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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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911 Ratings

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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%

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 elNopalero


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a straw golden in color with loose sloppy white bubbling.

The aroma is lightly hoppy with some grassy straw rounding it off. The flavor starts off with a straw bitterness then develops warming orange mmmarmalade notes (the extra ‘mmms’ are for how delicious they are). This is a dry & approachable IPA with a light malt backbone that plays nicely with the hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 08:41:26 | More by elNopalero
Photo of riored4v


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear body with a 1 finger white head. Pour was in to a tulip. Good lacing.

Nice citrusy aroma with a good amount of orange. Some good maltyness, slightly floral and a hint of caramel.

Nice IPA flavors. Good floral and bright citrus flavors up front and turned to a touch of caramel, malty sweetness and a bit bready. Mild bitterness in the finish. Grapefruit/orange with a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a dry finish.

Overall a good IPA. Nice balance. Good malt presence without an overpowering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:59:41 | More by riored4v
Photo of TheBrewo


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a Coney Island pint glass, showing a transparent, light gold coloring. It held a one finger white head of creamy bubbles. This showed nice retention, leaving splotchy lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The aroma was spicy, with earthy and citric hops. Pale malts and light metallics made up the grain bill, with bittering lemon rind on the back. Our first impression was that it was light in flavoring, but nice. The flavor opened up with pale toasty malts that bittered, and light citric hops that added to this. The middle peaked with chalked, pale malts, and those same light hops. Bittering citric hops, earthy tones, and stone marked an end that was otherwise watered out a bit, and light in flavoring. The final flavor was a plastic bite, with some lighter metallics. The aftertaste breathed of bitter hop cone, grass, and lemon rind. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, with little cream or froth. The mouth was lightly coated in a nice toasty cream. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fresh hop aroma. This was light, and very refreshing and inviting. The flavoring was a bit washed out but it, too, was rather refreshing. In the end this guy is average for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 13:08:08 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of brianrr23

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass.

Appearance - Nice golden color
Smell - Honey and Pine
Taste - Nicely done. Tastes like it smells with a nice light hoppiness.
Mouthfeel - Very easy to drink and good carbonation
Overall - Easy drinking and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 05:04:01 | More by brianrr23
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant orange amber with a frothy, white 2 finger head. Decent retention, the resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Subtle notes of peach and citrus.

Taste - Ooh that's different... and tasty. There's a predominant flavor in there that I wanna say is very candy-like, like a peach or pear or starfruit gummy, and it's supported by a strong citrus undertone. Malt flavors are subdued, but do well enough to give this brew some balance. Flavor profile is fairly simple, and basically finishes the way it starts, but it's a good one. Layers of alcohol warmth and bitter orange peel do present themselves in big gulps and, at least in the orange peel character, hang back behind the top molars well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation providing a lively tingle on the tongue. Finish is somewhat dry.

Overall - A good, original IPA. I can't say I've had one that's close to this. That's hard to accomplish in the hop dominant world of India Pales, and for that I applaud them.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 03:47:25 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clear golden orange pour with 2 fingers of head.patches of lacing. smells mostly of malt with some hints of honey and a bit of floral hops and grapefruit zest.
the taste is quite bready and hoppy at the same time. a very hopped up english ipa. just like double daddy, except a tiny bit tastier.. which is weird, considering it's got double the grain content... hmm. grassy hops, slight spicyness on the lips. light-medium body with a slight creamy feel with a boozy kick!
this is an awesome ipa. i like it better than double daddy. weird!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 23:28:37 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Kisejohn

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:  Some pine and citrus aroma.  Malt sweetness in the mix.

Appearance:  Golden honey color.  Clear and bright.  One finger of head and good lacing.

Flavor:  Pine and citrus flavors much like the aroma.  Bitter to start and in the finish.  Som sweetness in the middle.  Finishes dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel:   Light to medium body.  Good carbonation.

Overall:  This beer is well balanced between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Hop aroma could have been more pronounced.  Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 21:09:55 | More by Kisejohn
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rather clearigh or light amber red with two-finger head that died quick and left minimal lace. A basic citrusy and piney hop aroma along with barebones sweet caramel malt. Taste is more of the same; light, low-key, hoppy and sweet with a good balance. A good beer but not great as the citric hops are minimal and there's not much else flavorwise, nor do the malts really stand out either.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 11:38:43 | More by clayrock81
Photo of rarbring


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded bright amber, a firm off-white head, good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling citric and floral, grape-fruit, pine-resin and honey.

