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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)

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.72%

Availability: Summer

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Added by logansboat15 on 06-18-2007

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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 304
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, new label and bottle size intrigued me to try a single bottle. Pours orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head, plenty of carbonation, good retention, and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aromas were bile, herbal hops, and faint pine cleaner: not so pleasant, made me scared to try it. Tastes were definitely odd: medicinal, earthy bitter herbal hops, pine cleaner, evergreen, sour grapefruit, soap, biscuity malt; finishes bitter and dry with a reminiscence of rubbing alcohol or cheap hard liquor perhaps. Mouth-feel is medium, but the astringency on the finish is pretty wild. Overall, one of the worst DIPA's I've had. It's still beer, and I'll drink it, but unfortunately it's just not very good.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a orange body with a thing ring and sudsy lacing.
Aroma is not jumping out much, subdued nose of biscuit and C hops.
Flavors are dull citrus and orange from the hops mostly, a bit of evergreen and pine, a dry caramel and toast.
Mouthfeel is more full bodied then i like for a IPA, low carb.

not bad, but below average for sure.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper color and so much foam it overflowed my pint glass. The aroma is fruity with a hint of pine. The taste I was confused on. It has elements of fruit, pine, and floral, a bit tart but has an earthiness I thought was misplaced, like it didn't belong or should be reduced. The body is good and that earthiness remains on the tongue for a long time. I would say there are few better DIPAs out there like the almighty Hopslam, but there are many worse.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.69/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Not sure what happened here, but suspect the bottle may have been old. Pours a cloudy light yellow with small white head. Aroma is dusty old hops, no malt backbone, grass, earth, pine. Flavor follows very dry, high carbonation, and what comes off to me as licking a dustpan. There is some pine mixed in, but the complete lack of malt base here makes it harsh. Just not very good...maybe I'll try again when I know I have a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this IPA2 in a pint glass. No readily noticeable freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance- One and a half finger of bright white foam. It is smooth and creamy, retaining well. There is a boat load of sheet lace with big bubbles popping.

The body is an amber-copper with golden highlights. This one is very hazy.

Smell- Tantalizingly sweet and a soft citrus scent comes through. Underneath the pineapple and passion fruit is an earthiness that adds some complexity to the nose.

Taste- Not much of the nose has transferred here. The earthiness and a booziness are the most noticeable flavors up front. Where did that nice, sweet, citrus quality go?

I supposed it comes out more in the mid drink and finish. Just a touch of that grapefruit and pineapple sticking to the roof of my mouth. There is also a little pepperiness mingling in the long finish. This needs to be sweeter and rocking more of the citrus.

This much booze is out of place on the palate.

Mouth feel- I enjoy the creaminess and smoothness of this beer. It goes down in score a little bit with that booziness.

Overall- Most important thing is the taste, and this one trips up a little bit. It is still a good double IPA, but there is just too much booze. And not enough sweet citrus to go around, it was all on the nose.

I would have it again, but ultimately, I am a little let down by this Sprecher offering.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Damn had no idea this was a summer beer so it's at least 3 months old. Also my ABV is 7.72% listed on the bottle.

A - Looks like a very nice IPA. I get a nice light amber, clear in color (thankfully no sediment) and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Head could have been a bit more sticky with lacing.

S - Again very nice I get a strong earthy bitter hop profile very piney and a weak malt balance but it is there.

T - Wow it's old but it's still very bitter and piney. An assault of earthy pine bitterness which quickly rounds out a bit with a cracker like malt. Finish has some more bittering hops but I could use more floral hops...

M - Light to medium it was fairly easy to drink.

Overall I have had many other more balanced IPA's and a few other more balanced DIPA's. It's not bad just not worth a repeated purchase being .2% higher ABV than most stellar IPA's (Sculpin and Union Jack for example)

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Rogue Ale pint and the color is a cloudy orangeish with particles in suspension with an orangeish white head (1/4"). It doesn't hang around for long and leaves a ring around the glass and slides down as the brew is consumed. Kinda strange looking for an IPAx2.

