Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPA
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1,154 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,154
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 BryanCarey
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden/amber in color, this beer has a nose that is floral, spicy, a little bit citrus- like, with some caramel and pine. The foam level is nice, sits atop a clear body, and does hold its own for a while, even though it leaves only a small amount of lacing.

Moving to the taste, this IPA offers flavors consistent with other west- coast IPA. The taste of citrus, piney hops dominate, but they rest on the solid malt backbone that adds some caramel malt, pale malt, and bread flavor to the mix. The body of the beer is medium and the ale has a long, dry finish that mellows out with each passing minute.

I love a good IPA and Big Daddy IPA is certainly a beer worthy of a try. With its citrus and floral hop- accented flavor, this IPA is much like other American west coast IPA. At the same time, however, this IPA actually offers a good degree of balance and its malt contributions, while trumped by the flavor of the hops, are still noteworthy and they offer a good, solid base to support the hops.

This IPA is a tasty one for certain and I recommend a six pack if you can track one down. Its distribution base is still somewhat limited, but Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA is certainly a beer worth taking some effort to find.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant orange amber with a frothy, white 2 finger head. Decent retention, the resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Subtle notes of peach and citrus.

Taste - Ooh that's different... and tasty. There's a predominant flavor in there that I wanna say is very candy-like, like a peach or pear or starfruit gummy, and it's supported by a strong citrus undertone. Malt flavors are subdued, but do well enough to give this brew some balance. Flavor profile is fairly simple, and basically finishes the way it starts, but it's a good one. Layers of alcohol warmth and bitter orange peel do present themselves in big gulps and, at least in the orange peel character, hang back behind the top molars well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation providing a lively tingle on the tongue. Finish is somewhat dry.

Overall - A good, original IPA. I can't say I've had one that's close to this. That's hard to accomplish in the hop dominant world of India Pales, and for that I applaud them.

Photo of colforbin73
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served out of a 22oz bomber. pours a nice clear golden yellow and is fairly clear, with no sediment. gets a nice frothy head and maintains it, achieves some lacing in the glass. nice aroma but not over powering.

it is a full frontal floral attack from the first sip. excellent, spritey little bubbles tickle the back of the tongue -- it is a sweet and appropriately bitter swallow.

this beer has been around awhile. in the last 7 or 8 years other more intensely hoppy and dipa-level-ABV West Coast IPAs like Green Flash have come along and make it seem a bit more tame now, not the hop bomb it used to seem to be.

it's a GO-TO everyday type beer now, along with Lagunitas IPA and others. nothing to turn your nose up at at all.

Photo of fourplayed
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear pale yellow golden with thin white head and sticky lacing.

smells are mild sweet malts, grains, some earthy hops.

taste is hops first earty and bold, malts, and some bread.

Lite body with mild carbonation, decent hop bite and dry finish, some alcohol warmth.

Good Hop forward brew, nice and earthy with decent malt and yeast backbone. Nothing sweet in the flavors. Bigger hops that your normal ipa.

Photo of mikeg67
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Zippelin Bier Garten, Jersey City. Pours golden with long lasting, foamy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and some ripe fruit. Finish is long and balanced. Nice, not too hoppy, balanced IPA.

Photo of Chambic
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

01.14.10 at Wish in San Francisco

A: clear, golden, bright with fluffy head

S: like hops and citrus

T: extremely fresh, can easily tastes the grain, with an orange finish

M: nice carbonation, great for chugging

D: a great local beer to enjoy anytime

Photo of JamesP123
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tuplip glass.

A. Light orange color, minimal hazing. Looks to be filtered. Pours a huge 2 inch head that lingers. Nice lacing down the entire glass.

S. Hops, hops, hops. Distinctly floral nose. Smelling a littl emalt weetness, but barely.

T. A very tasty first sip, the floral hops dominate the taste buds. Not very bitter for an IPA. Also not picking up much flavor other that the slightly citrsy/floral hop profile.

M. A bit light, while you can see some carbination in the pour, it doesn't come across in the mouthfeel. Nat bad, but not that great, hence the avg. rating.

D. This is an easy drinking IPA, good session beer for us hop heads. Pretty light for the style, but has lots of hop flavor.

Photo of fattire513
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time drinking this one and I'm pretty impressed with how this IPA isn't too overwhelming. I could definitely drink a couple of these in a night. The malt and hops pretty much equal each other out.

A: orange glow with very minimal head on the pour

S: A slight but of citrus, with a dash of hops

T: A slight cirus flavor, hops are apparent but not too strong

M: Not too bitter, stays on the palette for a good after taste

D: definitely a good choice for a rainy night doing some reading. Would definitely enjoy this on tap somewhere during a warm summer night.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy bone color head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits and citrus zest. Taste is of of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel and medium body. Overall, this is a good IPA with a better taste than smell.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden. The head was just slightly off-white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was very well done with huge grapefruit and citrus. A malty aroma resided in the background.

The flavor was bitter, but missing a malt component. The hop flavor dominates the flavor that is present. The flavor is tasty, but not very complex.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter which plesantly lasted into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light.

