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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 292
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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Photo of JAYAR1
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CLEAR WITH SLIGHT DULLNESS, RED COPPER COLOR. INITIAL TASTE WAS UNSETTLING, BUT IMPROVED WITH MULTIPLE SIPS. 1ST TASTED OF COOKED TOMATO PASTE THAT DEVELOPED INTO DRIED APRICOTS THEREAFTER. FINISHED WITH THE PLEASANT SIDE BACK OF THE TONGUE BITTERNESS. MEDIUM BODIED. WOULD NOT BE HIGH ON MY LIST OF IIPA'S BUT NOT THE WORST. (325 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of clintone
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
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 (1,579 characters)

Photo of beerdown77
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Snow81
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean copper with a orange tint

Smell: Malt sweetness and a hoppy citric profile

Head: Nice head that sticks around for a bit

Taste: Malty hoppy with a strong bitter on the back note but there's a small earthy note somewhere in the center of my palate, can't put my finger on it

Weight: Malty and rich

Finish: Citric bitter and very flavorful (360 characters)

Photo of tapman
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty brown in color, the head was 1 1/2 finger and a darker beige than one would expect so a nice surprise there. FIltered.

Bubble gum, soft pine, dark caramel sweetness.

Toasted caramel and a strong bitterness. Not too sweet, yet the extra maltose balances out the conservative hop flavor, which is still strong, just not as strong as others in the category. Hops are a little pine and very earthy.

Not syrupy at all for the style. Lighter than the average, but not too light.

This is perhaps one of the most easily drinkable DIPAs I've had. Not too big on flavor, but still pretty tasty and doesn't feel like drinking cough syrup. (638 characters)

Photo of BamaViper1
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The Sprecher IPA^2 pours golden amber and mostly transluscent into the glass. There is little head formation and only the thinnest bit of lacing on the glass.

The beer has a front hop nose with hints of citrus. There's also a bit of a sugary malt backbone with a slightly metallic note as well.

The beer tastes like light citrus and mild bitter hops. There's a slightly sugary malt note followed by a hint if alcohol. The finish is bready and malty with a slight bitter finish.

This beer is medium bodied with good carbonation and a weight in the finish that helps prolon the flavor.

Honestly with this DIPA I'm a little disappointed. The drinkability isn't bad, but if given a choice I'd probably go elsewhere. (768 characters)

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Date: 3 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 16fl oz bottle

Poured aggressively at 60ºF for a 3-finger head, dissipates slowly to a thin head, average lacing, color is copper stricken with crimson. Aroma of dull, soapy hops, faint malts. Taste of stale malts, rather unpleasant bitter hops, but still okay...probably better if the beer were colder, so I won't be so nasty. Mouthfeel is soapy. I'm very close to pouring this out...=/ (449 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent copper body topped by a pale tan head of an inch in height with solid stamina once it recedes to a quarter inch.

S - Nice floral hops aroma with a hint of spicy citrus.

T - Spiced hops with a sweet malty base. This is a good tasting DIPA.

M - Thick and sticky with a coarse edge. Definitely a big IPA.

~ This is a solid Double India Pale Ale. It comes in 4 packs of 16 ounce bottles. And at less than $8 a foursome, this is tough to beat. (459 characters)

Photo of sitarist
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. About a fingers worth of loose head falls to a ring that leaves spots of lacing.

I smell tea and pretzels...ther are faint hints of toffee, and pecan...not what Id expect from a DIPA. It is interesting none the less.

It is herbal and slightly metallic. I taste sour-dough and oolong tea. Not bad...just not what Id expect or accept for the style.

Medium body and creamy.

It is easy to drink with no bad flavors...reminds me more of a weak barleywine than a DIPA.

A beer for tickers everywhere. (528 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp copper/caramel like color with a fairly large, foamy, light, fluffy, whispy, white head. Average retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Not picking up a lot of aroma, and very little hop aroma is coming out. Pretty malty with some caramel and toffee and predominantly pale malt. Some slightly herbal/tea hop aroma and some light fruitiness.

