IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) - Sprecher Brewing Company
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3.36/5 rDev +3.4%
I want to rate this a bit higher because it is a favored style and it does not offend and it is a reasonably (cheap) beer for the style, but it is a bit funky. The appearance is really nice. I back lit it in a new location in my kitchen and I was excited about the bright orange. It isn't clear and doesn't have the biggest head but that is ok for the style.
The rest doesn't fare as well. The aroma has a funky quality. Spunky funky. It carries into the taste and aftertaste. It's nice and bitter and stuff, but there is a funky taste like it has gone bad. Infected.
I will not buy this again due to the funky taste.
09-21-2013 22:56:24 | More by schoolboy
1.79/5 rDev -44.9%
Sprecher "IPA ^2" (i.e. "IPA Squared). "Double India Pale Ale." Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it plainly identifies as such. 7.72% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap acquired at me local Whole Foods as part of a mixed six-pack and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a one finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice even lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - between one and two minutes.
Body colour is a hazy nontransparent translucent peach-copper. Abundant yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it's a bit murky for the style, but I'm optimistic.
Sm: Off-putting tropical fruit notes: pineapple, mango, and passionfruit. Boozy. Pale malts. Sweet, sticky, and nectary. An unpleasant aroma of below average strength. Awfully sugary, with some resinous character.
No yeast character is detectable.
T/Mf: Quite poorly constructed. Sweet, sticky, and hop-forward, with the worst possible tropical fruit notes: stale orange, passionfruit, mango, pineapple. Boozy as hell to boot. Sugary and cloying. Cane sugar. Poorly executed caramel. Nectary. Some herbal tea-like notes with an accompanying astringent bitterness. Zero balance here. No subtlety. It's a misguided mess.
Too full bodied. Overbearing. Overcarbonated. Too thick. Syrupy. Smooth and wet. Horrid presence on the palate. Quite poorly executed. Doesn't suit the style at all.
Dr: Hard to drink, hard to stomach. A very poor attempt at the style. Boozy. Quite atrocious stuff; I did not expect that from Sprecher. I would definitely not buy this again, and I'll struggle to finish just this bottle. Not at all recommended.
09-11-2013 01:50:43 | More by kojevergas
2.54/5 rDev -21.8%
App- Good color for and IPA style, head is less than standard. Some suspended sediment.
Smell- I pick up a little of that intoxicating hop smell, but it is faint for a DIPA.
Taste- Meh. Bitter, buy not in that hoppy good way. Unbalanced, missing what makes one buy a DIPA, something went wrong here. A let down for sure. Maybe they mixed an IPA with a Marzen, I don't know, I'm lost.
Mouthfeel- A little thin, missing that silky feel I'm looking for. However not objectionable.
Overall- DIPA fail.
09-08-2013 01:44:07 | More by herr_fish
2.74/5 rDev -15.7%
Went to Wisconsin for a family vacation and picked up a four pack of this to enjoy on the lake front. Poured into a pint glass. I had picked up this and a couple new glarus brews but decided to try this one first, mistake. It's really dull on the palate and pretty heavy, actually quite hard to drink. So bad that I even thought about dumping it out. Will never buy again as there's so many better double IPA's on the market...save yourself the time and money and pass this one up...
08-21-2013 02:37:12 | More by Spcoly
3.58/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a cloudy light red/orange with a nice white head. Smells of sweet floral and citrus hops, very inviting. Tastes of citrus hops and slight malt, but not sharp like a beer of this type should. Beer is a little heavily carbonated, but medium body still goes down well. Overall, a slightly above average beer.
08-16-2013 00:25:22 | More by cyclonece09
3.15/5 rDev -3.1%
A - dark orange with a soft lacing of white head
S - sweet, apples, caramel
T - caramel, baked apples, hint of toasted malt, mild piney bitterness in the finish, big alcohol warmth in the finish
M - medium bodied, well carbonated, very warm bordering on hot
This is not an impressive beer. For a DIPA the hops are incredibly subdued. To me this comes across as a malt bomb with way too much estery fruit. It's sweet and the apple notes border on cloying. The hops only really come in at the end and even then it's a failed attempt at balance. I'm glad I tried this one, but I won't be getting it again.
05-26-2013 00:47:00 | More by tdm168
3/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured from their 12oz bottle -
Appearance - Pours a quick finger of offwhite eggshell foam, dissipates pretty quickly. Color is a hazy orange amber. Whoah - there is a ton of sediment floating around in here, and a storm of effervescense, we're talking large pieces here, like seeing debris in a tornado video - seems a bit odd, and seems to be too much.
Smell - Orange, mango and tropical, and then some floral pollen, and maybe even a slight chalky smell. Also starts to heat up towards the end, could be better balanced at 7.7%.
Taste - Taste is very heavy on the floral hops, clover and pollen, there is some light tropical and orange flavors in the background here too. About halfway through the sip a chalky dryness and some grapefruit pith and bitter floral begins to assert itself.
Mouthfeel - Almost medium mouthfeel, slight creamy smoothness, carb is just below medium, drinks easily, and is on the slick side.
Overall - Really not a bad dipa, very heavily floral, seems a bit one sided though. Also a bit unbalanced, you can really start to pick up the alcohol halfway through. If you like floral ipa's oyu may want to try this, otherwise I can't recommend this one.
04-27-2013 03:44:21 | More by blackcompg
IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.