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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,044 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 28
Gots: 67 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange coloration with a small bit of froth on top. Retention was solid, however and there was some decent lacing. Lighter than the norm but not bad looking.

S - Citrus notes drowned out by a pine hop aroma, smells cold, if that even makes sense...

T - Sharp, addicting bitterness from the hops. Slight bit of malt backbone, but it is fairly unbalanced, not that I'm really complaining. I wanted a hop fix, and this certainly delivered.

M - Medium bodied and creamy, with a sharp, dry finish. Good carbonation and a slightly oily aftermath. Impressive.

D - I'd say the drinkability factor is pretty high, I could certainly burn through a few of these without getting bored. Nice solid example of an IPA. Recommended, but only to those not looking for a complex or balanced brew : )

12-20-2007 19:16:46 | More by PhageLab
Photo of pweis909


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

I guess that recently I’ve been having IPAs that have had a bit more amber in them, as this ½ pint was pale yellow with a clean, white head that left some laings. Lots of juicy hop aroma – good old American citrusy hops. Unlike most AIPAs, this ale featured a rather sweetish malt profile, and lacked the in-your-face bitterness that I expect out on the west coast. Not that I'm complaining, as I love a good malt and the hop flavor is great. This is a really drinkable beer, maybe a little more like an APA than an IPA --- I didn’t notice a strong alcohol profile -- but woow -- 6.5% according to BA!

12-18-2007 21:47:24 | More by pweis909
Photo of csmiley


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Light in color. Very light in color. Looks like it comes in on the "dark" side of a clear straw color. Got a little over an inch of head that stuck around for a little while, so retention was good. Lacing was also good.

S - There is a citrus hop aroma that presides over the other aromas. I think I detected a sweet smell of some kind but it was so far in the background that it became impossible to pinpoint.

T - Nice bitter flavor to balance the fruity hop taste. The malt profile shows itself more in this category. The balance of flavors is done well. The aftertaste holds a bitterness that really sticks around for a little while.

M - This beer has a medium body with good carbonation. It does finish pretty dry.

D - This is a good beer that I really enjoyed. Seems to be one of those sipping beers that just gets better as it warms.

12-05-2007 03:33:33 | More by csmiley
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

The Big Daddy IPA pours a light orangy straw color, with typical white lacing. The aroma is of citrus, which is expected with the style. As for the taste, slight grapefruit, but tastes like a typical american microbrewed IPA. Is it good? yes it is, but its nothing more than a session IPA.

10-28-2007 05:18:40 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of wheelinshirt


2.65/5  rDev -29%

I was a bit disappointed with this. I wasn't expecting a world class beer, but i was expecting some nice hope flavor and aroma. I didnt get it. Maybe i had an old bottle, couldn't tell though, as there was no discernable freshness date.

Clear golden color with bubbly carbonation, head receded fairly quickly leaving a ton of lace. Smell was pretty non existant, taste had bitterness from the hops and not much malt or hop flavor--very disappointing. Carbonation and body were good for the style, drinkability hampered mostly by the mostly bitter flavor profile and the fact that i wouldn't really be interested in another bottle.

10-10-2007 14:31:08 | More by wheelinshirt
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Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a dirty hazy yellow color ale with a large foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of medium citrus hops with some bitter notes is average for the style. Taste is also dominated by some weak note of citrus hops with a dry bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited malt presence and some good carbonation.

10-05-2007 12:53:59 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of bboven


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Honey-colored with thick lasting head and lots of lacing.

Very balanced aroma. Lots of hops and a malt smell that's there and distinguishable but not too strong.

Taste is pretty amazing. Seems like they used a lot of malt for the balance, but not any kind of dark malt, so it lets the hop flavor shine shine and there is definitely a great hop flavor.

Great carbonation, leaves a little bitterness at the back of your throat.

The next time I'm in California, I'll definitely drink the living hell out of this pale ale.

09-28-2007 00:56:31 | More by bboven
Photo of guinnessfan


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz. bottle compliments of akorsak

A: Golden amber, very slightly clouded with some assorted floaties. Small head, no retention, but with some lacing.

S: Very mild floral note. I think I picked up a small unusual sweetness, also.

T: Strong hop profile, as expected. Starts sweet, maybe malty, then ends bitter. Reminds me of Wmbg. Alewerks Drake Tail IPA, but more astringent. Less medicinal than Hopslam, though.

M: Smooth, yet very carbonated. Leaves a slick feeling. Aftertaste is pleasant, not too bitter.

D: Slightly too sweet, almost cloying. Other than that, an easy drinking IPA. They call it Imperial, but I call it above average.

09-13-2007 03:00:15 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of beals


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

A: 1/2" cream head, decent retention, poor lacing. Hue takes the "pale" of IPA to a new level... light, light orange.

