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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) - Sprecher Brewing Company

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.72% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Transparent copper color with a thin head and light lacing

S - The malt profile is definitely prevelent over a slight hop aroma (definitely not what I expected)

T - More well rounded then I expected. The bitterness from the hops doesn't make it's presence known until the finish while letting a bit of the alcohol in the brew peak through. There is some complexity I can't put my finger on, but it almost reminds me of a weak barleywine (crazy, I know!)

M - Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation

O - This is definitely an interesting beer, however, I would say it is nowhere near true to style and it certainly isn't what you expect of a DIPA nowadays.

Photo of rwathree
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque amber color that shows way too much sediment when held to light. The head is fine, doesn't leave much lace.

S: Very sweet, actually. Smell of brown sugar. Very little trace of hops. It's pleasant but not what I expect from the style.

T: That sweetness comes through in the taste for sure, mostly up front. The hops kick in soon after, but it's a nondescript flavor. Nothing offensive, nothing remarkable. The alcohol presence is pretty nice here, however.

M: This is where it's most reminiscent of its style: sticky hop resin, lingering alcohol heat, bitterness hanging on the tongue.

D: I don't want to go nuts and say I could down a bunch of these in one sitting, but for its ABV this beer goes down fairly easily, and I don't think that's a sign of weakness.

No one's going to mistake this for a top-flight Double IPA, but I'm actually pretty fond of Sprecher's high-test series, rating notwithstanding. For the price, I think a four-pack of these makes for a nice stand-in when my wallet's thin.

Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.4/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a honey amber with an off-white sticky head that leave plenty of lacing behind.

Smell is distinctly non-IPA. Has a grassy, malty smell which I would characterize as being more like a pilsner than an IPA, let alone a DIPA. There are undertones of an herby, almost minty smell that begins to develop a bit of a spiciness as it sits for few minutes.

Taste is a bit harsh and yeasty, with a metallic bitterness that is out of place. Pear juice, malt, leather and oak leaves combine for a very, errrr, unique tasting DIPA. Suffice to say, nobody will be confusing this with 90 Minute.

Medium bodied, with an old, almost slightly stale, dry bitter aftertaste.

Wow. I had much higher expectations for this beer after having Sprecher's Black Bavarian, which I found to be quite enjoyable. I'd recommend passing on this one, but definitely picking up the Black Bavarian for a try.

Photo of JAYAR1
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CLEAR WITH SLIGHT DULLNESS, RED COPPER COLOR. INITIAL TASTE WAS UNSETTLING, BUT IMPROVED WITH MULTIPLE SIPS. 1ST TASTED OF COOKED TOMATO PASTE THAT DEVELOPED INTO DRIED APRICOTS THEREAFTER. FINISHED WITH THE PLEASANT SIDE BACK OF THE TONGUE BITTERNESS. MEDIUM BODIED. WOULD NOT BE HIGH ON MY LIST OF IIPA'S BUT NOT THE WORST.

Photo of Duff27
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a near two-fingered head into a tulip. Beer is a vibrant orange/red color. Above average head retention with drink by drink step lacing. A lot of effervescence if you look closely. I really like the way this one looks.

S- Nose is of bread, slight hops.

T- Subdued citrus fruits. Alcohol is noticeable...not a high abv DIPA but still can tell it's there). Citrus became more apparent the more it warmed/I drank it. Caramel malts. Good taste but nothing compared to some of the widely available DIPAs out there.

M- Near flawless mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly syrupy, good carbonation.

D/O- Enjoyed the 16oz. size of the bottle. Random quote: Cap read "Twist Off"...."Twist off?!? C'monnnn", I said. And then I realized there was no twisting off this cap, weird. My first Sprecher reviewed.

Photo of clintone
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I live in Milwaukee and have only seen this one on occasion. Last time I missed the opportunity to pick a few up, so this time I didn't hesitate. From all of my experience with Sprecher, I expected it to be have strong Bavarian malty roots, and it did.

A- Pours amber, maybe a little darker than most IPA's, but I may just be thinking this because I expect it to. Pretty decent lacing, but it doesn't really stick along for long.

S- Smells hoppy at first, but you can really smell the malts underneathl.

T- Very...creamy, for a double IPA. A lot more so than I expected. It actually complements the bitterness of the hops quite well. I'm typically a straight IPA/APA person, but I really enjoy the taste of this. Malts are very present, but far from overpowering the hops.

M - I think the mouthfeel is perhaps the most unique part. Seems like a mixture between a hoppy IPA and a super malty dunkel or something. I was eating some spicy nachos while I drank my first one, and it could not have possibly been a better beer to go with them.

