IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) - Sprecher Brewing Company
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1.45/5 rDev -55.5%
P: Presented in a brown, 1 Pint bottle with a twist-off cap. Twist-off cap for the Sprecher Brewmaster's Premium Reserve series? Not a good omen.
A: Pours a light, reddish amber with a wimpy head that quickly fades to a thin rim of lacing.
S: Fruity nose without any evidence of hops.
T: Opens with a sweet, herbal tea flavor that's offset by a lingeringly bitter middle. Finishes with a sharp note of alcohol. Oddly balanced without a definitive hop or malt profile emerging.
Double dry-hopped my ass. No intensity to speak of, certainly not characteristic of an American Double IPA. Fails as an Imperial.
Unpleasant as it warms. Actually, it's extremely difficult to finish this one. Ack! What a complete disappointment.
M: Thin, undercarbonated mouthfeel.
D: Avoid at all costs.
06-20-2008 01:08:04 | More by CaptainIPA
1.69/5 rDev -48.2%
Not sure what happened here, but suspect the bottle may have been old. Pours a cloudy light yellow with small white head. Aroma is dusty old hops, no malt backbone, grass, earth, pine. Flavor follows very dry, high carbonation, and what comes off to me as licking a dustpan. There is some pine mixed in, but the complete lack of malt base here makes it harsh. Just not very good...maybe I'll try again when I know I have a fresh bottle.
02-21-2012 00:38:47 | More by BMMillsy
1.79/5 rDev -45.1%
Sprecher "IPA ^2" (i.e. "IPA Squared). "Double India Pale Ale." Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it plainly identifies as such. 7.72% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap acquired at me local Whole Foods as part of a mixed six-pack and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice even lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - between one and two minutes.
Body colour is a hazy nontransparent translucent peach-copper. Abundant yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it's a bit murky for the style, but I'm optimistic.
Sm: Off-putting tropical fruit notes: pineapple, mango, and passionfruit. Boozy. Pale malts. Sweet, sticky, and nectary. An unpleasant aroma of below average strength. Awfully sugary, with some resinous character.
No yeast character is detectable.
T/Mf: Quite poorly constructed. Sweet, sticky, and hop-forward, with the worst possible tropical fruit notes: stale orange, passionfruit, mango, pineapple. Boozy as hell to boot. Sugary and cloying. Cane sugar. Poorly executed caramel. Nectary. Some herbal tea-like notes with an accompanying astringent bitterness. Zero balance here. No subtlety. It's a misguided mess.
Too full bodied. Overbearing. Overcarbonated. Too thick. Syrupy. Smooth and wet. Horrid presence on the palate. Quite poorly executed. Doesn't suit the style at all.
Dr: Hard to drink, hard to stomach. A very poor attempt at the style. Boozy. Quite atrocious stuff; I did not expect that from Sprecher. I would definitely not buy this again, and I'll struggle to finish just this bottle. Not at all recommended.
09-11-2013 01:50:43 | More by kojevergas
1.83/5 rDev -43.9%
A-Hazy orange....no head....minimal lace
S-Are there hops used in this? I guess I pick up some herbal spicy notes but the nose is definitely malty and bready..
T-Doesn't taste like DIPA....bready malt in front and finishes with a bad bitter note....not a good bitter hop finish either...a bad off bitter finish
M-Body is big enough...some heat in this is noticeable...
D-No thanks...not good....feels more like a bad Old Ale than a bad DIPA....either way this is a mess of a beer...
08-18-2007 05:13:22 | More by ZAP
2.05/5 rDev -37.1%
Purchased from Mondo Vino in Denver on a whim. Hey, I know this beer ain't great, but memories and all. . .
Tons of yeastie floaties all over this. Immediately wondering how old this stuff is. Really a huge negative on the appearance, ugh. Smell was bitter, but far from hoppy.
Taste was bitter and far from hoppy. Hot alcohol heat, maltyness all over it. This was as a dipa, anything but what I look for. Sprecher makes lots of good beers, but hoppy ones ain't their strong part by any stretch of the imagination. There's some caramel, I guess the malt body for this is just fine. But that isn't what brings me to the dance.
