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Ipswich Summer Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

63 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 129
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 7.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003

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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 129
Photo of Wamesit
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an very hazy orange amber. Think white head that gives way to light lacing.

S - A nutty/yeasty nose with deep fruit aromas.

T - Bready and biscuity malts balance well with a strong and dry hoppiness. Lemon peel and a near grass/hay taste give this summer a refreshing (but not too crisp) flavor and smoothness. A more herbal hops finishes the beer alongside a touch of an yeast astringency.

M - Medium. Good and refreshing carbonation.

O - Great summer ale. Maybe the best I've had. (496 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a hazy orange with about an inch of foam. Looks like some good lacing and head retention is above average.

The smell has notes of caramel and some fruitiness, mainly oranges. A nice light but good nose.

The taste is yum. The oranges hit my tastebuds first followed by another fruit I can't put my finger on, some caramel sweetness and bread and a rather substantial citrus hop goodness right before and through the finish.

Right at medium bodied, the carbonation is also medium, and man, is this Blonde Ale drinkable. Holy cow!! This is one that I could have easily drank all summer long!

Bottom line: Usually, when I try an American Blonde Ale, I go in without expecting much but this one is a real winner in all categories. Love it! (802 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peachy amber, topped with a two finger creamy off-white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Sweet aroma, pineapple, tea and citrus rind.
Grain, light husk note, wheat, fruit, grass, tea leaves, nice and hoppy for a summer beer - citrus.
Light bodied and dry, great drinkability one of my favorite summer seasonals. (323 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

slight haze w/ sediment from the bottle.

light golden color with a white head.
interesting note: I noticed lacing of each sip on the glass, but very little head was present while consuming.

smells of lemon, spice, yeasty esters. good smell

this beer is surprisingly bitter towards the end of the sip, especially for a summer beer.

beer is light in body with a lingering bitterness. the bitterness really stands out with the lack of alcohol. I think I could use a little more body as well, I find it a bit watery feeling.

definitely nice for one of those way too hot days. smooth and refreshing though. a good session beer. easy to drink and contain good flavor. (683 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours hazy with a deep honey color. Cream colored head is frothy and sturdy. Leaves some lacing as well. Looks attractive, and the color is not as light as expected. Could easily pass of an IPA.

S-Smell is light and also quite pleasant. Slight fruity hops. Looks the color of honey, and smells a bit like it as well. Smells fresh and lively. Nothing bold, but it definitely smells like an bright, aromatic summer session brew.

T-First comes the zesty lemony flavor that was present in the nose, but is much clearer in the taste. A very mellow almost yeasty spice is detectable too. Mild but semi-unexpected hop bite ends the flavor. A nice bittersweet combination.

M-Closer to medium than light in the body. Ample amounts of carbonation. A bit of a lingering stick to it.

O/D-Decided to attempt Ipswich's summer offering because I have been impressed by their IPA and more recently, their Original Ale. This is yet another sturdy, dependable brew. An awesome summer treat. Also, one of the cheapest craft 12-packs in my area. Could easily see myself bringing a 12-pack to a barbeque in the near future. One of my more preferable summer seasonals. Easy drinker; will treat you well on a hot day. (1,201 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer for a BBQ I was holding. It seemed like a good match for a warm afternoon.

This is a pretty example of a summer ale. It is slightly darker than most blondes, but this dirty blonde has a nice taste and look.

The color is hazy, deep yellow. There is a white, one-finger head off the pour that stays for a couple minutes.

I was picking up apricot and some floral from the nose. These flavors continue in the tasting. It is refreshing.

There is some bitterness coming through in the after-taste. That was keeping it from being perfect, but I really like this beer. If you find this, pick it up for the next warm day. (639 characters)

Photo of ecoboy
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found myself finding some very good character in this wheat pale/pale wheat as it reached very late into its freshness season.

A darn sight more golden than the yellowy lemony summer ales. Fairly pillowy white head.

Sharp citrus and hop attack! Stinging bitter taste with nice graprefruit note, plus dry mouthfeel make this a decidedly non-wimpy summer.

I drank it with a tomato and cheese sandwich featuring fresh ground black pepper-every flavor was complimented well by the ale.

Imagine a summer ale that IS NOT just a light session ale for hot-day refreshment. Imagine a wheat that can stand up to fresh pepper. Impressive. (642 characters)

Photo of growler
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, capped.

