IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) | Sprecher Brewing Company

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)
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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 sitarist
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. About a fingers worth of loose head falls to a ring that leaves spots of lacing.

I smell tea and pretzels...ther are faint hints of toffee, and pecan...not what Id expect from a DIPA. It is interesting none the less.

It is herbal and slightly metallic. I taste sour-dough and oolong tea. Not bad...just not what Id expect or accept for the style.

Medium body and creamy.

It is easy to drink with no bad flavors...reminds me more of a weak barleywine than a DIPA.

A beer for tickers everywhere.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp copper/caramel like color with a fairly large, foamy, light, fluffy, whispy, white head. Average retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Not picking up a lot of aroma, and very little hop aroma is coming out. Pretty malty with some caramel and toffee and predominantly pale malt. Some slightly herbal/tea hop aroma and some light fruitiness.

T - Like the nose suggested, this is not a West Coast DIPA. Pale malt is quite strong with caramel and biscuit flavors being strong. Some hoppy flavors come out though. Herbal/tea and grassy being strongest. A faint fruitiness, particularly apple. The hops do provide a strong level of bitterness, and do make their presence known.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Crisp feel and a slightly drying finish.

D - I didn't have trouble finishing the glass, but I didn't really want another afterward either.

Notes: Very much an English style DIPA. Malt makes a strong presence in the flavor. Hops definitely provided a bitterness, but the hop flavors were pretty subtle. Overall I enjoyed drinking it, but I didn't really feel like having another. Not a bad beer and it's nice to have a DIPA that isn't a West Coast one available, but I wasn't blown away. If the price is right, get this, if not don't feel too bad if you skip it.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber colored beer, cloudy with average carbonation. Has a dense white head.
I smell a caramel malt around with a very sutle earthy hop bouqet.
A nicely balanced brew of caramel malts and earthy hops maybe a bit herbal too.
A medium body beer.
Doesn't match up well to the label. I find this beer really to be lacking flavor. I expected more of a flavor wallop.
All in all it's pretty good.

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Photo of WEBBEER
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark amber to light bronze color. Cloudy and hazy. The head is a thickly textured whipped cream off white. With a lacy retention.

Smell - Very strong hop and malt nose. Rich notes of bread, and strong caramel and raw brown sugar.

Taste- Initially a sweet sugar note, then the nutty, then fruit and then the strong hop kick. Very much a cognac or strong distilled alcohol bite in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Starts off smooth with a sweet viscosity and then a hop dryness. No doubting the 7.72% ABV marked on this bottle of IPA squared!

Serving type: 16 oz. bottle poured into a stemless copita

First personal experience with a double IPA. My overall opinion? WOW! This is IPA. Not a session but truly a dessert / rocking nightcap!!

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Photo of BlueCat1
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scanning some of the other reviews of this beer makes me wonder if it's the same beer. Is it the fact that I sampled from a tap? The color was definitely dark. The pour had a rich almost creamy head that lingered. I could not see through the beer holding it to a light. More brown than orange.

The aroma was pleasant, not particularly hoppy, more malty. The flavor was well balanced between the malt and hops. With one taste it seemed to lean toward the malty side; then with the next it would tend toward hops.

I considered it quite drinkable, almost a session DIPA?!

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Photo of WesWes
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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Photo of SFLpunk
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.50 at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville NC. 16oz brown-glass twist-top. Shoulder is dated but it's smudged so I have no idea when this is from.

Pours a clear orange amber with sudsy white head that leaves lots of lacing. Nose is very floral and showcases the pale caramel malt. Some faint whispers of pine.

Palate is surprisingly crisp and light-bodied. Floral hops and very very pale malt. Orange blossoms a-plenty. Clean finish and dry.

Somewhat simple but very refreshing and light-bodied for an IIPA. This is something of a mild complaint. I want more hop flavors though...

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher claims this is an English IPA so I'm reviewing it as such. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a lively off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some citrusy and floral hops upfront, along with caramel, fruity esters, biscuit, minerals, and some alcohol. The flavor also starts out with floral and herbal hops with slight citrus notes, along with biscuit and caramel, minerals, fruity esters, chalk and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is pretty good. A tasty English IPA, I could see being disappointed if you were expecting a west coast style hop bomb but the label clearly states otherwise.

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Photo of OttoBomb
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a stubby 16 oz bottle picked up from the brewery and poured into a DogFish Head signature glass (August 28, 2010). There is a serial number on the bottle but it isn't decipherable as a freshness date that I can tell.

Eyes: Pours an attractive deep golden copper with slight haze. The light khaki foam rises up to one full finger. Retention and lacing are very good.

Nose: Sweet malts dominate, some smokey grassy hopps make a suggestion.

