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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)

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, interesting beer. Poured from bottle dated 1/4/12 to pint glass the beer arrives a clear golden straw color with a small 1/2 finger white head with little retention but nice lacing. The nose is floral with a heavy dose of spice: pepper, chamomile, lavender character, a gentle earthy hop as well. The flavor follows suit and actually works fairly well the spices found in the nose blend with a mild bitterness and biscuit malt. More balanced than the nose though the spice still dominates. Good mouthfeel and well carbonated, medium bodied. Overall, a nice beer, not fantastic but not bad at all.

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Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of stercomm
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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 kylehay2004
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 AJD1201
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rdunigan
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Frankieteardrop
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bubbalito
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of gkunkle
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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 MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of the mixed 12pk at Somersworth Market Basket. Pours a crystal-clear amber-yellow body with over an inch of khaki-colored head. Citrussy hops with a touch of spice in the aroma. Flavor is a plethora of grassy herbal and citrussy hops vying for dominance over minty and spicy notes from the spices. Takes a bit of getting used to, but not a bad beer. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of M27
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of IPAguy2009
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a good head that fades but leave good looking sticky lacing. Nice tan clear lookin beer.

S- this smells like a lagunitas beer! That real sweet malty smell. I also smell a faint juniper rosemary like smell. Hmmm weird haha

T- bitter rosemary juniper berry with earl gray tea like essence. Very different here. Very assertive bitter bitter hops that stick with you for awhile.

M- pretty thick with good carbonation to go with it.

O- well this beer is very strange. It's just so strange that it leaves me undecided as to if I like it or not. For what it is (beer with tea addings in it) it's very well done and nothing less from what I'd expect from widmer. Different without a doubt and an experience but not sure if I will get it again. Good work widmer!

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Photo of mettkea
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Hopstimatic
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my slim goblet.. nice off white head has good retention and lacing... the brew is clear dark golden..

Wow... NOT AN IPA! .. just sayin' Cardamom, ginger, sweet cinnamon... clove? I have a Chai a few times a year in the colder months, and this nose could fit in with a lesser Chai.

Flavor has hints of tannic qualities that I associate with black tea.. but the spices are the only big player.. not getting anything in the way of hops... floral ginger note probably knock them out.. The sweet spices accentuate a background maltiness... finish knocks off very quickly leaving pretty much only cardamom..

Seems sorta thick for an IPA ... any light ale really .. carbonation is about right but the thick body accentuates everything that I don't like... the sweet spices, methol cardamom, etc....

There are folks that REALLY like this, but they are not going to outnumber the significant disappointments where those bottles sit in their fridge until an unsuspecting coworker comes by and gets the SPICE TEA beer... "Hey, here try this... you might like it.. It is an India Pale Ale but spiced like your wife's tea." This beer could end friendships.

If Widmer brewed a bunch of this, I suspect it will sit on shelves for a long while... Bottle shops will sell 1-2 per person ... never a 6'er unless they are uniformed.


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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Semi hazed golden yellow in color with a two finger head for about a minute, leaves medium lacing behind on the glass.

S. Very complicated aroma on this one. You can smell each and every facet of the Chai tea blend perfectly (Green cardamom most strongly of all) on top of the fruity orange peel, passionfruit, cracked black peppercorns, weedy herbal tones, and pine resin blasts of the hopping. It even almost smells as though there was a dairy product or some kind of cream in there despite clearly not containing any of these things!

T. But in the flavor, the star anise and bitter black tea actually start to overstep their boundaries, and the malts don't quite hold them back enough. It tastes less like a tea-spiced beer and more like an IPA-infused tea, if you catch my meaning. The bittering also comes more strongly from the tea than from the hopping at times. Its... just not quite balanced right between the beer and the tea, not to mention not quite malty enough to provide a proper canvas for all the bitter elements to be painted upon. It hammers down on the bitterness so hard that the complexity of what is happening gets lost in the shuffle.

M. Lighter side of medium thickness, crisp carbonation helps accentuate the flavors.

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Photo of sharpski
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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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Photo of hockenbeer
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Jeffreywhite22
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 243 ratings
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