Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by ChimRichels:
4.5/5 rDev +20.3%
A - Crystal clear copper color rests beneath a gentle finger's thickness of off-white head. Not a speck of haze in this one. Lacing is there, about what you'd expect for a 9% beer.
S - The aroma permeated the surrounding area almost the instant the cap was cracked open. Very resinous and pine/cedar heavy. The longer it sits, the more it begins to smell like a big juicy ruby-red grapefruit. Interesting aroma development.
T - Just a really great DIPA. The tangy zing of the resinous hops is in your face, but the body holds its own. A solid caramel malt base prevents it from turning into an all-out hop-assault. However, the hops reign supreme here, as they should. The grapefruit pith develops the longer I sip on it, much like the aroma.
M- Very complimentary to the delicate subtleties hiding in this beer, the mild carbonation and rich body provide the perfect canvas for a portrait of a hop bouquet.
O - I loved this beer, much like the other big eddy offerings. It's nice to see Leine's flex their muscles a bit. Slap a Russian River label on this beer and it would be rated in the top 10 DIPAs on this site. But that discussion we can save for later...
06-19-2012 02:10:10 | More by ChimRichels
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3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
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 doesnt 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 Leinies this is a great beer but this is no Dreadnaught despite what all the Leinies freaks are saying.
03-26-2007 17:16:01 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.7/5 rDev +25.7%
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.
05-17-2007 04:06:23 | More by badbeer
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
10-01-2012 02:01:23 | More by Mora2000
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
09-09-2012 05:21:51 | More by MattyG85
3.05/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
09-27-2012 21:44:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5 rDev -9.4%
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!
04-13-2014 23:59:32 | More by WVbeergeek
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-16-2014 13:22:05 | More by chinchill
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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