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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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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | 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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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

08-03-2012 02:16:06 | More by Chugs13
Photo of StaveHooks


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In celebration of IPA day.
12oz drought at McNellies Tulsa

A - Dark pecan brown, on finger creamy head that sinks into a tight cap. Minimal Lacing.

A - Citrus hop aroma, sweet tropical fruit, apricots, melon, toasted bread, burnt caramel malt.

T - Sweet orange citrus, candied grapefruit, tangy fruit, sweet grain, burnt caramel, there's an astringent alcohol note right down the middle of the drink. Finishes slick and slightly thin with a chalky bitterness.

M - Full body, thins out as it warms, low to medium carbonation, slight alcohol heat.

Not bad but not great. Very solid aroma and the flavor starts good but the thin mouthfeel and alcohol rinse out the other flavors. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 20:15:02 | More by StaveHooks
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

08-01-2012 17:39:18 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of dbossman


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish copper hue with a steady one-inch head; okay lacing

S: Extremely hop forward with grapefruit and tropical fruits up front; subtle sweet bready undertones

T: Not nearly the same tropical hops that I would expect after smelling the beer; some bitter astringency and just not enough balance from the hops--more grassy and herbal in hop flavors; it's not bad but it just doesn't come together like the aromas hinted at

F: Sticky, oily, nice hop residue and overall body

O: A decent DIPA; another nice Big Eddy beer; just now quite what I"m looking for in a DIPA

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 17:57:16 | More by dbossman
Photo of BierStein711


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught poured into 12 oz goblet, pale amber with two finger off white head

Smells: floral hop, hemp, alcohol, fresh cut fruit

Taste: Hops, apricot, grapefruit, old rope and leather

Mouthfeel: Dry, full, and refreshing

Overall, seek this one out on draught. You will be happy you did.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 14:11:23 | More by BierStein711
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-30-2012 22:20:26 | More by leedorham
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-30-2012 00:32:20 | More by Troville1990
Photo of Mdog


3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber, big head.

Smell: Varied from bottle to bottle in the 4 pack, some were bright and citrus, others were cardboard mixed with citrus.

Taste: Again, variable from bottle to bottle. All seemed to be more malt-forward, with varying amounts of citrus (oranges) and caramel. Finish is not bitter or dry in any case.

Overall: I have been looking for this for a while, maybe I got some older bottles. The best by date was December 2012, so they shouldn't have been too old. I wanted to like this more than I did, but it just doesn't hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:15:52 | More by Mdog
Photo of blackcompg


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers of golden yellow foam, poures a clear orange amber, and I'm getting some very nice lacing inside of my glass.

Smell - Candied grapefriut, pineapple, candied orange slices, slight pine, herbacious hops (slight roasted sweet garlic??) and very slight vanilla carmel.

Taste - Whoah, very unexpected, I would have bet on a huge array of citrus flavors - but this is very herbacious and floral! Starts with a blend of candied herbs: basil, oregano, mint, and a slight garlic/medicinal flavor on the back of the tongue - in the background there is sweetened yellow grapefriut, mango, and slight orange. After the sip my mouth is filled once again with the herbs, and meadowy floral hops, and some grapefruit pith Way at the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium on the mouthfeel, flavors are on the sronger side, and the sweetness of this dipa allows them to coat the tongue and to linger. Carb is almost medium and provides a few sharp edges and just a touch of crispness, and does a pretty good job of cleansing the citrus - leaving only the herbacious and floral hops behind.

Overall - A very interesting DIPA, I do pick up the alcohol in this one just a bit, brighter and more intense citrus would have hidden this better, but it goes rather well with the herbacious and floral flavors, and may be partially responsible fot the very slight medicinal and garlic flavors, which are very faint. Give this one a try - this is FAR better than their (Big Eddy) wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 04:53:11 | More by blackcompg
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-27-2012 19:57:32 | More by reyna311
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4/5  rDev +7%

07-27-2012 01:22:56 | More by JohnLynch
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-26-2012 19:50:48 | More by carrollmel7
Photo of JDizzle


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this at Party Town in Florence, KY for $10.99.

