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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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86
very good

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000)
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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ipswich Original Ale pours a cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a thick ring and thin sheet on the beer. As the head fades quite a bit of netted lace clings around the sides of the glass. The aroma isn't very strong. Notes of yeast, bread, fruit (grape?) and a hint of grass are detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and silky on the palate. The flavor begins somewhat fruity with notes of grape and apricot. In the middle some crisp toasted grain moves in. At the end the hops finish the sip with a taste of lemon zest and grass. Once gone some of the fruity notes linger on the palate.

This beer is a classic. A true New England pale ale.

Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice light tan head, lingered for a bit. Amber in color and quite hazy. Has a grainy-sweet nose with solid hops. The taste is dominated by maltiness that is then joined by a bitterness and finally an earthy bitterness. Has a slightly heavy, medium-plus body. Overall, a well balanced beer, but not as balanced and refreshing as I expec from the style.

Photo of adowney523
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is amber-orange, slightly hazy. There was a nice white head.

Smells of toasted malt and citrus fruit. Very nice.

There is a very nice malt body on this beer. The malt is toasty and caramel sweet. Some grapefruit and floral flavors make there way to the tongue. A lingering piney and earthy bitterness is at the finish.

A well-balanced and very solid beer.

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.

Photo of Stimack
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a dull copper color with a medium head that has great retention and leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma has a sweet and roasted malt scent along with a light hop scent. The taste is solid but really is not overly exciting; noticeable are grain and caramel malt flavors up front an then a nice hop end. The hops are not over powering what so ever they just complement things nicely. Also has a taste that I am not quite able to put my finger on but might be a bread like quality? Finish is quite dry. Over all a good brew, a nice sessionsal but not sure it would be one I would go out of my way to get.

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent reteion and lacing.

The smell featured a good upfront mildly sweet caramel malt with some floral hoppiness.

The taste was very well balanced. A solid soft malt biscuitiness with a touch of caramel was nicelt blended with a good, mildly spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was average,

Overall a nice rendition of the style. A nice session beer.

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 2" head that slowly fades away to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness is very mild.

Taste: flavors are much more upfront than what the nose picked up. Bold caramel and black plum sweetness with decent bitterness levels. Simple but flavorful.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish with a short sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: super session ale. This is one that accompanied great conversation in a bar and the pints could just keep flowing all night.

Photo of Estarrio
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a translucent copper brown. I was disappointed by the lack of head, save for some fine white lacings.

Sweet smells of malt, fruit, citrus, pine and hops.

Pleasing palate, carbonation is just right. Taste is slightly sweet, mild citrus fruit bouquet and pine balanced with some pleasant hops. Excellent hop flavor and smell, I would have loved more (I love my hops) but seems right on for the style. Aftertaste is a nice bitter, earthy piney flavor that leaves you looking forward to another sip.

Photo of Damian
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy red-amber with a medium, white, bubbly head that faded quickly.

Rich and fruity aroma. Apricots were noticeable along with malts and a touch of hops.

Taste was quite fruity, sweet and syrupy up front. Intense malts, burnt sugar and a touch of spice came through. Hops dominated on the back end and lasted well into the huge, hoppy, bitter aftertaste. Dry and crisp, yet refreshing.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on cask at Redbones 5/26/06

A coppery haze topped by an off-white head.

Sweet, malty base to the grassy aroma.

It tastes very nice, with more malty sweetness and a bite of grassy hopss. The lingering resin develops more citrus.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

All too easy to drink, and I was happy to see it on cask again last Monday (July 17)

Photo of akahn
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap this beer comes together. Plenty of the malt sweetness I felt I was missing from the bottle. Hops are spot-on, herbal and tea-like. Quite balanced and feels authentically British, even with a bit of a mineral flavor. I'm pleased. I do think that Miracle of Science should serve this quite a bit warmer, though.

Photo of taez555
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber body with a small white head.

Nose is surprisingly mild with hints of biscuit and fresh grain.

Taste is smooth and very creamy. Malty body with a mild fruit and estery garbage type malt. Toasted malt and fresh grain. Hop bitterness really fights with the hop taste. Back and forth with both a perfect balance but fighting for the command of your taste buds. Ends very smooth with a mild dry touch and some lingering hop taste.

Classic middle of the road New England Pale Ale. Not my favorite beer from Ipswich, but a great beer none the less.

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.

Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange amber with a substantial frothy head. The aroma has an overall grainy quality but underneath is a bready malt with some earthy hops and a hint of sweetness. Dry malty flavor upfront with a nice balance of floral and herbal hops - a little sweetness lingers behind. Mouthfeel is smooth with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

This is a nice, refreshing English style ale.

