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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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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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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

10-01-2013 14:43:50 | More by sweemzander
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/1/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, pineapple, floral, caramel, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with very balanced sweetness/bitterness and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice DIPA. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. Definitely a unique take on the style, but it is nicely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:42:39 | More by superspak
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

09-30-2013 16:22:18 | More by ohyayitstrey
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

09-29-2013 22:32:28 | More by dragomni
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-28-2013 00:35:45 | More by WDJersey
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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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

09-20-2013 23:39:04 | More by kwkdmk
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Rhode Island

1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

09-09-2013 03:20:00 | More by SenorHops
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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep amber with a thin whitish head and nice off white lacing. Not much of a head considering an aggressive pour.

Smell: Not hoppy for a DIPA, more sweet with some caramel, maybe a bit of maple then some pine and citrus. Weirdly, I get a bit of coffee here.

Taste: Syrupy and sweet with some nice tangerine sweetness and a load of caramel and maltiness. A bit too sweet without enough hop balance for a DIPA. This has been mentioned in previous reviews, but it almost seems like they just threw in extra malt to boost the ABV, not what I'm looking for in a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, sweet and creamy. Low carbonation with little alcohol burn.

Overall: While not my typical Imperial IPA, this honestly is unique and not too bad. Maybe this bottle isn't fresh, but I could use a lot more hoppiness. Still, decent for something from Leinenkugel.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:37:50 | More by Mikecap
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4/5  rDev +7%

09-01-2013 23:03:19 | More by OB1
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-30-2013 23:51:22 | More by ALLISON01
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-30-2013 23:30:29 | More by SlickestWilly
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

08-26-2013 00:49:06 | More by JHull
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-22-2013 01:04:44 | More by Gregafree
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3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours a dark orange with a half inch white head that dissipates quickly with little lacing.

Smell- Caramel, grassy hops and dark fruits.

Taste- Strong caramel backbone with high alpha hop resin and grape wine bitterness. The flavors don't seem to mesh as well as they should.

Mouthfeel- fairly thick with moderate carbonation

Overall- bitter fruit IPA, not bad but probably wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 19:26:43 | More by IPAdams
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-20-2013 00:33:17 | More by KlayWey
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-18-2013 02:16:23 | More by drbenderdo
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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oh no. Now that I bought the growler, I find out that "Big Eddy" is an offshoot of...Leinenkugel's??? Fudge. Ah, well. Might as well review it anyway.

Appearance 3.50: Poured out a lovely deep golden color with a thin head. Somewhat opaque with some stray particulate matter.

Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet. Somewhat subdued hop scent, but what is there is mingled with a deep syrupy malt smell that makes this beer smell very promising.

Taste 3.75: Front is hoppy: nice floral and citrusy hops. Middle is very hoppy, but this seems to be all one hop to me, possibly two, so that the hop flavor is not all over the place, but rather concentrated: piney, citrusy...very pleasant. Finish is somewhat sweet with more subdued alkaline hoppiness; the sensation of the two at this taste level is almost perfectly blended. Finish is somewhat short and it is here that some syrupy tastes seep in, revealing (in my opinion) some adjuncts (probably corn sugar) added to bump up the ABV into "Imperial" level.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Brew was somewhat thin in the mouth, which was surprising given the ABV.

Overall 3.75: Leinenkugel's or not, this is a very good beer. Very nice blending of hops and nuanced balance of malt and hop. There is, however, a certain syrupiness to the flavor profile. It is important to note that there is no hint of the alcohol present in the taste of the beer. So, would I recommend you try this beer? Yes, if for no other reason than to try an outstanding beer brewed by Leinenkugel. You can tell your grandkids about it. It'll be like seeing the original Doors in concert.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2013 04:15:33 | More by BeerDocT
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-12-2013 20:29:34 | More by NewGlarusFan
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-10-2013 04:13:48 | More by blameo
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-06-2013 13:11:26 | More by Audi4awrangler
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

08-06-2013 00:41:48 | More by Swik
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-05-2013 12:09:12 | More by neckbracesub
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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial IPA last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. The Big Eddy series has been hit or miss with me but I thought I should give this one a try since I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's the typical label for the Big Eddy series, it has a nice clean look to it, but it's not eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy bright amber color that took on some ruby and crimson hues when held to the light with one fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, the color was pretty good, but the head and lacing were a little weak.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of high sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that impart a combination of piney and citrus hop aromas that are pretty balanced and are followed by a sweet medium boozy aroma. Up next comes the malts that impart some sweet malt, caramel toffee, brown bread, and some dark fruit aromas. Towards the end I get a slight tobacco like aroma along with some lighter cardboard aromas. The aroma was nice, but I think the hops could have been a little brighter and it smelled a little too sweet and boozy.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by some piney and earthy hop flavors with a little bit of citrus hops coming through in the background along with a slight orange marmalade like flavor. Up next comes the malts that impart some sweet, caramel, toffee, brown bread, slightly grainy, and dark fruit like flavors with a medium boozy flavor that wasn't as warming as I thought it would be. On the finish there's a little more sweetness with a higher amount of medium bitterness with a sweet, piney and slight citrus hop like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Imperial IPA that was pretty balanced, but I wish the hop flavors were a lot brighter.

M- A little smooth, medium alcohol appearance, a little sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer, somehow the lower carbonation didn't hurt it.

Overall I thought this was decent Imperial IPA and a slightly above average example of the style, it had some pretty nice balance to it, but between the higher amount of sweetness and the medium boozy aspect it made it a little rough around the edges. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't too filling and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, but the higher amount of sweetness would prevent me from having a couple of these, one is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, there was some nice balance between the malt and hops flavors. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and that the alcohol wasn't hidden that well, it felt boozier than it was. I don't think I would buy this beer again, there's much better Imperial IPA's that are easier to find, it's worth a try if you really like Imperial IPA's but I can't say that I would really recommend it. All in all I thought this beer was alright, but it didn't have what it takes to be one of the better beer in it's style, it was a little rough around the edges, but with a little tweaking I think this could be a good Imperial IPA., It isn't the worst I have had, but it's for sure not the best, I appreciate the effort Leinenkugel's but this Imperial IPA isn't that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:49:40 | More by StoutHunter
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3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krl2112 for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish-copper, with fairly low visible carbonation but a sizable white head.

S: Caramel bready malt, booze, with some grapefruit and pine bitter hops. Has a lot of aroma, but seems to be dominated by alcohol and some cardboard-like oxidation.

T: This bottle is drinking a bit like a barleywine at this point. Sweet malts, moderate caramel character, toasted toffee, with a fair amount of citrus rind and resin hop flavor still – but lower than it should be. Moderately boozy but not overly hot.

M: Full-bodied for style. Again, the alcohol is quite noticeable but not to the point that it overtakes the rest of the beer. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Even when tasting this, I suspected it might have some age on it. A check on the neck of the bottle shows a line of printing "NOV1912" - I'm assuming this was a brew date, meaning it's a bit over eight months old at this point. I'm going to assume that the age on the bottle affected the flavors at least some, although I still think the hop/malt profile wouldn't have been my favorite. I would be curious to try one fresher at some point.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 04:12:03 | More by macrosmatic
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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