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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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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007

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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 123
Reviews by ChiPool:
Photo of ChiPool
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 12/03/12; Consumed & reviewed on 1/6/13.

Poured into a snifter. BEIIPA pours a medium orange color with 1/2 inch of off-white head. Retention is somewhat minimal: a few floating bubbles persist. On the nose: malts, honey, a bit of booze. More of the same on the palate: not much of a hop bite, and finishes sweet. This isn't a bad beer at all: just not a representation of the style that I prefer. Tastes a bit like SN Bigfoot, without the bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium. Does have some lingering bitterness, but not a ton.

Tastes more like a IIPA that was "best by" 12/3 (a month ago), not bottled a month ago. As a barleywine, I rather like this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Goblet consumed at The Landmark 1850 Inn on Howell Ave. in Milwaukee.

Those who have been saying that this is somehow in the same league as Dreadnaught, Ruination, Hercules, etc… are dreadfully mistaken, but…this is good, very good.

Pours a bright copper-orange into the goblet with a thick white head on top.

Aroma is very fruity containing loads of grapefruit, lemon, and orange but also jammy berry aromas of strawberries, mulberries, and more. Floral hops are also present in a big way. All of this rests nicely over a fine base of caramel, biscuits, and toast.

Taste is also very fruity and juicy. Lots of citrus here but it doesn’t overpower the malt. I would say that this is pretty well balanced for a IIPA. There is a strong sweet caramel presence and plenty of bread to go around. Jammy sweet fruits and bitter/acidic citrus play off each other nicely. Floral and pine notes finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and pretty bitter, not to the degree of many west coast monsters but enough that you notice. As the beer warms booze becomes very noticeable, too noticeable in my opinion. It becomes difficult to finish by the end.

Drinkability: Moderate. Leinies fans and hop heads should find this very appealing and drinkable. I found it to be a bit too filling and boozy to drink more then one glass, and even that was pushing it.

This is a very good beer and for Leinie’s this is a great beer but this is no Dreadnaught despite what all the Leinie’s freaks are saying.

Photo of badbeer
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been fortunate enough to try this on more than one occasion, first on-tap, second on cask. Pours a magnificent amber color with a creamy white head leaving rings of lacing around the glass. Smell is incredibly hoppy, full of citrus and grapefruit which dominates, but still shows signs of a solid malt base. It's certainly got plenty of bitterness, not as many as some DIPA's, but it definitely doesn't lack hop flavor. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with really soft amounts of carbonation. Very drinkable beer; Leinie's still has the capability to produce amazing beers.

Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by Dec. 10, 2012. The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma has some floral notes, as well as some toffee and bread notes. I also get a hint of orange citrus from the hops. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get orange citrus and some pine, as well as a little bit of perfume notes. There is a little bit of bitterness, but the hops mainly come through in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While the beer was drank within the period set by the best by date, it tastes a bit like it is old, with faded hops.

Photo of MattyG85
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat murky amber with some ruby red. Lots of bubbles and a big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is big on citrus hop esters. Ripe citrus with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, apricot, and lemons. Some grassy hops and spicy pine resin. Nice malt scent with a fairly sweet bready presence. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little toast. The citrus fruit esters are the dominate note here. Smells big and juicy.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a big taste of citrus fruit esters with a nice sweet bready backbone. Ripe and bitter citrus hops with big notes of orange, grapefruit, apricot, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Subtle grass and some spicy piney hops. Solid background of sweet malts. Taste of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Really nice fruit flavors. On the sweeter side for a Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, juicy, and somewhat sticky and oily. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good IPA. Veers to the sweeter side but not quite enough to be overly sweet. Nice juicy citrus hop flavors.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light brown and dark copper color, small .3" head on the top of it, off white to light beige. Aroma, actually revealed a heavy malt presence, more than hops, but I should have thought about that possibility when the beer poured into the glass much darker than an imperial ipa should be according to my preferences.

Taste is relatively well balanced, the hops don't scream out at you unfortunately, but it has a thick body, chewy ambiance, adequate hopping to balance all of that out. But I don't really want balance in an imperial ipa, I want hops. The hops here don't really seem to impart much in the way of flavor, just some bitterness that is absorbed by the chunky toffee and caramel interior. Hides the alcohol decently. Good amount of sweetness from all the crystal malt probably.

