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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage reviewed 26 July 2014.

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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07-27-2014 00:52:31 | More by woodychandler
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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????)

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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

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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