Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2001
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! Andrew196 (1974) - 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. 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. Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - DEC 6, 2005
thanks to santa for this. pours an amber body with a grey crown. dusty lemon nose with melons. taste is grapefruity caramel, lime sherbert shake. lingeruing citrus taste. this is good. love the orange flavor that comes out as it warms, but there is some chocolate flavor that keeps this even. 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.
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. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Packaged 08/05/2003humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
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!
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 White oak creamy head atop a copper-tone body. Sweet hoppy aroma with pumpkin pie spice. Hops comes on strong in the flavor and is instantly mellowed by sweet almond malts in such a combonation as to entice and accentuate the overall complexity. An earthy yeast really rounds it out. This is what I envision a real IPA as approaching not the boring duldrum of over-the-top beers that have been deamed "good" by the more machismo brewing element eternally seeking beers with all the acridity of 100% pure hop oil. Bottom line, this is genuine quality and craftsmanship. schweinhund (38) - Racine, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2014
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! 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!