Big Daddy IPA | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
1,399 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.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-02-2001

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of MexicanSkittel
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the backyard looking out at the ocean, from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look- a brilliant bright golden, extremely clear with perfect carbonation . A 1/4 head white and light has been sitting on the glass leaving a lace after sips 5 mins into it.

Smell- some hops, caramel, honey, green grass.

Taste- gental hops, almost sweet. Maybe carmel covered hops. Very balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel- smooth, not overly bitter, not too viscous, and no strong presence of alc. the finish isn't as lengthy as I'd like but initial drinking is right on.

Overall- really nice IPA, personally like it on tap more, but a $5.99 six pack in the sun in SF is pretty awesome.

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Photo of Husenator
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden straw, fairly cloudy though. Nice lacing.

S - Citrus and honey, I picked up a chemical aroma (goo gone?)
something was a bit off.
T- Hops are heavy up font as they should be, but after the grapefruit and pine with a bit of sweetness I picked up a solvent aftertaste.

M - Medium with a stickiness.

O- Drinkable but I have had much better.

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

This beer hits all the right marks for an American IPA. Light amber color. Hops are bright and clean, with citrus character, tinged with grapefruit. Malt body is well balanced with an appropriate level of sweetness to take the edge off the hops. Finish was quite smooth. A nice quaffer.

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Photo of bonkers
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in the tickers BIF, hazy orange pour, big sticky white head. The aroma is piney, light citrus. It has notes of pine and citrus, nothing overwhelming, slightly bitter finish. The body is medium, average carbonation, easy drinking. An average IPA.

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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 musicman575
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even on tap, it didn't have much head, but bubbles continuously rose from everywhere. Light amber in color. Little flora and lots of citrus in the smell, which wasn't as bold as many other IPAs. Good and bitter, pretty bright. Again, citrusy hops and some pine with pale malt aftertaste. Finishes clean with good carbonation.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA….on tap at Burger and Barrel in Manhattan, NYC….

Appearance-came to me in a normal pint glass, golden color with a two finger head sitting with sticky lace. Normal by all appearances.

Smell-sweet honey like aroma with sticky hops surrounding it. Pine and light citrus on the nose as well, malt and alcohol are there but sort of lost in the shuffle.

Taste/Mouthfeel-piney hope flavor up front, thin consistency throughout, alcohol and bread arrive and disappear quickly. More hops appear and stay with the beer all the way down. One dimensional and not that enjoyable, the sticky sweetness isn’t balanced.

Drinkability-no catastrophic issues but flavors are one dimensional and not that enjoyable.

Overall-further proof that just loading a beer with hops isn’t good enough anymore and there has to be more going on. Just barely passable and there are many West Coast IPAs that blow this one out of the water. Pass.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden straw yellow in color, 1 finger head, medium lacing, Crystal clear!

S - Sweet lemony citrus smell, nice hop aroma all around, total west coast smell here.

T/m - Malt, malt, malt, with a long term full boil hop bitterness at the end. No real hints of dry hopping other than the nice smell to the beer, this is still a decent beer considering it is a single, but not much flavor overall. Not much feel overall, medium to high carbonation, a decent single ipa.

O - Straight forward IPA, that happens to be from the west coast, 6.5% ABV which is right on for par with average. Dont get me wrong a good beer all day and would choose it over many others, just not a standout IPA.

PP (Price Point) - $6 for a 22oz bomber, on par with the market, but would choose many others in the price range first (i.e. Racer 5 blows it out of the water as far as a single)

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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's nothing discreet about this Speakeasy beer - it's golden highlights are practically glaring (looks like Big Daddy has some bling bling!) and it's bubbles are so many and so active that they make a loud fizzing sound. They're clumpy too, however, and not only form a dome-shaped cushion over the beer's surface but also clot the sides of the glass as well.

Given the amount of pineapple and orange it might be natural to assume some kind of citrus juice was added into the boil, but it wasn't. That's just some of the marvelous qualities of hops. And, as the grassy resemblance to peppermint tea might tip you off, they are not a fruit, but in fact an herbal flower. And a mighty aromatic one at that.

