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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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84
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453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 18
Gots: 24 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SpartyJoe, Apr 14, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a deep caramel ruby hue with a tan khaki head forms nice fine speckled lacing. Aromatics offer up, citric rind...over ripened fruit deep down a bit of caramel malt explodes in the senses as well. Without tasting I can tell this DIPA is packed with malts, the first sip explodes with pine, citrus, a bit of pineapple and deep caramel malt backbone every bit as sweet tasting as the perceived sweetness on the nose. Rolling sweet malts, ripened fruit notes include juicy raisins this may be noted due to the heavy malts in the backbone and the 8.2% abv is definitely representing as a soothing alcohol burn finishes with each sip. Look this stuff is drinkable, but way too sweet for your typical DIPA it's weighing in on the palate for me is a tad cloying with all the sweetness. Really goes down as the DIPA that wants to edge into bordering as a barleywine or an American Strong Ale. I can't knock it for being what it is, but hopefully some of the under attenuated sweetness gets kicked back in the next varietal release of the Big Eddy DIPA. Overall a decent shot at a big beer style popular from coast to coast these days in the beer realm of America but the sweetness hit me way too hard to be able to full embrace this version!

WVbeergeek, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Chucker17, Apr 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

OutKast, Apr 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

BrewClint, Apr 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

RussBeercier, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some hops, citrus, a bit of malts as well. Taste is well balanced, mild alcohol, more malts than I expected, easy drinking for this abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

tone77, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

PickwickHopz, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Matthewpakula, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

TWolff, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Emnmarko, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

KolbMarley, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/23/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus, some hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a decent hops presence comes in along with a significant alcohol sting that you would normally get in a beer with a much higher ABV. The malt character is hearty and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid 2IPA but there are several other choices in the style that would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Beermasterjarrett, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.64/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

brutusmuktuk, Feb 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

GregHicks, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

electtodefer, Feb 09, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

lochef81, Feb 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

FFATS, Jan 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Disease, Jan 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Skillz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Zone_Fighter, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

RickS95, Dec 29, 2013
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.