IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) - Sprecher Brewing Company
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3.1/5 rDev -4.6%
Thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting this bottle to me. Served in a tulip.
Pours a clear coper color with a small white head that diminished pretty quickly. Average spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries bread and caramel along with some light citrus and pine hops. Quite boozy as well. The flavor is mostly bready with a bit of hop flavor and also quite a bit of booze. The booze is finally balance in the mouthfeel with a pretty good amount of bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry finish. Decent enough, though not something I'd grab again.
05-25-2011 01:43:39 | More by Thorpe429
3.73/5 rDev +14.8%
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with distinguishable caramel malt base. Taste is also a mix between some bitter hops, though not as bitter as expected considering the style, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Full body with average carbonation. Refreshing and well done but not as hoppy as expected.
11-20-2008 20:22:10 | More by Phyl21ca
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
Pours a dark clear orange amber with a thick, pillowy and firm white head.
Nose is a light fruity carmel that goes to a nice cooked banana character. Nice nose that promises big flavors.
Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and well balanced all around. Beer tastes rich and "expensive" and well made.
Flavors are well integrated stone fruit, malt, and a nice bitter toffee/carmel. Starts out almost sweet , goes to a fruity malt mid palate and finishes with a nice "almost sweet" bitter coffee roasted grain, burnt toast character.
Nice drink with layers of flavor and nice complexities.
10-10-2010 23:02:06 | More by GRG1313
3.2/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured into an imperial nonic a slight chill hazed copper/bronze with a tight formed nicely defined 1/2 finger white head that held well.Aromas of sweetish dough and pithy hops,a real alcohol sweet character comes into play as well.Flavors are dominated by alcohol sweetness and caramel,the hop are are much lighter than they should be,to me its like an english strong ale in its vinious qualities.Its not a bad beer but the hops are to light only providing a scant herbal shot in the back end,again not a horrible beer but it isnt up to style in my opinion.
07-13-2011 18:15:20 | More by oberon
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.
A surprise extra bottle pulled out at this tasting. Right on. It pours a mostly clear sunset amber topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light onion, cilantro, pine, and light maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hops clashing strongly with the heavily sweet caramel. The pine and cilantro are especially strong, making for a harsh battle on the tongue. The body is a limpid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, this DIPA is not sure whether it wants to be an East Coast or West Coast version, so it tries to opt for both, with dangerous consequences. I'm not too big a fan o' this guy here...
09-29-2011 04:06:51 | More by TMoney2591
3.65/5 rDev +12.3%
A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color with a one-finger, khaki head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of grasses and pine with a burnt toast malt aroma.
T - It tasted yeasty and spicy at first sip with some bitter hops. It had some very sweet caramel flavors.
M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a decent Double IPA. I just expect more of a hoppy profile from my DIPAs.
01-11-2010 01:42:51 | More by zeff80
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
Clear, amber / copper color, huge creamy head.
Soft aroma, lightly fruity, toasty, caramel malt...a bit too quiet for my taste...especially if we're really talking about a double IPA, here.
Smooth entry on the palate, sweet, almost buttery flavor, plenty of hops, but not too bitter. Caramel malt always keeps pace with the bitterness.
Very English style IPA, but scarcely resembles a double IPA in any way. I would need much less balance, I think...feels stronger in alcohol, has a bigger hop burn on the palate, lasts long on the tongue, full bodied...but not as big as you'd come to expect.
Easy drinking, though, but I'm not crazy about the taste....maybe because I'm no longer so fond of English IPAs...I think Double IPAs really require Pac-NW hops.
Don't think I'll try one again.
09-06-2007 04:42:06 | More by feloniousmonk
3.43/5 rDev +5.5%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a basic pale malt scent with a touch of biscuit malts and a mild hop nose. The malts seem to dominate the aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop bite. It hits you hard up front and resinates in the finish. The malt bill is lacking complexity and therefore offers little in the way of balance. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This an above average beer, but it's low on my list of good DIPA's.
10-15-2010 22:36:32 | More by WesWes
3.43/5 rDev +5.5%
No freshness date, and no indication that it is a summer seasonal.
Pours hazed/clouded amber with a thin, wispy, slowly fading cover. Minimal lacing sticks.
The smell is of citrus, caramel and some black pepper.
The taste is of pine/resin with some tropical fruit. It has a firm caramel backing. Black pepper spicing is in the warm finish.
The feel is pretty smooth despite noticeable alcohol heat.
While hops are noticeable, it has a boozy caramel backing. It is a decent double IPA overall.
I'll try it again in the summer, when it is fresh, but freshness of the hops didn't seem to be a problem with this one.
12-27-2013 20:22:29 | More by jwc215
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
A vigorous pour produces an almost two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a clear amber color that shows a slight haze and a mix of orange, red and copper hues when held up to the light. The aroma is hop focused (though quite low for a double IPA), with notes of orange zest, grapefruit, lychee and tangelo. There is quite a bit of malt noticeable as well, in fact it seems quite heavy handed with the crystal malt. It seems to almost have a stale, caramelized malt character to it, though it might just be the particular mix of malt used here. As the beer sits in my glass for a bit, the hop character seems to get a bit wan and flabby. This really is missing a ton of hop character for a double IPA.
The beer has a surprising perceived sweetness to it; In a double IPA I would have expected much of this sweetness to have been drowned out by a hop onslaught (hell even for an IPA). Along with the sweetness is a fairly full body. The malt character is quite evident, and is in fact distracting in this beer. The finish has some astringent hop bitterness to it, but also has a ton of toasty, caramelized grain notes to it that really linger on in the mouth. The malt, in combination with some light hop influence makes this have a bit of flavor akin to brown sugar soaked berries. This is hoppy as well, I just wish there was more; flavors of grapefruit, pine and menthol (in the finish) are all noticed. This is certainly not a bad beer, the flavors are all quite nice and this is even nicely drinkable. This is much more of an IPA, or perhaps a supped up Pale Ale.
