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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,070 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,070
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 29
Gots: 76 | 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 BaronRogue
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found it refrigerated, so had to scoop it up to try.

Poured from bomber into chalice. Bottle has all sorts of speakeasy sayings and stuff on the bottle, i thought it was a little cheesy but wanted to try it. Clear gold with a decent head that sticks around, and some decent lacing as well.

Smells really good, fresh, hoppy magic.

Tastes even better! Cant even really describe it... oily pine resin, hops and more hops, but surprisingly not that bitter.

Fresh and smooth in the mouth, quite nice. The taste lingers on for awhile.

Drinkability? Let's just say i'm gonna be sad when i finish this glass.

BaronRogue, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently covered the surface and left lacy rings down the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between a slight amount of malty sweetness and mild hop bitterness; it has flavors of bready and caramel malts along with citrus hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste but there's nothing overly special about the taste that would make me consider it sessionable.

metter98, Feb 11, 2011
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.
A: A nice light golden IPA body, with a light foamy head. Light carbonation present.
S: Good bit of hoppy aroma, while nice citrus flavors are present, very piney. Medium levels of aroma intensity.
T/M: Juicy body, that shows low levels of carbonation, but very nice flavors of northwest hops. Pine, citrus with a very resin like character. Malt complexes show a good body feel and overall somewhat balanced. Lingering finish is slightly warm, while being prolonged and refreshing.
D: Overall very drinkable, nice hoppy taste, very fresh. Good brew to have a six pack of. While a nice bit of ABV that is hidden fairly well.

GDBEERMAN, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served out of a 22oz bomber. pours a nice clear golden yellow and is fairly clear, with no sediment. gets a nice frothy head and maintains it, achieves some lacing in the glass. nice aroma but not over powering.

it is a full frontal floral attack from the first sip. excellent, spritey little bubbles tickle the back of the tongue -- it is a sweet and appropriately bitter swallow.

this beer has been around awhile. in the last 7 or 8 years other more intensely hoppy and dipa-level-ABV West Coast IPAs like Green Flash have come along and make it seem a bit more tame now, not the hop bomb it used to seem to be.

it's a GO-TO everyday type beer now, along with Lagunitas IPA and others. nothing to turn your nose up at at all.

colforbin73, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A - very light yellow, small head dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing behind. Small amount of visible carbonation

S - nice pine hops nose but not much else

T - grapefruit/pine hops resolving into almost no malt profile; slight grassy aftertaste

M - slight oilyness coats the mouth; cut with a slight carbonation

D - quite drinkable; a bit light but goes down easy

Decent IPA, not exceptional

DoktorZee, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Medium grade golden honey. Nice frothy head.

S - Very mild. Some sugar, maybe orange PEZ?

T - Malt up front with a pine character mid profile. Flavors feel flat though. They're not that powerful and don't hold up well throughout the profile. Some yeast in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, but poor carbonation. Aftertaste holds some lingering booze and pine.

D - Poor flavor and mouthfeel will make you more likely to put down your first than pickup a second.

vfgccp, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I haven't tried anything from this brewery yet, so I decided to grab this well-priced bomber of the Big Daddy IPA. The body is a very light golden color with a small off-white head. It has pretty good retention and nice lacing also.

The aroma takes a lot of work to get anything out of; you'll probably end up with your nose inside of your glass for quite a while. A lightly zesty citrus aroma from the hops is what I finally manage to take away from this one.

There is nothing off or bad about the the flavor of Bid Daddy IPA, but it suffers from the same problem that I have with the aroma; it is underwhelming and weak. Notes of citrus hops with a pale malt backbone. Very dry, slightly bitter finish. Overall, this entire beer is understated.

The mouthfeel is a very light and very highly carbonated, both to a degree that is undesirable.

I drank half of this bomber and then used the rest in a marinade. The marinade for my fajitas was great, but actually drinking the beer was a bit disappointing.

