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Ipswich Summer Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 62
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 purplehops:
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

ISA poured a hazy medium amber color with a frothy white head that had some staying power and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was sweet with tropical and citrus fruit notes and some wheat aromas lingering in the background. Taste started with honey and light malt flavors up front and then moved on to some spice flavors of coriander and orange peel and faint flavors of cloves. The finish was a bit rough with a burst of carbonation that introduced a bit of hop bitterness to the continued mix of honey and spice. Aftertaste was honey with faint notes of malt and a lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing with a medium light body but was a little rough around the finish.
Overall a descent and refreshing summer brew. Was surprised to see that it was a wheat beer. When I think of Ipswich I think of big malty ales. On the down side I felt (IMHO) that it was a bit too sweet and and a bit rough in the finish. On the upside the hops seemed to work well in a style that I usually don’t associate with being hoppy. Maybe by next summer they will have growlers of this made to Ipswich’s (I mean Mercury’s) usual greatness.

07-19-2003 04:27:22 | More by purplehops
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

04-27-2009 20:47:11 | More by oberon
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

08-19-2005 16:59:56 | More by Todd
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

07-09-2011 17:10:01 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-27-2014 19:56:14 | More by Doomcifer
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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

06-15-2005 01:37:13 | More by Jason
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +8%

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!

04-14-2009 20:27:24 | More by NJpadreFan
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

12-23-2007 17:22:16 | More by jmz62565
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

06-14-2004 14:13:56 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-09-2013 21:24:54 | More by EBeckett3
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3.58/5  rDev -4%

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.

05-27-2011 23:47:13 | More by tkelley
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

08-26-2012 22:37:04 | More by trevorpost
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

07-02-2009 22:04:34 | More by beerthulhu
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

12-07-2012 22:58:51 | More by liquorpig
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-14-2014 23:41:13 | More by ChipChaight
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-06-2013 05:12:45 | More by cantfindme
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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...

07-31-2009 02:40:42 | More by wedge
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-12-2013 13:10:48 | More by cjs61679
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

05-21-2009 01:15:46 | More by gameface23
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

06-07-2008 02:44:11 | More by auxiliary
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

07-06-2014 01:53:01 | More by Mjdoyon
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-20-2014 17:39:11 | More by JLT
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-22-2012 01:36:00 | More by PIGuy9
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-21-2012 04:22:29 | More by BeerNacho
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-21-2013 02:40:00 | More by JG-90
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Ipswich Summer Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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