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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 35
Gots: 138 | 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 CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Jemonster
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of fourplayed
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of foles
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of jj311
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Chizoad
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of IllNate
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of jfdean
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of PintOHops
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Photo of JosiahS
3.46/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of WOTO97
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear orange-yellow with 2 inches of fluffy white foam that left plenty of sticky lacing

S - mild floral hop aroma with some lemon citrus

T - bitter citrus and piney hops leading to malty caramel notes

M/D - good carbonation and mouthfeel with a nice bitterness to it. I'd definitely have this one again.

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

Served from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head pint glass.

A- Roasted yellow in color, 1 1/2 fingers of foam with pour. Lacing. I think it is a sign of quality any time a beer keeps lacing throughout its enjoyment.

S- Earthy, pine, grapefruit, hops, floral.

T- Spicy, crisp, clean, the alcohol is masked well. This would hold up very well with any wild game dish.

M- Rich, I really like the finish with this beer. It is strong, but does not offend the taste buds.

D- This is a fantastic surprise. I really am impressed with this beer. Top notch.

Photo of albertjr21
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A crisp, clear, and pale yellow gold color with a quickly disintegrating head that leaves a good lacing throughout.

S: Light peach, sweet nectar aroma.

M/T: A great complex distribution on the tongue between sweet, spicy, and dry. An earthy bitter hop aftertaste.

D: This paired well with a slice of fresh baked country bread. A robust brew that seems dangerously smooth...

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste profile is perfectly balanced, in hoppy, slightly sweet, slightly grapefruity, yummy american IPA kinda way -- but it's lacking just a little ... oomph, boldness, sharpness. If there were a little more bitterness or sourness or something to give it an edge, it would be perfect, but as it is, while it's an enjoyable and drinkable IPA, there's a constant sense that it's missing something.

Oh well. It's still really good...

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.

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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