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Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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1,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 26
Gots: 46 | 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:
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001)
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Photo of thecarster1


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, hazy golden honey coloring, one finger fades to a bubbly lace with trailing.

s- big tropical fruits here, sweet smelling, citrus hops.

t- tropical comes big again, smooth malt, pineapple, mango, grapefruit bitterness that lingers, sweet.

m- medium, smooth and coating.

d- good drinkability, not what i was expecting here, but enjoyable. didn't quite live up the hype i'd heard about it, but it went down easy none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:17:11 | More by thecarster1
Photo of dmarch


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a large white head. Hoppy aroma, mostly grapefruit and pine. Taste is mainly citrusy hops. Not much malt character in here. This one is primarily hops. The bitterness and light body make it refreshing, but not my ideal IPA. A little more malt to balance this out and this could be fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 00:30:36 | More by dmarch
Photo of Rumrunner


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint style glass
A bitter drinking IPA.
A golden pale color. A 1/4'' head and good lacing. The scent picks up the hops and citrus is very stong with a mild pine quality to follow up.

The flavors are strong with grapefruit and pine. The hops over take the malts on this one. It gives the IPA a good bitter bite. A little more balance between hops and malts would not hurt this IPA.

It has a dry refreshing mouthfeel with some bite to it. It drinks easy and I would not hesitate to order this IPA again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2003 11:41:41 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: super clear yellow/gold with light bubbles on the body. Head is a straight white with no tint rising about 1/3".

Smell: honestly it feels like a strong floral, and after my first sniff it was more like a forest. Honestly no complaints.

Taste: heavy floral, feels light at points granted I am pairing this with an excellent chicken dinner. The hops are strong, definitely room for improvement but still pretty good.

Mouth: medium to heavy, consistent stickiness to the beer.

Overall: good beer and honestly will be ordering another. Have had it before and honestly thought I wrote a review a long time ago about it but I apparently didnt. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 03:08:01 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened the cap and carbonation began gushing out the top volcano-style...it was very unexpected.
The white head after pouring was approximately 2 inches, dense, and sticky. The body is a hazy orange-yellow. The glass I'm drinking out of is nucleated, but I don't think this beer would have had any trouble keeping a thick head throughout drinking.

Citrus fruits (grapefruit/oranges) followed by an interesting yeast nose and sweetness.
If an IPA isn't kicking me in the face with citrus aromatics it's generally defined as being "average."
However, there is a certain earthiness that I don't normally smell in an IPA.

Quite a clean and balanced tasting IPA with nothing out of place. The alcohol is relatively weak and the hops are definitely the strongest component of this beer's flavor profile. There is almost no lingering aftertaste, even after drinking 1/2 way through.

The crisp, clean hops rest delicately on my palate while drinking, but are flushed away after each swallow. There is no grapefruit-rind bitterness, and there is no syrupy sweetness. The body is essentially medium, but drinks like it's light. This is probably one of the most clean IPAs I've ever tried.

Reasonably priced, but nothing special. The flavors are generic, but the beer does possess some subtle differences comparatively. I'd probably recommend this to the non-adventurous soul, but not to one of my fellow BA-ers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:14:28 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of ManuelHerrera


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite the kinda gross sounding name, this is actually a pretty solid IPA.

A - Pours a lighter, pure golden with a frothy white head and feathered lacing. Oh yeah, and the bottle has cool eyes on the neck.

S - Nutty smell purveys on the nose with light alcohol through out. Not overly sharp, malty even.

T - Malty peanut flavor balances simple hop bitterness with a little spice to make a relatively smooth IPA. Sharp, but not too aggressive as many harsher IPAs.

M - Carbonation is used to take the edge of the harsh bitterness. Mildly soapy, and a little thin.

Overall a nice effort from Speakeasy, on the hit side of this hit-or-miss brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 02:42:18 | More by ManuelHerrera
Photo of johnd513


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to barleywinefiend for this one.
This beer pours a golden color with a short head that disappears quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. It must be the light hitting this beer the right way but I love the look and color of this beer. This beer has a nice piny grapefruit smell and taste like many great IPA's that ive had. Not my favorite IPA but its damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 21:47:25 | More by johnd513
Photo of Duttonic


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head pint glass.

