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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 35
Gots: 117 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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Photo of dwilson01
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass.
The look is golden with a bit of cloudiness, reminds me of a lighter colored clover honey. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the brew contribute to a thin head at all times which is initially about a finger, notable lacing.

Smell is mostly aromatic floral hops, super fresh it smells like I got it on tap. Slight bitterness as well, pine notes and some sweet caramel/honey too so I'm expecting a solid body on it.

The taste is full of flavor but the ones I detect are very smooth and mellow, it's not an "in your face" type of ipa. The bittering hops employed are notable and definitely impart their touch with some pine but that flavor is blended with fresh garden herbs of the green variety. In the end the carbonation lightens it with a hint of aromatic herbal spicing.

The mouthfeel was just a tad thin for my liking, that is seriously knitpicky as hell, it works well for this brew. The hops and malt balance well in the mouth.

Very drinkable, it's a spring ipa for sure I would love to find this beer on tap somewhere although I doubt that would happen except for at a bar in s.f. Freshness and floral aromatics are the winners in here, if you want a refreshing ipa thats not going to take your palate for a ride then this is the brew for you!

Photo of mikey711
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden hue, with some rising carbonation and a small head with ok retention and minimal lace

S: A mild floral hop note to start with a touch of lemon citrus. Also a heavy caramel presence can be sensed

T: It starts out with a bitter pine note and then a mild citrus note before transitioning to honey and caramel sweetness. Some breadiness and pretty straight forward as a balanced IPA

M: Somewhat light, but a decent amount of creaminess is present

D: Its a decent all around IPA, but nothing all that special

Photo of andyfrancis
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden, almost amber in color, with a beautiful white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Pleasant citrus aroma. Tastes pretty good...fairly balanced, maybe a tad bitter, nice clean finish. You can taste the alcohol a bit, but it's very drinkable for 6.5%. 22 oz of Big Daddy is great way to kick start or finish off your night.

Photo of kuchen75
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This San Francisco IPA showed up at my local Brooklyn bodega. Not a place with hundreds of beers. Crazy how distribution works.

A: Pours a not completely clear golden lemon. Looks a little like apple juice.

S: Pine dominates, but I also get powdered sugar (?)

T: Nice bitterness, but there's a touch too much alcohol/sweetness before the dry hopstick finish.

M: Fairly thick. Seems a bit much for a 6.5% IPA.

D: No problems drinking a few of these, but with so many other good IPAs out there, I'd move on to something else after trying one.

Photo of m1ked
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burlingame Hyatt layover courtesy of Delta. At the sports bar "Knuckles".

A- Pours a clear golden light yellow with plenty of streamers, thin pure white head.

S-Piney resiny hops, touch of light sweetness. Smells like a west coast IPA for sure.

T- I get the piney hops to start but not as much as I was expecting from the smell. There is some lemony notes in those hop flavors. I don't know if my palate is just wrecked after a weekend in SD, but all I get is hops.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation consistent throughout.

D- If you like hoppy IPA's then this would be a good grab. Nothing crazy here though.

Photo of fattire513
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time drinking this one and I'm pretty impressed with how this IPA isn't too overwhelming. I could definitely drink a couple of these in a night. The malt and hops pretty much equal each other out.

A: orange glow with very minimal head on the pour

S: A slight but of citrus, with a dash of hops

T: A slight cirus flavor, hops are apparent but not too strong

M: Not too bitter, stays on the palette for a good after taste

D: definitely a good choice for a rainy night doing some reading. Would definitely enjoy this on tap somewhere during a warm summer night.

Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bomber. Clear light golden in color with an inch or so of almost white foam. Good retention and some random lacing follow.

Nice citric hop aroma blends with a modest malt sweetness. Bit more earthy and even musty after some air. Not overly volatile on the nose however. Taste follows with a nice balance of orange citrus and a mild bitterness. A relatively light body firms up a bit after some air gathering a bit of a grainy texture, yet remains a bit thin. Finishes rather dry and with a quick flash of orange once again.

Good drinkability yet a bit subtle overall and with a carbonation that reduces a bit too quickly. Overall a decent IPA that doesn't overwhelm yet doesn't disappoint either.

Photo of mjl21
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a crystal clear glowing yellow-orange. It has a thin off white head that cover 80% of the glass and slowly recedes toward the edges of the glass. There are really no visible bubbles and it quickly looks flat. Leaves a tiny patch of lace.

