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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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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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:
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Photo of fostwal


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A rich auburn color. Slighly cloudy with a good size head.
Smell - The smell is very light. Not very promonant.
Taste - The taste is pretty strong for an english ale. There is a defiite bite of hops in the after taste, but not overwelmingly so.
Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and suttle flavors make for a pleasant mouthfeel.
Drinkability - The mix of smell, taste, and feel are a very nice combination. The beer is very drinkable. I would definitely order one when I was at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 00:43:11 | More by fostwal
Photo of Reagan1984


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Ale was a deep, yet bright, brown ale. Too dark in my mind to be considered copper.
Mostly Clear with a very slight haze.

Served with a very thin head which dissipated quickly.
I was surprised by the amount of lacing as I enjoyed the pint.

I thought the beer had a very nice balance. Started with a nice assertive roasted Malt taste then finished with a nice hop bite. Very impressed. Mouthfeel was nice with a medium body that allowed for great drinkability.

Very nice beer for an English Pale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 12:43:29 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 21:11:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber, almost orange, with a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin cap. Quite a bit of sediment floating around. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Some sticky sheets left behind.

Smell is light biscuity malts balanced well by some floral hops with some citrus undertones, and a hint of yeast.

Taste is pale malts up front, followed by some floral hop notes. There are some subtle orange and grapefruit flavors as well. Finishes with some doughy malt flavors and a mild hop dryness.

Crisp, smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel.

A solid beer with great drinkability. A great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 20:08:53 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of albern


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this in awhile, and I don't know why. Ipswich is one of those beers that have been around awhile and are just taken for granted, and that's too bad. The downside to this beer was its appearance. It pours a nice hazy orange copper color but there is just no head to this beer to speak of. The smell is a little musty, a bit floral, and a nice indication of balance to come. The beer is fairly medium bodied, modestly carbonated, but I did wish it had more of a lasting head. The beer is very creamy on the tongue and enjoyable throughout. The taste is just so well balanced with a nice spicy hop bite in the finish. The beer is not too dry, not too sweet, and doesn't have any cloying syrupy consistency at all. There is some biscuity overtones, some bready malts, some florals, and then there is the spicy hop bite at the end that brings it all together. This is a really good beer worth seeking out, I just wish its appearance matched everything else. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 23:07:08 | More by albern
Photo of mmmbeer


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; 30 IBUs. The beer is an unfiltered orangey copper, with medium carbonation and two fingers of foamy, light tan head that leaves a few wisps of lace. Not much in the way of aroma, but there are notes of malts and bitter, leafy hops. Apples and oranges are the first flavors to hit, but there are also flavorful malts, grapefruit, a big bitterness and some astringent notes. The body is medium, smooth and very dry, with apple skins lingering on the palate. Not too shabby - a tasty session brew that is hoppy without being too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 23:59:00 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy orange body, topped by a good three fingers of level, just-off-white foam. Good lacing.

Non-abrassive nose of bread and biscuits, with a hint of citrus.

Tasty semi-sweet beginning, an enjoyable malt base withoutbeing overly sweet. Subtle earthy English hops build to a juicy citrus peak at the swallow andlinger into the aftertaste.

Good solid medium mouthfeel.

A solidly sessionable English style ale.

Nice to see Ipswich back in NJ. If you're a fan of traditional ale give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 04:23:57 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of HumuloneRed


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the beer of the month club.

The beer pours a clear pale orange with a nice white head and sticky lacing.

The aroma malty with nut and grass notes.

The flavor is very impressive.

Very balanced malt and hop mix. Very drinkable and well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:36:14 | More by HumuloneRed
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at deep ellum, allston, ma

maybe a little bit better than my previous experience with the bottled version on 8/23/07

main differences are:

clumps of sediment from cask conditioning; the lacing was nonexistent.

flavor wasn't so one-dimensionally bitter, and even became fruitier as it warmed up. (score should be 3.7 but i will bump drinkability up to 4.5 as compensation)

being on cask, at least it wasn't overly carbonated the way the bottled version was.

when it's on cask, why not give it a try? otherwise, pass...

Serving type: cask

02-11-2008 22:13:05 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of erosier


4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice red amber color with a nice thick tan colored head that laces very nicely. It smells of nice medium roasted malts witha nice earthy hop aroma that smells like a really good beer. It tastes of really rich malted grains followed by a crisp earthy hop bitterness that rounds out the flavor for a really good ale. The mouthfeel is great - nice and crisp with the right amount of carbonation which makes it a pretty drinkable beer. Definately worth it, try this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 04:20:53 | More by erosier
Photo of MTNboy


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This beer is a dark bronze color with a lot of head. It has average lace. There are a lot of little bubbles in the body.

Smell- The smell is mainly sweet from more the hops rather than the malt.

Taste- There is mixed citrus and fruit flavors with strong bread like bread like tones. There is also a pleasant hops presents in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Thick to medium bodied for this style of ale. The carbonation packs no real bite which always seems to let me enjoy the flavor of the beer better.

