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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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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | 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 zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88


3.03/5  rDev -20.7%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a lot of carbonation. A HUGE fluffy white head forms which takes forever to even slightly disappate. Kind of reminds me of an infected beer actually.

Smell: Not infected at least. A bit of caramel, a little yeasty, kind of grainy. Not much here.

Taste: Grainy, a bit of caramel, yeasty with a touch of citrus, and a hint of florals. Not bad, and it actually gets a good deal more flavorful as it warms.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied, plenty of carb, very nice. Overall, this is far from my favorite style, but it's a decent example. Worth a shot.

08-10-2012 22:49:23 | More by zhanson88
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

07-20-2009 20:58:06 | More by oberon
Photo of Marty


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

12-12-2006 04:05:45 | More by Marty
Photo of ExtraStout


3.78/5  rDev -1%

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

07-16-2010 23:07:18 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of paylay32


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

09-11-2011 19:53:34 | More by paylay32
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

07-28-2007 13:21:06 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of TimoP


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-23-2012 00:27:08 | More by TimoP
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2014 13:57:19 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of iemailjack


3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-08-2013 04:02:14 | More by iemailjack
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-28-2004 04:01:07 | More by Billolick
Photo of Homebrew35


2.95/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

04-09-2011 05:08:28 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

02-24-2010 21:49:53 | More by Mora2000
Photo of standardcherry


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-16-2012 15:40:16 | More by standardcherry
Photo of jondeelee


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

08-06-2011 20:06:57 | More by jondeelee
Photo of WeymouthMike


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

09-22-2006 00:24:48 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of bpfrush


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-15-2011 02:58:44 | More by bpfrush
Photo of Thrasher


3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

09-05-2002 15:17:01 | More by Thrasher
Photo of yankeeheel


2.95/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

08-07-2003 14:13:28 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of doremite


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-13-2013 23:04:47 | More by doremite
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-23-2013 00:19:28 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of glid02


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

02-04-2009 21:57:54 | More by glid02
Photo of DarrellK


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-03-2012 21:32:00 | More by DarrellK
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

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!!

04-11-2007 19:50:24 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

02-17-2006 01:17:53 | More by tastybeer
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

04-16-2008 21:11:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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