Tongue: I can tell it's a malty IPA style brew, but that's about it. The malts are nice, but there just aren't enough hops to balance it out. Surprisingly bitter for what seems to be a low level of hopps.

Mouth: Actually a bit better here, good carbonation, with a pleasant body.

Libation: This is an average DIPA. The malt profile is flavorful and pleasant. The hop profile profile is not at all to the level I expect from an IPA, never mind a DIPA. The price and size are attractive ($1.60 for a 16 oz. bottle), but there just aren't enough hops here to quench a thirsty hop tooth.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Clear amber, decent head.
smell: Nice but I had this at a restaurant and wondered if they brought the right beer. Hops are there but not up front.
taste: Again, I had a few sips before I was convinced this was a DIPA, though certainly a malt heavy specimen. Good taste though.
mouthfeel: Full.
drinkability: The more I had the more I liked it. Again, not a prototypical DIPA but a nice brew.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - clear copper color with a thick, mousse-like head with fantastic retention

S - moderatetly strong citrus hop aroma, some pine-like quality, caramel malt scents, touch of sherry

T - strong hop flavors come through right at the start and follow through to the finish which is hoppy, but perhaps not as bitter as some double IPAs; malt is supportive and balanced here; clean - not much in the way of yeast esters or character; some perfume-like alcohol flavors noted as it warms

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Overall a decent double IPA but perhaps not the paragon of the style. It's enjoyable but doesn't really stand-out against some its competition. That said - it is a good 'gateway' to the style and I would recommend this to someone who tells me that double IPAs are too bitter.

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Photo of katan
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown, very clear ale. Strong head formation, light white and hanging around at a cm. Light bubbling is obvious.

S - Not very hoppy for a DIPA. Mostly some malt notes, some caramel, some roast. Light amount of hops come through in the finish.

T - Starts off malty, light caramel, 2-row. Gets more bitter mid-stream, but hoppiness is restrained. Grainy notes, some astringency is present. Finishes with more roasted, caramel and crystal malts. Some grapefruit notes. Lightly bitter.

M - Moderate to light body - well below what a DIPA should pull through. Oily, clinging aftertaste- sticks to the tongue like glue.

D - Moderate drinkabiilty. ABV is manageable for the style. Flavors are light, due to their underassertive nature. Not filling.

This beer is a giant 'ehh' to me. I wanted an affordable and quality DIPA with a nice hop profile, and ended up with a pale ale with way too many burnt malts.

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Photo of meatyard
2.31/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very hazy, amber/orange that mostly clears up. The head is a 1-finger, off-white with slight lacing.
The smell is sweetish malt but no apparent hop aroma.
The taste is lightly sweet malt with mild bitterness and, again, no discernible hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with consistent, light carbonation.
Drinkability as a DIPA is near zero. As something else it's OK. Sprecher either needs to retire this thing or give it a complete makeover. Not recommended if you're looking for any hops.

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Photo of Tone
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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Photo of daledeee
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new beer to Iowa. 16 ounce bottles.

This beer pours a chestnut or auburn color with a nice head.

Nose is slightly floral or phenolic.

Taste is somewhat hoppy by today's standards. Not over the top like some. Plenty of malt as well. This tastes like an english or Irish ale. This one has a very creamy mouth feel at first then a slightly bitter finish. This beer is drinkable, but with today's tough competition, forgettable.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher IPA2 is a very clear and very lively ale that's on the border between amber and golden. It has a dense, creamy, white head with outstanding retention and lacing. There's nothing hoppy in the aroma. It smells like wet stone with notes of dirt and metal. It has a creamy, smooth medium body with a clean, dry finish. It tastes a little sweet, a little funky and a little bitter. It seems like some kind of English session ale-- maybe an ESB. Yeah, it's pretty odd that it's called a double IPA. It's not bad, but not what I expected.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev +15.1%
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 HalfFull
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz. brown twist off bottle. Pours a clear golden amber in color with a soapy half inch of off white foam. Decent retention and lacing. Bit dark in color and with a lingering haze.

Somewhat thick on the nose with caramel malts and a bit of spice. Very light on the hops, and may have too much age on it though this seems unlikely given other's views. Otherwise a metallic nature is present unless vigorously agitated whereby a pleasant but fleeting flash of woody hops comes out.

Alcohol is well hidden in the taste by a decent malt structure. Bit of caramel sweetness doesn't overwhelm but doesn't linger either. Decent flavor, not atypical of cold climate IPA's. Offers a good carbonation that keeps throwing a foam cap as I try to hide the metallic nature of the nose. This cap and some caramel malt allows for an ok feel, yet seems a bit misguided. Slightly drying on the finish. Drink is limited by the aroma.

