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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: 359
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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Photo of Homebrew35
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amnce two fingers worth of creamy white head. Crystal clear pale golden color. The most sticky lacing I've seen in a while remains half way through the glass. Smells slightly floral and some Carmel malts, maybe some bready yeast. Tastes sweet,carmel, earthy hops, medium bitterness to balance it. Light body, medium carbonation. The finish is neutral and watery tasting. Overall this is lackluster to me.

Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= hazy copper-gold with a nice active white head, dissipating after not long into nice rimming and some lacing.

S= not bold but definitely there and a bit delicate, nice sweet malts and some light floral hops.

T= balanced sweet bready malts, floral hops, adequate dry bitters, very nice.

M= dry bitterness lingering with delicate hops florals on the tongue and a nice sweet malts presence.

O= session forever, should go great with most red-meat or fowl meals, probably even nice with pasta.

Photo of jongullotti
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped keg from the brewery from my kegerator on 3/23/11.

Hazy copper/amber color with a big thick frothy pillowy head. Perfect lacing throughout from beginning to end.

Aroma contains sweet malts, bready raw grains, and citrusy hops.

Taste is similar to aroma. Sweet malt up front which remains through the middle and is joined by a raw rye bread graininess. Finishes clean with light balancing citrusy hops. Well rounded and balanced flavors.

Medium bodied beer with active carbonation throughout. Smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Finishes light crisp and clean.

Overall a great beer. Very easy to take another sip, and then another...
I'm glad I've got a sixtel of this in the bar room

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A welcome surprise from the BOTM club. The last box of the subscription contained this little hidden gem. No freshness or best by date on the bottle, but there is a blurb that says "Guaranteed Fresh and Local." I guess I will have to take their word for it. Poured into my tulip glass...

Hazy coppery amber in color, topped off by a creamy head that reaches about a finger in height before it subsides leaving nary a trace of its presence. Not so much lacing, but there are spots of foam that stick and dry to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is surprisingly complex. Fruity notes, a very present earthiness, some hop bitterness, and malt flavors that consist of biscuit, light toast, and caramel/toffee. I can't wait to try this.

An assertive bitterness from earthy hops jumps to the front of the palate. It is followed by some impressive fruitiness, toasty malts, and then a well-rounded caramel character. The beer is nicely carbonated, and it really is pleasant on the palate. Overall, this is one of my more favorite English-style offerings, and if there are more like this, I am definitely looking forward to more.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- There is a moderate haze to this beer, its almost as if its stuck between being a cloudy beer and a clear one. There is a big white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is quite minerally, perhaps a touch of sulfur is included. There are lots of cereal grains present, offset by floral hops.

T- The cereal grains found in the aroma are the leading role here. The floral hops are the supporting act. The body of the beer is very earthy and minerally, especially in the finish. There is a modest bitterness rounding things out.

M- Lively carbonation, dry and crisp.

Photo of PokerGod
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a 12oz. bottle into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: A nice chestnut color with a moderately dense haze to it. On a very close inspection, I can see small particles in the ale (I like that!) Some frothy head that dissipates before long.

Smell: I like the smell. Bready and hoppy with subtle fruitiness. Also, the smell really wafts out when agitated in the glass.

Taste: Floral hops up front, with a very citrus ring through the middle, and it finishes with the hops again, but subtly.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel! smoothe and silky.

Drinkability: I would have no problem purchasing this beer again in the future. Nor will I have any difficulty in finishing the rest of the supply I have now. A Very nice beer overall.

Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Gritty's pint glass.

The color is a hazy light orange with a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sweet at first with a flowery, earthy aroma. Some slight bitterness comes out from the hops giving the nose a nice balance.

The taste is malty at first with some citrus flavors that a sweet but slightly tart. Some orange is mixed in with a slight lemon flavor then this go to the bitter side. A earthy hop flavor is present here and smacks slightly at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium but is a full medium body with lots to think about. There is a smoothness that engulfs this beer as it goes down and then smack of the hops. It's like sliding down a slide and hitting the flat end.

Photo of ms11781
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a very thin off white cap for a head. As thin as it is, it does stay around until the end and leaves decent lacing.

Nose has light malt aromas. Biscuity and bready with a hint of sweetness. Not much hop presence, if any.

Taste follows the nose with a strong biscuity malt flavor. The bit of sweetness is still there as well. Finishes with a quick hit of fruity hops (lemon comes to mind) before a slightly bitter finish.

Crisp and clean with a medium body and medium carbonation. As mentioned, there is a slightly bitter finish, but nothing that lingers.

