Big Easy IPA
Abita Brewing Co.

Big Easy IPABig Easy IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #7,039
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,458
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
279
From:
Abita Brewing Co.
 
Louisiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  91
SCORE
81
Good
Big Easy IPABig Easy IPA
Notes: The hop flavor's big, but like life in New Orleans, we're taking it easy. Big Easy IPA is brewed with lemon peels and dry hopped with Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe for a hoppy aroma of citrus, fruit and pine. Easy to drink and just right for long hot days, steamy nights, parades, or a day on the river with friends.
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Light amber color with white head. Smells of lemon and floral hops. Lighter body. Fairly mild citrus taste, not as bitter as a typical IPA. Refreshing, drinkable, but more comparable to what other breweries call their session IPAs.

Jan 25, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle:

Grassy, floral, slightly resinous.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
08/08/19 bottle:

Floral and a bit oniony, emphasizing some Centennial and Simcoe but not much of the Cascade or Amarillo (to its detriment). Balanced but not as pungent hopwise as would be ideal.

Drinkable albeit forgettable. I wouldn't knowingly buy it again with the myriad superior expressions of the style out there available at the same price.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
12/04/20 bottle free from work:

Doesn't excel at showcasing its hop varietals well, but it's not a bad brew by any stretch. Amarillo (my favourite hop) in particular is wasted, but I do get some decent (though subpar in comparison to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) Cascade hop character. No pine from Centennial, no onion from Simcoe.

Decent but not standout.

C / AVERAGE

Jun 24, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: lemon is predominant - artificial at first, but when I went back for a second whiff, it smelled natural; hops are also evident as is malt;

T: lemon is there, but muted; nicely balanced; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: OK, but flavor doesn't live up to the aroma;

Mar 31, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light amber color with a thick bright white head with good retention.
Citrusy aroma with predominant notes of swiss creamy lemonade and a bit of white fruit.
Flavor with notes of lemon, resin, spices, pine, grass and bread. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Lemon peel citrusy and spicy-resiny Session IPA. Although thirst quenching it sure shows the former noted flavors clearly and predominantly.

Mar 30, 2018
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Vandelay1863 from Florida

3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: finger-width, foamy head over light yellow body with columnar bubbles. No sediments.
Smell: piney and hoppy aroma- not too strong
Taste: crisp, piney taste that fades quickly on the palate
Feel: light-bodied and effervescent on the palate
Overall: nice, drinkable brew. Good with a meal!

Mar 21, 2018
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter gold color with a bright white head. Smell is definitely expectedly hoppy. Great carbonation as well. Initial taste is not overly hoppy but pleasant, will definitely look for more.

Dec 21, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i really liked this one, its perfect in the new orleans heat. the lemon in this is really natural tasting to me, quite forward, but freshly zested and real with almost no sweetness to it, so it really cuts through and makes this incredibly refreshing in humid weather. freshness is obviously important in a beer like this, and mine certainly was. the hops are piney to me, woodsy even, rather dense and not held back much despite this being a session beer. its the malt thats light, pale and easy, drier and light bodied. without the lemon, this would be sort of samey in the session ipa category, but the fresh citrus burst it brings puts this well ahead of the curve for the style, and makes it a beer i want to drink a whole lot of. good bitterness still from the hops and some from the lemon too, this has a crisp bite to finish. its well carbonated, on the drier side, and affordable. an ideal thirst quencher in a new orleans context, and a pretty darn enjoyable bottle of beer. works well with spicy and greasy food too, cleansing and lively. good stuff!

Nov 10, 2017
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lighter on the IPA side of things, especially with the lower ABV. Found the hops to be mild (Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe) and the malts (Pale) even milder. Drank this everywhere in New Orleans, so does bring back memories when tastig back home. Bottled from Total MKE.

Oct 30, 2017
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billybob from Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

pours a slightly hazy light straw color not much of a head or lace to speak of mild smell of citrus. lemon does come through on the taste but poor carbonation and watery feel kills this beer. I think if it were well carbonated and very cold it would be much better.

Aug 19, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a darker yellow with a little haze and a big frothy head.

Aroma is biscuit malt with a little lemon.

Taste is a lot fuller a little chalky but nicely balanced.

Aug 14, 2017
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gvickery from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had several of these over the course of a 4 day vacation to NO this past week. Nothing special about the look. The smell is outstanding, very bright. The taste is refreshing but not a hard hitting ipa by any stretch. With that said, I don't think thats what it was intended to be. It is a very favorable beer that is a hundred times better than your typical grocery store 12 pack of light whatever.

Aug 06, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with citrus. Taste is much milder than the aroma. Citrus, mild bitterness, light and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but lacking some punch.

