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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: 424
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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 Hopstout


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-27-2012 03:26:19 | More by Hopstout
Photo of Strix


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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
Photo of Kunstman


4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-24-2012 01:03:39 | More by Kunstman
Photo of Florida9


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

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
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4/5  rDev +7.2%

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
Photo of atone315


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-21-2012 12:40:25 | More by atone315
Photo of ThickNStout


4.23/5  rDev +13.4%

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
Photo of BarryInMN

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-20-2012 03:32:06 | More by BarryInMN
Photo of ohtheguilt


4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-19-2012 21:58:44 | More by ohtheguilt
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial IPA, 2012. Five distinctive hops are added to every stage of the brewing process for our take on an Imperial IPA. 9% ALC./VOL.

Clear and luminescent, cast in glowing amber, edging on crimson, under a tight, but firm and lasting creamy, off-white head. Looks great.

Bright and bountiful aromatics, ripe fruit, assertive bitterness, but not raw or unbridled. Orange and lime, under apple and caramel.

Taste: bitter spank of hops begins right at first sip, slaps the palate up, and slinks down the throat. Juicy malt profile, plenty of ballast and balance, while the hops shine through. Would be very interested to know which hops are involved in this, but I'm they indeed are distinctive. And delicious. And just bitter enough.

Big Eddy Imperial IPA is a class act. Not too anything, not overblown in any direction, with the high alcohol revealing itself at last, but remaining a minor fact in the enjoyment of this ale. The fierce hop action at the top relents some, mellows out a little, but never truly fades. A hint of sweetness is revealed in the middle, quickly overturned by more bitterness.

A continual treat. I'll be stocking up on this one.

06-19-2012 10:19:01 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of jjanega08


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Bottle Neck reads

A= Pours a deep amber copperish color with a good finger of thick head that leaves some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells pretty nice. I am not a big fan of Lineys but I have enjoyed their Big Eddy series. This is a nice hoppy punch. Peppery and spicy. It actually smells a lot like pepper or a well peppered chicken breast.

T= The taste is nice peppery and green. I like the fresh taste to it. Loads of hop spice and punch. The malt backbone is minimal but enough to hold it up.

M= A little too high on the carbonation.

O= Another impressive beer from Liney's. I have been very impressed with this series. I was too young to try it the first time around. This time I haven't missed it and it has been good. Try this beer and enjoy it while it's around.

06-19-2012 05:14:34 | More by jjanega08
Photo of ChimRichels


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

A - Crystal clear copper color rests beneath a gentle finger's thickness of off-white head. Not a speck of haze in this one. Lacing is there, about what you'd expect for a 9% beer.

S - The aroma permeated the surrounding area almost the instant the cap was cracked open. Very resinous and pine/cedar heavy. The longer it sits, the more it begins to smell like a big juicy ruby-red grapefruit. Interesting aroma development.

T - Just a really great DIPA. The tangy zing of the resinous hops is in your face, but the body holds its own. A solid caramel malt base prevents it from turning into an all-out hop-assault. However, the hops reign supreme here, as they should. The grapefruit pith develops the longer I sip on it, much like the aroma.

M- Very complimentary to the delicate subtleties hiding in this beer, the mild carbonation and rich body provide the perfect canvas for a portrait of a hop bouquet.

O - I loved this beer, much like the other big eddy offerings. It's nice to see Leine's flex their muscles a bit. Slap a Russian River label on this beer and it would be rated in the top 10 DIPAs on this site. But that discussion we can save for later...

06-19-2012 02:10:10 | More by ChimRichels
Photo of Zbrown2307


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-18-2012 00:24:00 | More by Zbrown2307
Photo of NoahPrice

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-17-2012 19:09:41 | More by NoahPrice
Photo of soccerfancooch


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-15-2012 19:40:30 | More by soccerfancooch
Photo of wibrewer


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-14-2012 22:32:49 | More by wibrewer
Photo of StPaulSuds


4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-13-2012 16:54:40 | More by StPaulSuds
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-13-2012 02:14:23 | More by robo90124
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to jtd1969 for hooking me up with this bottle.

A - orangish amber; no head

S - floral, faint citrus

T - bread, grapefruit, floral, sweet

M - medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth

I opened this with little expectations. This is a pretty solid IPA though. It has balance and good flavor. I've never been a fan of a Leinenkugel offering before. It makes me wonder why they're producing the rest of their lineup if they're capable of making a solid beer like this one.

06-10-2012 14:27:31 | More by tdm168
Photo of enelson


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-09-2012 18:29:34 | More by enelson
Photo of jzeilinger


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Pours a medium dark copper color with very little head and a thin lacing ring.

S - Spicy and resinous citrus rinds with dark citrus aroma. Malt is caramel and a little biscuity.

T - Dark tropical fruit intensity - grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Biscuit caramel malt is a little sweet but blends superbly with the hops. Finishes with a pine and grapefruit bitterness that doesn't last long.

M - Medium to heavy medium body for an IPA. Coats the mouth with fruit rind sweetness and some piney bitterness.

O - This beer is a total surprise and nothing like I expected (at all). I am not a fan of Leinenkugel beer and this is the first time I will say this is one I would keep in my fridge, this is exceptional for Leinenkugel and by far the best beer they've ever produced. Nice job and worth checking out. I can't see this one keeping because it's really balanced right now, it actually could use more tropical fruit intensity to up the malt, but what's there is satisfying on the palette.

06-09-2012 00:04:33 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of MacStinson


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-06-2012 15:43:37 | More by MacStinson
Photo of bigbeers84


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-03-2012 01:57:42 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.8/5  rDev -24.9%

Glad they re-made this so I could finally tick it.

Poured into Big Eddy Chalice.

Pours a white head that settles to a collar. Color is a clear vibrant copper.

Aroma: A lot of citrus and bright fruits. Pineapples, lemons, and grapefruit. Maybe a touch of mango. There is a bit of caramel and bready malts too.

Taste: A little too much sweetness and malts here. Lots of caramel and bready malts. Some alcohol burn. Hop resiny with a bit of dankness. Earthy and floral. Lots of citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a decent IIPA, but nothing I would buy more of. It just misses some of the marks when it comes to being a staple. The nose is decent, but it loses it in the taste. It's not bad, but it is a bit below average.

06-01-2012 22:50:05 | More by mothman
Photo of bpfrush


4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-31-2012 20:24:21 | More by bpfrush
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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