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Beer – #755 – Speakeasy – Baby Daddy Session IPA

It’s been a while since I had a BeerJerkNZ beer, and what a way to get back on that horse, with a beer that seems to be well liked and well received, the  Speakeasy Baby Daddy Session IPA, in a can

a big hop punch in a bite-sized package

Canned beer that is 330ml,  with 42 IBU, and 4.6 % ABV,  which would come to  138 calories, this would be 1.2 standard dink units in NZ

Brewed by Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, this is in the style: Session IPA and they do that in San FranciscoCalifornia  USA

A daddy with a baby daddy

A daddy with a baby daddy

When a Big Daddy and a Mommy Daddy love each other very much… they express it in a very special way. As the junior version of Big Daddy, this session IPA packs a big hop punch in a bite-sized package.

The aroma and flavor yield citrus and tropical notes: grapefruit, melon, lime, passion fruit, and a touch of spice will delight your palate. Baby Daddy IPA has a full balanced body, with a crisp finish and low bitterness

Its the attention to the detail, this is ring pull

Its the attention to the detail, this is ring pull

So, what could possibly go wrong? Well I’m mostly worried that my idea of a ‘session’ beer and the good people over at Speakeasy might be divergent. This is pretty much the equivalent of domestic everyman beer, and we know that sessions on that can end badly, so I might have though slightly lower, then again you have to rib peter to pay paul and so perhaps taste wins out over lowering the alcohol.

Lots of detail in the can, including the cheeky eyes on the rung pull.

That is a big aroma when you crack that can, which settles after an initial burst to something more earthy

Pour is quite cloudy and orange, with a bright white head that seems to be settling in for the duration. Aroma in the glasses now that dull grass and not the bright sharp thing.

Speakeasy - Baby Daddy Session IPAThe taste. Well there is a bitterness in this, sharp and pointed, and the finish is quite dry at the back there.

This is a full flavoured and all action bit of IPA beer. For me the marketing calling a lightweight version of another beer, and then talk it up sends a bit of a mixed message of sorts. I think this would stand on it’s own as an offering without that hat tip.

I remember the big daddy version being a steady as you go beer that I ended up thinking was a bit average, particularly in such a busy field such as IPA.

At the end of the can then a beer that talks a good story but doesn’t quite stand up in the tasting, if they’d left it to speak for itself it would have been enough.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. It it really nice to have an another IPA that isn’t pucker up and squint hoppy, it’s nice to have one that has some aroma and flavours to enjoy, even if I thought that the aroma was a bit earthy for me.  I’d be happy to have a couple of these though, it is after all quite good beer.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? I joined a beer club, BeerJerkNZ  but I’m sure this is all the places.
  • Am I enjoying it? I did enjoy it, very nice way to start and evening.
  • Would I have another? I’m not going to, but I might if there was one, and if it’d been in a growler from a fill station I’d not have complained.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? There are many many good IPA beers on the market, and there isn’t anything aside from some catchy words and artwork to set this aside from them. It is a nice beer, but there are other nicer beers in the style around to be honest.

Music for this:  ” Sufjan Stevens ” with ” Carries and Lowell ” on Spotify This is ‘ No shade in the shadow of the cross”

Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist


The term Session IPA describes a category of beers marketed for their hop-dominant flavor profiles at “sessionable” levels of alcohol. While this is typically 3.2 – 4.6 percent alcohol, a few have stretched the definition.


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