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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 32
Gots: 85 | 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 Offa
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful IPA, balanced for the style, with a lot of flavour.

Gold, it has a medium, off-white head steadily srhinking to permanent thin, wispy top and ring, and leaving some decent lace.

The aroma is light, sweetly malty and fruity with citrus (grapefruit clearly noticeable but not overpowering and blended with lemon and orange), honey, some bread.

The taste is nice, creamy, yet with a crisp, clean finish. It has full, malty sweetness just dominated by light bitterness, nice balance, a rich, full body, yet very zesty and crisp. It has malty grain, fruity, citrus (again, grapefrui just dominant but with lemon and orange), herb, spice.

Offa, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to ThreeWiseMen for providing this in a trade.

Thick big bubbled off white head. Translucent honey gold color. No visible carbonation. Some big splotches of lacing.

Fruity & pine aroma. A little sweeter than I had expected.

Real Nice flavor. Some bread like tones, Pine flavor. Some residual sweetness. Pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrus notes, but I get more of Pine. Not nearly as bold as Green Flash, Blind Pig or some of the other BIG west coast IPa's..

Nice crisp and somewhat smooth IPA. Very drinkable.

Reagan1984, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of ironlung
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal-clear extra light orange bordering on yellow. Standard 2-finger head. Great retension. Nice lace.

S: Lemon/pine citrus. Biscut malt.

T: Great hop profile. Tastes like lemon zest mixed with some pine needles. I love it. A shining example of a west coast IPA.

M: Crisp. Palate clensing. Perfect IPA for a spicy meal or even a hearty salad.

D: High. Nice to have this on deck in the bay area all the time.

ironlung, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of troutmask96
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent session IPA here, but I'm disappointed at $10.99 a sixer. Just not the full-bodied west coast IPA experience I was expecting. The hop wallop is definitely here, but the malt really thins out, leading to a curious imbalance. I'll finish my sixer and move on...

troutmask96, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow color with a cloudy translucency. Small 1 finger foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma w/ a hint of sweetness in the nose.

T: Smooth hoppy citrus flavor. Nice hop taste without to much bite and a slight sweet vanilla taste in the finish.

M: Thin to medium body beer with nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable beer, good summer beer.

I really like this brew. First had it at the Craft Beer Fest in Boston back in June. Great smooth IPA that I will definitely go back to again and again.

Crazy4LegMoose, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear 16oz pint glass.

The on-tap version of this IPA is very similar to the bottle version with amber-gold color, piney slightly tropical fruity aroma and highly bitter but one-dimensional flavor. The exceptions that make the on-tap version a little less desirable are that the aroma and bitterness are tempered by the as-usual too cold serving temperature. The mouthfeel is too thin and is the main drawback of this beer.

It went well with my 1/2 pound turkey burger with onion rings, but it is nothing to get too excited about. It would probably go with spicy wings or Asian food pretty well, too.

argock, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy organish yellow...a little white head...with light lacing

S - Great smell...floral hops...maybe some citrus notes

T - Hops throughout the mouth...pine and floral hops...very well balanced

M - Very light with good carbonation

D - One of my favorite IPA's...I was very happy with this...and I look forward to trying the Double Daddy IPA

thain709, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear light amber color. Nice tall white head that leaves moderate lacing.

S - Piney, citrus and floral hops with just a bit of malt sweetness.

T - Very nice. Mostly hops of the earthy variety as well as some citrus notes and just enough malt to keep this brew from falling apart. Crisp finish.

M - Thin but still pleasing.

D - It is so thin and satisfying that I find it a fast drinker. This is a great session brew that I will come back to this football season.

bifrostguard, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chose a solo 12 oz. as part of a mixed six pack option from my beer market. First beer from Speakeasy.

Pours hazy/cloudy with nice white foam, looks very nice. Smell is intense with citrus/grapefruit aroma.

Aroma is deceiving as hop bitterness is not as present - assume emphasis is on dry hopping. Malt is a little too thin as well.