Despite the very definite herbal elements in its bouquet, the beer is balanced with a great deal of wafer-like, biscuity maltiness. It tastes kind of like a country bread that has been toasted sweet and gained a light nuttiness. (An almost toffee-like sweetness really shows on the finish.) I like that about this beer, that it is malty and biscuity as well as hoppy.

Bear in mind, however, that maltiness can't possibly steal all the spotlight when such aggressive, citrusy hops are afoot. There is more than enough hop flavour too; some sips are so pronouncedly minty and grassy that my imagination shifts away from the tropical fruits and towards herbal teas. Their bitterness is a welcome balance to the nutty sweetness.

Normally I wouldn't mention a brewery's other brands in a review, but I think between Payback Porter, Prohibition Ale and this, Big Daddy IPA, you really get a sense of the mentality of this brewery: really well-crafted, uncompromising beers that have plenty of character and flavour, but aren't too bold or strong so as to turn-off the average palate. Nothing wrong with that.

I can easily understand how, with so many of them, Speakeasy get's lost in the shuffle of great Californian microbreweries. But I don't think it's right. I had put off trying their brands for some time at the behest of other reviewers rating other beers so much higher. That needs to be corrected; I feel slightly ashamed for not giving their beers a chance earlier. Big Daddy IPA deserves mention with the Bay Area's best, names like Blind Pig and Racer 5.

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

Kind of a lighter appearance, yellow/gold, thin head. Aroma was nicely dry hopped, soft touches.

Very light body, definitely allows it to proclaim hop forward. Big on the carbonation. Equal parts pine and citrus, tend to notice the pine more in lighter bodied ipas like this one. A solid ipa for the summer or any weather. Price seems to be continually going up on this. Wouldn't be surprised if they used hop oil here, similar to Hop Stoopid, not as good though, and of course, that's a dipa v. this ipa, but I see similarities between the two. Grassy at times.

Definitely better on tap than in bottles, mostly because it seems the bottles sit around somewhere before they make it to the store.

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

Clear golden colour with a moderate creamy off-white head. Nice lacing but head retention isn't the best.

Crisp, straight forward citrus hops with grapefruit being dominant. Mild sweetness.

Solid up front bitterness with a mild backbone of soft malt. Good fresh hop flavour but it seems a little light on the brightness associated with the best IPAs.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing on this hot day.

A solid, middle of the road IPA with good flavour but it's nothing particularly special.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at House of Brews, NYC, NY

Despite the terrible service at House of Brews, I eventually got this beer. Served on tap in a pint glass, it was clear golden yellow in color with a small white head that laced fairly well. Aroma was very light, consisting of floral and citrus hops with an underlying sweetness. More citrusy hops in the taste, giving a certain crispness from beginning to end. Pale malt sweetness in the background. Very light and grassy. Light-bodied, not overly flavorful, but still crisp and refreshing for an IPA, if you're not in the mood for anything over the top.

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

Pours golden clear with thin white head.
Lots of hops and fruit in the nose a bit nutty as well.
Tastes a bit sweet and bitter with a great malt flavor following through. A nutty follow through in the flavor as well that I quite enjoyed. A nice bitter round off on this brew. Very well done.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.81/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic goblet (desperate times/measures).

4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow/light orange color. A finger (appropriate for the glass size and shape) of creamy white head with decent retention and a good bit of lacing.

3.0 S: Citrus and floral (definitely cascade in this) with emphasis on orange and mango. Malts are fairly weak, but they team up with the yeast to give a light breadiness. A little anemic here, but not bad.

2.5 T: This beer isn't necessary bad, but it's boring to the point that I'm forgetting about it before I'm done drinking it. Light breadiness with a moderate bitterness and not much else. Hop flavor is even more subtle in the nose than it is in the taste. Small amounts of orange and pine.

