Trappist India Pale Ale | The Spencer Brewery

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Trappist India Pale AleTrappist India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Spencer Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by American brewcraft creativity, Spencer IPA is crisp, fragrant, and golden-hued. Generously hopped, bright, bitter – one of a kind.

Added by JKV96 on 02-23-2016

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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by MacStinson:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of ethricdouble
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Eyes: golden, like honey. Thin head white as clouds and quick to leave. Tiny legs.
Nose: Honey, pinetar, wildflower.
Taste: honey again. Soft piney, earthy, floral hops. The earthiness of the hops compliment the sweetness which is why I think I'm getting honey notes.
Feel: Feels less like an IPA and more like a... cream ale or something. Moderately low carbonation. Sweet and creamy, not dry. Resin from the hops leaves the mouth nice and sticky.
Ears: Basking in Judee Sill's love of tis world despite her pain as I bask in the light of this comforting but unique and outstanding beer. This beer might be too good for my "go-to" IPA but will definitely revisit frequently.

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Photo of jlindros
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from this brewery finally. Their original was OK but not worth the price, stout was great, holiday was OK, so we'll see where this one lies. best by 8/17/16, so still pretty fresh.

pours a small fizzy barely head covering, fades quickly, super murky hazy sediment orange tan white oak color.

Nose smells like a poor choice in hops, herbal vegetal, with a little orange peel marmalade, very herbal vegetal hop character, like a bed of moss and leaves with aged twigs, with some sweet candy malt underneath, a little fruit some from hops like the orange, and some from some ester profile with a little apple jam, and a little stale cheesy hop late.

Taste starts creamy, plenty of malts, a creamy malt perhaps some wheat, with a little toasty biscuity note, some candy reddish malts, little syrupy, with a hint of booze, a little phenolic profile, and plenty of esters, fruity apple pear esters. Then hops, tons of spicy herbal hops, again earthy mossy forest floor and herbal vegetal notes, but also very spicy and briny characters with a salty note. Sweet copper malts late with more of that salty briny herbal spicy hop and a little seaweed flavor, very spicy briny hop lingering with a mild sticky finish and a hint of warming booze. The long lingering finish is a very icky herbal hop.

Mouth is med to a little syrupy bod, decent carb, a little creamy note.

Overall one of the biggest letdowns of the year, this was nothing like a good American or Belgian IPA, more like a sad English IPA, very poor choice of hops, poor execution especially the sticky malt with herbal seaweed hops, and booze shows more than it should. Also the Belgian yeast brings esters and phenols that don't mix well with this style IPA at all.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color with a substantial chill haze. I gradually increased the angle of the pour to get a head but could only manage about centimeter which settles quickly to rim bubbles. Pretty nice streaks of lace, though.

The smell comes across far more British than American, meaning that it is mostly soft, lightly toasted malt forward. The floral hop is secondary but present. Blindfolded, I might guess this is an English Bitter.

The taste does remind me of the west coast versions of IPA, which I think creates a nice little twist of interest. This starts with paler malt taste than the color and the smell suggest. The hop comes in quite strong with a regularly expected bitterness (white pepper). I don't get any of the citrus or evergreen smells or flavors common to the western IPAs. The finish is interesting as the "British" malt comes back nicely making for some balance to the long-lasting aftertaste bitterness.

Overall, I consider this a solid IPA with some intriguing subtleties, but one must be really aware of their expectations to catch them.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Cask and Vine.
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Big caramel bready maltiness with some earthy floral spicy hops to counter. Seems quite sweet for an IPA, tastes good but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of epoole3
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is not a Belgian IPA. Tons of citrus and hops. Well rounded. More west coast style in bitterness and mouthfeel. Give it a hipster label and pop it in a 16 oz. can and the kids would be giving high praise to it. Excellent.

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Photo of SABERG
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A - Dark straw colored, body looks a bit viscous, a loose knit froth of of white cap, is supported by lackluster carbonation.
S - Orange peel, toffee, dark honey, a bit of fruited esters, floral elements are strong, a hint of lily.
T - Warm wheat bread, covered in marmalade, honey, lemon reduction in butter, and a really nice candied sugar component.
M - Thick in body, a bit aggressive in the coating, oily and rich.
O - A really interesting take, the body is full, the flavors run wild, and the carbonation is there but hiding.
Very interesting take on IPA.

