IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) | Sprecher Brewing Company

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.72%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of kojevergas
1.81/5  rDev -44.1%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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 TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
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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Photo of Duff27
3.54/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of tone77
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)
Sprecher Brewing Company

Bottle States ABV @ 7.72%

Pours a mostly clear deep orange/copper color with a chill haze and topped with a pillowy foam. Lots of lace documents each sip in hop oil. Smells of floral, earthy, herbal hops and bready malts. In the taste, earthy and wood tone flavor from the hops, mild grapefruit and some pine. Solidly bitter, with oily resins sticking to the palette. The malt body gives off a fair amount of sweetness in a caramel and biscuit fashion. A decent balance, but leaning toward the hoppy side. Alcohol is well disguised. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, with a good bite. Overall, a pretty solid "imperial" IPA, would certainly have again.

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

A vigorous pour produces an almost two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a clear amber color that shows a slight haze and a mix of orange, red and copper hues when held up to the light. The aroma is hop focused (though quite low for a double IPA), with notes of orange zest, grapefruit, lychee and tangelo. There is quite a bit of malt noticeable as well, in fact it seems quite heavy handed with the crystal malt. It seems to almost have a stale, caramelized malt character to it, though it might just be the particular mix of malt used here. As the beer sits in my glass for a bit, the hop character seems to get a bit wan and flabby. This really is missing a ton of hop character for a double IPA.

The beer has a surprising perceived sweetness to it; In a double IPA I would have expected much of this sweetness to have been drowned out by a hop onslaught (hell even for an IPA). Along with the sweetness is a fairly full body. The malt character is quite evident, and is in fact distracting in this beer. The finish has some astringent hop bitterness to it, but also has a ton of toasty, caramelized grain notes to it that really linger on in the mouth. The malt, in combination with some light hop influence makes this have a bit of flavor akin to brown sugar soaked berries. This is hoppy as well, I just wish there was more; flavors of grapefruit, pine and menthol (in the finish) are all noticed. This is certainly not a bad beer, the flavors are all quite nice and this is even nicely drinkable. This is much more of an IPA, or perhaps a supped up Pale Ale.

Except for the lack of hop character this has all the makings of a great IPA; ample malt base & body to carry a ton of hop character. It would be nice if they double or tripled the hop bill on this one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle, $1.99 for a pint of DIPA is right up my alley, let's see how this goes,

A: Pours amber with a long-lasting full white head, nice lace.

S: Malt, white grapefruit, cantaloupe.

T: This is in no way a hop bomb, so don't expect a West Coast rip your teeth out bomb of bitterness. That being said, it's a well balanced tasty beer, like an Imperial English IPA if that style existed. Good biscuity malt flavours upfront, hops are grassy with noticable grapefruit, orange oil and pine needle. A solid beer.

M: Nice tingly carbonation, full-bodied, frothy on the mouth, big, though the carbonation does go amok a bit at the finish.

D: I liked this beer a lot, not putting it into any one style, but as a stand alone, $1.99 for a pint of good ale is nothing to sneeze at, just know what you're getting into. If you go in thinking you're going to get something like PtE or Maharaja you're going to be disappointed, but just as an ale, it fits the bill.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy orange color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to a thin skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Sweet crackery malt. Lemon and sugar. Not much hop character.

T: Like the nose; very sweet and hearty malt character. Lightly resinous in the middle but no distinct flavor I could describe. Sharply bitter in the finish along with warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly resiny. Though starting sweet, finish is bitter, dry and warming.

D: I don't want to go nuts and say I could down a bunch of these in one sitting, but for its ABV this beer goes down fairly easily, and I don't think that's a sign of weakness.

O: Drinkable, but nothing special. The nose and taste are wanting for a DIPA.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle poured into the Duvel tulip. Bottled sometime in Feb. 2009.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a respectable off-white to light yellow head with great retention. Some good lacing present.

(S)- Lemony biscuits with pine and malt. Some light honey.

(T)- Demanding bitter hops with an almost nonexistent malt backbone. Lacking in citrus (there is some lemon), but rather immense in pine. Tons of pine actually.

(M)- Very hoppy, thus its got kind of a thick texture on the tongue. Piney lemon that turns almost sweet by the lightly malted finish. Good carbonation level.

(D)- A solid DIPA with more focus on the hops perhaps rather than balance, but an enjoyable departure from that. Great hop flavors.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.04/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance was kinda wretched, those huge yeast chunks everywhere. Smell was almost all c hop bitterness and nothing else. But not exactly the good kind, old.

Taste was more bitterness without any help taste wise from the body or hops. Alcohol extremely prominent. Extremely below average.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Damn had no idea this was a summer beer so it's at least 3 months old. Also my ABV is 7.72% listed on the bottle.

A - Looks like a very nice IPA. I get a nice light amber, clear in color (thankfully no sediment) and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Head could have been a bit more sticky with lacing.

S - Again very nice I get a strong earthy bitter hop profile very piney and a weak malt balance but it is there.

T - Wow it's old but it's still very bitter and piney. An assault of earthy pine bitterness which quickly rounds out a bit with a cracker like malt. Finish has some more bittering hops but I could use more floral hops...

M - Light to medium it was fairly easy to drink.

Overall I have had many other more balanced IPA's and a few other more balanced DIPA's. It's not bad just not worth a repeated purchase being .2% higher ABV than most stellar IPA's (Sculpin and Union Jack for example)

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper underneath a sticky vanilla colored head. Good retention of the foam and thinning film, but little rivulets of bubbling slowly making their way to the top. Carameled cand sweet aroma but balanced out by some bitter orange peel. Very medium and faintly sweet bready malt. Caramel delicately drizzled on some orange meat that still ha a little piece of the peel on it. The alcohol has a prickly cutting effect on the malt, but brings some more zest to the hops. The alcohol also makes the mouthfeel a warm medium bodied hopper. Ths is a good IPA, bu lacs some strong definition to be considered a DIPA. The only reason this beer is a DIPA is due to the 8.4% abv. Still good though.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle. bottle code, but no clear date in it.

appears a hazy cloudy copper rusty color. thin off-white head, but it fades to a thin covering. nice hoppy aroma, but subtle, not overpowering. in the taste, hops ride on top of a nice malty base. I'd say it tastes more like of an English IPA. medium body, carbonation on the higher side.

not a bad beer, I think just a bit mis-labeled by the brewer.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear copper. Thin dirty white head. Very thin. Lacing is better than expected from the tiny head. Smells more like a barleywine or strong ale than a DIPA. Sweet and malty aroma. Caramelly. Rummy. But where are the humulene (and other hop derived) aromatics?? The taste follows suit. More sweet than bitter and more malty than hoppy. You can definitely feel the 8+% a/v. That's just wrong for this style. This is a crappy interpretation of Double IPA. Alcoholic. Not hoppy. Not that nice hop derived bitterness.

Here's a suggestion for Sprecher: Get back to your strong suit. German style beers. Instead of all these crazy ass beers that you've been cranking out lately, how 'bout a dortmunder or an alt or a rauchbier or even a kolsch?? That would've been a perfect 'experiment' for the summer.

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