D- I really liked this beer. If you go into it expecting a bitter, biting hoppy double IPA, you will be disappointed. However, knowing what to expect from Sprecher, I could not have been more thrilled by this. I will gladly buy it again.

Sprecher does an excelletn job at fusing their traditional malt inspired beer style to a double IPA. Very subtly and tastefully done, I am extremely impressed. My only problem with it is that I live 10 minutes from the brewery, and still have a hard time finding this beer.

Serving type: bottl

Photo of beerdown77
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IPA2 pours cloudy orange. There isn't a lot of smell, just typical citrus and hops, but nothing outstanding. The taste was surprisingly better than I thought it might be. It definitely has a very quality, rounded out taste. There is a dark/nutty aspect to this beer that I am really enjoying. The aftertaste is a little boozy, but there is a nice balance between the sweetness and bitterness. There is a little bit of apricot in the aftertaste as well. There is a bad mucky aftertaste. Medium body...drinkability is lowered because of the aftertaste that builds as you work your way through this one.

Photo of Snow81
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean copper with a orange tint

Smell: Malt sweetness and a hoppy citric profile

Head: Nice head that sticks around for a bit

Taste: Malty hoppy with a strong bitter on the back note but there's a small earthy note somewhere in the center of my palate, can't put my finger on it

Weight: Malty and rich

Finish: Citric bitter and very flavorful

Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty brown in color, the head was 1 1/2 finger and a darker beige than one would expect so a nice surprise there. FIltered.

Bubble gum, soft pine, dark caramel sweetness.

Toasted caramel and a strong bitterness. Not too sweet, yet the extra maltose balances out the conservative hop flavor, which is still strong, just not as strong as others in the category. Hops are a little pine and very earthy.

Not syrupy at all for the style. Lighter than the average, but not too light.

This is perhaps one of the most easily drinkable DIPAs I've had. Not too big on flavor, but still pretty tasty and doesn't feel like drinking cough syrup.

Photo of BamaViper1
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The Sprecher IPA^2 pours golden amber and mostly transluscent into the glass. There is little head formation and only the thinnest bit of lacing on the glass.

The beer has a front hop nose with hints of citrus. There's also a bit of a sugary malt backbone with a slightly metallic note as well.

The beer tastes like light citrus and mild bitter hops. There's a slightly sugary malt note followed by a hint if alcohol. The finish is bready and malty with a slight bitter finish.

This beer is medium bodied with good carbonation and a weight in the finish that helps prolon the flavor.

Honestly with this DIPA I'm a little disappointed. The drinkability isn't bad, but if given a choice I'd probably go elsewhere.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Date: 3 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 16fl oz bottle

Poured aggressively at 60ºF for a 3-finger head, dissipates slowly to a thin head, average lacing, color is copper stricken with crimson. Aroma of dull, soapy hops, faint malts. Taste of stale malts, rather unpleasant bitter hops, but still okay...probably better if the beer were colder, so I won't be so nasty. Mouthfeel is soapy. I'm very close to pouring this out...=/

Photo of cdkrenz
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent copper body topped by a pale tan head of an inch in height with solid stamina once it recedes to a quarter inch.

S - Nice floral hops aroma with a hint of spicy citrus.

T - Spiced hops with a sweet malty base. This is a good tasting DIPA.

M - Thick and sticky with a coarse edge. Definitely a big IPA.

~ This is a solid Double India Pale Ale. It comes in 4 packs of 16 ounce bottles. And at less than $8 a foursome, this is tough to beat.

Photo of sitarist
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. About a fingers worth of loose head falls to a ring that leaves spots of lacing.

I smell tea and pretzels...ther are faint hints of toffee, and pecan...not what Id expect from a DIPA. It is interesting none the less.

It is herbal and slightly metallic. I taste sour-dough and oolong tea. Not bad...just not what Id expect or accept for the style.

Medium body and creamy.

It is easy to drink with no bad flavors...reminds me more of a weak barleywine than a DIPA.

A beer for tickers everywhere.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp copper/caramel like color with a fairly large, foamy, light, fluffy, whispy, white head. Average retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Not picking up a lot of aroma, and very little hop aroma is coming out. Pretty malty with some caramel and toffee and predominantly pale malt. Some slightly herbal/tea hop aroma and some light fruitiness.

T - Like the nose suggested, this is not a West Coast DIPA. Pale malt is quite strong with caramel and biscuit flavors being strong. Some hoppy flavors come out though. Herbal/tea and grassy being strongest. A faint fruitiness, particularly apple. The hops do provide a strong level of bitterness, and do make their presence known.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Crisp feel and a slightly drying finish.