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Photo of direwolf00
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought it tasted weird at first, but it definitely grew on me. It reminds me of a Heavy Seas beer I liked, but I just can't pin it down. I think it is very good, dares to be different and what's wrong with that.

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Photo of Andnkuhn
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcorn
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sculls65
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 10/5/17. Reviewed on 4/4/17 12 oz. Bottle into chimay goblet

A clear gold with gyser-style streaming bubbles directly in the middle, creating a thin white and even foam top. The center bubbles continue to create rings of thin foam ar the top. With the active, bubbly center the rings look like rings around the moon.

The aroma has a sweet,caramel, buttery and creamy malt thing. Some herbal, yet fruity/tangy hops pop out, then some subtle citrus notes. The nose reminds me very much of an English ipa, especially the malt.

The flavor is much different than the nose here.....a massive, bitter and bold hop complexity is very impressive. Solid herbal and very earthy notes are dense and rather strange. A big, dry-hopped effect for sure with one of the biggest dry-earthy hoppy endings ever. A citrus and sour tangy fruit hop punch goes a long way. The malt is very robust and slick, heavy really. Great flavor and once again, very English. Sour and sweet malt and yeast combo, then layers of dry-earthy hops.

The feel is medium bodied jazxy bite but with a big, slick malty mouthfeel. Finishes with dry, earthy tones but never really gets dry. More of a full finish.

"American Trappist" does not mean all of their offerings are in a Belgian style. This one looks very Belgian with it's bottle conditioned, jazzy bubbles. But the yeast is much more neautral and not as interesting or funky as a Belgian IPA would be. The malt is very thick which gives it a very strange balance but comes across as rather interesting, if not slightly odd. I really like bitter hop bite which is pretty deep.

I really like to give bonus points for unique aspects, but keeping in mind the balance. This one is very unique, and much closer to an English IPA. The balance of flavor's here is a bit off for an American ipa. Sometimes you have to ignore style guidlines. I review from the heart and not from guidlines.

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Photo of schavuytje
4.93/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell of pepper and fruit appearance yellow with light glow orange in taste pepper and soft apple in the finish pepper and froth thirsty and to taste more,
Nicely layered

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with frothy off-white head. Aroma has classic resiny hops with some dried orange peel and underlying biscuit malt. Taste follows with quite intense bitter hop notes like pine resin, grass and yellow grapefruit pith. Medium body and carbonation. Quite old school IPA with harsh hop bitterness and a solid malt backbone.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of 8/11/16. Sampled on April 1, 2016.

The pour is a slightly cloudy amber tone with a small white head that dissolves to a ring.

The aroma has this odd off-putting butterscotch sensation with some tropical fruit hops in the mix. A little Belgian candied sugar and yeast.

The body is medium to full.

The taste is a step above the aroma with a decent malt sweetness followed by a bigger fruity hop bitterness.

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Photo of liquorpig
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of fitzy84
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a murky burnt orange appearance and a thin head with minimal lacing. Aromas include a caramel, malty biscuit flavor. The taste follows the nose by being very bittersweet with malts and a light sour grapefruit taste. The mouthfeel is a medium body; not too light or creamy. Overall, not too bad with a good taste dimension.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy orange with a bright white head and lots of lacing, decent head retention.

A: Lots of sweet oranges, orange peel, and bready malts to balance the hops, smells like oranges have been squeezed onto freshly baked bread, it's balanced, hint of tea leaves as well, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Very sweet like the nose, oranges, slight orange peel, and sweet malts, also picking up some tea leaf notes, bitterness is moderate, finish is syrupy with lingering notes of malt and slight oranges and tangerines, as the beer warms the sweetness fades into a more citrus peel like note.

M: Medium bodied with a syrupy, slightly dry mouthfeel, feels as if there is more malt presence on the mouthfeel than hop presence.

O: Trappist India Pale Ale is listed under American IPA but it is not a representative of the style, it lacks the hop presence of most American IPAs I've tasted but it's still an enjoyable and drinkable beer, it's on the sweeter side of IPAs, it's more malty than it is hoppy.

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Photo of Hos
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benlhoest
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Trappist India Pale Ale from The Spencer Brewery
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