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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(Beer added by: logansboat15 on 06-18-2007)
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Photo of jebert
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bit cloudy amber, with an orange hue. The carbonation created a flurry of bubbles quickly rising to the top, creating a smallish head no larger than two fingers. The head retention was good. I love the look of this beer, which improved once it had time to settle out, clearing the way to the beer.

Smell: The nose was too mild for a double IPA, but there is plenty of pine and herbal scents with some citrus hints obvious.

Taste: The taste of this beer is great. Flat out, great. I anticipated a much more forward rush of hops, but was disappointed when the double IPA marketing failed to produce. Notwithstanding the name, I really like this beer. Very malty and quite exquisitely balanced with hops, it's sweet taste and caramel. Once I got over the name, I became a bigger fan with each drink. Name it correctly and it's a winner.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium bodied beer with good carbonation that dissipates and contains. There is no dryness and the mouth waits to receive more.

Drinkability: Sprecher is a great brewery with another superb product. The 16 oz bottles engage the drinker up front Aside from the characterization of a Double India Pale Ale, this is a drinkable beer over and over with little concern for being overbearing.

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber and slightly hazed. About a finger of creamy, light tan head which quickly reduces to next to nothing, leaving a slight surface coating that lasted most of the glass.

S: Overwhelming aroma of yeast upon opening the bottle, almost as if this was bottle conditioned (though I don't think it was). Floral hops, yeast.

T: A heavy dose of thick caramel malts. Toast. Then bittering hops. Long, interesting finish.

M: Thick and viscous. Heavy carbonation leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue.

D: A better than average beer, but too malty for a DIPA. Aand while the hops are present, they are not center stage in this beer. Sprecher's website indicates they were going for a "balanced" DIPA (as opposed to the west coast hop bombs) with this one, but I think the malts are bit too heavy. Could see drinking one or two, but the maltiness would put a hamper on drinking too many of these.

*Note: my bottle indicates ABV of 7.7%

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

AROMA: Hops are present but rather subtle compared to others of this style, biscuity malt nose, some esters

APPEARANCE: slightly hazy copper colour, creamy off-white/light tan, hop-tinged head leaving a bit of lace as it falls

FLAVOUR: Medium-high bitterness, medium citrusy and resiny hop flavours, big malt backbone, well-balanced. Nice hop flavour lingers in finish along with some of the maltiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, creamy smooth; medium carbonation; alcohol noted, slight warming, but I don't know that I would guess 8.4% if I didn't read it on the label, slightly deceptive.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I'm a hophead and will enjoy some of the hoppiest beers you can set before me (and, believe me, as a repeat judge for the Alpha King Challenge during the GABF, I've had some hop monsters ;-) ), but I very much appreciate the balance in this beer; the hops aren't shy, but they aren't brash and obnoxious either (not that brash and obnoxious is necessarily a bad thing for a hophead beer). Very nicely done Craig/Randy. If I had to fault it at all, it's that it seems to fall short of the double/Imperial IPA style (though apparently not in the alcohol content). Definitely a solid IPA, but possibly not "Imperial" enough in the hop character. Enjoyable beer, will definitely buy again, just not quite to the stated style.

Photo of madtowndmb1
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A kinda boring amberish beer with almost no head.

S: This is the best part of this beer. There an interesting hop acid flavor along with a sweetness I didn't expect. It's not what I expected though.

T: Not up there with other top double IPA's. A little hop bit but the lingering flavor is off. Like a honey? Doesn't really work.

M: It's fairly smooth and none abrasive.

D: Can't see buying this one again. It was OK, but not up there with other DIPA's that are fairly easy to come by.

Photo of Buebie
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a real 16 ounce bottle, perfect pint!
Went into my oversized snifter. Created a nice fluffy 2 finger off white head. Some spotty thin lace and an even cap of retention.
Nice unfiltered presentation with hop bits floating around in the glass.
Color is a chill hazed, unfiltered dark amber.