A- Roasted yellow in color, 1 1/2 fingers of foam with pour. Lacing. I think it is a sign of quality any time a beer keeps lacing throughout its enjoyment.

S- Earthy, pine, grapefruit, hops, floral.

T- Spicy, crisp, clean, the alcohol is masked well. This would hold up very well with any wild game dish.

M- Rich, I really like the finish with this beer. It is strong, but does not offend the taste buds.

D- This is a fantastic surprise. I really am impressed with this beer. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 04:36:46 | More by Duttonic
Photo of Kisejohn

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:  Some pine and citrus aroma.  Malt sweetness in the mix.

Appearance:  Golden honey color.  Clear and bright.  One finger of head and good lacing.

Flavor:  Pine and citrus flavors much like the aroma.  Bitter to start and in the finish.  Som sweetness in the middle.  Finishes dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel:   Light to medium body.  Good carbonation.

Overall:  This beer is well balanced between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Hop aroma could have been more pronounced.  Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 21:09:55 | More by Kisejohn
Photo of smakawhat


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a shaker pint.

A real nice classic amber orange with lots of cola carbonation rising up. Head is a little soapy off white, laces real nicely and always leaves a puck. Otherwise pretty solid.

Nose is muted hop, a little citrus barely peeks out, some nice hit of caramel malts. Good balance but not hop forward.

Palate hits toned down but real nice balance. Nice sweet malts and light toasty brown sugar. Hop angle comes out nicely with some citrus orange and hits of pine. Mildly coating with a balanced finish on the palate. Carbonation is dialed down nicely letting everything coat.

Overall not an amazing brew, but certainly one to know about. I could easily have this again. Drinks very easily too.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 17:43:46 | More by smakawhat
Photo of guinnessfan


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle compliments of akorsak

A: Golden amber, very slightly clouded with some assorted floaties. Small head, no retention, but with some lacing.

S: Very mild floral note. I think I picked up a small unusual sweetness, also.

T: Strong hop profile, as expected. Starts sweet, maybe malty, then ends bitter. Reminds me of Wmbg. Alewerks Drake Tail IPA, but more astringent. Less medicinal than Hopslam, though.

M: Smooth, yet very carbonated. Leaves a slick feeling. Aftertaste is pleasant, not too bitter.

D: Slightly too sweet, almost cloying. Other than that, an easy drinking IPA. They call it Imperial, but I call it above average.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 03:00:15 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of Jayli


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 04:06:36 | More by Jayli
Photo of boralyl


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 01:34:52 | More by boralyl
Photo of PA-hunter


3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 6.5% abv

Appearance- Clear medium amber with thick white head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell- A pretty good mix of grapefruit citrus along with aromas of pine and grass.

Taste- An initial taste of malt-like biscuit flavor followed up by a blast of hop bitterness. The hop taste is quite fresh and lingers for awile. Traces of some sweet undertones mixed in as well. Hops dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Creamy in body. Finishes dry.

Overall- A generously hopped IPA for sure. Does not have the complexity of some IPA's but nobody could say this beer lacks hops. Still has nice balance and is smooth as is typical of West coast IPA's. A well done brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 04:38:07 | More by PA-hunter
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big head, malt and hops promising start, then dry hop leaf bitterness astringent, citrus. Pine needles, some C hops for aroma. I won't have it again, but for what it is, it was quaffable. Some chocolate in my mouth, more chocolate.

Not bad 30th sample at Radekfest 05, brought by a generous Yankee

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 02:25:02 | More by Sammy
Photo of abfraser


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, pale orange/yellow, with a finger's worth of head. Good lacing.

S: Malt, not much hops given is IPA status

T: Good balance between malt and hops; not overwhelming with the hops as some IPAs get these days (or maybe I've been drinking too many of the later these days)

M: Smooth, average carbonation, tannic hop aftertaste

D: Sessionable. Refreshing at 6.5% abv.

