India Pale Ale - Sprecher Brewing Company
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Reviews by brakspear:
4.05/5 rDev +12.5%
After a trip to the Pacific Northwest and imbibing a great swath of Cascade laced IPAs, the Sprecher variant on this style is a shock....but a very pleasant one.
A beautiful redish amber with a creamy white head that leaves sheets of lacing in the glass...gorgeous.
The aroma is very subdued, particularly since it is dry-hopped twice according to the Sprecher website. None of the grapefruit blast I have grown accustomed to from Pacific Northwest beer, but a hop spice is evident, lingering over a deep biscuity base.
The flavor is well-balanced, hop bitterness is there, but it is the deep malt that makes its presence known. Not sweet or cloying because the bitterness subdues any malty sweetness, perhaps it is the Munich and Biscuit malt that gives this IPA its unique character. The hops (Northern Brewer, Fuggle, Willamette & Chinook) are present, but blended well.
The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The more I think of it, I would put this beer in the category of a strong ale, along the lines of Stone's Arrogant Bastard, but not as citrusy.
This is a potent beer, but a very good one. A nice branch off the American IPA tree.
08-27-2003 00:21:00 | More by brakspear
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4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
Chill-hazed dark brownish orange color. Big and little bubbles make up the 1/4 inch head, with the smaller bubbles on the edge. Looping and complex lace. Very nice malty aroma, almost an orange chewy center wrapped in caramel. Nice mouthfeel, medium body and satisfying flavor that expresses good toffee and caramel and impressive floral hopping. Some bitterness, but not nearly so citric as many American IPAs. A sleeper, not a killer -- very drinkable and well made and an alternative on the style.
07-16-2003 14:17:23 | More by ADR
4.05/5 rDev +12.5%
Throws out an impressive amber-bronze. Beige head is everlasting. Mountainous follwing the stiff pour. Decends to substancial foothills.
Caramelized fruit (mostly peach) and floral hops on the nose.
Taste begins quite malty and almost bock-like (even weizenbock at times) in its fruitiness. Caramel is the major player, but there are heavy peach and apricot flavors, and an undertow that hints at bananas and clove. Hops are present, but stay buried until about 3/4th of the way through this one. At this point, they come rushing out of the gate with bittering, drying avengance. Puckering alum notes. Somewhat floral, but mostly just bitter. Not bad though, as they do help balance the hefty malt load. Alcohol is definately perceived in the later half. This is a pretty big-ass IPA. As astringant as the hops are, they do not quite balance the load. The on-going battle of fruity malts, sweet, prickly alcohol and metallic hops rides long into the finish.
Not like many IPA's I've had. Seems 1 part bock, 1 part barleywine, and 1 part IPA. Interesting. Maybe a mess, but an likeable one.
Thickish mouthfeel. Once the tight carbonation dies, it becomes almost chewy....a less enthuisatic reviewer would call this cloying.
Quite Drinkable, but punishing. I am not sure of the ABV, but I'd guess it pushes 8%.
Dug one of last years out of the cellar. (bottled May 2002)
What a bizarre brew this has turned into. Mellowed, yes, but substancially more. Still some weizenbock qualities. I am sure wheat isn't used here, but there is a soft, underlying banana/vanilla flavor to accompany the flowing caramel nougat malts. Dehydrated peaches and just a touch toasty. .A bit sugary. Really rich and chewy. Other than a metallic bitterness and traces of florals, the hopping has virtually disappeared. Drying alcohol burst at the finish.
Had I tasted this blind, IPA would have never jumped into my head.
I can't even attempt to compare this one. It's good stuff though, and worth cellaring. Unless of course, you like your IPAs up and in your face with the hops. Drink it fresh in that case.
Rich and candy-like after a year. And unlike any beer I've had.
09-29-2002 21:02:49 | More by cokes
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
Got 2 bottles as part of Sprecher's "Beers of the British Isles" sampler at Woodman's West here in Madison.
Pour: a beautiful apricot nectar hue of orange-amber, crystal clear under a finger or two of khaki foam that fades to a spotty skim.
