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Big Eddy Imperial IPA | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA
473 Ratings
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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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy bronze colour, finger of head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Musty caramel, earthy cedar hop notes, and sugary iced tea.

T - Much like the nose, earthy cedar and bitter citrus rinds, musty caramel, hints of sour apple and burnt sugar and iced tea lingers on the finish.

M - A tad thin, smooth and finishes wet.

O - My second Big Eddy brew and another tasty treat. I suspect the hop notes were a bit subdued since this is a 2012 edition, but it was still tasty nonetheless. Would definitely like to try this one fresh. ABV is undetectable making it insanely drinkable.

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Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Tilley4
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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...

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Photo of Ilafan
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

8.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Chokobo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of scaliasux
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear, medium amber. Medium tall reddish, tan head. Persistent.

Smell - Sweet caramel, molasses, raisin. Surprised to note little hops aroma.

Taste - Much more richly malty than I expected. Hits a range of rich, medium-roast flavors. Dark fruit and molasses most prominently. Citrusy hops are apparent in the finish, though much less prominently that I'd expect from an IIPA. Orange and a hint of resin.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy. Noticeable alcohol.

Overall - Not being a fan of excessively hopped beers, I actually like this quite a bit. The malt flavors are rich and complex. The hops matches nicely, balances the rich malt flavor, and doesn't overpower. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if some who picked this beer up were looking for something quite a bit different.

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Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, ruby-tinged copper coloring with a thin, low profile, bright white head that froths the surface. Slow, steady carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of resiny and piney hops, with a subtle citrus tang and a deep, roasted, caramel backbone. Smells balanced and rich. Flavors are resiny and slightly bitter on the forward tongue, with a tart citrus component hitting the outer edges of the taste buds. Rich, sweet caramel backbone holds true throughout, and there is a decent balance of flavors as you drink. Light lacing left on the glass, and the beer has a light to mid-body feel to it. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and slightly spiced, with a lot of the pine and resiny characteristics coming forth again. Clean, slick, slightly drying finish.

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Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of djmichaelk
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of shand
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These Big Eddy brews are always an instant buy for me. Leinenkugel, purveyors of fruited specialties everywhere, putting out "big boy" crafts just strikes me the right way. Big Eddy Imperial IPA looks the part, with an amber body and two fingers of head that retain very well. The aroma has a deep, resinous, piney hop with a big caramel malt presence. The taste really follows the nose, with the deep piney hop presenting some more citrus character, and the big malt doing it's thing. The malt isn't overpowering though, there's a nice sense of balance. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium and the drinkability is solid. Overall, Big Eddy Imperial IPA is a solid attempt at a DIPA, and one that I may pick up again if looking for a maltier brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear deep amber/copper color with a decent sized off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Aromas of earth citrus and pine with an almost buttery aroma as well as hints of light sweet fruits and plenty of bread and caramel to fill in the gaps. The flavor is kind of heavy on the malt side of things with sugary and sweet fruits up front. Resinous citrus comes up next, but gets drowned out pretty quickly by the presence of a bit of ethanol. Long sweet lingering finish with a firm earthy hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Seems a bit sweet and thick for a double IPA. Tasty brew, but more like a barleywine honestly.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Beergelden
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear deeply red colored ale. Far from the expected IPA orange something. It is an agreeable shade. Small white colored head.

Smells malty and hoppy with a big menthol and mint scent. Woody and earthy with a bit of mushroom and abundant strong tea scent. Slight plum, fig and melon aromas.

Starts out sweet and a little savory with a strong melon flavor. Slight citrus flavor but this is quite woody. Melon, Citrus and wood, that sums this up.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall sort of a weird one. Sort of half barleywine and half IIPA. Needs to decide what it wants to be.

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Photo of gatornation
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of brewdude1982
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a draft poured into a 10 oz. snifter.

Pours dark amber/rusty brown with a mild head with low retention. It has a sweet pine aroma as well as something metallic/inorganic. It has a well balanced malt and hop character which was a little surprising since it was an imperial ipa. It seems that all too often it's one or the other with this style. However I could have had more on the hop end. Medium body with medium hop character. It was slightly dissapoint in but only since it was listed as an imperial.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Geegar
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of a pick- six.

A - Poured into a tulip. A deeper color than expected, almost red. Nice head, maybe a bit more than a finger with a creamy color. Head stuck around for a while, longer than expected.

S - A pungent citrus, with a bit of pine. A nice pleasant aroma from a Leinie.

T - Bitter up front that was quickly taken over by a tremendous sweetness. A little too sweet for my liking, but not overwhelming. Whatever malt was there was covered by the sweet.

M - A nice feel. Thought it would be a tongue-coater after tasting the sweetness, but went down smooth. Not overly carbonated in the mouth.

O - Not quite as nice as lest years batch, but still worthy. I think the Big Eddy Stout is a fine RIS and was hoping this Imperial would match the quality. Still better than the majority of what Leinenkugels produces.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bcm75
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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