I suspect they filter this beer within an inch of it's life and it loses some flavor and body in the process, however it is very easy drinking and the bottles are definitely cool! I'd love to sample this beer prior to filtering.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of musicman575
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even on tap, it didn't have much head, but bubbles continuously rose from everywhere. Light amber in color. Little flora and lots of citrus in the smell, which wasn't as bold as many other IPAs. Good and bitter, pretty bright. Again, citrusy hops and some pine with pale malt aftertaste. Finishes clean with good carbonation.

Photo of vande
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bottle I had later found in a shipper box I was about to reuse...nice suprise...

A -- a golden yellow with a two finger thick head floatin on top...

S -- Light aroma of hops.. a slight hint of citrusy hops, nothing heavy though...

T -- an easy beer to drink, one I could sit down on the patio and drink 5-6 while playing cards or a game of bags...

M -- creamy, somewhat lighter IPA... but the palate seemed to enjoy...

0 -- It was a nice find in a box put away.. a great extra to grab :)

Photo of Chizoad
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A worthy beer. Of course you probably can't find it easily outside of the Bay Area, but lots of bars stock it and it beats the hell out of the usual Bud fare.

Got a pitcher, fired it into a nonic, and found a nice, amber brew with fat bubbles and a lingering, lacy head that was a very pleasant surprise. Often I find the beer I get on draft is headless (maybe soap residue on glasses?), but this one had great retention.

Good bitter hops but the nose doesn't exactly entice you in. In fact I was quite surprised by the flavor which is by far better than the aroma. Classic west coast hopping of this beer, but not a huge bitterness or complexity. If I had to compare it to something else, it's like the little brother of Racer 5 from Bear Republic. Well balanced.

Medium body, never becomes overwhelming, leading to good drinkability. The ABV% is a little tall to pound back too many pints of this one, but it goes down pretty easy.

Photo of DrainBamage
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a single 12oz of this for a decent price so I picked one up. Pours a light brown carmel color. Small head the resedes but leaves it thin. When you take a smell of this the hops jump right at you. Which is what you'd expect from an IPA. Mouthfeel is high carbonated. More than you'd expect since you don't see much carbonation rising up in the glass. Taste is nice and bitter with a bitter aftertate on the palate. I'm a sucker for IPAs and this one is pretty good and above average.

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 Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer is a godlen straw yello with a slightly hazy clarity. There are signs of carbonation coming up through the glass and the small head has reduced and left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: nice and citrusy folks, a little alcohol, and sweet caramel and bready malts too.

Taste: the crystal and bready malts take over and somewhat balance out with the citrus and tangerine notes. Bitterness is noticeable up front too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, delicious, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Not a shabby IPA from the west coast. I have had this beer and I am happy to have once laid my hands on another bottle. Will be enjoying more of these in the future.

Photo of PTEdelman
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%

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

Not a typical IPA appearance. Golden in color with a white head that left lace.
Big hop aroma. Citrusy, piney hops with pale malts underneath.

Taste is also dominated by citrusy, piney hops. Pale malts do a good job of balancing this one, but can't quite match the onslaught of hops. This is one of those beers that seems to have the necessary components, but just doesn't hit the spot for me and I can't quite figure out exactly why.

Good mouthfeel.
Drinkable, but didn't leave me desiring another.

Overall, a solid IPA, but not one I'm in a hurry to find again.

Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for sharing this one!

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 tar
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking painted bottle with two shifty eyes on the neck. Pours a transparent golden with a small head which quickly disappears to little more than a layer of white bubbles. Wonderfully strong hop aroma--floral and citrus scents dominate. Very nice tasting, but almost exclusively of flowery and fruity hops. Finishes dry and with a nice bite of hops. Despite the strong ever present hops and poor balance in this beer, I did not find the taste to be overpowering. A good and drinkable beer, although it felt a bit thin, almost watery, in the mouth.

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

This poured out a hazy golden yellow with about a half-inch of white rocky foam atop the body. The head quickly falls to a cap of bubbles and leave sparse lacing around the glass. The aroma is very hoppy with citric hops being the main ingredient and floral and earthy hops coming up as well. No traces of malt were detected in the aroma at all. A strong citric hop flavor hits you tongue as soon as you start to sip this and the hoppy bitterness doesn’t stop even after you swallow. Floral hops also come out quite strong making for an all around hop assault. The after taste is a lingering bitter one that is quite puckering. The body is medium and has a creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is good for those how like a very hoppy IPA as I do. This is a good IPA that I would recommend to anyone of the hophead persuasion.

Photo of froghop
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 PartyBear
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 belgianbeerlover
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no dating to be found.

A vigorous pour left a thin, creamy head that deflated rather quickly. It did retain a thin cap down to the bottom of the glass though. A beautiful, rich amber in color. The aroma is not too complex, sweet and hoppy. The taste is all about hops, living up to it's heritage as a West Coast IPA. That said, I was surprised by how smooth the finish was. I'd definitely recommend trying this beer if it's available, but don't know as if it's something I'd go out of my way to try and find.

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.