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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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No lightweight, Big Daddy I.P.A. tips the scales with a huge hop flavor and a dry, clean finish that leaves the scene without a trace.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Golden amber color, fluffy off-white head. Nice, average hoppy aroma with malty caramel for balance. Hops go grassy and flowery in the taste. Unfortunately it isnít a huge flavor, and the finish gets a bit too dry. Otherwise, its an average IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Fairly light golden pour, lots of carbonation, small long lasting head. Intense flowery hop aroma, very clean. Sweet malts, sugary up front, then nice bittering hops. Dry, nearly astringent finish. Good IPA, a bit dull, but very easy to drink and quite refreshing, indeed.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle...Pale straw color with a medium fizzy white head. Pour is somewhat cloudy. Flowery aroma, reminds me of some old ladyís cheap perfume. Soapy aroma also. Sweetish start, hops come into their own in the middle, not overpowering. Bittering to finish, light texture on the tongue, kinda watery even. Certainly not spectacular, I like to find a little fruitiness maybe, all this has is grapefruit. Easy to drink, but kind of boring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Major Thanks to DocLock for the recent MEGA trade!

Iím feeling a bit lonely on this rating. There are all these raves and now Iím about to tell you that, YeahÖ itís a very nice beer, but it truly didnít get me all bonered up! Pours a hazy copper body and tons of lacing. The aroma and flavor bring big malty notes, very grainy, rye and toasted wheat. There is also a zesty sugared note of grapefruit and caramel, with a hint of pine chips. It is a very nice beerÖ but Iím just not feeling any mind blowing charm.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to jeffc666 for this! Pours amber with a small white head. Nose is hoppy and piney with some light malt notes and faint sweetness. Taste is very hoppy with some soapy notes, light maple syrup, pine needles, and light maltiness. Body is very dry and moderately carbonated. Some bitter notes and mild astringecy. Finishes with more big hops and pine with creamy malts, light sweetness and light fruitiness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Muckrakerr (33) - Muskegon, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Good IPA, this is. A large head, it poured with. Magnificent aroma, this has... I found myself speaking like Yoda after drinking one of these. The only IPA Iíve had that I liked more was Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Speakeasy has created the finest $7.99/6pk. IPA in the world with this. Kudos to Speakeasy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 Pours dark gold thin fizzy white head, disappears quickly, leaves no lacing. Smells hoppy and a little citrus. KInd of dry and thing but refreshing. sharp hop taste that subsides to a semi-sweet taste. Real nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Bottle. Nice amber color with a quick fading white head. Nice lacing. Floral and citrus hops in aroma. Fair malt balance to the piney hop bitterness. A bit drying. Just a touch watery. Not a bad IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 I had to downgrade it to 7/10 status on second, non-hop-binge sampling.

Take Stoneís IPA, tone it down a couple notches, and you have this hopheadís delight, a bona fide mid-grade 8/10 beer. The appearance is a dead ringer for Stoneís product. Iím drinking this stuff so fast I can hardly savor the moment. Iím partial to the style, so sue me.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerface1980 (6) - USA - FEB 5, 2005 does not count
Really like the almost sour hops here. the brew pours a little thin for me but whatever. I love the ganster on the label. Great job san fransisco.


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