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 bnes09
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright orange color and mostly see-through. Luscious head remains throughout the entire drink. Leaves behind solid and everlasting patches of lacing.

Buttery, biscuity malt aroma. Citric hop aroma smells like artificial fruit flavoring. Pinesol and menthol as well.

Solid malt character, rye and wheat. Dry hop bitterness, citrus, pine and menthol. Hint of honey. Well balanced.

Sturdy medium body and lively carbonation helps bring the flavors to life. Plenty of malty texture through out. Dry, refreshing finish.

I'm impressed with this one. The subtle honey sweetness really adds to the experience. With so many IPA's out there today, it's tough for a single one to stand out but this one does the job.

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 08/14/13
A - clear, golden ale capped with a tall ivory head holds excellent retention and leaves crazy thick lacing on the glass
S - tropical aroma of Citra hops - mango, pineapple; biscuity malt
T - juicy hops, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, faint pine, biscuity malt, honey, Juicy Fruit gum
M - resinous and medium bodied, finishes semi-bitter and semi-dry
O - nice, refreshing IPA, no complaints here

Photo of AdamBear
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-golden with a frothy white head. looks good.

S-really decent and good scent of fresh hops. somewhat sweet as well.

T-comes in with a sweet and mellow flavor of citrusy hops. not a strong flavor, with only a small hint at bitterness. after-taste is mostly citrusy with a subtle hint at the grains.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O-definitely an okay IPA. nothing wrong with it, nothing too exciting. maybe it's worth a try, but I'm not about to order it again unless my options are unlimited.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, honey-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy coating of head. Aromas of citrus sweet and tart, evergreen and spearmint, and subtle caramel notes. Flavors are very tart and spicy hopped forward, with lemon and grapefruit all over your tongue. Balance comes about as you go a bit deeper, with more of the pepper and green characteristics coming forward. Light, slightly dry body into a semisweet and tart aftertaste. Clean, smooth, and light finish with a slight dry and pucker at the end. Easy drinker.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my least favorite from speakeasy so far. their most generic beer, and while still delicious, it fails to pop like the others do, and like a good ipa should. its pale blonde in color, light for the style, with gorgeous ring lacing as it sips and a lasting almost nitro white head. the nose is balanced, too much so. grain cancels hops, not good for ipa. the flavor is better, with a quenching bitterness only on the back end, fine and dandy, but boring. light grain bill, in terms of color and flavor, but enough fermentable sugar to reduce the otherwise interesting hop profile to nothing. I like the sessionability though, I could have five of these no worries. not enthusiastically excited about this, but I appreciate the feel, which lets little bubbles percolate the more jovial bits right through the tongue, right in the center, fun and different, this beers main redeeming quality. otherwise a letdown from speakeasy, who is capable of greatness every time.

Photo of not2complex
4.76/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this with a buddy and loved it the smell wasn't. harsh with hops went down smooth had a great hang no bad after taste the whole 12 Pk variety was just great but the main one was the IPA even the design of the bottle was pretty cool you can find the tallie any liquor store that sells craft brew defintly will buy this again very good beer

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

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear deep gold color one finger of white soapy head, thick lacing too.
S - Some dank pine and big floral hops, a touch of citrus, fresh baked bread.
T - Taste is more on the malt side, with a big fresh bread taste, then you get more of the hops as it fades out, nice floral notes, a little resinous.
M - Well balanced in feel between bitterness and malt.
O - This is just a good American IPA.

Photo of sjones5045
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass and first thing I noticed is the color and clarity. It kind of looks thin and weak but with a frothy head. The smell is ok, kind of citrus with a little sweet aroma coming through. The taste is kind of what it says on the bottle without the word huge. Instead it's just a hop flavor there and never really spikes the taste buds like a top IPA. It does go away clean but mostly cause it never really shows up too hoppy. Overall, not really bad at all but this will easily get lost in the number of good IPA's out there.

Photo of jhartley
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Bottled on 09/09/2013.
Body is a clear, filtered golden yellow color. 1/2 a fingers worth of head that quickly dissipated and left a small amount of lacing at the top of the glass.

Smells of citrus, lemon, some spiciness and slight alcohol. Malty aromas come out as it warms.

Hops right up front with a malty sweetness on the end. Not a lot of bitterness. Pine. Lemon. More alcohol burn than I would expect from a 6.5% abv beer.

Very easy drinking IPA. Fairly balanced, bottle claims "...a clean dry finish..." which is pretty true, not something I really want from an IPA though. Would like something a little more aggressive with the hops to have a little more lingering pine or citrus taste on the tongue.

Overall an OK IPA that is pretty tasty, but not one I would search out again. (I received this one as a gift.) It seems to have lost a little something as it warmed up. I was expecting more from this based on previous reviews and the high marks, but was a little disappointed.

Photo of Tone
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper/amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight caramel malt, hint of alcohol, and hint of hops. Does not seem to fit the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight caramel malt, hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of pine. Overall, not hopped nearly enough to be considered an IPA, but otherwise a decent brew that is malt-centric.

Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Pink grapefruit, florals and caramel.

