Big Eddy Imperial IPA - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
07-12-2012 02:40:13 | More by maximum12
2.25/5 rDev -39.8%
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.
07-10-2012 03:44:19 | More by DefenCorps
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
07-10-2012 00:48:00 | More by mjpolzin
4.4/5 rDev +17.6%
A-Burnt orange color....nice white lace on the glass..
S-Aroma of sweet, sticky fruits...sugars...a light floral dimension..
T-A real nice tropical fruitiness to this....mangos, papaya, pineapple...along with peaches and nectarines...
M- I'd call it full bodied but not immense...a nice drinker...Biit of a syrupy texture but ABV is only 8.2%...still a little sticky on the finish from the sweet fruitiness...finally some drying bitterness enters but only on the long fade.
O-Wow! What fantastic DIPA....they use some of my favorite hops and I guess I should not be surprised with the outcome....Warrior..check.... Cascade...check... Simcoe...check....Amarillo...check... Citra...check....Might be my five favorite hops or close to it...4 pack for about $10...decent price and hell of a beer...I will buy more....would love to blind taste this with the big hitters...thinking it is slightly off the mark with the heavies but who knows?
07-04-2012 05:48:58 | More by ZAP
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a brilliantly clear reddish copper color with a persistent one inch cream head that leaves little lacing.
Aroma is dominated by grapefruit, orange, and pine. There's a substantial caramel malt breadiness at the finish, accompanied by floral hops.
Floral hops begin the flavor profile, preceding a big, bready, almost cloyingly sweet caramel malt backbone, which carries the flavor into a big grapefruit punch that ends slightly bitter and peppery and piney. Alcohol is present, and slightly overwhelming. Grassy, catty, oniony flavors develop as it warms.
Body is thick, syrupy, with fairly low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. There's a bit of hop astringency.
Overall, a somewhat balanced (to the extreme) dipa. I might prefer a little less sweetness, but definitely a good effort.
07-03-2012 04:56:20 | More by barczar
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
I was skeptical when I thought about trying the Big Eddy Imperial IPA, as Leinenkugel has let me down so many times. This, however, was not the typical experience I usually have with a new Leinie. This Imperial IPA is packed with hops but does not let the smoothness hide beneath the bite. Very well-balanced flavor complement a great aroma and a head I usually only see with darker ales. Nice work Leinenkugal.
06-28-2012 00:30:44 | More by KevyKevNasty
4.5/5 rDev +20.3%
Clear orange-amber, nice lacing.
Big pine and grapefruit blast in the nose.
Malty and sweet, then orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Nice balance - a hop bite, but it's not palate-obliterating.
Mouthfeel smooth, fairly bubbly.
This disappeared quickly. The Big Eddy series is like a completely different brewery, their Imperial Stout was also surprisingly delicious. Lenie's needs to unleash this power and keep making this series because these are the types of beers they can be proud of. Are you listening?
06-25-2012 00:51:07 | More by Strix
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Clear dark copper in color. Forms a moderate sized, creamy off-white colored head. Leaves some good lacing on the way down.
S: Strong blend of caramel malts and citrus hops, with notes of orange, orange juice, and pine.
T: Starts off incredibly sweet and malty and, while this one has a good dose of hops to it, the hop choice only goes to accentuate the malty sweetness. Strong orange and orange rind quality then becomes somewhat spicy with a bit of alcohol on the finish.
M: On the heavier side of medium with medium carbonation, a moderate bitterness, and a slightly oily feel to it.
O: While I can appreciate the heavy hand on the hops, the heavy malts cause this one to be too sweet for my liking.
06-24-2012 00:28:59 | More by Florida9
4/5 rDev +7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.
A. Poured 2 finger head. Good lacing. Good retention. Color is bright bold orange. Good looking DIPA.
S. Pretty dank hop smell. Piney and herbal. Some alcohol aroma comes out. A bit of caramel malt lies beneath quite a bit of hops. Almost a hop oil smell.
T. Big hop flavor on the tongue as well. Not the freshest hop taste, but the bitterness is definitely there. Pretty oily hop flavor.
M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. LIngering bitterness.
O. Enjoyed this more the first time then the second. Seemed a little harsher the second time around. The hop presence seemed more concentrated and less fresh if that makes any sense. This is a bit less polished and refined then some of the best DIPA's.
06-22-2012 22:19:00 | More by siradmiralnelson
4.23/5 rDev +13.1%
12oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 11.49/ 4pk. 2012 release, best by 11/19/12 (I think bottled 5/19/12). Served in a Southern Tier snifter.
Pours copper orange with 1.5 yellowish pale head. Laces nicely.
Smells hoppy: citrus, pine, sweet biscuits.
Tastes like an imperial IPA should. Orange, pine, floral, sweet biscuits, grassy and a hint of booze. The alcohol is well hidden.
Medium full feel with nice edge of carbonation. Long bittersweet floral aftertaste.
A nice smooth balanced IPA. I've been pretty happy with the Big Eddy series so far. Glad I took a chance on a 4 pack.
06-20-2012 22:49:24 | More by ThickNStout
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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