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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPA
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1,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 35
Gots: 108 | 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 strengthdoc
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass to reveal a light golden color. The aroma brought fourth was light and flowery. The mouthfeel was moderate. The taste had a mild grapefruit component that was pretty consistent throughout the finish and aftertaste. This is generally one of my favorite breweries. The was an OK IPA, but I like most of the Speakeasy beers I have tried better.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium amber with a pretty slight head. Kind of murky looking, sort of like chill haze or something.

Smell is lemon zest, powdered sugar, caramel and some hay/grass. Not a whole lot else in the nose.

Taste is a bitter citrus flavor upfront, not exactly the piney graprefruity tongue numbing wallop I've come to expect from West Coast IPAs but a more subtle and more sweet & balanced IPA.

Smooth drinking for the most part and worth another bottle for sure. This is however coming in behind the Prohibition Ale as far as Speakeasy's beers go.

Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a coppery light orange color with some dark yellow highlights. Nice head on top - fluffy and showcasing good head retention.

Pleasant aroma with an emphasis on the hops. Equally floral and citrus.

I like the malt backbone of the beer with a nice crispness overall. The hop flavors are omnipresent with hints of oranges, peaches. pine and a tad peppery.

A truly solid beer. I constantly find myself digging these types of West coast style IPA's.

I first had this beer at The Jury Room in Quincy and have since picked up a 6 pack and I'm quite pleased.

Photo of JamesP123
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tuplip glass.

A. Light orange color, minimal hazing. Looks to be filtered. Pours a huge 2 inch head that lingers. Nice lacing down the entire glass.

S. Hops, hops, hops. Distinctly floral nose. Smelling a littl emalt weetness, but barely.

T. A very tasty first sip, the floral hops dominate the taste buds. Not very bitter for an IPA. Also not picking up much flavor other that the slightly citrsy/floral hop profile.

M. A bit light, while you can see some carbination in the pour, it doesn't come across in the mouthfeel. Nat bad, but not that great, hence the avg. rating.

D. This is an easy drinking IPA, good session beer for us hop heads. Pretty light for the style, but has lots of hop flavor.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $2. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a slightly hazed bright golden yellow color with about an inch of dense off white foam. The head leaves a noticeable lacing on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells of fruity pebbles cereal - orange, lemon, cherry, and lime, and of course the cereal. Tastes of sweet caramelized malts, cereal grains, orange, lemon, touch of ruby red grapefruit, flowery and fruity hops. Medium carbonation, but a bit thin bodied. Pretty tasty stuff though. I can't believe I've passed their (Speakeasy) beers by so many times. I'll seek out more of their offerings in the future.

Photo of marcpal
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Burger Bar. First had as part of the sample flight and waiter was nice enough to bring me a pint that was mispoured for another customer knowing that I ordered it. Honestly wouldnt have ordered more but sure as hell wouldnt pass it up.

Poured into pint glass and then to-go for the rest to the craps table with me in a plastic cup.

A: Amber red color with the look of a well filtered beer. Fairly thick head that has an off white shade of lacing on the first glass. Standard.

S: Not too intense, earthy hops. Very west coast like with some citrus fruits as well. Intensity moderated some because it followed a ruination.

T: One sided hops. Fairly more intense than the nose but the flavors were not all that great, one dimensional and boring. I wouldn't think in a place like this it could have been too old or bad lines but it had the true taste of a bottle that had been on the shelves too long for an IPA.

M: Considerable bubbles and life. Far would have preffered a more chewy mouthfeel.

D: West coast hops are nice but there are a couple puzzle pieces missing that would make this a top notch beer. Not horrible, just not great.

Photo of loren01
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy orangish color, 1 finger width white head, good lace down the glass
S: smell is of toffee, caramel. Very sweet candylike citrusy smell..
T: Much the same as the smell. Toffee and sweet candylike hoppiness. Citrusy and maybe some pineapple as well
M: Full bodied, harsh bitter mouthfeel that is not very enjoyable really
D: Not a horrible beer but nothing I would willingly buy again. The sweetness in this beer and the puckering bitterness in the aftertaste was strange.

Photo of pdangler
4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up at my local corner store that stocks all kinds of beer, some good some, bad, everything is $8.99 a sixer, no matter what it is and they keep their cooler nice and cold. Saw this was local, hadn't seen it before, sold.

Popped one open took a swig, and reached immediately for a pils glass--tasty flavor out of the bottle, but I could tell right away I wanted to pour a glass for this one. Nice cloudy appearance, light head, delicious hops smell. I drank the first one in about 5 minutes and went right back for seconds and then thirds. This is probably the tastiest IPA I've had in a long time and I can drink a few at a time and love every one of them. I like the Stone version and back in Boston was always a fan of the Harpoon IPA, but this one is special. It goes down so smooth, just the right amount of aftertaste, just crisp and refreshing all around. I am a huge fan--on my 3rd six pack in a few weeks.

All around, one of my new favorites. I will look for more Speakeasy offerings based on this one beer.

EDIT: I had an opportunity to have this beer on tap at "District" in San Francisco and it was even better than the bottle.

Photo of Metrobus
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's be honest here. I review beers as if they're automatically going to be trash. You have to prove to me otherwise for a good rating from me. After an atrocious organic brew by "bud" brewery I decided to check out something that had more of a kick to it and was from the state I have yet to have a terrible beer from; California.

IPAs are a difficult beer to brew because its hard to gain the complexity of the bite with a lingering aftertaste that will want you to get plowed. Essentially any standard pale ale can do it, but IPA kicks it up a notch on the aftertaste. Either its good enough for a "session" or enough to make you switch to the water brews. Big daddy is no exception to the rule of IPAs, only seasoned beer snobs drink it, so it better be complex on the fly. I picked this bottle up from Lee's Discount Liquor in Vegas after I heard from the stock guy this was a brand new batch.

