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Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA

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407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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Beertron

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drove 150 miles with the sole purpose of sampling this beer. This is sad since I own a bar in the brewery's hometown. They would not, no matter how much we whined, sell us a keg. Twice, I drank it on draft and had more than a person should. However, the review is based upon a rare bottle procured by CFBeermaker, who happens to play golf regularly with one of the "higher-ups" at Leinie's. Poured into a plain ol' pint glass.

A - 1 1/2" frothy white head. Copper colored with tons of bubbles. A healthy-looking DIPA.

S - Strong pine needle hops with a prominent blast of the tartest of citrus fruits -- grapefruit and yuzu. The scent also maintains a strong, pleasant mustiness, providing for an overall beautiful scent.

T - Drying and pine-like. There is a heavy dose of grapefruit and pine in the profile, but it's backed up by a wonderful malty sweetness. The mustiness detected in the nose comes through slowly to the point of perfection. This is one of the better beers I've ever had.

M - For a DIPA, a style well-known for being tasty yet unpleasant on the tongue, this is smooth. All of the pine and tart citrus flavors are kept in balance by the malty sweetness and unusual mustiness. This is drying and supplying, making my mouth want more and more. There is a quality about this beer that reminds me of toothpaste that doesn't suck. It makes your mouth feel better for having been introduced.

D - A double-edged sword if there ever was one...this beer is so good that you'll want to drink a lot of it, but that's not the healthiest decision. For the record, the first night I drank this beer, I had over 10 pints. The next morning, I drove the porcelain bus home. I still feel that it was worth it.

O - Holy crap!!! That Leinie's made this beer is nothing shy of a miracle. This is a DIPA that's extremely bold but even more extremely balanced. Hopslam remains one of my all-time favorite DIPA's but this should be in a different category altogether. Leinie's tagline has long been the "Flavor of the Northwoods" yet this is the first beer I've ever had that nails that statement to the wall (or rather, scribbles it in wet cement). I'm thoroughly impressed!

F - This beer would do really well with two styles of food, both of which provide the strongest of flavors capable of standing up to the bold profile of this giant. First, strong, tangy cheeses. Not tangy like chevre, but tangy like Morbier or Hook's 10-year cheddar. Second, deep smoked fish -- a la trout or salmon. Otherwise, this beer will kill anything in its path, even the spicy tomato-based dishes that normally play well with DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 06:37:14 | More by Beertron
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The Great Bottle Eradication of 2014 continues unabated this evening. I purchased this one as a single at Country Garden Six Pack from their close-out cooler since it was already beyond its prime. It originally retailed for $15./4-pack, so unless it is skunked or otherwise flawed, I got a bargain since at 8.2% ABV, it can't be too bad.

From the bottle: "Our Berwery was born on the Big Eddy Spring in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin"; "Its waters guiding us through five generations of genuine brewing heritage."; "Five distinctive hops are added at every stage of the brewing process for our take on an Imperial IPA".

I employed a very gentle pour which produced only a skim of tawny head. I then agitated it in the glass to work up a quick finger of tawny head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was deep-amber/light-copper to copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very sweet and malty, indicating that the hops had fallen away pretty significantly. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Once again, the first thing that I noticed was a intense fusel alcohol burn! Man, this must have been really hot when it was fresh. I am realizing that DIPAs are not for me, fresh or no. Following the initial burn, it had a very sweet caramel malt flavor, which was not bad, but it was still coming across as very intense. Phew! It seems as though I had a bottle of this two years ago, but I have no notes on it, which is too bad. Finish was equally hot and sweet and if I had any regrets, it was that there were no hops in evidence at this point. This could have been a barleywine for that matter.

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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.

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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