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Ipswich Original Pale Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Original Pale AleIpswich Original Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%


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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JWU

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a curved porter glass.

A- a hazy amber, with a finger of off white head that laces nicely.

S- The fruity component of the ale yeast jumps from the glass. Some toasted bread lies underneath.

T- Just plain tasty. Much more to it than most English Pales. More toasted bread than biscuity. It's a showcase of the yeast, as the fruity esters are what make it so darn tasty. A very, very light earthy hop is there, which just adds to the complexity.

M- Pretty viscous for a pale ale. Slick on the palette.

O- My introduction to Ipswich, and I'm very much looking forward to trying the other three in the variety pack! Great stuff. Reminds me a bit of Brooklyn Pennant Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:37:25 | More by JWU
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

2.21/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dirty amber color with a pea-soup foggy haze. Head dissipates quickly. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: Hops hit the nostrils with scents of freshly mowed lawn, pulpy mango, and sharp citrus oils. Grainy and toasty malt base. Husky.

T: Strong floral and oily hop punch. Heavily vegetal. Mango and citrus underneath. Spicy. Muddled malt flavors of dough, caramel, and husky grain. Husky, grainy finish with vegetal flavors.

M: Light bodied. Watery and sharply carbonated. Not much else to say.

O: I hate to be so blunt, but this beer sucked. Not sure if I got a bad batch or what, but there's a lot of cleaning up to be done here.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:08:48 | More by ryan1788a5
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Appealing amber topped by an inch plus white head which faded slowly.

s: Lightly malty, reminiscent of British beers at English pubs.

t: Mild maltiness balanced by a light hop element.

m: Light to moderate, quite smooth.

o: A good solid English style pale ale. Nicely complemented the Montesino Napoleon Grande cigar in the gazebo on a mid-70s breezeless evening watching fireworks on the telly. Glad I chose this ale to go with that top ten time of the year.

Looking forward to drinking the other three from the variety twelvepack. A great value, by the way, since I paid only $11 for the twelver when it was on sale. A helluva buy for 92 cents a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 04:11:06 | More by scotorum
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/7/12

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, medium amber - some dark gold and copper - large, fluffy, rocky, off-white head - leaves blobs of lacing behind

Smell: Earthy, bready, toasty, and fruity - toasted light bread with some biscuits - some light and dark fruits - lots of yeasty esters, like apples, pears, and plums - earthy, rock-like, and herbal elements - some sweetness

Taste: In a word, unique - a bit off for an English Pale Ale, definitely not an American Pale Ale, but it's tasty so whatever - lightly toasted white bread, some light biscuits, and some pale grains - fruity, with a range of light fruits and dark fruits (see above) - lightly herbal, tea-like - lightly grassy hops, some bitterness - some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: Classic

I drank a lot of this when I was first getting into beer. Years later, it's actually a bit different than I remember. It's way more complex. And it's very unique. From my experience, this is actually best on tap. This is definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 06:59:46 | More by angrybabboon
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 10/4

pours a pale yellow. Thin white head, some lacing, cloudy/unfiltered. taste/aroma is a nice balance, english yeast, bread crust, biscuit, nutty, piney grassy hops. I'm guessing cascade hops. Some toffee too. Buttery/bready yeast flavors. Very rich body, full mouthfeel, high carbonation. Very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:32:29 | More by BigCheese
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Dools9

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 8/24/12, poured into a tumbler.

A: Hazy orange amber, finger of white sudsy head, moderate lacing and retention.

S: Earthy, yeasty, spicy. Malty rye bread crust. Very light hints of citrus.

T: Taste is definitely malt forward.Toasty bready malt some nutty sweetness, traces of earth. Hops are kind of spicy and lightly citrusy. Moderately bitter.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied. Soft, moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad but not really my cup of tea. Very easy to drink but nothing really memorable however.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 16:33:41 | More by Dools9
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zhanson88

California

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:49:23 | More by zhanson88
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in 4-oz. taster, in shifts.

