Big Daddy IPA
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #5,554
Ranked #30,220
3.76 | pDev: 11.97%
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Washington, for $1.49. According to the label, it was bottled on May 27, 2014, which is probably why it was on sale. I’ve seen 22oz bottles of this locally, but I vastly prefer 12oz servings, so that’s why I grabbed this.

Poured a semi-clear golden amber color, with a big, creamy beige head that took lots of time dropping, leaving lots of lace on the sides of a Boston Lager glass.

Initial blast of tropical fruits and grapefruit when the bottle was cracked open. As it warmed some bready malt aromas came out to play as well, but it remained the hops’ show.

Grapefruit-like hop flavor hits the tastebuds first. There are elements of pepper and pine present as well. There’s bitterness, but it’s not nearly as in-your-face as some IPAs. It IS bitter enough to keep the fruitier hop flavors at bay enough to make things very balanced. There’s a mild dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that manages to be both oily and creamy, with a little bit of stickiness.

Pretty good IPA, I must say. At the right price, I could happily drink this regularly

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You got to love the branding on the necks of their bottles. After the clever decoarations, the beer still stands out. The mildly hazy, bright copper color delivers a nice head that lasts the session -- a prototypical IPA appearance. Aromas of citrus and piney hops jump out ahead of the sweet malts and provide a balance in aroma similar to pale ales. The tastes prove that the maltiness ends up more sweet and less attenuated as American IPA's should, but I like the balance nevertheless. Could be using Brittish malts that hold on to a biscuity sweetness along with some caramel and confectionate flavors. The hops intensity is evident but never overshadow the malts- contributing nice pine, orange rind flavors. Esters of peaches, pineapples, and appricots get back to English malts and bready yeasts. The texture of the malts helps the beer from becomming astringent or bitey because of the hops and smoothen out the dryness quite a bit. Finishes with a malt-hop balance that is quite pleasant. Although the amount of hop characteristic does quality for an IPA, the balance never really favors the hops over the malts decisively. Can we have a double pale ale?

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, brilliant orange amber with a frothy, white 2 finger head. Decent retention, the resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Subtle notes of peach and citrus.

Taste - Ooh that's different... and tasty. There's a predominant flavor in there that I wanna say is very candy-like, like a peach or pear or starfruit gummy, and it's supported by a strong citrus undertone. Malt flavors are subdued, but do well enough to give this brew some balance. Flavor profile is fairly simple, and basically finishes the way it starts, but it's a good one. Layers of alcohol warmth and bitter orange peel do present themselves in big gulps and, at least in the orange peel character, hang back behind the top molars well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation providing a lively tingle on the tongue. Finish is somewhat dry.

Overall - A good, original IPA. I can't say I've had one that's close to this. That's hard to accomplish in the hop dominant world of India Pales, and for that I applaud them.

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Photo of joshuasamantha
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from local BevMo in Redlands, Ca
Speakeasy was a nice light bodied easy Iindian Pale Ale, nice cirtrus/floral finish.Fairly well balanced it was definatel an easy drinker with a nice Abv level to it. Definately a nice drinker not as hoppy as i prefer but its on ethat was recommended to me and i am now recomending it to you! enjoy!

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of gravytrain
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a nice golden color with a very nice head that sticks around a while.

Smell is citrusy with a nice grassy note.

Taste is citrusy with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is dry quenching feel.

Drinkability is excellent. I could drink this beer all day.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Highly carbonated. Dark copper with a thick head with great retention. The average bubble diameter is quite small lending to great color uniformity of foam.

S: I smell oats and barley. A touch of earthiness with hemp.

T: Sweetness up front followed with soft caramel and nutty walnut flavors. The taste finishes with a mild floral hop and mild fruit. I get a hint of raspberry on the slightly tangy fruit finish, usually only a flavor from darker stouts. The tanginess is slightly citrusy, predominantly orange peel. After a few more drinks I get a metallic copper flavor that builds.

M: Mostly clean finish, a little residual flavor from the hops is to be expected. A bit heavier than your average ipa in consistency. No doubt due to the extra malts.

O: Quite a unique ipa. I like the sweetness and the odd mix of fruit tones from the malt but not the copper flavor. Overall a nice ipa that sets itself apart from the other thousands quite well.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: honey colored; very clear; thin white head that hung around; moderate lacing;

S: Belgian yeast (odd); orange peel; as it warmed, pine began to come through;

T: grapefruit rind; pine and caramel in the background; bitterness came quickly; pine and moderate bitterness in the long finish;

M: medium bodied; crisp; semi-dry; moderate carbonation;

O: not a big fan of the nose - threw me off; other than that, I liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly chill-hazed gold but as it warms up the clarity really comes out. The bright white head is pretty small, not much going on there, though a fluffy cap can be regenerated pretty easily when swirled. The smell right away is major perfumey and floral sweetness.

The taste is a pretty sharp hoppiness, more of a floral character to it, that also imparts quite a high bitterness to it. The finish is very dry, as is stated on the back of the bottle. There is plenty a barley background to the beer, the malt contributes a substantial portion to the body of the brew, but the hops are the main course by far.

Drinkability to me is limited by the dryness. I don't like, and can't really take that much beer that finishes with a pronounced dryness. However, everything but that is pretty appetizing in this beer. This was my 3rd offering from this brewery (prohibition ale and untouchable pale ale) and all have been pleasant.

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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of RixBeer
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yellow gold color. Thin head fades fast. Decent sticking and lacing.

Citrus and caramel with a decent hop nose.

Sweet caramel and a smooth hop flavor. Nice hop bite in the finish.

Good mouthfeel for this light body but the hops balance the feel.

Very very drinkable. A Pretty decent IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Toddv29424
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like just another macro brew lager on the market, but it packs much more of a punch. The smell is tremendously floral, like they've used many different kind of hops. It gives out kind of a fruitloop-like nose. Like most IPA's its the first few tastes that overpower you, then as you get aclimated it goes down easier. But for the ammount of hops that are in this beer, its well balanced and very enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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