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Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%


Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007)
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some hops, citrus, a bit of malts as well. Taste is well balanced, mild alcohol, more malts than I expected, easy drinking for this abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 11:30:35 | More by tone77
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/23/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus, some hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a decent hops presence comes in along with a significant alcohol sting that you would normally get in a beer with a much higher ABV. The malt character is hearty and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid 2IPA but there are several other choices in the style that would pick first.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 00:28:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA 2013 has a very thick, yellowish-colored head, a semi-hazy, deep copper appearance, bubble streams, and some lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of rather intense and full barley malt and especially hop resins. Taste is of that, with caramel, sugar, hop resin, and some bitterness, but one would not guess at an 80 IBU. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA 2013 finishes mostly dry, rich, and sip-able. Overall, this is delightful and so well made.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 20:19:16 | More by RonaldTheriot
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lochef81

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep cloudy amber color, almost brown, with a slight tan head that quickly resolves to a gentle cream colored film. Leaves nice lacing and a lot of alcoholy legs. The aroma is deep and malty. Nearly that of a porter. Lots of roasted notes including coffee and caramel. There is some hoppy citrus notes but not a lot considering this is an imperial. The flavor follows this profile with a lot of malt up front followed by a slight twinge of bitter. This is a smooth beer but truly I'd like more hoppy bitterness from this style. The end notes are deep with a slight chocolate and coffee flavor. If I closed my eyes I'd guess this was a light porter or a black ipa not an imperial. Solid beer but not what I'd expect from the label.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:43:05 | More by lochef81
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RickS95

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really attractive pour, consisting of a faded burnt orange beer sitting under a frothy offwhite head. The beer is just hazy enough that light barely shines through. The head is a couple fingers thick, foamy froth, that retains well. Each swirl or sip leaves faint lacing behind.

The smell is killer. There's lots of malt for the hops to hold onto. With five varieties of hops, plenty of citrus and other fruits fill the nose. Orange rind, pineapple, ripe apple, and earthy flowers are front and center.

Great taste, but a bit unusual. It's extremely fruity, like the nose. The malt backdrop is there, so it stays balanced, but the fruity flavors dominate.

For an Imperial IPA, it's the smoothest beer I can recall. However, there really should be more of a hoppy bite. It's very tangy and sweet, but not all that bitter. The finish is dry with only faint hits of hops, though it leaves your mouth watering. Unusual.

Overall it's terribly easy to drink. Other than the high ABV, it's hard to believe this is an IIPA. In smoothness, this rivals Pliny the Elder, though it's a bit lacking in the bite we all enjoy from an IIPA. I like this.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:05:38 | More by RickS95
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 07814-B21011337. 2013 vintage.

It pours medium amber-copper with a small off-white head that becomes a long lasting ring.

The nose makes me think of a barleywine or an old ale with a dominating caramel maltiness, booze, sugar, and a subtle earthy hop note.

The body is full and bold.

Caramel malts are upfront in the flavor rather than hops that one might expect from an Imperial IPA. Sweetness. An alcohol bite. Low to moderate bitterness at the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 20:03:20 | More by puboflyons
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Shluffy

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice clear amber color that pours a strong 2 finger head

Smell: Sweet, fruity aroma

Taste: Similar to the aroma, quite sweet, definite grapefruit quality. Not a lot of bitterness, but it does seem to intensify a bit as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light, super drinkable

Overall: This is a very drinkable and enjoyable IIPA. The 2014 version of this beer seems to have less bitterness than 2013, and I like this more overall than I remember enjoying the 2013 edition. In full disclosure, the guy who brewed this particular batch is a family friend, and I think he did an admirable job!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 06:49:14 | More by Shluffy
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/1/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, pineapple, floral, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with very balanced sweetness/bitterness and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice DIPA. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. Definitely a unique take on the style, but it is nicely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:42:39 | More by superspak
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CloudStrife

New York

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 on the label.

A: Pours a hazy amber brown with a moderate off white head.

