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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

1,006 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001)
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ouncer poured into pint glass. Now this is a session IPA. One of the most balanced IPA's I've ever had. This is my second beer from Speakeasy (Tallulah EPA the first), and I must say they make some excellent brews. Bottle art is pretty awesome too. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 23:55:25 | More by Johnny_Muir
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tigerpaws

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours with almost no head, but has a nice golden copper color. The smell of the hops is like a jab from a boxer getting ready to hit you with a right cross. The taste is very hoppy even for this hophead at first sip, not that I didn't like it. It mellows out somewhat after a few swallows, but the strong hop taste stays with you until the bottom of the glass.I highly recommend this beer for hopheads, others will like it but not as much. The beer novice should stay away until, they get rid of their training wheels................CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 07:41:21 | More by tigerpaws
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 15, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: unwinding with Napoleon Dynamite... APPEARANCE: bright orange amber body that provides steady effervescence; thick, frothy white head that remains--nice cirrus lacing... AROMA: beautifully fragrant floral pine, with some citric flair--a nicely balanced bouquet... PALATE: thick, full-bodied, mouth-filling impact; unlike the bottle's label, this beer doesn't "leave without a trace," staying well into the next sip--and this is a welcome layover!...TASTE: a flourish of pine cone that that balances nicely with caramel malts; sweet and strong...OVERALLL: a hit with my poker game friends, this beer demands attention--a BIG West Coast IPA, crunchy and worthy of long, slow sips....

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 01:51:35 | More by dacrza1
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MexicanSkittel

California

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the backyard looking out at the ocean, from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look- a brilliant bright golden, extremely clear with perfect carbonation . A 1/4 head white and light has been sitting on the glass leaving a lace after sips 5 mins into it.

Smell- some hops, caramel, honey, green grass.

Taste- gental hops, almost sweet. Maybe carmel covered hops. Very balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel- smooth, not overly bitter, not too viscous, and no strong presence of alc. the finish isn't as lengthy as I'd like but initial drinking is right on.

Overall- really nice IPA, personally like it on tap more, but a $5.99 six pack in the sun in SF is pretty awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 22:46:15 | More by MexicanSkittel
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CHickman

New York

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy yellow gold in color with a 2 finger off white head that faded very slowly and left very good lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, light caramel, biscuit, sweet malt, candy sugar, pepper, spices and light brown sugar; hops dominate the aroma with a nice fruity citrus sweetness.

Tastes like it smells with a huge hop flavor up front including floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, piney hops, caramel, biscuit, sweet malt, candy sugar, pepper, cinnamon, light grains, spices and light brown sugar; again, the hops dominated, but this is what a West Coast IPA should taste and smell like so I enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and oily slick as this slides down easy with low carbonation, a medium body, hop spices with minor heat, some hop bitterness and clean finish.

High drinkability, I found it very easy to drink as a hophead and could drink this anytime, anywhere and would love to have it with spicy food. This is a great beer that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 06:18:06 | More by CHickman
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TheMarkE

California

4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Everything an IPA should be, full of citrus hops assaulting the tongue with enough malt to keep it honest. Smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:29:34 | More by TheMarkE
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ironlung

California

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 23:57:53 | More by ironlung
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 19:14:14 | More by djeucalyptus
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JamesS

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome IPA. It has a rather weak orange color, but very good head and decent lacing. Great scent, a very floral and hoppy aroma. Great taste, a nice and smooth American-hopped beer with a fantastic after taste. Goes down great. Speakeasy is fast becomming a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 21:59:13 | More by JamesS
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bboven

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey-colored with thick lasting head and lots of lacing.

Very balanced aroma. Lots of hops and a malt smell that's there and distinguishable but not too strong.

Taste is pretty amazing. Seems like they used a lot of malt for the balance, but not any kind of dark malt, so it lets the hop flavor shine shine and there is definitely a great hop flavor.

Great carbonation, leaves a little bitterness at the back of your throat.