The smell is earthy flowery hops and sweetish malts.

The flavor is sweetish malts and florally hops with the sweet just peaking through the hop bitterness, in fact the bitterness (which is light) is more evident in the throat than on the tongue.

I can't pick up any alcohol, so it is well hidden. It is medium to just a bit on the heavy side on the mouthfeel and lowish medium on the carbination.

This is not a bad brew, especially in spite of it's appearance; it's not great by any means, but it's not to bad. I'd think it was a B brew at best and it would take a alot of great Double IPA's to be out of stock before I would " Walk This Way" again. Cheers

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Photo of Durge
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This big DIPA pours a clear but dark copper color into my glass with a big 3 finger head that relaxes into an creamy white-ish cover with very healthy lacing. The aroma includes lots of caramel and maple sweetness, herbal/Dr. Pepper nuances and butterscotch candy malt. It has some good qualities but together it seems a tad peculiar, almost like it's "turned" a bit, but I can't quite tell. Not bad really. With the first taste I can tell that the peculiar edge is probably just booziness which makes itself evident to the tongue. Again, this stuff is sweet caramel with sugary grain and a slight apricot/cherry fruit highlight. Perhaps a touch of bubblegum hop here and more buttery ideas. Can't help but think some of this is failed brewing while it may also be intended as it's not terrible by any means, just not real inviting to have repeat visits in my book. Body is about medium with a bit of cloying on the palate. A little heavy on the carbonation. Sweet and boozy would be my primary notes here. Definitely not a session brew, a little astringent I think. Not the best DIPA for my tastes.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and a small grapefruity note. In the taste, orange citrus, dry hops, and a small alcohol presence all the way through. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop and alcohol in the aftertaste. Boozier than it really is, big hops and a lighter body.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single from the local bottle shop...

Very faded hop aromas and a sweet caramelly maltiness roll off of this beer... Wow... Candy sweet aromas here... Hops are floral in nature... Either this is way past its prime or this was a malt-forward DIPA to begin with...

Loads of sweet candy maltiness dominate here... Hops are way past their prime and very faded... Almost barleywine like... If this was a barleywine, it would be a pretty decent effort. As is, its a very mediocre attempt at a DIPA...

Not Sprecher's best effort here.... I will pass on this one in the future..

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.14/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

According to the Julian code, this was bottled on June 1st.

A: Golden orange colored, hazy with some floaties. Two fingers of off-white head..tons of texture. Loads of caked on lacing around the entire glass. Thick, foamy film with a good bit of larger bubbles.

S: Not too impressive. Hardly any hop presence. I understand this is going on 6 months old, but you'd hope for better than this from a DIPA. Sweet and toasted malts with what seems like citrus hops.

T: The taste is a little better, but the alcohol is much more present than you'd expect from sub-9% beer. Grapefruit citrus bitterness. Biscuity and toasted malts. Not half bad.

M: Medium bodied. Not much else I can say about this...well, the alcohol has a bit of an affect. Not so much of a burn..more like the sensation you get from a mild mouth wash.

O: If this was an English DIPA, I would rate it a little higher, but as is, this is a beer that should probably passed up.

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Photo of tomfneph
4.45/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN. It may be different from the bottled version.
The appearance was a nice honey amber color. The lacy head persisted throughout the pint.
Have you ever had Bluebird grapefruit juice in the can? If so then you know what this beer on draught smells and tastes like. I'm not talking about the sissy red, but the real old style white grapefruit. Add some alcohol and there you go. Nuff said. I like this, but if you don't like grapefruit you won't.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville. Hazy, copper-colored body with about a one- finger light tan head. Decent amount of lacing.

The aroma is light but definitely has citrus hop notes. A little sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is good and tasty. Solid citrus hop notes, leaning toward the grapefruit and lemon spectrum, with some sweet maltiness to balance.