A: light copper color; decent head (quite a few large bubbles), moderate carb action; lacing ok
S: benign aroma; slight whiff of bread, malt
T: malty, nutty, bready; very flavorful and interesting; ever so slight bits of anise and whorehound; tastes centered in the alto range; hops come off as very fresh; the flavor is complex and interesting

This beer doesn't match the others I've had in this category, so definitely worth a visit.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:30:33 | More by Arithmeticus
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Offa

California

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber, it has a small off-white head steadily shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is nice caramelly barley, honey, wet bark, & wood, hints of dry leaves and tea.

Taste is dry, bittersweet character with nutty-caramelly toasty malt & peppery-woody hop bitterness. It has light juicy zesty yeastiness. It is very good, with nicely rounded character.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 20:41:44 | More by Offa
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with an average off-white head. Malty aroma is a little fruity and a little yeasty, promising if not outstanding. Flavor is mainly malty with some fruit and a hoppy-bitter undertone. Not too shabby. Smooth texture has about average body and fizz. Overall, fair to middlin’.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:03:56 | More by Cyberkedi
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 19:11:15 | More by Hopdaemon39
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Great Divide Denver Pale Ale.

A: Hazy amber with tiny particles and a two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Fruit and caramel malt. Just a hint of hops.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt. Bread and very light hops. Pretty good.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy feel.

O: Great session beer. The toasted malt flavor was excellent and this ale was very smooth. I liked it slightly more than the DPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 23:39:13 | More by SolipsismalCat
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few nights ago while the site was down. Reviewing from notes. Beer was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Orange amber with one finger head. Some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Head had reduced to a thin layer with no lacing.

Smell: fruity, caramel and bready malts.

Taste: caramel and bready malts, buttery notes, fruity, bitterness from the hops in the back of the palate, and some creaminess too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, slight bitterness, and easy to drink.

Overall: This beer fits well with the EPA style. Will have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 19:40:47 | More by Flounder57
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VonRoll

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Amber body, poured creamy 1.5" head which fell to a maintained 1/4" full head. Light carbonation. Unfiltered.

Smell: Smells of hops, fruity almost sweet. Light malt smell

Taste: Tastes of hops, almost a fruity sweet hint, not a predominant note. Smooth malt

Mouthfeel: Feels very dry, thin creaminess and very light carbonation bite

Overall: This beer fits the English Style Pale Ale style very well. The beer had a very inviting appearance, attractive smell, and full flavor. All properties of this brew seemed to work together very well.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:49:49 | More by VonRoll
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this one in a beer of the month club my sister signed me up for - thanks sis! I was familiar with the name Ipswich, but I don't think I had tried anything made by them until now. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Color is a hazy reddish-amber, with an initial finger of foamy white head. That reduced to a thin centimeter layer that hung around for a while. Smell was sweet and malty, with a hint of hoppy bitterness. It also had a toffee/caramel candy quality about it. Tasted very malty with a tart fruity sweetness - maybe grapefruit? It wasn't a dominating taste, more of a subtle characteristic. Definitely agree with the other reviews that mention a tea-like quality. It finished with a piny, hoppy bitterness. Light mouthfeel with a little bit of zip but mostly flat.

Overall, this was a good ale. Fairly well-balanced with good flavor and very easy to drink. Doesn't push boundaries or blow my mind, but my guess is that's not the intent. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:22:59 | More by shangwang
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chimaylvr

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First I give kudos to the previous review by ChainGangGuy for a cogent, accurate review but I'd like to add my observations:

Appearance is appealing: caramel hue, opaque, .5 finger foam retaining light lacing

Smell: subtle bitter hop aroma, light butter, hint of sage herbal, underlying malt; just nothing pronounced dropping the rating a bit but it's still pleasant

Taste is very pleasing: citrus note comes forth, well balanced hop profile, I also detect a tea flavoring, perhaps orange pekoe, herbal: fennel

Feel is simply great: buttery, somewhat frothy, not acidic, light sweetness. Carbonation is just right.

Overall: I've always enjoyed this beer very much; makes a great seesion beer. The balance of base ingredients and adjuncts is outstanding. Has never failed to satisfy. Mercury knows its #*!* Try their oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:49:35 | More by chimaylvr
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, deep golden body with a frothy layer of off-white suds. Little blips of lace on the way down.

