Route 101 IPA - Ipswich Ale Brewery

Not Rated.
Route 101 IPARoute 101 IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

19 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 142
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 4.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rekrule on 06-13-2014

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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,662 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the label on this beer,my favorite part of the country,San Fran to Seattle along the coast...anyways.Pours into a standard pint a light golden with a thin sticky white head atop.Juicy citrus and tropical fruits in the nose makes it pretty inviting.Great hop complexity on the palate,juicy but with a bitter finish,a dryer crisp malt base compliments the different hop flavors well.Now this is a great IPA...better than alot of the west coast brewers...yup I said it. (471 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Doomcifer
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopglow
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seakayak
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjstacker
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TWStandley
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of 20holmbrew
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phished880
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While not remarkable this is a solid IPA. Hop balance tends towards the pine resin end of things. Mouthfeel is perhaps overly crisp and carbonated for my taste. This was macro level effervescent, Sam Adams wheelhouse. Same thing as far as clarity goes. I guess that broadens the appeal to folks who would otherwise shy away from a hoppy IPA? Still, this drinks easily enough and is a no brainier to recommend to anyone who likes some bitterness in their IPAs and finds some of the east coast varieties too malt heavy. (517 characters)

Photo of DrewRPS
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Plloyd1981
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of runner72
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,424 characters)

Photo of MASSHLE
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Route 101 IPA from Ipswich Ale Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.