Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPA
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1,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 35
Gots: 110 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
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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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
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
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
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Photo of bifrostguard
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear light amber color. Nice tall white head that leaves moderate lacing.

S - Piney, citrus and floral hops with just a bit of malt sweetness.

T - Very nice. Mostly hops of the earthy variety as well as some citrus notes and just enough malt to keep this brew from falling apart. Crisp finish.

M - Thin but still pleasing.

D - It is so thin and satisfying that I find it a fast drinker. This is a great session brew that I will come back to this football season.

Photo of BelgianAleSlut
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chose a solo 12 oz. as part of a mixed six pack option from my beer market. First beer from Speakeasy.

Pours hazy/cloudy with nice white foam, looks very nice. Smell is intense with citrus/grapefruit aroma.

Aroma is deceiving as hop bitterness is not as present - assume emphasis is on dry hopping. Malt is a little too thin as well.

This would have rated better with me in my earlier IPA days. There are too many full flavor IPAs out there where this one comes up short.

However, I can imagine many beer drinkers prefer their IPAs this way and I tried to reflect this in my rating.

Photo of beerguy02169
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I found this beer in the spring and have been hooked since its got an awesome hop flavor with a nice crisp finish. One of the best I.P.A.s I have had as far as flavor and drinkability. A six pack is dangerously easy to put away. If you are an ipa fan you will love this beer.

Photo of boralyl
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves loads of lacing and has a great retention. The beer itself is a hazy, golden, orange.

S - Definitely smells like a west coast IPA. Lots of citrusy and flowery hops on the nose.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp.

T - Begins with some bready malts. The hops then kick in pretty hard with citrusy hops first followed by the flowery hops leaving a pretty bitter aftertaste. There's a small amount of piny hops sprinkled throughout the end, but the citrus and flowery hops take the show.

A pretty decent IPA. Being west coast style it's a bit hoppier and more bitter than you average IPA, but it goes down well.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy, rustic gold with light amber highlights with a frothy white head with moderate staying power.

S: a big, dry floral hopping with grapefruit and a dry malty sweetness.

T: pine/grapefruit with a big floral hopping providing a nice bitterness in the beginning that was balanced by the malt sweetness in the finish. There were light grassy hints as well detected.

M: lively from the strong, vibrant carbonation with a prickly citrus bite that was sharp and pronounced. The texture was a tad rough around the edges while the flavor fades much quicker then one would like.

D: Ok drinkability, a sharp, bitter ipa that drank big and dry.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. pours a beautifully rich light marigold color with a light haze. A thin but dense creamy yellow head capped the beer nicely and left some thin lacing behind.

s. Rich citrus hops blend with candied malts creating a powerful west-coast aroma. Floral undertones come through along with more caramel, figs and candy as the ale warms up a bit.

t. Hops! Citrus hops hit first and then are quickly followed by sweet, almost candy-like malts with honey, maple and figs. There's very minimal piney bitterness, with the citrus hops providing most of the tart bitterness. Very nice indeed. Compared to other west-coast IPAs, this one has more honey and tangerine notes, with nice floral notes, and lacking much of the pine and juniper. A solid winner in my book.

m. nice mouthfeel, a little high on the carbonation, but not overwhelming. Crisp and light, especially given the malty sweetness that accompanies it. Light-medium body fits the flavor profile nicely.

d. Very drinkable. The sweetness and candied malt makes this one definitely worth trying. It's a solid west-coast IPA with the citrus hops and subtle floral notes, but it's got some interesting characteristics that make it a pleasure to drink, and drink more I could, very easily.

Photo of mjryan
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a dense two finger head. Great retention with decent lace. Aroma is of citrus hops, slight pine and a little yeasty bread in the back ground. Flavour hits you with citrus hops first then slides into a slight honey like sweet malt character which is erased by the firm, but not overpowering hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a great smooth mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and highly recommended!

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear amber color with a big chewy white head and an intense lace. The aroma is a piney blend of potatoe chips and chocolate malt, pretty nice. The flavor is almost smokey malt with a citrus bitterness and an odd soapy sort of quality which isn't too apetizing. It has a midland feel, decent, but the taste is hard to embrace. The maltiness saves it but I'm not too high on this fairly drinkable ipa.

Photo of ABHatter
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive Pour into 16oz. tumbler reveals a semi cloudy pale orange color with virtually no head whatsoever. Lacing is minimal.

S- Smell is of a typical west coast IPA, Pungent Hops, Orange peels with a tad of honey. The malt is almost non existent on the nose at first but somehow shows it face towards the end of the pint. Call me crazy but I'm picking up a mild buttery popcorn smell.

T- Taste is quite good. Good citrus fruit entry, which then gives way to a honey like sweetness then a nice hoppy bitterness to finish it off. Grapefruit like tartness all around make this a very enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel is also quite good due to the decent balance of this beer. Medium to light carbonation really seems to help the mouthfeel on this one.

Drinkiability is pretty good overall. I could have as many as 3 consecutively.

Overall this is a solid West Coast IPA. Good balance of citrus fruits & hoppiness. Although I would prefer to drink Stone IPA or Ballast Point over this, I did find it to be a pretty enjoyable IPA and certainly worth a try. Most definitly a nice fix for the hophead.

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

Poured my first ever Big Daddy IPA from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: The beer was a hazy golden orange. It had a white head and left only little lacing.

Smell: It's an IPA so it's not to difficult to guess what it's going to smell of. HOPS! Also some citrus aroma.

Taste: Very hoppy and smooth.

A great example of IPA's and easy to drink.

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured is a yellowish gold color. There was a very short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass. There is a scent of both malts and hops. The taste begins with an abundance of hops bitterness, that fades in to a sweeter taste. There is a balance of malt that even out the beer. The one downfall is a bit of a bitter aftertaste to it... however, it's not too overpowering and another sip of beer rectifies that.
Overall, this is a decent beer.

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.