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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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Docer on 01-25-2012

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Photo of purplesugar
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
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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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
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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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
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 +24.1%
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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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly darker then straw yellow with a slight haze. Chunky lacing and small thin head.

S- The smell of hops is right there very floral and in your face. I feel like I smell Citra hops. Something very herbal and lemony. I wonder if sorachi ace is also lightly used as well.

T- Great hop taste, more bittering hop presence once you taste the beer. I'm feeling like they used citra, semicoe, and sorachi ace for the hops. I used the same hop variety I listed in a beer I made and the hop flavor profile is similar. Pretty solid brew. I'm not tasting too many spices but I'm getting a hint of coriander.

M- Good carbination. Feels good in the mouth, the hoppyness is nice on your tastebuds, and not enough to kill them off.

O- Solid brew. The ABV is well hidden, and I can see drinking more of this no problem.

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Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber color with barely one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Nice amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Do not notice anything out of the ordinary in the aroma. Smells like a straight up West Coast IPA with citrus and herbal hops.

I can definately taste the tea and spices. This is very herbal with black tea and I'm guessing Grains of Paradise. Has a peppery,herbal finish. Bitterness is moderate and no sign of alcohol. This is a bone dry IPA in the West Coast tradition. I think it all works well.

Well placed carbonation for a dry, bitter beer. Not the biggest body for a 7% ABV beer.

I prefer their O'Ryely IPA over this one but it is still a good, interesting beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some biscuit malts, citrus hops, some coriander and other spices, with a hint of tea.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some coriander and other spices, and some citrus hops. Through the middle some light pine hops come through with a bit of bitterness and a bit of tea. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and biscuit malts with some citrus hops, light bitterness, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice IPA with a nice malt and hop balance and some nice complexity with the other flavors.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a large, frothy, white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is VERY interesting...at first it smells exactly like a heavily spiced pumpkin beer. Hardly any hops...some pepper and tea-like aromas. Kinda reminds me of the Starbucks tea "Joy" if I remember it correctly. A bit of citrus as well. Taste is very interesting as well. At first you get some IPA presence with hops and citrus, but then you get some distinct pumpkin spice notes with some caramel malt and nutmeg. There is definitely a holiday tea flavor hear. Very spicy with hop bitterness toward the finish with cinnamon spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors that are literally all over the place. At times it tastes like a pumpkin beer...then it tastes like an IPA...then it tastes like a winter warmer. So unique. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a unique beer that I could definitely drink on the regular.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Green Growler in Croton-on Hudson, NY

Pours typical lighter almond amber, off white head, moderate fine lacing.

Spiced up nose with citrus, coriander, cloves and ginger.

Fruity, with more limes, ginger, cloves and tropical fruits on the palate.

Complex and flavorful IPA with alot more then typical spicing. Zesty and quite enjoyable, if you like your IPA on the aggressive side.

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Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

I love beers with tea additives, and I love IPAs, so my hopes are pretty high for this one. Pours a little lighter than the average IPA, with a finger and a half of head. The spices and tea are much stronger on the nose than the hops, it really smells like a nice cup of tea. The taste is very interesting, it's no slouch on the spices front, with cloves jumping right out at me along with the tea aspects. There's just a bit of IPA character in there with a hint of west coast-style hops. As I drink more, I become more "used" to the spices and get more of the IPA character. Not too much malt in here to speak of. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and dry, and the drinkability turns out to be rather good once you acclimate to it. A very unique and boundary-pushing beer that's worth a try. I'm not sure how I'd do with a six-pack, but I enjoyed the single I bought.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Fred Meyer, Wilsonville $6.99 Clear,bright golden hued ale with a large thick and frothy white head. Aroma mostly spicy,sprucelike hops with a touch of pepper and leaf black tea. Taste intresting combo of the piney hop, black tea and a peppery ginger..cinnamon appears well after the sip is down the gullet. Nice pallet//loved the long lasting after tastes. I really enjoyed this one from Widmer..well done and unusual

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Photo of stercomm
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a trusty Fuller's pint glass

A - Slight haze, pale golden honey in color, white head which recedes quickly leaving a thin layer on top. Excellent lacing.