Pours a clear amber brown color that is not too pleasing for a DIPA. A thin white head is there but fades away.

Smells sweet, malty, resinous, piney, and boozy. Pretty good hop blast with a nice matly sweetness should make this a balanced DIPA.

Wow, it's a powerfull DIPA that blast the palate with great bitterness from the hops and finishes with a sweet malty, earthy pop. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. It's pretty sweet on the back side which is not a huge plus. Hops are grassy and citrusy-like grapefruit and mango.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Carbs are spot on. The sweetness could get sickening with a growler.

Overall, damn fine!

Serving type: growler

07-25-2012 23:28:28 | More by JDizzle
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-25-2012 03:21:06 | More by jenray
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4/5  rDev +7%

07-24-2012 23:02:24 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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4/5  rDev +7%

07-24-2012 20:39:43 | More by jsboates
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4/5  rDev +7%

07-24-2012 07:05:13 | More by sammo
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-24-2012 03:06:51 | More by sparx1100
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, small alcohol and a mellow pine hop. In the taste, mellow pine hops to a small alcohol and hint of hairspray in the end. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied and sticky mouthfeel, with a small dry note of hairspray in the aftertaste. Expecting better hops and tastes quite boozy for 8.9%.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 16:45:59 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Jimmys


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. NOV 19 12 on the neck label makes me think thats a best before date. 8.2% ABV on the body label.

A: a deep reddish copper. very pretty color. clear. slightly off-white head. frothy. good lacing.

S: aroma smells sticky. piney and resinous. deeply hoppy aroma backed by a decent amount of sweet, cara malts.

T: bitter and sticky from the first sip. so bitter hop fruityness and bitterness lingers throughout. juicyfruit gum. a little bit of alcohol but it is easy to get past. the hops linger. very american.

M: fizzy carbonation on a full body.

D: a big bodied, big flavored DIPA. very american hop profile. good shit, definitely worth picking up if you see some fresh bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:55:57 | More by Jimmys
Photo of BDIMike


4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking light brown color. A bit of cloudiness and almost thickness to the look of this beer. Not a lot of carbonation though, just a thin, lace-like, white head.
Aroma is of incredibly fresh hops. Dominated by very piney and earthy hop smells. A good amount of alcohol and spice as well.
Taste has a lot of nice things going on. A slight malt base, but great earthy and piney hops dominate this beer. A good alcohol taste actually adds balance to the beer.
Mouthfeel has a nice smooth thickness that goes down easy.
Drinkability is nice on this beer. A very Earthy IPA that has all the tastes one would want in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 02:50:09 | More by BDIMike
Photo of adamette


3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Heinen's in Mentor a few days ago for $3.00 into a clean, clear glass. "SEP2412" stamped on the neck of the bottle which I will take to be the "best by" date. Incidentally, my label states 8.2 % ABV.

A Somewhat brief but solid head over a translucent shiny new penny body. Very solid look for the style. Some points lost for the briefness of the head and that it really did not stick to the inside of the glass like I would have liked to see. I like that nice copper body. 3.5

S Nice strong hop and malt profile that really only some of the elite DIPAs have had. If the smell is any indication this is going to be one solid DIPA. 4.0

T Just as the smell suggested, a powerful DIPA with strong aromatic and grapefruit hops along with a strong sweet malt presence. It does not measure up to some of my more favored DIPAs in that despite that it is rather thin. Thin is not the word with Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster or Bell's Hopslam. 3.5

M A huge beer but, as stated, actually a bit more thin than other beers within the style. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is actually not that high. I just have the single but I really cannot see reaching for a second one of these. Its size and ABV level is just huge! Overall this is a fine effort from Leinenkugel. 3.0

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:32:26 | More by adamette
Photo of Brewsky29


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper burnt orange with an inch plus of head that laces all over the glass.

The beer has a malty sweet smell.

The taste is very nice malts at first then the hops kick in with a bitterness that hangs in there with the malty sweetness.

Smooth beer with a little carbonation.

Overall very nice beer I really enjoyed this beer and will be getting this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 00:02:25 | More by Brewsky29
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-19-2012 01:23:30 | More by Flowyn82
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-18-2012 20:36:18 | More by Amp
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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