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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 stakem
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again go to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew appears amber to burnt copper with a finger of silky tap froth across the top that fades to a thin film. Some patches of lace stick to the glass and a swirl agitates less than a finger back to the surface.

The aroma has a strong malt backing smelling of toffee, caramel and some sticky sweet vanilla to almost candy inclusion. Playing off of that sweetness is a bit of fruity to floral hop component that meshes well with the alcohol. The fruity aspect here of the hops is borderline orange-like with a nice floral accent that somewhat flirts into the realm of being herbal but not quite. I am surprised by how much the aroma is focused on malt.

The flavor brings things back into the expected profile. Hops are a bit more present here with some rindy to herbal flavoring coupled with fruity hints that are primarily orange-like with a hint of pineapple and lemon. A bit of tangy alcohol is present which breaks things up and the finish has some hints of residual sweetness. Instead of being candy-like a full of burnt sugar quality like the aroma suggests, this instead is more toasty grain which is nice. As the brew warms up, it has a bit of resinous pine aspect that is a nice change of pace.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Pretty decent across the board but the nose was a bit much with the malt and the flavor had an interesting tangy fruity component that while not distracting did seem a bit out of place. I didn't bother to check bottled on dates, just fired this into the fridge and cracked her open when cold. I would possibly get this again if the opportunity presented itself but it isn't something I would go out of my way for. Thanks Heath!

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SurlyHotdog
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt yellow, dark tan, 1/2 inch creamy head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops, orange, some lemon, pine, grapefruit. Mild malts, and a little alcohol.

Taste - First sip is hoppy with a strong malt backbone. Has a artifical hop extract flavor that comes out in the finish. Added sugars counter the bitterness and overpower it some. Lots of citric fruits, pine, orange, grapefruit. Caramel nutty malts really come out after beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat tounge with bitterness, malts add caramel and boldness. Palate gets sugars, hops and more malts. Aftertaste is sweet, hoppy and sugary.

Overall - Decent, added hop oils and extracts adds a fake flavor i cant ignore. Its not as hop heavy as most dipas either. Malts add a real strong caramel flavor that works well with the added suagrs. A decent attempt for a dipa but nothing special.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And with its deep amber hue and a charged hazy appearance, the beer simply appears as honey. Even a turbulent pour amounts to a medium stature of foam which retains moderately and laces even so. The love of color is tempered by lackluster head character.

Fruit, caramelized sweetness, and herbs are all present in the nose. While starting sweet with caramel, the beer's aroma develops toward woodish pine, fragrant citrus, and an earthy counterpart that reminds me of fresh field-torn tobacco.

Citrus laden caramels hit the early palate, and does so with the balanced brunt of oranges pith, grapefruit, wet grass, and straight-up caramel. As the beer extends onto the middle palate, the sweetness waivers and starts to favor the pithy resinous of pine sap, and fragrant tree bark. Still, the sweet taste lingers and balances the beer ever so slightly in finish.

Full to medium-full, it's easy to read both IPA because of its early creamy dryness; yet the residual sweetness questions barleywine. But its the transition that the beer makes midstream that decides on dry malty textures that's favored over residual malt. A conclussion semi-clean hop bitterness closes the beer with clumsy malty-sweet texture.

There's a lot of the malt sweetness that causes me to read English IPA. But the level of hops and the proportion of supportive character speaks to American versions, the beer promotes strong strength for those who are undecided between malt and hops but prefer stronger taste.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

While waiting for my anniversary growler at Lucky Monk this afternoon, a Leinie's rep offered to buy me a glass of this to enjoy to pass the time. I declined, but it was great to be offered. Good people sometimes... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-cream-foam. The nose comprises sharp pine needles, sweet caramel, grapefruit rind, and a hint of alcohol. The taste brings in more of the same, though the grapefruit is a tad brighter. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly sticky finish. Overall, a pretty nice DIPA, nothing truly outstanding, but a definite win for Leinenkugel's.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Quackershnoc
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, copper color; very warm and rich; white head that dissipates pretty quick but retains a ring
Aroma: really malty; molasses; a bit of hop; hint of apple notes
Taste: molasses/sugary sweetness up front; big bready flavor; a bit of hops; moves into apple-y crispness and then into rich dried, dark fruit (prune and raisin maybe); finishes with a great hoppiness and fig; some alcohol warmth on the back end; finishes pretty dry
Mouthfeel: thick and kind of syrupy; well carbonated
Overall Impression: this is a nice beer; really well balanced; crisp, kind of clean feel; it's got a nice depth and a complexity of flavor to it that continues to develop as you drink it; the dryness welcomes another sip; quite drinkable, but one to sit back and really enjoy

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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