Big Daddy IPA
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,755
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,294
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 11.97%
Reviews:
488
Ratings:
1,416
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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
 
California, United States
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
Notes: Big Daddy IPA is a hop-head's delight, a generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style India Pale Ale. Poured into a standard American pint glass, the beer is a golden straw color, with tight carbonation and a slightly off-white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The aroma is floral, fresh grass, pine needles, grapefruit, and a some subtle notes of fresh bread.
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had Big Daddy IPA back in 2013, straight from the 12-oz. bottle supplied by a cousin while camping in Napa, and after all the bad news, uncertainty and then good news, was very happy to have another one last month at Miramar Beach Restaurant, Half Moon Bay, on draft into tumbler.

This is a classic American IPA, malty, fruity and bitter. Glad it's still around.

Apr 14, 2019
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hydrate from California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry & hoppy. No floral or fruit notes that I can pick up. Kind of a medium bodied IPA. Not weak but not strong. Good but not amazing. Have had it many times & like it but wouldn't seek it out.

Aug 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a golden yellow colored body with a one finger white foamy head slowly dies. There is minimal light lacing that clings to the glass. The smell has some strong citrus and piney hops up front. The malts start to displace the hops ever so slightly as it warms a bit. The taste is bittersweet all the way through even though the malts start to come out a bit morein the taste. There is a sticky sweet aftertaste with a dry bitter finish. On the palate, the body sits about a light to medium, and comes across fairly sessionable. Carbonation is felt appropriately for the style and for me. Overall, this is a very good AIPA that I would definitely have again.

Jul 01, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like this.
A) Can. pours a hazy, pale golden yellow color, with a finger of puffy, eggshell white head, which lasts and leaves lace.

S) Bitter grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind - marmalade - on top of a bright, crackery pale malt. Next is pine. and drying pepper.
T) Follow the smell but more ample and very fresh and juicy. But finishing dry and flinty.
F) On light side of medium. smooth, with hefty hops that clean up the finish.
O) Classic.

May 11, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a slightly hazy but brilliant yellow-gold color with a medium creamy head and some nice sheets of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong notes of caramel are apparent from the malt, with notes of lemon and orange citrus mingled in, and some pine in the background. This is a pretty nice smelling IPA.

T: Notes of caramel from the malt, mixed with a very strong piney bitterness. There is some sweet citrus in there but not nearly as strong the aroma would suggest. This beer is very bitter but doesn't seem to have a lot of flavor beyond bitterness. I like a good bitter IPA, but this one just seems to be bitter to be bitter.

F: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a very old school west coast IPA. The aroma is nice but the taste doesn't really back it up.

Apr 26, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy gold amber in color with very thick white fluffy head that withstands with very good retention before slowly subsiding to a thin layer of everlasting foamy crown along with plenty of sticky and refined lacing patch and spot, high carbonation.

Hoppy and fresh with zesty citrus and tropical fruit then it is floral, piney, grassy, resiny and earthy, malt is there too with notes of bread and caramel.

Upright hop bitterness takes over since the start and continues its journey until bready malt trying to participate in the middle, anyway, hop still prevails as pine, resin and citrus lurking in and wrapping up the finish together with a long tail of clean bitterness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from a wave of lively effervescence covering the palate, dry finish. This one is pretty good American IPA with solid and straightforward hop character to be pleased by any hopheads.

Dec 16, 2016
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whatthehull from California

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass hybrid from a 12pz can

A - a semi translucent copper bright orange color, one finger off white head and some sugar lacing/legs

S - sugar up front, very nice pine and pineapple, lots of fruity citrus with some rind mixed in there, toasted and sweet grains/malts, biscuit and cracker yeast (the yeast funk is real nice), lots of green and slightly brown earth, very dank and all kinds of sexy funk

T - very hoppy, pine, pineapple, some mango, sweet island flowers, lots of citrus and some rind, the hops is almost effervescent, bright everything, slightly toasted and sweet malts/grains, crisp, very clean and velvety smooth, yeast is like a baking style and really big but in the right way.

M - full bodied, nice balance, great complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a hop bomb with a very nice malt backbone finish

D/O - this is a hop bomb! Has a nice sweet malt back on but the hops is punishing (in the best kind of way), so if you aren't a hop head this one is a pass for sure and for anyone that loves hops, this one is a must. With all the hops and underneath flavors rolling around on the tongue, this beast is still refreshing as heck.

Final thoughts - at a nice 8.5% abv and around $11-13 a six-pack, this one is worth a go and may become a stable in your fridge rotation.

May 08, 2016
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

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

On tap. Pours very hazy and murky orange-yellow. Nose is apricot, peach. Taste is more of the apricot and peach with hefty bitterness. Medium bodied and long bitter aftertaste

Overall not bad

Apr 16, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Very cloudy beer with an amber/orange color. The head dissipates quickly with moderate lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and pungent. Some butterscotch flavor is there in the malt accent. The hops is slightly bitter and earthy, sage and coriander come to mind. The finish is smooth, and the malt is well balanced with the hops for a nice lingering aftertaste. Not a beer that stands out in the IPA world per se, but not bad to drink.

Apr 16, 2016
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BethanyB from New York

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy, dark-gold body with a quick-to-melt white head. The hop flavor and smell are quite earthy, accentuated by lightly roasted grainy malt, although a bit of butterscotch comes through on the nose when you really sniff for it. A portion of the scent reminds me of wet tobacco, which is not at all as off-putting as it might sound. This is more of an English IPA, but without the caramel sweetness. No bright citrus smells or flavors here. it's all damp earth and mild coffee. The medium mouthfeel and carbonation work well with the flavor profile, but the finish is smooth and lacks the dryness expected from any style of IPA. A dark, uninteresting, yet perfectly drinkable beer which is neither worth turning down, nor spending money on.

