Ipswich Summer Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003

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Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden beer with orange-y hues, thick bubbles and a thin white lace that wisps down to a light filmy head. Unfiltered.

Some nutty yeast in the nose, fresh wet malts and a hint of fruitiness.

Nice mouthfeel. It's light, but even and slightly chewy in parts. A bit juicy too with notes of apple and pear that gets cut with a crisp citric hop snap and some carbonation. Bready underneath with just enough malt sweetness to balance and add some depth of tastiness. A bit tannic towards the finish, with notes of grain husk and a coarseness on the palate. Slightly drying.

As far as summer-style brews go, this is not a bad choice at all. It is what it is, and does it well.

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Thin white lacing that sticks a bit, bright orangey hue ... nearly clear. I ended up leaving the yeast dregs in the bottle.

Mild fruity juicy aroma, honey malt and nutty yeast in the nose as well.

Pretty damn smooth with a moderate body, biscuity and bread crust on the palate. Burst of crispness upfront. Nice hop flavor with the bitterness balancing well with the malt. Hint of lemon rind and pear juice. Light nutty yeast in the back, finishes semi-dry with a herbal hop.

Hands down the tastiest summer brew in New England, it help that it is unfiltered as many summer seasonals are too clean, too crisp and strip filtered.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from this brewery,poured into a standard pint glass a lemony yellow with a somewhat frothy white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly.Big toasty notes in the nose along with a bit of caramel and a fading hebal note.Flavors are like the aroma,toasty and grainy with light caramel sweetness,there is a hint of citrus in the finish.Light but not to light,easy goin down on a hot day like today while smokin some baby backs in the backyard.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer since I'm on a lager/hefe/summer-style mission this season.

Pours cloudy with a half inch head. Aroma is a bit of lemon and grass/weeds.

Drinks a bit tart and bitter - not really what I'm looking for in a summer quencher, but not bad either.

As it warms up it becomes husky and bitter..even more not what I'm looking for.

I love Ipswich beers and will drink a few of these, but definitely not my fave from the brewery or what I'm looking for during the summer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich- Summer Ale

A- Slight hazed yellow with a huge fsolid foamy head. Big messy lacing down the glass.
S- Strong sweet grains, cereal, lemon, and dry earthy hops.
T- Big sweet cereal malt with a touch of lemon. Dry earthy hop body with a slight pine hop and brown sugar finish.
M- Sweet and hoppy with a thick malty end.

Overall- Quite a flavorful Summer Ale. Not watery or bland!

Photo of jmz62565
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden honey with a giant white foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing,very nice looking. The smell is sweet malt with abit of floral scents. The taste is a blast of crisp carbonation followed by bitter hops and sweet malt. The mixture works making this a real summer treat. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. This brewery really does makes some kick ass beers.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow wheat beer. Has a kinda "wild" taste to it. If I pour it too fast, I get a very large head which prevents me from downing it in one gulp. This is an excellent "summer" beer, tastes like you "brewed" it yourself.

Photo of tkelley
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass.

A - Hazy gold with a small white head and good lacing. Fairly opaque.

S - Mostly spices in the nose with a bit of biscuity malt behind it. Lemon peel too.

T - Good spice notes. Hops are present but its not bitter at all. Light on the tongue, but without giving up good flavors. The lemon peel from the nose is here too.

M - Good carbonation that tingles the mouth after a swallow and combines with the light hops for a really pleasant aftertaste.

D - Drinkable like a good summer ale should be. Thirst quenching and very tasty. Doesnt bowl me over with great flavors, but it really is very drinkable and very good. A really good one for the summer. I look forward to having one out on the boat.

This beer was good. From appearance to smell to taste it was reminiscent of a witbier, but it's not. It was hoppier and a slightly darker. A new summer staple for me.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy but bright tangerine orange when held to the light. A mushroomy 2 finger ivory head sits atop with good retention lasting for several minutes while leaving a sticky thick ring lacing. There was an abundant amount of yeast turbidity speckling the drink creating a thick haziness while a light bubbling of carbonation sporadically appears.

S: fresh bright oranges, very citrusy in nature with soft hints of fresh whole lemons. Underneath lied light hints of grass and whole grapefruit notes.

T: The flavor opened up with a dry bitterness of lemon peels, dry wheat/hay and tart dried orange peels. The bitterness only increased from here progressing to a grassy tart grapefruit hopping that was moderately strong and well lingering on the fade and finish. Dry and bitter, grassy and hoppy making for an amped up summer drink with a bittering hop finish.

M: a medium consistency with a light tingle of carbonation. There was some roughness for texture.

D: Drinkability was good in limited numbers. Dry, grassy and bitter drinking almost like a summer ipa. The bitterness was strong per style and certainly wouldn't recommend this as a thirst quencher on a hot scorching day over a pale or pilsner, but rather more suited for those overcast yet humid days. Overall a pretty amped up summer drink hopwise.

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a small foamy head. Nice webby lace and decent retention. Soft fruity aroma...lemon, yeast, and biscuity grain. Some bready malt sweetness, peppery fruit, and a bit of tartness in the middle, finishing with a crisp hoppy bitterness. Body is leaning towards light but is smooth and snappy. Good on a warm summer evening in Boston...

Photo of gameface23
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey-gold with a large, puffy head. Lacing is impressive.

S: Not very strong, but I don't know what I was expecting. Grain, cereal, and citrus notes.

T: Very biscuity and earthy with plenty of citrus notes.

M: More medium bodied than I was expecting from the appearance.

D: Easy-drinking. This beer was made for hot days.

Photo of auxiliary
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy golden color, nice white head and lace left on the glass.

smell - Smell of lemon zest here and mild hops here.

taste - Mild on citrus and bananas, more on hops as it goes down. Has a lager taste to it.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, right on for a summer beer, worth a try.

