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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,008 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 26
Gots: 50 | 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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arizcards

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at AJ's just before Christmas for $2.29.

Beer poured a dark golden color with a nice fluffy well sustaining head. Nose initially was of grapefruit, and is somewhat malty in mid bottle. Taste is of astringent grapefruit with a big bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth quality to it. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a bit of an unusual ipa but it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 23:08:15 | More by arizcards
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Smokin Joes
A: Great bottle- I am a big fan of their screened labels. Classy and unique. Golden yellow with some slight hints of amber (sort of a golden amber color) with a big, sticky, fluffy head that sticks around throughout. Really nice lacing also.
S: Citrus rind and citric acid hit you at first and give way to a nice hop and oily hop smell. Some herbal notes derived from the hop and a slight cake malt that's in there somewhere but is not picked up on every whiff. Floral undertones smooth out the citric smells.
T: Parallels the smell with tons of hops and oily hop flavors. Citric rind and pulp flavors are abound and provide some of the dominant flavors-grapefruit and lemon being most predominant. Floral flavors smooth the edges of the citrus flavors and add a nice compliment. There are some cake-like malts in there, but most of the time they are pushed aside by hops, and I don't mind. Hop bitterness at the end that finishes long. Nice flavor profile.
MF: medium and finishes long and bitter.
Overall: A hop heads delight. There are slight malt flavors in there, but they are no match for the hoppy overtones. Great citrus and floral flavors that provide the essential bite just the way I like it. The more brews I have by Speakeasy the more I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 17:00:46 | More by Illinick
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asabreed

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with the eyes on the neck staring at me, which is awesome. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with some bubbles floating up, not a lot but a good amount I suppose. A decent frothy head, though fairly uniform in its thickness. Fairly spidery lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of strong and piney hops with some citrus as a backbone. I also get a good amount of sweet malt, and everything's balancing pretty nicely. Strong, but balanced, and not overpowering in any way.

Taste: The aroma comes through well. More bitter and piney hops than malt in the taste, however. There's not much malt finish for those non-hopheads, but the hops are strong and lingering. There IS a malt presence, but it's just not as present by this finish... Very drinkable stuff.

Mouthfeel: Feels slightly watery and slick before the final burst of carbonation. Wish it was a little fuller. Maybe more malt would help that?

Drinkability: This is extremely tasty. It doesn't take huge risks, but it's definitely a West Coast IPA, and one that I could very much see making a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 23:06:07 | More by asabreed
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 for 12oz)
pours a bight golden with a slight head.
the aroma is hopsack and a bit piney.
the flavor is a little thin, very hoppy, little bit of malt, spice.
this beer is alright, little watery, not enough malt flavor.
worth a try

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 03:05:11 | More by plaztikjezuz
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange copper with a clingy white lace. Decent carbonation streaming. Light body. Grapefruit is the predominant flavor and smell. There is almost no pine or juniper as one expects with an IPA. Hints of pineapple in the flavor. Finish is dry but a bit chalky. Average on all accounts. Underhopped with little malt base to compensate.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 22:10:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
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IntriqKen

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I swear, there must be an IPA for every taste.
Big Daddy pours a slightly darker clear yellow (morning after piss?) with a nice 1 finger white head that melts to medium lacing.
Aroma is orange and pineapple
Taste is also orange and pineapple with a moderate citrus peel hops bite....
Mouthfeel is comfortable for an IPA...not too thick, but not thin either. I like it alot.
Aftertaste is citrus peel but not obtrusively...(that's supposed to mean that the aftertaste doesn't get in the way or overpower).
This one is very drinkable...not a knock out....but pleasant and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 23:38:22 | More by IntriqKen
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very pale, watery straw in color. A sandr drift white, pasty sheet of head that leaves trails of dimpled, whispy lacing.

A bit citrus nose: lemon, grapefruit, lime. Very clean, bright fruity aromas. Bright citrus hops jumping from the glass with tones of earthen, floral hops.

Citrus hops and tropical fruits initially: pear, lemon, lime. Musty, powdered floral hop effect with some astringent wheats and grains. A moderate hop bitterness that is quite musty followed by a Cascade hop aftertaste.

Light, medium bodied; bright but a touch filmy on the palate.

A bright and drinkable IPA from the Left Coast, drank on the Left Coast. Decent but flawed. I'd have another, but probably wouldn't buy another six pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 03:53:41 | More by NEhophead
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SethB2

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Despite an aggressive pour, this beer produced a very small head and it disappeared very quickly leaving very little lacing. The color looks like an IPA however. Orangish and cloudy. Smell of grapefruit .... and that's about it. Tastes good, but very week for an IPA. The hops are there, but not nearly as impressive as many in the same style Mouthfeel and drinkability are also just average.

Overall, an OK IPA, but nothing that I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 01:58:26 | More by SethB2
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nortmand

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow, with little head. Way too light.