This would have rated better with me in my earlier IPA days. There are too many full flavor IPAs out there where this one comes up short.

However, I can imagine many beer drinkers prefer their IPAs this way and I tried to reflect this in my rating.

BelgianAleSlut, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of beerguy02169
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I found this beer in the spring and have been hooked since its got an awesome hop flavor with a nice crisp finish. One of the best I.P.A.s I have had as far as flavor and drinkability. A six pack is dangerously easy to put away. If you are an ipa fan you will love this beer.

beerguy02169, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of boralyl
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves loads of lacing and has a great retention. The beer itself is a hazy, golden, orange.

S - Definitely smells like a west coast IPA. Lots of citrusy and flowery hops on the nose.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp.

T - Begins with some bready malts. The hops then kick in pretty hard with citrusy hops first followed by the flowery hops leaving a pretty bitter aftertaste. There's a small amount of piny hops sprinkled throughout the end, but the citrus and flowery hops take the show.

A pretty decent IPA. Being west coast style it's a bit hoppier and more bitter than you average IPA, but it goes down well.

boralyl, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy, rustic gold with light amber highlights with a frothy white head with moderate staying power.

S: a big, dry floral hopping with grapefruit and a dry malty sweetness.

T: pine/grapefruit with a big floral hopping providing a nice bitterness in the beginning that was balanced by the malt sweetness in the finish. There were light grassy hints as well detected.

M: lively from the strong, vibrant carbonation with a prickly citrus bite that was sharp and pronounced. The texture was a tad rough around the edges while the flavor fades much quicker then one would like.

D: Ok drinkability, a sharp, bitter ipa that drank big and dry.

beerthulhu, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. pours a beautifully rich light marigold color with a light haze. A thin but dense creamy yellow head capped the beer nicely and left some thin lacing behind.

s. Rich citrus hops blend with candied malts creating a powerful west-coast aroma. Floral undertones come through along with more caramel, figs and candy as the ale warms up a bit.

t. Hops! Citrus hops hit first and then are quickly followed by sweet, almost candy-like malts with honey, maple and figs. There's very minimal piney bitterness, with the citrus hops providing most of the tart bitterness. Very nice indeed. Compared to other west-coast IPAs, this one has more honey and tangerine notes, with nice floral notes, and lacking much of the pine and juniper. A solid winner in my book.

m. nice mouthfeel, a little high on the carbonation, but not overwhelming. Crisp and light, especially given the malty sweetness that accompanies it. Light-medium body fits the flavor profile nicely.

d. Very drinkable. The sweetness and candied malt makes this one definitely worth trying. It's a solid west-coast IPA with the citrus hops and subtle floral notes, but it's got some interesting characteristics that make it a pleasure to drink, and drink more I could, very easily.

djeucalyptus, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of mjryan
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a dense two finger head. Great retention with decent lace. Aroma is of citrus hops, slight pine and a little yeasty bread in the back ground. Flavour hits you with citrus hops first then slides into a slight honey like sweet malt character which is erased by the firm, but not overpowering hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a great smooth mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and highly recommended!

mjryan, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear amber color with a big chewy white head and an intense lace. The aroma is a piney blend of potatoe chips and chocolate malt, pretty nice. The flavor is almost smokey malt with a citrus bitterness and an odd soapy sort of quality which isn't too apetizing. It has a midland feel, decent, but the taste is hard to embrace. The maltiness saves it but I'm not too high on this fairly drinkable ipa.

Durge, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of ABHatter
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive Pour into 16oz. tumbler reveals a semi cloudy pale orange color with virtually no head whatsoever. Lacing is minimal.

S- Smell is of a typical west coast IPA, Pungent Hops, Orange peels with a tad of honey. The malt is almost non existent on the nose at first but somehow shows it face towards the end of the pint. Call me crazy but I'm picking up a mild buttery popcorn smell.

T- Taste is quite good. Good citrus fruit entry, which then gives way to a honey like sweetness then a nice hoppy bitterness to finish it off. Grapefruit like tartness all around make this a very enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel is also quite good due to the decent balance of this beer. Medium to light carbonation really seems to help the mouthfeel on this one.