Starting sweet, with toffee, grape-fruit, lemon peel and bitter nettles.

Light carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and oily, a good body with a smooth dry finish.

Well balanced, well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 16:57:39 | More by rarbring
Photo of Flounder57


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer is a godlen straw yello with a slightly hazy clarity. There are signs of carbonation coming up through the glass and the small head has reduced and left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: nice and citrusy folks, a little alcohol, and sweet caramel and bready malts too.

Taste: the crystal and bready malts take over and somewhat balance out with the citrus and tangerine notes. Bitterness is noticeable up front too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, delicious, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Not a shabby IPA from the west coast. I have had this beer and I am happy to have once laid my hands on another bottle. Will be enjoying more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 03:10:17 | More by Flounder57
Photo of doucmehu


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. Bottle purchased last week in San Francisco.

A: Amber waves of grain pour into my tulip with a slightly less than average white head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Pine hops mix with a hint of sweet pineapple, followed by sine sweet Candi malt.

T: Muted tropical fruit and juicy pine hops, slightly sweet malt and cereal grain.

M: Average body, slight alcohol presence, moderate carbonation, hops hang around nicely, finishing adequately bitter.

O: Well balanced beer with a solid hops/malt balance. This is surprisingly much closer to an east coast ale with the malt presence and earthy hops, but solid overall. Drinkability is high, abv is substantial though so be cautious.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:17:09 | More by doucmehu
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy bone color head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits and citrus zest. Taste is of of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel and medium body. Overall, this is a good IPA with a better taste than smell.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 05:53:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was pale golden. Just about a finger of head. Slight lacing on the top. Pretty every film, wet and spongy.

Smelled citrus hops up front, mainly tangerine. Also orange and sweet floral notes. Pretty balanced. Best part of the beer.

Could immediately taste the alcohol. Some tangerine in there, but hardly nothing like the smell.

Light body. Thin watery texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Some hits and misses with this beer. The smell killed it but every other part of the beer was pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 04:57:17 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of kflorence


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, amber in color with a fair amount of white, sticky foam. Tons of lacing around the edge of the glass as you put this one back and what appears to be a healthy amount of carbonation. Lighter looking than expected, but it's a welcome surprise.

S: Aroma is on the lighter side as well with hints of grapefruit, mango, apricot and a spice. There is a subtle malt backbone, but it's masked pretty well. Not much pine. Earthy.

T: Sweet malt profile up front which transitions into into an amalgamation of citrus and tropical fruits with some pine and earthiness in the background. Finishes crisp, dry and bitter. Aftertaste is mostly bitter citrus.

M: The body is pretty light for the category with a clean, crisp carbonation and a little bit of cream. This beer has some substance to it, but it's pretty thin in comparison to some of the heavier beers in the category. There is a bit of an oily quality from the hops, but it's fairly minimal.

O: This is a very refreshing and drinkable IPA. It has enough flavor to please and is light enough to be sessionable. I really don't have any complaints about this beer, but it didn't blow me away either. Great for an IPA craving during warmer weather. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:19:08 | More by kflorence
Photo of rowmine


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

A - Nice hazy golden colour but the head was a little lacking.

S - Citrus (somewhat) / Pine (more so) with very little malt balance.

T - Similar to the smell but pine really comes across strong. Alcohol and flavor balance is spot on.

M - On the lighter side but very refreshing as the hop profile subsides quickly after each sip.

O - Its a better than average IPA but the particular hop flavor profile is some what one sided for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 20:15:11 | More by rowmine
Photo of TaySuth


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Surprisingly clear, amber color. Huge white four finger head slowly recedes down to two fingers and then lingers. Massive lacing.

Smell: Good hops aroma. Inviting but not amazing.

Taste: Great grain character although the hop flavor is a little less than expected.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very good but the body is a bit light.

Overall: A good beer that has some exceptional qualities but lacks in other areas.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:18:18 | More by TaySuth
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened the cap and carbonation began gushing out the top volcano-style...it was very unexpected.
The white head after pouring was approximately 2 inches, dense, and sticky. The body is a hazy orange-yellow. The glass I'm drinking out of is nucleated, but I don't think this beer would have had any trouble keeping a thick head throughout drinking.

Citrus fruits (grapefruit/oranges) followed by an interesting yeast nose and sweetness.
If an IPA isn't kicking me in the face with citrus aromatics it's generally defined as being "average."
However, there is a certain earthiness that I don't normally smell in an IPA.

