aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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??
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big aroma of hops with a touch of malt. Standard IPA appearance. The flavor is full and rich, but the finish is a tad too bitter. The alcohol is well masked though. Definitely one of Sprecher’s better beers.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Average amber sppearance, average head. I found this to be a bit on the bland side for an IPA. The maltiness seemed to steal some of the hops’ glory, especially toward the finish, when it should merely compliment the hops. Slightly floral, standard citrus flavor with lemon a bit prominent.
jsquire (3296) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange color witha creamy off white head. Very floral nose with hints a yeast. Very spicey flavor with strong grapefruit/apple fruit flavors. Tons of hop bitterness. I thought it may have used a little more of a malt backbone for all those hops. It was a little past its date. Good IPA.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 The only thing that sucks about this beer is that you cannot get it year round!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 31, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 8/31/02: Nice orange-red color, medium lasting head, good lacing. Aroma more malty than hoppy, somewhat stale, weak. Flavor again very malty (for an IPA) but with enough bitterness to let you know what you’re drinking. Orangey/grapefruity hops dominate. End is very hoppy and reasonably long. Except for the very weak nose, a good effort. 5/4/7/4 13 3.3
7/12/07: 16 ounce bottle from Woodmans in Janesville, WI, served at cellar temp or a little below from a Corsendonk glass. Hazy-oily copper with a cmallish receding head....light citric nose, weak as noted above 5 years ago, touch of caramel, no alcohol....body is quite sweet, sugary even, a little too much, though there is enough dry hoppy bitterness to counteract that to some extent; lots of caramel, a touch of smoky malt...increasingly syrupy and noxious as it warms up....lackluster, dryish finish. Another ho-hum from this brewer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I do believe this is Sprecher’s best beer presently. Amber orange color with a substantially bodied head. Aromas of cascade, both pine and orange, hops. Quite malty, slightly sweet, a touch of toffee. Finish is lasting with a light sweetness and touch of bitterness.
MoreHopsPlease99 (1) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2002 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This brew by sprecher is a good example of the traditional IPAs of Olde britain. Its taste is very malty and chewy when the first sip is taken. The hops linger on the sides of the tongue(kent goldings?) The malt presence is almost too up front, and it affects the overall balance. With most IPAs these days it is usually the hops that throw off the balance, in this case it is the exact opposite. The depth to this brew is like mammoth cave. The number of malts flavors present are immense (I ran out of fingers to count on....) Good representation of a classic UK IPA, but not my favorite.
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was very impressed with this higher-gravity brew. The multitude of flavors is too complex for me to describe. Drink to believe! If I could get this all year-round, I would!