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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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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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly orangish-yellow color with a white head. I get a ton of spice in the aroma. There is some cinnamon and clove that really come through strongly, as well as some orange notes from the hops. The flavor is very similar. The cinnamon and clove notes are once again present, with some orange and pine notes and a low amount of bitterness. There is also a decent amount of pepper in the flavor. Overall, all of these notes mix together surprisingly well and make for an enjoyable beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Widmer Rotator IPA: This IPA has tea mixed in, so being a beer purity snob, I was skeptical. It turns out that the tea flavor mixed in pretty well with an IPA. Brown in color and clear, the Rotator produces a thin off white head. Aroma of hops are strong, and a bit of tea comes through. The flavor starts with a big bold malty taste, which is followed by the bitter of hops and definitely tea. As the beer warms and the taste buds get accustomed to the brew, the sharp bitterness fades. I am not a fan of additives to beer, but the tea was more complimentary that I would have guessed. Still, while a novelty, this is a below average IPA. There are fantastic IPA’s out there: Odell’s IPA, New Belgium Ranger, Great Divide Titan to name a few, and that’s not diving into what is available in the 22 oz. bomber format.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the old Raley's which is now like a liquor warehouse in Fallon, NV. Dark gold appearance, 1/2" in head. Aroma is black tea, cinnammon and all the usual spices that accompany a beer of this style.

Flavor of hops and black tea go together nice. And the beer apparently has a good deal of punch to it, I felt the buzz after a few of them, but the alcohol was not apparent in the mouthfeel. I'm not a big fan of green nor black tea, but in both ipa's I've had with a hearty dose of each, the result was a unique and enjoyable beer. Tons of sage/sagebrush in the beer, sounds weird, but drinks nice. Still delivers a decent amount of citrus hop flavors with the tea notes.

Anyone who thinks these won't sell isn't paying attention.

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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 RJLarse
2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the Q. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a deep gold color and clear with a small white head.

Smell is faint and spicey. Clove and ginger aromas.

Tasteis a dry spice flavor. Artificial tasting. Slight malt flavor and very little citrus.

Mouthfeel is clean and very dry.

Drinkability is questionable. Spices are overdone. I will not have this again.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From tap to shaker pint glass at Union Jack's in Bethesda, MD on 5/27/12
*From notes

A: Clean and rich rusty amber. A .75 finger white head fades to a solid collar and decent lacing.

S: Lots of dried Italian spices. It's like opening your spice pantry, as this is right there in a big, epic way. Not getting a lot of hops here, though there are some minimal fruity esters wafting around in my nose.

T: Massive herbaceousness from top to bottom. It's overwhelming in most every way. There's a lack of balance between the hops (which take a backseat to be sure) and the basil-like qualities of the beer. It's not bad, it's just not really something I could have in large quantities.

M: Creamy, thick and really well put together. I think that, had the mouthfeel been weak, this beer would've been a massive train wreck.

O: An experience to be sure. I like seeing some of the bigger breweries taking chances like this, but I can't say that Widmer's Spiced IPA was a certifiable hit. Less herbs, more hops and I think you'd find me coming back for more, though in it's current state, I'm glad to have had only one.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a large wine glass showing a deep golden with a touch of haze. The pour does clear after a few minutes and sports an inch of just off white foam.

Nose is rather pleasant, with lemony hops along with a blend of spice notes. Pepper and cinnamon are prominant, along with some floral components. Warms to be a bit more resinous.

Flavor follows with a barrage of spice characteristics, a lightly sweet floral follows. The finish lingers with a hop bitterness followed by a drying tea like bitterness cloaked in a bit of citrus. A lack of dark malts allow these spices to shine as intended but it can get a bit confusing at times. Still fairly well balanced.

Nice feel, low to moderate in carbonation, allowing the spices to come through and matching the delivery. Overall a nice take but again a bit aggressive but then it does say 'Spiced IPA' right on the bottle. A good sipper but not a quaffer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/25/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, tea leaves, and an assortment of spices. These spice aromas are pretty in your face and somewhat jarring really. Taste is a bit more balanced with citrus zest, astringent tea, and the spice flavors that linger on the tongue long after each sip. These spices create a medicinal type of bitterness that coats the mouth. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with an interesting twist but the spices are a bit more up front than I was expecting.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into standard pint. Room temp.

A: One finger of white head lots of small bubble but not quite foam. fell to a decent looking cap that is sticking around for a long time. Slightly cloudy orangeish gold.

S: Obvious hop presence with some tea in the mix. A little bit of spice but I can't say what it is from the smell alone. Nothing major from the malt coming through. The tea and spice makes it unique.

