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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,201 Ratings

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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Ratings: 1,201 | Reviews: 465
Photo of blackc5
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle I received as a gift. This was a pretty mild IPA in my book, in all aspects. The color seemed a bit on the golden side, and the aromas were fairly mild. What was there was the expected scents of citrus and floral notes, with a bit ot bready malts.

Flavors matched this profile as well, no real changes from the aroma when you taste, other than the hops being a bit milded than they should be in comparison to the malts. I found it to be a decent, but fairly predictable IPA all around - by no means a great IPA.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Brass Rail.

Much lighter in color than expected, slipping into the light golden/yellow range. Smell of piney hops with a nice malt backbone. Taste is piney hops up front followed by a stong malt taste and finishing slightly bitter. Overall a good example of an American IPA. Not supper but solid.

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

Served in a pint glass at the Brass Rail.

A: The IPA is a pale golden color, translucent, with a half a finger of white head. As I made my way though the glass, the head laced nicely in strata.

S: The IPA has a decent hop aroma, citrusy and crisp, that is paired with plenty of pale biscuit malts.

T: Like the nose, the ale has a decent hop streak that is met with plenty of malts. Grapefruit and citrus are pleasantly bitter with a sweet tang while the malts are bready and light. While I say light, the flavors are rather strong, standing out against the hops, even overtaking them at times. Bitterness is the lasting flavor.

M: The IPA gets the job done, throwing equal amounts of hops and malts at you.

D: Okay. I did prefer it to the Bashah that followed it, if that means anything.

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

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from Whole Foods in Henderson, NV. This beer is a clear light orange color with a minimal off-white head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing under a top ring on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and hops. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with citrus and resiny hops flavors, plus a touch of malt in the background. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness left over. Above average overall.

Photo of mbudner
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden color, not very hazy. 2-finger head that looks quite frothy/creamy and stays nicely. When head recedes, it leaves a nice, full lacing.

S- From the head, I'm getting pretty typical west coast IPA-type aromas. Predominantly floral and piney notes. I smell a slight bready maltiness, which I anticipate to come through more with a taste of the brew.

T- The taste is a bit of a let down based on the smell. The hops aren't nearly as strong as aroma would have you believe and there is not much going on for the malt bill. It is a bit bready, but this leaves without lingering at all as well. All of the flavors are great and it is much more balances that I expected, but they all seem to be extremely muted leaving a very mild overall impression.

M- Solid mouthfeel, pretty much what I would expect from a beer of this manufacture. Good creaminess, but ample carbonation to make it appropriate for the style.

D- I could drink a lot of these, but I don't know how many I would want if other beers were around to sample. The bitterness/lingering nature of the hops is virtually nonexistent making it quite easy to drink, for better or worse

Photo of kshankar
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a white foamy head. Lacing is good, and the thick head stays with the beer most of the way down. It de-thickens as more is drunk up

Aroma is citrus, floral, hops. Not much malt backing that I can get..

Taste is similar. Citrus and floral with the hops, but the malt is lacking. I expect more of a malt backbone than this.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, somewhat crisp.

Drinkability..its not bad in this. Overall, its a drinkable IPA, but it isn't as good as others I've had. Malt backing is not as high, and the hop profile, while good, is a bit muted.

Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA but it doesn't stand out in the way that many west coast enthusiasts seem to think. I like this beer, it has very good hop flavor and aroma, good taste, mouthfeel and bitterness. Had this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Very good but not much better than the upper tier IPA's.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden color, clear, little bit of head, good lacing

Smell- light citrus, malt, hops

Taste- hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok, definitely not the best IPA I have had, worth a try though it is pretty good, its pretty average for an IPA

Photo of kpoole25
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to glass. Golden, clear yellow, foam had just a little orangey color. Nice juicy fruit smell, very inviting. Really liked the taste, good balance of sweetness and bitterness. I think some have felt this is too hoppy or bitter but I really didn't get that, I'd say the basic Stone IPA or Hop Stoopid goes further that direction. This was just a good all around, not too alcoholic IPA.

Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light amber with a large dense off-white head, and very good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, citrus, some caramel, a touch of malt, and hops.

taste is crisp, citrus, caramel, pine, hops, and malt in the back, ends nicely bitter.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A solid, middle of the road IPA. Nothing too exceptional about it, but enjoyable. I picked this bottle up because they had it at Jungle Jim's and I'd never seen it before. I enjoyed it, but I can't say that I'd seek it out to have it again. There other IPAs, such as Two-Hearted, that are readily available where I live and a good bit better than Big Daddy.

Body is pretty light in color for an IPA, and head is of medium quantity but short-lived duration. Aroma is primarily grassy hoppiness, but is fairly light. There isn't much of a hop punch-in-the-mouth with that first sip, and what there is sort of steadily diminishes with each subsequent sip. Flavor is hoppier in the beginning, but maltiness takes over as you finish the glass. Mouthfeel is unremarkable. Maybe a touch on the thin side, but really not worth talking about for good or bad.

This beer was just sort of OK. I enjoyed it, as I enjoy most beers I drink, but it hardly knocked my socks off.

Photo of PartyBear
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow colour with a pillowy head. The carbonation is quite lively.

Aroma: Floral hops, with a fruity notes of grapefruit, and a heavy citrus.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Dry, bitter, floral hops with mild citric undertones. The malts provide a light sweetness in the middle. The finish is big on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The feel lively and dry.

Drinkability: I am gradually beginning to appreciate a good American IPA, in the past they have been too bitter for me but it seem that the bitterness is something that i"m starting to crave. This beer is one of the best yet. It's bitter but also manages to maintain an overall lightness. If I can get my hands on this again I definitely be buying it.

