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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,046 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 28
Gots: 69 | 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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laintringulis

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Served in a pubglass. Pours a golden amber color with large white frothy head, tight light carbonation. Suprisingly large amounts of lacing.

Smells very earthy and piney. Ginger, lemongrass, and grassy smells are also present. Very light caramel maltiness.

Very unbalanced. Tastes primarily of pine hops with an earithiness. Very little maltiness or citrus flavors presents. I felt that it needed a bit more maltiness for my tastes.

Mouthfeel: It could have had more oiliness to it to help break up the hoppiness. Finishes very abruptly and finishes very dry. Pine residue taste lasts forever.

Not bad beer if you like pine hops. A reasonably good ipa for the money, but not the greatest one out there.

09-29-2006 06:43:40 | More by laintringulis
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Very clear golden, only a small shade darker than a wheat beer. Probably the lightest color IPA I've had. Good white head, about 1" worth. It took a few minutes to dissipate with some lacing.

Smell: Good, typical IPA hops aroma. Very citrusy.

Taste: Strong citrus flavor up front, not much in the middle, finished with a clear hop bitterness. This beer needs a little more balance in the middle with some maltiness, just a little. When the beer warmed, there was a strange, glue-like aftertaste that preceded the bitterness. Strange.

Mouthfeel: Good, medium body. Felt mostly clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: The lack of some kind of maltiness makes this beer very clean and easy to drink. Although, not necessarily what I expected.

08-31-2006 01:26:39 | More by psinderson
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

12 oz. bottle with 004 on the back label. It pours a caramel/amber color that looks unfiltered with extremely active carbonation and a two finger off-white head that is creamy and fairly sticky, leaving big sheets of lace on the glass. In the nose it's predominantly grapefruit, pine, and resiny hops, but there's also some orange, mango, and apricot, although the aroma isn't as strong as I'd like. The flavor is about the same, with resiny, citric (orange, grapefruit) hops along with mango, a good bitterness, and caramel/biscuity malts to balance. It has medium carbonation and finish with a body that is smooth and glides easily across the tongue and goes down pretty easily.

08-25-2006 20:52:32 | More by mmmbeer
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dherling

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A nice white head caps a slightly murky honey orange brew. The nose has lots of hops and some sweetness to it too. The beer itself taste good, with an IPA bitterness to it, but not overwhelming. You can taste the leaf of the hops, and not as strong on the bitterness. It is well balanced in that respect. The finish does leave some bitterness on the tongue and in the back of the throat.

Personal note: I am not a particular fan of IPAs, I prefer maltier beers to hop driven ones. Hop heads might be a bit underwhelmed by this beer, but the average beer drinker should enjoy this.

08-21-2006 01:22:09 | More by dherling
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

I sample this while a visit on the West Coast. Poured a semi cloudy coppery orange color with a good head and limited lacing. Both detracted quickly.

The smell was mostly hoppy but some lighter caramel malts were noticed in the background. The hops had a earthy almost spicy scent to them. There was also a slight yeasty smell but very feint.

The taste was balanced well between malt and hops. The malt had some basic flavor with a wispy caramel flavor a the backend. The hops came out nicely but had a strong finishing flavor and very little bitterness. The hops had a tad citrus but mostly grapefruit taste.

The body was light to mid feel and just a tad wispy. Some soapy background as well. Overall nothing fantastic but for non-hop heads a very easy drinking IPA.

08-17-2006 20:34:49 | More by Oxymoron
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured a hazy apricot color with massive white puffy head. Very attractive lacing as the head slowly feel to a thick coating. Smnell is predominately grassy hops with a slight sweet malt background. Taste follows through on the smell with the hops in the foreground and the malt gining a nice balance Finishes only slightly dry, and very thirst quenching. An excellent example of the style. Will definitely try again.

08-11-2006 23:52:10 | More by tgbljb
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rgrace99

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Good thick head with some lacing. Color was a deep gold with moderate carbonation. Aroma was citrusy hops. Taste was also hops, finishing with a malty sweetness. Very easy to put away but not an overwhelming example of the variety.

08-07-2006 16:17:35 | More by rgrace99
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours from the 12oz bottle a medium golden color topped by a small, creamy white head that lingers a bit. Not much carbonation results in a pretty still-looking beer. Aroma is mostly fresh, crisp floral hops and just a touch of lightly sweet malt. Palate is more crisp floral hops, with a residual sweetness from the malt that complements the up-front hoppiness. The medium body could use just a bit more carbonation, but is still pleasant. A relatively light, easy-drinking IPA that's true to the west coast style.

07-25-2006 05:51:59 | More by ElGordo
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours up a lightly hazed pale goldenrod color with thin off white head. Aromas mostly of piney, citrusy hops with a light malt sweetness underneath. Slightly bitter upfront and moving towards a malt sweetness mid-palate and swaying back to a bitter, astringent finish. Trace amount of mineral flavor. Not overpoweringly bitter, but it is certainly within IPA standards. Maybe a slight bit undercarbonated. Not my favorite IPA to date, but a good one that has a west coast feel to it. Maybe a little too thin, but it's hot out and the beer's cold. Cheers.