Jul 27, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Fritzel's on Bourbon Street. First rate music, average beer. Cloudy yellow color with a decent head and lacing, short lived. Citrus and pine smell and taste with a bit of lemon. A slightly harsh bitter finish.

Jul 24, 2017
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boutleg32 from Alabama

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yes...there's not much to it, but don't miss the point. It is meant to be an IPA light on a hot summer afternoon. If you're expecting the bite and punch of an IPA, you'll be disappointed. If you're just wanting an IPA light on a hot summer day in the Deep South, this may be your go to.

Jul 19, 2017
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright golden IPA that sadly falls a bit flat flavor wise. I keeping sipping this one hopping for a bigger bite but I don't ever get it. Moderate lacing on the glass and the smell, while pleasant, isn't very build at all. I got this 6 pack to share with a friend who isn't well versed in craft beer and he loved it. Haha. A good beer to share if u get it at a low price.

Jul 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a soft burnt yellow to orange color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a quickly dissipating finger-ed head. Lacing is mainly messy and all over the place. The smell started off with some pine, dried malts, slight burnt onion powder; slight citrus peel-like to rind quality. The taste was mainly the same with a little more oomph. Slight lemon bitterness. Lemon to piney bitterness in the aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body. Sessionable, damn right it is. Carbonation rides fairly low. Bitterness seems escaping a bit as it doesn’t hit as much as some IPA’s or even session IPA’s sometimes can on the feel. Overall, well, it’s not a bad beer, perhaps again.

Jun 09, 2017
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had at Deanie's Seafood, N.O., on draft into fishbowl. As someone suspicious of both session and Abita IPAs, Big Easy pleasantly surprises as a drinkable, balanced, traditional American IPA.

Apr 15, 2017
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, lemon, slight malt, hoppy beer.

Taste Rating in Words: Music's playing, food's flying and feet are moving. It's a party and a site to see,

Mar 31, 2017
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descobar from Florida

3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from 12 oz bottle
Smell: full on pungent citrus (lime, lemon, mandarin?), herbal, pine and spices. all about dry hopping.
Look: pours a very nice pale golden with a nice 1" of white foamy head with decent retention. beer is totally clear to the eye. only minimal lacing was observed.
Taste: after all that aroma, the flavor is mostly light. mildly sweet malts, cereal, well balanced bitterness. some herbal notes.
Palate: medium/light body, thin texture, moderate carbonation and very mild astringency. Finishes dry and short with only a slight bitterness lingering for a short period.
Overall: they went all out to create a crossover IPA that was so easy to drink that even "light fizzy lager" drinkers would love it. Hops are all over the nose, but not so much in the flavor. Bitterness is subdued. I don’t dislike it but I prefer a session IPA with a bit more flavor. Abita will sell a lot of this beer. Seems like a lawnmower beer for the hot time of the year.

Mar 26, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a clear, yellow-gold color with a white head. Decent lace. The aroma has lots of grapefruit...orange peel, and pale malt underneath. Firm bitterness in the mid-taste. Soft mouthfeel, medium body and very enjoyable. Drinkable.

Mar 19, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Best by 06/09/17.

Frothy white head that stands half a finger tall with moderate retention and sticky lacing.Hazy straw colored body with medium clarity and distorted light showing through the glass.Medium amounts of carbonation.

On the nose I get alot of lemon citrus notes backed by sweet breaded malts,and slight hints of pine and floral hops.The aroma is more lemon than anything else.

The palate is sweet lemon juice,lemongrass,and sweet malts up front.On the back end I get some bitter lemon peel and floral piney hops.The hop characteristics are mostly subdued by flavors of lemon juice,lemon peel,and lemon grass.

The mouth feel is medium,with a sticky texture,dry finish,and medium amount of oxidation on the tongue.A little bit watery to ne honest.

This is an okay IPA a little watery,and a little lacking in flavor,but still not terrible.It's okay for a session IPA but would not be my first choice.I probably won't revisit this one to be honest.

Mar 18, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/13/2017 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and some floral hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a decent piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

Jan 14, 2017
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

2.17/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A hazy gold color with a hard pine taste and smell. The carbonation is fine and it don't have the hard hitting swallow of a lot of IPA'S. As far as IPA'S goes I've had a lot worse but still not a fan.

Jan 13, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a white creamy head. Smells of lemon and citrus. The taste is also lemony and citrusy. Giving it a good mouthfeel. Overall, the hoppiness is subdued. And it's more a citrus and lemon beer good for a hot summer day.

Jan 05, 2017
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SDHuntley from Missouri

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is tasty but more so like a summer Shandy. Lemon peel control the flavor almost completely. I drank it during Christmas, but it would me more appropriate during hot months. I won't drink this again regardless.

Jan 02, 2017
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