Pours golden yellow, a little hazy. Creamy white foam, over 1 inch thick with nice retention and carbonation. Citrusy/Fruity scent with a slight trace of vanilla, and hops. Taste is mild with a lemony, slightly sweet and malty. A linger of hops in the after taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, with light body. A very drinkable, nice summer brew. (367 characters)

Photo of brunop
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (313 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (386 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark yellow with very tiny suspended yeast chunks. Big creamy head with good retention and great lacing. Wonderful aroma of soft English hops, lemon rind, some compost pile, and gentle honey sweetness. Very mild-flavored with the lemony fruit and peppery spice in the finish being the most forward characteristics. I hint of the pine-sol that I get big in their IPA, but this remains at a level that doesn't bother me. Could not be smoother on the tongue, just enough bitterness there to be refreshing.

Between an APA and an American Wheat, this is a great beer. Along with thier original ale and their stout, this is becoming one of my favorite breweries around. (671 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, longneck, brown glass bottle, capped. No date.

This summer ale poured a clear, golden yellow color (a bit cloudy if the sediment was poured), with rich, creamy white foam that left some lace. There was lively carbonation. The smell was mild: biscuit and malt with a faint trace of fruit. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with citrus, vinous, and mild fruity flavors. There was a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The body was medium-light. There was a small lingering hop flavor in the aftertaste. This was a very drinkable ale - very "easy drinking". Indeed, a very nice summer beer. (626 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just upgraded this beer for:
a) coming in cans
b) being the best summer ale available.

Poured into a .5l cylinder named Spaten.

A: Pours a hazy apricot orange, unfiltered. A 2 finger white head with fair retention and lacing. Light carbonation, yeast, good looking, more than expected for summer ale. A real ale.

S: Good aroma for summer ale. Fresh citrus, hoppy, w hint of lemons. Underneath summer grass, biscuits and boardwalk. Smells seaside in a good way.

T: Flavor starts with welcome, dry bitterness: a mix of lemon, dry wheat/hay and orange peels. The bitterness increases into o a grassy tart hop that finishes well. Dry and bitter, grassy and hoppy making for an real ale, with a hop finish.

M: medium consistency with a light tingle of carbonation. A real beer. Refreshing.

Overall: Sessionable. Dry, grassy and bitter all at once. The best summer ale, right next to Harpoon.
NE does summer ale right!

Great with food (Cajun shrimp over pasta with fresh garden peppers, tomatoes, basil, romaine and garlic.) This is an IPA drinkers summer ale! (1,068 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of a very generous trader.

Pours a bright hazy orangish yellow with a small puffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing. Smell is light sweet malts and some hops with a big fruity aroma of lemon zest. The taste follows the smell with a big zesty lemon bite up front followed up with the sweetness of the malts and and fruit, especially lemon and banana. The mouthfeel is light bodied, clean and crisp. This is a very drinkable brew on a hot afternoon and I look forward to other beers from this brewery. (541 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

NB: The label on mine has a blue background behind "Summer Ale" rather than the yellow one pictured here. More important, the color is significantly darker than blonde, more of a medium orange. Otherwise, on review it seems to have characteristics similar to what others have described here.

Bought on sale in a twelve pack sampler.

Filled a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a. Nearly clear medium amber. Finger thick white foam receded to a nice foamy film with significant and persistent lacing which suggested good quality.

s: Nothing notable at first, light hop sting in the nose as it was drunk.

t: Nice malt-hop balance! An impressive blend with the hops somewhat bold, but subdued enough to make this a wonderful summer session ale or meal accompaniment.

m: Smooth, light to medium heft, nice!

o: One of my new favorite summer beers! Easy drinking, yet sips with enough character to make you want to drink it slowly and savor it. So glad I have three more from the twelver. Definitely won't disappoint.

UPDATE: Had another 7/5/13 and it only reinforced the impressions above with the exception that although I believe I poured both about the same way, the head was over an inch thick and rounded out above the top of the glass. Ipswich Summer is WAY better than the version by nearby and much more famous Sam Adams of Boston. That one is a fruitocious nightmare. This is relatively sublime. However, I am aware that those who like their summer beer fruit-flavor-dominated rather than merely pleasantly alelike may not share my opinion. (1,555 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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) (896 characters)

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a good summer beer, nice hop presence, citrus taste, but not overdone, slightly bitter, again not overdone. I think this has alot of subtle tastes, but nothing is overwhelming me, and it is good, light, and what you want to drink in the summer. It tastes like a quality beer, pours a nice golden color with a glow to it. I could drink a few of these after a day on the golf course, or working outside, or whatever. Its light and easy. I think Ipswich did a good job here and I will probably put this in the rotation for summer beer enjoyment....gets my stamp of approval. (580 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 from breweries' summer seasonals. (875 characters)

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Ipswich Summer Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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