Big Daddy IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

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Reviews: 461
Hads: 1,267
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 40
Gots: 206 | FT: 1
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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 Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Golden with a mild haze and a quarter inch of soapy, off-white head. Floral hop aroma with underlying biscuit aroma and an odd, fruity sweetness. Hops and cleaning solution. Spritzy carbonation. Eh... (200 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a light soapy white head. Some lace, solid retention.

S: Lemon zest, some earthiness, not terribly fragrant.

T: There is some lemon and citrus, but it's not too full flavoured. Definite earthiness/soil flavours on the back end with some astringency.

M: Medium-bodied, soft and crisp carbonation, nice feel.

D: An OK IPA, but there's tons better out there at the price point. (413 characters)

Photo of blackc5
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle I received as a gift. This was a pretty mild IPA in my book, in all aspects. The color seemed a bit on the golden side, and the aromas were fairly mild. What was there was the expected scents of citrus and floral notes, with a bit ot bready malts.

Flavors matched this profile as well, no real changes from the aroma when you taste, other than the hops being a bit milded than they should be in comparison to the malts. I found it to be a decent, but fairly predictable IPA all around - by no means a great IPA. (553 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Bottled on 09/09/2013.
Body is a clear, filtered golden yellow color. 1/2 a fingers worth of head that quickly dissipated and left a small amount of lacing at the top of the glass.

Smells of citrus, lemon, some spiciness and slight alcohol. Malty aromas come out as it warms.

Hops right up front with a malty sweetness on the end. Not a lot of bitterness. Pine. Lemon. More alcohol burn than I would expect from a 6.5% abv beer.

Very easy drinking IPA. Fairly balanced, bottle claims "...a clean dry finish..." which is pretty true, not something I really want from an IPA though. Would like something a little more aggressive with the hops to have a little more lingering pine or citrus taste on the tongue.

Overall an OK IPA that is pretty tasty, but not one I would search out again. (I received this one as a gift.) It seems to have lost a little something as it warmed up. I was expecting more from this based on previous reviews and the high marks, but was a little disappointed. (1,049 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy pale orange, with a thin white head that fades quickly to a spotty cap and ring. The lacing is actually a big thicker than I was expecting.

Smell; mostly citrus, with grapefruit and lemons. There's an underlying malt presence with a little bit of bread dough and caramel. Overall though, nothing really stand s out all that much in the aroma.

Taste; grapefruit is the primary flavor, but some lemon dose come through just a bit. Some bready, and caramel malts are present. If possible, the flavor is even more subdued than the aroma was, and that's not really such a good thing for an American IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the drinkability actually takes a hit for me due to the lack of flavors. I don't think I would ever pick this one up again. (789 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden with a fairly short head that disappears just a little too quickly. On the plus side, there is some lacing. Smells bready and a bit sweet with some light citrusy hops on the end. I think the hop levels are fairly fine, but that the beer is perhaps a bit too malty for the level of hops in the mix to really zing like a ood West Coast IPA should. The taste has a bit more hop flavor than the smell indicated, and the hops themselves aren't bad. Some citrus and pine lend an earthy bitterness that is still somewhat mild, but it does linger a bit. Mouthfeel is a little sharp and prickly, which is somewhat surprising given all the malt. Not bad, but there are so many better West Coast options. Overall, the bitterness and malt are a bit out of balance and what hop flavor there is is mostly just bitterness without the wonderfully resinous qualities that one expects from brews out here. (907 characters)

Photo of kellyst
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Billowing white head, light colored for an ipa, yellow with an orange hue.

S: Citrusy hops. Now malt.

T: Grassy hop taste. Some citrus. Not real bitter for an ipa. Tasety, but very one dimensional. It could use more malt to back it up. A drinkable thirst quencher, but I wouldn't seek this one out.

D: High (312 characters)

Photo of Bcant
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brasey color, small white head. Not a particularly strong smell, slightly matelic with citris notes- pink grapefruit rinds. Like the smell, the taste is not very distinctive. It starts a little alcoholic, sour middle, and strong hop finish. The hoping does a decent job at masking the sweetness an alchol but little else. The beer finishes biter but does not have complex a flavor. Still, for a beer this strong it feels ok and is rather easy to drink (451 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving almost no lace.

This beer has a very subtle grassy hop aroma. I can also detect a slight citrussy aroma. It smells a little sweet as well. All the aromas are very subtle and rather boring.

As witht the aroma, this beer tastes booring. I tastes some citrusy hops, and grassy hops, but only slightly. That is about all I taste.

