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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
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1,201 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 149 | 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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Ratings: 1,201 | Reviews: 465
Photo of Ddepalo501
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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 ReDave
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. One of my favorite beers. Nice light straw golden color. Great hoppy aroma. Not so subtle bittering hops. Just a touch of malt for balance. Great bitter after-taste. Nice white slightly lingering head, with sticky lace all the way down.
Nice dry finish.

Photo of BradBLR
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice amber gold color with a medium thick white head that lasted about three quarters of the beer with a medium amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a citrus flavor with overtones of grapfruit.

The taste of this beer was a very nice hoppy IPA with some amount of a sweet malt flavor. A very good IPA with a nice hop after taste. The mouthfeel of this beer was good with the CO2 being perfect, and the beer not seeming thin at all.

Another great beer from Speak Easy and worth a try if you like IPAs.

Photo of nUgZ
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to SanFranJake for this opportunity.

A: Pours a nice golden color with a 1 1/2 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Tons of floral and citrus hop aromas. Not much malt to speak of.

T: Just like the smell, the flavor is full of citrus and floral hops with a hint of malt in the background.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I really like this beer!! It's just what I look for in an IPA. It absolutely assaults your senses with hops! If it was a little hazy, I would give it a solid 4.5.

Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with massive white puffy head. Very attractive lacing as the head slowly feel to a thick coating. Smnell is predominately grassy hops with a slight sweet malt background. Taste follows through on the smell with the hops in the foreground and the malt gining a nice balance Finishes only slightly dry, and very thirst quenching. An excellent example of the style. Will definitely try again.

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Brouwer's in Seattle and I must say that it was the best IPA i have had in awhile. Big, citrusy with that complexity that holds up after a few sips. The dark gold colour gave the head some gravitas and the finish was one to remember. I have no idea how this got to Seattle in keg form but I am glad I got to try it.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like IPA’s, especially American ones. So, of the 3 Speakeasy beers I purchased tonight, I knew I had to finish with the Big Daddy IPA – glad I did, because for me it’s by far the best of the bunch and the strongest at 6.5% ABV.
Small 12 fl.oz Brown Glass Bottle, depicting a white screen printed picture this time of a dodgy looking “Fat Gansta” (now I’m for it) from the 50’s, with the words Big Daddy above him in green. Bloody hell, those freakin’ painted silhouette pair of eyes that are on all of the long thin Bottles necks, are still staring at me. You looking at me, I say you lookin’ at me…..
From experience of the prior brace of Speakeasy beers I already sampled tonight, I again vigorously dumped this beer into a large 22 fl.oz Glass. It really helps to add life and allow the release of many aromas & flavours I had learnt.
A massive white cloudy head. Carbonation is really low, why is this such a trait with Speakeasy beers? It spoils them I think. Head is very frothy, rocky and lacy but always at least a ¼” throughout.
This beer too has been ultra-filtered by an Alien race comprised of a mix of Vacuum Cleaners, Pollen Removers and Ultra Breeze ionic Filtration devices. For it has much less suspended solids than metallic turds in a magnet factory
A beautiful straw-golden color, almost “Duvel” in character. A great looking A-IPA.
Nose is Hops, grassy knolls, and 1 day old lawn cuttings with a hint of lemon and grapefuit. Mouthfeel is strong, but average overall. First Impressions are “Hit-First, Ask-Later”, for it pronounces it arrival with a massive aroma then confirms its character with a highly bitter introduction, followed by a hoppy middle, and an even hoppier finish. This finish is clean, crisp and finite. I have never experienced such a distinct finite hoppy finish, it does not linger, it just disappears. Wow, it works well.

As a “Hop-Head” this is by far my favourite of the 3 Speakeasy Beer that I have tried tonight (to date), and probably the only of the Speakeasy beers that can hold its own in style comparisons to other Breweries IMVHO. The best of the Speakeasy beers by a long shot IMHO. After the first two offerings, I am quietly impressed and now cheered up. Goes down quicker than an un-seaworthy Tanker sailing under a flag of Convenience !!!

If you see it - buy it - try it - love it. Whose da Daddie ????

Photo of Toddv29424
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like just another macro brew lager on the market, but it packs much more of a punch. The smell is tremendously floral, like they've used many different kind of hops. It gives out kind of a fruitloop-like nose. Like most IPA's its the first few tastes that overpower you, then as you get aclimated it goes down easier. But for the ammount of hops that are in this beer, its well balanced and very enjoyable.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Photo of Michael_DaBeers_IV
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! The usual suspects hit it off again. I love getting their 12 pack variety packs. You can't go wrong. Definitely try. I'm about to go get some across the street right now. Very reasonably priced for their quality, and super sick design/12 pack artwork.

Photo of Jeysun23
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Csikic93
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OCSA_1978
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Cih26d
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a big white head that eventually faded to a healthy amount of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, a bit floral.

Taste: Moderate bitterness up front, runs up against a sharp, somewhat sweet malt backbone. Tastes like rye, but I couldn’t find any mention of rye being in it. Either way, I like it! Aftertaste is mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Solid all-around IPA, the malt backbone sets it apart for me.

Photo of tigerpaws
4.39/5  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

Photo of dacrza1
4.38/5  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....

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is sweet and citrusy with apple, grapefruit, and orange zest. There's a bit of fresh grass and a bready undertone. Clear, bright gold body with a frothy, off-white head that really sticks around. Smooth, clean malt up front, soon followed by moderately flavorful hops which are piney, flowery, spicy (not as citrusy as the aroma). There's a quick surge of bitterness. Grainy malt lingers in the finish. Smooth texture, medium body; considerable acidity from the hops, which with the subdued carbonation makes for a good bite.

Well balanced and drinkable—the hops are not overwhelmingly bitter, and the hop flavors are pleasant enough. There is considerable, though still backgrounded, grainy sweetness to round out the flavor.

Photo of Gajo74
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. I believe it was worth the wait! Pours a golden and slightly amber tone with a finger length head that retains as a sticky lace. Great hop aroma accompanied by a sweetness that reminds me perhaps of a nutty cake. Taste is an explosion of hops. A bitter grapefruit like taste with a dry finish. Great feel! Creamy and chewy at the same time. An instant classic for me!

Photo of MexicanSkittel
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of TheMarkE
4.33/5  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.

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

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.32/5  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.

Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
84 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.