Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.71/5 rDev -0.8%
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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3.89/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2014 bottle. 2 months before expiration. Billed as the April-June seasonal, so this was probably brewed in mid-late March making it 3.5 months old. ABV: 8.2. IBU:80.
Bottle poured into snifter.
Appearance: Dark copper/orange. Little head dissipates quickly, very fine bubbles. Inviting beer, doesn't appear to be too thin- great color.
Smell: Tons of Cascade and Amarillo, a touch of Simcoe on the nose. Really neat blend of hops. Not sure but probably a touch of Citra at the end of the boil and during dry-hopping to elevate the aroma. Reminds me of honey on those small, sweet oranges (mandarin?) maybe on a bed of greens.
Taste: Honey, melon, and a bit of spice. This is a strong mix of hops, nothing delicate about this beer. Not as much oomph as Simtra, but probably a smaller malt bill. Very sweet, balanced moreso by Citra and Amarillo hops than by the malt bill. Still a good example of Munich and caramel malts in a hoppy beer. Def warms you up.
Mouthfeel: Very dirnkable. Presence is spicy but doesn't stick to your mouth. Sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is just enough to warm- that extra point above IPA status is memorable.
Overall: A tough sell at 8.2% as an Imperial IPA- the caramel malts add a nice color and a depth of sweetness that could probably be fermented out to get this up to 9%. ABV aside- IBU's are actually very high for an 8% beer, and a very, very good selection of hops that work together to build a delicious beer.
It's a shame that this beer is $12 a 4-pack. I found it on sale (the next seasonal, Ryewine, is already hitting shelves, so this was discounted to $5.99) and I think it would be a much more popular IIPA at $10. Will hold it's own as a memorable beer amongst Wisconsin IIPA's. Pick up a bottle and drink it before August- I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
(Anyone else wonder why Miller can't sell this beer for less????)
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 02:58:54 | More by robear
3.49/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A- pours a reddish orange, slight hop haze, & a 1 1/2 finger pillowy head
S- nice peach/ pineapple up front, mango, a bready caramel backbone followed by a light touch of lemon zest
T- sweet caramel, booze, grapefruit rind all swirling around with no rhyme or reason.
M- full bodied, tons of carbonation,. Drinks sweet & bitter, finishes very dry
O- smells good looks great, its just a mess on the tongue, unbalanced lots if booze and lots of bitter. Not my cup o' tea.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 22:35:46 | More by gabedivision
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle served in a small tulip glass.
Clear dark amber with a decent head.
Quite mild for DIPA style, and even a bit mild for an IPA. For me it has excellent balance. Partially hidden higher ABV seems to be only about 5-6%. Fruity with some grapefruit in the finish and afyertaste but a touch sweet up front. Weak aftertaste for style.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 13:22:05 | More by chinchill
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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