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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) | Sprecher Brewing Company

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.72%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by logansboat15 on 06-18-2007

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#43,068
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
310
pDev:
17.54%
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of kojevergas
1.81/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Sprecher "IPA ^2" (i.e. "IPA Squared). "Double India Pale Ale." Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it plainly identifies as such. 7.72% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap acquired at me local Whole Foods as part of a mixed six-pack and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice even lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - between one and two minutes.

Body colour is a hazy nontransparent translucent peach-copper. Abundant yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a bit murky for the style, but I'm optimistic.

Sm: Off-putting tropical fruit notes: pineapple, mango, and passionfruit. Boozy. Pale malts. Sweet, sticky, and nectary. An unpleasant aroma of below average strength. Awfully sugary, with some resinous character.

No yeast character is detectable.

T/Mf: Quite poorly constructed. Sweet, sticky, and hop-forward, with the worst possible tropical fruit notes: stale orange, passionfruit, mango, pineapple. Boozy as hell to boot. Sugary and cloying. Cane sugar. Poorly executed caramel. Nectary. Some herbal tea-like notes with an accompanying astringent bitterness. Zero balance here. No subtlety. It's a misguided mess.

Too full bodied. Overbearing. Overcarbonated. Too thick. Syrupy. Smooth and wet. Horrid presence on the palate. Quite poorly executed. Doesn't suit the style at all.

Dr: Hard to drink, hard to stomach. A very poor attempt at the style. Boozy. Quite atrocious stuff; I did not expect that from Sprecher. I would definitely not buy this again, and I'll struggle to finish just this bottle. Not at all recommended.

Low D-

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3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with distinguishable caramel malt base. Taste is also a mix between some bitter hops, though not as bitter as expected considering the style, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Full body with average carbonation. Refreshing and well done but not as hoppy as expected.

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3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color with a one-finger, khaki head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grasses and pine with a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - It tasted yeasty and spicy at first sip with some bitter hops. It had some very sweet caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a decent Double IPA. I just expect more of a hoppy profile from my DIPAs.

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3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial nonic a slight chill hazed copper/bronze with a tight formed nicely defined 1/2 finger white head that held well.Aromas of sweetish dough and pithy hops,a real alcohol sweet character comes into play as well.Flavors are dominated by alcohol sweetness and caramel,the hop are are much lighter than they should be,to me its like an english strong ale in its vinious qualities.Its not a bad beer but the hops are to light only providing a scant herbal shot in the back end,again not a horrible beer but it isnt up to style in my opinion.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting this bottle to me. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear coper color with a small white head that diminished pretty quickly. Average spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries bread and caramel along with some light citrus and pine hops. Quite boozy as well. The flavor is mostly bready with a bit of hop flavor and also quite a bit of booze. The booze is finally balance in the mouthfeel with a pretty good amount of bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry finish. Decent enough, though not something I'd grab again.

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3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have a sneaking suspicion that this bottle of beer came to me courtesy of my (usually) in-person trader, tone77, who has since fled south for the winter. I always get as excited as a puppy when I see him on my porch with his load of mixed bottles & CANs for me and I look forward to his return in the spring. I see that no approved pic exists, so I am taking that FORAC. I also see that it is a screw-top bottle. Hmm.

Nothing to report from the bottle, nor anything to report from the non-existent Pop!, so a gentle pour was in order. Nothing to report there, either. Phew! If there was ever a more flat-lined start to a review, I would like to see it! A gentle pour raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was oddly malt-forward, more like an EIPA than a DIPA, even slightly biscuity. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an amalgam of a biting pine hops presence with a caramel/biscuit malt backbone. It had a prickly quality on my tongue, whether from the CO2 or its seeming unwillingness/inability to get along with itself, but this was a house divided. Finish was slightly hot, very dry, but not really pleasant as a whole. It is disappointing, since I generally adore Sprecher's products, from pop to beer, but not in this case. Sorry.

