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Ipswich Summer Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Todd, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Jason, Jun 15, 2005
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.

oberon, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

SunDevilBeer, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
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!

NJpadreFan, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

jmz62565, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

bewareOFpenguin, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
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.

tkelley, May 27, 2011
Photo of trevorpost
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

trevorpost, Aug 26, 2012
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.

beerthulhu, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of liquorpig
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

liquorpig, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ChipChaight
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ChipChaight, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

cantfindme, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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...

wedge, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of cjs61679
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

cjs61679, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of gameface23
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

gameface23, May 21, 2009
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.

auxiliary, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Mjdoyon
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Mjdoyon, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of JLT
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JLT, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of PIGuy9
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

PIGuy9, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of BeerNacho
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

BeerNacho, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of JG-90
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JG-90, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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...

dsa7783, Jun 24, 2008
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Ipswich Summer Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.