Nose: English hops - the herbal, buttery variety; light fruit syrups and citrus, caramel malts
Taste: again, this is an English IPA and the hopping shows the milder, herbal/buttery notes that I've come to expect from the style. Malts are all toffee and caramel and balanced by golden syrup and apricot nectars. The booze is quite noticeable at 7.7% and adds a metallic twinge to the finish but is not overly distracting.
Feel: full-bodied, but light and crisp on the tongue
Drinkability/Overall: This is clearly in the English IPA style and should be judged as such. Not always my cup of tea, but this is a balanced, well-made rendition. Solid all-around as are most Sprecher beers.
12-28-2006 02:27:30 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
A very long-lasting and creamy head of ivory rests gently atop a slightly hazy orange-amber-copper body in Sprecher's India Pale Ale. Short walls of lace and wide, jagged patches of lace are left behind, as well as patches of tiny spots along the edges of the spot that you imbibe from.
Caramelish and toffee-like maltiness combines with an apricot-like fruitiness and some leafy, herbal, and grassy hops in the nose.
It's medium-full bodied in the mouth with a decidedly dextrinous, malty edge, and a very-fine bubbled, moderate carbonation that leaves a gentle tingle on the tongue as it passes smoothly over.
The caramelish and toffee-like malt dominates at the start, and it's even slightly wort-like before the grassy and leafy hops and spicy alcohol kick in. Some of the apricot, or dried-fruit-like fruitiness found in the nose appears for a second, and then a solid bitterness rises from beneath, leaving it to slide into a lingering, bitter and grassy finish.
It's not complex, nor overly hoppy; just a well-done, straight-forward English-style IPA that's got a pretty good drinkability despite its slightly higher than usual strength (for an English ale, that is).
02-27-2007 02:37:10 | More by NeroFiddled
4.08/5 rDev +13.3%
16oz stubby single, $1.89 at Woodman's - West, abv actually listed at 7.7% on the label
appearance: poured into great dane imperial pint glass...fabulous presentation...big amber-copper body with a beautiful beige cream head and fantastic retention. very impressive pour from sprecher
smell: pretty strong aroma...clearly well hopped but the emphasis appears to not be as citrus oriented and instead has nice pear/apple/white grape aromas, obvious caramel malt base
taste: This is a different kind of IPA but honestly I really like it and it is easily one of my new favourite sprecher beers. Taste is rather fruity with a big pear flavour you dont normally see in an IPA, green apple, white grape, light citrus flavors, well hopped, caramel malt base that balances this one out quite well
mouthfee: again, great. medium body, quite cream and the head retention makes every sip a pleasure
drinkability: high, I very much enjoy this beer
09-02-2006 04:12:29 | More by dirtylou
2.83/5 rDev -21.4%
Had a small glass at an IPA tasting at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis. What the heck is going on here? This beer is way too fruity. It tastes more like a hefe with banana and bubblegum flavors. That's it, I'm sticking to Sprecher's German beers from now on. This beer was drinkable and had the right malt, but it seemed like something was way off in the hops and yeast character departments.
05-28-2009 18:26:04 | More by tempest
3.33/5 rDev -7.5%
A buddy brings me this from a road trip. He doesnt know beer so I didnt know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised with his choice. Tha appearance is Pale / Orange with a lasting head. The aroma is hoppy but not citrusy. More floral. Mouthfeel is medium. This leads to a surprise at the taste with tangy citrus hops. Not alot of malt but enough to keep hops in check. The aftertaste is a dry linguring hop aftertaste that coats the toungue. the dryness may also be from the ABV. Hop resin is almost grapefruit like. The overall take on this beer for style is a little low on aroma for an IPA but good, IMHO. Its very interesting. There is a flavor I cant pick out that traditionally I dont think belongs here. Perhaps by the yeast strain used giving some fruity esters that accent the hops. The fact that it comes in 16 oz bottles is very cool too. Tasty. Nice summer IPA due to the citrus aspect as opposed to a year round. The citrus is a surprise since I dont smell it.
