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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
This traditional ale was originally brewed in England for the British troops stationed in India. Double dry-hopped,it has intense hop flavors and aromas delicately balanced with a potent, yet delicious, malty sweetness.

Randy's Notes: "Our IPA is of the imperial or double style, therefore much stronger than the normal IPA's now found everywhere. It has a very balanced but different flavor than most US micro types focusing on more on malt and hop balance where CA IPA's emphasize massive hop aroma and bitterness."

Editor's Note: also known as IPA2 Double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle thanks to a wonderful Secret Santa. Pour is a clean orange with a tint of red. Aroma come off this as being very fruity hops, starfruit, lemon, orange, some pine, and some sweet candy sugar as well, quite nice. Mouthfeel is very oily and viscous, with a well defined ending bitterness. The flavor comes off as a nice thick pine and grapefruit taste. This is one tastey IPA. Iíve got a lingering taste of it as the tip of my tongue still tingles after a sip is long gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Pours to a clear golden body with average carbonation. There is a thick, rocky off-white head. The aroma is definitely dry-hopped. I get all types of hops. Grass, citrus, floral. Sweet malts. The flavor is mostly sweet malts. I also get a spicy banana flavor. Weird. In an IPA? Itís definitely bitter. Also some strawberry leaf hops. The palate is bitter, medium bodied, and has a good carbonation to it. I like what my local brewery has done to this IPA. Itís very distinguished from other IPAs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2005
When allís said and done this is a great IPA. The biggest upset is the aroma. Where are the hops. It seems like the malts dominate. However, the first sip is flavor country. Sweet malts and fruity hops everywhere. I kind of picked up some alcohol flavor. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste. Itís cool that it comes in a 16oz bottle too. pretty cheap when you do the math. I have no idea why itís a seasonal beer much less one for the summer. On another note. I wish this company would "Americanize" their labels a little more. Until a few weeks ago i though this was an European brewery. Partial to the US, I never would buy a Sprecher.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Slightly murky ruddy orange amber with a medium sized rocky white head. Muted citrus and grassy hop aromatics. Malty sweet flavors with a slight diacetyl tinge. Grassy hop notes and a residual bitterness follow, and extend into the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Pours reddish and cloudy with a lingering off-white head. Smells of alcohol, sugar and straw. Taste is an unexpected sweet coupled with an underlying bitterness with some hoppiness as well as caramel undertones. Grassy notes on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005
bottle. love these 16 oz. bottles from Sprecher. pour is a dark amber with very little head but a thin layer of foamy lace sits on top of the brew. a certain malty sweetness hits the palate on the front end, followed by a citrus, floral hop bitterness on the tail end. seemed just slightly out of balance at first, but as I near the end of the 16 ounces, it tastes pretty damn good and I wish I had another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle. Small ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-very large sized bubbles, carbonated, hazy, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy aroma. Sweet, bitter, malty, caramel, and hoppy flavor. Slightly tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5794) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2005
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of light brown colored finely sized foamy mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a poor lacing and a hazy yeast swirl filled brown colored carbonated body. The aroma contained notes of mild hops and caramel. The mouth feel was smooth and mildly tingly. The flavor contained notes of mild hops and caramel malts. It was actually much to my liking for an IPA if you can call it that. I didnít think it typical of the majority of the IPAís Iíve had and different from the English IPAís too. I guess itís a German thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Clear, funky reddish color without many bubbles but yet a smallish head. Any-who, Decent English hop aroma with some caramel malts. Taste is dry with sweet malts and a light hop bite. For an Ebglish Style IPA itís not bad, but Iím not into it. Too sweet. Thanks Adam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Rerate from a recent sampling of the 2005 batch, which didnít hold up to the 2004. Too hot with an intense stinging alcohol presence. Knocked the overall down from 17 to 14; palate from 5 to 3; and flavor from 8 to 7. Nevertheless, the original review...

I liked this one. The commercial description does this brew justice - it has bery intense hop flavors and aromas. Has a good bite and a great aftertaste. Very rich, but meets my approval.

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