1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Not Rated.
Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,070 Ratings

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Big Daddy IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,070 | Reviews: 449 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of breyton490
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in a 12 oz bottle. No expiration date. I am on the east coast so the beer is probably atleast a few months old.

A - Light amber in color, my guess is around 10 SRM. Slight haze, though you can easily see thru the glass. Some sediment from what looks like bottle conditioning. Nice 1" head from pour that lasted a few minutes.

S - Nice big hop aroma. Dank smell, my guess is from Columbus dry hopping. Very similar to Alesmith IPA aroma, but hardly as strong and pungent as Alesmith.

T - Nice bitterness up front and thru swallow. Good hop taste. I'd say medium mouth feel and carbonation. More malty than a Russian river IPA. Can definitely taste the maltiness from the Munich malt.

D - I'd say its a nice beer, but if I had the choice of a Stone IPA or DFH 60, I pass on a second bottle of this one.

breyton490, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single from Total Wine, Chantilly, VA. Enjoyed w/some Indian food.

A - Nice, deep golden color with a great head and thick lacing.

S - Hops, pine resin, grapefruit, malt and alcohol.

T - Very vibrant hops out front and a touch astringent. Toasted malt, more hops, leather.

M - Superb carbonation supports a creamy ale.

D - A touc bitter for me but overall a very nice ale that I would drink/purchase again. Good for year 'round imbibing.

pinotboy007, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a neutral copper with a significant chill haze. Nice chaulky white (small) head with great lace.

Very nice fresh smelling hop in the nose. Some grapefruit and pine. Low malt.

Classic IPA (American style) flavors. Not overpowering in the hop, so there is excellent balance. Potent hop bite in the swallow that lasts for 30 seconds in the aftertaste. (See above for the hop flavors). The body is spot on, while the carbonation may be on the high side.

This is a beautifully crafted beer--easy to drink and balanced.

smcolw, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of johannasclimacus
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the presentation from Speakeasy. It's a cool looking throwback and I feel like I should be playing a shady game of poker in a poorly lit backroom or something while I drink this.

I found this to be a pretty balanced IPA. The hops are not overwhelming, and to me taste almost a little muted. The caramel and grapefruit is noticable in the smell, and the aftertaste is a slightly bitter, nutty taste that leaves me curious to continue sipping.

Overall, a pleasant experience. This is a very drinkable IPA that I could and will return to a few times in a row.

johannasclimacus, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - A clear amber brew with a large frothy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thick band of lacing around the rim. High carbonation bubbles furiously.

S - Grapefruit pith, juicy pine, moss, white pepper and a light caramel underneath. A great nose on this IPA.

T - A fresh grapefruit flesh in the foretaste with a touch of malt. These round off to a nice white pepper and a pithy, mossy bitter finish. Pleasant.

M - Thin, a little harsh, pretty refreshing though.

D - Tastes a lot like my latest home brew - which is a good thing. I might have this again, although, I would probably repeat the recipe if I grew really attached to this.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a golden, translucent yellow with above average carbonation. A tight white head subsided and left a good amount of sticky lacing. Looks good, just too light for an IPA.

Candied grapefruit and sweet malts. Light and sweet.

Hmmm, where are the hops? Sweet malts dominate here. A faint citrus hop taste hangs around in the background.

Light bodied, fresh and crisp.

Surprisingly, this IPA is 6.5%. It is light, crisp, fresh and easy to put down. However, I am not a huge fan of the flavor profile, so I dropped this rating a bit.

ColForbinBC, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light, pale copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Candyish caramel and biscuity malts set against fruity notes of sweet, juicy nectarines and grapefruits.

Taste: Pale malts with a light toastiness and caramel sweetness. Pinch of fresh spices. Citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Small taste of grapefruit on the lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing more than a fairly easy to drink, standard American IPA. And there's nothing at all wrong with that.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent, golden orange with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild head and collar. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel covered biscuits with pine and citrus juice.
Taste mirrors the aromas as the caramel, malt, and cream notes mix with citrus and biscuits.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, mildly bitter with extreme balance and chewiness that keeps me coming back for more. A mild nuttiness is found in the finish that makes the beer even more enjoyable. Slightly one dimensional but a decent IPA for beginners.

weeare138, May 31, 2008
Photo of RixBeer
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yellow gold color. Thin head fades fast. Decent sticking and lacing.

Citrus and caramel with a decent hop nose.

Sweet caramel and a smooth hop flavor. Nice hop bite in the finish.

Good mouthfeel for this light body but the hops balance the feel.

Very very drinkable. A Pretty decent IPA.

RixBeer, May 25, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from t0rin0 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a burst of pale hops bitterness, then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a hearty malt character that provides some balance and substance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's decent beer, but there are several other IPA's that I would choose above this beer.

TheManiacalOne, May 17, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack of 12 ounce bottles purchased from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in April 2008; price not recorded.