S: Bitter hop is the first thing I notice. As it warms a lot of cracker and bready character comes out. Dark fruits and booze.

T: Not really an IPA. A boat load of malt that makes it seem more like an old ale. Perhaps this is a bit old per the April-June release date on the website.

M: Full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol makes it a bit harsh on the tongue. Sticky finish.

Overall not one I'd recommend. No motivation to finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:57:58 | More by CloudStrife
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep amber with a thin whitish head and nice off white lacing. Not much of a head considering an aggressive pour.

Smell: Not hoppy for a DIPA, more sweet with some caramel, maybe a bit of maple then some pine and citrus. Weirdly, I get a bit of coffee here.

Taste: Syrupy and sweet with some nice tangerine sweetness and a load of caramel and maltiness. A bit too sweet without enough hop balance for a DIPA. This has been mentioned in previous reviews, but it almost seems like they just threw in extra malt to boost the ABV, not what I'm looking for in a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, sweet and creamy. Low carbonation with little alcohol burn.

Overall: While not my typical Imperial IPA, this honestly is unique and not too bad. Maybe this bottle isn't fresh, but I could use a lot more hoppiness. Still, decent for something from Leinenkugel.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:37:50 | More by Mikecap
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IPAdams

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours a dark orange with a half inch white head that dissipates quickly with little lacing.

Smell- Caramel, grassy hops and dark fruits.

Taste- Strong caramel backbone with high alpha hop resin and grape wine bitterness. The flavors don't seem to mesh as well as they should.

Mouthfeel- fairly thick with moderate carbonation

Overall- bitter fruit IPA, not bad but probably wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 19:26:43 | More by IPAdams
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oh no. Now that I bought the growler, I find out that "Big Eddy" is an offshoot of...Leinenkugel's??? Fudge. Ah, well. Might as well review it anyway.

Appearance 3.50: Poured out a lovely deep golden color with a thin head. Somewhat opaque with some stray particulate matter.

Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet. Somewhat subdued hop scent, but what is there is mingled with a deep syrupy malt smell that makes this beer smell very promising.

Taste 3.75: Front is hoppy: nice floral and citrusy hops. Middle is very hoppy, but this seems to be all one hop to me, possibly two, so that the hop flavor is not all over the place, but rather concentrated: piney, citrusy...very pleasant. Finish is somewhat sweet with more subdued alkaline hoppiness; the sensation of the two at this taste level is almost perfectly blended. Finish is somewhat short and it is here that some syrupy tastes seep in, revealing (in my opinion) some adjuncts (probably corn sugar) added to bump up the ABV into "Imperial" level.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Brew was somewhat thin in the mouth, which was surprising given the ABV.

Overall 3.75: Leinenkugel's or not, this is a very good beer. Very nice blending of hops and nuanced balance of malt and hop. There is, however, a certain syrupiness to the flavor profile. It is important to note that there is no hint of the alcohol present in the taste of the beer. So, would I recommend you try this beer? Yes, if for no other reason than to try an outstanding beer brewed by Leinenkugel. You can tell your grandkids about it. It'll be like seeing the original Doors in concert.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2013 04:15:33 | More by BeerDocT
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial IPA last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. The Big Eddy series has been hit or miss with me but I thought I should give this one a try since I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's the typical label for the Big Eddy series, it has a nice clean look to it, but it's not eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy bright amber color that took on some ruby and crimson hues when held to the light with one fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, the color was pretty good, but the head and lacing were a little weak.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of high sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that impart a combination of piney and citrus hop aromas that are pretty balanced and are followed by a sweet medium boozy aroma. Up next comes the malts that impart some sweet malt, caramel toffee, brown bread, and some dark fruit aromas. Towards the end I get a slight tobacco like aroma along with some lighter cardboard aromas. The aroma was nice, but I think the hops could have been a little brighter and it smelled a little too sweet and boozy.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by some piney and earthy hop flavors with a little bit of citrus hops coming through in the background along with a slight orange marmalade like flavor. Up next comes the malts that impart some sweet, caramel, toffee, brown bread, slightly grainy, and dark fruit like flavors with a medium boozy flavor that wasn't as warming as I thought it would be. On the finish there's a little more sweetness with a higher amount of medium bitterness with a sweet, piney and slight citrus hop like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Imperial IPA that was pretty balanced, but I wish the hop flavors were a lot brighter.

