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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
84
good

407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 116
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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BDIMike

Ohio

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
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adamette

Ohio

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
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Brewsky29

Pennsylvania

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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Flowyn82

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-19-2012 01:23:30 | More by Flowyn82
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Amp

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-18-2012 20:36:18 | More by Amp
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear brassy copper hue with a two fingers sticky white head. Resinous grapefruit nose. Faint notes of pine and citrus. Some tropical fruit as well.

An interesting IPA. Silky and creamy mouthfeel. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Light effervescence. Lots of sweetness to this beer. Lots of caramel, sweet malted grain, burnt sugar, taffy and toffee. European hop presence however it's very subtle and subdued. Mild bitterness with some lingering sweetness. Herbal spicy hop finish.

Not your standard double IPA but it is very unique. More malt then there probably should be but for some reason i'm really enjoying this beer. Might be the timing since I havn't been drinking a ton of hoppy stuff this summer so the mild bitterness is nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:35:34 | More by jtierney89
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salvy31

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

07-17-2012 23:31:28 | More by salvy31
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NodakEric

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-16-2012 04:25:58 | More by NodakEric
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brewcrew12


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-15-2012 17:36:49 | More by brewcrew12
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

07-14-2012 19:39:30 | More by kjkinsey
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-14-2012 04:00:37 | More by Localdrinklax
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-14-2012 01:19:35 | More by Duff27
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-13-2012 23:20:09 | More by hinemk76
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optimator705

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-13-2012 19:38:46 | More by optimator705
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-13-2012 01:40:34 | More by HoistinBrews
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

07-12-2012 12:08:33 | More by mscott1975
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this IIPA recently off of a nice, clean shelf. Loved the RIS when it first came out a while back, so happy to give this one a shot. Cut my teeth on Leine's a long, long, long time ago when it was the only drinkable beer at First Avenue, our regular haunt. 12 oz. bottle with a "Dec1212" date on it. I'll assume that's a "May1212" born on date...one point for dating, minus three-quarters for lack of clarify.

Pour is that lovely burnished copper that usually precedes a good hop-bomb, for some reason. Nose is heavy on the malts, with a good resinous quality to it, but the only hop flavor is floral, & not much at that.

Big Eddy IIPA dances along the dangerous edge of balance: good hops on one side, a sad precipice of too much malts on the other. First impression is of heavy caramel malting, but they're kicked aside by a rush of hops - nice bitterness, heavy oils, with appearances of tropical fruit & earthiness. Resin trumps all in the end, sticking with me until I go brush my teeth. It's that coating quality in the mouth that is the high note here, & leads to sipping more quickly than normal.

Very good? Excellent? So close. It's the caramel malts, done with a deft hand, that tip this one into the excellent category. Nice entry into the IIPA category - keep on bringing it, Leine's.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:40:13 | More by maximum12
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MrJolly

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-12-2012 01:56:33 | More by MrJolly
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AmandaSchaefer

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-11-2012 00:18:48 | More by AmandaSchaefer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I did a double take when I saw this. Best by 09 Nov 2012, 8.2% ABV. $2.99 single from the Village Pump.

A clear copper with a dense, cream-colored head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks pretty good! The darker than expected color warns me that this might be a bit of a malt bomb, and that's what I find. A big crystal malt nose with astringent caramel, moderately stale in some ways, is the most noticeable aspect. In fact, it covers up the hops to a big extent! I get some pine, some citrus, and a mild vegetal character.

The palate opens quite sweet with a blend of moderate hop bitterness and a crystal malt astringency. For a beer that was hopped 5 times, this tastes very disappointing. There's moderate pine flavor, grapefruit and some tropical fruit as well. However, the sweetness is way too high for my palate, and it overpowers (rather than complements) the moderate hop bitterness, and the hop flavor just isn't strong enough. Sweet, mildly astringent on the finish, this beer is medium in body, carbonated to a moderate level. While I do like the occasional sweeter DIPA, this is disappointing as it lacks balance of any sort. I feel like I'm being harsh with my scores here, but I cringe with every sip here.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:44:19 | More by DefenCorps
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.8%

07-10-2012 02:18:53 | More by IdrinkGas
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

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

I never know what I am going to get with the Big Eddy series from Leinies as they been hit and miss. This offering was surprisingly enjoyable although I don't know if I would buy it again since there are so many IPAs out there that I like.

The color was orangish with a small amount of head. There wasn't much carbonation and I can't decide if the mouthfeel was smooth or watery. (maybe a little bit of both) It smelled like your typical IPA with scents citrus fruits, pine and floral notes. The taste was similar to the smell and it was very balanced. It didnt knock me over the head with hops like some of my favorites do and the taste was mostly citrus and not as complex as I would like. It also had a bit of a watery aftertaste; maybe to be expected from what I consider to be a macrobrewery. So again, decent but not something I will stock up on.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:48:00 | More by mjpolzin
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iKON

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

07-09-2012 04:01:59 | More by iKON
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-08-2012 22:34:21 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-07-2012 23:06:33 | More by nrs207
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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