Sunday, 25 March 2007

Review: Big Daddy IPA

Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Rating: C+

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sending this one my way in the Secret Bunny '07 exchange.

Appearance: Bottle appears to be underfilled, only slightly past the beginning of the neck - odd... Color is lighter than I'd expect for an IPA, more hazy golden than a rich orange. Head isn't big but exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: Predominantly citrusy hops, but a surprising amount of sweet malt. Makes me do a double take and check to make sure this isn't a very very pale DIPA.

Taste: Citrusy hop flavor at the tip of the tongue, sweet malt middle, bitter finish. Finish is actually kind of weak and insipid. Not a great IPA.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected from the nose, but about right for the color... Interesting. Body is light, carbonation seems right, despite the underfilled bottle - maybe it would have been too carbonated with a full bottle? Again, that weak, watery finish detracts...

Drinkability: Not bad, but there are much better IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-25-2007 00:43:10

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