08-24-2012 16:46:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5 rDev -34%
This beer is just a malty mess, tastes skunked but I can't find a bottling date. I hope the rest of their beers aren't so disappointing.
Mouthfeel: Flat and unimpressive.
Smell: Indistinguishable from any unbalanced malty IPA
Taste: No direction way too many english hops
Overall: Wish I looked up the beer before buying it.
06-21-2014 23:34:44 | More by TYeager1992
2.17/5 rDev -33.4%
A- Hazy amber color with little to no head
S- Smells of sweet malts and brewing grains little to no evidence on a hop presence
T- So now I'm left questioning if anyone let this brewery know what an DIPA is supposed to taste like? The brew open up with odd grain flavors and a hint of citrus then move towards semi sweet malts and finishes bitter with hop but not a natural hop taste more like artificial hop flavoring.
M- Average to thin little to no body for a 8.4% beer
D- So this beer just sucks and that's about it.
11-02-2008 23:12:53 | More by UA8
2.2/5 rDev -32.5%
It's been a very long time since i have reviewed a beer. I havent had many beers i felt were worthy of a review, or at least I had something to say about. Not bad looking, hazy and about average for the style, nice creamy head. The smell and taste are hoppy to be sure, but the presence of caramel candy flavor really is a negative in this beer. Sweet tarts candy tartness and carmel sweetness make this hard to drink and not very enjoyable. I appreciate the effort, just not a good example of the style.
10-31-2007 18:14:22 | More by TastyTaste
2.2/5 rDev -32.5%
Note to self: Never again go to the craft beer shop without the iPhone so that you can check BeerAdvocate reviews before trying something new. Why did I buy this? There's nothing distinctive, nothing interesting, no complexity, not much flavor. It's not that it's bad - grocery store beer isn't "bad" - it's just not much of anything. A DIPA is supposed the be the product of a generous bounty of hops and malts. Where did they all go in this one? They're nowhere to be found.
05-30-2014 17:18:11 | More by DeanWormer
2.28/5 rDev -30.1%
Pours a very hazy, amber/orange that mostly clears up. The head is a 1-finger, off-white with slight lacing.
The smell is sweetish malt but no apparent hop aroma.
The taste is lightly sweet malt with mild bitterness and, again, no discernible hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with consistent, light carbonation.
Drinkability as a DIPA is near zero. As something else it's OK. Sprecher either needs to retire this thing or give it a complete makeover. Not recommended if you're looking for any hops.
05-01-2010 19:33:09 | More by meatyard
2.3/5 rDev -29.4%
Pours a dark straw yellow, pretty small off white head, which dissipates to a thin layer with minor lacing.
Scent holds a bit of citrus, not a whole lot of hop coming through, not quite what I'd expect from a IIPA.
The taste is also off for an IIPA. It just doesn't have that hoppy kick that I was hoping for. Like the smell I pick up some citrus flavors, a mild bitterness, which is pretty disappointing for this style. Quite a bit of maltiness coming through.
Medium bodied, not enough carbonation. This beer really bears little resemblance to the IIPAs I've learned to love. Pretty disappointing overall.
10-25-2008 18:41:06 | More by Soneast
2.33/5 rDev -28.5%
Clear copper. Thin dirty white head. Very thin. Lacing is better than expected from the tiny head. Smells more like a barleywine or strong ale than a DIPA. Sweet and malty aroma. Caramelly. Rummy. But where are the humulene (and other hop derived) aromatics?? The taste follows suit. More sweet than bitter and more malty than hoppy. You can definitely feel the 8+% a/v. That's just wrong for this style. This is a crappy interpretation of Double IPA. Alcoholic. Not hoppy. Not that nice hop derived bitterness.
Here's a suggestion for Sprecher: Get back to your strong suit. German style beers. Instead of all these crazy ass beers that you've been cranking out lately, how 'bout a dortmunder or an alt or a rauchbier or even a kolsch?? That would've been a perfect 'experiment' for the summer.
