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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
84
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407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 116
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007)
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CharlieTruelove23


1/5  rDev -73.3%

08-22-2012 05:11:47 | More by CharlieTruelove23
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

09-09-2013 03:20:00 | More by SenorHops
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

07-16-2014 12:55:32 | More by Walkerjgt
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olliegaff

North Dakota

1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

11-06-2012 23:32:04 | More by olliegaff
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.5%

08-10-2012 20:10:50 | More by brez8791
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djmichaelk

Florida

2/5  rDev -46.5%

05-07-2013 03:34:47 | More by djmichaelk
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CloudStrife

New York

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 on the label.

A: Pours a hazy amber brown with a moderate off white head.

S: Bitter hop is the first thing I notice. As it warms a lot of cracker and bready character comes out. Dark fruits and booze.

T: Not really an IPA. A boat load of malt that makes it seem more like an old ale. Perhaps this is a bit old per the April-June release date on the website.

M: Full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol makes it a bit harsh on the tongue. Sticky finish.

Overall not one I'd recommend. No motivation to finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:57:58 | More by CloudStrife
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

10-10-2013 21:46:34 | More by EgadBananas
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drop6301

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

10-17-2013 03:56:21 | More by drop6301
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I did a double take when I saw this. Best by 09 Nov 2012, 8.2% ABV. $2.99 single from the Village Pump.

A clear copper with a dense, cream-colored head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks pretty good! The darker than expected color warns me that this might be a bit of a malt bomb, and that's what I find. A big crystal malt nose with astringent caramel, moderately stale in some ways, is the most noticeable aspect. In fact, it covers up the hops to a big extent! I get some pine, some citrus, and a mild vegetal character.

The palate opens quite sweet with a blend of moderate hop bitterness and a crystal malt astringency. For a beer that was hopped 5 times, this tastes very disappointing. There's moderate pine flavor, grapefruit and some tropical fruit as well. However, the sweetness is way too high for my palate, and it overpowers (rather than complements) the moderate hop bitterness, and the hop flavor just isn't strong enough. Sweet, mildly astringent on the finish, this beer is medium in body, carbonated to a moderate level. While I do like the occasional sweeter DIPA, this is disappointing as it lacks balance of any sort. I feel like I'm being harsh with my scores here, but I cringe with every sip here.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:44:19 | More by DefenCorps
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bradleyjay34

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

02-03-2013 02:57:24 | More by bradleyjay34
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

12-05-2013 19:56:54 | More by Mugenlude
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Labourgeoisie


2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

11-16-2013 03:23:45 | More by BeardedAllen
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

08-02-2013 17:01:49 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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OutKast

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

04-11-2014 21:46:27 | More by OutKast
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akttr

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

08-04-2012 04:14:21 | More by akttr
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AndyReuter

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was highly disappointed in this brew. I have had nice experiences with most "Leiny's", but this one was pretty bad.

Appearance - Nice orange color, almost no head.
Smell- Strong, sweet aroma with hints of diacetyl
Taste - Blah. This seems closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. The malt overpowers all with little to no help from the hops
Mouthfeel - The only thing Big Eddy got right was this; slightly thicker, rich mouthfeel, leaving the expected DIPA coating on the tongue
Opinion - Maybe they just labeled this beer incorrectly? I may have had a completely different opinion had I expected a Strong Ale or Barleywine

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 18:23:12 | More by AndyReuter
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

10-01-2013 14:43:50 | More by sweemzander
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bcm75

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

04-02-2013 00:54:44 | More by bcm75
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Herky21

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

07-27-2014 21:53:36 | More by Herky21
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Swik

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

08-06-2013 00:41:48 | More by Swik
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Ilafan

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

05-25-2013 16:09:11 | More by Ilafan
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear, medium amber. Medium tall reddish, tan head. Persistent.

Smell - Sweet caramel, molasses, raisin. Surprised to note little hops aroma.

Taste - Much more richly malty than I expected. Hits a range of rich, medium-roast flavors. Dark fruit and molasses most prominently. Citrusy hops are apparent in the finish, though much less prominently that I'd expect from an IIPA. Orange and a hint of resin.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy. Noticeable alcohol.

Overall - Not being a fan of excessively hopped beers, I actually like this quite a bit. The malt flavors are rich and complex. The hops matches nicely, balances the rich malt flavor, and doesn't overpower. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if some who picked this beer up were looking for something quite a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:36:07 | More by scaliasux
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glad they re-made this so I could finally tick it.

Poured into Big Eddy Chalice.

Pours a white head that settles to a collar. Color is a clear vibrant copper.

Aroma: A lot of citrus and bright fruits. Pineapples, lemons, and grapefruit. Maybe a touch of mango. There is a bit of caramel and bready malts too.

Taste: A little too much sweetness and malts here. Lots of caramel and bready malts. Some alcohol burn. Hop resiny with a bit of dankness. Earthy and floral. Lots of citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent IIPA, but nothing I would buy more of. It just misses some of the marks when it comes to being a staple. The nose is decent, but it loses it in the taste. It's not bad, but it is a bit below average.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:50:05 | More by mothman
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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.