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Big Eddy Imperial IPA | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA
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Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerBelcher on 03-12-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My Dear God...

What a fantastic offering by Leinies.

Rich malt and hop aroma. Huge hop flavor and excellent residual sweetness to back up all the hops. Medium Carb and Ruby in color.

I certainly wish that Leinies continues the Big Eddy series.

Great Offering!


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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of laynerjohnson
4.89/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draught is impeccable. Bottle is average (3.5).

ABV differs 0.7% between draught and bottle, but dramatically effects the experience and balance of the brew. Higher ABV on draught (9.6%) brings out a complexity (+ more mango) that is lacking in bottle (8.9%). Bottle renders tart.

When poured, a gorgeous beer both ways.

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Photo of milljs
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – Brilliantly clear, apricot orange to amber with tight off white foam crown that quickly dissipates. Very little to no carbonation visible in the snifter. Aroma – Spicy, hoppy, and complex. Hop notes of floral, pine, and citrus. Fresh green wildflowers, pinecones, and tangerine. Taste –Big complex hops from the aroma come thru on the taste, with more fruit. Resinous, tropical, mango, pineapple….MMMM I love citra hops. But also pine and maybe some hibiscus. Extremely complex hop taste. A floral freshness. But definitely a subtle but present malt sweetness. Honey toast. Also subtle citrus fruit, like a candied orange peel. Mouthfeel – Medium to full bodied. Creamy and complex Finish – creamy, bitter, and sweet all at once. Complex but not overwhelming. Delicious and a FANTASTIC Imperial IPA

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of mynie
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Roman's.

Pours a cherry red and crayon orange with a very nice, sticky white head.

Smells of Double Hop. Big Citrus, huge pine, and giant gooey malt.

Tastes like wow. Perfect hop comobo, giant citrus against giant pine against a huge syrupy bready yeasty malt background.

I was all set to diss on this beer but I'm afraid I cannot. It's just too damn good.

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4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been fortunate enough to try this on more than one occasion, first on-tap, second on cask. Pours a magnificent amber color with a creamy white head leaving rings of lacing around the glass. Smell is incredibly hoppy, full of citrus and grapefruit which dominates, but still shows signs of a solid malt base. It's certainly got plenty of bitterness, not as many as some DIPA's, but it definitely doesn't lack hop flavor. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with really soft amounts of carbonation. Very drinkable beer; Leinie's still has the capability to produce amazing beers.

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4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
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..

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA 2013 has a very thick, yellowish-colored head, a semi-hazy, deep copper appearance, bubble streams, and some lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of rather intense and full barley malt and especially hop resins. Taste is of that, with caramel, sugar, hop resin, and some bitterness, but one would not guess at an 80 IBU. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA 2013 finishes mostly dry, rich, and sip-able. Overall, this is delightful and so well made.


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4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drove 150 miles with the sole purpose of sampling this beer. This is sad since I own a bar in the brewery's hometown. They would not, no matter how much we whined, sell us a keg. Twice, I drank it on draft and had more than a person should. However, the review is based upon a rare bottle procured by CFBeermaker, who happens to play golf regularly with one of the "higher-ups" at Leinie's. Poured into a plain ol' pint glass.

A - 1 1/2" frothy white head. Copper colored with tons of bubbles. A healthy-looking DIPA.

S - Strong pine needle hops with a prominent blast of the tartest of citrus fruits -- grapefruit and yuzu. The scent also maintains a strong, pleasant mustiness, providing for an overall beautiful scent.

T - Drying and pine-like. There is a heavy dose of grapefruit and pine in the profile, but it's backed up by a wonderful malty sweetness. The mustiness detected in the nose comes through slowly to the point of perfection. This is one of the better beers I've ever had.

M - For a DIPA, a style well-known for being tasty yet unpleasant on the tongue, this is smooth. All of the pine and tart citrus flavors are kept in balance by the malty sweetness and unusual mustiness. This is drying and supplying, making my mouth want more and more. There is a quality about this beer that reminds me of toothpaste that doesn't suck. It makes your mouth feel better for having been introduced.

D - A double-edged sword if there ever was one...this beer is so good that you'll want to drink a lot of it, but that's not the healthiest decision. For the record, the first night I drank this beer, I had over 10 pints. The next morning, I drove the porcelain bus home. I still feel that it was worth it.

O - Holy crap!!! That Leinie's made this beer is nothing shy of a miracle. This is a DIPA that's extremely bold but even more extremely balanced. Hopslam remains one of my all-time favorite DIPA's but this should be in a different category altogether. Leinie's tagline has long been the "Flavor of the Northwoods" yet this is the first beer I've ever had that nails that statement to the wall (or rather, scribbles it in wet cement). I'm thoroughly impressed!

F - This beer would do really well with two styles of food, both of which provide the strongest of flavors capable of standing up to the bold profile of this giant. First, strong, tangy cheeses. Not tangy like chevre, but tangy like Morbier or Hook's 10-year cheddar. Second, deep smoked fish -- a la trout or salmon. Otherwise, this beer will kill anything in its path, even the spicy tomato-based dishes that normally play well with DIPAs.

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4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While sampling at the Blessing of the Bock event at Milwaukee's Serb Hall, the most surprising and excellent beer was on tap at the Leinenkugel booth. Dick Leinenkugel was on hand fielding questions as he handed me a glass of Big Eddy Imperial IPA. What I tasted was easily the finest Imperial IPA that I've had to date. This beer is far and away the best and most complex offering that I've tasted from Leinies. Big Eddy poured a deep orange-gold and smelled strongly of hops and pine. I knew then that this was a beer uncharacteristic of the brewery. The deep hoppiness and sweet grapefruit flavors came through in an intense rush. Mouthfeel was full as should be expected in such a big beer. At nearly 9% ABV, this is not your grandpa's weeknight swill water. Drink responsibly. This aggressive brew will go well with spicy Indian, Thai or Mexican food. I told Dick Leinenkugel that this beer is worthy of bottling for widespread distribution.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear copper color rests beneath a gentle finger's thickness of off-white head. Not a speck of haze in this one. Lacing is there, about what you'd expect for a 9% beer.

S - The aroma permeated the surrounding area almost the instant the cap was cracked open. Very resinous and pine/cedar heavy. The longer it sits, the more it begins to smell like a big juicy ruby-red grapefruit. Interesting aroma development.

T - Just a really great DIPA. The tangy zing of the resinous hops is in your face, but the body holds its own. A solid caramel malt base prevents it from turning into an all-out hop-assault. However, the hops reign supreme here, as they should. The grapefruit pith develops the longer I sip on it, much like the aroma.

M- Very complimentary to the delicate subtleties hiding in this beer, the mild carbonation and rich body provide the perfect canvas for a portrait of a hop bouquet.

O - I loved this beer, much like the other big eddy offerings. It's nice to see Leine's flex their muscles a bit. Slap a Russian River label on this beer and it would be rated in the top 10 DIPAs on this site. But that discussion we can save for later...

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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