Ipswich Winter Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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Reviews by Shiredave:
4.2/5 rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a clear, dark amber liquid with a dense, tight pale tan head leaving glops of lace trailing behind and a firm cap of persistant foam.
Aroma is malty but underwhelming - some flowery hop notes - clean but subtle.
Great mix of flavors - semi sweet malt up front with ale fruity melon and berry over tones that lead to a hearty, earthy hop character. Nice dark grain presence that adds depth to the complex hop and malt flavors.
An exceptionally easy drinking medium bodied winter warmer with excellent balance and a mellow, lingering bitter finish.
A new personal favorite from an old favorite brewery.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2008 02:04:54 | More by Shiredave
More User Reviews:
2.74/5 rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Pours a nice large 2.5 finger head that rises quickly and fades at a med pace, fizzy fluffy head leaves a nice soapy lacing, the beer is a very dark murky maroon mahogany slight molasses colored beer.
Nose is actually weird, an earthy herbal like malt with a little corn syrup and raw corn stalk molasses thing, a raw musty dank like almost swap mud herbal aroma. Then hops and spices, and earthy herbal chewy spicy like hop, and a burnt spice like thing and pocket lint. Also some syrupy malts, corn syrup, burnt molasses and caramel, don't even know what to think.
Taste I hops it's better... well, not really... again that mess of burnt sugars, raw molasses and corn stalk that was cooked too long, and into a vegetal chewy malt base, syrupy and messy. Then lots of chewy malts, spicy chewy earthy herbal and a bit of a cooked vegetal hop flavor, quite bitter as well. More spices too, like a burnt wood and spice, weird burnt spice, bitter herbal spice as well, and a bit of a fruity thing too, like an apple fig nut paste that's been bittered, and a little yeast flavor late as well like chewing on yeast. Bit of a warming booze too. Finish is still a bit sticky, more warming booze, hot spices, burnt weird spices and super spicy herbal hops.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, way too much carbonation too, and a bit of warming booze.
Overall a big mess that was not enjoyable at all. This is probably the worst beer I've had from them, and they have some decent beers so this was a big letdown. Maybe just a bad batch or bottle, but not good.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 03:08:20 | More by jlindros
Ipswich Winter Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.