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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
82
good

445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
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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12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled: 7/14/14

A: Pours a very hazy dark copper with just under 1 fingers width of light tan colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacing. 3.5

S: Grapefruit, tons of sweetness-almost a candied sugar like sweetness, subtle pine but this is most definitely very malt forward. 3.25

T: More hops than the aroma implied, with a significant amount of piney bitterness and some citrus rind. Pretty big bitterness. Sweet malts are present to balance. Not the best hop profile, but not bad. 3.5

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier side but appropriate, ABV well restrained, drinkability is average. 3.75

O: Overall, meh. Not a bad beer, but no reason for me to have this one again. 3.5

Side note: this new rating system is complete dog shit, please change back ASAP.

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3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage reviewed 26 July 2014.

The Great Bottle Eradication of 2014 continues unabated this evening. I purchased this one as a single at Country Garden Six Pack from their close-out cooler since it was already beyond its prime. It originally retailed for $15./4-pack, so unless it is skunked or otherwise flawed, I got a bargain since at 8.2% ABV, it can't be too bad.

From the bottle: "Our Berwery was born on the Big Eddy Spring in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin"; "Its waters guiding us through five generations of genuine brewing heritage."; "Five distinctive hops are added at every stage of the brewing process for our take on an Imperial IPA".

I employed a very gentle pour which produced only a skim of tawny head. I then agitated it in the glass to work up a quick finger of tawny head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was deep-amber/light-copper to copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very sweet and malty, indicating that the hops had fallen away pretty significantly. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Once again, the first thing that I noticed was a intense fusel alcohol burn! Man, this must have been really hot when it was fresh. I am realizing that DIPAs are not for me, fresh or no. Following the initial burn, it had a very sweet caramel malt flavor, which was not bad, but it was still coming across as very intense. Phew! It seems as though I had a bottle of this two years ago, but I have no notes on it, which is too bad. Finish was equally hot and sweet and if I had any regrets, it was that there were no hops in evidence at this point. This could have been a barleywine for that matter.

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.