T - Like the nose suggested, this is not a West Coast DIPA. Pale malt is quite strong with caramel and biscuit flavors being strong. Some hoppy flavors come out though. Herbal/tea and grassy being strongest. A faint fruitiness, particularly apple. The hops do provide a strong level of bitterness, and do make their presence known.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Crisp feel and a slightly drying finish.

D - I didn't have trouble finishing the glass, but I didn't really want another afterward either.

Notes: Very much an English style DIPA. Malt makes a strong presence in the flavor. Hops definitely provided a bitterness, but the hop flavors were pretty subtle. Overall I enjoyed drinking it, but I didn't really feel like having another. Not a bad beer and it's nice to have a DIPA that isn't a West Coast one available, but I wasn't blown away. If the price is right, get this, if not don't feel too bad if you skip it. (1,303 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber colored beer, cloudy with average carbonation. Has a dense white head.
I smell a caramel malt around with a very sutle earthy hop bouqet.
A nicely balanced brew of caramel malts and earthy hops maybe a bit herbal too.
A medium body beer.
Doesn't match up well to the label. I find this beer really to be lacking flavor. I expected more of a flavor wallop.
All in all it's pretty good. (393 characters)

Photo of WEBBEER
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark amber to light bronze color. Cloudy and hazy. The head is a thickly textured whipped cream off white. With a lacy retention.

Smell - Very strong hop and malt nose. Rich notes of bread, and strong caramel and raw brown sugar.

Taste- Initially a sweet sugar note, then the nutty, then fruit and then the strong hop kick. Very much a cognac or strong distilled alcohol bite in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Starts off smooth with a sweet viscosity and then a hop dryness. No doubting the 7.72% ABV marked on this bottle of IPA squared!

Serving type: 16 oz. bottle poured into a stemless copita

First personal experience with a double IPA. My overall opinion? WOW! This is IPA. Not a session but truly a dessert / rocking nightcap!! (751 characters)

Photo of BlueCat1
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scanning some of the other reviews of this beer makes me wonder if it's the same beer. Is it the fact that I sampled from a tap? The color was definitely dark. The pour had a rich almost creamy head that lingered. I could not see through the beer holding it to a light. More brown than orange.

The aroma was pleasant, not particularly hoppy, more malty. The flavor was well balanced between the malt and hops. With one taste it seemed to lean toward the malty side; then with the next it would tend toward hops.

I considered it quite drinkable, almost a session DIPA?! (570 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a basic pale malt scent with a touch of biscuit malts and a mild hop nose. The malts seem to dominate the aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop bite. It hits you hard up front and resinates in the finish. The malt bill is lacking complexity and therefore offers little in the way of balance. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This an above average beer, but it's low on my list of good DIPA's. (588 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.50 at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville NC. 16oz brown-glass twist-top. Shoulder is dated but it's smudged so I have no idea when this is from.

Pours a clear orange amber with sudsy white head that leaves lots of lacing. Nose is very floral and showcases the pale caramel malt. Some faint whispers of pine.

Palate is surprisingly crisp and light-bodied. Floral hops and very very pale malt. Orange blossoms a-plenty. Clean finish and dry.

Somewhat simple but very refreshing and light-bodied for an IIPA. This is something of a mild complaint. I want more hop flavors though... (574 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher claims this is an English IPA so I'm reviewing it as such. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a lively off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some citrusy and floral hops upfront, along with caramel, fruity esters, biscuit, minerals, and some alcohol. The flavor also starts out with floral and herbal hops with slight citrus notes, along with biscuit and caramel, minerals, fruity esters, chalk and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is pretty good. A tasty English IPA, I could see being disappointed if you were expecting a west coast style hop bomb but the label clearly states otherwise. (641 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a stubby 16 oz bottle picked up from the brewery and poured into a DogFish Head signature glass (August 28, 2010). There is a serial number on the bottle but it isn't decipherable as a freshness date that I can tell.

Eyes: Pours an attractive deep golden copper with slight haze. The light khaki foam rises up to one full finger. Retention and lacing are very good.

