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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) - Sprecher Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.04%

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:
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(Beer added by: logansboat15 on 06-18-2007)
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Photo of RedneckBeerz


3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 09:19:04 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of Durge


3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:24:59 | More by Durge
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 16:24:57 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Tilley4


3/5  rDev -8.3%
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..

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 00:35:16 | More by Tilley4
Photo of titosupertramp


3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:50:07 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of tomfneph


4.45/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 04:59:39 | More by tomfneph
Photo of FanofHefe


3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 23:16:12 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of dubinsky


3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:51:59 | More by dubinsky
Photo of richkrull


3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 01:57:15 | More by richkrull
Photo of TMoney2591


3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:06:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jmdrpi


3.53/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 04:15:55 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of cokes


3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 06:09:03 | More by cokes
Photo of tvv375ia


3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:10:27 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of Lemke10


3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 05:06:44 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Haybeerman


2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 17:01:04 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 00:36:51 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of rwathree


3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 02:33:52 | More by rwathree
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 18:15:20 | More by oberon
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 10:56:27 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Thorpe429


3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:43:39 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of TheHoppiest


2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:36:15 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of JAYAR1


3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:25:14 | More by JAYAR1
Photo of Duff27


3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:58:46 | More by Duff27
Photo of clintone


4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:13:43 | More by clintone
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 07:04:52 | More by beerdown77
IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.