Hojaminbag, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours a clear, light orange/yellow color with a one finger head that dissipates to a layer of bubbles on top. Very nice lacing.

S: Get a little bit of floral hops and some citrus fruits, a little lemon. I get lots of caramel malts on the back end.

T: Very little hop taste, a slight floral flavor in the beginning. I do get a lot of caramel and breadiness. It is a bit unbalanced. There is also an off putting aftertaste.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation, but bad aftertaste. A disappointment. It is possible that the bottle is a little old, so I would give this one another chance should it arise.

mdaschaf, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of thecarster1
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, hazy golden honey coloring, one finger fades to a bubbly lace with trailing.

s- big tropical fruits here, sweet smelling, citrus hops.

t- tropical comes big again, smooth malt, pineapple, mango, grapefruit bitterness that lingers, sweet.

m- medium, smooth and coating.

d- good drinkability, not what i was expecting here, but enjoyable. didn't quite live up the hype i'd heard about it, but it went down easy none the less.

thecarster1, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy yellow gold in color with a 2 finger off white head that faded very slowly and left very good lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, light caramel, biscuit, sweet malt, candy sugar, pepper, spices and light brown sugar; hops dominate the aroma with a nice fruity citrus sweetness.

Tastes like it smells with a huge hop flavor up front including floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, piney hops, caramel, biscuit, sweet malt, candy sugar, pepper, cinnamon, light grains, spices and light brown sugar; again, the hops dominated, but this is what a West Coast IPA should taste and smell like so I enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and oily slick as this slides down easy with low carbonation, a medium body, hop spices with minor heat, some hop bitterness and clean finish.

High drinkability, I found it very easy to drink as a hophead and could drink this anytime, anywhere and would love to have it with spicy food. This is a great beer that I highly recommend.

CHickman, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a sports bar in San Francisco, while watching football on a Sunday. Pours a light orange colour with small head. Smells of citrus hops with some mild caramel malt. Small bitterness in the flavour. Good medium-bodied carbonation level. I think this one may suffer somewhat in my ratings due to all to amazing west coast IPA's I had on my trip, but I'm trying to judge it fairly.

kwjd, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Jemonster
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold color with a white head. I have never seen an IPA this light, so this is new to me.

S: Roasted coffee and hops is what I pick up. Mostly just hops. Warm and fragrant scent.

T: The alcohol is noticeable in this one. There is the taste of buttered toast and heavy roasted hops. There is the bitterness all the way through, but it doesn't sit too long on the palate.

M: Really nice. Slight tingle from the carbonation. Round, full mouthfeel.

D: I went for another after my first, but for some reason, this beer is very filling to me. It was difficult to finish two after a medium sized meal. It doesn't wear out the tastebuds, but it's flavorful and nice to drink.

Jemonster, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear pale yellow golden with thin white head and sticky lacing.

smells are mild sweet malts, grains, some earthy hops.

taste is hops first earty and bold, malts, and some bread.

Lite body with mild carbonation, decent hop bite and dry finish, some alcohol warmth.

Good Hop forward brew, nice and earthy with decent malt and yeast backbone. Nothing sweet in the flavors. Bigger hops that your normal ipa.

fourplayed, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of foles
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very impressive underated IPA in San Francisco. I had this back in July 10, and enjoyed very sip. Classic hoppy west coast IPA with great branding to boot. Classic piney citrisy flavour - more of a flavoursome IPA than a bitter one, the way I like it. Nice rich malt balance as well.

foles, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jj311
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard drinking glass.

Appearance: A clear yellow with Golden hues, and a nice foamy head with thick, sticky lacing. Medium to high carbonation.

Smell: A flowery citric hop aroma with piney overtones.

Taste: Allot like it smells. Very citric and flowery, with a good bitter alcohol bite, and a lingering warm finish. A sweet malt with some minor grainy hints in there that are soon overpowered by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, and creamy mouthfeel, with a slight citrus tingle.

