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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: 453
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007)
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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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.

barczar, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

SaxmanRick, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Duder9
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Duder9, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of KevyKevNasty
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

KevyKevNasty, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Hopstout, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Strix
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Strix, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Kunstman, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Florida9, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

siradmiralnelson, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

atone315, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. 

ThickNStout, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of BarryInMN
4/5  rDev +7.8%

BarryInMN, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ohtheguilt, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

jjanega08, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of ChimRichels
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

ChimRichels, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Zbrown2307
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Zbrown2307, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of NoahPrice
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

NoahPrice, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of soccerfancooch
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

soccerfancooch, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of wibrewer
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

wibrewer, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of StPaulSuds
4/5  rDev +7.8%

StPaulSuds, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of robo90124
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

robo90124, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +1.1%

enelson, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.