Big Daddy IPA
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,413
Ranked #23,280
3.73 | pDev: 12.06%
May 12, 2022
Oct 03, 2001
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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3.68 by TrojanRB from Texas on May 12, 2022
4.25 by Beecham from California on Apr 27, 2022
3.75 by dbauer from California on Mar 10, 2022
3.28 by peachy-tay from California on Jan 17, 2022
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3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

Golden amber in appearance. Aroma is faint; malt grain and a hint of resiny hops. Taste has more action than the smell as I can pick up bitter grapefruit, dank resiny hops, and some stone fruit. Malts are nutty and cocoa which provides a nice contrast from the citrus flavors. Bitterness is good and the finish is slightly dry. Drinks fairly easily. Good.

Aug 30, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

On tap at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Grassy, herbal, pine, citrus rind, slightly floral, lightly toasted bready malt, and a hint of toffee sweetness.

T: Slightly dank herbal notes, resinous pine, lemon and grapefruit, floral, hints of stone fruit, plum, apricot, and peach, lightly toasty bready malt, and a hint of almost toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a time capsule beer, takes me back to before everything got super juicy and fruity. Not my favorite, but it's cool to see this old flagship hanging on.

Jun 20, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ben741 from Canada (ON)

Pale copper with thin head and little retention. Some lacing on the glass. Smells like a macro lager. Taste is decently balanced but very little hop forward action for an IPA. It drinks more like a APA than an IPA. Not terrible but not particularly memorable.

May 15, 2021
2.52 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2020
3.75 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
3.85 by Tjb14 from Michigan on Feb 20, 2020
4 by msondel from Massachusetts on Jan 18, 2020
3.88 by Heeenrik from Finland on Oct 08, 2019
3.75 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Jul 17, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by evanwoertz from California

soapy IPA, in a good way. excellent craftsmanship makes it a bit better.

Jun 06, 2019
4 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 02, 2019
3.94 by btbcolo from Colorado on May 03, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BigGold from Mississippi

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
3.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
4.11 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Feb 19, 2019
3.63 by Nunya from Ohio on Jan 01, 2019
4.19 by jackforbenny from California on Dec 11, 2018
3.34 by Bearded_Oyster from Virginia on Nov 20, 2018
3.75 by BabaBeer from California on Oct 19, 2018
3.94 by SargeC from California on Aug 06, 2018
3.63 by crewfan1952 from Ohio on Jun 25, 2018
3.97 by Branlott42 from Missouri on May 12, 2018
3.6 by JLC60 from Maryland on May 08, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mike_aller from Florida

Great balance between malts and hops. I rarely have the same beer twice when traveling but just had to have another one of these.

May 03, 2018
3 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Apr 28, 2018
3.62 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 15, 2018
3.9 by shimmyk26 from New York on Jan 15, 2018
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jan 14, 2018
4.08 by NWHopinator from Oregon on Jan 11, 2018
3.57 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 18, 2017
3.87 by Driftpunx from California on Nov 28, 2017
3.52 by HermitDan from New Jersey on Aug 27, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by hydrate from California

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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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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
3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Act25 from New Jersey

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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