Big Eddy Imperial IPA | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Imperial IPABig Eddy Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
58.4%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 473 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
473
Liked:
276
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
15.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
40
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of Christov
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look - reddish amber color, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of frothy light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - fruity and definitely hoppy smelling. The back end of the taste seems to have some light smell like lemon or lime.

Taste - very much like the smell. It's definitely hoppy, which suits the type, but also has a fruity element that strikes you right at the beginning. The hops take over, and then there's that lighter taste that comes in around the finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, not leaning too far on the creamy or watery sides.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, and decently interesting as well.

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Photo of bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release. 12oz bottle, pours copper with stunning clarity, creamy beige head holds good retention and also leaves good lacing down the glass. Aromas are caramel malt, dank hops, seems sweet on the nose. Tastes are sweet caramel, juicy sweetened grapefruit, mild pine, honey. Body is medium with ample carbonation, finishes a little on the sweet side. Overall, not the best DIPA out there, but I did really enjoy this one. I do prefer a bit more pine and bitterness in my DIPA, where this one was more sweet, but it was still good though.

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Photo of 3FloydsZombie
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best thing I've had from Leinenkugel. Pours a filtered clear copper with a sticky white head. Herbal and pine hop flavors fight against a firm caramel body. Hops are powerful, but not juicy and vibrant. Bitter at the end, but the malt holds the hop character back a little. Some black pepper and bitter citrus pith add some character as it warms. More of an old school Imperial IPA, a bit more malt-focused than I like in the style, but not to the level of straddling the Barleywine-line. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Shoo65
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of phishsihq
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Cheers!

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Photo of doucmehu
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of hainesly
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of MacDonaldT84
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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

A- Slightly hazy medium brown with a bit of ruby highlights, topped with a khaki head. The head is long lasting and leaves some well defined rings of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet pineapple hop notes and a hints of candies fruit dominate the aroma.

T- Very sweet right away, not over the top but close, candied pineapple carries through till the finish where the bitter hop notes appear. The finish closes out with a return of the sweetness not a prominent as before but very forward. As this warms the sweetness tames somewhat or my palate just became adjusted to it, not sure which.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, clean for an IPA, neither the sweetness and the hop oils build up on the palate enough to become distracting.

O- Nice Imperial IPA, a little on the sweet side for me but interesting enough to hold my attention. I don' t think I would want more that one or two in a single sitting and the 9.0% ABV makes that a good idea too.

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Photo of djschnabel
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of brez8791
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of MattSharpless
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of inty66
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Kmccabe33
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In celebration of IPA day.
12oz drought at McNellies Tulsa

A - Dark pecan brown, on finger creamy head that sinks into a tight cap. Minimal Lacing.

A - Citrus hop aroma, sweet tropical fruit, apricots, melon, toasted bread, burnt caramel malt.

T - Sweet orange citrus, candied grapefruit, tangy fruit, sweet grain, burnt caramel, there's an astringent alcohol note right down the middle of the drink. Finishes slick and slightly thin with a chalky bitterness.

M - Full body, thins out as it warms, low to medium carbonation, slight alcohol heat.

Not bad but not great. Very solid aroma and the flavor starts good but the thin mouthfeel and alcohol rinse out the other flavors. Worth a try.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of dbossman
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish copper hue with a steady one-inch head; okay lacing

S: Extremely hop forward with grapefruit and tropical fruits up front; subtle sweet bready undertones

T: Not nearly the same tropical hops that I would expect after smelling the beer; some bitter astringency and just not enough balance from the hops--more grassy and herbal in hop flavors; it's not bad but it just doesn't come together like the aromas hinted at

F: Sticky, oily, nice hop residue and overall body

O: A decent DIPA; another nice Big Eddy beer; just now quite what I"m looking for in a DIPA

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Big Eddy Imperial IPA from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 58.4% out of 100 with 473 ratings
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