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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPA
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1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 98 | 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:
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001)
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, bottled on 11/12/08. Pours a clear orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of bitter grassy and citrus hops with a touch of malt. Flavor is harshly bitter at first with a tasty fruity (banana and citrus) finish. Light crackery malt base in the background. Very drinkable and enjoyable, light bodied (in a good way). Nice IPA.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of gdfan47
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very run of the mill light amber with a little bit of white head and a good amount of lacing
S- hops, malt, faint citrus notes
T- hops, a shade of malt, some light grapefruit notes
M- heavy on the carbonation side, good consistancy alot smoother than I would have guessed from the smell
D- a little high on the abv for a session beer but pleasant

a good IPA, not much west coast about it. Not groundbreaking. But worth checking out.

gdfan47, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of davidw987
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK, all 5's. But I this has been my favorite beer for many years.

The beer is filtered, resulting in a sparkling clear glass (most of the time.) Tonight, the head lasted the entire glass, with lace all the way down.

Smell: this is a hop heads delight. Lots of finishing and dry hops.

Taste: I find I like the second half of the glass best. It is heavily hopped. The combination of hops and carbonation does make it a bit sharp at first. But after a few swallows, the malt starts to come through. The big malt profile balances out the big hop nose.

Mouthfeel: Again, the second half of the glass has a great mouthfeel - nicely textured.

Belgian beers are great. But this is my old stand by, my favorite every day beer.

davidw987, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent to good IPA, but by no means brilliant. It certainly looks good, with a nice amber color, a nice thick creamy head, decent retention, and okay lacing. The nose on the beer is very nice, biscuity and bready malts, with a nice estery hop aroma. I enjoy the cracked graininess in the nose and it sure is enticing.

The taste is a bit of a let down, but it isn't a bad beer by any stretch. The beer is a tad bit more watery than it ought to be, and those nice biscuity malts in the nose just don't present themselves with any forcefulness. As for the hops, there is a definite bitterness but it lacks the oily and estery quality that is needed and called for. There is some nice pine notes, some perhaps acerbic grapefruity tang, but the bitterness is a bit much, and the hop oils are too understated to make this a first class IPA. The watery mouthfeel, the light to medium body, the decent level of carbonation, and the slightly bitter imbalance compared with the understated biscuity and grainy malts pretty much sums up this beer. Not bad, the mouthfeel has some lingering piney bitterness, and the aftertaste continues in this strain. Not a bad IPA, not going to be my go-to one either.

albern, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Painted on label with wise guys' on front and a pair of menancing eyes stare out from the neck of the bottle.

Poured a nice, hazy, orangish light amber color with a nice white sustained head.

Stong piney hop aroma which settled down after the pour.

A very clean, hoppy taste with just the right amount of hop bitters and hint of malt flavor the balance out everything. Given the hop aroma, the bitter hoppiness is rather restrained in a very good way.

Moderately carbonated with a very fresh, clean mouthfeel. Rather light bodied for an American IPA.

At 6.5 % ABV, this one could be dangerously drinkable given the light bodied, but flavorful nature of the ale. A good purchase made at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio

jkrich, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of danielharper
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow appearance, thick white head that floats on top of the beer. Head leaves significant lacing, no effervescence.

Smell: The refreshing aroma of crisp white hops. Beautiful cascade aroma, with hints of a grapefruity goodness underneath. It's not balanced, but for hopheads it's pretty amazing.

Taste: Again, mostly hops with a slight grapefruit underbelly. Slightly dry on the finish, but goes down clean with only a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and easy-to-drink. The hops are very present but not painful to the palate. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: I know I've complained about "liquid hop-juice" before, but this one is a nicely constructed West Coast IPA. It's pretty much pure hops, but sometimes that's exactly what you want in a beer. For hopheads only.

danielharper, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why isn't this rated higher? Nice clear amber pour with a short white head. Sweet, citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Smooth grapefruit and orange-hop flavor witha bold resiny taste. Malty backbone without turning this into an amber. Dry finish as advertised. Very nice IPA.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clean amber with a small white head and plenty of lacing.
Aroma is pine resinous floral.
First taste impression is grapefruit hops. Resinous, piney, and just a hint of sweetness from the malts. Very crisp then dry on the tongue. Like a ruby red grapefruit at the finish. Really nice hoppy IPA. Cost $1.69 for the 12 ounce bottle.
Drinkability is quite good considering the fairly high 6.5% abv.
One of the better IPAs.

Spikester, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, foamy, white head. It left thin traces of lace.

S - The pine aroma was obvious without having to put my nose near the glass. Nice floral notes and citrusy smells.

T - It tasted of burnt toast and roasted malt. Nice caramel flavor, too. Very well balanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It was medium-bodied with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good IPA. Great aroma and a very good bottle with the eyes on the neck.

zeff80, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Irie
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured with a tall head with good lacing and a clear yellow-red tint. Rich all hop aroma with only hints of malt.
Interesting balance of hops. Lots of body hops, but surprisingly it doesn't seem to have much finishing hops. I like the flavor and feel of it, but there's a bitter taste after the aftertaste that lingers a bit more than one would like. Still a good body and a nice finish.

Irie, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Ten Stone in the Queen's Village section of Philadelphia.

Pours a clear amber color with thin, foamy white head. Aroma is dominatded by citrus hops with a faint malt backbone. Well-balanced and quaffable IPA with a nice amount of malt balancing out huge citrus hop flavor. Kind of sweet with a bitter hop finish.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
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
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