Malty and chewy for the style, yet without the supporting hops. Dry and askew overall. Nothing truly negative, yet excessively rich and boring to carry on..

Note: 8.4% on label.
Freshness unknown: 090210713/01461FL bottle code.

Update 4/25/10 - Fresher bottle at 09212x

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into standard pint.

A- Pours a dark orange with a little bit of haze to it. A nice finger and a half head that recedes fairly quick and doesn't leave much for lacing.

S- Disappointed with the smell of this beer. Not much hops to speak of and a barely noticeable hint of malt with a little bit of grassiness and nothing much else.

T- From the amount of malt in this beer, I would think of this as more of an English IPA than an American double. Again, lots of malt, a small amount of hops and that is about it. I was expecting more balance. The alcohol isn't even noticeable.

M- Medium bodied that is pretty smooth and doesn't have the bite of a normal double ipa.

D- The ABV is a little on the high end but this beer won't cause palate fatigue because there is more malt in here than anything. An ok offering from Sprecher but I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at total wine in so cal. How did it make it's way down there?

A - Pours copper-gold with 1.5 fingers of orange colored head. Head clumping is visible and the head retention is well overall. Moderate lacing and pretty clear.

S - Roasty caramel malts, grassy hops, and a faint smell of grapefruit.

T - Roasty caramel, moderate-high bittering hops, and light grapefruit. I can't mention how complex the malts are to get that roasty character. The hops however, a different story.

M - Moderate bodied, well balanced, and wearing the bitter beer face.

D - Malts are awesome, hop selection suspect at best. Would recommend you pass over this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
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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Photo of beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a golden orange slightly rusty color. A full inch of white head rests on top for what seems like forever. After slowly fading away the rim is littered with sticky lace.

The aroma is less then I hoped for. Slightly hoppy with hints of malt and earthy grassiness. Some sweetness but nothing much to whiff here.

The flavor is even more of a let down. Some hops mostly malt. I get more black dirt and grass then anything.

Medium to light body moderate carbonation. Fairly weak.

Overall an average beer at best. Come on Sprecher give a beer with some omph.

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Photo of EJNibs
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Much darker than I'd expected from a double IPA. Deep caramel color; holds the head fairly well.

Smell: A bit disappointing. With a double IPA, I was bracing for an olfactory assault of floral/fruity Cascade goodness, but found a relatively even balance between hop and malt aromas. Not bad, just unexpected, and a bit of a let down for what I was hoping form the style.

Taste: Hop bitterness is present, but not overpowering. A much larger dose of malt sweetness in the finish than I'd expected, but not cloyingly so. Good balance between the two. A very good beer--just not a very good double IPA. I get the impression that the fine folks over at Sprecher were quite concerned with not producing one of the over-the-top tongue shredding double IPAs. Something is to be said for striking a balance in a genre that often goes hop-mad to the detriment of drinkability, but the malt flavor seems out of place in a DIPA.

Overall: This is a very good beer, but not what I was hoping for. To be fair, I grew up in Wisconsin smacking down glasses of Sprecher Root Beer, loving every minute of it, and this is the first Sprecher post-21 brew I've tried; needless to say, I had high hopes...perhaps too high. If you're looking for a Hop-slam of a beer (pun intended), then look away. However, if you've grown a bit weary of the super-hop monsters that have become the standard in this genre, but you're still thinking to yourself "I sure do love me a good IPA," give this one a shot.

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-It looks like a hazy honey colored in it's body leaving a 1.4" sparse head.
S-Wheaty, hoppy, and sweet smokeyness.
T-Sweet watery beginning flowing into a beautiful hopped boquet ending that lingers.
M-Frothy and simple with a hop tingle.
D-Good and a nice double IPA that holds it's own in the mid-ranged IPA's.

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Photo of crossovert
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a 16 oz bottle with an indecypherable best by date. The label illustration leads one to believe this one may be more in the English school of India Pale Ale.

Pours a bit darker of an amber/orange than most IPAs. A thick, foamy, off white head rests on top for awhile. Some decent lacing is left behind.

Smell is definitely reminiscent of a British ipa, a strong medicinal scent blends with a sweet sugary malt back bone. Not too mcuh hop, mostly smells medicinal with light sweetness and fruitiness.

The taste is very malty and caramel up front, very British-school with the staler tasting hops in the finish. Seems similar to the British ales that are purposefully conditioned to simulate what a long ship ride will do to the beer. Finishes with a decent hop bitterness but nothign that screams DIPA. Mild alcohol burn also hits the mouth and throat. It is unique for a DIPA.

Overall I've tasted much better attempts at a DIPA but this one is unique.

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 309 ratings