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Big Daddy IPA | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
1,406 Ratings
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.

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Ratings: 1,406 |  Reviews: 486
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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 oberon
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I was in a hoppy state of mind and wanted a fix and I sure got it in this beer,pours a light golden color with a light head that does leave some decent lacing,aroma is hugely piney and carammely very appetizing.Taste was very resiny and piney to be expected but not as harshly hoppy as I had thought it would be from the other reviews,but this beer is for hop heads for sure and malt mavens who are looking for a hop fix.Well done.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was a very light yellow in color with a giant, terrific head.

Smell – The big floral and piney hop profile was a treat if a bit one-sided. It was very soft on the nose.

Taste – The hops from the nose made it rightfully at the taste. I would have liked to have seen some sort of malt backbone to this one, though.

Mouthfeel – This one has some nice drying but lacks structure. I think it’s the first light-bodied IPA that I’ve ever had.

Drinkability – This is a nice, easy drinker with some good leafy, floral flavors.

Update – The 2005 vintage that Erica sent me was well above this mark. The malt balance was here in force along with some good caramel sweetness. The body was a solid medium if not a tad bigger, and the dry finish really took the cake. Give this one 4.0’s around with a 4.5 for Appearance and a big thanks to Just E.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange copper with a clingy white lace. Decent carbonation streaming. Light body. Grapefruit is the predominant flavor and smell. There is almost no pine or juniper as one expects with an IPA. Hints of pineapple in the flavor. Finish is dry but a bit chalky. Average on all accounts. Underhopped with little malt base to compensate.

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Photo of Herze
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy, nice sticky head, high carbonation, with a golden color.

S - Pine and citrus hops with just a touch of sweet malt.

T - Much like the aroma, mostly pine hops flavor with some citrus and earthiness. Nicely balanced with some sweet malt.

M - Light to moderate body keep it refreshing.

O - Good session IPA, balanced and not over the top. At the same time, not outstanding, but pretty good.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of andyfrancis
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden, almost amber in color, with a beautiful white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Pleasant citrus aroma. Tastes pretty good...fairly balanced, maybe a tad bitter, nice clean finish. You can taste the alcohol a bit, but it's very drinkable for 6.5%. 22 oz of Big Daddy is great way to kick start or finish off your night.

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Photo of sasoares
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Beaver13
2.47/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 8/14/13. Pours clear golden orange with a big rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet biscuity crystal malt with some grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity caramel malts with a good amount of grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA - too much sweet biscuit malt and grassy hops.

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Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Duster72
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a minimal head. Aroma is mild citrus and floral hops. Taste is rather bland / generic IPA. Big malt profile with very generic hop flavor and dry finish. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is fine, although I wouldn't be interested in another. Very fine, albeit generic IPA.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a silk-screen painted on label, a shady looking kingpin with is brood behind him is looking for the rival "Speakeasy" and kick some ass. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Rich vibrant yellow with golden overtones, clarity is nearly seamless. Big fat cake like head floats on top of the brew like a lily pad with the cover around the glass in a sea foam sprayed sticky lace.

Smell: Huge citric oil hop aroma, malt is barely traceable amongst the heavy hop smell. Smells of citrus rind and fresh blooming flowers.

Taste: Medium body, smooth as can be with a creamy mouth feel. Strong and flexing pungent hop, fierce in its bitterness unyielding in its flavour. Bucketfuls of pungent hop oil invade the taste buds and don’t let go. Flowery and citrus flavours engulf the mouth and fume out the nose with the hidden alcoholic esters. Speaking of esters there is a noticeable fruitiness within them as well as a nod from the warming alcohol. Malt flavour is nearly masked throughout, vague visions of a honey like malt sweetness and biscuity grain come to mind but then fades into a sleepy hop daydream. Pungent and puckering in the finish as the bitterness struggles to even want to let go in the everlasting finish.

Notes: Yikes! Slam, kick, punch and impale the mouth with hops. This beer does not even give you a chance to get ready or recover, some might say “out of balance” but hop heads might say “just enough”. Absolutely a kicker of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz "Stone" style bottle pours a clear, medium yellow, with an attractive, offwhite head of small, tightlyknit bubbles. The head fades rather quickly, leaving islands of splotchy lace all over the glass. Aroma is westcoast hops(Cascades?), resiny pine, lemonrind, and a hint of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, with a potent hops bite on the tongue. Taste begins with bitter piney hops, and a crisp dryness. Some sweet fruitiness emerges midway through. Tasted like apples at first, then took on a pink grapefruit character. The fruity sweetness gets swatted into the background with a vengeance, with the powerful hopping of this ale. Pine hops and bitter, lemonrind dominate the flavor profile. I couldn't pick up any malt notes in the aroma or the taste. Finish is dry and crisp, with a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not noticed, but there are enough hops in this to mask anything. Still, a likeable westcoast style IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light amber and clear. Lifts amoderate white head and leaves nicely developed lacing. Nose is richly resiny, citric hops. This is a pleasantly hoppy west coast style IPA. Citrus, resin, pine, you name it you will pick up a wiff of it in the flavor profile of this brew. Spicy finish. A tad thin body wise and not any great marks for the typical mouthfeel. Respectabe if not an all star IPA. Worth a try.

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Photo of ElSid
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 2/14/13

A: Clear, pale yellow with an ephemeral white head. The head reduces to a layer of white with decent layering on the glass.

S: Fresh spring flowers, pine, citrus zest, and touch of black pepper along with some honey and caramel sweetness.

T: Clean hop bite with earth, pine, and lemon peel. The spice also has elements of pepper and garlic. The fruit that is there is predominantly citrus and much more muted relative to the nose. The malt is barely there with honey and caramel breadiness. The finish is puckering.

M: Oily linger that coats the mouth with a feel that is ale medium and carbonation that is faint to medium.

O: A decent IPA with nice bitterness but little complexity. This brew is not much to look at and the label of 'good' can barely be applied here. Although decent and drinkable, this beer is not quite an IPA regular in the refrigerator.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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