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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 35
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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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
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.74/5  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
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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

Pours clean amber with a small white head and plenty of lacing.
Aroma is pine resinous floral.
First taste impression is grapefruit hops. Resinous, piney, and just a hint of sweetness from the malts. Very crisp then dry on the tongue. Like a ruby red grapefruit at the finish. Really nice hoppy IPA. Cost $1.69 for the 12 ounce bottle.
Drinkability is quite good considering the fairly high 6.5% abv.
One of the better IPAs.

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, foamy, white head. It left thin traces of lace.

S - The pine aroma was obvious without having to put my nose near the glass. Nice floral notes and citrusy smells.

T - It tasted of burnt toast and roasted malt. Nice caramel flavor, too. Very well balanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It was medium-bodied with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good IPA. Great aroma and a very good bottle with the eyes on the neck.

Photo of Irie
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured with a tall head with good lacing and a clear yellow-red tint. Rich all hop aroma with only hints of malt.
Interesting balance of hops. Lots of body hops, but surprisingly it doesn't seem to have much finishing hops. I like the flavor and feel of it, but there's a bitter taste after the aftertaste that lingers a bit more than one would like. Still a good body and a nice finish.

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Ten Stone in the Queen's Village section of Philadelphia.

Pours a clear amber color with thin, foamy white head. Aroma is dominatded by citrus hops with a faint malt backbone. Well-balanced and quaffable IPA with a nice amount of malt balancing out huge citrus hop flavor. Kind of sweet with a bitter hop finish.

Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful IPA, balanced for the style, with a lot of flavour.

Gold, it has a medium, off-white head steadily srhinking to permanent thin, wispy top and ring, and leaving some decent lace.

The aroma is light, sweetly malty and fruity with citrus (grapefruit clearly noticeable but not overpowering and blended with lemon and orange), honey, some bread.

The taste is nice, creamy, yet with a crisp, clean finish. It has full, malty sweetness just dominated by light bitterness, nice balance, a rich, full body, yet very zesty and crisp. It has malty grain, fruity, citrus (again, grapefrui just dominant but with lemon and orange), herb, spice.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to ThreeWiseMen for providing this in a trade.

Thick big bubbled off white head. Translucent honey gold color. No visible carbonation. Some big splotches of lacing.

Fruity & pine aroma. A little sweeter than I had expected.

Real Nice flavor. Some bread like tones, Pine flavor. Some residual sweetness. Pretty nice IPA. Some nice citrus notes, but I get more of Pine. Not nearly as bold as Green Flash, Blind Pig or some of the other BIG west coast IPa's..

Nice crisp and somewhat smooth IPA. Very drinkable.

Photo of ironlung
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal-clear extra light orange bordering on yellow. Standard 2-finger head. Great retension. Nice lace.

S: Lemon/pine citrus. Biscut malt.

T: Great hop profile. Tastes like lemon zest mixed with some pine needles. I love it. A shining example of a west coast IPA.

M: Crisp. Palate clensing. Perfect IPA for a spicy meal or even a hearty salad.

D: High. Nice to have this on deck in the bay area all the time.

Photo of troutmask96
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent session IPA here, but I'm disappointed at $10.99 a sixer. Just not the full-bodied west coast IPA experience I was expecting. The hop wallop is definitely here, but the malt really thins out, leading to a curious imbalance. I'll finish my sixer and move on...

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow color with a cloudy translucency. Small 1 finger foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing.

S: Strong citrus hop aroma w/ a hint of sweetness in the nose.

T: Smooth hoppy citrus flavor. Nice hop taste without to much bite and a slight sweet vanilla taste in the finish.

M: Thin to medium body beer with nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable beer, good summer beer.

I really like this brew. First had it at the Craft Beer Fest in Boston back in June. Great smooth IPA that I will definitely go back to again and again.

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

Served on-tap in a clear 16oz pint glass.

The on-tap version of this IPA is very similar to the bottle version with amber-gold color, piney slightly tropical fruity aroma and highly bitter but one-dimensional flavor. The exceptions that make the on-tap version a little less desirable are that the aroma and bitterness are tempered by the as-usual too cold serving temperature. The mouthfeel is too thin and is the main drawback of this beer.

It went well with my 1/2 pound turkey burger with onion rings, but it is nothing to get too excited about. It would probably go with spicy wings or Asian food pretty well, too.

Photo of thain709
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy organish yellow...a little white head...with light lacing

S - Great smell...floral hops...maybe some citrus notes

T - Hops throughout the mouth...pine and floral hops...very well balanced

M - Very light with good carbonation

D - One of my favorite IPA's...I was very happy with this...and I look forward to trying the Double Daddy IPA

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.