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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)

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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 19.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Docer on 01-25-2012)
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, interesting beer. Poured from bottle dated 1/4/12 to pint glass the beer arrives a clear golden straw color with a small 1/2 finger white head with little retention but nice lacing. The nose is floral with a heavy dose of spice: pepper, chamomile, lavender character, a gentle earthy hop as well. The flavor follows suit and actually works fairly well the spices found in the nose blend with a mild bitterness and biscuit malt. More balanced than the nose though the spice still dominates. Good mouthfeel and well carbonated, medium bodied. Overall, a nice beer, not fantastic but not bad at all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured one and a half bottles into an imperila nonic with a clear light to medium golden with a great looking sticky one finger white head that never really settled ,a nice rocky mass is still there over five minutes after the pour.Mainly spice in the nose wich isn't bad but I would like some more hop presence going on in a northwest IPA.Alot of ginger on the palate with mild anise flavors,they seem to overtake the leafy/citric hops but it's not in you're face or off putting.It's not bad although I would like the hops to be bigger than the spiced flavors,still I would likely buy again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow orange with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts and tea spices and cinnamon with a little fruit.

The flavor is a little sweet malt with a lot of tea spicing leading to a rather harsh grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting idea, but the spices and hops don't really play well together.

Photo of mikechance
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have enjoyed the Rotator Series and was looking forward to this one.

A --- Not too deep, not too dark, nor colorful

S --- I pick up some hops and spices, but not much

T --- I get an acid like taste. Slightly hoppy, but closer to a pale ale to me.

M --- medium body with decent amount of carbonation

O -- my least favorite from the Series. Instead of creating a nice flavor from the spices, I get acid and harsh aftertaste. Not interesting or creative, but just off.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Green Growler in Croton-on Hudson, NY

Pours typical lighter almond amber, off white head, moderate fine lacing.

Spiced up nose with citrus, coriander, cloves and ginger.

Fruity, with more limes, ginger, cloves and tropical fruits on the palate.

Complex and flavorful IPA with alot more then typical spicing. Zesty and quite enjoyable, if you like your IPA on the aggressive side.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly orangish-yellow color with a white head. I get a ton of spice in the aroma. There is some cinnamon and clove that really come through strongly, as well as some orange notes from the hops. The flavor is very similar. The cinnamon and clove notes are once again present, with some orange and pine notes and a low amount of bitterness. There is also a decent amount of pepper in the flavor. Overall, all of these notes mix together surprisingly well and make for an enjoyable beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of rhinonau
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of virinow
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the old Raley's which is now like a liquor warehouse in Fallon, NV. Dark gold appearance, 1/2" in head. Aroma is black tea, cinnammon and all the usual spices that accompany a beer of this style.

Flavor of hops and black tea go together nice. And the beer apparently has a good deal of punch to it, I felt the buzz after a few of them, but the alcohol was not apparent in the mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of green nor black tea, but in both ipa's I've had with a hearty dose of each, the result was a unique and enjoyable beer. Tons of sage/sagebrush in the beer, sounds weird, but drinks nice. Still delivers a decent amount of citrus hop flavors with the tea notes.

Anyone who thinks these won't sell isn't paying attention.

Photo of JohnLynch
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass you get a big white head above a clear honey golden colored beer, with a lacing that has pretty good staying power.

Nutmeg, pumpkin spices, maybe other cooking spices dominate the aroma on this medium bodied drink.

The spices are less dominating in the taste but still there, the hops starts to come through some, and they seem to be more of the citrusy west coast style hops.

A light spice is still lingering in the aftertaste that is lightly dry and lasting.

I kind of liked this, a toned down pumpkin or spiced fall beer adding that to an IPA style. Hopefully more companies try stuff similar to this.

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - a single from a grocery store somewhere in the lurid heart of Waikiki.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy white head, which leaves an array of islet speck lace around the glass as it readily settles.

It smells strongly of tropical fruit - overripe pineapple, guava, and mango, with a green, bitter herbal character, over some mildly caramelized pale malt, and a menthol-esque booze edge. The taste is a little more herbal than in the aroma, with more of the grainy malt poking through as well, amongst a slow-burning peppery note, and slipping fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, the body a stolid medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes a bit more clearly hoppy, the fruit and bitterness consolidating, and the herbal spice looking in from the outside.

A bit of a confusing, bric a brac of a beer. The flavours are there, they're good, and they hold their liquor, but there's a lack of order, and with no order, where are we? Whatever, I like it, and would have another.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden copper with a 3 finger head, excellent retention, and leaves behind a semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Smell is primary pine, backed by some black tea notes.

Taste - Ugh. Pine hops mixed with black tea and pepper. I loathe this flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a decent bite.

Overall - After trying the O'ryely a few weeks ago, I went against my better judgement and purchased this one. Big mistake. There's not a whole lot of difference between the two, flavor wise... except they decided this one needed an infusion of tea? Disgusting. Not my, and pardon my pun, cup of tea.

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of skloeff
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish copper with a thin layer of soft white head that has decent retention. The nose smells of oregano, thyme, parsley, maybe garlic, and some faint tea undertones. The flavor is tea first followed by some citrusy hops then some spices reminiscent of Italian seasoning and then finishes with some more citrus. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, a little dry and lightly carbonated.

This is an odd beer. I love the spices. They remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. The tea in this instance doesn't detract from the flavor by drying everything out though the finish is a little dry. The "IPA" aspect is simply a decent amount of citrusy hops and a light malt body. I will probably have this again.

Photo of secondtooth
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light but cloudy yellow in complexion, with a full head and detailed lace. Impressive.

The nose is positively delectable, being intensely fruity with a deep citrus hops ester vibe.

Flavor is tough up front, with a bitter pine/grapefruit hops bite. I get a light hint of tea and spice towards the finish. Unique and quite enjoyable!

Photo of socon67
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber pour, plenty of carbonation. Decent foam retention and lacing. Good clarity.

S - Smells of tea and pumpkin spice. While this is kind of cool, it seems a tad overwhelming.

T - Taste has a spicy finish, some hop bitterness, and an herbal flavor. Very similar to an iced tea. Not bad, but way too much spice

M - I found the spicy finish made this a one and done.

O - I'd have this again, but only when in the mood for tea flavored beer. Not a beer for all occasions.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in pint glass.
A-pours a light yellow with a mild head and moderate cloudiness.
S-an herbal aroma, like tea. Light hoppy smell.
T-Taste like a west coast IPA, the tea and spices enhanced the hoppy taste.
M-7% ABV. But couldn't even tell easy drinking beer, medium body with nice amount of carbonation
O-Nice solid beer. Would have again.

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of skm
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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