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Big Eddy Imperial IPA | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
3.71/5
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473 Ratings
Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
473
pDev:
15.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
40
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few years ago. From my notes:

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

Nice off-white head; nice lace.

Nice floral hop aroma. Orange is the dominant smell.

Pleasant orange peel flavor. The hops hit you on the back end with a nice bite. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. This is a real nice IPA, easy to drink but packed with flavor. I'd have another, no question.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another darker than average ipa, this is an imperial ipa, but still, did not expect to see brown be the main color descriptor on a beer in this style range. Aroma had a heavy malt presence, some Cascade hops.

Taste went for the big beer bitterness and maltiness to round it out vibe. Pretty thick body and mouthfeel. The hops in this imperial ipa seem only there for bitterness and offer next to nothing in terms of flavor. Plenty of malt flavor though, do you like toffee? Wood? Caramel? Walnuts?

The commercial hand job brags about 5 stages of hopping, but it seems like they may have forgot to do 4 of them.

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3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ZEB89
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours brilliant amber with a slight red hue under a 3” cream colored foam collar that dissipates to a thick film while hugging the side of the glass.
S: Complex hop aromas with citrus, grass, resin and pine.
T: Starts bold with big malt flavors that suggest cola, anise and citrus when they hit the hops. Lingering hop bitterness on the finish is mellowed by rich malt flavors.
F: Big luscious body with medium low carbonation.
O: Everything is big and above average on the palate but surprisingly in balance that knocks off any harsh or sharp edges.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lemke10
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage, this pours a semi-cloudy, dark amber color with a slight head. The aroma is fairly sweet which might have happened with the aging. The taste starts fairly sweet and ends with a pine, bitter finish. Very easy drinking.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jarmo177
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SurferEric
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At 8.5% abv and $8 a 4 pack I certainly can't complain. At the price point this Imperial IPA was on the mark.

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3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jd2391
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SeattleBoB76
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of LazyLightning
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kplooki
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of dheldman
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tappangordo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of EDubLovesBeer
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Body is a beautiful amber hue. Pours with a 2 finger or so off-white color head. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is decent. Lots of caramel malt, a hint of floral hops, a hint of spicy hops, and some alcohol astringency.

T- a hint of caramel, floral hop overtones, hints of tropical fruits. The finish has a lot of alcohol astringency to it with a lingering mild hop bitterness.

M- low to medium carbonation, medium weight body that is more astringent than oily or syrupy.

O- Overall this is a pretty astringent IPA with more fruity and malt notes than hop notes. Its decent but I'm not impressed.

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 473 ratings
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