Big Daddy IPA | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
1,389 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 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a light soapy white head. Some lace, solid retention.

S: Lemon zest, some earthiness, not terribly fragrant.

T: There is some lemon and citrus, but it's not too full flavoured. Definite earthiness/soil flavours on the back end with some astringency.

M: Medium-bodied, soft and crisp carbonation, nice feel.

D: An OK IPA, but there's tons better out there at the price point.

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Photo of nezelrac
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into pint glass

A - lightly hazy chamomile yellow; one finger off white head that fades quickly; minimal lacing

S - hop funk up front - smells German?? - crisp lightly caramel malt behind

T - still Germanic; plenty of hops, but they don't seem West Coast at all; lightly sweet malt in the middle; late-mid-palate through finish it seems more true to style

M - light on its feet; clean malt

D - drinkable, but a little confusing

maybe this bottle wasn't handled/stored properly?

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is mostly clear yellow golden with a nice fluffy 2 inch white head. Aroma of fresh citrus (lime and tangerine) - fresh and clean, nice. Taste is earthy pine, with bitter citrus peel fruit behind that. Nice, though not as fresh tasting as it smelled. Palate is medium, nice carbonation. Decent enough IPA - though seemed more balanced towards the caramel malt that comes through the hops.

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Photo of joshuasamantha
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of BaronRogue
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found it refrigerated, so had to scoop it up to try.

Poured from bomber into chalice. Bottle has all sorts of speakeasy sayings and stuff on the bottle, i thought it was a little cheesy but wanted to try it. Clear gold with a decent head that sticks around, and some decent lacing as well.

Smells really good, fresh, hoppy magic.

Tastes even better! Cant even really describe it... oily pine resin, hops and more hops, but surprisingly not that bitter.

Fresh and smooth in the mouth, quite nice. The taste lingers on for awhile.

Drinkability? Let's just say i'm gonna be sad when i finish this glass.

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

12oz bottle into tulip.
A: A nice light golden IPA body, with a light foamy head. Light carbonation present.
S: Good bit of hoppy aroma, while nice citrus flavors are present, very piney. Medium levels of aroma intensity.
T/M: Juicy body, that shows low levels of carbonation, but very nice flavors of northwest hops. Pine, citrus with a very resin like character. Malt complexes show a good body feel and overall somewhat balanced. Lingering finish is slightly warm, while being prolonged and refreshing.
D: Overall very drinkable, nice hoppy taste, very fresh. Good brew to have a six pack of. While a nice bit of ABV that is hidden fairly well.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served out of a 22oz bomber. pours a nice clear golden yellow and is fairly clear, with no sediment. gets a nice frothy head and maintains it, achieves some lacing in the glass. nice aroma but not over powering.

it is a full frontal floral attack from the first sip. excellent, spritey little bubbles tickle the back of the tongue -- it is a sweet and appropriately bitter swallow.

this beer has been around awhile. in the last 7 or 8 years other more intensely hoppy and dipa-level-ABV West Coast IPAs like Green Flash have come along and make it seem a bit more tame now, not the hop bomb it used to seem to be.

it's a GO-TO everyday type beer now, along with Lagunitas IPA and others. nothing to turn your nose up at at all.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A - very light yellow, small head dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing behind. Small amount of visible carbonation

S - nice pine hops nose but not much else

T - grapefruit/pine hops resolving into almost no malt profile; slight grassy aftertaste

M - slight oilyness coats the mouth; cut with a slight carbonation

D - quite drinkable; a bit light but goes down easy

Decent IPA, not exceptional

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Photo of vfgccp
2.26/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Medium grade golden honey. Nice frothy head.

S - Very mild. Some sugar, maybe orange PEZ?

T - Malt up front with a pine character mid profile. Flavors feel flat though. They're not that powerful and don't hold up well throughout the profile. Some yeast in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, but poor carbonation. Aftertaste holds some lingering booze and pine.

D - Poor flavor and mouthfeel will make you more likely to put down your first than pickup a second.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,389 ratings
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