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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: 278
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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

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Beer added by: logansboat15 on 06-18-2007

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very deep copper color, pretty clear, with a nice big fluffy head, 2-3cm, and it sticks around for a bit leaves pretty nice lacing. Very nice looking. The smell is sort of understated. A bit piney, sligtly grassy, a little herbal, with some tropical fruits thrown in. Smells kind of like an underripe mango, mixed in with a kind of bready, malty note. The taste is pretty nice. It comes up initially a little leafy and herbal at first, then kind of soapy, then you sort of lose the hops. I mean, you know that they're there, but it's not quite like other DIPAs. The hop presence is not quite American, there's something else in there. It finishes nice and malty, with a bit of a peachy alcohol presence. There's like a caramel cake sort of malt presence, which is nice. The soapiness kind of clings to your lips, and the herbal presence - it's actually very minty - is a little more than I'd like to see, but it's nice. The mouthfeel is pretty good. There's some nice clingy resins, a good amount of body, a slight sting of carbonation. Alright for the style. And it drinks pretty well. The hoppiness is enjoyable, though I wouldn't plan on drinking this with the same mindset as a DIPA, but I really like it. It's a pretty good beer, not quite an American DIPA, but I would probably try it again.

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

Amber color with ok white head, little lacing.

Um... what? This is a double? This is an IPA? The smell isn't bad, but it's all sweet malt. There's a hint of earthy hops but it's more of an afterthought.

Same for the smell. Way too much malt sweetness for the style. Hops are present but are more bittering than flavor. The flavor oriented hops are piney, but just barely there.

Thick mouthfeel, ok carbonation. Finish is a nice dryness.

Alchohol is not detectable and it's smooth, but struggles to keep my attention.

This isn't a bad tasting beer, but I'm trying to keep it in context of the style. Sprecher says they were shooting for a balanced DIPA, which almost seems like an oxymoron to me. DIPAs can have malt balance, but certainly should swing in the direction of being in your face with the hops. One thing I did like was the 16 oz bottles, though!

Photo of charliedango
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sprecher defies categories with this offering, which isn't always a good idea. The best description I can come up with for this brew is that it's a hopped up version of Whitbred Pale Ale. Heavy on the malt, nearly neutralizing the hops, but retaining enough to have a bite in aftertaste. Having tried it, I will not sample this style from Sprecher again.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burn orange with a respectable beige head that stays sticky and fluffy while drinking.

Taste is muted hops, this beer may have been cellaring for awhile, it is hard to say because I don't know how to read the numbers on the bottle. This tastes like an aged DIPA, not a fresh DIPA.

Overall I'm enjoying it, definitly more on the malt side then the hops side. Malty, bitter, sweet, and muted hops. To me this tastes a lot like Hardcore IPA (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16315/41505) - but I could be way off with that statement.

I'm really starting to dig DIPAs that lack the grapefruit and hophead profile. Does that still make them DIPAs? Well... is DIPA a style you can really classify? Hrm...

Overall a decent beer that will be slammed by the hop heads :P

Photo of jebert
3.69/5  rDev +13.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
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
2.72/5  rDev -16.3%
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
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
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
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
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
2.19/5  rDev -32.6%
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
2.31/5  rDev -28.9%
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
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
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
1.52/5  rDev -53.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.