Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.89/5 rDev +4.3%
2014 bottle. 2 months before expiration. Billed as the April-June seasonal, so this was probably brewed in mid-late March making it 3.5 months old. ABV: 8.2. IBU:80.
Bottle poured into snifter.
Appearance: Dark copper/orange. Little head dissipates quickly, very fine bubbles. Inviting beer, doesn't appear to be too thin- great color.
Smell: Tons of Cascade and Amarillo, a touch of Simcoe on the nose. Really neat blend of hops. Not sure but probably a touch of Citra at the end of the boil and during dry-hopping to elevate the aroma. Reminds me of honey on those small, sweet oranges (mandarin?) maybe on a bed of greens.
Taste: Honey, melon, and a bit of spice. This is a strong mix of hops, nothing delicate about this beer. Not as much oomph as Simtra, but probably a smaller malt bill. Very sweet, balanced moreso by Citra and Amarillo hops than by the malt bill. Still a good example of Munich and caramel malts in a hoppy beer. Def warms you up.
Mouthfeel: Very dirnkable. Presence is spicy but doesn't stick to your mouth. Sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is just enough to warm- that extra point above IPA status is memorable.
Overall: A tough sell at 8.2% as an Imperial IPA- the caramel malts add a nice color and a depth of sweetness that could probably be fermented out to get this up to 9%. ABV aside- IBU's are actually very high for an 8% beer, and a very, very good selection of hops that work together to build a delicious beer.
It's a shame that this beer is $12 a 4-pack. I found it on sale (the next seasonal, Ryewine, is already hitting shelves, so this was discounted to $5.99) and I think it would be a much more popular IIPA at $10. Will hold it's own as a memorable beer amongst Wisconsin IIPA's. Pick up a bottle and drink it before August- I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
(Anyone else wonder why Miller can't sell this beer for less????)
07-06-2014 02:58:54 | More by robear
3.49/5 rDev -6.4%
A- pours a reddish orange, slight hop haze, & a 1 1/2 finger pillowy head
S- nice peach/ pineapple up front, mango, a bready caramel backbone followed by a light touch of lemon zest
T- sweet caramel, booze, grapefruit rind all swirling around with no rhyme or reason.
M- full bodied, tons of carbonation,. Drinks sweet & bitter, finishes very dry
O- smells good looks great, its just a mess on the tongue, unbalanced lots if booze and lots of bitter. Not my cup o' tea.
06-16-2014 22:35:46 | More by gabedivision
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
12oz bottle served in a small tulip glass.
Clear dark amber with a decent head.
Quite mild for DIPA style, and even a bit mild for an IPA. For me it has excellent balance. Partially hidden higher ABV seems to be only about 5-6%. Fruity with some grapefruit in the finish and afyertaste but a touch sweet up front. Weak aftertaste for style.
06-16-2014 13:22:05 | More by chinchill
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.