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Ipswich Original Pale Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | 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 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.

Damian, Jul 28, 2006
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)

gentlebubbles, Jul 20, 2006
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.

akahn, Jul 14, 2006
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.

taez555, Jun 10, 2006
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.

tastybeer, Feb 17, 2006
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.

wedge, Feb 13, 2006
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.

aaronh, Dec 08, 2005
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.

JasonCoop, Nov 12, 2005
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.

LarryV, Oct 31, 2005
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'.

NEhophead, Oct 29, 2005
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.

bjohnson, Oct 15, 2005
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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Aug 21, 2005
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.

Sycodrummer, Jun 06, 2005
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.

scriabin, May 27, 2005
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.

Jacobob10, Apr 15, 2005
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.

BuckSpin, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, with a decent head that leaves a touch of lace on the glass. There are suspended particles, minute but distinct.

Dark malt aromas, no discerning hop smells. I noted a touch of perfume sweetness as well.

Complex flavors featuring an intertwining blend of the rich malt and the flowery hop. The swallow is all hop--almost like an IPA. The aftertaste is like sucking on a hop pellet. The body is quite rich for the style. The carbonation is appropriate.

Overall, a very nice beer. I believe that my bottle my have been over-exposed to some of the winter elements, yet this was still delicious.

smcolw, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as part of a mix 6-pack (that the proprietor was nice enough to allow me to make) from Holiday Spirits, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" light beige head over the orangey amber brew, which has numerous large and small floaties throughout, even though great care was taken pouring. Head is gone quickly, leaving an uneven layer of bubbles, and lacing is average. Aroma is earthy, malty, with a tinge of hoppiness. Taste is also pervaded with earthiness, but the balance of this brew is appreciated. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but could be cleaner, overall better. Will keep an eye out for another to revisit, in case of an off bottle...

ppoitras, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is just a rock solid pale ale all around. it pours a lovely orange to amber colour with a big sticky fluffed head. the smell is of burnt grain, fruity hops and earthy malt. there's a nice underlying sweetness as well. this one presents itself as hearty but restrained (in a good way) and it delivers. the flavour starts out a touch hoppy before moving into a malt flavour that is dirty and bark like at times with hints of bread and biscuit. hops are revisited again at the finish which is slightly sweeter than the beginning. there is somewhat of a dry iced tea feel and flavour here as well. it's just a nice brew all around that makes for a great sessional. a great version of this style.

SixpointJMH, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

quite hazy copper with a tan head that doesn't stick around, but laces well. malty, nutty, citrus and fruity smells, not what i was expecting, a bit of hops too. nice malty toasty flavor with nice big caramel presence. sweet brown sugar and cinnamon, with plum and light chocolate flavors, thow in some hoppy bitterness to clean things up towards the end. almost IPA like. medium bodied with snappy carbonation. this is one beer that definietly needs to warm some in the glass, it tastes much bettter close to room temp. really nice pale ale that i come back to frequently.

kmo1030, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its debarkation from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a lightly hazed golden amber color with a frothy off-white head that is modest in size, the resultant lace a thin blanket to lie upon the glass. Nose has a slight hop floral spiciness backed by sweet malt, citrus crisp and clean, start is sweet with a pleasant grain profile, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is patiently hopped and pleasing in its acidity with the aftertaste droughty and long lasting, Ipswich makes some fine session beers, just sorry my friends, who visit, only visit once a year, but I’m thankful they always bring back a six pack of beer for poor old Gusler. lol

Gusler, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of Truh
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spotted the white whale with this one on 6/26/2004. 16-oz. pour in shaker glass at Matt Murphy’s in Brookline, MA.

Half inch frothy head which subsided to a full-coverage sheen by the end; lacing present. Mellow golden hue that poured somewhat hazy and I wondered if that was usual – I didn’t remember that it was for some reason. Hops are the first thing noticed in the bouquet, followed by an odd key lime presence. Great pale profile to taste, with just the weird aforementioned tartness. A little slippery on the palate, but that’s balanced by the acidity.

Truh, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass.I couldn't find a freshness date labeled. Nice looking label design with the Ipswich logo and "Original Ale" in red.

The appearance is a burnt orange. Attractive 1 inch or so head with good retention.

Smells grainy and a little fruity. Appealing scent. Very nice and sticky lacings scattered along the sides of the pint glass.

What a nice and drinkable beer. Taste is very smooth with an emphasis on a good balance of malt and hops. Slight fruit and bitter finish.

I am really glad I sampled this beer. This could be one perfect session beer for a long evening of drinking.

Hibernator, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a sentence, I would describe an bold ale with far more flavor than expected.. Pours a nice gold amber. Good head retention, lacy and white. Smell is light and spicy. Taste is surprisingly hoppy; almost, but not quite, IPA-like. I got much more from this beer than I thought possible, and I highly applaud it!

RocketWidget, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A fluffy white head aboard a hazy golden body. Good retention and lacing. Smell is spicy, grassy, and herbal with a bit of buttered biscuit caramel sweetness behind it. Taste is big vegetal hoppage with said spiciness, then a grain ride takes it slowly out. Great lasting finish is so damn smooth. Very fresh farm taste, like you are running through fields of golden barley with kent golding hops in a crown on your head. Feel is medium bodied and semi-slick with low carbonation. There is a little sting and a little oxidation (no bottling date), but both can be overlooked with such a great feel and drinkability. Another great one from Ipswich, my favorite local bottling brewery.

waughbrew, Jul 09, 2004
Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.