Quite a clean and balanced tasting IPA with nothing out of place. The alcohol is relatively weak and the hops are definitely the strongest component of this beer's flavor profile. There is almost no lingering aftertaste, even after drinking 1/2 way through.

The crisp, clean hops rest delicately on my palate while drinking, but are flushed away after each swallow. There is no grapefruit-rind bitterness, and there is no syrupy sweetness. The body is essentially medium, but drinks like it's light. This is probably one of the most clean IPAs I've ever tried.

Reasonably priced, but nothing special. The flavors are generic, but the beer does possess some subtle differences comparatively. I'd probably recommend this to the non-adventurous soul, but not to one of my fellow BA-ers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:14:28 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of kojevergas


2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean - brewpub. Reviewed from notes. Instantly I'm turned off to the beer because the brewers see no problem with serving it in a plastic cup.

A: Pours a one finger head of decent slight cream, okay thickness, and downright bad retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Slight malted barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light hops and barley. Rather simple, to say the least. Decently balanced and built alright; there's just not much there to describe.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the (lack of) flavours decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to them by any means.

Dr: Pretty drinkable and offered at a decent price. I wouldn't get it again on account of its low quality.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 21:18:11 | More by kojevergas
Photo of maximum12


1.9/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to lurpy1 for yet another bottle from the sunny confines of Sacramento. Hehehe. I said sac. 22 oz. bottle split into two tulips.

Opener. Cap. Pop. FIZZZ! The bottle overflows before I can blink & a bunch of foam ends up on the wood. Black mark. Pours a light orange/amber with, not surprisingly, a massive head (what didn't spill, of course). Bright citrus greets the nose, & a side of spring flowers. Nice.

Big Daddy IPA disappoints. What happened to that lovely nose? Massive bread crusts, melted rubber, & a horrific iron aftertaste violate the palate. WTF? Tastes like licking my fingers after changing a tire. There's more, but I'm not going back in for fear of having my face freeze like this. Three sips maxes me out.

Blech. Sorry, but this has to be an off bottle, because it's awful. My wife can't drink her half either. To the drain.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:33:09 | More by maximum12
Photo of MexicanSkittel


4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the backyard looking out at the ocean, from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look- a brilliant bright golden, extremely clear with perfect carbonation . A 1/4 head white and light has been sitting on the glass leaving a lace after sips 5 mins into it.

Smell- some hops, caramel, honey, green grass.

Taste- gental hops, almost sweet. Maybe carmel covered hops. Very balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel- smooth, not overly bitter, not too viscous, and no strong presence of alc. the finish isn't as lengthy as I'd like but initial drinking is right on.

Overall- really nice IPA, personally like it on tap more, but a $5.99 six pack in the sun in SF is pretty awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 22:46:15 | More by MexicanSkittel
Photo of Husenator


2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden straw, fairly cloudy though. Nice lacing.

S - Citrus and honey, I picked up a chemical aroma (goo gone?)
something was a bit off.
T- Hops are heavy up font as they should be, but after the grapefruit and pine with a bit of sweetness I picked up a solvent aftertaste.

M - Medium with a stickiness.

O- Drinkable but I have had much better.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:56:24 | More by Husenator
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer hits all the right marks for an American IPA. Light amber color. Hops are bright and clean, with citrus character, tinged with grapefruit. Malt body is well balanced with an appropriate level of sweetness to take the edge off the hops. Finish was quite smooth. A nice quaffer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 14:31:05 | More by Brent
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in the tickers BIF, hazy orange pour, big sticky white head. The aroma is piney, light citrus. It has notes of pine and citrus, nothing overwhelming, slightly bitter finish. The body is medium, average carbonation, easy drinking. An average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:59:25 | More by bonkers
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy, nice sticky head, high carbonation, with a golden color.

S - Pine and citrus hops with just a touch of sweet malt.

T - Much like the aroma, mostly pine hops flavor with some citrus and earthiness. Nicely balanced with some sweet malt.

M - Light to moderate body keep it refreshing.

O - Good session IPA, balanced and not over the top. At the same time, not outstanding, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 00:25:06 | More by steelerguy
Photo of musicman575


3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even on tap, it didn't have much head, but bubbles continuously rose from everywhere. Light amber in color. Little flora and lots of citrus in the smell, which wasn't as bold as many other IPAs. Good and bitter, pretty bright. Again, citrusy hops and some pine with pale malt aftertaste. Finishes clean with good carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 21:07:45 | More by musicman575
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