3.5 M: Solid medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Decently creamy and a bit chewy from the yeast.

2.5 D: Completely forgettable beer. I've had a bunch of good brews while I was in SF, but this isn't one I'm going to tell my friends about back home.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw-orange color with a nice off-white head with some lacing.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma, slightly floral, with a hint of butter.

Taste: Light, hoppy, citrus-flavor with a bit of bitterness, and some butter towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate, prickly carbonation. Generally smooth.

Drinkability: Reasonable ABV. As time goes by, the butter flavor tends to overtake the others as well.

The butter kills it, particularly after a little while. Not sure if the store by me got an old batch of Speakeasy beers or what, but the Prohibition Ale was off, and I am *hoping* that this is off too.

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

Overall a decent IPA, beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a soft white head and rings of lacing on the glass. Moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly citrusy with hints of pine, no real malt presence the aroma is a little weak.

Beer is medium in body and hoppier than any of the other mediocre IPAs I had last night so this stands out in my mind. The overall feel of the beer is rougher and grindier in my mouth. Tastes nice, good bitter finish. I'd have this again if it were on draft.

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Photo of beerman21
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz Bottle.. Got this at a local liquor store in my hometown of Benicia.

A-Pours a Gold color light honey hue when held to light.. White snow puffy head that subsides slowly if let for about 2-3 mins.

S-Very piney, citrus fruit; grapefruit with side of medicinal background that blends well with the pine and fruit esters.

T- Citrus hop oils splash the tongue with a well balanced malt background. Sweet and bitter back palate flavor coat the mouth and announce presence of pine and even a mint finish.

M-little watery but the flavor lingers so it does make up for it.

Overall- I really like this IPA, very drinkable, not very difficult to figure out. You drink, you taste, its arrived and its presence is known. I'd buy this beer again and would say its a good craft IPA to hand off to a beginner in the flavor of craft beer and its wide complexities that come with drinking hoperier beer. Good stuff.

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

a bottle I had later found in a shipper box I was about to reuse...nice suprise...

A -- a golden yellow with a two finger thick head floatin on top...

S -- Light aroma of hops.. a slight hint of citrusy hops, nothing heavy though...

T -- an easy beer to drink, one I could sit down on the patio and drink 5-6 while playing cards or a game of bags...

M -- creamy, somewhat lighter IPA... but the palate seemed to enjoy...

0 -- It was a nice find in a box put away.. a great extra to grab :)

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite the kinda gross sounding name, this is actually a pretty solid IPA.

A - Pours a lighter, pure golden with a frothy white head and feathered lacing. Oh yeah, and the bottle has cool eyes on the neck.

S - Nutty smell purveys on the nose with light alcohol through out. Not overly sharp, malty even.

T - Malty peanut flavor balances simple hop bitterness with a little spice to make a relatively smooth IPA. Sharp, but not too aggressive as many harsher IPAs.

M - Carbonation is used to take the edge of the harsh bitterness. Mildly soapy, and a little thin.

Overall a nice effort from Speakeasy, on the hit side of this hit-or-miss brewery.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Golden yellow with a decent foamy white head. Lacks the good retention that makes you look forward to the first sip. Low carbonation level


Herbal/grassy hops. Cascade perhaps? Sweet maltiness is very apparent as well


Low bitterness level, especially for an IPA. Initial light herbal hoppy bite is followed by a very mellow finish down the back of the throat. Lacks any crispness. There is an imbalance towards the sweet side.


A very light/dry beer. Lack of carbonation does not help with this situation either. Theres not much excitement


Bottom line is this beer lacks kick. The hop bitterness just isnt there. Way to sweet for an IPA. Lack of carbonation only adds to this. Not the worst thing Ive ever drank, but I probably wont be having another one anytime soon.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is quite inviting with some decent hoppiness and floral notes. I get a bit of citrus as well. Taste is not quite as good as it smells. The hoppiness I was hoping for is not there and there is a stronger malt profile. The citrus is there, but overwhelmed by some sweeter fruit flavors. Not very bitter with some some hop flavors, but not very great. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high, as it is very refreshing, just not a great example of an IPA (especially for the west coast).

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