Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.99/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
10-14-2013 20:03:20 | More by puboflyons
4.09/5 rDev +9.4%
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!
10-11-2013 06:49:14 | More by Shluffy
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
10-01-2013 04:42:39 | More by superspak
2.25/5 rDev -39.8%
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.
09-21-2013 02:57:58 | More by CloudStrife
3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
09-09-2013 01:37:50 | More by Mikecap
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.