07-24-2007 01:46:42 | More by Bighuge
2.38/5 rDev -27%
Paid $1.79 for a 16oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pour into a snifter to review.
Pour is not very thick, leaving a half inch of white, tight-knit head. Color is dark copper that takes on transparent qualities and a more orange hue when held to the light. Minimal head retention and some lacing.
Quite balanced in the nose, this is one of the sweeter DIPAs I've smelled to date. Has a candy-like medicinal quality similar to an elixir you'd give to your kid when sick. Hops are present yet very balanced with the brew, making it difficult to throw any adjectives in front of them.
Taste seems to be a bit off to me. Caramel malts and raw adjunct taste dominate. Hops almost completely at bay. Balance that I detected in the nose is lacking. As I drink more, it takes on an unpleasant metallic taste.
Mouth is rather unimpressive with a moderately dry finish, medium body and watery feel. OK carbonation. Tough one to finish.
They need to go back to the drawing boards on this one as it has missed its mark. I'll stick to their Black Bavarian which is a great representation of an authentic Baravian Schwarzbier.
09-01-2009 03:06:03 | More by ibbjamin
2.38/5 rDev -27%
This beer pours a clear ruby color. The head is massive, billowy, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is unbelievably faint for a DIPA. There is some grapefruit, but it is painfully hard to detect. The taste is of the same profile of an APA. It is not bad, but for a beer that calls itself a DIPA it is very disappointing. There is a hint of grapefruit, and a mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, this is the worst interpretation of a DIPA I have ever had, and I cannot imagine how anyone could do any worse. This beer lacks substantial hops, and bitterness. I will not drink this again.
11-07-2007 03:52:11 | More by KarlHungus
2.4/5 rDev -26.4%
$2.25 pint bottle from Abe's.
Somewhat hazy, somewhat dark orange body topped by three fingers of off-white micro-bubbles.
Aroma is a quick, and I mean quick, burst of pine/citrus, that disappearred so quick I couldn't get any real feel for it.
Musty malt beginning, sorta earthy hops at the swallow, and an unpleasant bitterness for an aftertaste.
Okay medium mouthfeel.
Overall, a very disappointing DIPA with poor drinkability. Sprecher does much better with their German style beers. This is a rare DIPA I would not want to revisit.
06-08-2011 10:56:27 | More by RonfromJersey
2.45/5 rDev -24.8%
Into a tulip glass, pours a rich golden amber, a half finger of cream, creamy head, lasts a little bit. The aroma is actually kind of weak, bready malts, caramels, maybe some floral hops in there, but just kinda lacking.
The taste definitely has the bitterness of a double IPA, but seems a bit direction-less. There is some bready malts, a sprinkle of citrus, but mostly is simply too raw for me, like its angry or something. I like me a bit bad DIPA and all, but this one's just too out there.
The mouth is certainly heavy enough, good carbonation and all, warming alcohol, but nothings going to save this one. Reminds me of my last home brew where my copper coils leaked and watered down most of the boil flavors, leaving a really heavy dry hopped mean streak. Seems like they aimed high, and missed wide.
09-03-2007 21:34:44 | More by objectivemonkey
2.48/5 rDev -23.9%
A-deep copper color with a full, fluffy yellowish head. Very nice clarity.
S-Let me just check the bottle one more time....yup Double IPA. Where are the hops? Don't get me wrong, there is a hop presence, but I wouldn't be able to distinguish it from a basic dry-hopped amber ale. Light bread and malt.
T/M-Grainy and misguided. There is a strong english barleywine characteristic. The malts seem way to strong and the hops are shadowed. I am not really sure where the Double IPA is hiding in this, but I am not seeing it. A un-fermented sweetness lingers and I want the big hop dryness to come in and save it, but there is no help. The finish is very lager-like.
D-I am not sure how to take this. If it were a craft amber ale, I could probably look at this with some envy, but it is lost as an IIPA. Not a good direction for Specher.
09-04-2007 00:09:13 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.