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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
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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
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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Photo of TBoneJones
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel root beer color, with  a minimal head that falls quickly to almost no head.
Smells slight. Pine at first, then, ? A hint of fruit, maybe.
The taste is a little better (meaning much like the smell). Balanced with the malt, this is a smooth blend of the five hops involved here as according to the bottle's label. And I taste some fruit, but all through the dominant malt as I feared.
A bit tangy, not overly bitter on the finish, but also sour to me.
I doubt I'd revisit this brewery's take on an imperial ipa. Quite a sweet ending finish, but with the malt dominating the hops. The color upon the pour should have told me so. Not a fan as I hoped to be. Am I wrong in expecting a DIPA to cater to hop heads? This may as well have been an attempt at an amber/red ale.

Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of TequilaTom
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of americajesus
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of IronLover
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best buy Nov 2012. Copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a brief off-white foam that quickly disappeared. Fairly balanced, but intense aromas of caramel malt and ripe citrus hops with earthy, musty pine notes in the background. Slick, oily feel on the tongue as the carbonation pushes upward. Intense caramel malt flavor up front with a spicy hop tanginess. Floral and herbal hop flavors ride the malt wave through the middle with a hint of ripe orange. Hop flavors turn to bitter pine at the finish that lingers for a bit. This should be called an inverted DIPA as the intense maltiness subdues the various hop flavors and characters.

Photo of Dieck
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AllHailBeercules
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Tracker83
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, pineapple, passion fruit, & ruby red grapefruit; stellar nose!

T: Grapefruit, pineyness, pineapple, dryness & a touch of breadyness up front. Big pineyness, grapefruit, a kiss of booze warmth as this beer warms. Finishes grapefruitty, piney, with a bit of pineapple & woody dryness

MF: Medium/heavy bodied, firm carbonation, very good balance

Super DIPA, this blows away every other Leine beer I've ever had by leaps & bounds, well done!

Photo of Christov
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look - reddish amber color, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of frothy light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - fruity and definitely hoppy smelling. The back end of the taste seems to have some light smell like lemon or lime.

Taste - very much like the smell. It's definitely hoppy, which suits the type, but also has a fruity element that strikes you right at the beginning. The hops take over, and then there's that lighter taste that comes in around the finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, not leaning too far on the creamy or watery sides.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, and decently interesting as well.

Photo of bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release. 12oz bottle, pours copper with stunning clarity, creamy beige head holds good retention and also leaves good lacing down the glass. Aromas are caramel malt, dank hops, seems sweet on the nose. Tastes are sweet caramel, juicy sweetened grapefruit, mild pine, honey. Body is medium with ample carbonation, finishes a little on the sweet side. Overall, not the best DIPA out there, but I did really enjoy this one. I do prefer a bit more pine and bitterness in my DIPA, where this one was more sweet, but it was still good though.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best thing I've had from Leinenkugel. Pours a filtered clear copper with a sticky white head. Herbal and pine hop flavors fight against a firm caramel body. Hops are powerful, but not juicy and vibrant. Bitter at the end, but the malt holds the hop character back a little. Some black pepper and bitter citrus pith add some character as it warms. More of an old school Imperial IPA, a bit more malt-focused than I like in the style, but not to the level of straddling the Barleywine-line. Worth a try for sure.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of phishsihq
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The brew pours a brilliantly clear auburn color. A cap of thin white head sits atop the brew, and the foam provides plenty of lacing. Sweet and toasty malt aromas fade into a hop bouquet that includes pine resin and white grapefruit. Citrus, floral, and pine flavors converge on the palate before caramel and bready malt hints come in to help balance the brew. Medium in body, Big Eddy Imperial IPA is also medium in carbonation. GREAT beers are made in Wisconsin!

Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy medium brown with a bit of ruby highlights, topped with a khaki head. The head is long lasting and leaves some well defined rings of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet pineapple hop notes and a hints of candies fruit dominate the aroma.

T- Very sweet right away, not over the top but close, candied pineapple carries through till the finish where the bitter hop notes appear. The finish closes out with a return of the sweetness not a prominent as before but very forward. As this warms the sweetness tames somewhat or my palate just became adjusted to it, not sure which.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, clean for an IPA, neither the sweetness and the hop oils build up on the palate enough to become distracting.

O- Nice Imperial IPA, a little on the sweet side for me but interesting enough to hold my attention. I don' t think I would want more that one or two in a single sitting and the 9.0% ABV makes that a good idea too.

Photo of djschnabel
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.