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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Color is a chill haze dark caramel coppery brown with a thin creamy colored bubbly head that fizzed away fast to a thin haze always present and minimal spotty lace. Complexing aroma thats not all the hoppy attention that you'd think, more of an English/European style, not the big Northwest variety associated with most IPA's these days. Solid hefty malty front thats roasty caramel with some orangeish fruity senses, the hops adequately balanced on top floating in with a nice earthy, herbal, dried, lightly fruity characteristic. Taste is nearly a perfect reflection of the smell with an easy, smooth, & soft roasty caramel start that gradually picks up more malty sweetness and hops gain some strength and control with nice earthy dried, herbal spicyness, blended in very well, a bit resin-like makes an entrance mixing with the hefty favorable malt that keeps the bittering very calm and even, and the hops keeping the malts from getting to sweet. The finish has some complexity as well with some of the spicy resin hops mingling with sweet malts and ever so slightly drying and crispness. Feel is nearly full, solid, soothing, smooth and even a bit of creamyness; lingering qualities in the finish that are quite nice. One heavenly easy drinkable IPA, a different approach that took a bit of getting use to, but something I definately could get use to. A nice alternative twist to what most IPA's like to offer. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2003
This beer delivers. Uncommon malt richness for an IPA. Sort of dominates the hops but makes for a tasty treat of a pale. Hops on the aroma and in the finish, sweet malt in the middle. Two in a row for Sprecher.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
I was a bit dissappointed in this one, though not the worse beer I've had.. Poured dark copper with no head to speak of and the lacing was non existant. The alcohol taste dominated the flavor which was followed by some maltiness and then a tad of hops. Could have been better carbonated. It was pretty close to 120 days past the expiration date, so maybe it's just stale?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Reddish brown color,small white head that faded fast but managed to leave a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.Malty aroma sweet and sour with a small citrus hint in there as well.Malty taste then the hops hit you,quite strong but not incredibly over powering,nice hop bite in the taste with a not so well hidden alcohol taste but it's better then some others.The after taste is bitter hoppy and a mild sweetness that pops up as well.I'd have to say this is a pretty well done IPA and thankfully my Bro-In-Law brought me an 8-pk so i can enjoy them slowly over the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
I'm not getting the three Cs here at all; some Fuggles and some other fruity hop; canteloupey flavour - richly malty profile in aroma and flavor, big body, smooth like it's Burtonized, quite sweet - a BIG beer - man, I only bought one! Recommended, but not for a super hot day - I'd go west coast for that!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Dark amber with a nice head. Assertive floral aroma and also a lot of bubbles--mine was quite carbonated. Definitely a bitter profile, which is nice for the style, with a mild 'bite.' Quite piney with some citrus, and fruity notes at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Nice light-copper color and off white head start what I HOPE is a good brew. The aroma is nice and a little hoppy...pleasant overall. Flavor is fairly hoppy, and nicely so, but lacks something OTHER than the hops to give it that extra push toward greatness. Nevertheless, probably the best of Sprecher's brews that I've tried so far!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 Dark amber color, foamy, lasting head. Yeasty aroma, nose is a bit weak in the hops dept. A bit of sweet citrus and caramel malt. Hops come out as intense bitterness in the flavor. Big juicy malts, bracing herbal hop flavors. Long bittersweet finish. Big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2003 Smells a little odd. Cloudy, dark and foamy. Thought I was in for a loser, but no...very nice IPA: refreshing and hoppy/ malty. Why is it seasonal??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2002
A very nice brew! A bit darker than most IPA’s with a super foamy, white head. A rich, caramel malt flavor with notes of fruit followed a sweet, cinnamon nose. A delicate hop characteristic jumped out in the finish. It all came together very well to make a somewhat complex, yet easy to drink brew. It is very refreshing to drink an IPA like this...they didnt overhop it...it was truly just a well made pale with with above average amounts of hops.

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