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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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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear copper color with a white head on top. The head was white, it had a decent retention and it left a good lacing too. The smell of the beer is more malty than hoppy I think... The taste is moderately hoppy, it's got a bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is oily, it's thick and had a decent carbonation. Overall this beer is decent, it's not quite lively enough for an Imperial IPA. It's drinkable but not the best example of the style out there.

Knapp85, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Twifiter
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

mendvicdog, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark amber brown/copper with a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head. Like the sticky lacing on this it runs all throughout the pour.

S - Malty, caramel like with a musky grapefruit and a touch of bittering pine.

T - Not as malt forward as I expected yet not a hop bomb. Pleasant malty grapefruit balanced with caramel sweetness and a touch of pine in the finish. Palatable and tasty.

M - Medium bodied yet goes down easy enough.

Overall much better than the RIS and on par with the style like the Wee Heavy. Seems like these guys know what they are doing.

DrDemento456, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of averydylan
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

averydylan, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of crewfan1952
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

crewfan1952, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of KKB
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – A caramel/orange colored body, light carbonation, with a yellow-white head. Nice looking 1 finger head. Great retention.

S – What a great smelling IPA. The hops smell really wonderful and diverse, there is also a fruity element to this, either a grapefruit or a pineapple.

T – Good, not amazing. Has a nice malty character to it that does not overshadow the hops but contribute to it in a very balanced manner. Both bitter and sweet at the same time. Extremely well-masked alcohol, and overall actually a very well crated IPA. It really gets better as it warms up a little bit too. But like I said, good, not amazing.

M – A nice medium body, with carbonation that lasts the whole way, has a nice mouth-feel.

O – Overall, Big Eddy made a damn fine IPA, very drinkable, very tasty, I would totally buy this again if I saw it.

KKB, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Kasabuske
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Kasabuske, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Oct 16, 2012 stamped in white on the bottle.

It pours a cloudy colour of rust/orange, with a tiny head of foam but it does leave some lacing behind.

Being close to the best by date, I'm getting a huge blast of caramel malt with light notes of read. No bitterness that reaches my nose buds.

The taste matches the smell. A huge malt presence with just a smallish hint of any hop bitterness. Even when I swish the beer in my mouth, I don't get the, now long faded I guess, hoppiness that's typical of a fresh Imperial IPA. And guess what? I'm DIGGING it! It reminds me of a well made Old Ale/Barleywine.

Close to full bodied, ample carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

I would have loved to try and review a fresh sample but this, the way it is now, is very satisfying.

Bitterbill, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 4-pack, which I prefer over a bomber, so thank you Leinie's.
I like the hopping in this drink. It's fresh with some fruitiness and some citrus, but balanced out with more grass and herbal notes too. This bottle holds a more resin note, which I didn't notice on my previous bottle and something I can do without, but all in all it isn't too distracting or off-putting. It actually starts to blend into the malt character, which is kinda' nice. A solid but not amazing start.
Looks like a DIPA. Creamy tan head. Cloudy amber color.
Again, a little more resin in the flavor than I recall the first go around. But it fades and blends well. I'm enjoying the malt character of this one. Firm and solid and adding flavor and not just balancing out the hops. The hop flavors are strong and almost intense, but short lived and move quickly to the bitterness, which mimics that experience, but is less intense. The finish is more malt laden and is kinda' sweet. Hop flavors more than bitterness on the gentle ending.
Moderately high feel, but not overly big. Soft and reasonable smooth.
I liked my first bottle more than this one. I'll adjust scores if I find later bottles resemble the earlier one more than this. Temperature may be playing a part as I believe this one may be somewhat warmer. I like the blending and balance. I'm not fond of the resin quality which to me comes off as an unenjoyable aroma and taste.

garymuchow, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by Dec. 10, 2012. The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma has some floral notes, as well as some toffee and bread notes. I also get a hint of orange citrus from the hops. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get orange citrus and some pine, as well as a little bit of perfume notes. There is a little bit of bitterness, but the hops mainly come through in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While the beer was drank within the period set by the best by date, it tastes a bit like it is old, with faded hops.

