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Route 101 IPA - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Route 101 IPARoute 101 IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

118 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rekrule on 06-13-2014

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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 18
Photo of jbredbeard
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

West coast IPA all the way.

Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/23/15. A month old.

a: Translucent dark gold with an inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild to moderate citrus and pine resin

t: Mainly pine resin with some citrus up front over a medium biscuit malt base. Medium strength hop bitterness stronger than most regular NE IPAs and lingers somewhat.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; OK for what it is represented to be, but not particularly tasty or outstanding. Still prefer Ipswich's British styles, but this is not a bad hophead's choice at its fairly low pricepoint. Certainly gives Sam Adams' Rebel line a run for its money.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice IPA to pound down for a long time.

Photo of PGRADY
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very comparable to Sam Adams Rebel IPA

Photo of buzzarooski
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Completely Enjoyed this Fantastic IPA!!!! Hop Hop Hooray for COLLABORATION CREATION! I would HIGHLY recommend both of these Brewers and this DELICIOUS Beer!

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold body, thick white head. Leaves moderate lacing
S - Hop punch, citrus, floral, pine resin. No detectable malt.
T - More balanced than the nose. Lightest of caramel malt. Then tons of hops. It's all there.
M - Medium body, high carb. Bitterness lingers long after tasting.
O - I was blown away by this beer. Many East coast breweries try to make a West coast IPA. This is the best one I've had. It helps that the pricing is very fair.

Photo of mkwebb
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great find. Great for hopheads and others.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a clear, seemingly filtered yellow color. The white head is frothy and size able. Random hills of lacing. Semi-pungent West Coast hop profile. Lots of tangy citrus rind and some pine and grass (neither being too intense). Flavor keeps the West Coast ride going. Citrus and some lighter peach hop flavors. Grassy and piney but not too abrasive with this element. Finishes with a rather serious dose of bitterness and a tasty, pale and bready maltiness. Body is medium with soothing bubbles. Not much noticeable alcohol qualities. I've always thought Ipswich brews some well-priced, above average brews. This one is right on the same island. They did West Coast IPA right with this one.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 11/29/14

A: Pours remarkably crystal clear, a lovely burnt orange with some gold - medium size, slightly off-white head, fades to a wispy cap and leaves a nice web of lacing

S: Citrus, juicy citrus - fresh, ripe orange and tangerine flesh/juice - ruby red grapefruit - very floral - some soft pine - aromatic, but in a decidedly non-aggressive way, somewhat mild, does not punch you in the face with hops - some lightly bready malts underneath

T: Citrus juice - as suggested by the smell, this is not aggressive, but it is very citrusy - orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice - mostly juice, although there is a hint of pith - medium level of bitterness - very floral - some touches of pine, particularly in the aftertaste, along with a vaguely spicy character - lightly resinous and slightly sticky - pale bread and lightly cooked biscuits

M: Medium body, adequate carbonation, mostly clean finish

O: Not exactly West Coast, but in a western direction, I suppose

Ipswich Ale seems to be emerging from the shadows of only producing a handful of beers (which range from good to great) to experimenting with new styles. Their Hop Harvest, which I failed to actually review, was lovely. I think this can is relatively fresh, but I may have to seek this out in the future to confirm. It's very non-aggressive, which wouldn't be a bad thing, but there is an odd stickiness that I do not really embrace.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; copper colored; 1.5 finger white head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy hops with pine in the background;

T: follows the nose with some orange in the background; moderate bitterness kicks up at mid-palate and stays through the finish; long lasting finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Clean golden yellow color. Forms a modest white head that fades fairly quickly, but leaves a good deal of lacing on the way down. Aroma is very pleasant. Hop forward, mostly citrus with a little bit of tropical fruit in the mix. The taste isn't quite as pleasant, but it's still good. Still hop forward, but the hops are more bitter than flavorful. However, what is there is citrus zest and a little pine resin along with a very mild sweetness. Nothing too exciting. Body is on the light side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Not quite what I would think of as a West Coast IPA, but it certainly is approaching one and is far less malty than the typical East Coast IPA.

