Monday, September 6, 2010

Beer Review: Big Daddy IPA

I have had the pleasure of trying a few beers from the Speakeasy Brewery in San Francisco, both in bottle and on keg, however two beers that I had never tried were their Big Daddy IPA and their Payback Porter, both of which I managed to pick up recently in Drinkstore. The great thing about these two beers is that they come in 650ml bottles, a great size in my opinion.

Big Daddy IPA: you've got to
love the label design.
The IPA pours a light golden colour with a large white fluffy head. Nice strong hop aroma, predominantly citrus with a hint of pine. Low to medium bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. The flavour is all about the hops, citrussy up front, smooth in the middle and a high level of bitterness on the end, finishes very dry making you want to reach for that next sip before the glass has touched the table. Quite strong at 6.5% and this comes across as a slight booziness in the taste.

I like the fact that the hop profile of this beer is quite complex, although it has that traditional citrus hop aroma, the taste it is more multidimensional than that. The citrus is certainly there but it is joined by earthy and piney characteristics. A very nice beer, nothing outstanding, but definitely worth picking up a bottle.

I'll report back soon on the Porter, but if the IPA is anything to go by I know it's going to be good.


TaleOfAle said...

I love Bid Daddy. I fell in love with it when it was on tap at the bull & Castle and then when I was in San Francisco it was on tap at the hotel I stayed in for 3 nights and it was free for two hours each night.

Mark (Halite) said...

You got to like the fact it was free :-) Would like to try this on tap, hopefully it will make another appearance in the Bull & Castle.