Big Daddy IPA | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

482 Reviews
Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of thegoseisloose
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of hoping4hopps
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Tomais
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of GrumD
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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Photo of J-Calm
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Reema
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of TomChiari777
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden pour with a strange lack of bubbles, considering the massive suds on top of the beer. They are big soapy looking suds too, absolutely clinging to the glass as it retreats. Aroma is pure hops, I know the bitterness is going to peel the taste buds off my tongue before I even take a drink.

Strangely, it is a lot gentler than expected. Obviously the bitter is here, but it's a nice blend of pine and citrus, with neither being very forward. One of the most balanced hop mixes I have yet encountered. This is really good! Feels nice and dry too. I think I am going to have to get some more...

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Photo of scottfrie
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint glass on-tap.

A: Served a golden amber with a greasy and dense white head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting collar. Spotty sheets of lace was left down the glass.
S: Notes of citrus and toasted grains. Smells pretty straight forward. Citrus is grapefruit with maybe a hint of pine.
T: Grapefruit citrus hops all the way with a solid bready malt backbone. Definitely balanced flavor, perhaps even a bit maltier than some. Malts remind me of whole grain toast. Finish has a bitter punch of grapefruit pith, and the aftertaste has mild hints of pine. There's a touch a caramel in there as well.
M: Medium body, greasy hop oil mouthfeel, tingly carbonation.
O: Bitter and bready overall, maybe breadier than many. Still packs a clean bitter punch with a good amount of oily hop resin, but flavors are toasted and grainier than other ipas.

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Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden apricot colored with streams of five bubbles rising up. A finely bubbled head of white foam settles out slowly. Aroma of honey and citrus. Flavors of honey malt and tangerine, some pine and orange pith. More hop flavors join in the fun, floral and tropical fruit. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Really good beer.

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Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. Bottled on date is on the back label. Love all the lablels from Speakeasy.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/ amber color with a 1-finger white head. Retention wasn't long, buti t never dissipated completely either. A thin layer of white foam remained on top throughout the session. Lacing was incredible.

Very pleasant hoppy smell - both citrus and floral.

Delicious hop flavor. I get mostly grapefruit and pine but it's not harsh at all. Some reviewers don't find any malt in here but I find it perfectly sweetened with pale and Munich mats. Still leans towards the hops with a bitterness score of 60 IBUs., but I wouldn't call it a bitter beer, just a delicious one.

Medium bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and moderate to medium carbonation.

Very easy and enjoyable to drink. I'll be going back for more of these.

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Photo of Jahgrizzly
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, but full bodied and flavorful. Great hop flavor without the overwhelming grapefruit/citrus of some varieties. Very drinkable! I love this beer.

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