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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
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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 Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful floral hop aroma escapes from my tulip glass as I pour this beer. It produces an off-white head that is fairly resilient. It is a nice copper color, and is very clear with a nice bead of carbonation cascading from the bottom of the glass. There is citrus and fruit in the aroma. This is quite a dry beer. It has a big hop flavor and finishes with a nice hop bite. The hops dominate in this beer, nary a malt note to be found, save for a bit of toasty grain in the finish (but this is very subtle). This is a one dimensional hop bomb, could use a bit more malt expression.

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

Appearance: Pours golden with a touch of orange nice off white foaming head chunky not bad at all, with nice speckled lacing. Aroma: Citrus hops namingly grapefruit tones here, pine sol esque but there is some malt sweetness to tend with the hoppy zeal the beer carries in the aroma. Taste: Flavor is predominantly citrus toned hops with a bit of eathiness in the finish this beer is also contains a butterscotch like sweetness that blends so well with the zesty hop bite very nice. Mouthfeel: Smooth a bit oily from the hop resins but very good medium bodied IPA, great brew much better than the pale I had. Drinkability: Simply amazing it's the type of IPA that gives me a citrusy hop burp after the first sip turning my taste buds on immediately and ready for more and more of this very drinkable brew.

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

First of all, what a great bottle. I had one of these at the Flat Rock Saloon, and made sure I brought the bottle home with me to fill with tasty homebrew. Really cool bottle, check it out.

Now the beer. Could smell the hops from the bottle even holding it away from my face. Upon pouring it, the aromas of hops and fresh flowers only become stronger. Pours a slightly hazy golden/yellow with a thin white head atop. The hops are quite pronounced in all aspects of this beer, and actually seem to dominate it. I really enjoyed this beer, but I also would enjoy chewing on hops. To be honest, this beer is not very well balanced at all. Hops and citrus notes take over the flavor, not leaving much room for anything else to balance it out. There are much better IPA's out there, ones with more balance, but if you love hops, my guess is that you would enjoy this beer. I certainly did, despite the lack of balance.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a golden-yellow color with a decent white head and good lacing. It had strong yet nice, fresh citrus-hop-floral aroma.
Medium bodied with a good creamy mouthfeel. The malt was not very noticable as you were assaulted by the hops. I'm a hophead and while it wasn't too bitter for me, it still seemed a bit out of balance. The finish was clean and dry.
Very drinkable and a decent version of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clearish dark gold/orange color, nice creamy white head with good lacing properties. Aroma is hoppy and pithy. Flavor doesn't stray far from the smell, plenty of orange juice to start and winding out in the hoppy grapefruit realm. A little below average in mouthfeel, but plenty of carbonation. My take places this dead center for an American I.P.A. -- plenty of hops but in need of somewhat better malt assertion.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a typical IPA appearance. Golden in color with a white head that left lace.
Big hop aroma. Citrusy, piney hops with pale malts underneath.

Taste is also dominated by citrusy, piney hops. Pale malts do a good job of balancing this one, but can't quite match the onslaught of hops. This is one of those beers that seems to have the necessary components, but just doesn't hit the spot for me and I can't quite figure out exactly why.

Good mouthfeel.
Drinkable, but didn't leave me desiring another.

Overall, a solid IPA, but not one I'm in a hurry to find again.

Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for sharing this one!

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Photo of beerguy101
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Medium bodied India Pale Ale. Nice roasted malts, nicely hopped, slightly sweet. BIG Hop flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. Etched beer bottle.

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Photo of alexgash
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden body (lighter than most IPAs I've had), with a modest off-white head. Smell is really big with fruity malts, citrusy and spicy hops. I'd rather sniff this than a babyfood jar full of glue! Malts up front, but they aren't too sweet or fruity (as the smell led me to believe). Switches to fresh, orange-peel hops and finishes predictably bitter. Another good west coast IPA, and a bit more reserved than many of them. One of the coolest bottles I've seen in a while too--I like the eyes!

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

This IPA pours a nice glowing yellow/orange colour with a nice, off-white head. The aromas are of hops, and heavy malts. The taste is heavily hoppy, and very well balanced with a huge background malt profile. The mouthfeel is pretty medium-bodied and the drinkability is above average, to say the least...

A very good IPA from the folks at speakeasy!


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Photo of freed
2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First try with this brewer. 12oz bottle with a somewhat silly label. Pours a clear golden with a rapidly dissipating head. The foam laces the glass as it subsides. The smell is somewhat grassy, like my freezer. Must have a big hop, like a nugget.