The next time I'm in California, I'll definitely drink the living hell out of this pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 00:56:31 | More by bboven
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second draft IPA from the left (west) coast that I have had that when it was poured that, from an appearance point-of-view, I thought I was about to drink a German pilsener. Grant's IPA had this same masquerading pilsener look about it. It had a beautiful golden straw color with this small, but tight white head of foam with a delicate curtain of lacing. A moderate, but not overwhelming, amount of carbonation was noticeable. A distinctive floral hoppy aroma was evident. The initial and final taste of this brew is about hops!!! The bitterness is inescapable, but there is malt presence in the background that gives hops a balance and a level of acceptance. The mouthfeel can only be described as refreshing with a dry, clean finish. I knew there was a pilsener lurking in this brew. My drinkability scale was unfortunately only two before my wife called on the cell phone and wanted to know when I would be home from Home Depot. Great brew!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2003 17:22:57 | More by rotsaruch
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really impressed with this IPA from the left coast. I never thought that it would be quite this good! It is sharp and snappy to the nose as well as to the mouth. Well worth it to seek this one out, but only for the devoted hophead. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 03:59:49 | More by goindownsouth
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the painted/silk screen bottle. Big fluffy white head tops a yellow gold body.Settles down into a nice one finger cover. Good lacing. There's lacing in the bottle. Good carbonation. Hop oil, citric, and grass/hay dominate the nose. Taste: Hops, hops and more hops, but with enough malt backbone to stand up to them. Aftertaste: hops. Definitely a west coast America IPA. A good one. Maybe, maybe could use a little more malt heft. Having bought this cold (refering to no research, not beer temperature), I'm delighted with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 20:42:30 | More by RonfromJersey
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StevieW

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I'm turning into a hophead. I liked this one. Clear yellow color, I expected a little darker, but ok. The head was nice and white, stayed a while. The hops and floral smell, were not overwhelming. I thought it had a good, crisp, clean flavor to it. Nice finish asked you to have another sip. It's no Hop Devil, but it's very good and worth a try. I'm looking forward to trying the other suggested IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2002 08:22:44 | More by StevieW
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kpoole25

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to glass. Golden, clear yellow, foam had just a little orangey color. Nice juicy fruit smell, very inviting. Really liked the taste, good balance of sweetness and bitterness. I think some have felt this is too hoppy or bitter but I really didn't get that, I'd say the basic Stone IPA or Hop Stoopid goes further that direction. This was just a good all around, not too alcoholic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 04:10:08 | More by kpoole25
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty IPA from Speakeasy.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a big head and notable lacing.

Smell: Big hop, grapefruit flavors; citrusy character in the aroma dominate the sweet malty undertone.

Taste: The flavor is dominantly hoppy with pine and grapefruit flavors coating the mouth and a remote hint of malt that is well hidden but present. The hops are lively and tasty enough to lead this beer into a hophead delight.

Mouthfeel: A dry medium body lends a very drinkable quality to the beer.

Drinkability: I love the hoppy beer. It may not be the most complex beer with the malt character, but if you like hoppy beers this one showcases an appealing hop flavor.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 02:50:01 | More by Phatz
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aychbomb

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked this one up on a trip to manitoba last month,along with some other speakeasy products and other imports (stay tuned for reviews), very surprized by good selection of imports avalable in small town government run liquor store.

appearance: very pale straw color, little head and no retention, small bubbles.

smell: grapefruit, hops, pine, hops (did i mention hops) no dissernable malts

taste: aggressive citrusy (grapefruit) hops, slight malt undertones

mouthfeel: slightly thin, lightly carbonated, very dry finnish

drinkability: a nice drinkable beer, hopheads rejoice, this was an enjoyable brew, reminded me of sierra nevada pale ale or bushwakker's chico pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 23:16:18 | More by aychbomb
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Seanibus

California

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not in the habit of double dipping by reviewing a beer in both the bottle and on draft, but this beer is so different between the two that I am forced to review it twice. In the bottle, I rated it as a solid B, but on draft, this beer is simply a home run.

Pours amber with little head, but nice carbonation. The aroma is a strong slap of citrus hops. The flavor is an explosion of orange, bitter like rind, with mounds of floral, delicious hops. This is an amazingly refreshing, delicious beer, exactly what a West Coast style IPA should be.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2008 21:55:13 | More by Seanibus
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En29356

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

01-20-2013 00:52:24 | More by En29356
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Jgrody

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-14-2014 04:11:44 | More by Jgrody
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kirkse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

01-23-2013 02:00:55 | More by kirkse
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Highstplz

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-10-2013 20:40:32 | More by Highstplz
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Shennan20


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

07-11-2014 01:05:03 | More by Shennan20
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Spaz7

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-12-2013 20:15:13 | More by Spaz7
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cdog707yo

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-15-2014 09:42:56 | More by cdog707yo
Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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