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Ipswich Original Pale Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

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Ratings: 362 | Reviews: 201
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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  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.

Photo of Marty
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of paylay32
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  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.

Photo of Homebrew35
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Delaneybeergod
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easy drinking ale. Amber color and slightly bitter like a true English ale.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!!

Photo of tastybeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z brown bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

This is a nice dark, orange-hued amber color with a mighty dank all-white crown that is about two-finger width's high, dissipates pretty quick but leaves a bunch of sticky lacing around the top of the glass. The color is nice but it's filled with a hazing of floatie, hazy bits that makes it cloudy, and is clearly unfiltered. The carbonation is agressive and very lively indeed.

The aroma flowing out of my glass is amazing, I'm getting: honey-covered pineapples, strawberry oatmeal, earthy, musty herbs, grains, corn and wheat fields on a hot, rainy day. Very complex aroma for the style. I would compare this to a mix of Stone's runiation and sierra Nevada's classic Pale ale. Rigtous.

This Pale ale is packed with flavor and a sublime balance. The malt is smooth and buttery, but with a big fruity kick...pineapple and watermellon to be exact; and the grainy, zesty and tangy, even slightly sour yeastie effect blends perfectly together. Three ellements that make for a great Pale ale is found here in a big way.

The feel is spot-on. Light and very crispy (for th duration) but hefty and smooth ending. Can't ask for much more.

This is a "local" brew for me, being that this Brewery is not more than an hour away so for us in New Hampshire it's still really fresh.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Peach colour base with little fizzy head. A very nice fruity pale, with good hop bitterness. Only the high carbonation detracted, though it was very fresh. Yet some creaminess. Some lemon and orange and peach flavours. Malty aroma and dry finish.Refreshing.

Photo of ordybill
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a strong ale smell with a hop and yeast mix.
Appearance- This is a pretty good looking amber colored ale, with an off-white head.
Taste- Pretty average ale to me, the yeast flavor isn't bad but it detracts from the overall flavor for me.
Palate- This is a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. It has an oily feel and has a dry finish.
Overall-Run of the mill ale to me, I love the packaging but that was the best part of the experience.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a hazy bright copper/orange color with one finger bone white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a little bit of froth and lacing.

Smell is pretty malty- definitely makes sense that this is an English style not American. Good light caramel notes with a little hop spice.

Taste is consistent with smell. Good solid malt backdrop- caramel, a little toasty, a little green apple, some earthy dry hop flavors. Not your American citrus/pine hops. Good though.

Superbly drinkable- light to medium body with very good carbonation. In general this is not my type of pale ale- I like the bolder American variety and if I want more malt I'll go for a kolsch or a munich helles. Definitely good stuff for the price though.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer with attitude. Whenever I think of the Pilgrims drinking ale, II think it must have tasted like this beer. Cloudy orange, with just a whimpsy head, this beer has a great hopped bite that gets your attention. The bitter taste does not fade. This is beer thhat goes the distance, an American Classic.

Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered, orangey-tan in hue with a hint of amber, it is a very lovely color. A rocky white head of two fingers in height gracefully tops of the beer. The head retention was very good; it faded in time to a foamy cap. A collar lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it poorly clung to the side of the glass. The bouquet is pleasantly fruity, quite amble, and very juicy. Succulent in a word, I just love the apple, grape, orange, and pear aromas. The malty smells blend perfectly with the fruity aspects, the kisses of caramel kick up the fruitiness a notch. Pleasantly earthy too, the hops also add some hay notes with a kiss of citrus zest. It is very nice; the potency is modest. I find it very inviting. The nose seems East Coast Pale Ale all the way but the palate has a larger English say with just an East Coast twist! The bouquet’s invitation matches the palate perfectly. Honestly the palate is more flavorful than the nose indicated. This is a major plus. The earthy flavors are very big and very bold. This is needed to balance out the burst of fruit and solid hop bitterness. Mixed in with the pear, grape, and orange flavors are a hint of bubblegum, a kiss of hay, prickly citrus bitterness, and more earthy flavors. This is damn tasty! The flavors are very wide and quite encompassing. There are a lot of small complexities working in the beer. Good, wholesome sweetness, a little bready. This is an awesome beer. Long aftertaste. Medium/medium-full in body, the carbonation is modest but natural, the mouthfeel is very pleasant, I like it. This is an amazingly tasty beer. Tremendously awesome, very drinkable, this beer would be great at anytime, anywhere. Thank you drweizen for the bottle in the BIF 5 package!

Photo of HalfFull
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass from notes Sept. 2008. Pours a slightly hazy orange copper in color with a full inch of dense slightly off white head. Retention and lacing were impressive for the style.

Some muted floral hops on the nose along with a bit of caramel malts, opening up later as the head diminishes. Smooth on the tongue initially with some buttery malts and finishing slightly bitter with a hop bite and a sense of cooked caramel. Bitterness is well balanced however and makes sense as I was unaware that this was a British Pale originally. Offers a good feel and drink given the balance and structure.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nearly copper, but gold and hazy. Head is 1/2" and has good retention.

S- Pleasantly hoppy with a nice malt backing. A little bit of honey and some biscuit is all I pick up other than that.

T- Some caramel up front followed closely by a good bitter bite. Some honey and light citrusy notes make things whole.

M- Thin and high carbonation. Very fitting for the style.

D- Good and drinkable. A *little* bit heavier than I would like on a hot day but it would be OK to have 3 or 4 in a session.

Special thanks to Aaronjr123 (who doesn't post and is not very active on BA) for bringing this one back to me from his recent vacation to Boston.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this is the definition of an easy drinking pale ale. Nothing too crazy going on here, just done right.

On-Tap...

A- Light nut brown color. Somewhat amber. Cream colored head. Looks really nice in my glass.

S- Smell was malt and biscuit. The nose was underwhelming.

T- Ahh. Nice. I got a metallic taste with a tea and malt punch. Hops at the back end. Do I detect some fruit mixed in there? Ehh not much.

M- Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. No problem putting this one down.

D- This is a session brew for sure. Enjoyable. Always great stuff from Ipswich.

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