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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: 465
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007

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Ratings: 465 | Reviews: 123
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3.87/5  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!


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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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