Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
3.71/5 rDev -1.6%
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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4.64/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 20:19:16 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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
4.16/5 rDev +10.3%
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
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.