Pours a pale golden (much lighter than expected) with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is of sweet citrusy fruit and that's about it- quite enjoyable, but not terribly complex.

Flavor continues on the mandarin orange route, but with a more pink grapefruit end. Very little in terms of hop oils, and a moderate malt backbone helps it out.

A decent enough example of west coast IPA, tasty, but not anything that rises above the very crowded field.

Dukeofearl, May 16, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold color with a decent white puffy head. Very attractive lacing as the head slowly feel to a thick coating. Nose is predominately grassy hops with a slight sweet malt background. Taste follows through on the smell with the hops in the foreground and the malt giving a nice balance. A really good IPA and I love it on tap. Hopped very well and well made, well balanced. A good IPA but drinkability is GREAT!

barleywinefiend, May 09, 2008
Photo of lvbs
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As usual, the hop-heads liked this IPA a lot more than the hop-haters (who largely gave it ones), but even the IPA fans were a little unimpressed with this beer's bitterness. As one female taster put it, "I prefer IPAs to grab me by the balls I don't have." The "sweet smell" gives way too easily, and it "loses its flavor towards the end."

lvbs, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy honey color with an off white two finger head that slowly settles to a thick frothy cap. Solid lacing along the glass.

Sweet and citrusy hops in the aroma on top of a biscuity malt backbone.

The hops are sharp and slightly spicy, although not too extreme. The malts are sweet and bready and set up a good base. The feel is somewhat thick, medium bodied, with a healthy amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering citrusy hops.

Another good IPA here, very west coast. It's pretty drinkable, although the %ABV is a little too high for sessioning. Recommended.

BeerSox, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Hornet2003
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased @ Steamworks West Van. liquor store, April 12/08

Appearance: Pale yellow, nice lingering head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Extreme hops. God I love West Coast American IPA's. You can smell a good malty graininess coming through too.

Taste: Grassy a bit. Very bitter and with a good solid malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation for an IPA. Not too much as to cause the burps, and not too flat either.

Drinkability: Pretty high ABV(6.5%) makes it a little limited but based on taste alone, I could drink this all night. I enjoy being coherent the morning after though, so 3 is my absolute limit.

Overall: Good stuff. More malty than most West Coast IPA'a I've tasted and a pleasure to drink. I'd buy again. Apparently, Speakeasy has problems distributing to Canada, however, so its not going to be here for long.

Hornet2003, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Gold color with a modest white head that leaves some intermittent lacing. Pungent leafy hops in the aroma, mostly pine with some citrus. Not much malt backing it up. Oddly enough, there isn't all that much hoppiness in the flavor. There's bitterness but no taste to the hops. Just tastes like bitter pale malt. Carbonation is pretty appropriate, finish is semi-dry.

illidurit, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

A thanks goes out to Hopheed the bottle! My entire review got deleted when I tried to save it so here's the condensed version. Pours a hazy golden with a white head that quickly falls to a skimming. Leaves a spot or two of patch here and there on its way down.

Pale cake like maltiness is covered by a strong presence of honey. Candied orange and lemon rind hoppiness makes for a sweet smelling IPA.

Flavor is right in line with the aroma except it just seems to be too faint. Cake like maltiness lays the foundation for honey and candied citrus. Not bad just a little faint for my liking.

Too much carbonation makes for a fizzy mouthfeel which doesn't compliment the flavors much. Moves things far too fast. Finishes slightly dry.

I could put away a few of these in a social situation where analyzing just doesn't work but sitting here at home one is enough for me.

This is a decent IPA but there's so many better examples I don't think I'll be drinking this one again.

joe1510, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A downright decent IPA. Good west coast syle flavor, quite a treat.

Pours a golden yellow, maybe even a greenish tint to it.

Aroma is not anything special here. Basic hoppy florals, but it's pretty weak at fridge temperature. Once it has warmed up though, theres an appriciable hop aroma.

Smooth and medium body. Hop bitterness sinks in only at the finish, and a good resin/oil coating of it acorss the mouth. The alcohol is really hidden in this one, not the slightest phenol twang. Drinkable like iced tea, but not aqueous. There's a lot of flavor in there and I have to resisit drinking it fast.

SurlyDuff, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Jettanbass9
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this was a really awesome IPA. I cant really say that without being able to back it up so heres why.... (on tap at McMenimins(sp?)) in mt. airy/chestnut hill.

A - Your average IPA i suppose, nothing really stood out, light medium crystal malt and a frothy head a top.

S - Now heres the kicker on this beer. This was the first time i ever had this happen to me. The server put one down about a half foot in front of me and one in front of my friend. As he set them down I got a hop kick to the face. without ever picking up the beer. really awesome on the aroma end.

T - excellent balance between hop and malt charecter. Citrusy hop flavor dominates and bitterness was a dead medium.

M - Again, your typical IPA... nothing different.

D - The medium bitterness and excellent balance of flavor really pushed this beer up to a 4 in the drinkability dept. I could see getting a few more of these, very good brew.