02-12-2003 20:16:10 | More by UncleFrank
4.15/5 rDev +15.3%
Sprecher IPA: A huge IPA with a boatload of hops. Very dark amber in color, with not a lot of head. The hops were very assertive in the aroma, and had slight floral notes as well. I’ve seen the excellent reviews here, but and was a little taken aback by their references to malts/sweet tastes. There was a rich malt body, but my tastes registered primarily big hop, and a very nice bitter flavor, with a fast dry finish. This is a very nice IPA with a big alcohol punch: drink wisely and well, Sprecher IPA.
10-03-2002 21:17:25 | More by jackndan
3.3/5 rDev -8.3%
Coppery-bronze in hue with an amber-gold highlight, it is an attractive color. There is no animation, still a head of two fingers formed on a harder than normal pour. The head was off-white in color. Head retention was good, it started to fade after a few moments, and it turned into a loose cap that remained during the whole consumption. Lacing was unorganized but very common. This is an above-average looking IPA. The nose is soft and airy, the hops are not very pronounced and I can detect some grassy aromas that turn mildly citrusy. The airiness allows for a light mineral twang to be seen. A thoughtful sniff shows the malt, at the back, clean with a bit of toasted-caramel. Rather fruity throughout. Still the nose is weak for an IPA, even if they are going for a traditional offering. The bouquet is too boring to be inviting. The palate is raw, not very bitter yet unrefined. This is not a good combination, frankly. There is flavor but it is too disjointed and not well crafted. Upfront the hops are noticed but they are hardly noteworthy. In the middle it becomes fruity and the caramel malt backdrop develops. The finish is bitter, raw, and too hot, candy-like. This IPA is adequate but flawed. It is nothing Id seek out again nor would I want to drink many of these. Also, once this beer warmed to near room temperature a cigar/tobacco smell (pronounced) and taste (slight) developed that didnt strike my fancy. Medium in body, modestly low carbonation, natural and fitting. The mouthfeel is decent. Overall this IPA is nothing special, the lone bottle I bought in Milwaukee with be enough for me.
09-09-2004 12:17:57 | More by bditty187
3.78/5 rDev +5%
This beer was a member of the mixed 8 pack from Sprecher. It pours a golden color leaving a thick off-white head. The nose is medicinal, bitter herbs, lemon and honey, faint tropical fruits. The taste starts medicinal in nature, honey, malty, but backed by a strong bitterness that balances well and finishes sweet.
07-30-2007 19:28:57 | More by Franchise
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
appearance: 16 ounce bottle. The pour creates a .25" off white head. The beer is a deeper type copper color.
smell: Some hints of fruit that differ from most IPAs I've had...dates, figs, and other dark fruits. Sweet and richly scented, probably some esters, lots of malt, dark sugars. Slight alcohol scent. Moderate hop aroma, needs some more. The malty smell is great but the lack of enough hop aroma really hurts the whole.
mouthfeel: Carbonation is in the middle of the low range. The body is medium and somewhat slick on the tongue.
taste: Expected big maltiness, sugary dates. Hop characteristics are lacking again. Grassy hop aroma at first and then a moderate, dry bitterness that lingers along with some slick sweetness into the finish.
drinkability: Plenty flavorful but needs some work on the hop usage. Presently, the sweetness throws the whole thing out of balance, but would be nice given more hop character. If this beer was listed as something else, maybe a strong ale, maybe an English IPA, I would have rated it higher. I couldn't imagine having more than one or two.
The code on the neck of the bottle is defaced and hard to read. Obtained this bottle as a bonus in a trade with JahNoth.
12-17-2005 06:34:51 | More by blackie
3.18/5 rDev -11.7%
Appears a transparent ornage toned amber with a small, fluffy, off-white head that slowly fades into a small cap and thick collar. Plenty of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel malts, floral, herbal, and orange hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some spicy bitter notes pulling up to match the aromas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, with light bitters, toasted grain, and yeast.
03-06-2008 18:16:55 | More by weeare138
2.58/5 rDev -28.3%
Sampled through the kind efforts of jj21 and the Simply Beer BIF.
This beer is clear darker shade of amber with a distinct orange red cast to it. Light head formation it is off white in color.
