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Ipswich Summer Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale

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very good

63 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 129
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | 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 Jason
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of mschofield
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the Ipswich Summer Ale in a bottle. This was either my 2nd or 3rd time trying this beer. There was no "freshness date" or "brewed on" labeled.
The appearance was hazy golden, with some slight wheat cloudiness.
The taste has a background lemon flavor and a slight zing like effect when finishing.
This is a very drinkable ale and well suited for warmer days.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK third of the summer beer exchange with Uncle Jimbo:
Nice label on the 12 oz brown bottle..a great clipper ship.
Ok the beer too looks pretty darn handsome..very nice murky light orange with a nice sized pure white head..nice carbonation strings.
smell however is pretty one -dimensional..like many American wheat beers.. very sugary smelling .
The tatse aint so bad..but its rather sweet for my tastes in American wheat beers..Full Sails Hangtime was much less sweet.But the taste is saved by a nice wheatiness right near the end.
average on the tongue..maybe a touch "thin".
No matter the faults it is still a pretty drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. This didn't taste like a wheat beer. The fact that I followed up a Magic Hat HiPA with this probably won't yeild the most accurate rating. Arrived looking golden and lightly hazy. Light white head. Aroma is mild and slightly malty, perhaps some wheat malt, with no perceptable hops. A little herbal, but I think I'm trying to smell hops at this point. Crisp and slightly dry in the finish. Light malty sweetness with maybe a balanced hop bitterness. The malt wasn't very overpowering, even considering the light body, so I'm assuming the hops were there, but I just couldn't taste it. I'd give it a thumbs up for hazy humid New England summer. Not the most intriguing beer, but hits the spot when it's hot.

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Photo of purplehops
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, smallish white head.
Lovely fruit-accented nose, orangey, citric, sweet.
Taste is bright, sunny, lively...light, bodied, very tasty, giving finish, small texture.
A bit smallish overall, but the taste is so pleasant and never ends, that I felt this little summer ale was a success.
Yummy. Deeelicious. My kind of "lawnmower beer."
thanks to UncleJimbo

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Photo of nixhecks
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold with lots of carbonation and a small white head that was gone pretty fast. There was a tiny bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle that clouded the brew up a little, but not as much as I would want with a hefe. Sediment was fine but visible. The smell was faint with floral and citrus hops and a tiny hint of banana, not much aroma at all though. The flavor is more like a pale ale that a weiss, very hoppy all the way through with a final bite on the finish. Not a bad summer brew, and since the bottle itself never claims to be a weiss, then I still think it is a good representative of a summer seasonal for sure.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Did not know this was a wheat ale...I was fooled! ;-)

Seriously, a pale cloudy yellow, not much head or lace.

I had tried a sip and ordered up a pint, basically because I wanted something different. I was surprised by the hop flowery-ness of this, it's understated, but it's there. I think would tend to think of this more as a strange wit style, rather than a wheat style.

Medium bodied, bit of a hop/citrus flavor. Not bad, but nothing that prompted me to order another.


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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Ipswich Summer Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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