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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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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

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Ratings: 360 | Reviews: 201
Photo of bjohnson
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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
3.94/5  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
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.07/5  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.

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.47/5  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...

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Photo of Truh
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of waughbrew
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered, orangey-tan in hue with a hint of amber, it is a very lovely color. A rocky white head of two fingers in height gracefully tops of the beer. The head retention was very good; it faded in time to a foamy cap. A collar lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it poorly clung to the side of the glass. The bouquet is pleasantly fruity, quite amble, and very juicy. Succulent in a word, I just love the apple, grape, orange, and pear aromas. The malty smells blend perfectly with the fruity aspects, the kisses of caramel kick up the fruitiness a notch. Pleasantly earthy too, the hops also add some hay notes with a kiss of citrus zest. It is very nice; the potency is modest. I find it very inviting. The nose seems East Coast Pale Ale all the way but the palate has a larger English say with just an East Coast twist! The bouquet’s invitation matches the palate perfectly. Honestly the palate is more flavorful than the nose indicated. This is a major plus. The earthy flavors are very big and very bold. This is needed to balance out the burst of fruit and solid hop bitterness. Mixed in with the pear, grape, and orange flavors are a hint of bubblegum, a kiss of hay, prickly citrus bitterness, and more earthy flavors. This is damn tasty! The flavors are very wide and quite encompassing. There are a lot of small complexities working in the beer. Good, wholesome sweetness, a little bready. This is an awesome beer. Long aftertaste. Medium/medium-full in body, the carbonation is modest but natural, the mouthfeel is very pleasant, I like it. This is an amazingly tasty beer. Tremendously awesome, very drinkable, this beer would be great at anytime, anywhere. Thank you drweizen for the bottle in the BIF 5 package!

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Quaffer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a sediment-laden and amber-orange in color. The light yellow head rose up easily to over two fingers and settled down into a layer of coarse foam that remained floating on top of the beer for quite sometime. There was still a decent amount of bubbles remaining when I polished off the last of this brew. The lacing was minimal, but what remained was very sticky and thick.

Smell: The smell was heavy with the bready aromas of roasted malt. They were nice and full and a little bit spicy as well. It was just like walking into a bakery. There was a heavy sweetness on the nose, as well as notes of fruit and yeast. I could not detect any hops at all.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied and just a little bit chewy. Rather smooth, it provided just a bit of tickle on the tongue. There seemed to be more of a tingle after the beer was swallowed.

Taste: This was an amazingly dry beer, especially considering the aroma gave absolutely no hints that it would be. Upfront, there wasn't much flavor at all. In the middle, a bready, somewhat nutty, malt flavor arose that built into the finish where it became ever-so-slightly sweet. Overall, however, the malt flavor was very subdued. On the finish came an explosion of herbal hops that overpowered the other flavors and lingered for a long time, creating a very floral, slighly spicy aftertaste.

This was a pretty good beer. Straightforward and lacking in complexity, but very drinkable.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper with a big lacy off-white head. Smells of sour malt with a light bitterness.

Taste is fruity with a light sourness. Slightly spicy with a nce bitter hops finish. Sticky and sweet with a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

A very nice beer. A bit too fruity for my taste but certainly a good brew to have while out every now and then.

Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. The aroma is a bit fruity with pale ale malt undertones. The taste is good. A refreshing pale ale that's well balanced; not too bitter, not too malty; just right. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a light bodied beer that goes down in a hurry. A fine example of a pale ale.

Photo of CSimon
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Initiallly pours somehwat cloudy, but settle into and golden-orange hue, just begging to be quaffed.

My father, who is British, calls this his favorite beer.

This is a gourgeous example of the Pale Ale style.

Perfectly bracing mouthfeel, with tastes of biscuits, yeast, a little hops, and maybe even a hint of citrus zest just to make it supremely drinkable.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rust-like orangy color. Bit of floaters and some cakiness left on bottom of bottle. Light carbonation, but within its style. Biscuity, almost peaty notes in the nose with faint hop aromas. Smooth caramel crystal malt taste backed up with a bit of hop dryness in the finish. Has the same slightly-sweet tea flavor I've experienced in other pale ales. Beautiful example of its style, from the English Pale Ale roots. Right on target.

Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine english style pale ale...very toasty notes on the nose and taste....also some earthy characteristics....pours a hazy orange color with a nice bubbly cream colored head that rims the glass perfect....Great nose...toasty and earthy like I said....body is medium....perfect mouthfeel...this is sliding down waaaay too easy but it is has a a solid feel to it...Taste is toasty and earthy but also some bready, biscuit notes....Tastes borders on a low amber ale territory...drinkability is sky high...I love English style pale ales like this one....one of the better ones I've tried....blows the hell out of Bass for example...

Johnny P delivers the goods again....Thanks to JP I can now assert that Ipswich is one damn fine brewery..or Mercury Cat or whatever...great beers....perhaps underrated and underappreciated by some....their beers are worth seeking out...

Photo of yankeeheel
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of vitesse
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this has to be one of the greatest american beers i've ever had. beautiful cloudy orange appearance with nice medium-bodied head that retains well. perfect mix of grassy and fruity smells. amazing taste: just the perfect blend of maltiness and touch of hops. plenty of fruity esters and slightly acidic. just nice big round flavor. drinkability is super. no one flavor overpowers you, but it is just such a well crafted pale ale.

if you see this one, pick it up. it was great in bottles.

now, where can i find this one on cask?

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