The taste is somewhat off, there's a surprisingly unbalanced bittering level that outbalances the aroma hop and malt. The taste is much like arugula, or some bitter green. The mouth is left with a sweet and sour feeling, but there's no evidence that there was any body to the beer. The bitterness and taste really take away from its drinkability.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint style glass
A bitter drinking IPA.
A golden pale color. A 1/4'' head and good lacing. The scent picks up the hops and citrus is very stong with a mild pine quality to follow up.

The flavors are strong with grapefruit and pine. The hops over take the malts on this one. It gives the IPA a good bitter bite. A little more balance between hops and malts would not hurt this IPA.

It has a dry refreshing mouthfeel with some bite to it. It drinks easy and I would not hesitate to order this IPA again.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A first-time sampling for me from this West-Coast brewer. Big Daddy has a light-to-medium golden color, and is clear throughout. Lots of carbonation streaming to the surface. Head is fine, white, and about 1/4", though thinning fairly rapidly. Lacing is decent as well.
Nose is huge and hoppy. I could detect it from afar as I poured the bier into the glass. It is grapefruity, but has a decent dash of toasty malt sweetness as well. Body was a smidge less than medium, and it had a touch of prickliness on the tongue.
Taste is loaded with more of the same grapefruity hops. Malt is also present in the form of a bready/toasty, mild sweetness. The hops are quite pronounced, yet don't have an overwhelming "bam". Just enough of an edge has been taken off of them. Yet they still linger long on the palate.
This is a nice, tasty offering, with thanks going to SamuraiJack for providing it to me! Prosit!!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with cool screened graphics (a la Stone and Rogue). Tidbits of information on the back talking about Speakeasy's of the Prohibtion era and the hoppy character of this beer.

Appearance: Bright sunshine-yellow in appearance (read: not your typical IPA), with a massively thick white head that plastered the glass.

Smell: Like walking through a pine forest. Very prominent pine scents, with some citrusy scents floating in the background. Wonderful. This tells me that the flavor will be a hop-laden treat as well. Yippee!

Taste: Sure enough, my hop fetish is satisfied. Definite (though not over-the-top) hop flavor snags your taste buds and won't let go. Malt? We don't need no stinkin' malt! Begone! It's all hops, baby! Citrusy, piney....beautiful. Very nice, semi-honey-sweet and quite bitter finish is very, very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Pretty darn smooth. Crisp, with a lingering bitterness on the palate. Medium-bodied and rather low on the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one easy-drinking beer! A lovely oily hop resin stays on my lips and the hoppy burps are a delight in and of themselves. Makes the $11.25/6-pack price more bearable.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 26 June 2002. This IPA actually looks like a pilsener, but looks can be deceiving. It has nice up front citrus hops. The aroma is perfumy/citrussy. The taste is balanced w/ a clean finish. This IPA is very nice, but not one of the great ones.

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

This beer has a pale golden appearance. Hazy. Very little head. A bone white collar persists and laces adequately. Sweet pine resin, grapefruit, canibis and orange rind on the nose. This IPA is really huge on the pine sap taste. And it is definiteley a unique trait. Not that the flavor is unexpected in an IPA, but this is pretty Huge with the pine needles and sap. There is also some pungency coming from the hop load. The malt load is barely passing the grade. I'd prefer it to be a little more firm. A little more substantial in backing this hop monster. This is not your typical run of the mill IPA, and while I don't consider it an elite one, it is pretty good.

Big Huge like Big Daddy.

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

First off, I love the screen-printed artwork on the bottle. Fedora and trenchcoat wearing 1930-40's heavyweight gangster. A pair of cartoon eyes scan the scene on the neck of the bottle.

Big Daddy pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The head flattens out and coats the surface. Aroma consists of floral hops, lemony citrus and a hint of sour pineapple. The mouthfeel has a creamy middle that gives way to a crisp finish. Seems medium to thinnish in body. Finish is a bit grassy with a salted peanut shell taste. Distinctive flavor adds to the character of this IPA. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second draft IPA from the left (west) coast that I have had that when it was poured that, from an appearance point-of-view, I thought I was about to drink a German pilsener. Grant's IPA had this same masquerading pilsener look about it. It had a beautiful golden straw color with this small, but tight white head of foam with a delicate curtain of lacing. A moderate, but not overwhelming, amount of carbonation was noticeable. A distinctive floral hoppy aroma was evident. The initial and final taste of this brew is about hops!!! The bitterness is inescapable, but there is malt presence in the background that gives hops a balance and a level of acceptance. The mouthfeel can only be described as refreshing with a dry, clean finish. I knew there was a pilsener lurking in this brew. My drinkability scale was unfortunately only two before my wife called on the cell phone and wanted to know when I would be home from Home Depot. Great brew!!