Except for the lack of hop character this has all the makings of a great IPA; ample malt base & body to carry a ton of hop character. It would be nice if they double or tripled the hop bill on this one.
01-31-2008 01:27:41 | More by Gueuzedude
3.78/5 rDev +16.3%
16 oz. bottle, $1.99 for a pint of DIPA is right up my alley, let's see how this goes,
A: Pours amber with a long-lasting full white head, nice lace.
S: Malt, white grapefruit, cantaloupe.
T: This is in no way a hop bomb, so don't expect a West Coast rip your teeth out bomb of bitterness. That being said, it's a well balanced tasty beer, like an Imperial English IPA if that style existed. Good biscuity malt flavours upfront, hops are grassy with noticable grapefruit, orange oil and pine needle. A solid beer.
M: Nice tingly carbonation, full-bodied, frothy on the mouth, big, though the carbonation does go amok a bit at the finish.
D: I liked this beer a lot, not putting it into any one style, but as a stand alone, $1.99 for a pint of good ale is nothing to sneeze at, just know what you're getting into. If you go in thinking you're going to get something like PtE or Maharaja you're going to be disappointed, but just as an ale, it fits the bill.
03-14-2010 04:35:39 | More by Halcyondays
1.79/5 rDev -44.9%
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
3.9/5 rDev +20%
IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)
Sprecher Brewing Company
Bottle States ABV @ 7.72%
Pours a mostly clear deep orange/copper color with a chill haze and topped with a pillowy foam. Lots of lace documents each sip in hop oil. Smells of floral, earthy, herbal hops and bready malts. In the taste, earthy and wood tone flavor from the hops, mild grapefruit and some pine. Solidly bitter, with oily resins sticking to the palette. The malt body gives off a fair amount of sweetness in a caramel and biscuit fashion. A decent balance, but leaning toward the hoppy side. Alcohol is well disguised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, with a good bite. Overall, a pretty solid "imperial" IPA, would certainly have again.
02-01-2012 03:25:36 | More by Stinkypuss
2.33/5 rDev -28.3%
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
2.05/5 rDev -36.9%
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
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
A - dark orange with a soft lacing of white head
S - sweet, apples, caramel
T - caramel, baked apples, hint of toasted malt, mild piney bitterness in the finish, big alcohol warmth in the finish
M - medium bodied, well carbonated, very warm bordering on hot
This is not an impressive beer. For a DIPA the hops are incredibly subdued. To me this comes across as a malt bomb with way too much estery fruit. It's sweet and the apple notes border on cloying. The hops only really come in at the end and even then it's a failed attempt at balance. I'm glad I tried this one, but I won't be getting it again.
05-26-2013 00:47:00 | More by tdm168
4.05/5 rDev +24.6%
Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight earthy malt, sweet malt, strong hops, alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, strong hops, alcohol, slight dark citrus, slight tart malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, a good body, aroma, and great complexity.
04-15-2010 04:52:12 | More by Tone
3.53/5 rDev +8.6%
Dark copper underneath a sticky vanilla colored head. Good retention of the foam and thinning film, but little rivulets of bubbling slowly making their way to the top. Carameled cand sweet aroma but balanced out by some bitter orange peel. Very medium and faintly sweet bready malt. Caramel delicately drizzled on some orange meat that still ha a little piece of the peel on it. The alcohol has a prickly cutting effect on the malt, but brings some more zest to the hops. The alcohol also makes the mouthfeel a warm medium bodied hopper. Ths is a good IPA, bu lacs some strong definition to be considered a DIPA. The only reason this beer is a DIPA is due to the 8.4% abv. Still good though.
12-30-2008 04:37:47 | More by scruffwhor
4.19/5 rDev +28.9%
12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
8.0% ABV, 14057 printed on neck
A - Cloudy with unfiltered sediment and/or hop particles, Sprecher's IPA2 has a warm glow shining through the raw honey-colored amber beer. The rising horizon of ivory foam eventually settles to a thin layer but not before it covers the glass in delicate dots of lace.
S - Hopper than your average IPA but no where near close to what any self-respecting hop head would consider as an American Double IPA aroma, Sprecher's IPA2 is much more of a strong English IPA with perfumy earthiness and floral characteristics (with borderline herbal qualities) escaping the maltiness. Raw honey and fruity undertones spill over onto the bready and lightly caramel-sweet base which provides a lovely base for the brew.
T - Despite the lack of a "slap-you-in-the-face" hop aroma, Sprecher's IPA2 is not without hops in flavor, in fact, its got just the opposite. This big brew has plenty of hops to go around but their focus is on a floral, slightly herbal consistency with hints of sharply bitter grapefruit rind, which significantly overlaps the complex, Munich breadiness, slightly sweet caramel malt base.
M - Sprecher's IPA2 has a bigger body but isn't overbearing on the tongue; its smooth maltiness leads into a dry and bitter finish from the hops, which makes for a hop-leaning, yet balanced brew.
O - Here's the thing about Sprecher's IPA2: the label calls this beer a Double India Pale Ale but, aside from notes of American Chinook hops (grapefruit citrus and bitterness) this beer is primarily an English-hopped beer. Its designed to sort of recreate the English beers brewed for the troops stationed in India so while its not intensely high in alcohol, its got just enough to survive a long journey, much like it's elevated hopping. Expect IPA2 to engage the earthier side of hops as opposed to big, bright citrus and tropical fruits or pine as if it's a normal English IPA on steroids. I enjoy how this beer bridges gaps and begs the question, "just how did the original IPAs taste?"
04-23-2014 02:53:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.