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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bright golden orange color, big citrus hop nose, immediate hop bitter upfront that leads to a nice malt balance and finishes long and dry, made with Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo hops backed by Munich Caramel and Pale Ale malts.
2007 vintage: 9.6% abv (draught only)
2012 vintage: 8.9% and 8.2% abv


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Name: Big Eddy Imperial IPA
Date: March 18, 2007
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy head
Aroma: huge sweet fruity and piney aroma
Body: sticky sweet body
Flavor: lots of caramel sweetness along with the sweet pine, plenty of hop flavor along with the sweetness, light bitterness lasts through the finish without detracting from the sweetness

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Big Eddy Imperial IPA
Date: August 19, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear deep copper, fine beige head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet liquid hop aroma, crystal and caramel sweetness, touch of peppery pine, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet and bitter flavor, caramel and crystal sweetness, big balancing bitterness, peppery pine, hint of citrus, spicy, earthy, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
I’ve been fortunate enough to try this on more than one occasion, first on-tap, second on cask. Pours a magnificent amber color with a creamy white head leaving rings of lacing around the glass. Smell is incredibly hoppy, full of citrus and grapefruit which dominates, but still shows signs of a solid malt base. It’s certainly got plenty of bitterness, not as many as some DIPA’s, but it definitely doesn’t lack hop flavor. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with really soft amounts of carbonation. Very drinkable beer; Leinie’s still has the capability to produce amazing beers.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
neooldie (8) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2007 does not count
I’m not going to pretend I know a ton about beer and use too many technical terms BUT I know what tastes great and this beer fits the bill. HUGE flavor. My first IPA and from what I understand...the only IPA I ever need try. Great job Chippewa and 10th Street plants!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Many glasses and a growler obtained via Dick Leinenkugel himself from a private tasting at Miller. This after having just spoken with the CEO of Miller. Great event! Hillarious how all the Miller employees were flipping out and lining up at the bar for this. Nobody could get enough. The place even managed to have the proper glassware. Very surprising! Anyway, as for the beer...Shocking is the best way to describe this coming from a huge macro-brewery. If you never knew who made this, anyone would think this was an outstanding IIPA. Beautiful murky orange hue. Whipped Cream-like head with a decent lacing. Layer upon layer of hop aroma. All four varieties displayed well and easily picked out. Well done malt backbone to stand up to the intense bitterness. Body is appropriate for what they’re trying to do. A bit resiny on the palate with a touch of alcohol, but a pleasant sensation of caramel and biscuit mixed in. Finish stays strong and leaves your lips smacking. Again, shocking!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Sampled on-tap at Stonefly during Hulot’s World Release Party last night. Served in a tulip glass. Dark orange hue. Smelled like several different citrus fruits...lemons, oranges, grapefruits. Taste was more citrus hops and a very pleasant bitterness. Extremely full mouthfeel, this is a sipping beer. Very impressive Leinenkugel production.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2007
This is a big beer. Drank on tap (unfortunately, not hand pulled) in West Bend. BIG hop aroma, BIG hop flavor with almost no malt flavor. Almost too hoppy, and syrupy as well. What saves it is the sheer audacity of LK brewing a big tasting IIPA like this. As someone else said, it’d do very well in a blind test. Definitely not like other Leinie’s beers. And that can be a good thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2007
on cask at Great Dane-Hillsdale. pours copper with white head. nose is hoppy but cask dulls this. tropical fruit notes in the nose. flavor fruity hop notes, piney and grapefruit, some sweet alcohol in there too. this just isn’t bitter enough and the alcohol is pretty sweet. just not a big enough malt backbone and the hops are more flabby. not balanced well. i think this could be better on draft.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2007
On cask at Great Dane-Hillsdale. We were surprised when we arrived after Capital that Great Dane couldn’t serve their own beers. Crazy Wisconsin laws. But we were over it pretty quick when we saw they had this on tap. As devon said, at least 15 minutes for them to hand pull our pitcher. Pours a clear orange with a beige head. Carmel malt backbone in the nose with lots of tropical fruit on top, pineapple passionfruit. nice. Medium to full creamy body. The flavor is similar to the aroma, sweet creamy carmel with tropical notes all over it, orange citrus, and bubblegum. Balanced with a piney bitterness. Finishes with a sweet carmel and pine flavors. Well done miller, ha ha, who says that?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2007
On cask at Great Dane-Hilldale. It took atleast 5 min just to pump my glass and atleast 15 for the pitcher that the rest of the guys ordered. But it was certainly worth it. Dark brown with creamt off-white head. Nice citrus, piney hop aroma, med sweet malt, very substantial nose overall, one of those come drink me beers. Oh this beer tastes real good, lots of orange, bubblegum, white winey, very sweet, I agree with John’s statement of lots of "blossoms and petals". At first I thought that the body was a little thin for the style but as I drank it, it became appropiate. Overall a great beer from LK, lets hope for some more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jglazer75 (11) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
On tap at Great Dane at Hilldale. Perhaps one of the most unbalanced IIPAs out there. It is ALL hops and very little malt background. Plays to the worst of the American IPA tendencies by going over the top on Cascade hops and providing insufficient malt to ground it.


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