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Photo of aaronh
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color, with a minimal off-white head. The aromas are mostly citrus with a hint of malt. The taste is somewhat hoppy, but the bitterness is a bit too agressive. Perhaps a poor combination of hop varities, or just a bad balance with the malt. The mouthfeel is good, but a little too thin to hold up to the bitterness. The aftertaste is mostly bitter citrus and a bit unnerving. However, it is still a decent beer, just not all that well balanced.

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

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow / golden color. Good clarity. Big time head, fluffy, sticky and frothy; light tan in color. On the nose the aroma of hops, citrusy, and floral. Medium body with a fairly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
On the palate the flavors consisted of hops, different citrus flavors, pine, grapefruit, light fruity esters, very mild malt character, and a light biscuity flavor. very tasty brew…

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Photo of Jordan
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While an excellent beer by itself, Speakeasy fails to capture the essense of a quality A-IPA. It has some of the basic characteristics, mild malts, heavy hops, however, the distinct flavors lean toward the milder malts (ala Slo Brewery Extra Pale Ale) and less robust hop cones. This is good beer, only out of character.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a good head, nice carbonation and lace. Golden color and not hazy. Nose is clearly hops and like the brewer says this is loaded with hops. Could not find any malt. Too hoppy and too bitter for me.

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

Pours hazy yellow, big frothy clingy head, leaves a sticky lace in my glass. Huge flowery citrusy grapefruit aroma, clean citrus flavor, nice malt balance, clean and dry, A typical great west coast IPA, very good.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like IPA’s, especially American ones. So, of the 3 Speakeasy beers I purchased tonight, I knew I had to finish with the Big Daddy IPA – glad I did, because for me it’s by far the best of the bunch and the strongest at 6.5% ABV.
Small 12 fl.oz Brown Glass Bottle, depicting a white screen printed picture this time of a dodgy looking “Fat Gansta” (now I’m for it) from the 50’s, with the words Big Daddy above him in green. Bloody hell, those freakin’ painted silhouette pair of eyes that are on all of the long thin Bottles necks, are still staring at me. You looking at me, I say you lookin’ at me…..
From experience of the prior brace of Speakeasy beers I already sampled tonight, I again vigorously dumped this beer into a large 22 fl.oz Glass. It really helps to add life and allow the release of many aromas & flavours I had learnt.
A massive white cloudy head. Carbonation is really low, why is this such a trait with Speakeasy beers? It spoils them I think. Head is very frothy, rocky and lacy but always at least a ¼” throughout.
This beer too has been ultra-filtered by an Alien race comprised of a mix of Vacuum Cleaners, Pollen Removers and Ultra Breeze ionic Filtration devices. For it has much less suspended solids than metallic turds in a magnet factory
A beautiful straw-golden color, almost “Duvel” in character. A great looking A-IPA.
Nose is Hops, grassy knolls, and 1 day old lawn cuttings with a hint of lemon and grapefuit. Mouthfeel is strong, but average overall. First Impressions are “Hit-First, Ask-Later”, for it pronounces it arrival with a massive aroma then confirms its character with a highly bitter introduction, followed by a hoppy middle, and an even hoppier finish. This finish is clean, crisp and finite. I have never experienced such a distinct finite hoppy finish, it does not linger, it just disappears. Wow, it works well.

As a “Hop-Head” this is by far my favourite of the 3 Speakeasy Beer that I have tried tonight (to date), and probably the only of the Speakeasy beers that can hold its own in style comparisons to other Breweries IMVHO. The best of the Speakeasy beers by a long shot IMHO. After the first two offerings, I am quietly impressed and now cheered up. Goes down quicker than an un-seaworthy Tanker sailing under a flag of Convenience !!!

If you see it - buy it - try it - love it. Whose da Daddie ????

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Photo of Mark
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Following the lead of Nerofiddled I gave this one a rough pour. Sure enough I was rewarded with a nice pure white head that sat upon a medium golden body. Smell was outstanding, very piney and fresh. Good hoppy bite and very drinkable. Nice rings of lace added to the ambience. A nice IPA.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really impressed with this IPA from the left coast. I never thought that it would be quite this good! It is sharp and snappy to the nose as well as to the mouth. Well worth it to seek this one out, but only for the devoted hophead. Prost!

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,405 ratings