I dunno, for being hopped 5 times, I would say go back and hop it 12 times then.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a deep caramel ruby hue with a tan khaki head forms nice fine speckled lacing. Aromatics offer up, citric rind...over ripened fruit deep down a bit of caramel malt explodes in the senses as well. Without tasting I can tell this DIPA is packed with malts, the first sip explodes with pine, citrus, a bit of pineapple and deep caramel malt backbone every bit as sweet tasting as the perceived sweetness on the nose. Rolling sweet malts, ripened fruit notes include juicy raisins this may be noted due to the heavy malts in the backbone and the 8.2% abv is definitely representing as a soothing alcohol burn finishes with each sip. Look this stuff is drinkable, but way too sweet for your typical DIPA it's weighing in on the palate for me is a tad cloying with all the sweetness. Really goes down as the DIPA that wants to edge into bordering as a barleywine or an American Strong Ale. I can't knock it for being what it is, but hopefully some of the under attenuated sweetness gets kicked back in the next varietal release of the Big Eddy DIPA. Overall a decent shot at a big beer style popular from coast to coast these days in the beer realm of America but the sweetness hit me way too hard to be able to full embrace this version!

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
2.27/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 on the label.

A: Pours a hazy amber brown with a moderate off white head.

S: Bitter hop is the first thing I notice. As it warms a lot of cracker and bready character comes out. Dark fruits and booze.

T: Not really an IPA. A boat load of malt that makes it seem more like an old ale. Perhaps this is a bit old per the April-June release date on the website.

M: Full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol makes it a bit harsh on the tongue. Sticky finish.

Overall not one I'd recommend. No motivation to finish the bottle.

Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Limited handbottle sent from Murrayswine, quickly and fresh. One of the smoothest DIPAs I have tried. Just great bitterness, and tasted and looked as if off the tap. Creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation was purrfect. C-hop aroma. Orange and grapefruit. I could have drank this all night.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for hooking me up with this bottle.

A - orangish amber; no head

S - floral, faint citrus

T - bread, grapefruit, floral, sweet

M - medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth

I opened this with little expectations. This is a pretty solid IPA though. It has balance and good flavor. I've never been a fan of a Leinenkugel offering before. It makes me wonder why they're producing the rest of their lineup if they're capable of making a solid beer like this one.

Photo of RickS95
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish copper hue with a steady one-inch head; okay lacing

S: Extremely hop forward with grapefruit and tropical fruits up front; subtle sweet bready undertones

T: Not nearly the same tropical hops that I would expect after smelling the beer; some bitter astringency and just not enough balance from the hops--more grassy and herbal in hop flavors; it's not bad but it just doesn't come together like the aromas hinted at

F: Sticky, oily, nice hop residue and overall body

O: A decent DIPA; another nice Big Eddy beer; just now quite what I"m looking for in a DIPA

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, pineapple, passion fruit, & ruby red grapefruit; stellar nose!

T: Grapefruit, pineyness, pineapple, dryness & a touch of breadyness up front. Big pineyness, grapefruit, a kiss of booze warmth as this beer warms. Finishes grapefruitty, piney, with a bit of pineapple & woody dryness

MF: Medium/heavy bodied, firm carbonation, very good balance

Super DIPA, this blows away every other Leine beer I've ever had by leaps & bounds, well done!

Photo of laynerjohnson
4.89/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draught is impeccable. Bottle is average (3.5).

ABV differs 0.7% between draught and bottle, but dramatically effects the experience and balance of the brew. Higher ABV on draught (9.6%) brings out a complexity (+ more mango) that is lacking in bottle (8.9%). Bottle renders tart.

When poured, a gorgeous beer both ways.

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear brassy copper hue with a two fingers sticky white head. Resinous grapefruit nose. Faint notes of pine and citrus. Some tropical fruit as well.

An interesting IPA. Silky and creamy mouthfeel. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Light effervescence. Lots of sweetness to this beer. Lots of caramel, sweet malted grain, burnt sugar, taffy and toffee. European hop presence however it's very subtle and subdued. Mild bitterness with some lingering sweetness. Herbal spicy hop finish.

Not your standard double IPA but it is very unique. More malt then there probably should be but for some reason i'm really enjoying this beer. Might be the timing since I havn't been drinking a ton of hoppy stuff this summer so the mild bitterness is nice.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some hops, citrus, a bit of malts as well. Taste is well balanced, mild alcohol, more malts than I expected, easy drinking for this abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 07814-B21011337. 2013 vintage.

It pours medium amber-copper with a small off-white head that becomes a long lasting ring.

The nose makes me think of a barleywine or an old ale with a dominating caramel maltiness, booze, sugar, and a subtle earthy hop note.

The body is full and bold.

Caramel malts are upfront in the flavor rather than hops that one might expect from an Imperial IPA. Sweetness. An alcohol bite. Low to moderate bitterness at the end.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012.

A: Pale apple skin coloring, sharp clarity with a very faint display of carbonation. 1/2inch frothy head barley yellow with a short span of retention. Light spacious speckled lacing.

S: Sweet caramelized pine on the nose. Lemony honeysuckle spicy flowers are fresh, and light in nature.

T: Boozy caramel is the first impression. Spicy floral, lemony scotch-pine. A strong malt character, the alcohol is a bit high perhaps overshadowing the hops character. A good warmth, some woodsy pine and cypress notes.

