Route 101 IPA - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.21/5 rDev +1%
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.
07-20-2014 17:22:46 | More by jlindros
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
08-17-2014 23:04:52 | More by BigCheese
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
08-17-2014 21:35:10 | More by gonzo000
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
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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.
08-16-2014 21:59:34 | More by smcolw
4.01/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-30-2014 22:48:55 | More by Flounder57
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
06-21-2014 18:56:05 | More by WanderingFool
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-21-2014 00:08:57 | More by dynajack1
Route 101 IPA from Ipswich Ale Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.