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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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431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Skillz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Zone_Fighter, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

RickS95, Dec 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Danegerous123, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

MooseBoose, Dec 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

RDP87, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

kguyty, Dec 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Westuh, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

M1k3y, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

V3XX069, Nov 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

BeardedAllen, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

MightiestBeard, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

drop6301, Oct 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

matheu, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +7%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 07814-B21011337. 2013 vintage.

It pours medium amber-copper with a small off-white head that becomes a long lasting ring.

The nose makes me think of a barleywine or an old ale with a dominating caramel maltiness, booze, sugar, and a subtle earthy hop note.

The body is full and bold.

Caramel malts are upfront in the flavor rather than hops that one might expect from an Imperial IPA. Sweetness. An alcohol bite. Low to moderate bitterness at the end.

puboflyons, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

silverking, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

teichsta, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Endeavor11, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Shluffy
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%

Appearance: Nice clear amber color that pours a strong 2 finger head

Smell: Sweet, fruity aroma

Taste: Similar to the aroma, quite sweet, definite grapefruit quality. Not a lot of bitterness, but it does seem to intensify a bit as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light, super drinkable

Overall: This is a very drinkable and enjoyable IIPA. The 2014 version of this beer seems to have less bitterness than 2013, and I like this more overall than I remember enjoying the 2013 edition. In full disclosure, the guy who brewed this particular batch is a family friend, and I think he did an admirable job!

Shluffy, Oct 11, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

EgadBananas, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ROGUE16, Oct 07, 2013
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.