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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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of BierStein711
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught poured into 12 oz goblet, pale amber with two finger off white head

Smells: floral hop, hemp, alcohol, fresh cut fruit

Taste: Hops, apricot, grapefruit, old rope and leather

Mouthfeel: Dry, full, and refreshing

Overall, seek this one out on draught. You will be happy you did.

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Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Mdog
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber, big head.

Smell: Varied from bottle to bottle in the 4 pack, some were bright and citrus, others were cardboard mixed with citrus.

Taste: Again, variable from bottle to bottle. All seemed to be more malt-forward, with varying amounts of citrus (oranges) and caramel. Finish is not bitter or dry in any case.

Overall: I have been looking for this for a while, maybe I got some older bottles. The best by date was December 2012, so they shouldn't have been too old. I wanted to like this more than I did, but it just doesn't hit the spot.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers of golden yellow foam, poures a clear orange amber, and I'm getting some very nice lacing inside of my glass.

Smell - Candied grapefriut, pineapple, candied orange slices, slight pine, herbacious hops (slight roasted sweet garlic??) and very slight vanilla carmel.

Taste - Whoah, very unexpected, I would have bet on a huge array of citrus flavors - but this is very herbacious and floral! Starts with a blend of candied herbs: basil, oregano, mint, and a slight garlic/medicinal flavor on the back of the tongue - in the background there is sweetened yellow grapefriut, mango, and slight orange. After the sip my mouth is filled once again with the herbs, and meadowy floral hops, and some grapefruit pith Way at the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium on the mouthfeel, flavors are on the sronger side, and the sweetness of this dipa allows them to coat the tongue and to linger. Carb is almost medium and provides a few sharp edges and just a touch of crispness, and does a pretty good job of cleansing the citrus - leaving only the herbacious and floral hops behind.

Overall - A very interesting DIPA, I do pick up the alcohol in this one just a bit, brighter and more intense citrus would have hidden this better, but it goes rather well with the herbacious and floral flavors, and may be partially responsible fot the very slight medicinal and garlic flavors, which are very faint. Give this one a try - this is FAR better than their (Big Eddy) wee heavy.

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Photo of reyna311
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of JDizzle
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this at Party Town in Florence, KY for $10.99.

Pours a clear amber brown color that is not too pleasing for a DIPA. A thin white head is there but fades away.

Smells sweet, malty, resinous, piney, and boozy. Pretty good hop blast with a nice matly sweetness should make this a balanced DIPA.

Wow, it's a powerfull DIPA that blast the palate with great bitterness from the hops and finishes with a sweet malty, earthy pop. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. It's pretty sweet on the back side which is not a huge plus. Hops are grassy and citrusy-like grapefruit and mango.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Carbs are spot on. The sweetness could get sickening with a growler.

Overall, damn fine!

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Photo of Kiniey01
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jsboates
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, small alcohol and a mellow pine hop. In the taste, mellow pine hops to a small alcohol and hint of hairspray in the end. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied and sticky mouthfeel, with a small dry note of hairspray in the aftertaste. Expecting better hops and tastes quite boozy for 8.9%.

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

12 oz bottle into tulip. NOV 19 12 on the neck label makes me think thats a best before date. 8.2% ABV on the body label.

A: a deep reddish copper. very pretty color. clear. slightly off-white head. frothy. good lacing.

S: aroma smells sticky. piney and resinous. deeply hoppy aroma backed by a decent amount of sweet, cara malts.

T: bitter and sticky from the first sip. so bitter hop fruityness and bitterness lingers throughout. juicyfruit gum. a little bit of alcohol but it is easy to get past. the hops linger. very american.

M: fizzy carbonation on a full body.

D: a big bodied, big flavored DIPA. very american hop profile. good shit, definitely worth picking up if you see some fresh bottles.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking light brown color. A bit of cloudiness and almost thickness to the look of this beer. Not a lot of carbonation though, just a thin, lace-like, white head.
Aroma is of incredibly fresh hops. Dominated by very piney and earthy hop smells. A good amount of alcohol and spice as well.
Taste has a lot of nice things going on. A slight malt base, but great earthy and piney hops dominate this beer. A good alcohol taste actually adds balance to the beer.
Mouthfeel has a nice smooth thickness that goes down easy.
Drinkability is nice on this beer. A very Earthy IPA that has all the tastes one would want in a beer.

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Photo of adamette
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Heinen's in Mentor a few days ago for $3.00 into a clean, clear glass. "SEP2412" stamped on the neck of the bottle which I will take to be the "best by" date. Incidentally, my label states 8.2 % ABV.

A Somewhat brief but solid head over a translucent shiny new penny body. Very solid look for the style. Some points lost for the briefness of the head and that it really did not stick to the inside of the glass like I would have liked to see. I like that nice copper body. 3.5

S Nice strong hop and malt profile that really only some of the elite DIPAs have had. If the smell is any indication this is going to be one solid DIPA. 4.0

T Just as the smell suggested, a powerful DIPA with strong aromatic and grapefruit hops along with a strong sweet malt presence. It does not measure up to some of my more favored DIPAs in that despite that it is rather thin. Thin is not the word with Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster or Bell's Hopslam. 3.5

M A huge beer but, as stated, actually a bit more thin than other beers within the style. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is actually not that high. I just have the single but I really cannot see reaching for a second one of these. Its size and ABV level is just huge! Overall this is a fine effort from Leinenkugel. 3.0

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Photo of Brewsky29
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper burnt orange with an inch plus of head that laces all over the glass.

The beer has a malty sweet smell.

The taste is very nice malts at first then the hops kick in with a bitterness that hangs in there with the malty sweetness.

Smooth beer with a little carbonation.

Overall very nice beer I really enjoyed this beer and will be getting this one again for sure.

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Photo of Flowyn82
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear brassy copper hue with a two fingers sticky white head. Resinous grapefruit nose. Faint notes of pine and citrus. Some tropical fruit as well.

An interesting IPA. Silky and creamy mouthfeel. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Light effervescence. Lots of sweetness to this beer. Lots of caramel, sweet malted grain, burnt sugar, taffy and toffee. European hop presence however it's very subtle and subdued. Mild bitterness with some lingering sweetness. Herbal spicy hop finish.

Not your standard double IPA but it is very unique. More malt then there probably should be but for some reason i'm really enjoying this beer. Might be the timing since I havn't been drinking a ton of hoppy stuff this summer so the mild bitterness is nice.

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Photo of salvy31
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of NodakEric
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of brewcrew12
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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