Sprecher Brewing Company - India Pale Ale
- ABV: 6.25%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 90
- Serving Temperature: 45-52° F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Pale, Caramel, Dextrin, Victory
- Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Centennial
Sprecher's IPA pours a medium amber color capped with plenty of khaki foam that laces in big sheets as it slowly recedes. Look for a highly perfumed aroma with bold floral notes and lots of soft citrus atop a moderate impression of caramel malt. In the flavor, this double dry-hopped IPA delivers a big punch of citrus zest along with firm herbal bitterness from a generous use of bittering hops in the boil. We found the malt backbone quite robust, as it needs to be to support this level of bold hop character, offering a center of caramel, toast, and subtle nuttiness, along with a touch of balancing residual sweetness. But, this is the Hop-Heads club, so naturally the hops steal the show here, offering bold, drying, and satisfying flavors from start to lingering finish. For pairing options, we'd go with highly-spiced Indian or Thai curry dishes, or perhaps a well-seasoned prosciutto-wrapped pork loin with a blood orange pan sauce. Cheers!
Randal (Randy) Sprecher, a former Pabst Brewing Company brewing supervisor, founded Sprecher Brewing Company in Milwaukee, WI in 1985 with an emphasis on German-style beers – an emphasis which continues to this day with beer styles such as Maibock, Oktoberfest (Märzen), Hefeweiss, Schwarzbier, and more. After about a decade, the company had grown to the point where they needed a larger facility, and in 1994 the brewery was moved to its current location a few miles to the north in Glendale, WI. The new, bigger brewery offered the company the room to keep growing, and they have established themselves as significant contributors to the city of Milwaukee’s impressive brewing tradition, which reaches far beyond the presence of the current mega-brewery that’s based in the city. In the late 19th century, Milwaukee boasted over 80 breweries until Prohibition led to the demise of most of them in 1919. Nevertheless, the city can be spoken of historically as a craft brewing haven, and the success of the Sprecher beers there in recent years shows that the enthusiasm for great beer is still alive and well.
If you’re ever in the Milwaukee area, check out the Sprecher brewery and buy as many brews as you can bring home with you. You might need an extra suitcase, though, because in addition to their multitude of excellent German-style brews they also make a number of excellent ales such as Irish-style Stout, English-style Brown Ale, and more – including this month's featured Scotch Ale and Imperial Stout. For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, visit their website at www.sprecherbrewery.com or call them at 414-964-2739.
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