Photo of BigCheese
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Really excited to see this, I used to love ipswich but now find little else from the oatmeal stout exciting.

6 pack was 9$, super fresh.

Lots of vibrant hop notes, some mango, peache, grapefruit and bubble gum. Not much malt in there, kinda like a hop soda. Its pretty sessionable too. Light in color, highly reccomend, could be a great "fall back" ipa, and for the price its a great regional IPA.

Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

a. One finger head that lasts, yellow golden color that you can see through.

s. Pine, primarily, with a bit of citrus after it warms (not grapefruit on the pour, but it develops later).

t. Oddly all grapefruit on the taste up front. Very smooth without many other notes, other than slight pine on the finish.

m. Excellent. Smooth, easy to drink.

o. Very good beer.

Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

4.5 4.25 4.5 4.0 4.5

Impressive, four-finger head that settles in large peaks of foam, leaving chunks of lace on the side of the glass. The liquid is hazy, gold.

Clean, fresh smell of grounded malt and hop pellets. Subtle but appealing.

This is an extraordinary IPA. No part of it is in your face, yet it is full of flavor and every element you would expect--solid golden malt base, a biting pepper from the hop, and a balanced body. The aftertaste is even subtle, but it lasts a very long time.

Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brewery has been pretty good, very underrated IMO. Hopefully their take on a west coast IPA is great.

Pours a decent fizzy almost fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace then slows to a crawl, nice frothy lacing, semi hazy nectar orange color with a column of streaming bubbles.

Nose is quite nice, plenty of citrus, lots of it, orange rind, grapefruit pith, some juicy citrus fruit like fresh squeezed juice, a mild fruity generic fruit punch tropical notes, a little grapefruit and generic tropical fruit too, so much juice, with a touch of a resinous musty note in there, faint hint of malt too.

Taste brings more hops, a little resinous note with touch of sap and pine notes. Then more fruit, big fruit, little tropical fruit note and some berry fruit punch like, into some decent citrus, some orange rind, plenty of pith and some decent grapefruit notes, hint of fruity bubblegum. The grassy mild piney resinous flavor starts to surge as it goes, with a bit of a spicy hop note, as the mildly sweet malty note attempts to come through but barely balances the beer before disappearing. Finish is fairly dry, bit of a spicy hop note, little more resin and hint of pine, bit more grapefruit pith and citrus peel, long lingering fair bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, slight fluffy feel, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice IPA, again this brewery seems to deliver consistently and is very underrated. I think that they just don't get out there much and they don't make any huge beers (other than that big magnum anniversary series a few years ago), so they get kinda lost in the great breweries discussions. Either way another solid beer from Ipswich.

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic at the Glenville Stops in Allston.

Appearance: A minimal head was poured that reduced to a tiny layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with little vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Very characteristic of cask beer. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, citrus, grassy, herbal, toasted, and pale caramel malts.

Taste: Nice balance of hops and malt with nice tingly bitterness in the rear. Herbal, citrus, grassy, some resiny notes, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, little to low carbonation, mild bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: Even with the lack of carbonation in this cask beer, it was very tasty and enjoyable. I'll definitely try out the bottle and draft versions in the near future.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Route 101 pours a hazy golden amber with a big rocky head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving chunks of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of Orange citrus and lemon zest with some bready malt mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, dry with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with lots of Orange and lemon citrus. A touch of pine ifs also present. Sweet cereal malt and a little caramel balances the bitterness. It finishes bitter with lingering citrus when fine.

A very tasty well balanced beer. It still has some eat coast characteristics, like the cereal malt. Overall a well done beer.

Photo of dynajack1
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Grill Next Door in Haverhill.

I wasn't expecting much from this because Ipswich in general has been underwhelming at best. With exception of their Oatmeal stout of course.

Saying I was surprised at how good it was would be a huge understatement. Fantastic beer. Classic look and mouthfeel for a West coast ipa but much more akin to its newer east coast ipa brethren.

Psyched a local brewery is stepping up their game and offering this type of quality at an amazing price. Under 10 a 6.

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Route 101 IPA from Ipswich Ale Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.