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3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There was something to the smell of this beer that was just not right....and for the life of me I can't place it. My neighbor who just recently returned from Wisc on business brought this one home to try. It poured a golden clear with white head and not much lace. The scent....weird. The taste wasn't too bad but it certainly wasn't sessionable. It stayed true to English style so it was more bitter with a sweet malt to try an balance. The mouthfeel was medium in body with goo carbonation. Overall it was ok...probably wouldn't go out of my way to seek this one out.

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3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

A surprise extra bottle pulled out at this tasting. Right on. It pours a mostly clear sunset amber topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light onion, cilantro, pine, and light maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hops clashing strongly with the heavily sweet caramel. The pine and cilantro are especially strong, making for a harsh battle on the tongue. The body is a limpid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, this DIPA is not sure whether it wants to be an East Coast or West Coast version, so it tries to opt for both, with dangerous consequences. I'm not too big a fan o' this guy here...

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3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - dark orange with a soft lacing of white head

S - sweet, apples, caramel

T - caramel, baked apples, hint of toasted malt, mild piney bitterness in the finish, big alcohol warmth in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, very warm bordering on hot

This is not an impressive beer. For a DIPA the hops are incredibly subdued. To me this comes across as a malt bomb with way too much estery fruit. It's sweet and the apple notes border on cloying. The hops only really come in at the end and even then it's a failed attempt at balance. I'm glad I tried this one, but I won't be getting it again.

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3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No freshness date, and no indication that it is a summer seasonal.

Pours hazed/clouded amber with a thin, wispy, slowly fading cover. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, caramel and some black pepper.

The taste is of pine/resin with some tropical fruit. It has a firm caramel backing. Black pepper spicing is in the warm finish.

The feel is pretty smooth despite noticeable alcohol heat.

While hops are noticeable, it has a boozy caramel backing. It is a decent double IPA overall.

I'll try it again in the summer, when it is fresh, but freshness of the hops didn't seem to be a problem with this one.

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3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a near two-fingered head into a tulip. Beer is a vibrant orange/red color. Above average head retention with drink by drink step lacing. A lot of effervescence if you look closely. I really like the way this one looks.

S- Nose is of bread, slight hops.

T- Subdued citrus fruits. Alcohol is noticeable...not a high abv DIPA but still can tell it's there). Citrus became more apparent the more it warmed/I drank it. Caramel malts. Good taste but nothing compared to some of the widely available DIPAs out there.

M- Near flawless mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly syrupy, good carbonation.

D/O- Enjoyed the 16oz. size of the bottle. Random quote: Cap read "Twist Off"...."Twist off?!? C'monnnn", I said. And then I realized there was no twisting off this cap, weird. My first Sprecher reviewed.

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4.02/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight earthy malt, sweet malt, strong hops, alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, strong hops, alcohol, slight dark citrus, slight tart malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, a good body, aroma, and great complexity.

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3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber / copper color, huge creamy head.

Soft aroma, lightly fruity, toasty, caramel malt...a bit too quiet for my taste...especially if we're really talking about a double IPA, here.
Smooth entry on the palate, sweet, almost buttery flavor, plenty of hops, but not too bitter. Caramel malt always keeps pace with the bitterness.

Very English style IPA, but scarcely resembles a double IPA in any way. I would need much less balance, I think...feels stronger in alcohol, has a bigger hop burn on the palate, lasts long on the tongue, full bodied...but not as big as you'd come to expect.

Easy drinking, though, but I'm not crazy about the taste....maybe because I'm no longer so fond of English IPAs...I think Double IPAs really require Pac-NW hops.

Don't think I'll try one again.

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2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a orange/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light hops, some malts. Taste is of some hops, medium bitterness, not very tasty, kind of unbalanced and lacking in flavor. Feels medium bodied in overall mediocre at best, to many good DIPA's out there to waste time with this one.

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a basic pale malt scent with a touch of biscuit malts and a mild hop nose. The malts seem to dominate the aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop bite. It hits you hard up front and resinates in the finish. The malt bill is lacking complexity and therefore offers little in the way of balance. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This an above average beer, but it's low on my list of good DIPA's.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
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