Speakeasy The Suspect Golden Ale

Val and I went to The Green Parrot in Newtown to watch a game and have an early dinner. Well, let me be honest, I wanted to watch the game and Val indulged me. There weren’t a lot of beers at the time that I hadn’t reviewed, so I went with this beer that I knew nothing about.


ABV: 7%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Starting with a single, iconic beer that immortalized the spirit of those who persevered when America’s taps ran dry – a bold, hoppy amber ale known as Prohibition Ale – Speakeasy now brews a wide array of acclaimed beers from sessionable pale ales to bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. Big Daddy IPA, which would become Speakeasy’s kingpin and San Francisco’s best-selling IPA, fully realized the brewery’s passion for intense, in-your-face flavors that were still balanced and approachable. 2011 ushered in a new era in the brewery’s history–with the launch of many exciting new beers, the opening of The Speakeasy Tap Room, a stunning package redesign and a major facilities expansion, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is poised to elevate the brand to national awareness. In 2015, a new 60 barrel brewhouse, malt handling system, fermentors, centrifuge, and canning line were installed. Production capacity increased to 90,000 barrels per year and Speakeasy launched The Session Series, which features their beer in a can for the first time. The new beers are easy drinking, flavorful, and lower in alcohol at 4.7% ABV. The first release was Baby Daddy IPA, followed by Suds Session Ale. From only four employees at the start to over 40 now, Speakeasy has grown by leaps and bounds. The brewery’s trademark eyes–ubiquitous and cryptic–beckon you to join the Speakeasy revolution: no password required.”

Random: There was nothing about this beer on the brewery website. It doesn’t look like it’s been updated lately.

The beer poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy, light yellow with light carbonation as well. The nose had significant yeast and a citrus smell, which manifested as mostly lemon. What disappointed me was that I didn’t pick up any spice. The taste had a more marked spice character with coriander. Yeast was present as well with watered-down lemon juice. I kept sipping the beer trying to pick up more flavors, but there weren’t any. It had a watery and thin body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with lemon and yeast. This beer was alright, but nothing outstanding. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Speakeasy Baby Daddy Session IPA

Two session IPAs, two days in a row. It seems like every brewery you look at is putting out their own interpretation of the style. Although I love IPAs, I really wish more breweries would put out styles that every other brewery isn’t doing. When we went on vacation to Maine, it was really refreshing to find a brewery that specialized in gruits, because it’s rare to see them. I guess if they become the popular style, everyone will start doing them. Now that I’ve complained enough, let’s see if this beer stands out from the pack.


ABV: 4.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The first edition of our Session 47 Series, Baby Daddy IPA is sunny straw in color and loaded with hops. 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. It’s an ideal choice for long afternoons with friends.”

Random: I have another few session IPAs to get through and then I’m going to be avoiding them for awhile.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy lemon-yellow color with high carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up grass and not much else, as the nose was very mild. The taste was also subtle. I picked up lemon rind, grass clippings and old grapefruit rind. It had a very watery body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with the same grass clippings. The price on this one was $1.75 a can ($.15 per ounce). This beer was drinkable, but nothing I would buy again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA

Another day, another day. At work, we had to do some sort of IT migration of all our computers since we’re transitioning to another company. This meant that a) my computer was slower than dial up and b) the IT guys left all their stuff on my desk. I’m a Virgo and a type-A personality, so neither of these things worked for me. Add to this, that I was getting interrupted a bunch of times and you have the recipe for a work day to drive me up a wall. It took about five hours to finish, and by then, I had given up and just moved to another computer. Anyways, here’s a beer I was pretty excited to try, and I think it’s relatively new to my area of Jersey.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big Daddy IPA is a hop-head’s delight, a generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style India Pale Ale. Poured into a standard American pint glass, the beer is a golden straw color, with tight carbonation and a slightly off-white head that leaves a lovely lacing. The aroma is floral, fresh grass, pine needles, grapefruit and subtle notes of fresh bread.”

Random: I completely forgot to fill out a March Madness bracket this year.

This beer poured with a four finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some grass and grapefruit. It definitely smelled like a West Coast IPA and was quite pleasant. The taste, just like the nose, was West Coast IPA all the way. It had a touch of malt and some pine resin, but the flavors that I got were primarily grapefruit and grassy ones. There was also a touch of astringency present as well. Its body had a medium thickness with high carbonation. It took awhile to finish and did so with a lot of citrusy hops. This was an easy drinking IPA that was filled with flavor and very enjoyable. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0