Taste
Pink grapefruit and florals with a zesty bitterness. Thin honey and caramel backbone that balances the hops well. Touches of pine and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and semi-dry.

Overall
Fairly simple IPA. However, exceptionally easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very good beer in opinion. The aroma is very fragrant. It's dry hopped so there is bold and pungent floral and pine aromas.
The appearance is up to the task too with a pretty golden amber color, a medium size off white head. There was some lacing but not a whole lot.
Taste was sweet dry and bitter. Some bready malts and bold fruity hops.Delicious.
I lucked out and got a fairly fresh one. Date said 7/13. Not bad.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a healthy three finger white head with good retention and tons of pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and light piney hops, sweet malt. Flavor follows, with citrus hops with ligth notes of herbal and piney hops, supported by a good caramel malt body. Finishes with citrus and lingering herbal and citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely made, well balanced IPA, nothing out of the box, but a pleasant hoppy sipper which I enjoyed. This is a solid, dependable brewery.

Photo of MikeWard
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 5/3/13, so coming up on 5 months old.

poured a faintly hazy yellow, with more than a finger of bright white head. Some carbonation, and some lacing. Head eventually dissipated to a faint covering, but maintained throughout.

After opening the bottle, I got a good quick wiff of hops, and after pouring the beer, it was still detectable. All right, thought I, this could be decent. Sadly, it was to be the only evidence of hops in this beer.

Taste was completely bland. Not unpleasant at all, no sour aftertaste, no bite, just...nothing. Kept trying hard to gain any aroma, only the faintest of yeast smell came through. But absolutely no taste. No hops, no malt, no fruit, no nothing.

Mouth was around medium, and was the only thing that kept it from tasting like water. Pleasant water, but not even a mild nip of hops around the edge of the tongue.

Overall, it would appear that Speakeasy beers do not retain any original flavor at close to 5 months after the bottling date. (Had Prohition earlier today,similar bottling date, beer not much better) These beers were not on the shelf at my usual bottle shop on my last visit at the end of August, and were picked up yesterday, 9/27/13. I've had many a good IPA 3-6 months after bottling date. This was certainly not one of them. Sorry to be harsh, but other than the cool labels, I find nothing to recomend about this brewery.

Photo of mikeg67
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Zippelin Bier Garten, Jersey City. Pours golden with long lasting, foamy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and some ripe fruit. Finish is long and balanced. Nice, not too hoppy, balanced IPA.

Photo of Beaver13
2.47/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 8/14/13. Pours clear golden orange with a big rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet biscuity crystal malt with some grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malts with a good amount of grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA - too much sweet biscuit malt and grassy hops.

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the only beer on the list from this brewing company, but I am excited to drink it. The history of this brewing company is cool, and I have an interest in the Prohibition. I mean… Imagine a time without alcohol. That's just silly! It is cool to see bars popping up that are themed like an old speakeasy. We went to one in Las Vegas that was pretty cool, and there is one here in Old Town Scottsdale that we like. The one in Scottsdale has a list of rules you must follow. They mean business, too. Their drinks are a little overpriced, but it's a neat place to take someone that is from out of town.

I think my favorite part of this beer are the eyes on the neck of the bottle. The same eyes are even on the side of the brewing company. Oh, and Big Daddy, the original big daddy, is named Dave Keene. One of my golf buddies is also named Dave Keene. Get this… Dave just called me! Random. Anyway, it's time to drink. I'm thirsty. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer pours a nice golden color, and leaves a lovely three finger head with impressive lace for an American IPA. The lace is sticky and I just want to lick it off the side of the glass so I don't miss any hoppy goodness. The tasting notes promised a nice citrus aroma. Let's see.

Nose: I am definitely getting some nice citrus notes on the nose. I am talking straight grapefruit juice. Speaking of grapefruit juice, I really like grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice and vodka is the best!

Flavor: That's a good IPA. The hops aren't overwhelming and I am getting some serious citrus notes on the palate, too. The mouthfeel might be my favorite part, though. But we will get to that. This beer is also really easy to drink and I could see myself finishing off a pitcher of this in no time. I am not sure if this is the same recipe they used during Prohibition, but I will pretend it is!

Mouthfeel: As I drink this, the front of my palate has a nice thick almost creamy feeling and as it hits the back of the palate the carbonation really starts to kick in. For a baseline American IPA, this beer has quite a lot of complexity. The bomber is almost gone it is so good.

Aftertaste: The hop flavor keeps on going, but as I continue to swallow it begins to dry out. I just can't get over how much complexity there is in this beer. They use a pretty nice array of hops in this, but nothing outrageous. The beer tastes so good I have a hard time letting it sit before taking another sip!

The beer really isn't anything to write home about, but it is a great example of the style. The aftertaste keeps me going back for one more sip. This beer also tastes great ice cold. I am sure some more hop flavor would open up as it heats up, but it is tasty cold. I bet this would be great on tap. Most beers are. Here's to another good example of an American IPA. Cheers!

Photo of Boxus
2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Photo of DiscerningDude
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
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?

Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of Michael_DaBeers_IV
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of magictacosinus
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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