M- A little smooth, medium alcohol appearance, a little sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer, somehow the lower carbonation didn't hurt it.

Overall I thought this was decent Imperial IPA and a slightly above average example of the style, it had some pretty nice balance to it, but between the higher amount of sweetness and the medium boozy aspect it made it a little rough around the edges. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't too filling and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, but the higher amount of sweetness would prevent me from having a couple of these, one is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, there was some nice balance between the malt and hops flavors. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and that the alcohol wasn't hidden that well, it felt boozier than it was. I don't think I would buy this beer again, there's much better Imperial IPA's that are easier to find, it's worth a try if you really like Imperial IPA's but I can't say that I would really recommend it. All in all I thought this beer was alright, but it didn't have what it takes to be one of the better beer in it's style, it was a little rough around the edges, but with a little tweaking I think this could be a good Imperial IPA., It isn't the worst I have had, but it's for sure not the best, I appreciate the effort Leinenkugel's but this Imperial IPA isn't that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:49:40 | More by StoutHunter
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krl2112 for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish-copper, with fairly low visible carbonation but a sizable white head.

S: Caramel bready malt, booze, with some grapefruit and pine bitter hops. Has a lot of aroma, but seems to be dominated by alcohol and some cardboard-like oxidation.

T: This bottle is drinking a bit like a barleywine at this point. Sweet malts, moderate caramel character, toasted toffee, with a fair amount of citrus rind and resin hop flavor still – but lower than it should be. Moderately boozy but not overly hot.

M: Full-bodied for style. Again, the alcohol is quite noticeable but not to the point that it overtakes the rest of the beer. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Even when tasting this, I suspected it might have some age on it. A check on the neck of the bottle shows a line of printing "NOV1912" - I'm assuming this was a brew date, meaning it's a bit over eight months old at this point. I'm going to assume that the age on the bottle affected the flavors at least some, although I still think the hop/malt profile wouldn't have been my favorite. I would be curious to try one fresher at some point.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 04:12:03 | More by macrosmatic
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

on-tap at the golden bugger

look is typical iipa color- orange amber. smell is dank piney apples, oranges and alcohol . taste follows big and syrupy, lots of candied fruits. not enough american hop flavor, and an odd overbearing sweetness.

there's something terribly wrong here, I just can't put my finger on it...

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 23:44:57 | More by jimmah120
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jimcrist

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I grew up drinking Leines before the term craft beer was ever uttered, so I was skeptical when I saw they had an Imperial IPA. But there's a lot going on here. This is a complex beer with fabulous flavors. I'm a long time fan of BeerAdvocate and look up beers here all the time. This is the first review I've written 'cuz this is clearly an underrated beer, that should rate a 4+!!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 02:23:27 | More by jimcrist
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arizcards

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late April for $2.49.

Beer poured a copper color with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is light citrus hops.

Taste is very well balanced. Big malt base blends pretty well with a decent amount of hops. Finish is a bit sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very satisfying.

Overall this is a very likable brew, easy to drink on a Friday after a long week at work!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 01:17:19 | More by arizcards
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy bronze colour, finger of head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Musty caramel, earthy cedar hop notes, and sugary iced tea.

T - Much like the nose, earthy cedar and bitter citrus rinds, musty caramel, hints of sour apple and burnt sugar and iced tea lingers on the finish.

M - A tad thin, smooth and finishes wet.