S: Fruity, citrusy, putting the "C" hops to full use. Light malt, but the hops really dominate the aroma.

T: Hops, hops, and more hops. Fruity and round to start, then becomes grassy before the bitterness takes over. Finish is pretty smooth for an IPA.

M: Loads of carbonation causes this ale to have a sharp mouthfeel -- almost too sharp. On the bright side, the carbonation helps mask the fact that behind the hops, there's really not much body to this beer.

D: The high level of carbonation really kills the drinkability of this beer.

Not a bad beer, though... I think I'd enjoy it best with a heaping plate of nachos.

09-12-2007 06:16:02 | More by beals
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

Decent clear orange-golden color, head is a few inches tall although retention isn't great. Lacing is quite good.

Big aroma, nice clean aromatic citrics all over. Good power and quite attractive.

Flowery citric rind follows into the flavor. Very nice and clean, with heavy emphasis on the hops. Unfortunately it's a rather thin brew, as the hops overtake the malt in the depth department.

I still love it, and will definitely remember the bright, clean, invitingly hoppy scent the next time I'm at a watering hole.

09-06-2007 06:00:43 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of tonistruth


3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

on tap @ Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- dark straw with a 1/2" white head, disappointing retent, nice lacing though

S- grassy, hops, toasty

T- grassy, hops, citric, toasted malts, grassy hop in aftertaste, hop oils, grassy is dominant hop flavor followed by citrus

M- medium bodied, smooth, leaves palate slightly abused

D- rather mellow for a speakeasy brew, but still tasty, drinkable, pretty straight forward, sessionable IPA

09-05-2007 18:06:27 | More by tonistruth
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8%

Poured into a Stone IPA flute a dark straw yellow with thin head that very quickly diminished to a ring. The aroma was dominated by earthy pine hops and sweet malts with just a hint of citrus. The taste was a good balance of both pine and citrus hops and sweet malts. The beer is very light bodied with the alcohol very well hidden. This is certainly an enjoyable IPA, but there are no doubt many better ones out there.

09-03-2007 01:50:07 | More by atsprings
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3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

A: Billowing white head, light colored for an ipa, yellow with an orange hue.

S: Citrusy hops. Now malt.

T: Grassy hop taste. Some citrus. Not real bitter for an ipa. Tasety, but very one dimensional. It could use more malt to back it up. A drinkable thirst quencher, but I wouldn't seek this one out.

D: High

08-30-2007 13:19:08 | More by kellyst
Photo of DGryger


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance: Hazy straw gold body with a one finger white head. A few lazy bubbles rise to the head. Laces pretty well too.

Smell: Heavy grapefruit and citrus hops. Other light fruits and a slight floral aroma are present. No clearly distinguishable malt.

Taste: Loads of bitter grapefruit up front continuing into a dry, bitter finish. This beer is an IPA that’s all about the hops. A little bit of malt comes through to balance the beer. Taste is rather pleasant and the hops & malt complement each other well. Maybe a little weak for an IPA, I might classify this as a strong APA.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light bodied with a good level of carbonation. Not too heavy and bread and the carbonation is not cloying or overpowering.

Drinkability: Decent taste, good mouthfeel – I could definitely pack away a few of these in a day. This bottle went down super easy. I wish I had another.

08-27-2007 03:21:22 | More by DGryger
Photo of Cresant


2.68/5  rDev -28.2%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. No date on bottle. The body was a hazy butterscotch color with three fingers of fine, off-white head. Delicate lacing remained.

Smell was grassy green. Sweet grainy malts (mild). Alcohol aroma gentle appeared as it warmed further.

Taste was somewhat juicy, and somewhat bitter, but rather pallid overall. Not bad just one note--dull grassy bitterness. (Maybe an older bottle?--purchased at Jungle Jim's).

Mouthfeel was medium to thin. Mild to medium carbonation. Not one I will seek out again.

08-26-2007 12:53:54 | More by Cresant
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

The artwork on the bottle of the Big Daddy is great. You have the eyes staring at you from a black bottle.

The BD pours a hazy orange with a head that is billowy like a pillow. The foam on the beer stayed quite a while.

Smell from the ipa was good and hoppy which you would expect from American style.

It was a smooth IPA and the soft over the roof of the mouth.

I bought a six pack, so I will have at least 5 more unless I let my buddy or wife have one. I enjoyed this beer.

08-18-2007 23:14:12 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of Duster72


3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a minimal head. Aroma is mild citrus and floral hops. Taste is rather bland / generic IPA. Big malt profile with very generic hop flavor and dry finish. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is fine, although I wouldn't be interested in another. Very fine, albeit generic IPA.

