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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.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a big white head that eventually faded to a healthy amount of lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, a bit floral.

Taste: Moderate bitterness up front, runs up against a sharp, somewhat sweet malt backbone. Tastes like rye, but I couldn’t find any mention of rye being in it. Either way, I like it! Aftertaste is mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness and carbonation.

Overall: Solid all-around IPA, the malt backbone sets it apart for me.

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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 dacrza1
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 15, 2014... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... OCCASION: unwinding with Napoleon Dynamite... APPEARANCE: bright orange amber body that provides steady effervescence; thick, frothy white head that remains--nice cirrus lacing... AROMA: beautifully fragrant floral pine, with some citric flair--a nicely balanced bouquet... PALATE: thick, full-bodied, mouth-filling impact; unlike the bottle's label, this beer doesn't "leave without a trace," staying well into the next sip--and this is a welcome layover!...TASTE: a flourish of pine cone that that balances nicely with caramel malts; sweet and strong...OVERALLL: a hit with my poker game friends, this beer demands attention--a BIG West Coast IPA, crunchy and worthy of long, slow sips....

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Photo of Jahgrizzly
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, but full bodied and flavorful. Great hop flavor without the overwhelming grapefruit/citrus of some varieties. Very drinkable! I love this beer.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is sweet and citrusy with apple, grapefruit, and orange zest. There's a bit of fresh grass and a bready undertone. Clear, bright gold body with a frothy, off-white head that really sticks around. Smooth, clean malt up front, soon followed by moderately flavorful hops which are piney, flowery, spicy (not as citrusy as the aroma). There's a quick surge of bitterness. Grainy malt lingers in the finish. Smooth texture, medium body; considerable acidity from the hops, which with the subdued carbonation makes for a good bite.

Well balanced and drinkable—the hops are not overwhelmingly bitter, and the hop flavors are pleasant enough. There is considerable, though still backgrounded, grainy sweetness to round out the flavor.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. I believe it was worth the wait! Pours a golden and slightly amber tone with a finger length head that retains as a sticky lace. Great hop aroma accompanied by a sweetness that reminds me perhaps of a nutty cake. Taste is an explosion of hops. A bitter grapefruit like taste with a dry finish. Great feel! Creamy and chewy at the same time. An instant classic for me!

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

a. pours a beautifully rich light marigold color with a light haze. A thin but dense creamy yellow head capped the beer nicely and left some thin lacing behind.

s. Rich citrus hops blend with candied malts creating a powerful west-coast aroma. Floral undertones come through along with more caramel, figs and candy as the ale warms up a bit.

t. Hops! Citrus hops hit first and then are quickly followed by sweet, almost candy-like malts with honey, maple and figs. There's very minimal piney bitterness, with the citrus hops providing most of the tart bitterness. Very nice indeed. Compared to other west-coast IPAs, this one has more honey and tangerine notes, with nice floral notes, and lacking much of the pine and juniper. A solid winner in my book.

m. nice mouthfeel, a little high on the carbonation, but not overwhelming. Crisp and light, especially given the malty sweetness that accompanies it. Light-medium body fits the flavor profile nicely.

d. Very drinkable. The sweetness and candied malt makes this one definitely worth trying. It's a solid west-coast IPA with the citrus hops and subtle floral notes, but it's got some interesting characteristics that make it a pleasure to drink, and drink more I could, very easily.

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Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy yellow gold in color with a 2 finger off white head that faded very slowly and left very good lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, light caramel, biscuit, sweet malt, candy sugar, pepper, spices and light brown sugar; hops dominate the aroma with a nice fruity citrus sweetness.

Tastes like it smells with a huge hop flavor up front including floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, piney hops, caramel, biscuit, sweet malt, candy sugar, pepper, cinnamon, light grains, spices and light brown sugar; again, the hops dominated, but this is what a West Coast IPA should taste and smell like so I enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and oily slick as this slides down easy with low carbonation, a medium body, hop spices with minor heat, some hop bitterness and clean finish.

High drinkability, I found it very easy to drink as a hophead and could drink this anytime, anywhere and would love to have it with spicy food. This is a great beer that I highly recommend.

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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 Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - 4FH, clear, foamy, amber. Good carbonation.


TASTE - Bitter.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, creamy, astringent, effervescent, frothy.

VALUE - $7.00 for a 12-oz. bottle. Good price.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - OK beer. Bitter and hoppy.

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

A: Crystal-clear extra light orange bordering on yellow. Standard 2-finger head. Great retension. Nice lace.

S: Lemon/pine citrus. Biscut malt.

T: Great hop profile. Tastes like lemon zest mixed with some pine needles. I love it. A shining example of a west coast IPA.

M: Crisp. Palate clensing. Perfect IPA for a spicy meal or even a hearty salad.

D: High. Nice to have this on deck in the bay area all the time.

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

Honey-colored with thick lasting head and lots of lacing.

Very balanced aroma. Lots of hops and a malt smell that's there and distinguishable but not too strong.

