Ipswich Summer Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale

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127 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 12
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head. It is a golden straw yellow orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Very bready and sweet. Hops produce a lemony aroma that is just great for the summer time too.

Taste: Tart and lemony characteristics followed by sweet and bready notes. Lingering bitterness at the end of the sip, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice beer for the summer time. Hot and steamy here in Boston and happy to have enjoyed this cold one.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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)

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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild gold with a one-finger head into my glass. I notice that many IPAs tend to be a golden color but never the kind that inspires confidence.

Light and crisp with only a touch of hops in the nose Blonde ales typically attempt to balance both the hops and malt.

Easygoing flavors on the tongue with an emphasis on biscuity malt.

Lingering sweet, buttery malt at the back makes for a tasty mouthfeel.

Very nice summer ale. Drinkable and highly enjoyable

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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

12oz bottle into a pub glass. Thanks to Eric for gifting me with this. This brew appears a light golden color, fairly clear with nearly 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Some fine particulate makes it's way into the glass keeping the solution from being completely clear. As the cap recedes it leaves some finger-like patterns on the glass.

The smell of this brew is a combination of orange rinds and caramel malt initially. As it warms up, it picks up more of a floral to fruity hop characteristic that smells quite pleasant. This is quite a sweet smelling brew with almost a tropical note at times.

The taste is much more bitter than I was expecting for an american blonde. No complaints here though. Rindy hop flavoring almost herbal at times mixes with a flavor of orange that is a mixture of pulp and rindy bitterness. There is a faint toasty malt inclusion across the back which provides a decent base for the other flavors to play off of. The aftertaste is a bit grassy.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol impact for almost 5% abv. Overall it is easy drinking and fairly crisp in the finish. Not something I would go out of my way for but certainly a summertime refreshment that is worth checking out at least once.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly chilled bottle is poured into a pint glass. The beer looks very good, with a large white foam head resting atop of golden straw liquid. There are some orange highlights to the beer and plenty of rising carbonation streams. The aroma is of pale malts, grassy hops and a slight scent of white sugar sweetness. The flavor is simple and refreshing. Grassy hops dominate and linger on after swallowing. There are some pale malts that can be tasted, but this beer is more about the hops, which isn't exactly what I was expecting. The beer is a little sticky and leaves a noticeable coat. For a beer to be enjoyed on a hot summer day, I prefer a lighter coat, but perhaps that would be the case if this bottle were colder. Overall, I find this to be an above average summer beer. I certainly wouldn't pass one up if it were offered to me.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Ipswich Summer Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.