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Ipswich Summer Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale

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126 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 13
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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003

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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!

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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.

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Ipswich Summer Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.