Big Eddy Imperial IPA
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA
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IPA - Imperial
3.75 | pDev: 15.2%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA
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Reviews by SawDog505:
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, best by July 2014. Pours a dark orange with a half inch white head, that leaves behind a few webs of lace.

Smell is mango, papaya, passion fruit, watermelon hard candy, and some grapefruit.

Taste is follows the nose nicely, loads of mango and other tropical flavors, a bit sweet, and grapefruit hangs on the tongue awhile after.

Body is large, plenty of life, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is the 3rd one of the Eddy Series I have had and they are all really solid beers. I am very impressed with this brew.

May 17, 2014
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phishsihq from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The brew pours a brilliantly clear auburn color. A cap of thin white head sits atop the brew, and the foam provides plenty of lacing. Sweet and toasty malt aromas fade into a hop bouquet that includes pine resin and white grapefruit. Citrus, floral, and pine flavors converge on the palate before caramel and bready malt hints come in to help balance the brew. Medium in body, Big Eddy Imperial IPA is also medium in carbonation. GREAT beers are made in Wisconsin!


Aug 19, 2012
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KevinL from Michigan

3/5  rDev -20%

Jun 19, 2014
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adamette from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Heinen's in Mentor a few days ago for $3.00 into a clean, clear glass. "SEP2412" stamped on the neck of the bottle which I will take to be the "best by" date. Incidentally, my label states 8.2 % ABV.

A Somewhat brief but solid head over a translucent shiny new penny body. Very solid look for the style. Some points lost for the briefness of the head and that it really did not stick to the inside of the glass like I would have liked to see. I like that nice copper body. 3.5

S Nice strong hop and malt profile that really only some of the elite DIPAs have had. If the smell is any indication this is going to be one solid DIPA. 4.0

T Just as the smell suggested, a powerful DIPA with strong aromatic and grapefruit hops along with a strong sweet malt presence. It does not measure up to some of my more favored DIPAs in that despite that it is rather thin. Thin is not the word with Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster or Bell's Hopslam. 3.5

M A huge beer but, as stated, actually a bit more thin than other beers within the style. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is actually not that high. I just have the single but I really cannot see reaching for a second one of these. Its size and ABV level is just huge! Overall this is a fine effort from Leinenkugel. 3.0

Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Aug 21, 2012
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Strix from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange-amber, nice lacing.

Big pine and grapefruit blast in the nose.

Malty and sweet, then orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pine, and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Nice balance - a hop bite, but it's not palate-obliterating.

Mouthfeel smooth, fairly bubbly.

This disappeared quickly. The Big Eddy series is like a completely different brewery, their Imperial Stout was also surprisingly delicious. Lenie's needs to unleash this power and keep making this series because these are the types of beers they can be proud of. Are you listening?

Jun 25, 2012
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AndyReuter from Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was highly disappointed in this brew. I have had nice experiences with most "Leiny's", but this one was pretty bad.

Appearance - Nice orange color, almost no head.
Smell- Strong, sweet aroma with hints of diacetyl
Taste - Blah. This seems closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. The malt overpowers all with little to no help from the hops
Mouthfeel - The only thing Big Eddy got right was this; slightly thicker, rich mouthfeel, leaving the expected DIPA coating on the tongue
Opinion - Maybe they just labeled this beer incorrectly? I may have had a completely different opinion had I expected a Strong Ale or Barleywine

May 09, 2014
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by Dec. 10, 2012. The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma has some floral notes, as well as some toffee and bread notes. I also get a hint of orange citrus from the hops. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get orange citrus and some pine, as well as a little bit of perfume notes. There is a little bit of bitterness, but the hops mainly come through in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While the beer was drank within the period set by the best by date, it tastes a bit like it is old, with faded hops.

Oct 01, 2012
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Chokobo from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

May 24, 2013
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campfirebrew from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Aug 31, 2014
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MattSharpless from Virginia

5/5  rDev +33.3%

Aug 10, 2012
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've only had one Big Eddy beer and that was the Imperial Stout which I remember liking... this showed up in my neck of the woods a few weeks ago and I picked up a single to see how this one measured up...I can say that it was a better than average attempt at the style while not bracingly bitter or hoppy as others are... the malt bill is much larger than I was expecting which balanced it out quite nicely. The beer was quite a bit sweeter than I was hoping for as well which hurt the drinkability somewhat... some fairly prevalent fusel alcohol was present as well... ovefall, not a bad effort but probably something I wont get again simply because there are much better examples available everyday on the shelf...

