Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by jj21:
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap in the Horse & Plow in Kohler, WI
This is the first in a series (the second rumored to be an Imperial Stout!!!) from Leinenkugel's premium line "Big Eddy" named after the natural spring that provides water for the Chipewa Falls brewery.
Pours clear orange with creams off-white head. decent carbonation. It's surprisingly clear and not what I expected. Aromas that I never anticipated being a Leinenkugel product (I said that phrase a lot while tasting this). Grapefruit aromas were present the moment the tap was opened. A real delight! Caramel malts are also very present and balance the hops (Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo) well and help hide the 8.9% alcohol in the aroma as well as the taste. Piney hop flavors are more present here than on the nose. Very warming. Went down very well on a sub-freezing April day in Wisconsin, but I don't see having more than one or two at a time.
My fear is that people will see this thinking "Oh, it's a Leinie product, I'll try that" expecting something tame. This is anything but tame and I hope any bad feedback to the brewery is taken with a grain of salt. I tip my hat to them for going out on a limb and trying something out of their normal range and doing it so well. Now, about that Summer Shandy...;)
Serving type: on-tap
04-05-2007 12:55:09 | More by jj21
More User Reviews:
4.64/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 20:19:16 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This pours a deep cloudy amber color, almost brown, with a slight tan head that quickly resolves to a gentle cream colored film. Leaves nice lacing and a lot of alcoholy legs. The aroma is deep and malty. Nearly that of a porter. Lots of roasted notes including coffee and caramel. There is some hoppy citrus notes but not a lot considering this is an imperial. The flavor follows this profile with a lot of malt up front followed by a slight twinge of bitter. This is a smooth beer but truly I'd like more hoppy bitterness from this style. The end notes are deep with a slight chocolate and coffee flavor. If I closed my eyes I'd guess this was a light porter or a black ipa not an imperial. Solid beer but not what I'd expect from the label.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 04:43:05 | More by lochef81
4.16/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 04:05:38 | More by RickS95
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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