D - I didn't have trouble finishing the glass, but I didn't really want another afterward either.

Notes: Very much an English style DIPA. Malt makes a strong presence in the flavor. Hops definitely provided a bitterness, but the hop flavors were pretty subtle. Overall I enjoyed drinking it, but I didn't really feel like having another. Not a bad beer and it's nice to have a DIPA that isn't a West Coast one available, but I wasn't blown away. If the price is right, get this, if not don't feel too bad if you skip it.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber colored beer, cloudy with average carbonation. Has a dense white head.
I smell a caramel malt around with a very sutle earthy hop bouqet.
A nicely balanced brew of caramel malts and earthy hops maybe a bit herbal too.
A medium body beer.
Doesn't match up well to the label. I find this beer really to be lacking flavor. I expected more of a flavor wallop.
All in all it's pretty good.

Photo of WEBBEER
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark amber to light bronze color. Cloudy and hazy. The head is a thickly textured whipped cream off white. With a lacy retention.

Smell - Very strong hop and malt nose. Rich notes of bread, and strong caramel and raw brown sugar.

Taste- Initially a sweet sugar note, then the nutty, then fruit and then the strong hop kick. Very much a cognac or strong distilled alcohol bite in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Starts off smooth with a sweet viscosity and then a hop dryness. No doubting the 7.72% ABV marked on this bottle of IPA squared!

Serving type: 16 oz. bottle poured into a stemless copita

First personal experience with a double IPA. My overall opinion? WOW! This is IPA. Not a session but truly a dessert / rocking nightcap!!

Photo of BlueCat1
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scanning some of the other reviews of this beer makes me wonder if it's the same beer. Is it the fact that I sampled from a tap? The color was definitely dark. The pour had a rich almost creamy head that lingered. I could not see through the beer holding it to a light. More brown than orange.

The aroma was pleasant, not particularly hoppy, more malty. The flavor was well balanced between the malt and hops. With one taste it seemed to lean toward the malty side; then with the next it would tend toward hops.

I considered it quite drinkable, almost a session DIPA?!

Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.50 at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville NC. 16oz brown-glass twist-top. Shoulder is dated but it's smudged so I have no idea when this is from.

Pours a clear orange amber with sudsy white head that leaves lots of lacing. Nose is very floral and showcases the pale caramel malt. Some faint whispers of pine.

Palate is surprisingly crisp and light-bodied. Floral hops and very very pale malt. Orange blossoms a-plenty. Clean finish and dry.

Somewhat simple but very refreshing and light-bodied for an IIPA. This is something of a mild complaint. I want more hop flavors though...

Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher claims this is an English IPA so I'm reviewing it as such. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a lively off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some citrusy and floral hops upfront, along with caramel, fruity esters, biscuit, minerals, and some alcohol. The flavor also starts out with floral and herbal hops with slight citrus notes, along with biscuit and caramel, minerals, fruity esters, chalk and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is pretty good. A tasty English IPA, I could see being disappointed if you were expecting a west coast style hop bomb but the label clearly states otherwise.

Photo of OttoBomb
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a stubby 16 oz bottle picked up from the brewery and poured into a DogFish Head signature glass (August 28, 2010). There is a serial number on the bottle but it isn't decipherable as a freshness date that I can tell.

Eyes: Pours an attractive deep golden copper with slight haze. The light khaki foam rises up to one full finger. Retention and lacing are very good.

Nose: Sweet malts dominate, some smokey grassy hopps make a suggestion.

Tongue: I can tell it's a malty IPA style brew, but that's about it. The malts are nice, but there just aren't enough hops to balance it out. Surprisingly bitter for what seems to be a low level of hopps.

Mouth: Actually a bit better here, good carbonation, with a pleasant body.

Libation: This is an average DIPA. The malt profile is flavorful and pleasant. The hop profile profile is not at all to the level I expect from an IPA, never mind a DIPA. The price and size are attractive ($1.60 for a 16 oz. bottle), but there just aren't enough hops here to quench a thirsty hop tooth.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Clear amber, decent head.
smell: Nice but I had this at a restaurant and wondered if they brought the right beer. Hops are there but not up front.
taste: Again, I had a few sips before I was convinced this was a DIPA, though certainly a malt heavy specimen. Good taste though.
mouthfeel: Full.
drinkability: The more I had the more I liked it. Again, not a prototypical DIPA but a nice brew.

IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.