Medium mouthfeel that is very drinkable. Surprised by this one and enjoyed it.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A – Pours a hazy orange with a one finger off-white head that almost instantly fades to a thin film the clings to the edges of the glass, leaving behind some nice lacing.

S – The aroma of this DIPA is mostly malty with a very faint nondescript hop aroma. It does have a rather fruit, possibly topical smell, but its seriously lacking in the citrus and pine.

T – This is a really unusual tasting IPA. Not what I expect from the style, yet its very pleasant. Decent hop bitterness, but with a nice crisp citrus bite followed by a strong malty, almost nutty finish.

M – Medium Bodied with really nice, spiky carbonation.

O – This is a decent, dare I say good beer. I got this as part of the Beer of the Month Club and this is my last of three. Given the access i have to Pliny and other top tier DIPAs this would not be my first choice, but I found it rather tasty.

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Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy pale copperish color with about an inch of fluffy off-white head. Great lacing on this one too.

Smell is very nice citrus and hops.

Taste is moderately hoppy but still very pleasant. Nice citrus notes coming through.

Mouthfeel is light-medium and very refreshing. Went down smooth.

Overall a really good beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'll look for this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle. bottle code, but no clear date in it.

appears a hazy cloudy copper rusty color. thin off-white head, but it fades to a thin covering. nice hoppy aroma, but subtle, not overpowering. in the taste, hops ride on top of a nice malty base. I'd say it tastes more like of an English IPA. medium body, carbonation on the higher side.

not a bad beer, I think just a bit mis-labeled by the brewer.

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Photo of cokes
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy rusted apricot with a tight off-white head that dwindles quickles but laces in thick sheets.
Aromatic of buttered caramel and toasted english muffins. Fruity with figs, dates, and golden raisins. Hops add little, aroma-wise, besides a minor slappy, herbal, tea-ish bitterness.
Once it hits the tongue, it's all gummy bears, caramel, and golden raisins. It dries a bit midway, as the grains appear via lemon poppyseed muffins, with a smear of butter. Bubblegum afterwards, with a tangerine undertow. Hops brings traces of mint and herbs. Alcohol gives a late gin-dry breath.
Full bodied with low carbonation once the initial charge settles out.
It's a stylistic knuckleball. Definitiely in the British vein, but it doesn't really function as an IPA of any sort. It's an absolute fail when rating within the style. But I'm giving it some leeway because I find some interesting moments here, and I don't hate it. It's all fruity and sweet, and it's better approached as a quirky English Strong Ale or Barleywine.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.01/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a pint glass

A-about a 2 finger off-white/beige head that fades to a thin film that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Is a dark cloudy amber color in the glass

S-Faint hop aroma, not really what I was expecting for a DIPA.

T- Slight citrus taste follewd by soem bitterness maybe something like lemon pith.

M-Good carbonation still had bubbles rising when I was halfway done with the glass.

O-I could drink a couple of these but I am not an IPA fan if that tells you anything, it is more like an english ale than an IPA or even a DIPA for sure.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a single 12oz bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in Summer 2011.

Pours a cloudy, dark copper color with a bubbly head of foam that last for a while leaving a thin layer of foam for the first sip. Scent is strong with malts and bitter hops. The taste is unusual for a double IPA. There is a hoppy taste to it but not in a good way. The dryness just kind of lingers around and is rather bland. There's slight hints of bitter lemon, burnt malts, and wheat. Certainly drinkable but not one of Sprecher's better beers.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy orange color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to a thin skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Sweet crackery malt. Lemon and sugar. Not much hop character.

T: Like the nose; very sweet and hearty malt character. Lightly resinous in the middle but no distinct flavor I could describe. Sharply bitter in the finish along with warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly resiny. Though starting sweet, finish is bitter, dry and warming.

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.

O: Drinkable, but nothing special. The nose and taste are wanting for a DIPA.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of rwathree
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.