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

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

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.8%

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of Psilo707


3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into simple mug from keg. Immediate rush of frothy head that really quickly slows down and ends with a nice layer of head at the top. Looks inviting and the lacing is quite nice. A very amber-filled rustic color to the internal, and nice bubbles rising to the top in standard format.

S: Smells nice and spicy. Great flavor coming off the top of the glass and loving the alluring scent to the whole brew. Into it.

T: Pretty good. In between a 3.5 and 4.0 but I'll knock it up due to the spicyness of it which we don't see too often these days. I'd love if it was even more spicy. A bit of bitter hops and just a tiny pinch of fruit - maybe banana or citrus lingering.

M: Full body and solid but doesn't feel as good as I'd hoped in the mouth when hanging for a while. Feels great going down though - nice and smooth; not too thick and not too thin.

Overall: Good IPA but not my favorite. I like Widmer and will always realize their Hefe will probably be their selling point, but this is still a great release from a great brewery. Definitely glad I finally tried this IPA out.

Poured from a bottle into a dimple seidel mug.

A-Mahogany orange color with some cloudiness. Poured a 2-finger head that lasted for a minute. After the head dissipated there was a thin white ring around the edge of the glass; trace amounts of lacing. Light carbonation.

S-Banana, clove, sweet malt, dry hops, and spice. Great smell!

T-Similar to the smell: banana, sweet malt, bitter hops, and a lot spice. The aftertaste was quite dry and bitter. I loved the spice aftertaste. Great to have with spicy nachos. Warming effect from the alcohol.

M-Full-bodied, light carbonation, and dry.

Overall-Great brew. It's too bad it isn't available all the time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 21:08:01 | More by Psilo707
Photo of BARFLYB


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Widmer spiced IPA looks the part with a mix between light orange and yellow in the color with a nicely formed white cap up top with retention and minor stick. Smell is overrun with spice. The hops do show up in scent though with an earthy appeal. There is a whole lot of spice on the nose and I cant pinpoint what the exact additions are. Taste as expected is overrun with spice with an IPA backing. They kind of work together to bring something new to the table, although it's not something I want to drink a pint of, let alone a bottle to the dome. This might work well as a pairing with some lightly spicy food. The body is a step below medium with spritzy carb. I finished my glass, and did not need anymore. I believe this is my first widmer beer and while it did not knock my socks off, it also did not make me throw up, which is a win in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 16:50:46 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of RJLarse


2.03/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the Q. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a deep gold color and clear with a small white head.

Smell is faint and spicey. Clove and ginger aromas.

Tasteis a dry spice flavor. Artificial tasting. Slight malt flavor and very little citrus.

Mouthfeel is clean and very dry.

Drinkability is questionable. Spices are overdone. I will not have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 17:00:51 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From tap to shaker pint glass at Union Jack's in Bethesda, MD on 5/27/12
*From notes

A: Clean and rich rusty amber. A .75 finger white head fades to a solid collar and decent lacing.

S: Lots of dried Italian spices. It's like opening your spice pantry, as this is right there in a big, epic way. Not getting a lot of hops here, though there are some minimal fruity esters wafting around in my nose.

T: Massive herbaceousness from top to bottom. It's overwhelming in most every way. There's a lack of balance between the hops (which take a backseat to be sure) and the basil-like qualities of the beer. It's not bad, it's just not really something I could have in large quantities.

M: Creamy, thick and really well put together. I think that, had the mouthfeel been weak, this beer would've been a massive train wreck.

O: An experience to be sure. I like seeing some of the bigger breweries taking chances like this, but I can't say that Widmer's Spiced IPA was a certifiable hit. Less herbs, more hops and I think you'd find me coming back for more, though in it's current state, I'm glad to have had only one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 19:37:02 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of srandycarter


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly murky apricot. Small off white head, pretty good cling.

S - Basil, oregano and malt. Herbs are strong in smell.

T - Exactly like smell. Interesting. Hops are not strongly present.

M - Med to light body good carb ok balance.

D - Wouldn't seek it out again but a fun beer to try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 17:40:07 | More by srandycarter
Photo of mactrail


3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Another well-made but surprising beer from Widmer. What on earth is this taste? Finally it hit me, basil! And not just any basil, but Thai basil. Plus a fist to the face when the bitter hops lash out.

I was expecting something like cloves and ginger, so it was a pleasant surprise to be so different from the usual sweet spices. Still, it's so bitter it borders on undrinkable. Even makes the food taste bitter.

