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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: 4 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Docer on 01-25-2012

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Ratings: 241 | Reviews: 76
Photo of mikechance
2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
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 shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
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!

Photo of ebrauser
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of hustlesworth
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Photo of DeezGunz14
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear golden color with one finger of white head. The retention was good and it left scattered bands of broken lacing. The aroma was mostly of herbal and piney hops, much like any other IPA. The flavors, however, were totally unique. I tasted cinnamon, star anise, black tea, pepper and cloves all on top of the herbal hops and some caramel malt. It was as if someone had spilled a cup of chai into a West Coast IPA. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation mid-level. An unusual blend and a unique beer but I wouldn’t want to drink more than one.

Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of dragomni
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of rah1734bones
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of SuyoonShin
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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 williahd
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Glibber
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Fred Meyer, Wilsonville $6.99 Clear,bright golden hued ale with a large thick and frothy white head. Aroma mostly spicy,sprucelike hops with a touch of pepper and leaf black tea. Taste intresting combo of the piney hop, black tea and a peppery ginger..cinnamon appears well after the sip is down the gullet. Nice pallet//loved the long lasting after tastes. I really enjoyed this one from Widmer..well done and unusual

Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04JAN12

Pours a clear golden ale with a finger of white foam that leaves behind nice legs of lace. Smells nice - tropical, lemony with just a hint of "spice" - the tea is a nice addition. The flavor is more spicy than the nose with a certain mulled character and quite dry malt profile. The hops are a little over powered by the adjuncts and the flavor, although pleasant is ill balanced for the ingredients IMO. Medium on thin bodied with moderate carb. Semi dry finish. I think this is an interesting approach to an IPA. I think toning down the "spice" in the beer and adding just a hint of honey malt would certainly bring it together.

Photo of thechaser
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Pours yellow with soft orange hue. Thin white head disappears quickly.

Smells like pizza sauce. Basil dominates, dill, musty citrus notes.

Taste; Hints of lemon linger for a bit. Slight malty sweetness pulls through at the end. Moderate carbonation and a thin to medium mouth feel.

I thought this beer was just ok. I really enjoyed the spicy, basil notes, but other than that it was kind of boring. It's worth trying.

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Brewman7284
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of jenray
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
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 CoryR
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a thin, filmy ring of white head around the edge of the surface. Aromas are like a mix of hops and pizza/italian spices. There is a ton going on in there, including some oregano, basil, and piney/cedar notes. More, but my nostrils were tapping out at this point. Flavors are rich and spicy, with a subtle malt backbone quickly overpowered by a basil and peppery spicing that waits an instant, and then jumps all over your palate. Even the hops are a bit overpowered, lending only a bit of subtle resiny flavors. The aftertaste is clean and quickly receding, with a peppery profile lingering the longest. A filmy, slick lacing left along the glass, and it slides down the glass as you drink. The finish is clean and light, but the spicing left over hangs out for a while. Interesting, but not my thing. Would go great with italian food or pizza, that's for sure.

Photo of hackomal
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
5/5  rDev +42.9%

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