Jettanbass9, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er at Wild Oats...

This IPA pours a cloudy golden base with a medium white head, nice 1/4" head retention, and clusters of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy and lemony with no scent of alcohol.

The taste is a clean IPA with a hop aftertaste that gives me pleasant floral hops and a touch of 'skunk' like its a bit older, a little sweet all the way through but nothing spectacular for an IPA. Moderate carbonation and a retaining head fair well for this beer in the mouth and at 6.5% abv is a solid choice for a session beer; however two or three may be the maximum.

Final Thought: A solid choice for an IPA in consummate but the price of this is clearly too much for what you get; stick with a good local/regional brew for your IPA needs. Try their Red Ale, it's much better than this one.

mobyfann, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was thrilled when I saw this single bottle when I was at the Biggs up in Mason Ohio. The Double daddy was one of my favorite big IPA's, so to finally get a hold of the regular IPA, I was thrilled to get this one. Purchased a single bottle in a mixed six pack and had stored it away until now. Decided to crack it open tonight as I was in the mood for a good IPA. Served right out of the fridge, this twelve ounce bottle was poured into an Otter Creek pint glass and allowed to warm just a touch before indulging in it.

A - Poured into the glass quite vigorously trying to produce as much of a head as I could. This led to a very nice three finger high head of white foam that hung around for a good few minutes before finally settling down to a thing pillow of white which lasted till the end of the session. Very nice side glass presentation, left copious amounts of lace up and down the sides of the glass throughout the session. Crystal clear amber color was presented right in front of me. A very big bright amber color, and clear as a bell letting the nice chains of carbonation ripple up to the surface in chains of bubbles.

S - The aroma was not as heavy as I would have hoped it would be. To be honest a touch light overall with the aroma. Light floral citrus hops dominating everything here, in fact really not much else coming though at all. Hints of orange and pineapple could be picked up here with ease, with lots of sugar mingling in as well, sweetening it up and showing the malty side that was laying underneath. As it warmed, some light pine like notes arrived, as well as some earthy tones to show the way through.

T - The flavor came though a little light for an IPA for me at least. I mean it was good don't get me wrong, I just think there was that certain x factor that was missing from it that would make it outstanding. It was almost like the flavor was too light and that was a bit of a turn off. There was some very nice floral citrus right up front which welcomed you and brought you on board for the rest of it, this faded quickly and was replaced by a solid back of light earthy grains and a touch of fresh grass that had some light piney flavors inside of it that were starting to dry out the flavor right away. Nice crisp finish offering a really nice dry bittering feeling on it. The long flavors of citrus were around for a good while and were nicely sweetened up toward the end.

M - Came off as a very crisp, clean and very well carbonated light IPA. That was probably the real downfall of this one was how light it came off, never really having enough of a follow through to really let the flavors pop and explore and develop more. Excellent carbonation and never really felt too awfully thin and definitely not watered down on any way, just a little light is all.

D - This was easily session able for me, no issue with that what's so ever I could have had easily several of these with no issue what so ever. There was a very nice flavor and easy carbonation with a crisp clean feeling to wrap it all together, what more could you ask for in a nice light session able IPA.

Overall not bad, but seriously not the best that I had. I had really high hopes for this one, but it appeared that it was just not living up to what I had wanted In it. The flavors were good, it was just that everything was way too light. I would have liked to have seen a little more body in this one to make it a little more memorable but overall it was still a solid choice overall, though I do not think I would seek this one out again anytime soon.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty, piney, citric, hoppy aroma. Golden-orange with slight haze. Hoppy, piney, citric hop flavors up front. Noticable yeasty and toasted malt notes. Fruity, ctric notes fade into a nicely bitter finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Has a somewhat sticky, resiny "hop finish" and a pleasant, lingering bitterness. Nice IPA.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded ambe with a small white head. Nose is spicy, doughy, and chalky. Seems a bit out of whack. Extremely tangy citric edge. Really bites the stew out of the sides of my mouth. Lots of salt as well. Feel is decent, but doesn't help to redeem things here. This is just too unbalanced. Leans way too far to the side.

RblWthACoz, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Ti Couz in SF.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a nice white head. Tons of lacing on the glass as well.

S: A good wallop of hops, not as much as I'd like to see in a west coast IPA but still pretty potent.

T: I really enjoyed this one. I like my IPA's citrusy and this one did not disappoint. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. A clean and slightly bitter finish. Not a lot of balance but still very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, medium amount of carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this one. I was pleasantly surprised. I'd passed this one over a million times, but I'm glad I finally had the pleasure of trying it. I will surely be having more in the future.

willjschmidt, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome IPA. It has a rather weak orange color, but very good head and decent lacing. Great scent, a very floral and hoppy aroma. Great taste, a nice and smooth American-hopped beer with a fantastic after taste. Goes down great. Speakeasy is fast becomming a favorite of mine.

JamesS, Jan 20, 2008
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.