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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)
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3.5/5
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243 Ratings
Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Docer on 01-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,786
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
243
pDev:
19.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of purplesugar
4.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's simple, THIS BEER HAS CHARACTER.

This beer caught me off guard, plain and simple.

Came right out of left field. The aroma is great, and the taste is even better. Tip of the had to Widmer, which makes up for the shit I've given you over the years.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, solid golden color with a tall white head that dissipates to a thin covering, leaving moderate patchy lacing behind.

N- Bursting with juicy citrus and bitter grapefruit rind after a fresh pour. As the volatiles wear off, undertones of dark spice, herbs, and fragrant flowers come to the front. Can't quite put my finger on the spices, but ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and black peppercorns all come to mind. The aroma also has an interesting mouth-watering saltiness to it. Soft resin and tropical fruit linger in the back.

T- Bitter grassy hops right from the start. The bitterness is firm, clinging to the tongue. The malt is rich and bready, but the bitterness overpowers it almost immediately. Lots of bitter grapefruit rind and pith, with a plenty of resin in the mix. Some juicy citrus adds a refreshing touch, softening the bitterness a bit. The spices are soft and reminiscent of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Also a nice floral presence pervades the palate. The finish is long and bone-dry, with lingering herbal, resinous bitterness, black peppercorns, and grain.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a bone-dry finish.

O- Definitely a well-made beer. The spices are integrated perfectly into a dry, bitter IPA that is sure to please any hophead. Twelve ounces leaves you craving more.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish copper with a thin layer of soft white head that has decent retention. The nose smells of oregano, thyme, parsley, maybe garlic, and some faint tea undertones. The flavor is tea first followed by some citrusy hops then some spices reminiscent of Italian seasoning and then finishes with some more citrus. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, a little dry and lightly carbonated.

This is an odd beer. I love the spices. They remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. The tea in this instance doesn't detract from the flavor by drying everything out though the finish is a little dry. The "IPA" aspect is simply a decent amount of citrusy hops and a light malt body. I will probably have this again.

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4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ordinary glass

A: beautiful dark amber, one-finger head (foamy); good carb action
S: bouquet of floral hops, very herblike; lingers nicely
T: very strong dose of grapefruit, tangerine in a classic IPA; the spices are strong, and give it some complexity; I detect allspice and cinnamon, with bass spices contributed by the hops
M: very mealy

Really solid IPA. Cheers!

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4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger off white head on a pale golden hazy body. Average head retention.

S: very spicey, lots of citrus and some pine and malt notes.

T: Very nice fruity and pine hop flavor with herbal notes including juniper, clove and rosemary and an excellent oak note. Light peppercorn.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth.

Overall: I really liked this one. I would like to get my hands on more. Complex aroma and flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of ahemahem
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After my first bottle I was disappointed; it tasted "put together" like it was an experiment; adding spice as a gimmick.

It wasn't the ale. I didn't give it a chance. The next day I drank another bottle only because I had purchased the six-pack. I'm officially sold on it.

A --- meets the standard

S --- not extremely spicy

T ---Not as pungent as most IPAs. I'm not particularly fond of IPAs but this would be my favorite

M --- bubbly enough

O -- I still love the taste 15 minutes later

I don't always drink beer, but when I do, and I can't find my very favorites, I drink Widmer Bros. Spiced IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light but cloudy yellow in complexion, with a full head and detailed lace. Impressive.

The nose is positively delectable, being intensely fruity with a deep citrus hops ester vibe.

Flavor is tough up front, with a bitter pine/grapefruit hops bite. I get a light hint of tea and spice towards the finish. Unique and quite enjoyable!

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4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a nice clean and clear light amber orange. Finger of thick foamy head sits around a bit and creates a foamy and frothy thin blanket with lacing all about the glass. Certainly a clean and crisp pretty beer.

Smell: (4.0)
- When I had this on tap, the first thing I noticed was a wonderful hop punch to the face. Has a nice tea and cinnamon/clove aroma mixed in with an herbal earthy character. Hops add a nice pine and citrus flare along with a lightly sweet caramel and bready wheat grain. All melds together very well, and the hops are wonderful.

Taste: (4.0)
- Balance is the key word in this beers flavor. The spiced tea, bitter and not so-bitter hops, sweet malt, grain character, and more black tea all blend extremely well in this beer. In the beginning i thought the tea might be a bit too strong, but it all really does balance out. Zesty pine and citrus hops, malt that isn't too sweet, and cinnamon herbal clovy goodness.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- This beer is crisp, and is a light drinker for being 7% ABV. The bitterness in the finish dries the mouth and creates a nice chewy profile. It's not really sticky at all which is nice. Perfectly carbonated and drinkable.

Overall: (4.5)
- Has to be my favorite in the series, and it seems I keep saying that with each new Rotator Series release. This is well balanced folks, easy to drink, is their hoppiest yet I believe, and tastes great while packing a punch. Hardly any alcohol flavors at all. Get it when it hits the shelves in just a little over a month.

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