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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Added by logansboat15 on 06-18-2007

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, new label and bottle size intrigued me to try a single bottle. Pours orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head, plenty of carbonation, good retention, and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aromas were bile, herbal hops, and faint pine cleaner: not so pleasant, made me scared to try it. Tastes were definitely odd: medicinal, earthy bitter herbal hops, pine cleaner, evergreen, sour grapefruit, soap, biscuity malt; finishes bitter and dry with a reminiscence of rubbing alcohol or cheap hard liquor perhaps. Mouth-feel is medium, but the astringency on the finish is pretty wild. Overall, one of the worst DIPA's I've had. It's still beer, and I'll drink it, but unfortunately it's just not very good.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a orange body with a thing ring and sudsy lacing.
Aroma is not jumping out much, subdued nose of biscuit and C hops.
Flavors are dull citrus and orange from the hops mostly, a bit of evergreen and pine, a dry caramel and toast.
Mouthfeel is more full bodied then i like for a IPA, low carb.

not bad, but below average for sure.

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Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of LDJ36
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RDW
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of milwaukee512
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper color and so much foam it overflowed my pint glass. The aroma is fruity with a hint of pine. The taste I was confused on. It has elements of fruit, pine, and floral, a bit tart but has an earthiness I thought was misplaced, like it didn't belong or should be reduced. The body is good and that earthiness remains on the tongue for a long time. I would say there are few better DIPAs out there like the almighty Hopslam, but there are many worse.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.69/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Not sure what happened here, but suspect the bottle may have been old. Pours a cloudy light yellow with small white head. Aroma is dusty old hops, no malt backbone, grass, earth, pine. Flavor follows very dry, high carbonation, and what comes off to me as licking a dustpan. There is some pine mixed in, but the complete lack of malt base here makes it harsh. Just not very good...maybe I'll try again when I know I have a fresh bottle.

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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 Pintofbrown
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this IPA2 in a pint glass. No readily noticeable freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance- One and a half finger of bright white foam. It is smooth and creamy, retaining well. There is a boat load of sheet lace with big bubbles popping.

The body is an amber-copper with golden highlights. This one is very hazy.

Smell- Tantalizingly sweet and a soft citrus scent comes through. Underneath the pineapple and passion fruit is an earthiness that adds some complexity to the nose.

Taste- Not much of the nose has transferred here. The earthiness and a booziness are the most noticeable flavors up front. Where did that nice, sweet, citrus quality go?

I supposed it comes out more in the mid drink and finish. Just a touch of that grapefruit and pineapple sticking to the roof of my mouth. There is also a little pepperiness mingling in the long finish. This needs to be sweeter and rocking more of the citrus.

This much booze is out of place on the palate.

Mouth feel- I enjoy the creaminess and smoothness of this beer. It goes down in score a little bit with that booziness.

Overall- Most important thing is the taste, and this one trips up a little bit. It is still a good double IPA, but there is just too much booze. And not enough sweet citrus to go around, it was all on the nose.

I would have it again, but ultimately, I am a little let down by this Sprecher offering.

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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 RedneckBeerz
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Rogue Ale pint and the color is a cloudy orangeish with particles in suspension with an orangeish white head (1/4"). It doesn't hang around for long and leaves a ring around the glass and slides down as the brew is consumed. Kinda strange looking for an IPAx2.

The smell is earthy flowery hops and sweetish malts.

The flavor is sweetish malts and florally hops with the sweet just peaking through the hop bitterness, in fact the bitterness (which is light) is more evident in the throat than on the tongue.

I can't pick up any alcohol, so it is well hidden. It is medium to just a bit on the heavy side on the mouthfeel and lowish medium on the carbination.

This is not a bad brew, especially in spite of it's appearance; it's not great by any means, but it's not to bad. I'd think it was a B brew at best and it would take a alot of great Double IPA's to be out of stock before I would " Walk This Way" again. Cheers

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

This big DIPA pours a clear but dark copper color into my glass with a big 3 finger head that relaxes into an creamy white-ish cover with very healthy lacing. The aroma includes lots of caramel and maple sweetness, herbal/Dr. Pepper nuances and butterscotch candy malt. It has some good qualities but together it seems a tad peculiar, almost like it's "turned" a bit, but I can't quite tell. Not bad really. With the first taste I can tell that the peculiar edge is probably just booziness which makes itself evident to the tongue. Again, this stuff is sweet caramel with sugary grain and a slight apricot/cherry fruit highlight. Perhaps a touch of bubblegum hop here and more buttery ideas. Can't help but think some of this is failed brewing while it may also be intended as it's not terrible by any means, just not real inviting to have repeat visits in my book. Body is about medium with a bit of cloying on the palate. A little heavy on the carbonation. Sweet and boozy would be my primary notes here. Definitely not a session brew, a little astringent I think. Not the best DIPA for my tastes.

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Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and a small grapefruity note. In the taste, orange citrus, dry hops, and a small alcohol presence all the way through. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop and alcohol in the aftertaste. Boozier than it really is, big hops and a lighter body.

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Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rxthree
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of fergster75
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Tilley4
3.02/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single from the local bottle shop...

Very faded hop aromas and a sweet caramelly maltiness roll off of this beer... Wow... Candy sweet aromas here... Hops are floral in nature... Either this is way past its prime or this was a malt-forward DIPA to begin with...

Loads of sweet candy maltiness dominate here... Hops are way past their prime and very faded... Almost barleywine like... If this was a barleywine, it would be a pretty decent effort. As is, its a very mediocre attempt at a DIPA...

Not Sprecher's best effort here.... I will pass on this one in the future..

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.14/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

According to the Julian code, this was bottled on June 1st.

A: Golden orange colored, hazy with some floaties. Two fingers of off-white head..tons of texture. Loads of caked on lacing around the entire glass. Thick, foamy film with a good bit of larger bubbles.

S: Not too impressive. Hardly any hop presence. I understand this is going on 6 months old, but you'd hope for better than this from a DIPA. Sweet and toasted malts with what seems like citrus hops.

T: The taste is a little better, but the alcohol is much more present than you'd expect from sub-9% beer. Grapefruit citrus bitterness. Biscuity and toasted malts. Not half bad.

M: Medium bodied. Not much else I can say about this...well, the alcohol has a bit of an affect. Not so much of a burn..more like the sensation you get from a mild mouth wash.

O: If this was an English DIPA, I would rate it a little higher, but as is, this is a beer that should probably passed up.

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Photo of spoonhawk
1/5  rDev -69.1%

IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.24 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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