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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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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

StPaulSuds, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

robo90124, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

enelson, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jzeilinger, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

MacStinson, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

bigbeers84, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

mothman, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

bpfrush, May 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

plumcrazyfx, May 31, 2012
Photo of MaxOfMetal
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

MaxOfMetal, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

millelacsmark, May 29, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light amber colored with a sticky head of sand colored foam.

Lots of fresh hops in the nose that offer up pine, citrus and grassy notes.

Lots of hoppy goodness, but with a lower bitterness. Complex hop flavor with some pine, citrus and grass flavors coming through. Solid malt sweetness without much but a trace of alcohol.

Smooth with lots of velvety carbonation and a pine resiny feel.

A very well done DIPA overall. The Big Eddy series have all been very good beers and this one is no exception.

jera1350, May 25, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at HopCat, served in a tulip.

Ruby red body with a light offwhite head. Mild retention and OK lacing. Nose has a whole bunch of fruit juice, resin and piney hop notes. Substantial malt component, but the hops are still quite bright. Tastes of sweet cranberry juice (no tartness that is), complemented by a mix of tropical and citrus notes. Moderate bitterness, but a good bit of malt sweetness. Medium heavy body, medium carbonation. A really interesting IIPA, something I'd love to have again.

liamt07, May 24, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Eddy snifter.
9% ABV, 2012, OCT1612 (Best By date printed on neck in yellow).

A - Gorgeous clear rusted amber in color, Leinie's sure knows how to make sexy-looking beer! A dense ivory head shrinks down slowly, caking the snifter in delicate lacing.

S - Strong maltiness elevates this imperial IPA to it's hefty 9% and, in true Wisconsin-style, really balanced the otherwise big hop aroma. Lots of earthy hops emerge almost secondary in nature; pine, oak chip...grapefruit, pineapple, and mango fruitiness linger towards the background. Decidedly malty, there's quite a bit of dense breadiness and biscuit in here. Mild alcohol is barely noticeable.

T - The bold malt aroma comes to a grinding halt and startles with it's lack of presence by comparison. Caramel cube and toffee sliver accompany toasted biscuit in a nice way while balanced hops pull through in the back end. Earthiness and resiny pine needle overcome the delicate fruity undertones displayed here.

M - Like the flavor, the malt's surprising lack of presence when compared to the aroma, leads to this beer feeling quite a bit thinner than one might initially assume. Aided by thinning alcohol and dry hops, Big Eddy Imperial IPA rounds out to be medium-bodied. Dry and resiny, there's a nicely balanced, smooth pine bitterness on the finish; don't expect gripping and assertive.

O - Leinie's follows suit with so many mid-western breweries and produced Big Eddy Imperial IPA with a lot of balance. For 9%, the alcohol is nearly unnoticeable. But it doesn't truly feel like and imperial IPA to me; it lacks that really strong blast of hops. Don't get me wrong, hops are there, they just aren't assertive. Maybe there's too much competition between the varieties or unique additions. Regardless, Big Eddy Imperial IPA's hoppy undertones meld nicely with the tasty maltiness for an incredibly drinkable, deceptively strong imperial IPA.

BeerFMAndy, May 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34%

lm0406910, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of milljs
4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – Brilliantly clear, apricot orange to amber with tight off white foam crown that quickly dissipates. Very little to no carbonation visible in the snifter. Aroma – Spicy, hoppy, and complex. Hop notes of floral, pine, and citrus. Fresh green wildflowers, pinecones, and tangerine. Taste –Big complex hops from the aroma come thru on the taste, with more fruit. Resinous, tropical, mango, pineapple….MMMM I love citra hops. But also pine and maybe some hibiscus. Extremely complex hop taste. A floral freshness. But definitely a subtle but present malt sweetness. Honey toast. Also subtle citrus fruit, like a candied orange peel. Mouthfeel – Medium to full bodied. Creamy and complex Finish – creamy, bitter, and sweet all at once. Complex but not overwhelming. Delicious and a FANTASTIC Imperial IPA

milljs, Apr 26, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first bottle I've seen of the new release for the summer of 2012. The label states that it is 9.0% abv.

