Name: Big Daddy
Brewery: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: San Francisco, California
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.50%
First Brewed: 1998
Price: $4.49 (Landed this beer in a trade with Erick Engel.)
The beer pours a bright golden blond with a pillowy white head. Citrusy hops dominate the nose, and these are accompanied by grapefruit, floral and grassy aromas. The beer has a creamy, rich mouthfeel, and has a huge hop character.
This is the only beer on the list from this brewing company, but I am excited to drink it. The history of this brewing company is cool, and I have an interest in the Prohibition. I mean… Imagine a time without alcohol. That’s just silly! It is cool to see bars popping up that are themed like an old speakeasy. We went to one in Las Vegas that was pretty cool, and there is one here in Old Town Scottsdale that we like. The one in Scottsdale has a list of rules you must follow. They mean business, too. Their drinks are a little overpriced, but it’s a neat place to take someone that is from out of town.
I think my favorite part of this beer are the eyes on the neck of the bottle. The same eyes are even on the side of the brewing company. Oh, and Big Daddy, the original big daddy, is named Dave Keene. One of my golf buddies is also named Dave Keene. Get this… Dave just called me! Random. Anyway, it’s time to drink. I’m thirsty. Cheers!
In the Glass: The beer pours a nice golden color, and leaves a lovely three finger head with impressive lace for an American IPA. The lace is sticky and I just want to lick it off the side of the glass so I don’t miss any hoppy goodness. The tasting notes promised a nice citrus aroma. Let’s see.
Nose: I am definitely getting some nice citrus notes on the nose. I am talking straight grapefruit juice. Speaking of grapefruit juice, I really like grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice and vodka is the best!
Flavor: That’s a good IPA. The hops aren’t overwhelming and I am getting some serious citrus notes on the palate, too. The mouthfeel might be my favorite part, though. But we will get to that. This beer is also really easy to drink and I could see myself finishing off a pitcher of this in no time. I am not sure if this is the same recipe they used during Prohibition, but I will pretend it is!
Mouthfeel: As I drink this, the front of my palate has a nice thick almost creamy feeling and as it hits the back of the palate the carbonation really starts to kick in. For a baseline American IPA, this beer has quite a lot of complexity. The bomber is almost gone it is so good.
Aftertaste: The hop flavor keeps on going, but as I continue to swallow it begins to dry out. I just can’t get over how much complexity there is in this beer. They use a pretty nice array of hops in this, but nothing outrageous. The beer tastes so good I have a hard time letting it sit before taking another sip!
The beer really isn’t anything to write home about, but it is a great example of the style. The aftertaste keeps me going back for one more sip. This beer also tastes great ice cold. I am sure some more hop flavor would open up as it heats up, but it is tasty cold. I bet this would be great on tap. Most beers are. Here’s to another good example of an American IPA. Cheers!
Big Daddy – The bottle says: “No lightweight, BIG DADDY IPA tips to a sacle with a huge hop flavor and clean dry finish that leaves the scene without a trace.”
Well, so far I like the name of this brewing company, and the label for this beer is pretty cool. The brewing company is Speakeasy, which seems like a cool name for a brewing company to me. And the label has eyes that look out at you. You’d just have to see it. Let’s hope the beer is just as cool.
The beer almost looks like a wheat beer in the glass. It has some head to it, and it is a thick, dark golden yellow. There’s tiny little bubbles floating to the top, so it might be a little bit carbonated. I know it’s an IPA, not a wheat beer, so let’s see how it tastes. It doesn’t smell too hoppy, so we’ll find out.
Hmm. Well, it does taste hoppy, but not as hoppy as a lot of IPAs I’ve had. It’s definitely got the hoppy aftertaste going on though; that lingers for quite a while. It does have a bit of a wheat taste to it a bit, in my opinion… almost a combination of the two beer styles. It’s a good balance, but since I usually have a hard time getting past the hoppiness of IPAs, I think it’s just not really my style. I would probably only buy it again if I was in the mood for something hoppy.