus. A malty aroma resided in the background.

The flavor was bitter, but missing a malt component. The hop flavor dominates the flavor that is present. The flavor is tasty, but not very complex.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter which plesantly lasted into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light.

I suspect they filter this beer within an inch of it's life and it loses some flavor and body in the process, however it is very easy drinking and the bottles are definitely cool! I'd love to sample this beer prior to filtering.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a very clear yellow color. Almost looks like a macro. I was a little surprised by this. Bright white head is present and hangs out. Also some tight latticework is evident.
The aroma is dominated by floral hop scents, very appealing even to a "malty" like me. The brew is actually fairly thin in body but exhibits fairly sharp carbonation. Overall the texture is a little watery but very drinkable.
Flavor is pretty much dominated by hops from start to finish. I do get a slight drying effect on the finish. Very crisp and refreshing brew. This reminds me more of a pilsner than an IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I was in a hoppy state of mind and wanted a fix and I sure got it in this beer,pours a light golden color with a light head that does leave some decent lacing,aroma is hugely piney and carammely very appetizing.Taste was very resiny and piney to be expected but not as harshly hoppy as I had thought it would be from the other reviews,but this beer is for hop heads for sure and malt mavens who are looking for a hop fix.Well done.

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Photo of nomad
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head despite a vigorous head, this beer has this strange blondie light-orange color with a murky haze I've never seen in an IPA. Occasional lace. Every time its an eerie beer to look at, though.

Smells of pine - dry, chalk-like, and fairly pungent. Some honey-ish malt behind it, but the pairing is unfortunately altogether far from assertive. Taste is full of northwest hop flavor without being too drying, as pine flavors with plenty of biting herbal accents are everywhere, eerily similar to Stone IPA. These are well balanced by a nice pale-ish malt body.

A simple profile but appreciated in its fashion, not terribly tasty but at the same time not terribly noxious. Surprisingly laidback for a Caliornia ale, and thus very easy to drink. A truly great session IPA.

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Photo of quetzpalin
4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to admit that I am a sucker for a really, really dry, really, really hoppy IPA, and this beer certainly is that. What really grabs me about this beer is that it manages to be so smooth, refreshing, and drinkable while maintaining the strength of the hops flavor. In that way, it can be a quite versatile bottle; able to be by turns eminently downable, such as on a hot day, and surprisingly and crisply filled with hoppy bite. In fact, this has become my regular, everyday default in the fridge beer. It helps that I live in SF, and get it at the corner liquor store for $6.49. I love this beer, and have, as of yet, failed to take it for granted.

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Photo of beernut7
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a mottle thin head. Huge spruce pine aroma with hints of caramel. Initial moderate bitterness with a citrus sharp hop spice. The body is thinner that usual with the thinnest hint of oak wood on top of an almost indistinguishable malt presence. Not a great IPA. Light on the malt, heavy on the grassy, earthy hops.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a fairly good hop taste, but the problem is the hops just overpower the malt and you're left with a fair IPA overall. This was one of the beers I judged at Lucky Baldwin's 2003 IPA Festival, and it did only fair against some big name IPA's. Certainly nowhere near the class of the top notch California IPA's such as Stone, Bear Republic, and AleSmith.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Good looking clear pale golden brew that pours with a frothy white head, that dissipates to a bubble collar, and leaves a lot of foamy lace. The appearance does not scream IPA, as this could be easily be mistaken for one of the mass brewed lagers. I am used to the East Coast (English Style) IPAs, and the hops used in this beer did not appear to be overly aromatic. The hops did have a typical West Coast style bitter snap and spiciness to them. The beer also suffers from a mouthfeel that is a bit too thin and use of pale malts that are not too sweet and devoid of a lot of complexity. This however is an exceptionally refreshing and drinkable beer that can easily be downed in mass quantities by the side of a pool. Thanks resirob for letting me try one.

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Photo of dmarch
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a large white head. Hoppy aroma, mostly grapefruit and pine. Taste is mainly citrusy hops. Not much malt character in here. This one is primarily hops. The bitterness and light body make it refreshing, but not my ideal IPA. A little more malt to balance this out and this could be fantastic.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We had a forum post about painted labels the other day, and here is a brewery that produces some of the best painted labels, and some marvelous brews to boot, and one hell of a fine place to have a beer I might add, but its been a while since I’ve been over to San Francisco and it ranks high on my next trip list, that’s after I recover from the “Strong Ale Fest”.