S - Strong pine notes and floral notes, get a very slight apricot scent.

T - Nicely balanced brew, lots of hoppiness with some sweet malt, slight spiciness can just make out the tea presence.

M - medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - Nicely balanced brew,

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Just under two fingers of head. Color was golden orange. Light white lacing on the top and sides that dissipated slowly in the middle and retained OK on the sides. Just a little bit of stuff left on the sides of the glass.

Smelled lots of different flavors, all pleasant. Got citrus hops - orange, tangerine, lemon, lime and even some raspberry. Also some sweet floral notes, like a rose flavor. Some candy flavors, too, like Sweet Tarts or Smarties. Pretty potent on the nose.

Tasted citrus hops up front, mainly tangerine, orange and lemon. But still got that raspberry/strawberry. Still got those Smarties taste and some sugary floral notes. Very bitter finish on the tongue after. After awhile, I got some spices. Seemed to be pepper or some kind of spicy taste. Tons of different flavors, very surprising.

Light-to-average body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish. Spicy hot feeling on the throat after.

Not a bad beer overall. The smell may have been the best part and I almost pulled the trigger on a 4.5/9.0.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

First thing you are going to notice is the smell... and oh man, you're in for something unique. A cacophony of vibrant smells straight out of your herbs and spices cabinet. Cinnamon, basil, ginger, and oregano with lots of cayenne spice. Some grapefruit in the background. I'm all about great smelling beer, and I'm totally digging this. Unique, pleasant, fresh and tantalizing. Pour is nothing extraordinary; hazy amber, good lacing. If you like the smell, and are ok with some wackiness in your beer, I think you will dig this. Tons of herbs up front, lots of oregano and ginger. Nice hops and citrus with some black tea in the middle and some nice spice from the cayenne at the end. Surprisingly well balanced considering the ingredients and gamut of flavors. Super clean mouthfeel; dry, crisp and refreshing. I'm actually a big fan of this beer now and was pleasantly surprised. Check it out if you're looking for something off the beaten path.

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Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is golden-orange with a small white head that leaves behind some lace.

S: Mild nose - some tea-like characteristics and some hops - but not very strong at all.

T: Interesting, as there's a lot going on, taste-wise. I get sweet malt up front, with some spices - I get cinnamon and nutmeg. Also citrusy hops that lead me to think of oranges and orange oil; finishes with lemony bitterness. Lingering taste, however, is of resiny pine and pine needle bitterness, leaving you with more of an IPA impression than you get at first blush.

M: Call it medium in heft, carbonation was appropriate, didn't add to or detract from the overall experience.

O: Good, but not great. The spiciness is a little odd in an IPA, but overall it worked, even if it meant the beer wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is tarnished golden with good clarity and thick white cream with small bead. The lace sticks ok and no carbonation is visible but retention is very good. The smell is very citrus and lime with some earthy spice which is mildly peppery with a slight woody note. The feel is very dry with moderately high carbonation and hint of astringency -(tea perhaps?) and moderately high bitterness with a gentle sweetness acting as a foundation.

The flavor is very good, both citrus zest-which is lime-like with sweet and acidic taste with tinges of juniper and mild ginger with a light woody earthy peppery taste and almost cedar-like tinge which goes well with the hops which have a bitter almost grapefruity bite that lasts long after the sip and there is a a mild peppery heat but it could be a little alchohol in the flavor augmenting the spice and hop oils. This is a spicy tasty twist on a west coast IPA, I expected a chai IPA, but more hoppy than spicy which is pleasant.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into simple mug from keg. Immediate rush of frothy head that really quickly slows down and ends with a nice layer of head at the top. Looks inviting and the lacing is quite nice. A very amber-filled rustic color to the internal, and nice bubbles rising to the top in standard format.

