Leinie’s main line of beers is fairly mainstream, but I love it when they release something from their Big Eddy series. The Big Eddy Imperial IPA comes in at 9 percent ABV and 78 IBUs, is finely carbonated and goes down sweet & easy leaving behind a nice bite. Distinct fruity notes, like the grapefruit expected from the Amarillo, hides behind the rich sweet malt making this imperial IPA more balanced than most. (i.e. it won’t leave you scraping your tongue the next morning). Here’s is what they say:
Big Eddy IIPA fills the senses with five distinctive Pacific Northwest hops, which are added at each stage of the brewing process. Hops include Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Citra, and the extremely rare Amarillo. The beer boasts grapefruit, mandarin orange and mango notes, balanced by a hint of pine and a strong caramel, toffee sweetness, giving it a complex, multifaceted character.