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Ipswich Original Pale Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Original Pale AleIpswich Original Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000)
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Reviews by PaulfromNoVa:
Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably less than ideal conditions - at Logan, keg may be old, server may not have rushed it from the line to my table. But:

A standard pub pint with an airy half inch of head that dissipated quickly, leaving an adorable swagging of lace around the glass, tending to stick. The brew itself was a hazy rusted amber with thin wisps of carbonation tracing up.

Taste was a nice balance of hop and malt, with a kind of feral earthiness that was almost dirty but very nice. The light carbonation transferred to the mouth. I wouldn't mind another, but I need to stay awake on my flight back to NoVa.

I want to have another go at this one under better conditions. Maybe if I had sat at the bah.

PaulfromNoVa, Dec 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic a hazed burnt orange with a great fluffy crown atop leaving multiple layers of lace as it settled slowly into a cramy mass,nice to see this is unfiltered.Mild aromas of herbal hop and caramel/biscuit malt.Flavors are also on the mild side staying more true to the intended style,leafy and herbal mixing with toffee and caramel/biscuit malt.iam not a huge fan of the subtle style but this is a nice quaffing EPA.

oberon, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Marty
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had already tried the Ipswich brand before I learned that one of the brewers was the same guy that used to cut my grandmother's hay every year. This beer defines "brewed locally" for me.

This beer looks delicious when poured. A perfect, even, amber. Nice and hazy. Dense head. Super malty. A good staple to keep in the fridge.

Marty, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle pours a orange copper color. With a rocky head about and inch thick that is a little on the frothy side that thins out slowly.

Aromas: The hops in this one come right out of the gate with subtle dried fruit notes behind it. Very minor hints of grapefruit.

Taste: With a lightly crisp mouthfeel but more on the smooth side. This one has a nice balance to it. It is a little sweet as if there are the slightest drops of honey.

Notes: This is a nicely balanced beer to be enjoyed anytime of year. One of the more underated beers. Cheers

ExtraStout, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of paylay32
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a crisp yummy beer that allows you to imagine yourself sitting on the Cape and sipping away while your thoughts float to brisk summer days. Okay, enough imagery. This ale is surprisingly refreshing, pours a little light without much head, but makes up for appearance in taste.

paylay32, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Amber in color with a fairly thick head that retained well. Not a whole lot in the aroma, primarily sweet grain. Nice taste, malt, some subtle fruit, and some light hops. Very well put together, and quite easy to drink.

lordofthewiens, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

TimoP, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +5%

Doomcifer, May 19, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -21.3%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light amber, white head, nice lacing in my glass, some small chunk sediment in bottle. Nice resiny hop aroma. English style ale, balanced malts, respectable hopping level. all in all a nice well crafted brew. Good session staple. Would go nicely with a wide variety of foods.

Billolick, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of Homebrew35
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amnce two fingers worth of creamy white head. Crystal clear pale golden color. The most sticky lacing I've seen in a while remains half way through the glass. Smells slightly floral and some Carmel malts, maybe some bready yeast. Tastes sweet,carmel, earthy hops, medium bitterness to balance it. Light body, medium carbonation. The finish is neutral and watery tasting. Overall this is lackluster to me.

Homebrew35, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly murky orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is wet grass with some citrus. The flavor is grass, citrus, iced tea and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An enjoyable English IPA.

Mora2000, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -21.3%

dankjohn, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a light, floral nose, with hints of rosewater and light hops mingling nicely with small whirls of citrus and toasted grain.

On the tongue, there's an immediate boost of citrusy sugars, with notes of apricot and orange. This is accompanied fairly quickly by grapefruit-bitter hops, which come in at light to medium-light strength, nicely complimenting the earlier citrus flavors. Brown sugars and light maple syrups run throughout the mouthful, as well as Grape Nuts cereal-like grains. And while the hops do tend to outweigh the malts, and are definitely the larger portion of the aftertaste, the orange and apricot notes from the beginning still maintain a decent presence.

Overall, this is a lovely pale ale, being largely well-balanced, with a slight emphasis on a citrus tang. The brew doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table for the style, but it does prove an excellent example of it, and is worth a taste.

jondeelee, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a really cloudy, similar to that of a freshly squeezed apple juice with little to no head. Some hops are there but the malt dominates the less than large nose. This is one great tasting beer malty with some bittering hops. Mouthfeel is smooth/ malty with little carbonation. As for drinkability, you could give the to a BMC drinker or a seasoned BA and either would be happy.

WeymouthMike, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange with fluffy head, hazy with little appetizing flecks of yeast. Great forceful malts with fruits, wood characteristics. Hops are not too strong but surprisingly bitter, they pinch the flavor somewhat. Aftertaste goes down nice. Smooth and creamy, quite unique. It almost doesn't seem like a pale, there is just a sweet malt backbone to this reminiscent of a saison or something. Very American, very New England, and not quite refined enough to be one of the true greats. Hops are just a tad too sharp and make the overall flavor slightly vinegary. Still I could happily down these all night if called upon to do so.

Thrasher, Sep 05, 2002
Photo of yankeeheel
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful orangeish copper color with a small white head. Smells of bread and citrus. The taste was a huge letdown for me. It seemed quite hop dominated at the end. Not my idea of a traditional ale, but that's just me. Mouthfeel was solid with some malts and carbonation. It's an ok ale, just not one of my favorites. I'll stick with Ipswich's dark beers.

yankeeheel, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

doremite, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with Norica - thanks!

Pours an orange-ish copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer of bubbleson top that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of buttery toasted malts with hints of nondescript light fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The toasted malts don't taste as buttery as the smell would lead me to believe, but the fruit flavors are there just as anticipated.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a surprisingly nice body and good carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy-drinking beer, not too heavy on any one flavor and very tasty.

Overall I was not very impressed with this beer after my first sip, but it definitely grew on me. This had a lot more flavor than Boddington's and a little more flavor than Fuller's. Give this one a shot.

glid02, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of DarrellK
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

DarrellK, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ipswich- Original Ale

Appearance- Hazy reddish orange/ brown with plenty of floating things in it. Mild frothy head with no lacing.
Smell- Fruit and hops. Mild raisin/ grape blended with green hops, grass, and citrus rind.
Taste- Citrusy with an equal balance of earthy green hops and caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Big and chewy. Nice thick malt with sweet & bitter in the back end.

Overall- Man this is good! I bought a single for $2 but this is case worthy! If you can find this buy it!! Mercury Brewing is new to NJ!!

NJpadreFan, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the cloudy appearance of a good unfiltered ale. This one is a nice gold amber with a lasting dense white head. A good swirl doubles the nice white layer. You can see the suspension when you hold it up to a light which is always key. Aroma is mostly grain...slightly buttery-buscuity-bready grains. A bit of fruit lightness too. Very relaxed hops. Taste is a great balence of bitter grapefruit peel hops, subtle fruits, and bready malts. Great mouth. Nice and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation (especially for an English style ale) that niely compliments the array of tastes. Very drinkable. I'll have another.

I have to get this off the brewery's tap asap.

tastybeer, Feb 17, 2006
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Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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