S: Smells nice and spicy. Great flavor coming off the top of the glass and loving the alluring scent to the whole brew. Into it.

T: Pretty good. In between a 3.5 and 4.0 but I'll knock it up due to the spicyness of it which we don't see too often these days. I'd love if it was even more spicy. A bit of bitter hops and just a tiny pinch of fruit - maybe banana or citrus lingering.

M: Full body and solid but doesn't feel as good as I'd hoped in the mouth when hanging for a while. Feels great going down though - nice and smooth; not too thick and not too thin.

Overall: Good IPA but not my favorite. I like Widmer and will always realize their Hefe will probably be their selling point, but this is still a great release from a great brewery. Definitely glad I finally tried this IPA out.

Poured from a bottle into a dimple seidel mug.

A-Mahogany orange color with some cloudiness. Poured a 2-finger head that lasted for a minute. After the head dissipated there was a thin white ring around the edge of the glass; trace amounts of lacing. Light carbonation.

S-Banana, clove, sweet malt, dry hops, and spice. Great smell!

T-Similar to the smell: banana, sweet malt, bitter hops, and a lot spice. The aftertaste was quite dry and bitter. I loved the spice aftertaste. Great to have with spicy nachos. Warming effect from the alcohol.

M-Full-bodied, light carbonation, and dry.

Overall-Great brew. It's too bad it isn't available all the time.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - a single from a grocery store somewhere in the lurid heart of Waikiki.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy white head, which leaves an array of islet speck lace around the glass as it readily settles.

It smells strongly of tropical fruit - overripe pineapple, guava, and mango - with a green, bitter herbal character, over some mildly caramelized pale malt, and a menthol-esque booze edge. The taste is a little more herbal than in the aroma, with more of the grainy malt poking through as well, amongst a slow-burning peppery note, and slipping exotic fruitiness.

The carbonation is moderate, the body a stolid medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes a bit more clearly hoppy, the fruit and bitterness consolidating, and the herbal spice looking in from the outside.

A bit of a confusing, bric-a-brac of a beer. The flavours are there, they're good, and they hold their liquor, but there's a lack of order, and with no order, where are we? Whatever, I like it, and would indeed have another.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


I'm ashamed it took me this long to try this beer *covers face*. Snifter.

A: Burnished yellow gold with an inch of froth. Good retention and wicked lacing.

S: The nose is bright and fresh, despite the beer being a few months old. There's a hint of black tea with a touch of cinnamon and a dash of clove. These notes blend seamlessly with vibrant orange, mango, and tangerine notes. There's a little sweet malt lying beneath. This smells really nice and unlike I expected. The tea provides nice aromatics.

T: Sweet orange and tangerine flesh with light tropical notes. The bitterness is smooth and at a moderate level with an accompanying pepper-like spiciness (faint). The tea blends with very light ginger and clove notes. Malt is lightly sweet but doesn't seem to provide much in the way of flavor. The tea gets a little stronger as the beer warms up but it combines nicely with the citrus hop notes. The finish is fruity and bitter with a subtle astringency and a dash of alcohol.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: Well done, Paul and Chris. This is enjoyable and very easy to drink. I wish I'd tried it when it was fresher, but even so, it's still nice and hoppy.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear light golden color with a giant three-finger, white, rocky head that lasted a while. Good lacing.

S: Very nice floral hop aroma. Light malt accents as well.

T: Moderate sweetness and strong hop bitterness. Bitter and minty is the first impression. Herbal hops and tea flavors. Very interesting Spring-time flavor, but a tad too bitter for my tastes.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: Very interesting Spring ale. I like the minty tea-like flavors, and this beer looks excellent in a glass.

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Photo of nick76
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is brassy with a large head. The aroma is very hoppy with pine, citrus, and herbs. There is also malt and a touch of tea and spice. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall a nice beer but I wish it has more tea.

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