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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 149 | 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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Ratings: 1,201 | Reviews: 465
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.

Photo of fattire513
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time drinking this one and I'm pretty impressed with how this IPA isn't too overwhelming. I could definitely drink a couple of these in a night. The malt and hops pretty much equal each other out.

A: orange glow with very minimal head on the pour

S: A slight but of citrus, with a dash of hops

T: A slight cirus flavor, hops are apparent but not too strong

M: Not too bitter, stays on the palette for a good after taste

D: definitely a good choice for a rainy night doing some reading. Would definitely enjoy this on tap somewhere during a warm summer night.

Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bomber. Clear light golden in color with an inch or so of almost white foam. Good retention and some random lacing follow.

Nice citric hop aroma blends with a modest malt sweetness. Bit more earthy and even musty after some air. Not overly volatile on the nose however. Taste follows with a nice balance of orange citrus and a mild bitterness. A relatively light body firms up a bit after some air gathering a bit of a grainy texture, yet remains a bit thin. Finishes rather dry and with a quick flash of orange once again.

Good drinkability yet a bit subtle overall and with a carbonation that reduces a bit too quickly. Overall a decent IPA that doesn't overwhelm yet doesn't disappoint either.

Photo of mjl21
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a crystal clear glowing yellow-orange. It has a thin off white head that cover 80% of the glass and slowly recedes toward the edges of the glass. There are really no visible bubbles and it quickly looks flat. Leaves a tiny patch of lace.

S-It starts out with a nice fresh hoppy nose. There is lots of citrus and dank. For some reason it seems to fade somewhat from its strong start, but it still smells pretty good.

T-It starts with citrus and banana flavor. There is some noticeable breadiness in the middle. It is grainy in the back. It has a mellow level of bitterness. There is a nice touch of sweet malt that does not overpower the hops.

M-Medium bodied and it has a comfortable carbonation level.

D-Not sure if the recipe has been changed, but I remember this tasting better.

Not sure if this was an off batch or a new recipe, but this has lost some of its luster.

Photo of jdense
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into the big Judas Tulip 1.25.10.

Hard pour resulted in two finger rocky white head, pretty good lacing, medium dissipation. Big grapefruit presence in nose balanced by bready malts. Taste isn't as assertive as nose, grapefruits, apricots, sweetish malts, not big bitterness on back end. Mouthfeel is okay, but not prominent carbonation. Decent drinkablity. Not the most memorable of beers, kind of a let down after the PTE type nose. Worth a try, but won't be buying this again.

Photo of climax
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second in a row Speakeasy beer that erupted when I popped the top, like I was just playing soccer with it.... It poured a hazy amber color. Head was a pretty good sized lumpy off-white.

Nose wasn't overly hoppy, it had just enough resiny flavor and citrus to convince me it might be an IPA. Caramel, malted milk balls, spices, and toast had much more authority than the hops.

The same can be said about the taste, however it wasn't bad. I think it would fit more into a pale ale, but so be it. Flavor was just as much sweet and toasty as it was hoppy. Malted milk balls, caramel made up a substantial malt bill. Hops were understated juicy citrus and some pine resin.

Body was medium and the feel was pretty smooth, without much fight from the carbonation. If your in search for a good and hearty IPA, this isn't it.

Photo of Chambic
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

01.14.10 at Wish in San Francisco

A: clear, golden, bright with fluffy head

S: like hops and citrus

T: extremely fresh, can easily tastes the grain, with an orange finish

M: nice carbonation, great for chugging

D: a great local beer to enjoy anytime

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into a standard pint glass at about 40 degrees.

The Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA pours a solid yellow in the glass with a creamy white froth, great retention, tiny bubbles, & good lacing. Pronounced hop aromas seep from the glass while it sits on the table....it's kind of nice when I can smell my beer from like 1.5 ft away! Scents of green hop flower (cascade?), orange, grapefruit, & slight pine are accompanied by carmel malts & cereal. In all honesty, I'd say that the nose is definitely above average, but not quite "good" in my opinion due to it's lack of hop & malt complexity. If it were part of the pale ale category...it'd be a different story. Flavors of citrus, grapefruit, pint, cereal are balanced & refreshing with a crisp bittereness. The key here is that everything is balanced, which really lets me enjoy this beer. Overall an above average beer that I really enjoyed. The beer is definitely sessionable & I recommend this beer if you're looking to try something new & money isn't a problem ($10 for a 6pk), but, unfortunately, I believe that there are just as good (if not better) 6pk IPAs that are cheaper, which would cause me not to recommend this beer to the average consumer.

Photo of ffejherb
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 1/11/10.

A - Poured a cloudy pale orange body with a solid finger's width of milky white froth on top that receded to a thin, creamy patch and a thick coat of lace.

S - Earthy and perfumy hops with burnt caramel malts and a sugary, syrupy sweetness.

T - Pretty malt-forward IPA with plenty of caramel and sugary sweetness up front, and some floral hop notes relegated to the background. A faint underlying citrus character is also apparent. Finishes with a faint hop bitterness paired with a grainy malt character and burnt sugary sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and subtle carbonation. Finishes quite sweet with a hint of bitterness on the palate.

D - Decent IPA in the grand scheme of things, but ultimately not too memorable. Big Daddy drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Photo of Amalak
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It's dull yellow brown with a good foamy head and lace. It's very pungent bitter scent with a vegetable hint.

Good blueberryish bitter taste. It has something of a celery aftertaste. Crisp and flavorful, excellent IPA.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Complex and delightful. Very caramelly with floral, maple syrup and potentially some butteryness in there. Hops are present but take a backseat to the malts.

Taste: Quite sweet with butter pecan, caramel and toffee defining the malts. Bitterness is slight for an IPA. Remarkably short finish that's quite sweet.

Notes: Tasted alongside the Green Flash West Coast IPA and the Indica IPA this was definitely my favorite of the 3. I think what I like about it is its complexity. Its not too intense, but the balance is spot on and there is a decent amount of interesting stuff going on in the beer.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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