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Big Daddy IPABig Daddy IPA
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3.73/5
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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
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#27,038
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
1,395
pDev:
12.33%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 1,395 |  Reviews: 486
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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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the painted/silk screen bottle. Big fluffy white head tops a yellow gold body.Settles down into a nice one finger cover. Good lacing. There's lacing in the bottle. Good carbonation. Hop oil, citric, and grass/hay dominate the nose. Taste: Hops, hops and more hops, but with enough malt backbone to stand up to them. Aftertaste: hops. Definitely a west coast America IPA. A good one. Maybe, maybe could use a little more malt heft. Having bought this cold (refering to no research, not beer temperature), I'm delighted with this beer.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours with almost no head, but has a nice golden copper color. The smell of the hops is like a jab from a boxer getting ready to hit you with a right cross. The taste is very hoppy even for this hophead at first sip, not that I didn't like it. It mellows out somewhat after a few swallows, but the strong hop taste stays with you until the bottom of the glass.I highly recommend this beer for hopheads, others will like it but not as much. The beer novice should stay away until, they get rid of their training wheels................CHEERS

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour is required to coax a good head on all of the Speakeasy beers (probably because they go for a more moderate level of carbonation that holds back some of the flavors and helps to round out the overall character & mouthfeel), but once you get the head - it holds very well and leaves some very nice lace. Very nice deep golden color, topped by a foamy bright white head. The aroma is a good balance of citrusy Pacific Northwest hops and gently sweet malt. The body is light-medium with a moderate carbonation (guessing at @ 2.4 volumes) that gives a slightly creamy character in the mouth. The flavor is bold, with citrusy hop and malt right up front, mellowing as it crosses the palate but not revealing much more than a clearer hop flavor and some slightly sweeter malt notes. The finish simply glides away with a lingering combination of both the malt & hop. Throughout the glass some variety is expressed in the hop flavors, alternating between citrusy and grassy, although the malt base remains the same. So, although this is a very one-sided I.P.A., it's extremely clean and well-balanced to showcase the hop flavors present. It's very drinkable, and enjoyable, but without the fuller character of their other beers. Still, very nice.

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Photo of StevieW
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I'm turning into a hophead. I liked this one. Clear yellow color, I expected a little darker, but ok. The head was nice and white, stayed a while. The hops and floral smell, were not overwhelming. I thought it had a good, crisp, clean flavor to it. Nice finish asked you to have another sip. It's no Hop Devil, but it's very good and worth a try. I'm looking forward to trying the other suggested IPA's.

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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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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,395 ratings