Ipswich Winter Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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Reviews by alovesupreme:
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a muddy light brown with a nice head. Murky body with sediment. Excellent retention lasted the entire beer,very impressive.
Cocoa is the first thing that comes to mind, with honeyed biscuits coming in next.
Baking chocolate due to the combination of cocoa and bitterness. Very low perceived alcohol for the style.
Creamy mouthfeel, more lively than a typical Old.
This is a session-able old ale, if that makes sense. A good beer and I may revisit this in the future.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2010 04:26:11 | More by alovesupreme
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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.