igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
color is brownish amber, head is off-white, pretty thin, lots of spice, maybe even a bit of raisin. Flavor is also spicy, alcoholic, caramelly. the bitterness is subdued; however, the alcohol burn is omnipresent. I really wanted to like this because there area some good subdued flavors and a nice thick mouthfeel, but the alcohol is just too much.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear & deep amber in color with a solid sheet of head..malty, sugary aroma...spicy! hop flavors covered in dripped sticky caramel, yet bitter in the back...caramel toasted malts, and i stress the TOASTED part...and the CARAMEL part...toasty, bitter, caramelly, and, well..not IPA-ish in the slightest..well..maybe for a brit.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper, big tan head, leaves lots of lace. Grassy hop nose, touch of bread. Quite bitter, slightly musty flavor, green grass, hint of metal, some citrus. Just not enough malt to balance things out.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Packaged 08/05/2003
Attractive white head over a clear amber body. Aroma of sweet grain and a touch of spice. The first thing your tongue senses is the ample carbonation with its acidic kick. The major flavor components are a sweet maltiness and a mostly spicy hop character. The aftertaste has a combination of bitterness and roasty sweetness. This would be a fantastic session beer - I'm disappointed I only have one!
Thoughts from '04 bottling - still a really sweet IPA, and I still like it!
Bill Becker (876) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this one...even though it was best by April 2003 and here it is, November. A malt dominated IPA...I'd like to try some other samples(Kind of reminded me of a Fuller's product)of this style even though I'm a natural born hophead. :^)
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This sample had a metallic initial taste. That really hurt the beer. Quite hoppy with a nice crisp finish.
JK (5946) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of hops in the aroma as well as fruit. Great appearance with a huge cream colored head. The beer is a great amber color. The sweetest ipa I have had, also flavor of hops and wood. Bitter aftertaste. This bottle was 4 months past the exp. date.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big dry hopped aroma of piney hops. Malt background is strong and sweet, but less caramelly than I yearn for in a big IPA. Some hints of Diacytol distracts. Finish is quick and leaves a piney residue on sides of mouth. They make better beers than this, and make sure you have a FRESH four pack!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.