Photo of dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
First-ever beer from this New England brewery... Intersted to see what's in store...
A hefty pour yielded a bright-orange, sun-tanned hue with a meager foamy head that quickly receded and left a minimal amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Dusty aroma well-balanced by a nice touch of malts and hops along with hints of lemon and citrus...
Taste was light, loose, and slightly watered-down with nuances of lemons, bitter grapefruit, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Overall, very refreshing, and certainly an ideal summer-time brew, yet nothing to write home about...
Better seasonal beers out there...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, hops and light malts.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of lemon, a little caramel and a little spice. There's a decent presence of hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side but that's expected in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of the summer seasonal style, this is a very good refreshing, lighter beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orangeish gold with a thin head the descends to a vanishing light wisp and a ring. A few dots of lacing slide down the glass.

The smell is of sofy citric notes, some lime and a light yeasty breadiness.

The taste is of citrus rinds - lemon, lime, a bit of orange, with light dough and a caramelish sweetness with a touch of tart and balancing soft bitterness. It has a refreshingly dry finish.

The body is on-spot for a summer ale. It has a light body, but on the fuller side of that spectrum. Nice carbonation level.

A nice drinker on a hot day, for sure. It has a nice citric bitterness with a refreshing dryness.

Photo of PaleAleHater
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled while fishing out on the local lake at dusk. I was again conned by the enticing nautical label of an Ipswich. Argh Matey a poor decision once more! Strong notes of methane and aftertastes of soil and spoiled hop. Overdone to a tee; I gladly parted ways with the the last four sailors in my sixpack schooner. The smell was of soured plum and tepid bog mist. Mouthfeel unimpressive like a rainy June. It poured the color of Italian blood oranges as I emptied my bottles into the lake. A soft Crème fraîche lace gurgled and popped on the surface of the water as it reacted with the pending algae bloom.

Photo of Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK third of the summer beer exchange with Uncle Jimbo:
Nice label on the 12 oz brown bottle..a great clipper ship.
Ok the beer too looks pretty darn handsome..very nice murky light orange with a nice sized pure white head..nice carbonation strings.
smell however is pretty one -dimensional..like many American wheat beers.. very sugary smelling .
The tatse aint so bad..but its rather sweet for my tastes in American wheat beers..Full Sails Hangtime was much less sweet.But the taste is saved by a nice wheatiness right near the end.
average on the tongue..maybe a touch "thin".
No matter the faults it is still a pretty drinkable summer beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
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.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow and hazy with a lot of carbonation. Big head that drops down to a ring around the glass.Nose is grainy biscuit and lemon rind. Some subtle earthy hop notes as well. Taste is similar to the nose. A lot of the cereal and pale malts. Lemon peel is strong over the grains and finishes with some earthy hops and more lemon peel. Light and crisp body and with all those lemon flavors it's great on a hot day.

Photo of BostonHops
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a cloudy, dull golden-yellow while yielding a nice frothy/creamy, 1 and 3/4" beige-colored head. very nice retention; a bit of patchy lacing. nose is a pleasant surprise. after working my way around a few middling renditions on the 'summer ale', this one offers an aroma i can get on board with. good amount of citrus (primarily lemon and orange) with a bit of of a malty presence.

flavor doesn't disappoint, even if it doesn't necessarily blow you away. the citric flavor pulls through, along with a slight hoppy bitterness to accompany the malt character. again though, for a summer beer this more than fits the bill. medium-light bodied mouthfeel, crisp and easy to drink.

overall this one is a keeper. a tasty, refreshing summer beer with a little more to it than you typically see in summer seasonals.

(originally reviewed: 07-07-2011)

Photo of brunop
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that stays leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts with a hoppy/malt flavor, hoppy finish with a hint of sweetness, smooth very drinkable. Wheat does not come mind when drinking this. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy , golden dandelion color with a moderate head and easy lacing.

S: Very mild hop presence, mostly citric with some oily pine. Somewhat sweet malts, a bit like butter cookies.

T: Soft hops, pine and a beat of grapefruit. Mild fruitiness in the middle, mango, orange - this may be residual hop flavors, but it seems separate to me. Malt backbone has a croissant like taste, bready but with a hint of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, crispy, tantalizingly refreshing.

D: This is a near perfect summer beer. It's refreshing and flavorful. Maybe a bit too hop heavy, but it is moderate enough to be exceedingly pleasant.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ipswich Summer Ale pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a flurry of small bubbles floating up from the bottom. A finger width of creamy white foam forms on top. The head dissolves quickly down to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind a ring of netted lace on the glass. The aroma is somewhat spicy with notes of lemon citrus. Mixed in is some yeast and malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and slightly chewy with a nice crisp carbonated tingle on the sides of the tongue. The flavor begins with a mild fruity flavor of apple and pear. In the middle some crisp hop citrus flavors take over. It finishes with a grainy malt flavor. Once gone some of the fruity notes and lemon zest linger on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a nice Czech pilsner, however with a softer body and mouthfeel. A nice easy drinking beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of Damian
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA
Served in a tumbler

Poured a clear, medium amber color with absolutely no head or lacing.

The aroma was very mild initially. A touch grainy and skunky. As the beer warmed, the nose improved considerably. Fruity, malty and sweet with notes of apple skin.

The taste was crisp with an intense citric edge. Lemon and orange peel were noticeable up front. A smack of tart wheatiness came through in the center. The finish was dry and incredibly bitter (imagine intense hop bitterness without the hop flavor) with a skunky aftertaste. The skunkiness was overwhelming initially but it settled down as the beer opened up.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and a touch creamy with a lively effervescence.

This could have been a highly drinkable and refreshing summertime beer had it not been for the off putting finish and aftertaste.

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