Mora2000, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of JimmyCop
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

JimmyCop, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Ncpogs
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Ncpogs, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light brown and dark copper color, small .3" head on the top of it, off white to light beige. Aroma, actually revealed a heavy malt presence, more than hops, but I should have thought about that possibility when the beer poured into the glass much darker than an imperial ipa should be according to my preferences.

Taste is relatively well balanced, the hops don't scream out at you unfortunately, but it has a thick body, chewy ambiance, adequate hopping to balance all of that out. But I don't really want balance in an imperial ipa, I want hops. The hops here don't really seem to impart much in the way of flavor, just some bitterness that is absorbed by the chunky toffee and caramel interior. Hides the alcohol decently. Good amount of sweetness from all the crystal malt probably.

I dunno, for being hopped 5 times, I would say go back and hop it 12 times then.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep amber gold with an off-white film for a head.

Smells of honey, floral and pine hops, and grapefruit.

Tastes of honey, orange citrus, piney hops, grapefruit, and rich bready malts. The hops are flavorful but not overly bitter.

Full, slightly syrupy body with prickly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a really good, flavorful double IPA. Hits all the right notes and is very tasty. Doesn't do anything daring, but does the stuff it's supposed to well. I'd drink this often.

Cylinsier, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

StPaulShredder, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of 2xHops
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste is so average. It actually did taste slightly flat, which brings up freshness issue. However, I have to go with what I have. This review may be adjusted later when I get the most recent batch.

The aroma was slightly off-putting, and it doesn't have the typical IPA aroma. The appearance did seem good with dark copper color. The mouthfeel was fairly decent, but it did taste a bit watery, and not as malty as I'd like it be for an Imperial IPA.

It's not a terrible beer, but with the tough competition out there, it's hard for me justify giving this one higher score. I did like Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout and the Wee Heavy Scotch Ale very much, and I think this IPA is the weakest beer of those three I've tasted.

2xHops, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of null
4/5  rDev +7.2%

null, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of MichPaul
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

MichPaul, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of gabeuop79
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

gabeuop79, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of buckywarren
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

buckywarren, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a beautiful deep ruby red/deep amber color. Upon pouring there is only a tiny tannish head that forms. The head fades very fast to leave only a lingering film on the top of the brew. Swirling the beer in the snifter shows a very sticky and thick body as it clings to the side of the glass before reseeding back to the pool of beer.

Smell – The aroma is very bready with a strong presence of a caramel sweetness and some roasted aromas. The hop aromas are very light with only a small amount of citrus detected in the nose. Other then the citrus hop is a warming alcohol and dark fruit smell, which give this brew more of a doppelbock aroma then that of an IPA.

Taste – A doughy taste is the first to be detected by the tongue. This is mixed with some sweeter flavors of a caramel. As the taste moves on hop tastes start to work their way in as some of the caramel flavor fades. The hop which are in the taste are largely citrus in nature and arrive with some lighter dark cherry and raisin sweetness. Soon the citrus hop drown out the dark fruits as they become more potent toward the end. At the end a doughy and grapefruit hop are left in the taste, but not without a strong presence of alcohol which when combined with the hop leaves a somewhat burning tingle on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Quite full bodied with a very chewy feel. The carbonation on this one is rather low. Both the thickness and carbonation are quite fitting for the brew as they allow all the bready, grapefruit and boozy flavors to linger on the tongue and warm you through and through.

Overall – It is a thick and hearty IPA. Definitely a sipping IPA.

Darkmagus82, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat murky amber with some ruby red. Lots of bubbles and a big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is big on citrus hop esters. Ripe citrus with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, apricot, and lemons. Some grassy hops and spicy pine resin. Nice malt scent with a fairly sweet bready presence. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little toast. The citrus fruit esters are the dominate note here. Smells big and juicy.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a big taste of citrus fruit esters with a nice sweet bready backbone. Ripe and bitter citrus hops with big notes of orange, grapefruit, apricot, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Subtle grass and some spicy piney hops. Solid background of sweet malts. Taste of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Really nice fruit flavors. On the sweeter side for a Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, juicy, and somewhat sticky and oily. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good IPA. Veers to the sweeter side but not quite enough to be overly sweet. Nice juicy citrus hop flavors.

MattyG85, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Cooper, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.6%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2012
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.