Speakeasy Big Daddy – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Speakeasy Big Daddy American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$9.49 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 23-Mar-2016)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one fat finger (and growing) of fluffy ivory head, excellent retention and chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: pithy grapefruit, resiny pine, caramel malt, floral, woody? (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat lingering bitter finish. (3/5)

Nice: an emphatically hoppy IPA that verges on DIPA territory. Aromatic hops lead the way, but with a sweet caramel malt in hot pursuit – though, thankfully, the finish doesn’t “leave without a trace” as the label claims, but rather lingers with a moderate bitter. Still and all, a little maltier than I’d prefer, and the hops could stand to be brighter. (15/20)

My 222nd from the 2010 Edition (211th from the 2013 edition), and 233rd combining both editions.

7.5/10 #1001beers #ryansbooze

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