Drinkiability is pretty good overall. I could have as many as 3 consecutively.

Overall this is a solid West Coast IPA. Good balance of citrus fruits & hoppiness. Although I would prefer to drink Stone IPA or Ballast Point over this, I did find it to be a pretty enjoyable IPA and certainly worth a try. Most definitly a nice fix for the hophead.

ABHatter, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured my first ever Big Daddy IPA from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: The beer was a hazy golden orange. It had a white head and left only little lacing.

Smell: It's an IPA so it's not to difficult to guess what it's going to smell of. HOPS! Also some citrus aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy and smooth.

A great example of IPA's and easy to drink.

BierFan, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured is a yellowish gold color. There was a very short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass. There is a scent of both malts and hops. The taste begins with an abundance of hops bitterness, that fades in to a sweeter taste. There is a balance of malt that even out the beer. The one downfall is a bit of a bitter aftertaste to it... however, it's not too overpowering and another sip of beer rectifies that.
Overall, this is a decent beer.

Jayli, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opened 12 Ounce bottle, poured into Nonic tumbler.

Nice low head leaving lace on glass. brew is coppered color with light haze.

Smell is slightly herbaceous grassyness. Taste is hoppy with nice light bitter finish. Faint yet present notes of citrus follow. Nice feel in mouth, bubbles are just right. Clean yet long finish.

mattster, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a fluffy think white 2 finger head.

Smells of citrus & grassy hops, bready malt aroma.

Sweet up front with a balanced bitterness, peppery finish. Not overwhelmingly hoppy.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth.

Very sessionable IPA. Hop heads may be dissapointed.

Would gladly have again. Won't seek it out either.

bbothen, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of abfraser
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, pale orange/yellow, with a finger's worth of head. Good lacing.

S: Malt, not much hops given is IPA status

T: Good balance between malt and hops; not overwhelming with the hops as some IPAs get these days (or maybe I've been drinking too many of the later these days)

M: Smooth, average carbonation, tannic hop aftertaste

D: Sessionable. Refreshing at 6.5% abv.

A good IPA for those that aren't hop-heads wanting 20lbs of hops in each beer. Very drinkable, good balance, overall quality brew.

abfraser, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- pours an aromatic hoppy golden orange color. Very hazy and somewhat creamy appearance. A nice one and half finger head leaves a tasty lacing on my glass.

S- hops, hops and more hops. Grapefruit and a hint of what smells like sour grapes.

T- bitter and sour grapefruit hoppiness. Just a tad too acrid for me.

M- dry and moist. feels like eating the actual hop. Sour is left behind in the aftertaste.

D- The austere taste is just too much to be able to put down too many of these (for me anyways) A decent beer but i could only do one or two. IPA fans would like this a lil bit more than me.

Dodo2step, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not in the habit of double dipping by reviewing a beer in both the bottle and on draft, but this beer is so different between the two that I am forced to review it twice. In the bottle, I rated it as a solid B, but on draft, this beer is simply a home run.

Pours amber with little head, but nice carbonation. The aroma is a strong slap of citrus hops. The flavor is an explosion of orange, bitter like rind, with mounds of floral, delicious hops. This is an amazingly refreshing, delicious beer, exactly what a West Coast style IPA should be.

Seanibus, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce bottle bought in MA - Pours a clear yellow/orange with a 1/4 incn fairly white head, Smells of spicy floral hops. First sip is tasty and smooth with the hops diminating the malts . Very balanced IPA and a great example of the style.

ATLbeerDog, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gave this a shot today, after passing it by for many a month.

Pours a light golden amber. Frothy two inch head. Smells fainly of pine and grapefruit. Not a very strong aroma.

Taste is a bit too acrid for my taste, with none of the tropical kick/juicy grapefruit I crave. There is a nice, bracing pine hop tinge to it. Kind of watery.

Basically, a decent IPA, but there are (literally) a dozen better options sitting right next to it.

Overlord, Aug 05, 2008
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.