Drinkability: Although Pale Ales are not my favorite style of beer, I found this one to be exceptionally drinkable. I look forward to getting more of this soon, as an occasional alternative to what I normally drink.

jj311, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this for pretty cheap during a beer run. I have a regular stable of stellar IPAs, and you know what they say: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.. Pretty much sums up my experience with this beer.

Clear, yellow with a white foamy head. Only redeeming factor of the appearance was decent lacing throughout the session.

Upon opening the bomber, massive hop aroma. Centennial all the way. Someone trying to copy Stone here? 2nd half of the bottle smells musky, with hops trying to break through.

Where is the taste? I mean OK, there are some hops. But calling this an IPA is like calling Britney Spears an opera singer. And this is a "est coast" IPA to boot! Very subdued, and is my palate by no means thrashed. I've been drinking Winter ales for the past couple weeks! Tastes like a bad Stone IPA. And I don't care for Stone IPA to begin with. Did I just get a bad bottle?

On with the review.. mediumy mouthfeel? I hate this category.

I won't be purchasing an other bomber of this. And I'm not looking forward to finishing this one. Whoever said this beer is the little brother to Racer 5 has no damn clue what they are talking about. Racer 5 is in a whole different league than this beer. I buy that stuff by the case. This is the retarded bastard step-brother of Racer 5. NOT indicative of a west coast IPA, and barely indicative of an IPA at all.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A worthy beer. Of course you probably can't find it easily outside of the Bay Area, but lots of bars stock it and it beats the hell out of the usual Bud fare.

Got a pitcher, fired it into a nonic, and found a nice, amber brew with fat bubbles and a lingering, lacy head that was a very pleasant surprise. Often I find the beer I get on draft is headless (maybe soap residue on glasses?), but this one had great retention.

Good bitter hops but the nose doesn't exactly entice you in. In fact I was quite surprised by the flavor which is by far better than the aroma. Classic west coast hopping of this beer, but not a huge bitterness or complexity. If I had to compare it to something else, it's like the little brother of Racer 5 from Bear Republic. Well balanced.

Medium body, never becomes overwhelming, leading to good drinkability. The ABV% is a little tall to pound back too many pints of this one, but it goes down pretty easy.

Chizoad, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of IllNate
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear yellow with gold hue. Nice 2 fingers of white heat.

S - Floral, pine and citrus hops.

T - Big bold bitterness, bitting at first. Lots of pine, bit of citrus. A few more sips and I'm now able to taste the malt flavors. Mostly a crisp bready note.

M - Full bodied IPA. Bitterness is very pronounced at first, can feel it in the back of the jaw.

D - Good drinkability.

IllNate, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of jfdean
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big Daddy IPA, Speakeasy Ales, and one warm summer night.

The bottle appears with a unique and colorful label marked with the pair of shady eyes denoting it as a Speakeasy brew. The beer pours a crystal clear golden with a generous head that leaves ample lacing you readily empty the glass.

The aroma is a preview of the citrus hops present in the beer along with a hint of pine. Upon drinking the beer you will receive a smooth, clean mouthful of hops. The beer has a surprisingly thick mouth feel and strongly focuses on hops alone. The malts and bitterness is there, but carefully balancing each other out. This beer is about the hops; and on a warm summer night it hits the spot!

jfdean, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Official Sam Adams Glass

A - A crystal clear golden/yellow color with very high carbonation. It produced a dense and fluffy white head with outstanding retention, and it even made a little volcano in the middle of my glass! It left splotches here & there on my glass with a very nice ring that held atop my beer throughout consumption.

S - Floral, pine, sap, hop resins, very dry. Orange Peel with a bit of grapefruit underneath the floral and dry bouquet. Soft toast and crackery malts in there as well, and it definitely is more pronounced when warmed.

T - Wow some really nice cracker, biscuit and toasty malts are noticeable right upfront! Floral, dry, pine like hop flavors immediately follow, along with a bit of alcohol presence. It finishes with crackery/biscuit malts and a dry lingering bitterness that's not to strong for an IPA. Not sweet at all.