Drinkability is ok. Crisp and clean enough with a low enough ABV for multiple pints but the flavors aren't really interesting enough to stop you from reaching for something else.

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

bottle poured into a glass at Durgin Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Pours a hazy amberish orange color with a pretty thick head that settles quickly.

Aroma is a good balance of sweet malt and floral hops.

Slightly sweet at first taste with a somewhat bitter finish

Very good drinkability, I wouldn't turn another one down.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if it is bottled conditioned, but fairly cloudy, darker amber color. Bone white head is kind of weak. Easy enough to stir up again though.

I mostly smell English yeast easters. Smells goood.

Most likely closest to an English Bitter. Style claims to be a pale ale, I find it bitter for the style as it is the majority of the flavor. However the bitterness is suiting to this particular beer, and comes off as being quite delicious.

Both the drinkability and mouthfeel are fine. Bitterness doesn't linger too long. I could definitely drink a few of these. Nice sessionable beer. Of Ipswich's line up, I find this beer and the oatmeal stout to be their finest.

Also if you like this beer, I implore you give the Goose Island "Honker" a shot. Delicious in very similar ways.

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

Consumed 1/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice, somewhat hazy amber color with a one finger of offwhite head. Head recedes quickly leaving wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is hearty pale malts, caramel malts, grain and breadiness.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel malts before moving in to a bready, doughy, grainy, hearty middle. Finish has a light earthy hop flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rather silky with a bit of a rich finish.

D: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. This is a decent English Pale that is worth sitting with for a while.

Photo of bruachan
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great sudsy head to start, leaves excellent lacing. nice amber (bordering on copper)

strong hop nose: blackcurrant and minty. much more malt roastiness comes through in the nose than on the tongue

grapefruit citrus hop flavor, particularly at the finish. sufficient sweetness to keep up with the hops, but actually a dry finish. hop flavor is robust but bitterness subdued. a very complete flavor profile with a nice easy mouthfeel.

Photo of tzieser
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy amberish orange color with a pretty thick head that settles fairly quickly.

malty nose with some floral hop presence. aroma is a bit bready and a tad hoppier than i expected. good balance.

a tad sweet when it first hits your tongue, then nicely bittered by the aforementioned hops. has that biscuity/bready character i mentioned. definitely some maris otter in there, but not too much. well balanced and delicious.

crispy, maybe a tad overcarbonated; good drinkability.

i'm surprised at how much i enjoyed this. not something i'd buy again, but i definitely wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of JxDuff
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was raised in Ipswich so experiencing what Mercury Brewing produces is a give in.

A: Dark amber color, more of an orange tinge than brown. Very hazy and intriguing.

S: Berry and floral notes hits your nose immediately soon followed by the malt and hops. The smell is very mysterious.

T: What can I say? Perfect! The balance of malts, hops and floral tastes is beyond exceptional.

M: Average carbonation, perfect for this beer, mixed with the medium body make every sip enjoyable.

I whole heartedly agree with the Bros, this ale is world class.

Photo of OatmattStout
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice opaque burnt orange color and dense head. chill haze and floating yeast in suspension.

subtle nose of buttery malt and fruity hops

up front sweet malts with toasty scone and biscuit flavors. hop notes have a quenching citrus rind profile. a very even taste profile between hops and malt. nice quaffable english pale ale here

mouthfeel is medium and appropriate for style. drinkability is off the charts with this going down very easily. very satisfying

Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably less than ideal conditions - at Logan, keg may be old, server may not have rushed it from the line to my table. But:

A standard pub pint with an airy half inch of head that dissipated quickly, leaving an adorable swagging of lace around the glass, tending to stick. The brew itself was a hazy rusted amber with thin wisps of carbonation tracing up.

Taste was a nice balance of hop and malt, with a kind of feral earthiness that was almost dirty but very nice. The light carbonation transferred to the mouth. I wouldn't mind another, but I need to stay awake on my flight back to NoVa.

I want to have another go at this one under better conditions. Maybe if I had sat at the bah.

Photo of soze47
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Score! A friend of my roommate left a stray of this behind over the weekend. I'm enjoying a single 12 oz. bottle. FREEBIE!

Appearance: Dark pumpkin coloration (orange first, brown second). Nice head and good lacing. Good amount of haziness to the body that helps bring out the deeper tones. Complex and surprisingly striking.

Aroma: Surprised to get berry fruit tones at first. Next comes some toasted malt and very subtle floral hops. The smell kind of throws me off a bit.

