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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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403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 115
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007)
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Reviews by garymuchow:
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 4-pack, which I prefer over a bomber, so thank you Leinie's.
I like the hopping in this drink. It's fresh with some fruitiness and some citrus, but balanced out with more grass and herbal notes too. This bottle holds a more resin note, which I didn't notice on my previous bottle and something I can do without, but all in all it isn't too distracting or off-putting. It actually starts to blend into the malt character, which is kinda' nice. A solid but not amazing start.
Looks like a DIPA. Creamy tan head. Cloudy amber color.
Again, a little more resin in the flavor than I recall the first go around. But it fades and blends well. I'm enjoying the malt character of this one. Firm and solid and adding flavor and not just balancing out the hops. The hop flavors are strong and almost intense, but short lived and move quickly to the bitterness, which mimics that experience, but is less intense. The finish is more malt laden and is kinda' sweet. Hop flavors more than bitterness on the gentle ending.
Moderately high feel, but not overly big. Soft and reasonable smooth.
I liked my first bottle more than this one. I'll adjust scores if I find later bottles resemble the earlier one more than this. Temperature may be playing a part as I believe this one may be somewhat warmer. I like the blending and balance. I'm not fond of the resin quality which to me comes off as an unenjoyable aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:35:55 | More by garymuchow
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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.

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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.

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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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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.