Big Daddy IPA | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,387
Reviews:
485
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
320
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big head, malt and hops promising start, then dry hop leaf bitterness astringent, citrus. Pine needles, some C hops for aroma. I won't have it again, but for what it is, it was quaffable. Some chocolate in my mouth, more chocolate.

Not bad 30th sample at Radekfest 05, brought by a generous Yankee
guest.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy bone color head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruits and citrus zest. Taste is of of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and malt on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel and medium body. Overall, this is a good IPA with a better taste than smell.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my least favorite from speakeasy so far. their most generic beer, and while still delicious, it fails to pop like the others do, and like a good ipa should. its pale blonde in color, light for the style, with gorgeous ring lacing as it sips and a lasting almost nitro white head. the nose is balanced, too much so. grain cancels hops, not good for ipa. the flavor is better, with a quenching bitterness only on the back end, fine and dandy, but boring. light grain bill, in terms of color and flavor, but enough fermentable sugar to reduce the otherwise interesting hop profile to nothing. I like the sessionability though, I could have five of these no worries. not enthusiastically excited about this, but I appreciate the feel, which lets little bubbles percolate the more jovial bits right through the tongue, right in the center, fun and different, this beers main redeeming quality. otherwise a letdown from speakeasy, who is capable of greatness every time.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently covered the surface and left lacy rings down the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between a slight amount of malty sweetness and mild hop bitterness; it has flavors of bready and caramel malts along with citrus hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste but there's nothing overly special about the taste that would make me consider it sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, more overt Prohibition era imagery on the silk-screened label, the sort becoming more and more common of late - what, is it cheaper than paper and glue?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and loosely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some sudsy flotsam and jetsam lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind, a laid-back bready, crackery pale malt, just a hint of toffee/caramel sweetness, and a further dry pine and forest floor detritus hoppiness. The taste is rather dry all around - gritty, crackery pale malt, sassy pine needles and spruce tips, dried grapefruit and lemon pith, and a certain flinty stoniness, with little sense of the gently elevated ABV.

The carbonation is average in intensity, but somehow tightly wound at the same time, the body on the light side of medium weight, and yet mostly smooth, the hefty hops not the sort to mess up a good thing here, it would seem. It finishes barely off-dry, just a smidge of generic malt sweetness facing the lingering saltine cracker and citrus hop headliners.

A decent, one-sided IPA affair, this one is, which is no big deal to me, as I'm all right with that kind of thing, as long as the malt is repped in some form, and the hops don't blow their lupulin all over me, the apparent status quo at this brewery. Speakeasy seems to like that crackery, dry malt character, now evident to me in two of their offerings - one more, and we may have a pattern.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.69/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at Speakeasy's decrepit warehouse - I mean - brewpub. Reviewed from notes. Instantly I'm turned off to the beer because the brewers see no problem with serving it in a plastic cup.

A: Pours a one finger head of decent slight cream, okay thickness, and downright bad retention. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Slight malted barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light hops and barley. Rather simple, to say the least. Decently balanced and built alright; there's just not much there to describe.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the (lack of) flavours decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to them by any means.

Dr: Pretty drinkable and offered at a decent price. I wouldn't get it again on account of its low quality.

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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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a dirty hazy yellow color ale with a large foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of medium citrus hops with some bitter notes is average for the style. Taste is also dominated by some weak note of citrus hops with a dry bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited malt presence and some good carbonation.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, foamy, white head. It left thin traces of lace.

S - The pine aroma was obvious without having to put my nose near the glass. Nice floral notes and citrusy smells.

T - It tasted of burnt toast and roasted malt. Nice caramel flavor, too. Very well balanced.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It was medium-bodied with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good IPA. Great aroma and a very good bottle with the eyes on the neck.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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