Taste: Nice balance here. All the flavors from the aroma come into play here, but more harmoniously. Hops dominate the linger with a nice spicy flavor. Not sure how the berry fruitiness got into this one, but it adds a unique taste that goes well with the toasty malt and spicy hops. As this one warms up, a grapefruit flavor also develops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Highly carbonated, yet medium to slightly heavy body. Those two elements create a very full feel in my mouth. It still goes down plenty easy and finishes crisp. While it is borderline session beer on paper, it is quite filling to have more than two of these in rapid succession.

Overall: A pleasant surprise, for sure. Never heard much about this brewery even though it is right up the road. I'll seek this one out again for sure, especially for any winter time get-togethers.

Photo of silentjay
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a generous and dense eggshell colored head that retains and laces impeccably.

typical english pale ale aroma of biscuity and honey sweet malts balance by some floral and earthy hops.

taste is pretty damn decent. much smoother overall than many grainy english pales. caramel, butterscotch, and toffee are balanced by some earthy, herbal, and tea-like hops and some fruitiness.

almost medium bodied with light, yet ample carbonation and a crisp finish.

drinks well. nothing wows me, but its a solid beer.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy head. A waft of hops floats from the glass, and the aroma is clean and bready with a nice hop floweriness. The flavor has very light caramel and a cloverlike floweriness and some honey. The finish, however, is thin and suggests an extract brew. There is a tight bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is clingy and aspriny dry.

Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a hazy, dull burnt orange with a frothy, two inch off-white head that eventually settles into a solid, half inch cap. Some strands of lacing, but no legs. Nose reveals toasted malt, a slightly nutty quality and a little bit of citrus towards the back. Characteristics in the nose also present in the flavor profile; however, a bit watered down - also, the slightest suggestion of bittering hops expresses itself lightly at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a light carbonation. Simple and quaffable. A pretty solid English Pale Ale. I bet this would be excellent on cask.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's restauarant pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, bronzed, honey amber color with a one finger head of bubbly white carbonation which settled to a thin ring leaving behind little lace.

S: Smells of fresh milled grain, some apple and pear are standouts of the fruity esters, and there's a touch of pine resin from the ample English hopping.

T: Flavor has a nice, slightly chewy, balanced sweet and fruity malt profile. Some roasted caramel notes as well as the fruitiness of a fine English yeast strain. Hopping adds some dry spiciness to the flavor and finishes out with a slight, lingering herbal hop bitterness. A tasty, solid English pale.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied but very smooth and balanced.

D: A great English pale and easy to turn it into as session at 5.4% ABV. Amidst the sea of English pales on the American market, this one honestly stands out and would replace the Otter Creeks and Some of the Berkshire offerings we see here in CT as a regular fix.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle pours a orange copper color. With a rocky head about and inch thick that is a little on the frothy side that thins out slowly.

Aromas: The hops in this one come right out of the gate with subtle dried fruit notes behind it. Very minor hints of grapefruit.

Taste: With a lightly crisp mouthfeel but more on the smooth side. This one has a nice balance to it. It is a little sweet as if there are the slightest drops of honey.

Notes: This is a nicely balanced beer to be enjoyed anytime of year. One of the more underated beers. Cheers

Photo of uustal
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied and above average carbonation. The flavor makes the beer. Sweet malts with hint of toastyness. Citrus Hops come through nicely and perfectly balance this Pale Ale. Finishes a little dry. Bigger flavor than most in this style, well balanced, refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of mnrider
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date.

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy deep orange. Large off white head with excellent head retention. O.k. lacing.

S: Biscuity, sugary, fruity. Malt sweetness (maybe honey).

T/M: Smooth going down. A large mix of flavors going on. Fruity, nice hop bite with just enough bitterness. A slightly dry finish. Malty with a biscuit toast taste also.

D: wow this is how an Ale should be. I could drink this one every day. Highly recommend this brew.


Photo of jbertsch
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

For some reason I've never given this beer much attention. So here's to a closer look...

Cool color. A foggy rust. Head retains nicely and has speckes of orang yeast on top from the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma hits me with brown sugar flavored malts. There are faint fruits in there, and a little earthy hop aroma.

The taste is bready, fruity, malty, but not unbalanced with hops. Some nice layers to the flavor. There is a fairly bitter end to it.

Mouthfeel is vibrant with carbonation, and drinkabaility is fair. If the taste didn't finish bitter, I could drink more of these, but it's not always about quantity is it?

Very nice. I'm surprised I haven't noticed before that this really is a nice brew.

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Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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