As it sets in my glass the color a bemused orange-amber with the head plentiful in size, that is a bright white with the lace providing a nice blanket upon the glass. Wonderful aroma of hops at the front, crisp, clean and oh so inviting, just urging you to take the first sip. Front is sweetly malt, top is light to moderate in feel with the finish benignly acidic, the hops seductive in their spiciness, very dry and hop bitter aftertaste, another great IPA from the home of IPA’s, California, well in my humble opinion.

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Photo of tar
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking painted bottle with two shifty eyes on the neck. Pours a transparent golden with a small head which quickly disappears to little more than a layer of white bubbles. Wonderfully strong hop aroma--floral and citrus scents dominate. Very nice tasting, but almost exclusively of flowery and fruity hops. Finishes dry and with a nice bite of hops. Despite the strong ever present hops and poor balance in this beer, I did not find the taste to be overpowering. A good and drinkable beer, although it felt a bit thin, almost watery, in the mouth.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful floral hop aroma escapes from my tulip glass as I pour this beer. It produces an off-white head that is fairly resilient. It is a nice copper color, and is very clear with a nice bead of carbonation cascading from the bottom of the glass. There is citrus and fruit in the aroma. This is quite a dry beer. It has a big hop flavor and finishes with a nice hop bite. The hops dominate in this beer, nary a malt note to be found, save for a bit of toasty grain in the finish (but this is very subtle). This is a one dimensional hop bomb, could use a bit more malt expression.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden with a touch of orange nice off white foaming head chunky not bad at all, with nice speckled lacing. Aroma: Citrus hops namingly grapefruit tones here, pine sol esque but there is some malt sweetness to tend with the hoppy zeal the beer carries in the aroma. Taste: Flavor is predominantly citrus toned hops with a bit of eathiness in the finish this beer is also contains a butterscotch like sweetness that blends so well with the zesty hop bite very nice. Mouthfeel: Smooth a bit oily from the hop resins but very good medium bodied IPA, great brew much better than the pale I had. Drinkability: Simply amazing it's the type of IPA that gives me a citrusy hop burp after the first sip turning my taste buds on immediately and ready for more and more of this very drinkable brew.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, what a great bottle. I had one of these at the Flat Rock Saloon, and made sure I brought the bottle home with me to fill with tasty homebrew. Really cool bottle, check it out.

Now the beer. Could smell the hops from the bottle even holding it away from my face. Upon pouring it, the aromas of hops and fresh flowers only become stronger. Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow with a thin white head atop. The hops are quite pronounced in all aspects of this beer, and actually seem to dominate it. I really enjoyed this beer, but I also would enjoy chewing on hops. To be honest, this beer is not very well balanced at all. Hops and citrus notes take over the flavor, not leaving much room for anything else to balance it out. There are much better IPA's out there, ones with more balance, but if you love hops, my guess is that you would enjoy this beer. I certainly did, despite the lack of balance.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a golden-yellow color with a decent white head and good lacing. It had strong yet nice, fresh citrus-hop-floral aroma.
Medium bodied with a good creamy mouthfeel. The malt was not very noticable as you were assaulted by the hops. I'm a hophead and while it wasn't too bitter for me, it still seemed a bit out of balance. The finish was clean and dry.
Very drinkable and a decent version of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearish dark gold/orange color, nice creamy white head with good lacing properties. Aroma is hoppy and pithy. Flavor doesn't stray far from the smell, plenty of orange juice to start and winding out in the hoppy grapefruit realm. A little below average in mouthfeel, but plenty of carbonation. My take places this dead center for an American I.P.A. -- plenty of hops but in need of somewhat better malt assertion.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a typical IPA appearance. Golden in color with a white head that left lace.
Big hop aroma. Citrusy, piney hops with pale malts underneath.

Taste is also dominated by citrusy, piney hops. Pale malts do a good job of balancing this one, but can't quite match the onslaught of hops. This is one of those beers that seems to have the necessary components, but just doesn't hit the spot for me and I can't quite figure out exactly why.

Good mouthfeel.
Drinkable, but didn't leave me desiring another.

Overall, a solid IPA, but not one I'm in a hurry to find again.

Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for sharing this one!

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.