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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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very good

200 Reviews
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Reviews: 200
Hads: 366
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 200 | Hads: 366
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer with attitude. Whenever I think of the Pilgrims drinking ale, II think it must have tasted like this beer. Cloudy orange, with just a whimpsy head, this beer has a great hopped bite that gets your attention. The bitter taste does not fade. This is beer thhat goes the distance, an American Classic.

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Photo of scottum
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Cantina

A great basic ale. This beer is done right all the way. Nice orange amber with a solid head. Balance is beauty. Nice malts and hops. Great mouthfeel. Good with food or without. A dependable brew. Worth a pint for sure if you can get it.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this ale was a bright golden color, with plenty of carbonation, and a foamy white head with very good retention, receeding to a lace-leaving film midway. Malt aromas are present but are overpowered by the floral hop aroma. Light mouthfeel, citrusy, crisp, and perfectly balanced with hops. A very light, refreshing, and easy drinking beer from Ipswich

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Photo of Shiredave
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy, orange amber with a thin, off white head that recedes quickly leaving specks of lace. Very unique and inviting aroma of nutty grains, sweet tangerines and wet hay. Light to medium bodied with flavors of toast and marmalade fading quickly to a dry, earthy hop finish. A very nice session ale. More of an Amber style than a Pale ale , easy to drink and very tasty stuff. This is a great beer to give to a person just starting thier journey into micro's.

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Photo of Riggo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to friend and fellow BA jward for another local Massachusetts brew.

An English style pale ale, this beer pours a somewhat hazy, golden-honey color. A sturdy, off-white head is a luscious sea-foam texture after my standard aggressive pour. In the nose, elements of floral hops, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and--call me crazy--pinon wood. The flavor is alive with spicy, earthy hops, grapefruit, and butterscotch?, with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is crisp.

A solid beer with crisp hop bite that flirts with IPA status. A hoppy, refreshing APA in the Sierra Nevada style.

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Photo of jward
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudly, light orange color with a soft (and thin) white head, and very little lacing. This beer has a pungent piney aroma, with some additional, more delicate fruity notes. The bold hoppy presence, alongside a strongly carbonated body, make this an exciting brew, especially in the first few sips. The flavor profile is dominated by a hoppy bite that gives way to fruity and herbal notes at the back of the palate. There is also a strange character to the finish that I want to call "bubblegum," though that's a flavor that I do not normally associate with this style. This is a solid offering from Ipswich, a beer I'd be happy to revisit.

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Photo of purplehops
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a cloudy golden orange. The head is light tan and active. The aroma is hoppy with a hint of sweetness. The taste is refreshing with a sweet malt start and a dry hoppy finish. This is a good all purpose draft ale. It goes well with food or alone by it self. It pleases in the winter as well as in the summer. To bad the bottled product (12oz.) is not the same brew. When on the North Shore of Massachusetts you've got to have an Ipswich on-tap.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is cloudy and murky. It's orange tainted amber in color. A medium sized white head sits on top and is very well retained. Floral and spicy hop nose. It's just a little too carbonated for my liking in a PA. The hops are noticeable, but I don't think the malt backing provides enough of a foundation. The hops are herbal and bitter. Pungent in a nondescript way. It's pretty average in my book.

Thanks to pbrian for the sample.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange with fluffy head, hazy with little appetizing flecks of yeast. Great forceful malts with fruits, wood characteristics. Hops are not too strong but surprisingly bitter, they pinch the flavor somewhat. Aftertaste goes down nice. Smooth and creamy, quite unique. It almost doesn't seem like a pale, there is just a sweet malt backbone to this reminiscent of a saison or something. Very American, very New England, and not quite refined enough to be one of the true greats. Hops are just a tad too sharp and make the overall flavor slightly vinegary. Still I could happily down these all night if called upon to do so.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful murky, golden brown colour with a creamy, whtie head that maintains a full coverage down the pint. Nice earthy, bready malts and estery hops in the air. Great bitter hop bite mellowed with rounding malts, great balance. Very smooth meduim body with a less pronounced carbonation. This beer drinks great, anyday, any situation. The brew leaves a pleasant aftertaste to remeber the beer by and induce continued consumption. A fantatstic choice. Cheers

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Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.