T: Oh now this is something. A hint of sweetness and then lots of hops. The tea is just as present in the taste as the nose but the spice comes out a little bit more. I still can't tell exactly what it is but I like it. As for being an IPA it is a decent one.

M: Pretty light and not very well carbonated. Makes it a little tough to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color, surprisingly light, with a solid one finger ivory head that lingers, leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is dominated by cinnamon and ginger, with citrus pith and grapefruit, apricot, and bready malt comprising the background.

The flavor is mostly citrus hop, grapefruit, complemented by ginger and clove, with a substantial bready malt backbone, leading to a fairly bitter, piney finish. Spruce dominates as it warms.

Body is somewhat light, with high carbonation, slight alcohol warmth, and a somewhat crisp finish.

Overall, this beer was probably a good ipa, minus the spices. It's like Christmas meets hops...and the results do not jive. Not a huge ginger fan, though.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow orange with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts and tea spices and cinnamon with a little fruit.

The flavor is a little sweet malt with a lot of tea spicing leading to a rather harsh grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting idea, but the spices and hops don't really play well together.

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Photo of yamar68
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a pretty fuckin' weird concept. A spiced IPA? The other day I saw an IPA brewed with lager yeast and didn't think it could get any weirder. Clearly, I was wrong. Luckily I got this one pro bono from my brother's bottle shop. Poured from bottle to tulip:

It pours kind of a pear gold with a short lived finger of white head that fades to a ring. Pretty good lacing.

Don't get much in the way of spice in the nose... sprucey citrus takes control. Maybe a hint of garlic or something?

So, yeah... this is where it gets weird. It's like a Christmas ale had drunken sex with a bottle of Goose Island IPA. This is utterly strange. Very intriguing and I do enjoy being challenged by a beer but this is pretty far out.

Overall, it's nice to see that Widmer isn't just gonna play it safe forever. Glad to have had the chance to try it.

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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 vkv822
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle/ nonic pint.
from notes.

Golden, slightly hazy body with a thick, creamy off white head.

Interesting aroma, there is a definite herbal-spice quality, followed by light hop notes and a pale malt backing.

Same profile as found in the aroma, herbal-spice and grassy hop notes with a pale malt backing.

Medium-full body with average carbonation.

An interesting IPA. The spice added a fairly unique aspect for an IPA, though it would prevent me from having much more than 12 ounces.

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Photo of dmadsen
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great frothy head that laces the glass nicely. Pale amber color. The smell is strong off the bat, the tea really comes through. The taste has a wide variety of spices and elements, nearly so many I feel the spices over power the ipa flavor. I think the flavor meets the concept, and while it isn't my bag - a good job of getting where they were going. Mouthfeel is good and overall this is a quality brew.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass you get a big white head above a clear honey golden colored beer, with a lacing that has pretty good staying power.

Nutmeg, pumpkin spices, maybe other cooking spices dominate the aroma on this medium bodied drink.

The spices are less dominating in the taste but still there, the hops starts to come through some, and they seem to be more of the citrusy west coast style hops.

A light spice is still lingering in the aftertaste that is lightly dry and lasting.

I kind of liked this, a toned down pumpkin or spiced fall beer adding that to an IPA style. Hopefully more companies try stuff similar to this.

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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 srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly murky apricot. Small off white head, pretty good cling.

S - Basil, oregano and malt. Herbs are strong in smell.

T - Exactly like smell. Interesting. Hops are not strongly present.

M - Med to light body good carb ok balance.

D - Wouldn't seek it out again but a fun beer to try.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden copper with a 3 finger head, excellent retention, and leaves behind a semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Smell is primary pine, backed by some black tea notes.

Taste - Ugh. Pine hops mixed with black tea and pepper. I loathe this flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a decent bite.

Overall - After trying the O'ryely a few weeks ago, I went against my better judgement and purchased this one. Big mistake. There's not a whole lot of difference between the two, flavor wise... except they decided this one needed an infusion of tea? Disgusting. Not my, and pardon my pun, cup of tea.

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Photo of socon67
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber pour, plenty of carbonation. Decent foam retention and lacing. Good clarity.

S - Smells of tea and pumpkin spice. While this is kind of cool, it seems a tad overwhelming.

T - Taste has a spicy finish, some hop bitterness, and an herbal flavor. Very similar to an iced tea. Not bad, but way too much spice

M - I found the spicy finish made this a one and done.

O - I'd have this again, but only when in the mood for tea flavored beer. Not a beer for all occasions.

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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 hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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 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 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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Spiced IPA (Rotator Series #4) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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