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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

395 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | 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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"NOV1912" on the bottle neck. I assume I haven't a second to waste!

Appearance: Pours an amber body with noted clarity underneath a foam layer, slightly yellowed.

Smell: Sugar encrusted toasted bread with floral, orangy notes from the hops (a slight candied, dried apricot fruitiness, too) and a slight whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Toasted, bready malts with a heavy pour of golden syrup and caramel. Large sweetness. Touch of dried apricot. Drizzle of orange oil with some comparatively easy-going resinous, floral qualities. Medium-plus bitterness, some heat from the alcohol. Sweetness slackens some, as does the body past the midway point, taking one an alcoholic sweet tea laced with citrus juice taste until the warming finish. There is a lingering bitterness, but, again, it's comparatively light when set against many IPA's, imperial or otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some apparent stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: While not exactly cloying, it's not what many people are looking for from a Double/Imperial India Pale Ale. Sorry, it just isn't.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 00:45:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BigGold

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-13-2014 00:11:45 | More by BigGold
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robear

Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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New York

3/5  rDev -20%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -20%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-17-2014 18:11:20 | More by tmryan21
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gabedivision

New York

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
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
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Texas

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.