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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) - Sprecher Brewing Company

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: logansboat15 on 06-18-2007)
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Photo of WJVII
3.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

WJVII, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +16%
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.

mynie, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.08/5  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.

Pauly2X, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

charlzm, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
1.45/5  rDev -55.5%
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.

CaptainIPA, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

wheatyweiss, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of botham
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

botham, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Slynger, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Homerbag, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3/5  rDev -8%
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.

srandycarter, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy-amber in hue with a suggestion of copper; the color is typical of an IPA and yet lighter and oddly clear. Smallish white head, at the apex the foam was only a half finger tall. The bubbles fell quickly to a soapy and short-lived cap. After a few more moments the middle was naked. There was noticeable but spotty subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance was quite average.

The nose doesn’t smell like a DIPA. Sort of fruity with hints of marshmallows, flowers, and candy-like sweetness. Vaguely hoppy… most Pale Ales are hoppier than this. There is nothing about the nose that is noteworthy, positively speaking anyway. I am not sure of the age of this bottle, I haven’t owned it more than a few months or so (I think). There is no way a DIPA should smell like this even after two years! Hell, I have had old IPAs that were still hoppy. I don’t know what to think. Anyway, the nose isn’t inviting. Boring.

While not hoppy, flavor-wise, the palate is moderately bitter and yet this is a fairly sweet beer. It is quite sugary with notes of toffee and caramel. Orchard fruitiness… apples, pears, figs and maybe some dates; I like the fruitiness quite a bit. Cheesy hop flavors… a sign of old age? A sign of a crappy DIPA? Maybe crappy isn’t the right word but there is something in that flavor that bothers me. The palate is bitter and sweet… fruity and cheesy with hints of alcohol heat. Solely based on taste (not in regards to style) I like this beer. It is unique. It is tasty. But for a DIPA it is a major dud.

Medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. Agreeable.

Is this beer supposed to smell like this? Taste like this? I can’t imagine so. In some ways this beer is boring and odd. And yet, in some ways, this beer is tasty and enjoyable. My scores reflect what I taste and how I responded to it. If I scored this solely based on what a DIPA is supposed to taste like this beer would have one shitty review. While I liked it I can’t imagine me seeking this out to drink again. This DIPA further dulls the luster of Sprecher’s beers. Nevertheless, thanks Bill for the bottle.

bditty187, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-hued garnet body with a finger of thick, lacy, light khaki head. Butterscotch and cookie dough malt aromas peppered with Scotch tape, pinesol, and grapefruit hop notes. Pinesol notes are weird. Slightly astringent grainy flavors up front. Mild butterscotch and cake batter malt in the middle. Weak hop flavors (pine and citrus) in a moderately bitter finish that seems to get more bitter in the aftertaste. Where are the big fresh hop flavors? Not bad, but a disappointing double IPA.

alexgash, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper with a voluminous light khaki head. Thick lacing. Nose has caramel malt, with a hops that range from the floral to piney in aroma. Some light grapefruit also. Pretty much covers the hop spectrum. The mouthfeel is medium with moderately sharp carbonation. Not quite as hoppy as I was expecting from and DIPA. This is more balanced compared to some ohter "hop bombs" out there. Initial taste is somewhat watered down in flavor. Midway toasted malt and caramel flavors emerge. They're followed by a scrubbing hop bitterness. Piney and a touch of grapefruit. Hoppiness is actually seems balanced pretty well with the malt. Finishes with some alcohol toward the back of the throat.

Winter, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Monsone for this in the 7-8-9-10 BIF

A-An aggressive pour results in a clear tawny reddish coloured brew with a .5 finger off white head that dissipates quickly. It does settle into a nice cap and leaves very impressive sheets and rings of lace.

S-The aroma is very sweet and malty with some alcohol as well. The hops however are drowned out by the malt. Where are the hops? This is a 2xIPA, come on now.

T-Not as sweet as the smell would suggest. The sweet malt is there upfront but a pleasing hop bitterness prevails in the aftertaste. The hops however are fairly non descriptive. There is a bit of an alcohol burn in there as well but it isn't too destracting. Beyond that there really isn't too much depth here.