Drinkability- Great! Easy to drink and I think it does well in all categories.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 13:32:59 | More by MTNboy
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a totally clouded brown amber. Nose is like syrup and sweet. Flavor is meaty with some hop character, but not completely dominated by it. Overall it is mostly an earthy toned kind of beer. Feel is thick on the liquid and good on the bubble. Overall pretty drinkable. A bit thick and a touch of salt on the flavor are the only real detractors.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 09:25:26 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of BDIMike


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very red color. Little head that didn't last very long.

Couldn't find very much of a smell at all. Got a little hop smell, but that's about it.

The taste is rich though. Nice hop taste, very fresh tasting.

Crisp mouthfeel with a good thickness for an ale.

Good beer, could drink these for a while. Nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 23:43:54 | More by BDIMike
Photo of

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Hazy, dirty orange in color. Small, off-white head.

Aroma was mild grapefruit and honey. Very mild scent overall.

Taste was more bitter than sweet. Grassy and lingering. Biscuity middle. Slight fruity flavor and a touch of caramel.

Medium in body. Medium + carbonation. Dry.

OK, pretty strong hops for style.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 16:01:51 | More by
Photo of madjr80


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice balanced beer with a decent head of foam. Copper/pumpkin like color. This was a real nice sipping beer. I had a growler of this for Thanksgiving, and just left it out on the back porch. It was about 48-50 degrees outside, so it was the perfect temperature for this beer (in my opinion). It tasted very fresh. I would buy this again.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2007 20:20:41 | More by madjr80
Photo of DudleyRose


4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fabulous beer. The balance of hops, fruit and malt is perfect in a hazy, yeasty brew. In its style it is the best I've had. I find it quite hoppy but it puts one-note hop bombs to shame. If you want hops more over the top, try Ipswich's IPA, but for my money this one's got everything.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 01:48:21 | More by DudleyRose
Photo of BeerTruth


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky medium copper hue with a two finger white head that slowly dies down to a very nice creamy layer. Lacing is pretty good on the sides. Smell is an almost apple malt with a slightly pine hop odor. Taste is a metalic malt flavor with an earth hop sting. Some woody dirt hops and granny smith flavors towards the end. Mouthfeel is an almost medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. This brewery has surprised me with many of their beers, the oatmeal stout especially.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 05:51:09 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle picked up in a mix pack. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pretty nice color. A shade lighter than copper and unfiltered. Head is a little bit less than a finger but what it's got has some staying power and leaves some lacing.

S - Some faint hop on top of a clean malty aroma.

T - Malts coming through with a bit of a fruity flavor. Hop bitterness is very brief, but present.

M - A little on the lighter side of a medium body.

D - Not my favorite style (I greatly prefer American Pales) but still has great potential as a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 02:56:19 | More by EStreet20
Photo of Sigmund


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

12 fl. oz bottle, thanks to BA richgo6. Orange coloured beer, slightly hazy, with a huge off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, very fruity. The flavour is also quite hoppy throughout, with resinous notes and some malty sweetness. Not bad at all. The style seems more American than English to me, though - but what do I know?

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 12:47:55 | More by Sigmund
Photo of garcia2a


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer arrived with a thin head, light carbonation, a deep golden color and quite cloudy. The bouquet had a roasty malt and slight hoppy quality. This lead to an expectation on the taste, which was met. The roasty grain followed over on the taste, which lingered much to my delight. The full mouth aspect to the taste the gave the beer great drinkability, which went well with the full body.

This is the second time I have had this beer in Bahston and I look forward to the third.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2007 03:18:55 | More by garcia2a
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ipswich Original Ale pours orange amber with a white head. Aroma is very fruity with some caramel and toasted grain. Taste has the fruitiness for sure with a pleasant dried apricot note as well as caramel, toasted malt and a balancing bitterness that shows how well this beer is crafted. The hopping is dead on as it doesn't mask the fruitiness and makes this a regular in my fridge and at meal times. The freshness in the taste and aroma makes me think of freshly baked bread(apricot glazed brioche) and evokes the same mouth watering response. A pale ale that stands out in a craft beer scene flooded with mediocre pale ales. English ale inspired and perfectly excecuted this beer is a New England classic.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 01:55:37 | More by mshallah
Photo of arizcards


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in late June as part of the MicroBeerClub shipment.

This unfiltered pale ale poured a cloudy orange color with a solid off white head that is sustaining well. Nose is slightly malty with not much else to offer. Taste is very well balanced. This is a very malty pale with hints of sour apple. Hop bitterness is fairly light for the style but all elements pull together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very enjoyable beer that I am sure contribures nicely to a tailgate at Patriot home games!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:54:26 | More by arizcards
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded tea color with better than a full finger light tan head that resists fading. Visible effervescence and suspended 'bits'. A good amount of lacing.

Reserved, the aroma is sweet and spicy malt over a cardboard smell.
Light in body, the mouth feel is helped along by the creamy texture from the head. The flavor took me by surprise because it didn't relate to the sweetness I smelled. The taste had the spice that i recognized, but it was roasted or smoky at the same time.

An average drinker. Really glad that i had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 16:26:49 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Minkybut


2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this ugly beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. The color was a wierd cloudy orange with yeast, dirt or something floating around on the bottom. Nice head at first but then went away. Bready tasting with a yeasty smell and taste. Slighly hoppy and a little bitter. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 18:15:06 | More by Minkybut
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