May 25, 2013
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Deanstreat from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Nov 20, 2012
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enelson from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jun 09, 2012
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NickyPogs from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Sep 30, 2012
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PrimScrewhead from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Oct 04, 2013
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light amber colored with a sticky head of sand colored foam.

Lots of fresh hops in the nose that offer up pine, citrus and grassy notes.

Lots of hoppy goodness, but with a lower bitterness. Complex hop flavor with some pine, citrus and grass flavors coming through. Solid malt sweetness without much but a trace of alcohol.

Smooth with lots of velvety carbonation and a pine resiny feel.

A very well done DIPA overall. The Big Eddy series have all been very good beers and this one is no exception.

May 25, 2012
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Sep 30, 2014
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Pale apple skin coloring, sharp clarity with a very faint display of carbonation. 1/2inch frothy head barley yellow with a short span of retention. Light spacious speckled lacing.

S: Sweet caramelized pine on the nose. Lemony honeysuckle spicy flowers are fresh, and light in nature.

T: Boozy caramel is the first impression. Spicy floral, lemony scotch-pine. A strong malt character, the alcohol is a bit high perhaps overshadowing the hops character. A good warmth, some woodsy pine and cypress notes.

M: Nice malt fullness, quiet carbonation, good deal of alcohol warmth.

O: Overall decent flavor, though hoppiness suffers at the hands of higher alcohol. The hops dont appear bright, rather subdued and stands in the back of the room to the alcohol and malt.

Apr 05, 2013
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gabeuop79 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +20%

Sep 13, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this IIPA recently off of a nice, clean shelf. Loved the RIS when it first came out a while back, so happy to give this one a shot. Cut my teeth on Leine's a long, long, long time ago when it was the only drinkable beer at First Avenue, our regular haunt. 12 oz. bottle with a "Dec1212" date on it. I'll assume that's a "May1212" born on point for dating, minus three-quarters for lack of clarify.

Pour is that lovely burnished copper that usually precedes a good hop-bomb, for some reason. Nose is heavy on the malts, with a good resinous quality to it, but the only hop flavor is floral, & not much at that.

Big Eddy IIPA dances along the dangerous edge of balance: good hops on one side, a sad precipice of too much malts on the other. First impression is of heavy caramel malting, but they're kicked aside by a rush of hops - nice bitterness, heavy oils, with appearances of tropical fruit & earthiness. Resin trumps all in the end, sticking with me until I go brush my teeth. It's that coating quality in the mouth that is the high note here, & leads to sipping more quickly than normal.

Very good? Excellent? So close. It's the caramel malts, done with a deft hand, that tip this one into the excellent category. Nice entry into the IIPA category - keep on bringing it, Leine's.

Jul 12, 2012
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KlayWey from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Aug 20, 2013
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challenja from Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle drank straight from the neck then to the Dogfish Head Pint glass for further inspection.

A: Dark amber orange. Thick cloudy appearance with light carbonation. It has a really nice thin white froth head that is resilient sip after mouthwatering sip. Well done.

S: Brown sugar malts jump off first. Sweet nectarines, blood orange, rose pedals. This is full of sweet hop varietals, 5 in total, with Warrior and Chinook hops springing forth through the crowd. No real trace of pine which you get with almost all double IPA's..strange.. but hey its all good.

T: This is a slightly spicier Lagunitas Brown Sugga clone. This has more malts, spice box, and peppery flourish than most DIPA's. This beer is coated with loads of residual sugar and tangerine fruit.

M: Creamy, smooth, full bodied deliciousness. A really well rounded chewy mouthfeel. NICE

O: This is my second Big Eddy series from Leinenkugel, there other being one of my top 5 stouts Their Oak Barreled Russian Imperial Bourbon Stout, and let me say DAMN GOOD JOB!

nothing else to report but this BUY THIS BEER...put your regular good old boys down and GET THIS NOW... you will thank me and your tastebuds later..

Nov 04, 2012
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FIN from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Feb 16, 2013
Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 474 ratings