Aroma is pretty lacking as for the hops, I pick up faint pine, but its a dissapointment for aroma off a double ipa.

Taste is also really lacking here. This has not been a good night for me in the beer review area.
I thought I'd destroy my pallete with this one and call it a night...but whats to destroy with no hop flavors???
Doughy sweet bread. Some hemp like grassy hop flavros that are quite subdued. Lingering with a dry bittering pine that finally reveals itself, but maybe at 1/4 of the strenght that it should.
Good doseage of carbonation in there feeding a mildly creamy mouthfeel.
A boozy kind of alcahol warming going along with the linger.

Again I'm dissapointed.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- this pours a golden orange colored body under a finger of off white head. good retention, but very little lacing.

S- way more malt than hops. lots of caramel upfront, with a bit of pine hops in the finish

T- sadly much the way it smelled. too much malt for the small amount of pine. faint bitterness left in my mouth.

M- too much carbonation, and too thin for the style.

D- i dont think id want to spend money on this one. it wasnt offensive, but it wasnt what i was expecting or wanting. thats too bad, because the price is pretty low and you got to love the pint sized bottles.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Monkeypaws
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Whoah, this was a disappointment. Served on draft, it came out kind of flat. Almost no head, very little effervescence. The smell was muddled, none of the hops presence I expected, just a boozy smell. The taste was bizarre, not much in the way of hops bitterness, and the overbearing malt presence was too sweet, syruppy, and boozy. It was pretty flat in the mouth, and one was definitely enough.

Photo of Prufrock
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. bottle into a red wine glass.

hazy light brown with some hints of amber, like a fresh pressed cider. half-inch of tan head with no lacing.

aroma dominated by sweet, caramel malts. barest hints of piney hops; it's pretty much all malt. has this been mis-labeled?

taste is similarly sweet and dominated by caramel flavors. hints of hops, but the finish is shockingly absent in bitterness. nice heavy feel to it, but otherwise this would be better labeled a barleywine than a dipa. it's fairly enjoyable, but incredibly far off the mark in terms of style.

Photo of beckje01
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 750ml bottle, cellared 1yr.

A- Golden color with no activity and no head.

S- Sweet smell rather nice.

T- Some hops, ok with a hint of malt slightly old over all. It didn't hold up for the year.

M- Thin and just not that great.

D- Ok but not much to it.

Photo of UA8
2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Soneast
2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of WJVII
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a great orange/copper color with a thick puffy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass (with creators on top of the head). The smell is very floral with slight citrus notes and great hopiness. The taste is SO disappointing! I had such high expectations with this being "double" IPA but it is extremely tame for an IPA. The bitter taste is there, but unimpressive. The flavor is solid, it is definitely something to give someone who is new to a true IPA, but not great for those who really enjoy the strong bitterness expected in an IPA.

Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Pours flatish. Small head. Looks like iced tea. Still, nothing bad about it, really. Nice color.

Smells like straight up syrupy caramel malt. Very little complexity. Just strong, super sweet malt. No hops. What the hell? The guy at the bar said specifically that the beer uses west coast American hops, so it's not like this is supposed to be a double EPA. Then I could understand the hops being subdued by the malt. But a double APA?

Tastes better than it smells. Hops are actually present, though not really complex. The Chinook is strong, but I can't pick up any other hops at all. They're supposed to be there, but I just can't taste them. Anyhow, the chinook is laid against some medium strength syrup malt. The balance is off, but it still tastes pretty good.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Golden amber with a creamy one and a half finger head.

S- Toasted malt sweetness with earthy hop undertones.

T- Nice slightly toasted malt sweetness up front. The hops however fail to dominate as expected.

M- Pretty spot on for the style.

D- Not bad.

Although this did not scratch my hop itch as expected, it was still a pretty enjoyable beer.

Photo of charlzm
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 06/19/08 during Lucky Baldwin's IPA fest.

Clear, coppery beer with a one-finger white head that reduces to a sticky patch of foam.

No aroma at all from this pint glass.

Texture is a little creamy on the tongue; unexpected and nice.