07-22-2006 01:03:19 | More by crookedhalo
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours a light copper / golden straw color with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing behind. Smell is mostly hoppy...pine and citrus, with some sweetness lurking in the background. The taste is actually quite refreshing. Hoppy and bitter, but sweet caramel tries to keep it all in check. The hops win, though. Mouth feel is thin and watery with a dry finish. Hop oils keep it slick on the tongue. I have another one left to drink...and I will...but I won't go out of my way to get anymore.

07-17-2006 16:28:26 | More by Imstillthegman
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MLegendre

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

This is the beer that got me into IPA's and still one of my favorites. Unfortunatly the store where I live that used to carry it no longer does so it's a rare occasion that I get to enjoy this or any or the many fine brews from Speakeasy.

A: Very light yellow with a very thin white head but lots of sticky lacing that sticks to the glass all the way down. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top.

S: Very strong smell of piney hops. A little citrusy like lemon

T: A very bitter IPA. There is a noticable malt sweetness, but it stays in the background, the hops is the main focus. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste. Hopheads will love this.

M: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, goes down very smooth with a dry finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D: A very strong solid IPA. If you love hops you will love this beer. Some people didn't like the lack of malt, but it's one of my favorite things about this beer. Keeps strong with hops, but not so strong that it's overbearing like a Double IPA.

07-09-2006 21:15:13 | More by MLegendre
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sullysbeer

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Aroma: Earthy, spicey hop aroma. Slight alcohol. Caramel sweetness

Appearance: Brilliant Gold, Very clear. White head retention that settles back into the glass and rings the sides.

Flavor: Huge grape fruit, Grassy, Spicey hop flavor balanced with a malty sweetness and finishes dry with a lingering bitterness that's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body.

Overall Impression: Well, if your a hop head you have to try this. Nothing to drop everything for but for sure a great India Pale Ale. Why they named it "Big Daddy?" I have no idea, but I bought it.

07-05-2006 17:08:14 | More by sullysbeer
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TheBungyo

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

I was shocked when I poured and saw a liquid I would associate more with a Witte. It looked almost white! Nose is grapefruit, lemon and orange. No malt smells to speak of. Taste is grapefruit, pine, lemon and a seltzery taste. I honestly can't detect any malt flavor. In a way it's kind of cool to get a naked hop taste, but I do miss my malt. That said though, I think this would make a terrific session IPA. Though the malt doesn't show much, the hop flavor isn't so robust that it kicks you in the face and demands your submission. I could definitely see picking up a sixer of this from time to time ... if I didn't have to rely on Clickpush to kindly include it in a trade that is ...

06-19-2006 09:32:16 | More by TheBungyo
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arizcards

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Picked up a bottle at AJ's just before Christmas for $2.29.

Beer poured a dark golden color with a nice fluffy well sustaining head. Nose initially was of grapefruit, and is somewhat malty in mid bottle. Taste is of astringent grapefruit with a big bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth quality to it. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a bit of an unusual ipa but it is worth a try.

06-18-2006 23:08:15 | More by arizcards
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Consumed at Smokin Joes
A: Great bottle- I am a big fan of their screened labels. Classy and unique. Golden yellow with some slight hints of amber (sort of a golden amber color) with a big, sticky, fluffy head that sticks around throughout. Really nice lacing also.
S: Citrus rind and citric acid hit you at first and give way to a nice hop and oily hop smell. Some herbal notes derived from the hop and a slight cake malt that's in there somewhere but is not picked up on every whiff. Floral undertones smooth out the citric smells.
T: Parallels the smell with tons of hops and oily hop flavors. Citric rind and pulp flavors are abound and provide some of the dominant flavors-grapefruit and lemon being most predominant. Floral flavors smooth the edges of the citrus flavors and add a nice compliment. There are some cake-like malts in there, but most of the time they are pushed aside by hops, and I don't mind. Hop bitterness at the end that finishes long. Nice flavor profile.
MF: medium and finishes long and bitter.
Overall: A hop heads delight. There are slight malt flavors in there, but they are no match for the hoppy overtones. Great citrus and floral flavors that provide the essential bite just the way I like it. The more brews I have by Speakeasy the more I am impressed.

06-14-2006 17:00:46 | More by Illinick
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asabreed

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz. bottle with the eyes on the neck staring at me, which is awesome. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with some bubbles floating up, not a lot but a good amount I suppose. A decent frothy head, though fairly uniform in its thickness. Fairly spidery lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of strong and piney hops with some citrus as a backbone. I also get a good amount of sweet malt, and everything's balancing pretty nicely. Strong, but balanced, and not overpowering in any way.

