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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WillyT (1) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2007 does not count
Overall, the single best IPA I’ve ever had. Hops, Hops and More hops... To make sure that I wasn’t losing my noodle, I asked friends, family and the very best in IPA conniseurs I knew. Bottom line... Phenomenal blend. The beermeister knew what he was doing when he crafted this baby, outright fantastic and on ALL-AMERICAN hops. This beer should start a new class of ales. the AAPA. the All-American pale Ale. Only on tap now, so the next question is, when will they bottle it?

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ryannoel (1) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2007 does not count
I don’t how a you can brew a better enormous beer than this. The Simcoe, Amarillo, Warrior and Cascade hops magically malest your tongue while the large ethanol and malty sweetness come to the rescue to perform a unparelleled balance of harmonious humulone! Leinenkugel has been brewing lagers for a long time, which we all know are harder to brew than ales . . . they obviously got tired of convincing the world and brewed a beer that can stand up next to any IPA on earth- CONGRATS MILWAUKEE!

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!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Daveh (14) - - JUL 7, 2012
Has a very nice mouth feel. Nice hoppy taste thru out. If you’re a fan of Hopslam you definitely want to try this.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 On tap at Landmark 1850... Copper, amber color. Smell of Hops, malt, caramel, little grapefruit, hops, pine, sugar, citrus zest and hops. Taste the same but with some light alcohol and some spice added into the wonderful mix. What a wonderful bitterness at the end. I can’t beleve Leinenkugels came up with this. A must try! They have to bottle this gem!

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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljs (2) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2012 does not count
Appearance – Brilliantly clear, apricot orange to amber with tight off white foam crown that quickly dissipates. Very little to no carbonation visible in the snifter. Aroma – Spicy, hoppy, and complex. Hop notes of floral, pine, and citrus. Fresh green wildflowers, pinecones, and tangerine. Taste –Big complex hops from the aroma come thru on the taste, with more fruit. Resinous, tropical, mango, pineapple….MMMM I love citra hops. But also pine and maybe some hibiscus. Extremely complex hop taste. A floral freshness. But definitely a subtle but present malt sweetness. Honey toast. Also subtle citrus fruit, like a candied orange peel. Mouthfeel – Medium to full bodied. Creamy and complex Finish – creamy, bitter, and sweet all at once. Complex but not overwhelming. Delicious and a FANTASTIC Imperial IPA

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Tap, mid-March 2007 at the Wicked Hop.
Transparent, magnifying and honey-copper-brown in color with a pillow foam lining the top of the glass, stretching to a quarter inch high and instigating blanketing lacing throughout. Wonderful aroma of rosy strawberry cotton, sweet sugared starfruit, dried apricots, honey encapsulated grass and smooth colombus-esque crispness. Big beer indeed, as the maple and almond butter seal sweet grapefruit chews. Chewy amaretto flavored grass sticks stir in the chewy, supple body. Cherry spruce gels onto honey grahams, proving to be quite sweet from a flavor hop point-of-view. Bitter gumminess hangs at the mouth’s crest. Mandarin, starfruit, papaya and grapefruit all meet under a tropical, sugared sweetness to form a flavor hop fest in paradise. Essentially what we’re dealing with is all of the company’s potential unleashed in a single batch that’s near perfection.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NearABeer (8) - COKATO, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2011 does not count
I have to say i was impressed. Very smooth not to complex. Like all Imperial stout very strong.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1106) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA 2013 has a very thick, yellowish-colored head, a semi-hazy, deep copper appearance, bubble streams, and some lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of rather intense and full barley malt and especially hop resins. Taste is of that, with caramel, sugar, hop resin, and some bitterness, but one would not guess at an 80 IBU. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA 2013 finishes mostly dry, rich, and sip-able. Overall, this is delightful and so well made. RJT


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