RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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

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Sammy (12596) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
Limited handbottle sent from Murrayswine, quickly and fresh. One of the smoothest DIPAs I have tried. Just great bitterness, and tasted and looked as if off the tap. Creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation was purrfect. C-hop aroma. Orange and grapefruit. I could have drank this all night.

iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Notes from 4/27/07, on tap @ the Echo Tap. Clear copper orange with a one finger creamy off-white head, pretty good retention, although after a few minutes it did fade to a thick film. Aroma of pineapple, tangerine, and pine--full of juicy fruitiness! Also some sweet caramel/cotton candy is present. Smells pretty bitter. The hops shine here. Flavor is more herbal and piny hops (almost perfumey), with some alcohol. Biscuity malts and sweet light caramel try to balance things out. Semi dry lingering bitter finish that peaks around a 7-8 Burps perfumey pine needles. Low to moderate carbonation, creamy yet slightly prickly. Medium to full body with decent lacing. Leinie’s can make a good beer if they want to!

HopDevil (16) - CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
Received this from a friend a while back. From my notes - seems somewhat out of balance. Decent hop nose and aroma, not enough malts. Somewhat non descript but a decent stab at the style.

mmcdowell3 (13) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
Very sweet (but not sugary), fruity, and best of all overly hoppy. I did not taste much malt flavor in this. Lovely creamy head. This is what fine IPAs should be.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Handbottled and served in my Duval snifter: Deep ruby highlight along an tangerine sea topped by a small fading frothy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pear, clove, grassy and resiny hops, and a hint of soap.

The taste is initially caramelized sweetness supported by acidic and fruity hops. The hops however seem discombulated and no one aspect shines. Chalky and metallic upon the lightly spicy finish. The mouth feel is sticky and sharp. It is not bad at all considering the source but I have a hard time seeing this anywhere near the better examples of the genre. Methinks it gets a unjust bonus points for being a SABMiller product.

Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 16 oz draft (Bowery bar & grill, WI)-A dark amber body with a huge off white head. An aroma of hops, grapefruit, citrus, and more hops. Taste the same with a nice dry finish. This is a great tasting Imperial IPA. This could stand with any other IIPA. Can’t wait for the Imperial Stout.

kp (10881) - 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

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.

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!

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!

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