Taste: The aroma comes through well. More bitter and piney hops than malt in the taste, however. There's not much malt finish for those non-hopheads, but the hops are strong and lingering. There IS a malt presence, but it's just not as present by this finish... Very drinkable stuff.

Mouthfeel: Feels slightly watery and slick before the final burst of carbonation. Wish it was a little fuller. Maybe more malt would help that?

Drinkability: This is extremely tasty. It doesn't take huge risks, but it's definitely a West Coast IPA, and one that I could very much see making a session brew.

06-07-2006 23:06:07 | More by asabreed
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 for 12oz)
pours a bight golden with a slight head.
the aroma is hopsack and a bit piney.
the flavor is a little thin, very hoppy, little bit of malt, spice.
this beer is alright, little watery, not enough malt flavor.
worth a try

05-21-2006 03:05:11 | More by plaztikjezuz
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

Light orange copper with a clingy white lace. Decent carbonation streaming. Light body. Grapefruit is the predominant flavor and smell. There is almost no pine or juniper as one expects with an IPA. Hints of pineapple in the flavor. Finish is dry but a bit chalky. Average on all accounts. Underhopped with little malt base to compensate.

05-17-2006 22:10:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
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IntriqKen

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

I swear, there must be an IPA for every taste.
Big Daddy pours a slightly darker clear yellow (morning after piss?) with a nice 1 finger white head that melts to medium lacing.
Aroma is orange and pineapple
Taste is also orange and pineapple with a moderate citrus peel hops bite....
Mouthfeel is comfortable for an IPA...not too thick, but not thin either. I like it alot.
Aftertaste is citrus peel but not obtrusively...(that's supposed to mean that the aftertaste doesn't get in the way or overpower).
This one is very drinkable...not a knock out....but pleasant and drinkable.

05-11-2006 23:38:22 | More by IntriqKen
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

A very pale, watery straw in color. A sandr drift white, pasty sheet of head that leaves trails of dimpled, whispy lacing.

A bit citrus nose: lemon, grapefruit, lime. Very clean, bright fruity aromas. Bright citrus hops jumping from the glass with tones of earthen, floral hops.

Citrus hops and tropical fruits initially: pear, lemon, lime. Musty, powdered floral hop effect with some astringent wheats and grains. A moderate hop bitterness that is quite musty followed by a Cascade hop aftertaste.

Light, medium bodied; bright but a touch filmy on the palate.

A bright and drinkable IPA from the Left Coast, drank on the Left Coast. Decent but flawed. I'd have another, but probably wouldn't buy another six pack.

04-30-2006 03:53:41 | More by NEhophead
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SethB2

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Despite an aggressive pour, this beer produced a very small head and it disappeared very quickly leaving very little lacing. The color looks like an IPA however. Orangish and cloudy. Smell of grapefruit .... and that's about it. Tastes good, but very week for an IPA. The hops are there, but not nearly as impressive as many in the same style Mouthfeel and drinkability are also just average.

Overall, an OK IPA, but nothing that I would seek out again.

04-23-2006 01:58:26 | More by SethB2
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nortmand

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours straw yellow, with little head. Way too light.

Ruby red grapefruit dominates the smell. Very bright citrus, little malt.

Grapefruit up front. Astringency dominates in the mid palate. Very resinous bitter at the end. Malt is too subdued. Well, hopped, but missing the oomph of malt.

Medium body with a bright fizz, fairly refreshing and drinkable for the hottest day of the year so far.

04-14-2006 23:19:04 | More by nortmand
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Liked the bottle design, very bunusual for a 12 oz to be screen printed.
Clear golden coloure ale with a large frothy/bubbly off white head.
WOW, very nice strong spicy/lemony hop aroma to this one.
mmm the taste is bitter alraight, but for me not the usual IPA. Its a mild bitterness and almost smooth, yet long lasting and turns syruppy sweet, almost honeyish in the end.
Not a bad mouthfeel at all, semi=smooth.
Overall a pretty tasty and slightly off kilter IPA, well worth tasting again.

04-05-2006 20:23:41 | More by Reidrover
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ReDave

California

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%

This is a great IPA. One of my favorite beers. Nice light straw golden color. Great hoppy aroma. Not so subtle bittering hops. Just a touch of malt for balance. Great bitter after-taste. Nice white slightly lingering head, with sticky lace all the way down.
Nice dry finish.

04-04-2006 01:21:54 | More by ReDave
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Crosling

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Light in color. Pure, oily, raw and invigorating hop aroma calms my senses, allows me to relax and interpret what I am exactly smelling. Dripping honey covered pine needles. Orange. Other fruits. The hops are undeniably huge and fairly shocking but the sweet, fruity and sugary malt presence is what makes this a pretty delicious India Pale Ale.

03-20-2006 20:25:58 | More by Crosling
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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