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Big Eddy Imperial IPA

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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Chippewa Falls, WI
USA
http://www.leinies.com

Style: Imperial/Double IPA

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So the other weekend the future Mrs. Mueller and I were in Madison and decided to try some beers at The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company. We were with another couple and we decided to try their sampler of different brews. Of course the girls wanted to try the Watermelon Wheat (which by the way was horrible) and us guys wanted something with a little better flavor. We all had a good time sampling and commenting on all ten of the beers we ordered. It wasn’t until this week that I found out that Jug was at the same place and had ordered a beer by the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company that was a myth to me. The beer I am talking about is Big Eddy Imperial IPA and when I found out that this beer was at the same brewpub I was at not that long ago … well I nearly lost it. If you look at the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and the past beers they have come up with and all the ones they have discontinued, in my opinion they are not connecting to their craft brewing roots. The chance to prove me wrong on this issue was sweet relief to me. Needless to say I just had to get my hands on this beer. The perfect opportunity came this week when I found out they served this beer at some of the bars in my area.

I felt like a kid at the candy shop when I looked at the tapper at the bar. I just had to have this beer. The bartender handed me a cloudy, bright red beer in a pint glass. I sat down with my better half, who ordered an excellent New Glarus Spotted Cow, and took the first sip. The taste was quite bitter with all the noticeable characteristic of an India Pale Ale produced with the four Cs of hops; Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus with a slight astringency to it. Granted it was sweet and tasty just like Jug had mentioned, but to me it did not have that usual heavy malt flavor that some imperial IPAs have. This is a positive attribute for me because I feel some of the Imperial IPAs that are produced have too much malt character that overwhelms the hop flavor and aroma.

In summation, this beer has reaffirmed to me that the Leinenkugel Company can still create a great craft brew. Let’s all hope that they will try to make this beer a year round addition or even a seasonal so as to not lose some of their loyal fan base. With the growing trend of the craft brewing industry, you would think they would want to compete with all the others out there.

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Reviewed by Franz Mueller on July 17, 2007.
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