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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: 444
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007)
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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

barnzy78, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of CharlieTruelove23
1/5  rDev -73.1%

CharlieTruelove23, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of 3FloydsZombie
4/5  rDev +7.5%

3FloydsZombie, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

bump8628, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Shoo65
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Shoo65, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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!


phishsihq, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

doucmehu, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of hainesly
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

hainesly, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of MacDonaldT84
3/5  rDev -19.4%

MacDonaldT84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

ToddT, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of djschnabel
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

djschnabel, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of brez8791
2/5  rDev -46.2%

brez8791, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of MattSharpless
5/5  rDev +34.4%

MattSharpless, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of inty66
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

inty66, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

akttr, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Skye1024, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Kmccabe33, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Chugs13, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

StaveHooks, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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

dbossman, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

BierStein711, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

leedorham, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Troville1990, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Mdog
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Mdog, Jul 29, 2012
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.