M-Slightly syrupy with a tingling carbonation. Good body here.

D-2xIPA? Maybe not, more like a strong ale. Not a bad beer by any stretch but not how I like my 2xIPAs

sleazo, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
2.38/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

KarlHungus, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

TastyTaste, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kirok1999 for this brew, sent along in the Secret Halloween BIF. Served slighgtly chilled in a pint glass from a brown sixteen ounce bottle. This is my first Sprecher beer. Poured an awesome deep copper that is highlighted with some ruby hues. About two fingers of loose, bubbly offwhite head formed and somewhat quickly faded. It did leave a bit of thin lace behind on the glass. Not quite the nose I was expecting here. Sweet, smokey, caramel like notes, with a bit of hops tucked away in the back. Flavor was about the same. Tons of sweet malt, some hops, caramel, a bit of smoke, and quite biscuity. A malt monster. Definitely dominated by the malt. Where are the hops in this one? Double IPA? It did, however, have a nice smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability was also pretty good. Not a good rep. of the style but a pretty good beer.

jaxon53, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lively ruby red color with a medium rocky head. The head dies down to a mere collar, but does leave behind some lacing.

S: Lots of sweetened malt noted in the nose. The aroma of lemon zest is in the background with a hint of booze, but not really what I was expecting from a DIPA.

T: Let me start by saying I like this beer. That being said it is not a DIPA. If you like a malty IPA this is for you. The biscuit like sweetness is noted right up front. The hops show up in the end, but not with the fireworks you would expect from a DIPA.

M: Medium bodied, and very smooth.

D: An easy drinking IPA if they would label it as such.

Overall: I liked the beer, though it should be labeled as an IPA and a mild English sytle one at that. It's a real change of pace from the hop bombs I usually enjoy. It is smooth and refreshing, a beer I could drink all day long. I knocked off major points for calling this lower level IPA a DIPA.

tpd975, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

*** $15 1 LITRE BOTTLE: RIPOFF!!!*** Caveat Emptor!

Huge swing top 1 litre cobalt blue bottle with a plain black label and gold print. Back label explains the India Pale Ale history. Bottle neck has a gold sheild hanger.

After breaking the gold paper sash seal, the rubber stopper gives up with a *thwip*. Then the brew pours into a tall tulip with a brewed tea amber haze topped with a "tap water" suds ring like it was filled from the kitchen sink.

Aroma of musty dirt and vegetal. Some brewed tea aromas.

First swigs: Messy malt dud with a harsh dry finish. This is way off base or an AMerican 2IPA. At best this is an English IPA. A bitter ligh orange peel middle. Off flavors of pecan and carrot. Just a mess!

Last swigs: Did the seal leak? My last Sprecher swing top bottle did. Saying "Maybe this was a bad bottle" is too hackneyed but maybe it is. Dunno...don't care. This was lame! For $15 they didn't even use lube!

blitheringidiot, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of meechum
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided as extra in trade with Kirok1999

A - Poured into ceramic mug (it's all I had)..poured with a deep amber color that I wasn't expecting into a small off white head that subsided rather quickly leaving a halo of foam around the top of the beverage

S - Big malty smell with a hint of citrus hops in there but much more of the toasty/biscuity smell

T - This has a big malt taste up front (I'm a fan of that) that is finished with a tang of the hops..not as big a boom on the hops as I was expecting

M - Full and creamy with a balanced carbonation that coats the tounge fully

D - This is a highly quaffable libation if I don't say so myself...I could see this as an after dinner relaxer..the higher ABV makes it a one bottle per session experience in my opinion...overall a good beer

meechum, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of surlyseth
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, clear, deep amber body under a luxurious pale-tan head.

S: Awesome citrus, hint of caramel and biscuit.

T: Not what I was expecting. Without getting hung up on styles, I am very pleased. It's malty up front with a nice hoppy finish. My only issue is that it may be a little sour and then dry at the end (ABV 8.4%).

M: Medium body, nice carbonation. A lasting tingle.

D: Very nice. A fine offering from Sprecher. I would be tickled if my brew turned out this good.

surlyseth, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ALESwhatCURESya, Sep 04, 2007
IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.