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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,110 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 32
Gots: 86 | 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 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
Photo of johnd513
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to barleywinefiend for this one.
This beer pours a golden color with a short head that disappears quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. It must be the light hitting this beer the right way but I love the look and color of this beer. This beer has a nice piny grapefruit smell and taste like many great IPA's that ive had. Not my favorite IPA but its damn good.

johnd513, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden with a fairly short head that disappears just a little too quickly. On the plus side, there is some lacing. Smells bready and a bit sweet with some light citrusy hops on the end. I think the hop levels are fairly fine, but that the beer is perhaps a bit too malty for the level of hops in the mix to really zing like a ood West Coast IPA should. The taste has a bit more hop flavor than the smell indicated, and the hops themselves aren't bad. Some citrus and pine lend an earthy bitterness that is still somewhat mild, but it does linger a bit. Mouthfeel is a little sharp and prickly, which is somewhat surprising given all the malt. Not bad, but there are so many better West Coast options. Overall, the bitterness and malt are a bit out of balance and what hop flavor there is is mostly just bitterness without the wonderfully resinous qualities that one expects from brews out here.

Georgiabeer, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You got to love the branding on the necks of their bottles. After the clever decoarations, the beer still stands out. The mildly hazy, bright copper color delivers a nice head that lasts the session -- a prototypical IPA appearance. Aromas of citrus and piney hops jump out ahead of the sweet malts and provide a balance in aroma similar to pale ales. The tastes prove that the maltiness ends up more sweet and less attenuated as American IPA's should, but I like the balance nevertheless. Could be using Brittish malts that hold on to a biscuity sweetness along with some caramel and confectionate flavors. The hops intensity is evident but never overshadow the malts- contributing nice pine, orange rind flavors. Esters of peaches, pineapples, and appricots get back to English malts and bready yeasts. The texture of the malts helps the beer from becomming astringent or bitey because of the hops and smoothen out the dryness quite a bit. Finishes with a malt-hop balance that is quite pleasant. Although the amount of hop characteristic does quality for an IPA, the balance never really favors the hops over the malts decisively. Can we have a double pale ale?

BEERchitect, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy straw color with white head. It smelled like pine and citrus hops with a bit of honey malt. It tasted like lemon and copper hops balanced fairly evenly with honey malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a moderately bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a clean and balanced beer, but it didn't have any distinguishing characteristics. Good but not great.

Pencible, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of breyton490
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in a 12 oz bottle. No expiration date. I am on the east coast so the beer is probably atleast a few months old.

A - Light amber in color, my guess is around 10 SRM. Slight haze, though you can easily see thru the glass. Some sediment from what looks like bottle conditioning. Nice 1" head from pour that lasted a few minutes.

S - Nice big hop aroma. Dank smell, my guess is from Columbus dry hopping. Very similar to Alesmith IPA aroma, but hardly as strong and pungent as Alesmith.

T - Nice bitterness up front and thru swallow. Good hop taste. I'd say medium mouth feel and carbonation. More malty than a Russian river IPA. Can definitely taste the maltiness from the Munich malt.

D - I'd say its a nice beer, but if I had the choice of a Stone IPA or DFH 60, I pass on a second bottle of this one.

breyton490, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single from Total Wine, Chantilly, VA. Enjoyed w/some Indian food.

A - Nice, deep golden color with a great head and thick lacing.

S - Hops, pine resin, grapefruit, malt and alcohol.

T - Very vibrant hops out front and a touch astringent. Toasted malt, more hops, leather.

M - Superb carbonation supports a creamy ale.

D - A touc bitter for me but overall a very nice ale that I would drink/purchase again. Good for year 'round imbibing.

pinotboy007, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a neutral copper with a significant chill haze. Nice chaulky white (small) head with great lace.

Very nice fresh smelling hop in the nose. Some grapefruit and pine. Low malt.

Classic IPA (American style) flavors. Not overpowering in the hop, so there is excellent balance. Potent hop bite in the swallow that lasts for 30 seconds in the aftertaste. (See above for the hop flavors). The body is spot on, while the carbonation may be on the high side.

This is a beautifully crafted beer--easy to drink and balanced.

smcolw, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of johannasclimacus
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the presentation from Speakeasy. It's a cool looking throwback and I feel like I should be playing a shady game of poker in a poorly lit backroom or something while I drink this.

I found this to be a pretty balanced IPA. The hops are not overwhelming, and to me taste almost a little muted. The caramel and grapefruit is noticable in the smell, and the aftertaste is a slightly bitter, nutty taste that leaves me curious to continue sipping.

Overall, a pleasant experience. This is a very drinkable IPA that I could and will return to a few times in a row.

johannasclimacus, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - A clear amber brew with a large frothy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thick band of lacing around the rim. High carbonation bubbles furiously.

S - Grapefruit pith, juicy pine, moss, white pepper and a light caramel underneath. A great nose on this IPA.

T - A fresh grapefruit flesh in the foretaste with a touch of malt. These round off to a nice white pepper and a pithy, mossy bitter finish. Pleasant.

M - Thin, a little harsh, pretty refreshing though.

D - Tastes a lot like my latest home brew - which is a good thing. I might have this again, although, I would probably repeat the recipe if I grew really attached to this.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a golden, translucent yellow with above average carbonation. A tight white head subsided and left a good amount of sticky lacing. Looks good, just too light for an IPA.

Candied grapefruit and sweet malts. Light and sweet.

Hmmm, where are the hops? Sweet malts dominate here. A faint citrus hop taste hangs around in the background.

Light bodied, fresh and crisp.

Surprisingly, this IPA is 6.5%. It is light, crisp, fresh and easy to put down. However, I am not a huge fan of the flavor profile, so I dropped this rating a bit.

ColForbinBC, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light, pale copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Candyish caramel and biscuity malts set against fruity notes of sweet, juicy nectarines and grapefruits.

Taste: Pale malts with a light toastiness and caramel sweetness. Pinch of fresh spices. Citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Small taste of grapefruit on the lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing more than a fairly easy to drink, standard American IPA. And there's nothing at all wrong with that.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent, golden orange with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild head and collar. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel covered biscuits with pine and citrus juice.
Taste mirrors the aromas as the caramel, malt, and cream notes mix with citrus and biscuits.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, mildly bitter with extreme balance and chewiness that keeps me coming back for more. A mild nuttiness is found in the finish that makes the beer even more enjoyable. Slightly one dimensional but a decent IPA for beginners.

weeare138, May 31, 2008
Photo of RixBeer
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yellow gold color. Thin head fades fast. Decent sticking and lacing.

Citrus and caramel with a decent hop nose.

Sweet caramel and a smooth hop flavor. Nice hop bite in the finish.

Good mouthfeel for this light body but the hops balance the feel.

Very very drinkable. A Pretty decent IPA.

RixBeer, May 25, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from t0rin0 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a yellowish gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a burst of pale hops bitterness, then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a hearty malt character that provides some balance and substance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's decent beer, but there are several other IPA's that I would choose above this beer.

TheManiacalOne, May 17, 2008
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
82 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.