Photo of capra12
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8/27/09 solo @ The Gingerman,

Appearance: Light wheat/tan color with 1 finger head.

Smell: Citrus hops

Taste: Opens with floral hops which are over taken by citrus hops. The citrus hops come through from the middle to the end. Just before the finish there a slight malt/sweetness leaving a citrus/sweet hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, and dry with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and definitely worth a try. Speakeasy has yet to disappoint.

Photo of eljefe21
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep yellow gold in color. Fluffy, billowy head fills the top of the glass. Some fluffy lacing too.

S: Spicy hop and malt aromas lift from the glass. Not as strong as I like, but definitely present.

T: Malty hop finish. Malts settle sweetly into the middle of the tongue, while the hops burn off on the sides and back.

M: Medium body with some tasty sticky hop residue. Slight lifting carbonation.

D: A solid IPA. I like the hints of hop stickiness and balancing malts. If this was on the right hand coast, I'd be all over it all of the time.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Review notes taken on: 8/2/09

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Attained through a trade

Appearance: Poured a hazy light caramel color. Two fingers of head to start, but it's slowly fading. A thin layer remains on top, with lacing going from head to toe.

Smell: This will be a balanced IPA. The smell is revealing some pine, orange and caramel. Was hoping for something a little more unbalanced, but this will still be enjoyable.

Taste: As the smell revealed, it's a well balanced IPA. A very nice caramel flavor up front, with a pleasant hop flavor/aftertaste. There are enough hops in this to coat my mouth with hop oils, which is always quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, with a nice level of carbonation. The carbonation seems a little bit low, but the beer goes down easy.

Drinkability: I could sip on a few of these, but there are other IPA's that I enjoy more. So far with my West Coast IPA trading, this one comes in 2nd out of the 3. I'm hoping that some of these other ones are better though.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale orange with a fast fading head. Big citrus/pine nose. Shortbread malts, some caramel, a lactic hit in the middle, and stinging clove and lemongrass hops. Creamy feel, a bit of ABV burn.

Good balance for a West Coast IPA. Only moderate hops match with ABV heat hurts the drinkability, though; only half a percent off a DIPA by some standards.

There's a sourness that doesn't belong there; I wonder if this particular bottle was sitting around a while. I've had it better and on tap lots of fresh floral notes come out.

Additional tastings are rounder, with a grapefruit sherbet note to it.

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

355ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope

Poured a nice golden orange colour. White head poured small but pretty thick then faded to light wispy coating with thickish edging... barely any carbonation... some decent lacing lines...

Aroma - Juicy fruits (grapefruits, oranges, limes, apples), lots of strong piney and floral hops, very perfumed, some talcum powder traces, light rubberiness, honey sweetness, some herbalness..

Taste - Lots of floral and citrus hop bitterness followed by light sugary sweetness, juicy tart fruits (grapefruits, lemons, pears), light caramel malts and hints of floral honey, some graininess, tobacco hints, chalky, quite herbal, alcohol just noticeable, perfumed, coppery...

M&D - Smooth and creamy with a little sharp bite... medium / full bodied... pretty quaffable...

Overall - A pretty standard IPA... there are so many better examples but worth a try...

Photo of TheEremite
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember this beer being better than it was. I bought a six pack and expected a decent hoppy IPA. What I tasted was an oxidized malty amber. It is not a bad beer, just not a great IPA. I would have one if I was handed a bottle, but I don't think I will grabbing it off of the shelf any time soon. On the other hand, the wife loves it, so it may show up in our fridge anyway.

Photo of gravytrain
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice golden color with a very nice head that sticks around a while.

Smell is citrusy with a nice grassy note.

Taste is citrusy with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is dry quenching feel.

Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this beer all day.

Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into shaker pint glass. Color was a golden amber, with a white 2 finger head. Head became thin, but clung to sides, and was replenished by rising carbonation. Aroma was hoppy, and citrusy, and slightly sweet. Taste was a bit bitter, with some white bread flavor. Felt thin in the mouth, fairly watery. Easy to drink, possible to session.

Photo of rfgetz
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden and strawlike in color. Thin head and light lacing

S: West coast floral hoppy, slightly citrus

T: Hops... overly hopped without a lot of charachter.

M: Very light and bubbly... almost too light and bubbly

D: The hops used are high quality, but it lacks character

Photo of merryjoulton
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw goldenrod color with no head and minimal lacing. Smell is grapefruit and a tiny bit of malt but mostly just the mildly sticky hops. Taste is tinny and bitter, hints of citrus and pine but nothing to be proud of. This is a very average IPA... it is light in color, bitter, and smells faintly of hops. Nothing really wrong with it, just doesn't impress me. Drinkability is a little above average though.

Photo of Andbrew
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA poured crystal clear golden yellow into flute mid morning on July 4th. Lacing was strong and the head was frothy and substantial. The tiny bubbles could be mistaken for champagne, although it might have just been the flute.

The nose is a hop explosion with a resiny pine and caramel sweetness. A slight hint of vanilla is present underneath the pine. Fantastic overwhelming aroma.

Lot's of body in the mouth with the gravity being a tad above what is right for an IPA. This one is an under performer on taste for what it gives you in the nose. Reasonably bitter with the thickness feeling a bit sugary and filling. I suppose as a hop head it doesn't quite stand up on the bitter for my tastes.

A fine beer, but is a tad heavy for my tastes.

Photo of strengthdoc
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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