Smell is sweet and fruity with a strong aroma of melons, kiwi fruit and menthol. Sugary sweet malt scent with just a little brown sugar and caramel in it.
Taste is sweet pineapple and muskmelon at the very beginning. One of the sweeter IPAs out there this is much like DFH 120 in that respect. This does become slightly bitter as you drink it but it is one of the less bitter IPAs. This beer becomes quite candy like and closer to a barley wine than an IPA really. In my opinion this is just too sweet for the modest amount of hops added.
Mouthfeel is OK.
This beer just isn't my cup of tea; it is just too sweet for the style. I could accept the sweetness in a barley wine but in an IPA with a very modest hop level it is just too much. Buy the Stone IPA instead, your tongue with thank you for it.
11-25-2006 05:34:45 | More by Zorro
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
16 0z. brown bottle, another weird bottle from sprecher. Nice mostly clear body, some suspension visible. Head is full, and with fairly good retention, hasn't settled in about a minute. Nice hoppiness in the nose, also fruity. There is some diacetyl present, but not a lot, and doesn't distract from the beer too much. Taste is still very potent, with a good kick of alcohol, and a huge hops shot that follows throughout. The diacetyl from the nose doesn't make itself present in the taste. Very solid IPA, doesn't dissapoint at all, despite the age.
08-17-2005 14:37:11 | More by TastyTaste
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
16 ounce bottle. Slightly hazy copper color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is juicy, fruity hops. The hop smell is very nice, but turns out to be only mildly hoppy in flavor. Pretty good malt presence. Definitely a balanced ipa. A little bit of an aspirin-like metallic flavor. The finish is a little spicy. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is higher than average. This is a decent IPA. My only complaint is the distracting metallic flavor.
12-04-2005 06:04:11 | More by beveragecaptain
4/5 rDev +11.1%
This pours hazy rich amber, leaving a bit of a foam ring with a slow pour. Very attractive.
Smells sweet floral, hinting of the yumminess soon to come....
Taste is nice and rich and hoppy. Complex, I can't describe everything, but the pine hop is right there on top of it all making a point of itself throughout the drink. Underneath is the complexity, like a very very subtle sweetness and spiceyness. No, it is not sweet nor spicey, there is just interesting things going on.
Mouthfeel is fairly rich. There is a nice and creamy pillow on the tongue on the way down.
Finish is clean, but the pine hop stabs at the back of the throat. It leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. I recommend washing it down with another....
This has a reasonabally hefty body. Not syrupy like some super-IPAs, but somewhat thick. It has a lot of character and richness here.
This is a very good IPA. It boarderlines the expensive $8 bomber style IPAs at a fraction of the cost (considering the 4-pack is $8).
Give this a try.
03-22-2006 01:02:12 | More by karengarys
4.13/5 rDev +14.7%
Another surprising beer from Sprecher, this one is not of the dry finish variety that I've noted on their sweeter beers, but rather of an English style IPA with a mildly bitter finish. The look is good - a nice red amber body that looks hazed and is topped by a lovely off-white head, this one laces with gusto.
The flavor comes from more a malt sense following the malty aroma, yet the hops are truly there, well mannered and behaved just like an English gentleman. This is a bit of a creamy and full-bodied beer that does not blast you with the grapefruit hop assault, but rather impresses with its balanced approach to imparting a strong drink as the alcohol ranges somewhere beyong 7.5% ABV.
Drinkable and pleasant to a fault this could be a day long beer for many of us unaccustomed to the full frontal IPAs so popular today. Give this one a try, but don't expect the normal IPA experience, rather a gentle and calm refreshment.
09-17-2003 12:33:51 | More by AtLagerHeads
2.9/5 rDev -19.4%
Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with tons of diacetyl and hints of fruit. Not too impressive. The flavor is much the same - sweet with diacetyl and a lingering sweetness that isn't pleasant. Hops aren't present. Mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is just ok. This one might be too old.
