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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

394 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 394
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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Deanstreat

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-20-2012 01:45:49 | More by Deanstreat
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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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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-05-2014 03:17:44 | More by paulish
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Labourgeoisie


2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

07-01-2014 23:28:02 | More by Labourgeoisie
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jarrett123

New York

3/5  rDev -20%

07-01-2014 01:34:51 | More by jarrett123
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Rolandjleon

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-30-2014 20:30:22 | More by Rolandjleon
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-30-2014 19:55:13 | More by BigGingDrinker
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JohnBender

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-22-2014 18:44:33 | More by JohnBender
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KevinL

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20%

06-19-2014 18:09:23 | More by KevinL
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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tmryan21

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

06-16-2014 13:22:05 | More by chinchill
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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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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Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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icculus71

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%

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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20%

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Wyoming

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.