rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer looked clear in the mug, with light copper colored body, and a head that was a little thicker than the width of one finger. The smell was very mild for the style with a herbal-spicy hop smell followed by carbonation smell. The initial taste was quite spicy and resinous with notes of chill pepper, ginger, and cinnamon, but it also suffered from a metallic tinge. This was followed by a honey like sweetness, and the finish was a little floral. The mouthfeel was harsher than I like, and the alcohol was weirdly hot for a beer that was under 8% ABV. Overall misses the mark for me.
rondphoto (2696) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Eastgate OH --- Hazy amber brown color, solid rocky 2" ivory head, globs and streaks of lace. Aroma of malt and hops. Taste is somewhat sweet malt that adds strong floral hops on the swallow, both parts moving through a medium finish. Sprecher’s claim of "massive" hop bitterness isn’t backed up by the brew, but it is a solid traditional IPA.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours a hazy orange with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, floral, citrus hops and pale malt. The taste is bitter citrus hops, pale malt. Thin bodied, astringent, lingering bitterness.
cards04 (2159) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great double. This is all about the hops. Nice dank bitterness in the aromas and flavors. Excellent.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An amber colored beer, cloudy with average carbonation. Has a dense white head.
I smell a caramel malt around with a very sutle earthy hop bouqet.
A nicely balanced brew of caramel malts and earthy hops maybe a bit herbal too.
A medium body beer.
Doesn’t match up well to the label. I find this beer really to be lacking flavor. I expected more of a flavor wallop.
All in all it’s pretty good.
RussianDragon (574) - - JUN 20, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear bright copper with lasting wisp of white head. Aroma is oxidized hops, and overpowering malts. Flavor is intense with notes of rusted metal. Malt is not very present. Overall unbalanced. Sat on the shelf for 3.5 months, I’d love to try this fresh.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Wisconsin Dells Sprecher location. Listed as "IPA²" at 7.5% abv. Very dark red-brown with a minuscule white head that is mostly diminishing. Heavily caramel nose atop pine needles, toasted grains, very light coffee. Rather heavy bitterness with little malt backbone.
schweinhund (33) - Racine, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Pick’nSave. Wonderful addition to the Sprecher line, this ale pours a deep, cloudy copper with great nose. Off white head last fair to middlin. Intense hop flavor but well balanced with fine bitter finish. Comes in 4-packs, and like most Sprecher offerings, shows the fine art of Randy Sprecher, one our original craft brewers. Really worth a try. This ale is mellow so don’t be put off by the 8% ABV at all. Oops, time for another trip to the fridge. From Racine. Thanks Sprecher!
edwardbass (621) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Color is light amber. Aroma is weird, like a funky mass-market lager with more hops. Taste is one-dimensional - jarring pine-resin hops bitterness. Medium carbonation and very dry. A mediocre, bordering on bad, DIPA.
1pintatatime (107) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Thin white head dissipates quickly. Nice, hazy golden color. Aroma is more malt than hops, full of bread and fruitcake scents. The flavor follows the malt-forward aroma, but there is a reasonably bitter hop finish. Good,rich mouth feel. Overall not bad, just a tiny to the malty side for me. That said, I wouldn’t turn one down if offered.
mmill527 (84) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It has the bitterness of a good IPA but lacks flavor. This one just doesn’t do much for me.