M: Nice malt fullness, quiet carbonation, good deal of alcohol warmth.

O: Overall decent flavor, though hoppiness suffers at the hands of higher alcohol. The hops dont appear bright, rather subdued and stands in the back of the room to the alcohol and malt.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Eddy snifter.
9% ABV, 2012, OCT1612 (Best By date printed on neck in yellow).

A - Gorgeous clear rusted amber in color, Leinie's sure knows how to make sexy-looking beer! A dense ivory head shrinks down slowly, caking the snifter in delicate lacing.

S - Strong maltiness elevates this imperial IPA to it's hefty 9% and, in true Wisconsin-style, really balanced the otherwise big hop aroma. Lots of earthy hops emerge almost secondary in nature; pine, oak chip...grapefruit, pineapple, and mango fruitiness linger towards the background. Decidedly malty, there's quite a bit of dense breadiness and biscuit in here. Mild alcohol is barely noticeable.

T - The bold malt aroma comes to a grinding halt and startles with it's lack of presence by comparison. Caramel cube and toffee sliver accompany toasted biscuit in a nice way while balanced hops pull through in the back end. Earthiness and resiny pine needle overcome the delicate fruity undertones displayed here.

M - Like the flavor, the malt's surprising lack of presence when compared to the aroma, leads to this beer feeling quite a bit thinner than one might initially assume. Aided by thinning alcohol and dry hops, Big Eddy Imperial IPA rounds out to be medium-bodied. Dry and resiny, there's a nicely balanced, smooth pine bitterness on the finish; don't expect gripping and assertive.

O - Leinie's follows suit with so many mid-western breweries and produced Big Eddy Imperial IPA with a lot of balance. For 9%, the alcohol is nearly unnoticeable. But it doesn't truly feel like and imperial IPA to me; it lacks that really strong blast of hops. Don't get me wrong, hops are there, they just aren't assertive. Maybe there's too much competition between the varieties or unique additions. Regardless, Big Eddy Imperial IPA's hoppy undertones meld nicely with the tasty maltiness for an incredibly drinkable, deceptively strong imperial IPA.

Photo of scaliasux
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear, medium amber. Medium tall reddish, tan head. Persistent.

Smell - Sweet caramel, molasses, raisin. Surprised to note little hops aroma.

Taste - Much more richly malty than I expected. Hits a range of rich, medium-roast flavors. Dark fruit and molasses most prominently. Citrusy hops are apparent in the finish, though much less prominently that I'd expect from an IIPA. Orange and a hint of resin.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy. Noticeable alcohol.

Overall - Not being a fan of excessively hopped beers, I actually like this quite a bit. The malt flavors are rich and complex. The hops matches nicely, balances the rich malt flavor, and doesn't overpower. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if some who picked this beer up were looking for something quite a bit different.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

RJT

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a little out of the way place in Madison before moving on to FFF for Dark Lord Day.

The color is brown with an amber tint and a head that retains. The lacing is nice, leaving rings as you drink (unless you're drinking too fast). The aroma is so good, it's almost as if I am opening a hop cone and smelling it like Jim Koch. The smell is very floral with citrus hops that are prevelent, but also has a bit of a grassy hop taste in the finish. The flavor is very good, an explosion of great hops that are balanced nicely with a medium bodied base. Still on the lighter side of Double IPA's. The mouthfeel was a little overcarbonated, but still enjoyable. Overall I hope Leine's makes more of this great beer, very enjoyable and drinkable!!

Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 11.49/ 4pk. 2012 release, best by 11/19/12 (I think bottled 5/19/12). Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours copper orange with 1.5 yellowish pale head. Laces nicely. 

Smells hoppy: citrus, pine, sweet biscuits. 

Tastes like an imperial IPA should. Orange, pine, floral, sweet biscuits, grassy and a hint of booze. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium full feel with nice edge of carbonation. Long bittersweet floral aftertaste. 

A nice smooth balanced IPA. I've been pretty happy with the Big Eddy series so far. Glad I took a chance on a 4 pack. 

Photo of TBoneJones
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel root beer color, with  a minimal head that falls quickly to almost no head.
Smells slight. Pine at first, then, ? A hint of fruit, maybe.
The taste is a little better (meaning much like the smell). Balanced with the malt, this is a smooth blend of the five hops involved here as according to the bottle's label. And I taste some fruit, but all through the dominant malt as I feared.
A bit tangy, not overly bitter on the finish, but also sour to me.
I doubt I'd revisit this brewery's take on an imperial ipa. Quite a sweet ending finish, but with the malt dominating the hops. The color upon the pour should have told me so. Not a fan as I hoped to be. Am I wrong in expecting a DIPA to cater to hop heads? This may as well have been an attempt at an amber/red ale.

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.