10-12-2005 01:30:40 | More by clvand0
2.78/5 rDev -22.8%
Pours a deep copper with a quickly dissipating head that disappeared completely. Aroma is malty with caramel and toasted malts coming through... some herbal hops in the aroma but much more malt than hops. Flavor begins quite sweet with caramel, some floral notes and a lingering, tropical fruit flavor... sweet to the point of cloying with very little bitterness to balance it out. Mouhfeel is sticky with a full body and medium carbonation.
This is an English IPA, which is a much more subtle style than its American cousin, but I found it a little too sweet to really like it.
12-10-2003 03:46:34 | More by zerk
4.25/5 rDev +18.1%
Color is a chill haze dark caramel coppery brown with a thin creamy colored bubbly head that fizzed away fast to a thin haze always present and minimal spotty lace.
Complexing aroma thats not all the hoppy attention that you'd think, more of an English/European style, not the big Northwest variety associated with most IPA's these days. Solid hefty malty front thats roasty caramel with some orangeish fruity senses, the hops adequately balanced on top floating in with a nice earthy, herbal, dried, lightly fruity characteristic.
Taste is nearly a perfect reflection of the smell with an easy, smooth, & soft roasty caramel start that gradually picks up more malty sweetness and hops gain some strength and control with nice earthy dried, herbal spicyness, blended in very well, a bit resin-like makes an entrance mixing with the hefty favorable malt that keeps the bittering very calm and even, and the hops keeping the malts from getting to sweet. The finish has some complexity as well with some of the spicy resin hops mingling with sweet malts and ever so slightly drying and crispness.
Feel is nearly full, solid, soothing, smooth and even a bit of creamyness; lingering qualities in the finish that are quite nice. One heavenly easy drinkable IPA, a different approach that took a bit of getting use to, but something I definately could get use to.
A nice alternative twist to what most IPA's like to offer. Recommended.
09-08-2003 03:07:48 | More by tavernjef
2.93/5 rDev -18.6%
From notes taken at the Hop Devil Grill:
Into a pint glass it looks... like an IPA but nothing noteworthy after that. Amber copper colored, some head and some lace.
Perhaps this was a bit too cold but not much odor was forthcoming. Some hops and some malts but mostly muted; warming didn't do much to help.
The flavor that sticks most in my mind is that of smoked grapefruit and it's just not doing it for me. The flavor lingers in the mouthfeel with an overly bitter citrus presence. The unbalanced bitterness makes this not so drinkable to my palate.
I'd consider trying this again but overall I have not been too impressed with Sprecher's offerings.
02-20-2008 04:59:13 | More by ommegangpbr
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
I have tried Sprecher's IPA many times and have always been very disappointed. I heard from Chris at Murray's Wine that this is a new recipe and I have to agree it is and they have improved upon the old IPA a great deal.
A - Pours a hazy amber/copper with a 2 finger off white head with a nice amount of lacing.
S - Still a lot of malt sweetness up front but a definite floral spice hoppiness to balance it out nicely.
T - Sweet malt up front followed by a spicy floral (more floral than spice) finish. Big improvement in my mind to the malt bomb the IPA used to be.
M - Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Sweetness in the middle but a nice dry finish.
D - I still feel this is more of an English IPA but it is now a very hoppy English IPA versus the malty IPA I am used from Sprecher. Still not one I would seek out but a definite improvement in my book.
10-14-2006 23:20:52 | More by brewcrew76
3.6/5 rDev 0%
This IPA is pretty much in the English style. It has a very nice amber color with a good creamy head. Earthy English hops in the nose with some fruity aromas. It has a medium body with a good hops/malt fruity flavor balance that finishes bitter and dry. The flavors remind me of caramel apples with earthy hops. The flavors are clean with some alcohol noted in the finish. Might be a tad too sweet for me and I prefer a more citrucy hop flavor but still a solid beer.
11-17-2003 20:32:24 | More by jeffboo
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
I'm pleasantly surprised with this one. Nice floral aroma....but much sweeter and thicker than I expected...kind of a maibock but sweeter...For as hoppy as it smells its sweetness overrides the hops which is unusual for an IPA.....Still, this is a high quality beer in my opinion...(But I tend to favor sweeter, maltier beers)..A true IPA fan may not care for this one.
01-21-2002 01:25:09 | More by ZAP
India Pale Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.