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? It’s 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. It’s very distinguished from other IPAs. Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2005
When all’s 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. It’s cool that it comes in a 16oz bottle too. pretty cheap when you do the math. I have no idea why it’s 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. 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. 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. 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.
hotstuff (5158) - 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. thedm (6180) - 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 didn’t think it typical of the majority of the IPA’s I’ve had and different from the English IPA’s too. I guess it’s a German thing. Eyedrinkale (3214) - 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 it’s not bad, but I’m not into it. Too sweet. Thanks Adam. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Rerate from a recent sampling of the 2005 batch, which didn’t 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...Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
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.
On tap at the brewery 11/26/2004 Appearance is an amber yellow with small white head and lace sheets. The aroma is floral and of bread. The flavor is sweet malt and hops with a rich body. Nice.