Nose: Sweet malts dominate, some smokey grassy hopps make a suggestion.

Tongue: I can tell it's a malty IPA style brew, but that's about it. The malts are nice, but there just aren't enough hops to balance it out. Surprisingly bitter for what seems to be a low level of hopps.

Mouth: Actually a bit better here, good carbonation, with a pleasant body.

Libation: This is an average DIPA. The malt profile is flavorful and pleasant. The hop profile profile is not at all to the level I expect from an IPA, never mind a DIPA. The price and size are attractive ($1.60 for a 16 oz. bottle), but there just aren't enough hops here to quench a thirsty hop tooth. (1,038 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Clear amber, decent head.
smell: Nice but I had this at a restaurant and wondered if they brought the right beer. Hops are there but not up front.
taste: Again, I had a few sips before I was convinced this was a DIPA, though certainly a malt heavy specimen. Good taste though.
mouthfeel: Full.
drinkability: The more I had the more I liked it. Again, not a prototypical DIPA but a nice brew. (403 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - clear copper color with a thick, mousse-like head with fantastic retention

S - moderatetly strong citrus hop aroma, some pine-like quality, caramel malt scents, touch of sherry

T - strong hop flavors come through right at the start and follow through to the finish which is hoppy, but perhaps not as bitter as some double IPAs; malt is supportive and balanced here; clean - not much in the way of yeast esters or character; some perfume-like alcohol flavors noted as it warms

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Overall a decent double IPA but perhaps not the paragon of the style. It's enjoyable but doesn't really stand-out against some its competition. That said - it is a good 'gateway' to the style and I would recommend this to someone who tells me that double IPAs are too bitter. (801 characters)

Photo of katan
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown, very clear ale. Strong head formation, light white and hanging around at a cm. Light bubbling is obvious.

S - Not very hoppy for a DIPA. Mostly some malt notes, some caramel, some roast. Light amount of hops come through in the finish.

T - Starts off malty, light caramel, 2-row. Gets more bitter mid-stream, but hoppiness is restrained. Grainy notes, some astringency is present. Finishes with more roasted, caramel and crystal malts. Some grapefruit notes. Lightly bitter.

M - Moderate to light body - well below what a DIPA should pull through. Oily, clinging aftertaste- sticks to the tongue like glue.

D - Moderate drinkabiilty. ABV is manageable for the style. Flavors are light, due to their underassertive nature. Not filling.

This beer is a giant 'ehh' to me. I wanted an affordable and quality DIPA with a nice hop profile, and ended up with a pale ale with way too many burnt malts. (937 characters)

Photo of meatyard
2.31/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very hazy, amber/orange that mostly clears up. The head is a 1-finger, off-white with slight lacing.
The smell is sweetish malt but no apparent hop aroma.
The taste is lightly sweet malt with mild bitterness and, again, no discernible hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with consistent, light carbonation.
Drinkability as a DIPA is near zero. As something else it's OK. Sprecher either needs to retire this thing or give it a complete makeover. Not recommended if you're looking for any hops. (498 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight earthy malt, sweet malt, strong hops, alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, strong hops, alcohol, slight dark citrus, slight tart malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, a good body, aroma, and great complexity. (482 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new beer to Iowa. 16 ounce bottles.

This beer pours a chestnut or auburn color with a nice head.

Nose is slightly floral or phenolic.

Taste is somewhat hoppy by today's standards. Not over the top like some. Plenty of malt as well. This tastes like an english or Irish ale. This one has a very creamy mouth feel at first then a slightly bitter finish. This beer is drinkable, but with today's tough competition, forgettable. (432 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher IPA2 is a very clear and very lively ale that's on the border between amber and golden. It has a dense, creamy, white head with outstanding retention and lacing. There's nothing hoppy in the aroma. It smells like wet stone with notes of dirt and metal. It has a creamy, smooth medium body with a clean, dry finish. It tastes a little sweet, a little funky and a little bitter. It seems like some kind of English session ale-- maybe an ESB. Yeah, it's pretty odd that it's called a double IPA. It's not bad, but not what I expected. (540 characters)

IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.