M - Lite in body with just a bit of a soft feel and lite-moderately crisp.

D - I loved this IPA's cracker/biscuit malts in the flavor, a very nice touch to an IPA. Although it's got a relatively thin body I couldn't reach for more than a couple pints of it, maybe just me. Very very good I'd definitely buy this one again, highly recommended to IPA fans. Cheers!

PintOHops, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: Sam Adams Signature Glass

a: Awesome pillow-like head, about 3-fingers. Very clear, light golden color. Lots of bubbles coming up to the surface. Sticky, soap-like lacing.

s: Pine and grapefruit rind aroma, slightly musky and earthy. A little bit of pineapple and the faintest bit of toasted malt. Simple and straight forward aroma.

t: Light toasted malt, a little bready up front. Mid pallete comes the hops, citrus, floral, slightly musky. Finishes with papaya, fresh dough and citrus rind.

m: Body is on the thinner side, pretty carbonated as well.

d: An alright IPA. It's clean and straight forward. Nothing to write home about though.

JosiahS, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another IPA...and a west coast one at that. Refreshing? Sure. Clean? More than most. Balanced? Of course not.

This pours a bright straw color with globs of almost cake-like head. Thin rings of lace follow. Nose is all hop resin, primarily big citrus notes. No malt character in the nose to speak of.

Flavors here are big bright citrus notes with a huge kick-you-in-the-nuts bite. Obviously no balance or malt backbone to speak of here: pretty one-note for the most part, but what you'd expect for style. Finishes surprisingly dry, which is a nice feature to an IPA with such a huge hop presence. Unfortunately, the feel is a bit too thin for my liking.

Makes for an easy-drinker on a warm summer day. While not a whole lot going on here, this is a pretty tasty straight-forward drinker.

WOTO97, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of seand
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy light amber, with a fair amount of bubbly white head. Quite a bit retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Nice earthy floral smell, somewhat subtle but complex.

T: Somewhat sweet, with a full grain flavor that's pretty good, but not outstanding. Hops on the finish are present but probably low by west coast IPA standards.

M: Medium body, medium prickly carbonation, dry finish.

D: Drinks reasonably well, but I don't know that I'd want to stick to this one all night.

seand, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Love me some hand pumped IPA. Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange with a nice big fluffy white head.

Smell: Grassy piny notes that are mixed with orange and lemon zest, fairly light overall.

Taste: I get the lemon and orange right away, as it warms the beer opens up a bit and I can find some earthy undertones and a very light pale malt finish. No bitterness or bite to be found.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light and almost buttery soft on the palate.

Drinkability: Definitely a mid range IPA. There are no noticeable faults or problems and it drinks pretty easy, however if you're looking for a hop bomb or an enamel scraper than look elsewhere as you'll be pretty upset. This beer holds up better in the heat of summer than many others out there as it's not so hit you over the head hoppy. Overall good, not mind blowingly great though.

BigIrishman, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed by Wiseman Justin on Monday July 19, 2010. Stopped at Loris Diner in San Francisco due to the "Beer Zone" advertisement we saw from outside. This beer was selected randomly from the huge list with no input by myself from some non-drinker sibling associates of Wisewoman Natalia. Paired with a Chocolate Milkshake.

Appearance: Very clear; dark yellow. Head is retained barely. Lacing is hanging around for a bit which is bumping up the score.

Smell: Hopes (Check), Pine (Check). Fresh Rain... it's weak on the nose.

Taste: Very hoppy which scores points. The aftertaste reminds me of green olives. I like the way this taste. Especially with chocolate milkshake. Makes it taste like a Stout IPA.

Mouthfeel: Needs to be Chewyer and thicker. Almost Pilsner like in mouthfeel. It could be better with less carbonation.

Drinkability: High; if I didn't have Union Jack around I'd be more than Happy to down several of these. This is a good IPA.

Pairing Score: A- Milkshake + IPA = Stout. It's amazingly pair able.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 22, 2010
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.