Photo of aaronh
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exhibits a hazy orange body topped by a thin off-white head. The aroma is primarily malt with a bit of fruity esters. Not outstanding, but appealing to the nose. Flavor is a well balanced malt sweetness with a fair bit of hop flavor, more than I was expecting. The bitterness balances the malt well and does not completely fade once you swallow. The dry finish is refreshing and lends a bit more to the drinkability of this very well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is solid with decent carbonation, and as mentioned before a bit of a dry finish just begs you to take another sip. This was a pleasant find on a recent trip to the Boston area.

Photo of JasonCoop
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very cloudy orange color with decent white head. you can tell its unfiltered.

smells fruity, malty, and has bread like aspects. smells good and hearty.

taste is like ripe fruit. very strong malty fruit taste. subtle hops, slight bready biscuity tastes, but primarily sweet malts. very very good, full bodied.

mouthfeel is full and rich, very nice. drinkability, what can i say? i usually get it by the growler. it's a great brew. a nice hearty, rich full bodied sweet ale.

Photo of LarryV
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy, opaque orange amber color. Smell is of ripe apples with a subtle malt background. Mouthfeel is on the creamy side, nice. Taste is fruity followed by the hop bitterness which is very understated. Has a sour apple cider flavor that I just didn't care for. I doubt I would buy this one again.

Photo of NEhophead
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weak fizzy head that fades to a whispy, semi-intact sheet after a moment. Patches of condensed lace with pretty good strength. A bright, yet quite cloudy nutmeg/cinnamon in color.

Moderate perfume-esque floral hop aroma with a rounded hint of malty sweetness. Hints of a mild orange and lemon tartness.

Floral hop character up front that's met with a sweetened, toasted maltiness; this combination makes for a bleach-like quality, especially with the lemon 'zest' added. An odd, bleachy and perfume-like bitterness followed by an astringent aftertaste. The combination of flavors seems unbalanced to me.

Medium bodied; light on the palate. Gasous and perfum-like.

Unbalanced in terms of flavor and texture. Flawed; nothing exciting about the 'original'.

Photo of bjohnson
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bukowski's in Boston had this cask conditioned this past Wednesday. I had to try it naturally. What a good beer cask conditioned. Comes out with the usual color and smell, but the flavor is much better. Fruity and malty, it was unbelieveable. The temp., a bit raised of course, made this beer much better. Less head than usual, but still left a bit of lace.

I would definately suggest this beer cask conditioned. It was just that much better.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Luke’s liquors in Brewster. Being a resident of Western Mass, I rarely have the opportunity to have and Eastern Mass. Growler. This was the first true craft brew I ever had. So long ago, it used to come it a clear growler, where you could see the sediment. Nice looking beer. Deep amber color, with the right amount of carbonation to give righteous head retention. Fruitiness followed by hops, different transition from othe East Coast IPA’s. It had been several years since I’ve had this beer, I am glad I revisited it.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap from Woody's in Boston, Ma. Presented to me in a standard American pint glass the beer was a very light brown almost orange color topped by one finger of white creamy head.

Smell was slightly floral and fruitty with some hops detectable and very rich malty smell.

A very well done and balanced taste dominated by malt character and fruitty undertones. Slightly bitter with each sip but a very smooth and crisp finish. Quite refreshing.

A very light feel on the palate with some (but not overpowering) carbonation.

Very balanced, smooth, and easy to drink. I'll be back to this again soon. Overall: very well done, but I think I prefer their Dark just by just a tad.

Photo of scriabin
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great little ale from Ipswich. It pours with a decent head and the classic ale color. The taste is quite hoppy, but well balanced, rich, and smooth. The carbonation and overall feel is just about perfect, with makes me want to have another. This one is going to find it's way into my fridge quite a bit this summer.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange color with a two finger, long lasting, off-white head. The aroma was somewhat dull. It had a slight grapefruit fruityness to it. Bread and grain-like malts. Piney hops. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. The finish was very dry and chalky, almost IPA-like. Still, it retained high drinkability because it is damn tasty!

I picked up a mixed 12-pack of Ipswich Ale after doing some field work all day in Ipswich, MA. I enjoyed this beer and can't wait to try the IPA, Oatmeal Stout, and Dark Ale.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, orangish-brown..an odd color. Head was about 1/2" and the most remarkable golden color. Some lace, but what there was clung very well.

The nose changed as the beer warmed from slightly spicy to almost a cider like bouquet. Tongue of citrused hops with a mild spice to it. Ironically, as it warmed a little this appeared to reverse in recognition. It finished with a slight peppery, metallic swallow and linger.

One thing it wasn't was uneventful and, as I review more of these, that is becoming a bigger issue of mine... the journey that is the drink. I would try this again to continue that journey. Another solid effort from Mercury.

Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.