Ipswich Summer Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that very slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch finger thick cap surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and grainy malts with a hint of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with a lighter amount of grainy malts and a touch of honey sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of herbal hops in the finish with just a hint of citrus/lemon rind which imparts a light amount of bitterness to the beer but fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation Smooth with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and would be great on one of those really hot summer days here in the South. Refreshing and enjoyable but nothing special.

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4.12/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Mildly hazed golden colors the head settles into a thin creamy cap. Plenty of webby lacing.

S: Pungent hop aromas: herbal, dried grass, rosemary, floral, rose hips, light lemony zest. Clean. Husky grain undertones.

T: Pungent hop tastes front and center. Pine resin, herbal, floral, dried grass. It's just as the nose indicated. Pithy lemon. Husky grain. Maybe a touch sulfury. Lingering earthy and herbal hop finish.

M: Light bodied. Somewhat creamy. Hop astringencies are stiff, and really grip the enamel. Ample but gentle carbonation.

O: There's a lot of flavor crammed into this little blonde ale. The hops run away with the show, really. Not the most balanced or drinkable blonde, but if you want a good hop fix in a lighter package, this isn't a bad beer to visit.

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed for style. straightup, i am a latecomer to session beers, but with the advent of jabbybrau and notch, etc., i have been drinking more of this low(er) ABV brews. and liking them.

this iteration of the style is one of my favorites.

i would expect nothing less from this brewery.

summer drinking indeed!

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden - just like summer. Frothy white head that recedes rather quickly and leaves just a touch of lace. Little bit of visible carbonation.

S - Wow, this smells REALLY good. The hops are subtle and I can also pick up a nice clean breadiness.

T - This is the fourth of my four pack, and regrettably it seems to be the worst of the group. I'm also coming off an illness, because I seem to remember the other three tasting better. Have the hops faded so much in the 1-2 weeks since I've had my last one that all I'm getting is a bitter breadiness? That's what this one tastes like to me.

M - The feel that I like so much in the pale ale and IPA doesn't work so well here. I want it to be a little lighter. It also leaves a sticky bitterness in my mouth. Not what I would want for the summer.

O - Maybe I'll try this again next summer. The first three in the 12-pack were really good! Not sure what happened here.

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Ipswich Summer Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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