Ruby red grapefruit dominates the smell. Very bright citrus, little malt.

Grapefruit up front. Astringency dominates in the mid palate. Very resinous bitter at the end. Malt is too subdued. Well, hopped, but missing the oomph of malt.

Medium body with a bright fizz, fairly refreshing and drinkable for the hottest day of the year so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 23:19:04 | More by nortmand
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liked the bottle design, very bunusual for a 12 oz to be screen printed.
Clear golden coloure ale with a large frothy/bubbly off white head.
WOW, very nice strong spicy/lemony hop aroma to this one.
mmm the taste is bitter alraight, but for me not the usual IPA. Its a mild bitterness and almost smooth, yet long lasting and turns syruppy sweet, almost honeyish in the end.
Not a bad mouthfeel at all, semi=smooth.
Overall a pretty tasty and slightly off kilter IPA, well worth tasting again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 20:23:41 | More by Reidrover
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ReDave

California

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. One of my favorite beers. Nice light straw golden color. Great hoppy aroma. Not so subtle bittering hops. Just a touch of malt for balance. Great bitter after-taste. Nice white slightly lingering head, with sticky lace all the way down.
Nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 01:21:54 | More by ReDave
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Crosling

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light in color. Pure, oily, raw and invigorating hop aroma calms my senses, allows me to relax and interpret what I am exactly smelling. Dripping honey covered pine needles. Orange. Other fruits. The hops are undeniably huge and fairly shocking but the sweet, fruity and sugary malt presence is what makes this a pretty delicious India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 20:25:58 | More by Crosling
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 3/4/06 in the hotel room.

12oz. bottle purchased from The Jug Shop.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all citrusy hops. It has an almost peach/apricot smell.

Taste is a delicious blend of citrusy hops. A light peachy taste is woven in and the bitterness is well balanced.

Body has a creamy texture with solid carbonation.

A nice drinkable IPA from the land of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 00:36:27 | More by MaltyGoodness
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz purchased at Cost Plus in Westland and poured into a pint glass.

Clear brass with sparse carbonation and a small head of white that falls rather quickly into a veiled ring.

The nose is mostly grape fruit. Some underlying sweetness from the malt as this has that classic west coast power hop aroma that while not exactly balanced, I like it.

Quick swet malt flavor upfront then its almost all juicy then drying hops. The malt flavors are not obliterated by the hops as they seem to frame them and keep things from going to far off balance. Very hoppy finish with some of the hop juice lingering in the aftertaste.

Moderate mouth that is a bit slick. I could have another but the hop profile could lead to burnout and want of something different.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 04:34:49 | More by ypsifly
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DogFood11

California

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The "big daddy" must meet high expectations from such a fine brewery. Bottle graphics, combined with an easily manageable pour, Golden, chill hazed body to at the very least invite some gobblage. If its anything like the other beers on the line from speakeasy I have no worries.

Citrus hops are first and foremost. hoppy yet far from over the top. It made me stop as the citrus stinging was strong but its complex in the middle, bring in a toasted malt here and there, and even sweet if you dig hard enough, slight metallic twinge in the aftertaste. On the mild end of the scale for the style. IPA's have become so popular, and there is so much variety that this one comes up a bit short overall.

I really dig this brew. Not as over the top or crazy as you can find within the style. Just well brewed, nice timing of flavor and overall another winner from Speakeasy. Done.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:47:57 | More by DogFood11
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is yet another bonus beer provided in trade from jpm30. Thanks alot! This is a good IPA, but it seems to lack some oomph.

The appearance interesting. It is as clear and pale as an macro, yet it has some suspended sediment filling the glass that tends to take away from it. The head is a nice thick frothy white that lacing very well to the glass.

The smell is great. Very aromatic hops. Hard to describe them without using thousands of adjectives, but they are beautiful aromatic hops. Not much malt to speak of in the aroma.

After the smell, the taste is a bit of a let down. Reminds me almost exactly of Spilker Hopluia in this regard, as it has the same unique hop aroma without hardly any of the taste or bitterness. Very light bubblegummy citric with a cheap malt base. Quite watery, and a bitterness that packs the punch of a 3 month old baby girl.

This beer almost seems to lack body at all. Very light indeed. It is not a bad beer by any means, but it just doesn't give me the feeling of drinking a beer. It almost seems to taste more like one of those new trendy energy drinks with all of the funky herbal shit in them. Certainly doesn't feel like I'm drinking something with alcohol in it. If anything beer related it is a light pale ale on the high end of the alcohol spectrum and with emphasis on aromatic hops, but it most certainly is not what I would call an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 04:44:42 | More by neonbrown82
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sacfly

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz painted bottle

Pours a hazy yellow/tan with lots of particles in suspension. Medium bubbles, high carbonation. Citrus/grapefruit in the aroma.

