Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -5.1%
12oz bottle into a pint glass
A: Pours a very hazy dark copper with just under 1 fingers width of light tan colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacing. 3.5
S: Grapefruit, tons of sweetness-almost a candied sugar like sweetness, subtle pine but this is most definitely very malt forward. 3.25
T: More hops than the aroma implied, with a significant amount of piney bitterness and some citrus rind. Pretty big bitterness. Sweet malts are present to balance. Not the best hop profile, but not bad. 3.5
M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier side but appropriate, ABV well restrained, drinkability is average. 3.75
O: Overall, meh. Not a bad beer, but no reason for me to have this one again. 3.5
Side note: this new rating system is complete dog shit, please change back ASAP.
08-14-2014 23:18:52 | More by zac16125
3.23/5 rDev -13.6%
2012 vintage reviewed 26 July 2014.
The Great Bottle Eradication of 2014 continues unabated this evening. I purchased this one as a single at Country Garden Six Pack from their close-out cooler since it was already beyond its prime. It originally retailed for $15./4-pack, so unless it is skunked or otherwise flawed, I got a bargain since at 8.2% ABV, it can't be too bad.
From the bottle: "Our Berwery was born on the Big Eddy Spring in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin"; "Its waters guiding us through five generations of genuine brewing heritage."; "Five distinctive hops are added at every stage of the brewing process for our take on an Imperial IPA".
I employed a very gentle pour which produced only a skim of tawny head. I then agitated it in the glass to work up a quick finger of tawny head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was deep-amber/light-copper to copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very sweet and malty, indicating that the hops had fallen away pretty significantly. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Once again, the first thing that I noticed was a intense fusel alcohol burn! Man, this must have been really hot when it was fresh. I am realizing that DIPAs are not for me, fresh or no. Following the initial burn, it had a very sweet caramel malt flavor, which was not bad, but it was still coming across as very intense. Phew! It seems as though I had a bottle of this two years ago, but I have no notes on it, which is too bad. Finish was equally hot and sweet and if I had any regrets, it was that there were no hops in evidence at this point. This could have been a barleywine for that matter.
07-27-2014 00:52:31 | More by woodychandler
3.89/5 rDev +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????)
07-06-2014 02:58:54 | More by robear
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.