On tap at South Park Abbey in San Diego. Pleasant appearance in the pint glass and well carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 19:53:30 | More by mactrail
Photo of Glibber


3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the Crescent bar in Boise, where there beers are a $2.25.
This beer has sat in my garage fridge for months as part of a variety pack I was not drinking.
I did not realize the spice/smoke flavor until I had it last night on tap. The beer has a nice appearance, and smells of northwest hops. Quite hoppy and smokey. The beer is unusual with the smoke/spice, but was not too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 18:57:08 | More by Glibber
Photo of Samuel906


3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

First thing you are going to notice is the smell... and oh man, you're in for something unique. A cacophony of vibrant smells straight out of your herbs and spices cabinet. Cinnamon, basil, ginger, and oregano with lots of cayenne spice. Some grapefruit in the background. I'm all about great smelling beer, and I'm totally digging this. Unique, pleasant, fresh and tantalizing. Pour is nothing extraordinary; hazy amber, good lacing. If you like the smell, and are ok with some wackiness in your beer, I think you will dig this. Tons of herbs up front, lots of oregano and ginger. Nice hops and citrus with some black tea in the middle and some nice spice from the cayenne at the end. Surprisingly well balanced considering the ingredients and gamut of flavors. Super clean mouthfeel; dry, crisp and refreshing. I'm actually a big fan of this beer now and was pleasantly surprised. Check it out if you're looking for something off the beaten path.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 03:50:36 | More by Samuel906
Photo of Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 17:41:33 | More by Damian74Shensky
Photo of silverking


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I bought this on a whim. Its strange, but worth trying. It says that is is brewed with black tea, but it is surprisingly light in color. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber and features a white head that dissapates quickly. The little foam that does linger leaves mediocre lacing. The aroma is dominated by spicy/slightly floral hop aroma and slight malt. There is a definite earthiness, Maybe from the addition of the tea? I get a bit of ginger too. It is overly carbonated, but the mouthfeel is still slightly creamy. Malt up front and I do believe that I detect the tea in the taste, but it quickly fades to a spicy/tannic bitter finnish that isn't as unpleasant as it is unexpected. The finish is long and dry

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:36:55 | More by silverking
Photo of LeRose


2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a big fan. Weak, watery, overly spiced and unbalanced. Maybe just too much spice to it or something. Too difficult to drink and try and unravel. Did not find this beer enjoyable.

Poured a nice orangish bronze color, small foamy head. Lots of spice and fruit aromas - seems a bit schizophrenic to my nose. Taste followed in kind - too much going on for me. Think there is some cardamom taste in there - not a big fan of that particular flavor. Mouth feel was pretty thin and my impression was lack of balance and trying to be everything at once. And I swear over all of that was Bazooka Joe bubble gum...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 16:35:39 | More by LeRose
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

decent white head, pretty good cling/lace, dark straw hue and pretty clear, mild amounts of carbonation populate the suburbs of the beer, looks more like your average lager than an IPA but looks aren't everything....

spicy and floral, an almost herbal/medicinal thing going on, sort of like smelling natural toothpaste, definitely something minty lurking in there, the malt is also in the background and has sort of an old school bubble gum thing happening (like big league chew), interesting mix, can't tell if I like it but it is interesting...

taste etc...
the carbonation seems a bit low, the flavor is sort of like the nose, it has some strange medicinal minty thing going on, the hops and the bitterness are there but that strange aftertaste really dominates this brew, this is a bit hard to finish

strange, not my thing, the dominating flavor is reminiscent of dental products with a bitter finish, definitely different but just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:26:50 | More by Ego
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is golden-orange with a small white head that leaves behind some lace.

S: Mild nose - some tea-like characteristics and some hops - but not very strong at all.

T: Interesting, as there's a lot going on, taste-wise. I get sweet malt up front, with some spices - I get cinnamon and nutmeg. Also citrusy hops that lead me to think of oranges and orange oil; finishes with lemony bitterness. Lingering taste, however, is of resiny pine and pine needle bitterness, leaving you with more of an IPA impression than you get at first blush.

M: Call it medium in heft, carbonation was appropriate, didn't add to or detract from the overall experience.

O: Good, but not great. The spiciness is a little odd in an IPA, but overall it worked, even if it meant the beer wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2012 17:09:04 | More by Kendo
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy orange with white foam on top. Strong lacing. Pine & citrus grapefruit nose. Light citrus and juicy flavor with a lurking hop backbone. Like a blonde IPA. Pretty good taste, but on the lighter side. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 23:05:03 | More by KTCamm
Photo of stephenjmoore


2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep golden body with a huge foamy creamy looking white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- Piney and citrusy hops are in the nose along with spices and a sweet sugary tea aroma. Spices have almost a dried floral quality to them.

T- Taste is a combination of tea, a malty IPA and a cheap spiced rum. Really does not work well in any way.

M- High carbonation, slight sting on the tongue, but also leaves residue in the mouth.

O- May work for people looking for twisted tea, but I did not like this one at all and should not be associated with IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 01:23:34 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of Jsteez


3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimple seidel mug.

A-Mahogany orange color with some cloudiness. Poured a 2-finger head that lasted for a minute. After the head dissipated there was a thin white ring around the edge of the glass; trace amounts of lacing. Light carbonation.

S-Banana, clove, sweet malt, dry hops, and spice. Great smell!

T-Similar to the smell: banana, sweet malt, bitter hops, and a lot spice. The aftertaste was quite dry and bitter. I loved the spice aftertaste. Great to have with spicy nachos. Warming effect from the alcohol.

