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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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236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 18.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Docer on 01-25-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-14-2012 22:20:42 | More by rdunigan
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1/5  rDev -71.5%

04-13-2012 21:21:41 | More by Frankieteardrop
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-13-2012 01:19:59 | More by cfinch2
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

04-13-2012 00:30:00 | More by Bubbalito
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

04-12-2012 22:32:54 | More by gkunkle
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14%

04-09-2012 02:03:29 | More by Falcone
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear light golden color with a giant three-finger, white, rocky head that lasted a while. Good lacing.

S: Very nice floral hop aroma. Light malt accents as well.

T: Moderate sweetness and strong hop bitterness. Bitter and minty is the first impression. Herbal hops and tea flavors. Very interesting Spring-time flavor, but a tad too bitter for my tastes.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: Very interesting Spring ale. I like the minty tea-like flavors, and this beer looks excellent in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:20:58 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

12oz bottle purchased as part of the mixed 12pk at Somersworth Market Basket. Pours a crystal-clear amber-yellow body with over an inch of khaki-colored head. Citrussy hops with a touch of spice in the aroma. Flavor is a plethora of grassy herbal and citrussy hops vying for dominance over minty and spicy notes from the spices. Takes a bit of getting used to, but not a bad beer. Glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:28:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-08-2012 00:01:41 | More by M27
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a good head that fades but leave good looking sticky lacing. Nice tan clear lookin beer.

S- this smells like a lagunitas beer! That real sweet malty smell. I also smell a faint juniper rosemary like smell. Hmmm weird haha

T- bitter rosemary juniper berry with earl gray tea like essence. Very different here. Very assertive bitter bitter hops that stick with you for awhile.

M- pretty thick with good carbonation to go with it.

O- well this beer is very strange. It's just so strange that it leaves me undecided as to if I like it or not. For what it is (beer with tea addings in it) it's very well done and nothing less from what I'd expect from widmer. Different without a doubt and an experience but not sure if I will get it again. Good work widmer!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:53:49 | More by IPAguy2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

04-07-2012 00:53:16 | More by mettkea
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-06-2012 18:38:29 | More by Hopstimatic
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2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my slim goblet.. nice off white head has good retention and lacing... the brew is clear dark golden..

Wow... NOT AN IPA! .. just sayin' Cardamom, ginger, sweet cinnamon... clove? I have a Chai a few times a year in the colder months, and this nose could fit in with a lesser Chai.

Flavor has hints of tannic qualities that I associate with black tea.. but the spices are the only big player.. not getting anything in the way of hops... floral ginger note probably knock them out.. The sweet spices accentuate a background maltiness... finish knocks off very quickly leaving pretty much only cardamom..

Seems sorta thick for an IPA ... any light ale really .. carbonation is about right but the thick body accentuates everything that I don't like... the sweet spices, methol cardamom, etc....

There are folks that REALLY like this, but they are not going to outnumber the significant disappointments where those bottles sit in their fridge until an unsuspecting coworker comes by and gets the SPICE TEA beer... "Hey, here try this... you might like it.. It is an India Pale Ale but spiced like your wife's tea." This beer could end friendships.

If Widmer brewed a bunch of this, I suspect it will sit on shelves for a long while... Bottle shops will sell 1-2 per person ... never a 6'er unless they are uniformed.


Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:57:50 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Semi hazed golden yellow in color with a two finger head for about a minute, leaves medium lacing behind on the glass.

S. Very complicated aroma on this one. You can smell each and every facet of the Chai tea blend perfectly (Green cardamom most strongly of all) on top of the fruity orange peel, passionfruit, cracked black peppercorns, weedy herbal tones, and pine resin blasts of the hopping. It even almost smells as though there was a dairy product or some kind of cream in there despite clearly not containing any of these things!

T. But in the flavor, the star anise and bitter black tea actually start to overstep their boundaries, and the malts don't quite hold them back enough. It tastes less like a tea-spiced beer and more like an IPA-infused tea, if you catch my meaning. The bittering also comes more strongly from the tea than from the hopping at times. Its... just not quite balanced right between the beer and the tea, not to mention not quite malty enough to provide a proper canvas for all the bitter elements to be painted upon. It hammers down on the bitterness so hard that the complexity of what is happening gets lost in the shuffle.

M. Lighter side of medium thickness, crisp carbonation helps accentuate the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:03:09 | More by WastingFreetime
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

04-04-2012 15:58:18 | More by sharpski
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4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After my first bottle I was disappointed; it tasted "put together" like it was an experiment; adding spice as a gimmick.

It wasn't the ale. I didn't give it a chance. The next day I drank another bottle only because I had purchased the six-pack. I'm officially sold on it.

A --- meets the standard

S --- not extremely spicy

T ---Not as pungent as most IPAs. I'm not particularly fond of IPAs but this would be my favorite

M --- bubbly enough

O -- I still love the taste 15 minutes later

I don't always drink beer, but when I do, and I can't find my very favorites, I drink Widmer Bros. Spiced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 03:26:42 | More by ahemahem
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4/5  rDev +14%

04-02-2012 00:26:01 | More by hockenbeer
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-01-2012 16:57:48 | More by Jeffreywhite22
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-31-2012 06:00:55 | More by Fitzmke
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-29-2012 04:42:18 | More by bluckbeyes
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2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 04:18:50 | More by mikechance
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-27-2012 06:14:25 | More by shelby415
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4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ordinary glass

A: beautiful dark amber, one-finger head (foamy); good carb action
S: bouquet of floral hops, very herblike; lingers nicely
T: very strong dose of grapefruit, tangerine in a classic IPA; the spices are strong, and give it some complexity; I detect allspice and cinnamon, with bass spices contributed by the hops
M: very mealy

Really solid IPA. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:53:03 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-26-2012 03:16:52 | More by ebrauser
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Spiced ipa? Should be interesting..

A- clear golden amber with a stable white head that becomes wrinkly and pitted as it settles and leaves some thick lace.

S- Ok the aroma is good. The chai tea spice blend (cinnamon, clove, anise, cardamom, ginger, peppercorn) work very well with the lemony pine and grapefruit resinous hops. Cardamom seems to play the major spice roll, with the rest melding together to create a warm spicy sweetness. There's a bit of tartness in there that balances things out. Very impressed so far, especially with the genius idea to use an Indian spice blend in an india pale ale..

T- and then came the aww dammit. there's so much potential here but the taste just doesn't work out. This ipa needs to be sweeter and maltier to work with the spices. The hops are astringent and just too zesty. Alchemy and Zeus hops are likely the culprits and the boring wheat and pils malt just adds to it. Not to mention the spice flavors barely even come through and I can't discern the hops from the tea until I burp. Finishes hoppy and herbal with a slight peppercorn twang and a (go figure) tea-like bitterness.

MF- highly carbonated, dry and medicinal feeling. A lovely creaminess would have been great, see below.

D- maybe I got ahead of myself and maybe I just unknowingly created an ideal of what I expected from this beer once I read their website and saw the spice bill. A quick glance down to the malt and hops and I let out a sigh. In my very humble opinion, sweetening up (AND being more generous with) the malt would compliment the spices much better. After all we are dealing with spices that are always associated with sweet and rich things. Maybe they were afraid of making something too similar to a Christmas ale, and maybe not. The fact of the matter is that the base ipa isn't all that good anyway. Aww dammit

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:54:54 | More by hustlesworth
Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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