A good IPA for those that aren't hop-heads wanting 20lbs of hops in each beer. Very drinkable, good balance, overall quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 05:43:26 | More by abfraser
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a healthy three finger white head with good retention and tons of pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and light piney hops, sweet malt. Flavor follows, with citrus hops with ligth notes of herbal and piney hops, supported by a good caramel malt body. Finishes with citrus and lingering herbal and citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely made, well balanced IPA, nothing out of the box, but a pleasant hoppy sipper which I enjoyed. This is a solid, dependable brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 03:59:44 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Irie


3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 04:02:26 | More by Irie
Photo of electrified


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Rather light in color for an IPA, golden. Not much of a head, a little lacing. A big floral hop aroma -- smells great. Taste is bitter hopiness, floral and citrus. Not much else there to the taste -- just hops. Light bodied with crisp finish. I like this quite a bit, but it's kind of one dimensional and not on the top of my IPA list.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 02:44:45 | More by electrified
Photo of Wonka


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ.
6.5% ALC./VOL.

Appearance – slightly cloudy golden body with some particulates floating and an ever-rising, modest carbonation stream; pour reaps a 2-finger thick, rocky, white head; rather good lacing

Smell – bright orangey, piney hop on the nose

Taste – not a knock-me-off-my-seat, massive taste experience but the presented level certainly lends itself to having another; hops run the show throughout; dominant, persistent hop with a bit of grain on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – clean, easy drinking and refreshing; pleasant, slightly rising level of carbonation provides a smooth, moderate feel; there’s no 'feel regression' when nearing close (unless its dunked down the throat); close is dry

I’m glad my sampler case came with 2 6’s of Big Daddy. At this point, I prefer it over Prohibition. Big Daddy is a reasonable Summer sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 18:33:26 | More by Wonka
Photo of gdfan47


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 07:07:08 | More by gdfan47
Photo of JTZimmerman


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased for $12.50 per six pack bottle, although I had poured it into a frozen mug as the serving type.

The appearance of this brew is slightly hazy, I read another reviewer that likened the physical charactaristics of this beer to a 'bad hefeweizen' although I see why, I wouldn't say its that bad.

I feel the name lives up to the taste, this is a heavy IPA and Big Daddy seems aptly named, although this beer doesn't have the bright clean flavor some of the other IPA's have, it isn't shabby.

Smell - average, actually not at aromatic as you would think for an IPA but regardless it maintains the almost floral scent.

All in all I would like to try this beer fresh on tap to make a better decision, although I cannot say anything bad about this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 03:06:15 | More by JTZimmerman
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours golden, clear, with 1/4 inch patchy white foam/. Early lacing observed. Leaves islands. Lemon pine nose, sharp. Grapefruit taste, firm hop, even throughout. Latent citrus. Very dry finish, flavorful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:53:13 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden color with a one finger head composed of a billowy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a mix of bready and cracker malt aromas with a decent showing of a grapefruit citrus and pine hop aroma. With a nice caramel and tropical fruit sweetness mixed within the aroma is rather inviting overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier crackery and biscuit taste along with some lighter hop flavors of a more grapefruit nature. As the taste advances it sweetens up a bit with some lighter caramel flavors coming to the tongue and with the more cracker flavor fading a bit. At the same time the hop flavors intensity some with both the grapefruit hop growing stronger as well as some flavor of pine and grassy hop coming to the tongue. In the end, the mix of hop, malt, and sweetness leave a rather crisp and clean hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both were quite nice for the crisp and hopped flavors of the brew, making for a very pleasant drinking IPA.

Overall – A rather crisp and clean, overall drier IPA. Overall quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2014 01:53:16 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of FLima


3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a two finger thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice tropical fruits and floral aroma with notes of pine, menthol, caramel, grapefruit and slightly toasted malts.
Citrusy tropical flavor with a decent bitterness. Notes of pineapples, tangerines, mango, grapefruit, pine, spices, earth, grass and toasted malts. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is present but it is harmonic.
I was expecting a bit more, it is a very good beer though, but with a rather common character (ps. this was bottled eight months ago, thus not that fresh).

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:57:03 | More by FLima
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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