08-13-2007 11:20:24 | More by Duster72
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

good beer, great bottle design, most of the brew from this san francisco brewery come in great bottles, the beer was lighter than most IPA's that I had recently, although this brew is much better than their pale ale.

poured into a frozen pint glss as always and enjoyed on a hot day, toward the cooler evening, good beer, a good IPA for session drinking, if you can handle session IPA drinking

07-25-2007 21:19:22 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of tempest


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

On-tap at PJ MacGrady's.

The aroma could have been richer and the hops profile could have been more complex, but I still think this is an underrated IPA. There was a fruity aroma reminiscent of Avery's hoppy beers. The flavor had a nice 1-2 punch of fruity, very slightly earthy hops, followed by more coarse, bitter citrus hops that really hung on your palate. I enjoyed drinking it and wouldn't mind having it again at all. Gets my stamp of approval if that's worth anything.

06-30-2007 03:47:31 | More by tempest
Photo of Bierguy5


3.73/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. bottle, 6.5% ABV. Hazy light golden color, with a white rocky head. The head trickled down to a thin layer, but then remained for quite some time. Nice patches of lace.

Juicy citrus and floral hops, with a bit of perfume. Smells pretty good, and very West Coast.

Toasty malt backbone, with a light profile. A bit citrusy and floral, but well balanced. A bit astringent. Not as juicy as I wanted, or that the nose led me to believe.

Maybe a bit thin in the mouth. Not bad overall, but I expected a bit more.

06-29-2007 00:13:46 | More by Bierguy5
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3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

Clear golden/pale color with creamy head.

Caramel, lots of candy orange, peach, and some vegetal aromas.

Bland flabby hop flavor; I am thoroughly unimpressed already with this IPA. Flavors include canned peaches, orange, lots of malt, and a bit of butterscotch.

Slightly watery mouthfeel with prickly mouthfeel.

Okay at best, there are so many better IPAs on the market. Not bad tasting but there is more hop character in something like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

06-19-2007 06:28:19 | More by bosco7
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3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

This beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving almost no lace.

This beer has a very subtle grassy hop aroma. I can also detect a slight citrussy aroma. It smells a little sweet as well. All the aromas are very subtle and rather boring.

As witht the aroma, this beer tastes booring. I tastes some citrusy hops, and grassy hops, but only slightly. That is about all I taste.

This beer is very smooth, due to the slight lack of flavor and aroma. It is a little undercarbonated. It leaves a slight citrusy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not overly high in alcohol, and the flavor is very mellow.

Overall: As with most from Speakeasy, this beer is boring. I would not waste my money on it again. It is not bad, but there are just so many other good beers available.

06-14-2007 22:56:57 | More by OStrungT
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

On-tap at Heroe's last night after a crazy time near the beach, on to the beer:

Blonde in color, but cloudier than other IPA's I've had so far, it leaves good lacing along the glass as it's consumed. The smell was hoppy with some tropical fruit (oh geez, what a surprise!). Nice pleasing fruity, citrusy, and hoppy flavors run around on the taste buds, and not overpowering bitter. Delightful! I might revisit it, but there are so many good IPA's out there. But nonetheless, give this one a try.

06-14-2007 18:43:58 | More by DoubleJ
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a slightly chill-hazed gold but as it warms up the clarity really comes out. The bright white head is pretty small, not much going on there, though a fluffy cap can be regenerated pretty easily when swirled. The smell right away is major perfumey and floral sweetness.

The taste is a pretty sharp hoppiness, more of a floral character to it, that also imparts quite a high bitterness to it. The finish is very dry, as is stated on the back of the bottle. There is plenty a barley background to the beer, the malt contributes a substantial portion to the body of the brew, but the hops are the main course by far.

Drinkability to me is limited by the dryness. I don't like, and can't really take that much beer that finishes with a pronounced dryness. However, everything but that is pretty appetizing in this beer. This was my 3rd offering from this brewery (prohibition ale and untouchable pale ale) and all have been pleasant.

06-02-2007 20:59:34 | More by MiScusi
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3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured into a room temperate fluted glass from a bottle.

A - perfectly clear, crisp body that plops down a thick white head oiver topo this fizzy yellow body. Extraordinary for an IPA. Different at least.

S - the constant carbonation consistently releases strong grapefruit (not ruby red, though, rather the more bitter variety) overtones and the head keeps them there for you after each sip.

T - where I think this brew lacks is the complexity or discovery in the translation from aroma to flavor. There are no hidden secrets unveiled. Some may appreciate that, but I like the layers of a good IPA.

M - very light, crisp bite before the mostly watery, fizzy body. I appreciate an oilier brew in an IPA.

D - less than one would think, but the metallic finish doesn't sit well with me.

05-26-2007 03:17:26 | More by boelker62
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