S-It starts out with a nice fresh hoppy nose. There is lots of citrus and dank. For some reason it seems to fade somewhat from its strong start, but it still smells pretty good.

T-It starts with citrus and banana flavor. There is some noticeable breadiness in the middle. It is grainy in the back. It has a mellow level of bitterness. There is a nice touch of sweet malt that does not overpower the hops.

M-Medium bodied and it has a comfortable carbonation level.

D-Not sure if the recipe has been changed, but I remember this tasting better.

Not sure if this was an off batch or a new recipe, but this has lost some of its luster.

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

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into the big Judas Tulip 1.25.10.

Hard pour resulted in two finger rocky white head, pretty good lacing, medium dissipation. Big grapefruit presence in nose balanced by bready malts. Taste isn't as assertive as nose, grapefruits, apricots, sweetish malts, not big bitterness on back end. Mouthfeel is okay, but not prominent carbonation. Decent drinkablity. Not the most memorable of beers, kind of a let down after the PTE type nose. Worth a try, but won't be buying this again.

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

This is the second in a row Speakeasy beer that erupted when I popped the top, like I was just playing soccer with it.... It poured a hazy amber color. Head was a pretty good sized lumpy off-white.

Nose wasn't overly hoppy, it had just enough resiny flavor and citrus to convince me it might be an IPA. Caramel, malted milk balls, spices, and toast had much more authority than the hops.

The same can be said about the taste, however it wasn't bad. I think it would fit more into a pale ale, but so be it. Flavor was just as much sweet and toasty as it was hoppy. Malted milk balls, caramel made up a substantial malt bill. Hops were understated juicy citrus and some pine resin.

Body was medium and the feel was pretty smooth, without much fight from the carbonation. If your in search for a good and hearty IPA, this isn't it.

Photo of Chambic
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

01.14.10 at Wish in San Francisco

A: clear, golden, bright with fluffy head

S: like hops and citrus

T: extremely fresh, can easily tastes the grain, with an orange finish

M: nice carbonation, great for chugging

D: a great local beer to enjoy anytime

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into a standard pint glass at about 40 degrees.

The Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA pours a solid yellow in the glass with a creamy white froth, great retention, tiny bubbles, & good lacing. Pronounced hop aromas seep from the glass while it sits on the table....it's kind of nice when I can smell my beer from like 1.5 ft away! Scents of green hop flower (cascade?), orange, grapefruit, & slight pine are accompanied by carmel malts & cereal. In all honesty, I'd say that the nose is definitely above average, but not quite "good" in my opinion due to it's lack of hop & malt complexity. If it were part of the pale ale category...it'd be a different story. Flavors of citrus, grapefruit, pint, cereal are balanced & refreshing with a crisp bittereness. The key here is that everything is balanced, which really lets me enjoy this beer. Overall an above average beer that I really enjoyed. The beer is definitely sessionable & I recommend this beer if you're looking to try something new & money isn't a problem ($10 for a 6pk), but, unfortunately, I believe that there are just as good (if not better) 6pk IPAs that are cheaper, which would cause me not to recommend this beer to the average consumer.

Photo of ffejherb
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 1/11/10.

A - Poured a cloudy pale orange body with a solid finger's width of milky white froth on top that receded to a thin, creamy patch and a thick coat of lace.

S - Earthy and perfumy hops with burnt caramel malts and a sugary, syrupy sweetness.

T - Pretty malt-forward IPA with plenty of caramel and sugary sweetness up front, and some floral hop notes relegated to the background. A faint underlying citrus character is also apparent. Finishes with a faint hop bitterness paired with a grainy malt character and burnt sugary sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and subtle carbonation. Finishes quite sweet with a hint of bitterness on the palate.

D - Decent IPA in the grand scheme of things, but ultimately not too memorable. Big Daddy drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Photo of Amalak
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It's dull yellow brown with a good foamy head and lace. It's very pungent bitter scent with a vegetable hint.

Good blueberryish bitter taste. It has something of a celery aftertaste. Crisp and flavorful, excellent IPA.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Complex and delightful. Very caramelly with floral, maple syrup and potentially some butteryness in there. Hops are present but take a backseat to the malts.

Taste: Quite sweet with butter pecan, caramel and toffee defining the malts. Bitterness is slight for an IPA. Remarkably short finish that's quite sweet.