This beer pours a light bodied bright amber in color with a soapy half finger head. The head quickly turned to a light lacing around the glass. The nose is big and pretty malt forward. There is a moderate amount of piney hops and a light bitterness. Cold, the alcohol isn't present in the nose. The flavors too are malt forward. It's piney with moderate bitterness. All in all, on the sweet side for a DIPA. There is a touch of alcohol as well. It drinks light in body and there is some residual sugar but I wouldn't say it's necessarily "sticky". Overall this is a decent beer but compared to all of the other DIPAs in the Midwest it can't really compete.

aasher, Apr 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best IPA I have had in a while. It even aged well in my basement at 56 degrees. Big hop smack in the buds and smooth finish.
I have it on good inside information that this beer will be back in stores in the fall of 2011. Get your taste buds rested up.

HEALAMONSTER, Feb 04, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best product ever to have the Leinenkugel name associated with it. Nice orange amber color, very piney aroma. Grapefruit flavor with a decent amount of carmel sweetness.
Medium mouthfeel, not as bitter of a finish as one might expect.

kmeves, Jan 14, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Limited handbottle sent from Murrayswine, quickly and fresh. One of the smoothest DIPAs I have tried. Just great bitterness, and tasted and looked as if off the tap. Creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation was purrfect. C-hop aroma. Orange and grapefruit. I could have drank this all night.

Sammy, Feb 17, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drove 150 miles with the sole purpose of sampling this beer. This is sad since I own a bar in the brewery's hometown. They would not, no matter how much we whined, sell us a keg. Twice, I drank it on draft and had more than a person should. However, the review is based upon a rare bottle procured by CFBeermaker, who happens to play golf regularly with one of the "higher-ups" at Leinie's. Poured into a plain ol' pint glass.

A - 1 1/2" frothy white head. Copper colored with tons of bubbles. A healthy-looking DIPA.

S - Strong pine needle hops with a prominent blast of the tartest of citrus fruits -- grapefruit and yuzu. The scent also maintains a strong, pleasant mustiness, providing for an overall beautiful scent.

T - Drying and pine-like. There is a heavy dose of grapefruit and pine in the profile, but it's backed up by a wonderful malty sweetness. The mustiness detected in the nose comes through slowly to the point of perfection. This is one of the better beers I've ever had.

M - For a DIPA, a style well-known for being tasty yet unpleasant on the tongue, this is smooth. All of the pine and tart citrus flavors are kept in balance by the malty sweetness and unusual mustiness. This is drying and supplying, making my mouth want more and more. There is a quality about this beer that reminds me of toothpaste that doesn't suck. It makes your mouth feel better for having been introduced.

D - A double-edged sword if there ever was one...this beer is so good that you'll want to drink a lot of it, but that's not the healthiest decision. For the record, the first night I drank this beer, I had over 10 pints. The next morning, I drove the porcelain bus home. I still feel that it was worth it.

O - Holy crap!!! That Leinie's made this beer is nothing shy of a miracle. This is a DIPA that's extremely bold but even more extremely balanced. Hopslam remains one of my all-time favorite DIPA's but this should be in a different category altogether. Leinie's tagline has long been the "Flavor of the Northwoods" yet this is the first beer I've ever had that nails that statement to the wall (or rather, scribbles it in wet cement). I'm thoroughly impressed!

F - This beer would do really well with two styles of food, both of which provide the strongest of flavors capable of standing up to the bold profile of this giant. First, strong, tangy cheeses. Not tangy like chevre, but tangy like Morbier or Hook's 10-year cheddar. Second, deep smoked fish -- a la trout or salmon. Otherwise, this beer will kill anything in its path, even the spicy tomato-based dishes that normally play well with DIPAs.

Beertron, Oct 02, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think the words of my girlfriend sum this up quite nicely:
"Wait. Leinenkugels makes a beer this good?"

Honestly put, I was completely blown away by this beer. It tasted of careful construction and care.

While not a higher peak on the IPA mountain, this beer most assuredly is a base camp in which I'd love to spend a week.

adfenton, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of Skotrat
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My Dear God...

What a fantastic offering by Leinies.

Rich malt and hop aroma. Huge hop flavor and excellent residual sweetness to back up all the hops. Medium Carb and Ruby in color.

I certainly wish that Leinies continues the Big Eddy series.

Great Offering!


Skotrat, Jul 13, 2007
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.