The pour of this brew was smooth, light carbonation with a cloudy finish to the liquid. It smelled standard, though why the hell does a smell or pour to a beer matter? It smells like crap to everyone else, just drink the damn thing and rate it from there. Switch the bigger percentage (beeradvocate.com bros) of the total grade to mouthfeel and drinkability. You don't pour beers to look at them and use them as a glade plug-in.

The taste is probably the best I've ever had, I would rival this to Stone IPA character if it wasn't so damn drinkable. The guy who brews this beer must have the same palette as me because the description on the bottle is exactly how this beer tastes. You essentially get a burst of hop flavor when you drink, with a very slight aftertaste that builds as the night goes on. I'm not poetic, but if you wanted consistent, good sex with a beer, this would be it for IPAs. I should know because I had the whole six pack and wanted more.

IPAs are a snob beer, but if you want friends to enjoy the flavors you're having then this is surely the gateway drug to the addiction. I love this brew and recommend it to any virgin to the IPA league. Hell if you don't drink it, there's more for me to buy so it wont bother me at all if you pass.

Photo of birdypowder
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an enormous white head comprised of a mixture of small and big bubbles. Smooth in parts and pot marked in others, like a teenage boy with acne. But don't let that turn you off!

The head lasts quite faithfully and even as it slowly succumbs to the pressures of its new environment it leaves a lasting legacy behind of large chunks of oddly shaped lacing.

The color is brilliant golden with orange hues. Did they filter this beer twice?! This beer is star bright.

The aroma is dominated by citrusy hops. There is a slight pineapple aroma swaying amongst the other citrus.

A west coast ipa for sure. Sweet delicious resiny hops. Bitterness bitterness bitterness. A meager little malt sweetness tries to greet your tongue but is being held down by a 500 pound hop cone.

Medium to medium light carbonation and body are present.

A tasty ipa that I would gladly have two of but no more for fear of my taste buds revolting and jumping out of my mouth.

Photo of DocBrass
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

brought a bottle back from a summer trip to San Francisco, finally drinking it.

nice golden color, thin head on top.
great hop flavor still, even if its 6 months old.
sweet malt flavor which makes it very drinkable. could have a 2nd bottle right away.

Photo of MarsMoose
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with minimal white head, though the pint I was served was quite cold.

I asked for this beer only knowing it was called "Big Daddy," but upon smelling the pint it was apparent it was an IPA because of the overwhelming hop smell-- on the order of Stone magnitude. The initial flavor was excessively hoppy for my tastes, but the aftertaste I found lingered quite pleasantly.

Photo of MisterClean
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Friend bought some bottles from the Nugget

A - Golden pour with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated slow, leaves a nice lacing.

S - Notes of toffee, flower, and bittering hops.

T - Toffee upfront with flower, grass, and bittering hops.

M - Full bodied, with notable hop domination. Slighlt dry finish.

D - Overall good. Will drink again, but nothing craptacular.

Photo of GJ40
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a moderate head and lots of lacing.

S - Citrusy and floral hops with a hint of alcohol and yeast.

T - Toasted malt flavor with piney and grassy hop flavor. Not my style of IPA.

M - High in carbonation and a bit thin.

D - Not bad but not one I'd rush back to. It looks much better than it tastes. A bit too piney for me.

Photo of RunDWP
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today, I'm hear to tell you about a beer I've enjoyed for some time now. It's a classic West Coast IPA from Speakeasy.

Pours the traiditional hazy orange color, with a fluffy, substitial, and stubbornly persistant white head floating on top. The smell greats me with a strong citrus aroma with a little malt in their. The taste is well balanced and fresh. There's some malt in their, but plenty of grapefruity hops goodness, maybe a little orange peel note lurking in their, and a nice piney, resin like finish. They give it the right level of carbonation and the decent amount of malt gives this one a hefty mouthfeel for the style. Since they resist the temptation to punch you in the mouth with a bunch of hops that a few West Coast brewers can't resist, it's very drinkable for the style.

One the most solid, well crafted IPA you'll find.

Photo of Bubba83
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 45 degrees. Fairly quick pour yields 1.5 finger widths of fine head. The beer is a chill hazed sunset orange bordering on shades of amber. The head is comprised of small bright white bubbles. Spiderweb lacing and a thin ring of head all the way down the glass.

I like the depth of the aroma. There's a lot going on here. The most dominant aspect is Caramel, followed by some earthy grain and cardboard. Some pine needles are here too.

Taste comes in like bread at first, and quickly migrates to toffee, then caramel and finally butterscotch. Background of cardboard. Citrus and pine along with some raw bitterness round it out on the swallow and the butterscotch stays a little after the swallow.

Great mouthfeel. Chewy, smooth, perfectly carbonated, and finishes semi-wet and satisfying.

Drinkability is alright. Some warming alcohol characteristics in the swallow and the butterscotch aftertaste can become a bit much at times. Gets a little better as it warms.

Interesting stuff that is pretty different than any other IPA on the market. Seek it out when you want a change of pace.

Photo of hophead247
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle...Yellow gold color. Thin head fades fast with 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 drinkable and overall a decent IPA

Photo of jdklks
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

this beer is GOLD, plain gold with a frothy white head.

i love the smell of hops

flavor is hops up front with sweet, citrusy fruits in the finish. a very unpleasant tootsie-roll flavored aftertaste... yuck!

somewhere between light and medium bodied (by my standards at least).

drinks okay until halfway through when the tootsie-roll aftertaste comes in and you swear to yourself you wont ever drink this again (though i probably will at some point).

disappointing overall.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.