This beer is very smooth, due to the slight lack of flavor and aroma. It is a little undercarbonated. It leaves a slight citrusy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not overly high in alcohol, and the flavor is very mellow.

Overall: As with most from Speakeasy, this beer is boring. I would not waste my money on it again. It is not bad, but there are just so many other good beers available. (864 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one word: disapointing. disapointing i got a sixer of this instead of speakeasy's prohibition ale. disapointing i didn't a get a different ipa like anderson valley, lagunitas of nectar ipa which were the same price. now granted i ended up drinkin' 'em and the artwork is very cool. but i can;t recomend this. the bitterness is high but this flavor is bad of the poorer ipa's i've tried. Good thing I tried prohibition first 'cuz otherwise i might have sworn this company off.

edit: retried it 6 months later and i like it more than last time. (559 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours a clear, light orange/yellow color with a one finger head that dissipates to a layer of bubbles on top. Very nice lacing.

S: Get a little bit of floral hops and some citrus fruits, a little lemon. I get lots of caramel malts on the back end.

T: Very little hop taste, a slight floral flavor in the beginning. I do get a lot of caramel and breadiness. It is a bit unbalanced. There is also an off putting aftertaste.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation, but bad aftertaste. A disappointment. It is possible that the bottle is a little old, so I would give this one another chance should it arise. (647 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy orangish color, 1 finger width white head, good lace down the glass
S: smell is of toffee, caramel. Very sweet candylike citrusy smell..
T: Much the same as the smell. Toffee and sweet candylike hoppiness. Citrusy and maybe some pineapple as well
M: Full bodied, harsh bitter mouthfeel that is not very enjoyable really
D: Not a horrible beer but nothing I would willingly buy again. The sweetness in this beer and the puckering bitterness in the aftertaste was strange. (489 characters)

Photo of Duster72
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a minimal head. Aroma is mild citrus and floral hops. Taste is rather bland / generic IPA. Big malt profile with very generic hop flavor and dry finish. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is fine, although I wouldn't be interested in another. Very fine, albeit generic IPA. (314 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this for pretty cheap during a beer run. I have a regular stable of stellar IPAs, and you know what they say: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.. Pretty much sums up my experience with this beer.

Clear, yellow with a white foamy head. Only redeeming factor of the appearance was decent lacing throughout the session.

Upon opening the bomber, massive hop aroma. Centennial all the way. Someone trying to copy Stone here? 2nd half of the bottle smells musky, with hops trying to break through.

Where is the taste? I mean OK, there are some hops. But calling this an IPA is like calling Britney Spears an opera singer. And this is a "est coast" IPA to boot! Very subdued, and is my palate by no means thrashed. I've been drinking Winter ales for the past couple weeks! Tastes like a bad Stone IPA. And I don't care for Stone IPA to begin with. Did I just get a bad bottle?

On with the review.. mediumy mouthfeel? I hate this category.

I won't be purchasing an other bomber of this. And I'm not looking forward to finishing this one. Whoever said this beer is the little brother to Racer 5 has no damn clue what they are talking about. Racer 5 is in a whole different league than this beer. I buy that stuff by the case. This is the retarded bastard step-brother of Racer 5. NOT indicative of a west coast IPA, and barely indicative of an IPA at all. (1,353 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sending this one my way in the Secret Bunny '07 exchange.

Appearance: Bottle appears to be underfilled, only slightly past the beginning of the neck - odd... Color is lighter than I'd expect for an IPA, more hazy golden than a rich orange. Head isn't big but exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: Predominantly citrusy hops, but a surprising amount of sweet malt. Makes me do a double take and check to make sure this isn't a very very pale DIPA.

Taste: Citrusy hop flavor at the tip of the tongue, sweet malt middle, bitter finish. Finish is actually kind of weak and insipid. Not a great IPA.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected from the nose, but about right for the color... Interesting. Body is light, carbonation seems right, despite the underfilled bottle - maybe it would have been too carbonated with a full bottle? Again, that weak, watery finish detracts...

Drinkability: Not bad, but there are much better IPAs. (968 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Flashbacks to Wiggum, PI... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of sandy off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, grapefruit peel, light mint, and a backbone of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit peel not only superseding the grass but also becoming a bit funkier, some earthy (read: dirty) greens coming in, and the biscuit hardly coming through at all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent IPA at best, one that just comes across as unbalanced with unfavorable hopping. It's not altogether bad, just not all that good. (689 characters)

Photo of sacfly
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz painted bottle

Pours a hazy yellow/tan with lots of particles in suspension. Medium bubbles, high carbonation. Citrus/grapefruit in the aroma.