Taste yields no malt to speak of but a nice bitterness in the finish with a strange funky flavor in between. Not overwhelming, but an unpleasant plastic and cardboard flavor.

Better that the “Untouchable” pale ale (hey, it’s their name for it…) but not something I would want to drink again. The gimmick bottle graphics are the standout of this brewery methinks.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 20:48:42 | More by sacfly
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA, I'm pretty sure.

Upon removing cap, beer foams out everywhere. When thigns settled a bit, poured into an imperial pint glass, still formed a 3 1/2" white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head doesn't go anywhere fast, with large amounts of airy lacing everywhere. Aroma is moderately hoppy, although somewhat nondescript on the exact hop character here. Taste is a quick hit of pale malt that is soon overrun by the generic hops bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good. I could see having a few of these during a gathering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 22:09:03 | More by ppoitras
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light orange, thick well formed ¼ inch bright white head. Citrus aroma, noticeable grapefruit and orange peel as well as clean hops noticeable. A quick, tongue-numbing hops bite, yet not overpowering. Clean and slick, pine needles and citrus hops are noted in the body. Finishes with watered down grapefruit juice notes and the a-typical bitter hop bite near the finish. This has IPA-session written all over it, yet may be criticized by the stingiest hop-heads; enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 13:40:03 | More by GeoffRizzo
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electrified

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Rather light in color for an IPA, golden. Not much of a head, a little lacing. A big floral hop aroma -- smells great. Taste is bitter hopiness, floral and citrus. Not much else there to the taste -- just hops. Light bodied with crisp finish. I like this quite a bit, but it's kind of one dimensional and not on the top of my IPA list.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 02:44:45 | More by electrified
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like just another macro brew lager on the market, but it packs much more of a punch. The smell is tremendously floral, like they've used many different kind of hops. It gives out kind of a fruitloop-like nose. Like most IPA's its the first few tastes that overpower you, then as you get aclimated it goes down easier. But for the ammount of hops that are in this beer, its well balanced and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 01:33:15 | More by Toddv29424
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from bottle without freshness date a disappointingly light straw colour, and with a miniscule head forming around the edge of my glass.

I like the smell, but haven't experienced anything quite like it before. It is rather herbal, reminding me somewhat of gooseberries, yet at the same time it seems a little cheesy.

Begins with very little flavour but plenty of carbonation before a decent herbal hop kick with a hint of gooseberry. This is less sweet than the nose suggests, and needs to either go overboard with the hops or add some complexity at the malt end of the spectrum to move it into the upper echelons.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 08:11:57 | More by charlatan
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Never seen this beer in the LC here before. I'm always interested in West Coast IPAs, there's never enough around here. Oddly enough, the bottle looks like it isn't filled enough.... not sure why.

I like the look of this beer, nice golden copper colour. Next to no head though. Sweet, Citrusy notes in the smell, not unpleasant, but unusual. Intense hop taste, very grapefruity, an IPA alright, but it lacks the complexity of many IPAs I've had. Bitter and almost sour notes pervade this brew. The bitterness is nice, but not there's much in the way of balance. I'm looking for a slight sweetness, but it's not there. There's almost a slight adjunct taste as this beer warms in the mouth. A nice bite on the tongue, always a fan of that, never feels flat or thin. I'm not sure if I'm nuts about this. I don't know if I could make this a session beer, not enough complexity, and maybe a bit harsh on the bitterness, but that's personal preference. Believe me, there's better IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 04:38:04 | More by trevorwideman
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Naes

New York

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a slightly hazy copper color with a tall frothy white head. Lacing is good.
The aroma is fruity and full of hops.
Its flavor starts out with mild grapefruit then finishes with decent hop bitterness.
Mouth feel is a bit light for an IPA, but is nicely carbonated and is a bit sticky.

This is definitely a quality IPA, but I prefer a bit of a bolder flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 01:27:30 | More by Naes
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RedwoodGeorge

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never heard of the brewery before but apparently they're local (San Francisco) I basically bought the beer because I liked the bottle (silkscreening is much cooler than labels) and because I'm always willing to try a new IPA.

The beer pours a deep, bright yellow - somewhere between school bus yellow and lemon yellow. The head is pure white, thick and sticky - lasting a long time and leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

The nose is pure hops - lots of grassy, floral notes in large quantities. The taste is quite similar with plenty of herbal, spicy and floral notes. (The hopping is very similar to Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' IPA - another NorCal favorite) If there's any complaint it's that the malt is a bit on the weak side. There's some background sweetness but no real -body- to this drink.

Mouthfeel is fine - lots of carbonation to clear off the palate and enough bitterness to provide a nice finish.

Sure, this is a nice IPA, quite tasty even. On the East Coast this would even be a highly competetive IPA. But compared to all the quality IPAs from the left coast, it just doesn't quite measure up.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 03:39:14 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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