Fermented Photo: Widmer Brothers Spiced IPA
Spiced IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing is the fourth release in their Rotator Series. This beer follows X-114, Falconer's, and O'Ryely. The Rotator Series lives up to its name as each of the releases has been very different from the last. It's hard for me to say goodbye to O'Ryely as it's been a go to beer of mine for the last couple of months: the combination of the fruity Nelson Sauvin and light peppery rye spices made for a delicious IPA.
The Spiced IPA brings big changes to the Rotator Series, fusing a hop forward IPA with a tea blend. The blend includes Malty Assam Black Tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Star Anise, Black Pepper, and Cardamom. So what does this odd addition of ingredients do to the beer? The first thing that greets you is the nose of the beer: full of citrus and a bit of floral from the hops along with some Cardamom and spice from the tea blend. The usual hop forward taste of an IPA is also complimented by cinnamon, clove and very light ginger. The combination works well in this beer even though it's a bit outside the box for the style. I recommend trying it as your first beer as the tea blend stands up better than if you have any palate fatigue from preceding drinks.
Next up in the Rotator Series is Shaddock IPA. This beer has made local rounds at the Widmer Brothers Gasthaus as well as a few festivals over the last couple of years as Captain Shaddock's IPA. Essentially it's the X-114, with it's heavy citrus and intensely fruity Citra hops, brewed with grapefruit peels. Having sampled this delicious beer on draft at several places, I'm really excited to see this one in a few months.
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