Taste yields no malt to speak of but a nice bitterness in the finish with a strange funky flavor in between. Not overwhelming, but an unpleasant plastic and cardboard flavor.

Better that the “Untouchable” pale ale (hey, it’s their name for it…) but not something I would want to drink again. The gimmick bottle graphics are the standout of this brewery methinks. (525 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Gold color with a modest white head that leaves some intermittent lacing. Pungent leafy hops in the aroma, mostly pine with some citrus. Not much malt backing it up. Oddly enough, there isn't all that much hoppiness in the flavor. There's bitterness but no taste to the hops. Just tastes like bitter pale malt. Carbonation is pretty appropriate, finish is semi-dry. (405 characters)

Photo of SethB2
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (499 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Big Daddy pours a murky gold, with a light orange tint to it. Floral hops are subtly evident in the aroma, offset by a sticky piney sweetness. The taste, unfortunately, is pretty dull. There is no IPA grabbing to it, no citrusy bite; it tastes almost as if it has been watered down, which seems pretty strange given the Big Daddy's potent alcohol content level for a single IPA. The mouthfeel is about medium, and the carbonation seems right. Overall, it's not in the first (or even second) tier for its style. (514 characters)

Photo of marcpal
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Burger Bar. First had as part of the sample flight and waiter was nice enough to bring me a pint that was mispoured for another customer knowing that I ordered it. Honestly wouldnt have ordered more but sure as hell wouldnt pass it up.

Poured into pint glass and then to-go for the rest to the craps table with me in a plastic cup.

A: Amber red color with the look of a well filtered beer. Fairly thick head that has an off white shade of lacing on the first glass. Standard.

S: Not too intense, earthy hops. Very west coast like with some citrus fruits as well. Intensity moderated some because it followed a ruination.

T: One sided hops. Fairly more intense than the nose but the flavors were not all that great, one dimensional and boring. I wouldn't think in a place like this it could have been too old or bad lines but it had the true taste of a bottle that had been on the shelves too long for an IPA.

M: Considerable bubbles and life. Far would have preffered a more chewy mouthfeel.

D: West coast hops are nice but there are a couple puzzle pieces missing that would make this a top notch beer. Not horrible, just not great. (1,177 characters)

Photo of merryjoulton
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw goldenrod color with no head and minimal lacing. Smell is grapefruit and a tiny bit of malt but mostly just the mildly sticky hops. Taste is tinny and bitter, hints of citrus and pine but nothing to be proud of. This is a very average IPA... it is light in color, bitter, and smells faintly of hops. Nothing really wrong with it, just doesn't impress me. Drinkability is a little above average though. (426 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a mottle thin head. Huge spruce pine aroma with hints of caramel. Initial moderate bitterness with a citrus sharp hop spice. The body is thinner that usual with the thinnest hint of oak wood on top of an almost indistinguishable malt presence. Not a great IPA. Light on the malt, heavy on the grassy, earthy hops. (339 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to surface foam. Spots of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell: light citrus and bitterness are barely detectable.

Taste: caramel, bready maltiness, grapefruits, lemon zest, and a mild bitterness make up a slightly unbalanced beer.This beer was leaning a bit too much towards the bready side for the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Light to medium in body. Weak bitter aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: not my cup of tea. Unbalanced and a bit too bready for an American IPA. There are better offerings out there. (606 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottled on date of 5/3/13, so coming up on 5 months old.

poured a faintly hazy yellow, with more than a finger of bright white head. Some carbonation, and some lacing. Head eventually dissipated to a faint covering, but maintained throughout.

After opening the bottle, I got a good quick wiff of hops, and after pouring the beer, it was still detectable. All right, thought I, this could be decent. Sadly, it was to be the only evidence of hops in this beer.

Taste was completely bland. Not unpleasant at all, no sour aftertaste, no bite, just...nothing. Kept trying hard to gain any aroma, only the faintest of yeast smell came through. But absolutely no taste. No hops, no malt, no fruit, no nothing.

Mouth was around medium, and was the only thing that kept it from tasting like water. Pleasant water, but not even a mild nip of hops around the edge of the tongue.

Overall, it would appear that Speakeasy beers do not retain any original flavor at close to 5 months after the bottling date. (Had Prohition earlier today,similar bottling date, beer not much better) These beers were not on the shelf at my usual bottle shop on my last visit at the end of August, and were picked up yesterday, 9/27/13. I've had many a good IPA 3-6 months after bottling date. This was certainly not one of them. Sorry to be harsh, but other than the cool labels, I find nothing to recomend about this brewery. (1,458 characters)

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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