M-Full-bodied, light carbonation, and dry.

Overall-Great brew. It's too bad it isn't available all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 14:44:05 | More by Jsteez
Photo of womencantsail


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a white head. Interesting blend of citrus hops and spices. Heavy on the anise, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. The other aromatics are there, but less so. Decent tea aroma. A hint of sweet malt in the background. The flavor has a nice hoppiness to it with mild to moderate bitterness. As with the nose, heavy anise, pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and tea. The finish is fairly bitter, which is likely augmented by some of the spices. Really interesting and different.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 07:17:00 | More by womencantsail
Photo of CHickman

New York

1.7/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours very hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded kind of fast and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells very spicy up font, like clove, ginger, coriander, pepper, light cinnamon, allspice, potpourri, pine cones/piney hops, lemon zest, grains and herbs like mint and tea leaf; this beer smells like a spice rack was just knocked over, not like an IPA and I don’t care for it.

Tastes of spices and herbs, and like the nose includes ginger, coriander, pepper, clove, cinnamon, allspice, potpourri, pine cones/piney hops, lemon zest, floral hops or dry hop leafs, toasted grains, grass, herbs like mint and tea leaf, orange peel, yeast and cardboard; tastes like a broken tea bag full of spices was dropped in an IPA, and failed to impress me. Ginger lingers at the end with some spicy bitterness, but the bad taste does not fade.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and an herbal spicy overload that just destroys your taste-buds. On the positive side, all the spices hide the ABV quite well.

I understand the concept of this beer, but I would never have it again – now let me go scrape my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:45:05 | More by CHickman
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 01:08:49 | More by oberon
Photo of ocelot2500


3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange with a tight white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of some spice notes and hops.

Tastes of the spice notes upfront with a hoppy ending. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg lead off blending into a little malty sweetness. Hops come in on the end and add grassy notes. Spice pretty much dominates everything.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, the spice dominates the beer and I don't like it that much.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 18:52:06 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-07-2012 14:22:00 | More by Billolick
Photo of bmwats


3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep golden hue. Lots of effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head leaving a foam blanket on the surface after a brief appearance. Pretty distinct beer ring deteriorates into some nice spider web lacing.

S: Hoppy pine with floral tones, wild berry, lemon, and a little pepper.

T: Hops, lemon pepper, with a hint of acetone.

M: Standard IPA hoppiness in the front, with a peppery aftertaste that takes charge and almost overwhelms. Really sticks with you. Something of a synthetic fruity feel.

D: Light, but aftertaste dictates a slower pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, with some pretty solid lacing. Nose is wild fruit, with hops and pepper. Flavor is a hoppy pine, harshly spiced with a lemon pepper aftertaste that sticks. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:00:10 | More by bmwats
Photo of stephens101


3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy white head ends up in a thick layer on top of a chill haze. Yellow orange in color. Thick oily, earthy hop aroma. Slight citrus. Damn. Smells like a Gubna on a bit of a downer. Sweet malts and citrus are quickly overtaken by pungent, meaty hops. Body is lighter than expected, and evens things out making for a fairly drinkable, albeit very heavy hop oriented IPA. Unique in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:09:48 | More by stephens101
Photo of rundocrun


2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Body is the color of clover honey. Slightly coppery. A finger of very fine white head forms. Good retention. Some lacing.

S - Orange peel. Spicy and peppery hops. A touch of grapefruit and pine. I can also just barely detect a bit of fruity, earthy and tannic aroma--possibly from the tea.

T - Peppery and slightly caramely up front. Quickly followed by lots of hop bitterness and an astringent tannic flavor. While not extremely unpleasant, the tannins do give the impression of over-boiled tea leaves. I would prefer more of a mild, aromatic tea flavor than what this has. Finish is dominated by hops and flavors of bitter orange peel. Aftertaste of spiced tea.

M - Thin-to-medium body. Dry, clean finish that is slightly astringent. Leaves a lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Overall - While they capture the tea essence quite well, I think they could have gone a touch easier on the hops and tried to cut back on the tannins. This is a very interesting AIPA, but not one I'd reach for on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:55:03 | More by rundocrun
Photo of Scotchboy


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting beer, no doubt. 12oz bottle dated March 13th poured into a Big Red pint glass.

A: Pours a chill hazed orange with a fluffy off-white head and some decent lacing, carbonation visible.

S: Hops, herbs, citrus, and tea leaves are all prominent. A good mixture of both dimensions, though I'd prefer a little less tea presence since I am drinking an IPA and not an Arnold Palmer...faint hints of holiday spices and brown sugar on the nose as well.

T: Orange, tangerine, sun tea, faint nutmeg, herbal, lemon, raspberry leaf, chai, coriander, citrus, moderate bitterness.

MF: Lighter medium feel, a touch oily, with a light lingering dryness.

O: Decent IPA, and definitely unique. Solid if not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 13:45:31 | More by Scotchboy
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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.