O - My second Big Eddy brew and another tasty treat. I suspect the hop notes were a bit subdued since this is a 2012 edition, but it was still tasty nonetheless. Would definitely like to try this one fresh. ABV is undetectable making it insanely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 19:20:06 | More by andrenaline
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've only had one Big Eddy beer and that was the Imperial Stout which I remember liking... this showed up in my neck of the woods a few weeks ago and I picked up a single to see how this one measured up...I can say that it was a better than average attempt at the style while not bracingly bitter or hoppy as others are... the malt bill is much larger than I was expecting which balanced it out quite nicely. The beer was quite a bit sweeter than I was hoping for as well which hurt the drinkability somewhat... some fairly prevalent fusel alcohol was present as well... ovefall, not a bad effort but probably something I wont get again simply because there are much better examples available everyday on the shelf...

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 17:15:19 | More by Tilley4
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

8.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 04:06:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear, medium amber. Medium tall reddish, tan head. Persistent.

Smell - Sweet caramel, molasses, raisin. Surprised to note little hops aroma.

Taste - Much more richly malty than I expected. Hits a range of rich, medium-roast flavors. Dark fruit and molasses most prominently. Citrusy hops are apparent in the finish, though much less prominently that I'd expect from an IIPA. Orange and a hint of resin.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy. Noticeable alcohol.

Overall - Not being a fan of excessively hopped beers, I actually like this quite a bit. The malt flavors are rich and complex. The hops matches nicely, balances the rich malt flavor, and doesn't overpower. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if some who picked this beer up were looking for something quite a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:36:07 | More by scaliasux
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, ruby-tinged copper coloring with a thin, low profile, bright white head that froths the surface. Slow, steady carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of resiny and piney hops, with a subtle citrus tang and a deep, roasted, caramel backbone. Smells balanced and rich. Flavors are resiny and slightly bitter on the forward tongue, with a tart citrus component hitting the outer edges of the taste buds. Rich, sweet caramel backbone holds true throughout, and there is a decent balance of flavors as you drink. Light lacing left on the glass, and the beer has a light to mid-body feel to it. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and slightly spiced, with a lot of the pine and resiny characteristics coming forth again. Clean, slick, slightly drying finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 02:19:13 | More by GarthDanielson
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shand

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These Big Eddy brews are always an instant buy for me. Leinenkugel, purveyors of fruited specialties everywhere, putting out "big boy" crafts just strikes me the right way. Big Eddy Imperial IPA looks the part, with an amber body and two fingers of head that retain very well. The aroma has a deep, resinous, piney hop with a big caramel malt presence. The taste really follows the nose, with the deep piney hop presenting some more citrus character, and the big malt doing it's thing. The malt isn't overpowering though, there's a nice sense of balance. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium and the drinkability is solid. Overall, Big Eddy Imperial IPA is a solid attempt at a DIPA, and one that I may pick up again if looking for a maltier brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:37:25 | More by shand
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear deep amber/copper color with a decent sized off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Aromas of earth citrus and pine with an almost buttery aroma as well as hints of light sweet fruits and plenty of bread and caramel to fill in the gaps. The flavor is kind of heavy on the malt side of things with sugary and sweet fruits up front. Resinous citrus comes up next, but gets drowned out pretty quickly by the presence of a bit of ethanol. Long sweet lingering finish with a firm earthy hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Seems a bit sweet and thick for a double IPA. Tasty brew, but more like a barleywine honestly.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:30:15 | More by johnnnniee
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Zorro

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear deeply red colored ale. Far from the expected IPA orange something. It is an agreeable shade. Small white colored head.

Smells malty and hoppy with a big menthol and mint scent. Woody and earthy with a bit of mushroom and abundant strong tea scent. Slight plum, fig and melon aromas.

Starts out sweet and a little savory with a strong melon flavor. Slight citrus flavor but this is quite woody. Melon, Citrus and wood, that sums this up.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall sort of a weird one. Sort of half barleywine and half IIPA. Needs to decide what it wants to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:27:32 | More by Zorro
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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.