Smell: Gently toasted white bread and biscuit tops with a small, sweet-scented accent to the malts. A bit of stone fruit and citrus mingling together with a dash of spice and earthy dried herbs.

Taste: Bready, biscuity pale malts brushed with a layer of sweet, sugared treacle. Slight apricot fruitiness with a little fresh sweet orange peel, but it's growing increasingly towards an herbal, black tea presence. Medium bitterness. Drying, with a quality a bit like that Constant Comment tea.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Simple and easy-going, but pleasant overall. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 18:58:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1" off-white head. Body is an interesting raw sienna yellow color with a slight haze. Smells of malt and caramel. Taste doesn't quite match the smell, it's more standard BMC with a little malt, and definitely more bitter hops coming through in the finish. It's OK, I just don't think it stands out much higher than upper average.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 02:17:03 | More by MoreThanWine
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy rusty orange, lots of floaties and carbonation bubbles. Off-white head starts big and retains nicely leaving good lace.

In the scent there's buttery and toffee malt, earthy and grass hops.

Definitely an English-style ale all the way, sweet buttery biscuit malt comes out the most with some caramel there too, light herbal hops and some graininess.

Very malty, feels hefty for the ABV, kinda stinging on the carbonation.

Reminds me alot of Berkshire's English IPAs but with a big emphasis on the malts. Not much to it but a good, authentic English ale from the states.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 19:12:52 | More by Chico1985
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy honey-ruby color, with thin off-white head.

S: Loads of fruit, malt, caramel, and then hops in the background.

T: Very biscuity and malty. It continues with some fruit and caramel sweetness. There is also a sharpness of hop bitterness that wraps it all up and makes it tasty. Hop notes of pine and citrus, orange rind.

M: Incredibly smooth and carbonated, damn near creamy. An easy one to put down, and really enjoyable.

D: This one is excellent, lower ABV for huge flavor, simply great.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:14:45 | More by mostpoetsdo
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle in my cellar in my To Review box for a couple of months. I popped it into the fridge for 30 minutes and then poured it into a pint glass.

The liquid is clear and a very pretty shade of copper. An average amount of carbonation is visible. A thick off white foamy head fills the top quarter of my glass.

It has a very good British hop aroma. It's floral without being overly bitter. Some biscuity malts are noticeable as well. It's a very good aroma.

There is a mild sweetness to the flavor. Floral bitterness comes forward quickly, and lingers on after I swallow. It is a more oily bitterness than I expected to taste.

A lot of coating, with a lot of hop flavor clinging to my tongue.

This is an enjoyable beer. Of all parts of the US, it seems the New England breweries mimic British styles the best, and this one doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 19:19:51 | More by ToasterChef
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paylay32

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:53:34 | More by paylay32
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:06:57 | More by jondeelee
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slight amount of haze in an brownish orange. Almost no head just a small puddle floating around. Nose contains a lot of malty bread, some small amounts of toast. Fruity hop character. The balance between rich malty bread and fruity hops seems off. A large amount of malt and toasty bread with some slight hop character. Hops were present more in the nose. Bready malts transition to a metallic tang and some bitterness that cloys at the back of your throat. Scratchy and tangy bitter, old fruits.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 14:17:40 | More by DrinkingDrake
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber color. Minute flakes spin around the glass. A large fluffy head absolutely refuses to die off. Chunky lacing sporadically sticks to the glass.

S-Sweet bready and pale malts headline an attractive aroma. The hops are bright and floral. The aroma is fragrant and a bit perfumey. Mild and attractive overall scent.

T-This is quite a sessionable flavor.The hops are light and mingle well with the sugary malts. This brew has a certain 'hard to describe' overall flavor. It is undoubtedly enjoyable.

M-Light to medium build. A bit slick. Expressive carbonation. The feel is pretty nice.

O/D-Have always loved Ipswich IPA. I may like this one a bit more. It is definitely a more apt 12 pack beer than the IPA. The mild yet attractive flavor makes you yearn for another bottle. I think this might be my 'go-to' 12-pack brew when I'm not feeling like burning the enamel off my teeth with some good ol' 'Finest Kind' by Smuttynose. Sessionable, local, and pretty damn addictive. Not bad Mercury Brew Co.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:53:08 | More by VelvetExtract
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