Apr 01, 2016
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an undated bottle. Pours orange with a finger of white fluffy head. Strong citrusy hop smell. Light feel with lots of carbonation. Crisp citrus and hop flavor. Good West Coast IPA. Finally getting around to reviewing Speakeasy's beers. They're local and easy to find, so I pick this one up from time to time.

Mar 27, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy burnt orange color capped by a bounteous head that grows rockier by the minute; drapes lace curtains around the glass

Smell: Citrus and pine, with an underlying biscuity character

Taste: Biscuit verging on toffee hits the sweet receptors on the tastebuds at the outset; shortly thereafter, the hops add grapefruit and tangerine, with a hint of pine; the finish is bitter, with underlying sweetness from the malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those beers that stakes out a position for where craft beer was in 2005; we have moved beyond that now but it is quite good for what it is and I enjoyed re-visiting that era

Mar 17, 2016
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vikinggary28 from California

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to glass mug. Typical amber colour with a thin white head and slight lacing. Hop aroma with a hint of citrus. Tastes great, much like the smell, grassy hops complimented by grapefruity citris undertaste. Great mouth feel. This is a great example of an American IPA.

Feb 07, 2016
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thegoseisloose from California

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a touch amber
Citrus on the nose, pine, floral, honey
Tastes of citrus and pine, medium bitterness on the finish
Overall a very drinkable American IPA

Jan 20, 2016
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hoping4hopps from California

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours amber gold, with a very dominant hop presence. Similar in taste to electric tower ipa by silicon Valley brewery in my opinion. I would seek thus beer out again.

Dec 30, 2015
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Tomais from Germany

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 months after bottling date.
My first *American* American IPA :-)

Pours a nice amber, head holds very well in a pint glass, copious lacing.

Was a bit too carbonated initially but settled nice after a few swirls. A little thick, but smooth, medium sized bubbles.

Smells and tastes of citrusy hops -- concentrated peel, some floral there behind. Dry bitterness in the finish: bitter orange marmalade with thick-cut peel (grew up with it homemade).

Dec 29, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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

Nice dry yellow appearance, thin white head, white. Good piney dry hops.

Fresh stays hop driven, light dry malt, mostly pine flavors from the hops. A little bit of crystal malt. Its a good second tier ipa option, tends to be cost wise a little more than other similar products though. $11/6 seems to be the average price these days, which I gotta say, hurts.

Dec 24, 2015
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GrumD from Japan

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the pint bottle. This is a typical and moorish IPA with a nice hazy appearance, a big head and super lacing that lasts. Nice mouthfeel with malt to the fore before the hops kick in. No over astringent end here, just a pleasant fruity and dry finish, with nice hints of grapefruit and nectarine.

Dec 08, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with slightly off-white head. Aroma has sweet, juicy and slightly resiny hops along with a solid malt backbone. Taste starts much drier than expected, also bitter up-front. Hops are still there but more earthy and leafy. Pretty harsh and abrasive bitterness on the aftertaste. Medium-light, smooth body with decent carbonation. If you dig bitter and dry IPAs, this one is for you.

Dec 08, 2015
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden crystal clear body, great fine white foam
resiny pine ipa aroma
resin flavor, bitterness appropriate, metallic!
refreshing medium-light body
decent IPA with off-putting metallic taste to it

Nov 08, 2015
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J-Calm from Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing stunning. A good IPA. More flavor than a light-hops IPA, not nearly as hoppy as the strong hop IPAs that are coming out and getting popular these days. No complaints. Nothing to rave about.

Oct 26, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking copper color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing was somewhat stringy and slightly messy.
The smell had pine, citrusy rind, and a slight citrusy pulp, sweet yet bitter, playing off of each other nicely.
The taste was moderately sweet leaning into bitter citrusy components. A light piney/resinous aftertaste echoes into the finish.
The mouthfeel is about medium bodied with carbonation hitting nicely. Bitterness still shows its harshness, but I can tell that the carbonation seems to be following decently.
Overall, as an AIPA, it works. I'd have it again.

Sep 10, 2015
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Reema from California

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours a clear golden honey. Smells of hops, pine resin, light citrus zest, and a minuscule amount of baked bread. Taste reflects the smell, initial hops taste and bitterness, followed by a powerful citrus rind flavor, ending with a small malt sweetness. Very hop forward though it is never overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium light that ends on a dry finish. Medium carbonation prickles the tongue along with a minuscule alcohol warmth as the beer warms up. Overall this is a pretty good hop forward beer, though the citrus rind flavor persists for a while after sipping.

Sep 05, 2015
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TomChiari777 from California

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber pour. Nice aroma, citrus and floral with spice notes. Lace was fine. Malt back bone gave way to smooth bitter finish. Slight after taste couldn't get. Overall excellent.

Aug 18, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy copper gold crowned by a 1” clingy white foam cap. S: Citrusy, resiny hops T: Hop driven with bitterness from start to finish seasoned with bready malts, grapefruit and pine resin. The bitterness is not harsh. Some drying astringency from the hops appears in the finish. F: Medium body and medium carbonation O: A very drinkable bitter tonic.

Aug 09, 2015
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