Big Eddy Imperial IPA | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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473 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
473
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.43%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of JimmyCop
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of NickyPogs
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light brown and dark copper color, small .3" head on the top of it, off white to light beige. Aroma, actually revealed a heavy malt presence, more than hops, but I should have thought about that possibility when the beer poured into the glass much darker than an imperial ipa should be according to my preferences.

Taste is relatively well balanced, the hops don't scream out at you unfortunately, but it has a thick body, chewy ambiance, adequate hopping to balance all of that out. But I don't really want balance in an imperial ipa, I want hops. The hops here don't really seem to impart much in the way of flavor, just some bitterness that is absorbed by the chunky toffee and caramel interior. Hides the alcohol decently. Good amount of sweetness from all the crystal malt probably.

I dunno, for being hopped 5 times, I would say go back and hop it 12 times then.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep amber gold with an off-white film for a head.

Smells of honey, floral and pine hops, and grapefruit.

Tastes of honey, orange citrus, piney hops, grapefruit, and rich bready malts. The hops are flavorful but not overly bitter.

Full, slightly syrupy body with prickly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a really good, flavorful double IPA. Hits all the right notes and is very tasty. Doesn't do anything daring, but does the stuff it's supposed to well. I'd drink this often.

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Photo of StPaulShredder
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of 2xHops
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste is so average. It actually did taste slightly flat, which brings up freshness issue. However, I have to go with what I have. This review may be adjusted later when I get the most recent batch.

The aroma was slightly off-putting, and it doesn't have the typical IPA aroma. The appearance did seem good with dark copper color. The mouthfeel was fairly decent, but it did taste a bit watery, and not as malty as I'd like it be for an Imperial IPA.

It's not a terrible beer, but with the tough competition out there, it's hard for me justify giving this one higher score. I did like Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout and the Wee Heavy Scotch Ale very much, and I think this IPA is the weakest beer of those three I've tasted.

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Photo of null
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MichPaul
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of gabeuop79
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of buckywarren
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a beautiful deep ruby red/deep amber color. Upon pouring there is only a tiny tannish head that forms. The head fades very fast to leave only a lingering film on the top of the brew. Swirling the beer in the snifter shows a very sticky and thick body as it clings to the side of the glass before reseeding back to the pool of beer.

Smell – The aroma is very bready with a strong presence of a caramel sweetness and some roasted aromas. The hop aromas are very light with only a small amount of citrus detected in the nose. Other then the citrus hop is a warming alcohol and dark fruit smell, which give this brew more of a doppelbock aroma then that of an IPA.

Taste – A doughy taste is the first to be detected by the tongue. This is mixed with some sweeter flavors of a caramel. As the taste moves on hop tastes start to work their way in as some of the caramel flavor fades. The hop which are in the taste are largely citrus in nature and arrive with some lighter dark cherry and raisin sweetness. Soon the citrus hop drown out the dark fruits as they become more potent toward the end. At the end a doughy and grapefruit hop are left in the taste, but not without a strong presence of alcohol which when combined with the hop leaves a somewhat burning tingle on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Quite full bodied with a very chewy feel. The carbonation on this one is rather low. Both the thickness and carbonation are quite fitting for the brew as they allow all the bready, grapefruit and boozy flavors to linger on the tongue and warm you through and through.

Overall – It is a thick and hearty IPA. Definitely a sipping IPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat murky amber with some ruby red. Lots of bubbles and a big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is big on citrus hop esters. Ripe citrus with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, apricot, and lemons. Some grassy hops and spicy pine resin. Nice malt scent with a fairly sweet bready presence. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little toast. The citrus fruit esters are the dominate note here. Smells big and juicy.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a big taste of citrus fruit esters with a nice sweet bready backbone. Ripe and bitter citrus hops with big notes of orange, grapefruit, apricot, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Subtle grass and some spicy piney hops. Solid background of sweet malts. Taste of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Really nice fruit flavors. On the sweeter side for a Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, juicy, and somewhat sticky and oily. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good IPA. Veers to the sweeter side but not quite enough to be overly sweet. Nice juicy citrus hop flavors.

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Photo of Cooper
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of TBoneJones
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a caramel root beer color, with  a minimal head that falls quickly to almost no head.
Smells slight. Pine at first, then, ? A hint of fruit, maybe.
The taste is a little better (meaning much like the smell). Balanced with the malt, this is a smooth blend of the five hops involved here as according to the bottle's label. And I taste some fruit, but all through the dominant malt as I feared.
A bit tangy, not overly bitter on the finish, but also sour to me.
I doubt I'd revisit this brewery's take on an imperial ipa. Quite a sweet ending finish, but with the malt dominating the hops. The color upon the pour should have told me so. Not a fan as I hoped to be. Am I wrong in expecting a DIPA to cater to hop heads? This may as well have been an attempt at an amber/red ale.

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Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of TequilaTom
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of americajesus
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IronLover
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best buy Nov 2012. Copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a brief off-white foam that quickly disappeared. Fairly balanced, but intense aromas of caramel malt and ripe citrus hops with earthy, musty pine notes in the background. Slick, oily feel on the tongue as the carbonation pushes upward. Intense caramel malt flavor up front with a spicy hop tanginess. Floral and herbal hop flavors ride the malt wave through the middle with a hint of ripe orange. Hop flavors turn to bitter pine at the finish that lingers for a bit. This should be called an inverted DIPA as the intense maltiness subdues the various hop flavors and characters.

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Photo of Dieck
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of AllHailBeercules
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Tracker83
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, pineapple, passion fruit, & ruby red grapefruit; stellar nose!

T: Grapefruit, pineyness, pineapple, dryness & a touch of breadyness up front. Big pineyness, grapefruit, a kiss of booze warmth as this beer warms. Finishes grapefruitty, piney, with a bit of pineapple & woody dryness

MF: Medium/heavy bodied, firm carbonation, very good balance

Super DIPA, this blows away every other Leine beer I've ever had by leaps & bounds, well done!

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 473 ratings.
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