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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,101
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 Boxus
2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Bottle to glass, I detect a mild, unimpressive scent of coppery hops. Appearance is clear tan with a nice bubbly head. I go for a sip...

Ugh. That stale, musky hop flavor again. I notice this happens a lot with Speakeasy beers. Usually when I get the stale hop flavor, I just figure my bottle sat on the shelf too long. Indeed that may be an issue now, since this one was bottled close to four months ago. But with this beer in particular, I've noticed that stale, musky flavor every single time I've tried it - probably five or six times in all.

I can only conclude that something is amiss with the brew itself. The flavor has barely a hint of the bright, floral hop bite I expect from a Cali IPA. Instead it's bitter in an unpleasantly dank and musky way. It tastes like cardboard and multivitamins. Totally unpleasant and disappointing.

Again, this may be due in large part to a lack of freshness. But I've noticed that same stale flavor in almost every Speakeasy beer I've had. And I can't help but wonder, living in Oakland, why it would be so difficult to get fresh beer from a brewery in San Francisco.

Boxus, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of DiscerningDude
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

It's certainly not "big". It's barely an IPA.

The initial taste is floral and overpowered by the taste of alcohol even though it is only rated at 6.5. The bite is not at all like what should come from a nice hoppy IPA but seems more like what one would expect from a cheap gin.
The hop taste is bitter but very much like "hot" is when you are eating a ghost pepper. No redeeming qualities. Really. None. It barely sits on your tongue long enough to search for something positive.

The aftertaste is similar to what Band-aids smell like. Rubbery and fortunately short-lived.

I am sorry for giving this beer such low rating and I am amazed at the positive reviews gained so far. This is one of the most unfavorable beers I have tasted in a long time and I am typically much more forgiving. Perhaps I got a bad batch or just a bad bottle?

DiscerningDude, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of themegamancave
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

themegamancave, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of cletusdog
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

cletusdog, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Fatdenny
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Fatdenny, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Metaltildeath
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Metaltildeath, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of lpstar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

lpstar, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of jkane101
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

jkane101, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

vermilcj, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of PopnLoads
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

PopnLoads, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of BubbleBobble
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

BubbleBobble, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

williamjbauer, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of kbuzz
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

kbuzz, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Speakeasy Big Daddy is a good sessionable IPA...It poured a clear copperish orange with light fizzy head which is leaving a spotty lace. The smell includes fresh hops of citrus and hints of pine. The taste is well balanced throughout....there is enough sweet malt to keep the bitterness at bay but yet enough to remind you that you're drinking an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it would be a beer I would recommend.

WoodBrew, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Flashbacks to Wiggum, PI... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of sandy off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, grapefruit peel, light mint, and a backbone of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit peel not only superseding the grass but also becoming a bit funkier, some earthy (read: dirty) greens coming in, and the biscuit hardly coming through at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent IPA at best, one that just comes across as unbalanced with unfavorable hopping. It's not altogether bad, just not all that good.

TMoney2591, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

AgentMunky, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Michael_DaBeers_IV
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! The usual suspects hit it off again. I love getting their 12 pack variety packs. You can't go wrong. Definitely try. I'm about to go get some across the street right now. Very reasonably priced for their quality, and super sick design/12 pack artwork.

Michael_DaBeers_IV, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Sark
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Sark, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jmdrpi, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of brn9000
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

brn9000, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +7.5%

AngusOg, Jun 26, 2013
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.