Taste is pretty amazing. Seems like they used a lot of malt for the balance, but not any kind of dark malt, so it lets the hop flavor shine shine and there is definitely a great hop flavor.

Great carbonation, leaves a little bitterness at the back of your throat.

The next time I'm in California, I'll definitely drink the living hell out of this pale ale.

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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 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 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 kpoole25
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to glass. Golden, clear yellow, foam had just a little orangey color. Nice juicy fruit smell, very inviting. Really liked the taste, good balance of sweetness and bitterness. I think some have felt this is too hoppy or bitter but I really didn't get that, I'd say the basic Stone IPA or Hop Stoopid goes further that direction. This was just a good all around, not too alcoholic IPA.

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Photo of JamesS
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome IPA. It has a rather weak orange color, but very good head and decent lacing. Great scent, a very floral and hoppy aroma. Great taste, a nice and smooth American-hopped beer with a fantastic after taste. Goes down great. Speakeasy is fast becomming a favorite of mine.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/12/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 12 oz cool looking bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my Brickskeller pint glass.

Appearance- Orangish-yellow pour with a bit of cloudyness and yeasties floating around. Smallish head and great clinging lace.

Smell- Lots of piney and citrus hops. Also a great sweet scent of honey and cotton candy. I smelled this one a lot. Even the dregs in the bottle smell great this morning!

Taste- More fruity than pine in the taste. The sweetness doesn't come out as much as I was hoping after the sniff. Was hoping for a Dogfish 90 sweetness. Still a good tasting IPA. Pretty bitter, which is nice.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, but still could suck this one right down if needed.

Drinkability- This would be an excellent session IPA. Good flavor and texture. This one will be purchased again in the future.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a straw golden in color with loose sloppy white bubbling.

The aroma is lightly hoppy with some grassy straw rounding it off. The flavor starts off with a straw bitterness then develops warming orange mmmarmalade notes (the extra ‘mmms’ are for how delicious they are). This is a dry & approachable IPA with a light malt backbone that plays nicely with the hop profile.

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Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty IPA from Speakeasy.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a big head and notable lacing.

Smell: Big hop, grapefruit flavors; citrusy character in the aroma dominate the sweet malty undertone.

Taste: The flavor is dominantly hoppy with pine and grapefruit flavors coating the mouth and a remote hint of malt that is well hidden but present. The hops are lively and tasty enough to lead this beer into a hophead delight.

Mouthfeel: A dry medium body lends a very drinkable quality to the beer.

Drinkability: I love the hoppy beer. It may not be the most complex beer with the malt character, but if you like hoppy beers this one showcases an appealing hop flavor.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of mac31
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Carmel, citrus, grapefruit nose.

Nice, fresh, hops and some sweetness at the crack of the bottle.

Nice hint of caramel sweetness that is blanketed by the danky, resinous bittering hops. Just past the bittering hops is some nice orange, floral, and grapefruit/citrus hoppiness. The beer is nice and balanced. The malt profile gives off just enough sweetness to offset the hops. Bready malts clean up very nicely, leaving the bitterness of the hops to linger behind on the palate. Minor grainy finish after the bitterness dissipates, which I welcome. This is a pretty damn good brew. It's solid. My buddy picked this up on a whim and brought it over. Sold!!! Glad he did. For sure I'll come back to this one, snake eyes not so much.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultra-clean, Big Daddy is a platform for fresh, dry West Coast hops. Sweet mango ice cream nose. An almost distillate purity on the palate leaves this beer tasty, but a little empty. The hops die off a little bit in fruitiness, give off a not-too-bracing bitterness, and then give way to light grain. Hops turn spicy and the fruit comes out again in the finish -- citric and floral -- markedly tropical.

After a few minutes in the glass, the malts caramelize and add great depth to this beer.

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Photo of aychbomb
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked this one up on a trip to manitoba last month,along with some other speakeasy products and other imports (stay tuned for reviews), very surprized by good selection of imports avalable in small town government run liquor store.

appearance: very pale straw color, little head and no retention, small bubbles.

smell: grapefruit, hops, pine, hops (did i mention hops) no dissernable malts

taste: aggressive citrusy (grapefruit) hops, slight malt undertones

mouthfeel: slightly thin, lightly carbonated, very dry finnish

drinkability: a nice drinkable beer, hopheads rejoice, this was an enjoyable brew, reminded me of sierra nevada pale ale or bushwakker's chico pale ale.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not in the habit of double dipping by reviewing a beer in both the bottle and on draft, but this beer is so different between the two that I am forced to review it twice. In the bottle, I rated it as a solid B, but on draft, this beer is simply a home run.

Pours amber with little head, but nice carbonation. The aroma is a strong slap of citrus hops. The flavor is an explosion of orange, bitter like rind, with mounds of floral, delicious hops. This is an amazingly refreshing, delicious beer, exactly what a West Coast style IPA should be.

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Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,377 ratings.
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