Notes: Tasted alongside the Green Flash West Coast IPA and the Indica IPA this was definitely my favorite of the 3. I think what I like about it is its complexity. Its not too intense, but the balance is spot on and there is a decent amount of interesting stuff going on in the beer.

Photo of blackc5
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle I received as a gift. This was a pretty mild IPA in my book, in all aspects. The color seemed a bit on the golden side, and the aromas were fairly mild. What was there was the expected scents of citrus and floral notes, with a bit ot bready malts.

Flavors matched this profile as well, no real changes from the aroma when you taste, other than the hops being a bit milded than they should be in comparison to the malts. I found it to be a decent, but fairly predictable IPA all around - by no means a great IPA.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Brass Rail.

Much lighter in color than expected, slipping into the light golden/yellow range. Smell of piney hops with a nice malt backbone. Taste is piney hops up front followed by a stong malt taste and finishing slightly bitter. Overall a good example of an American IPA. Not supper but solid.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Brass Rail.

A: The IPA is a pale golden color, translucent, with a half a finger of white head. As I made my way though the glass, the head laced nicely in strata.

S: The IPA has a decent hop aroma, citrusy and crisp, that is paired with plenty of pale biscuit malts.

T: Like the nose, the ale has a decent hop streak that is met with plenty of malts. Grapefruit and citrus are pleasantly bitter with a sweet tang while the malts are bready and light. While I say light, the flavors are rather strong, standing out against the hops, even overtaking them at times. Bitterness is the lasting flavor.

M: The IPA gets the job done, throwing equal amounts of hops and malts at you.

D: Okay. I did prefer it to the Bashah that followed it, if that means anything.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Whole Foods in Henderson, NV. This beer is a clear light orange color with a minimal off-white head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing under a top ring on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and hops. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with citrus and resiny hops flavors, plus a touch of malt in the background. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness left over. Above average overall.

Photo of mbudner
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden color, not very hazy. 2-finger head that looks quite frothy/creamy and stays nicely. When head recedes, it leaves a nice, full lacing.

S- From the head, I'm getting pretty typical west coast IPA-type aromas. Predominantly floral and piney notes. I smell a slight bready maltiness, which I anticipate to come through more with a taste of the brew.

T- The taste is a bit of a let down based on the smell. The hops aren't nearly as strong as aroma would have you believe and there is not much going on for the malt bill. It is a bit bready, but this leaves without lingering at all as well. All of the flavors are great and it is much more balances that I expected, but they all seem to be extremely muted leaving a very mild overall impression.

M- Solid mouthfeel, pretty much what I would expect from a beer of this manufacture. Good creaminess, but ample carbonation to make it appropriate for the style.

D- I could drink a lot of these, but I don't know how many I would want if other beers were around to sample. The bitterness/lingering nature of the hops is virtually nonexistent making it quite easy to drink, for better or worse

Photo of kshankar
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a white foamy head. Lacing is good, and the thick head stays with the beer most of the way down. It de-thickens as more is drunk up

Aroma is citrus, floral, hops. Not much malt backing that I can get..

Taste is similar. Citrus and floral with the hops, but the malt is lacking. I expect more of a malt backbone than this.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, somewhat crisp.

Drinkability..its not bad in this. Overall, its a drinkable IPA, but it isn't as good as others I've had. Malt backing is not as high, and the hop profile, while good, is a bit muted.

Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA but it doesn't stand out in the way that many west coast enthusiasts seem to think. I like this beer, it has very good hop flavor and aroma, good taste, mouthfeel and bitterness. Had this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Very good but not much better than the upper tier IPA's.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden color, clear, little bit of head, good lacing

Smell- light citrus, malt, hops

Taste- hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok, definitely not the best IPA I have had, worth a try though it is pretty good, its pretty average for an IPA

Photo of kpoole25
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to glass. Golden, clear yellow, foam had just a little orangey color. Nice juicy fruit smell, very inviting. Really liked the taste, good balance of sweetness and bitterness. I think some have felt this is too hoppy or bitter but I really didn't get that, I'd say the basic Stone IPA or Hop Stoopid goes further that direction. This was just a good all around, not too alcoholic IPA.

Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light amber with a large dense off-white head, and very good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, citrus, some caramel, a touch of malt, and hops.

taste is crisp, citrus, caramel, pine, hops, and malt in the back, ends nicely bitter.

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.