Dominated by malt, this one has almost a spicy gingerbread flavor: toasty. Some peppery notes. Not much hop profile despite the reported usage of Chinook, Fuggles, Northern Brewer and Willamette. Finishes with a long-lasting thin bitterness and a touch of toast. Despite that description, the finish does seem fairly clean due to its dryness.

They were apparently going for something different than a "typical" DIPA, and they succeeded in that regard. Not sure I want to have this one again, though.

Photo of CaptainIPA
1.45/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint. Third from an 8 pack sampler.

Appearance is light copper. Completely clear with a one finger rocky head that sticks around and leaves thick lace and legs.

Aroma is floral hops with bready biscuity smells. Roasted caramel malt is heavy on the nose. Sweet bready raisin aromas with candied fruit. Molasses and dark corn syrup.

Taste is heavy malt in the front with a hop presence. Hops are bitter, but not piney or citrus. Nutty fruit bread with baking soda back. Sour, but not cloying. Hops are different, I don't think I've ever tasted this hop profile before. Warm alcohol backing ending with astringent hops.

Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and slick. Carbonation is perfect and carries the malt well.

Drinkability is good, but a little sourness on the finish and the strange hop profile makes me think I won't return to this one.

Hops were weaker than I expected. The label makes i sound like a hop bomb, but it's actually pretty subdued. However, I think the latest trend in SUPER MEGA HOP beers make this a refreshing change, not too much and didn't burn out my tongue like the usual suspects.

Photo of botham
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a crystal clear reddish amber color with two fingers of white head. no lacings.

aroma is grassy, with a bit of fruit as well. not much malt in the aroma. somewhat flabby in proportioning, without anything holding the profile together.

taste is malty up front, with a smooth and hoppy finish. again, flabby in profile, the brew is all over without any single character to call its own.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish. decent on the palate.

drinkability is alright. this brew lacks character and any real quality besides a notable amount of malts and hops.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this looked promising, a hazy amber in color with an off-white head and decent lacing. i must preface the rest of the review by noting that i was expecting a dipa as stated on the bottle. it didn't smell like a dipa (not that the nose was bad, but..), or even an ipa for that matter, but more like a big malty apa-caramel and toffee dominated with some piney, resiny citrus in the background. where are the hops? is this an english-style ipa? taste is dominated by the malt, and that malt had no residual sweetness to balance the bitter hop bite and husky graininess. mouthfeel was decent as this is almost full-bodied with a nice level of tingly carbonation. as for drinkability, i expect more for an 8.4% beer.

Photo of Slynger
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangey amber with a finely bubbled carbonation that leaves good lace.

Grassy earth and grapefruit peel with crackery malts in the nose.

A little bit of caramel grapefruit and sweetness along with the bitter rind and toasted grains. Fairly heavy and dry with relatively light bitterness that lingers for a bit. Fine carbonation and creaminess.

Not bad. Definitely more of an English IIPA if you're into that sort of thing.

Photo of Homerbag
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange almost amber body with huge pillowy head, almost one you'ld expect on a dopplebock,goes away quickly to a foam layer, that laces down the glass.

Smell is malty for a IIPA. Some citrusy notes come around. Clean mineral water smell.
Taste is very week for a IIPA. Malt hits you first, not hops. There are some grapefruity hops in there but they are burried under malt. This does not taste bad, it just does not taste like a IIPA. Feel is clean, not much after taste.

As a Imperial IPA, this is not good. As a beer this is not bad. I would drink it again, but I would ask that they change the label to IPA.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of srandycarter
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My local vendor recommended this new issue of the IPA^2 in a liter bottle, 7.7 abv, along with the Abyss. One out of two ain't bad...

Into the tulip

A - Murky honey copper, thin head leaves fast, lacing minimal.

S - Fruit and flowers, not much hop, alcohol or deep malt.

T - Caramel runs thick, taste runs thin. Not much to say.

M - Low carb, low coating, medium to thin body.

D - I don't recommend. Too many others out there.

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