1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ipswich Harvest Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

Not Rated.
Ipswich Harvest AleIpswich Harvest Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-31-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper brown color with a little clarity and bubbles can be seen coming up the glass.

Smell: Toasted and caramel malts with faint citrus hops.

Taste: Same as above. Very balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and chewy, a little hop bitterness, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice fall beer for New England.

Flounder57, Sep 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very ruddy, amber/brown color with a creamy tan head that retains well. Good lacing left behind. Smells of bready malts and citrus tones. Taste is very balanced between malts and citrusy hoppiness, nice hoppy aspiriny finish, extremely tasty. Mouthfeel is medium body, prickly carbonation and semi-dry finish. Very drinkable and a joy to drink.

Doomcifer, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half gallon growler from the brewery.

A- Hazed dark orange amber color, excellent head retention.

S- Biscuity, bread crust like malt aroma. Fresh malt and yeast in the nose.

T- Wet citric pungency and waves of coarse toasted malt meld together. Mild fruitiness with more toasted grain and nutty yeast in the finish.

M- Smooth with a creamy mouth feel. Moderate body.

D- Surprisingly drinkable, balanced and flavorful ... I could sit back and enjoy this one for a while.

Jason, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

mctizzz, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of far333
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy chestnut color with a half inch frothy beige head with tremendous retention. Low aroma of sweet malt, and some marshmallow. Flavor of smoke and dry leaves, some dark malts, and a subtle hop bitter riding beneath. Is that ringwood yeast I'm picking up? Mouthfeel is tannic and powdery. Average beer, not bad, but wouldn't be my first choice.

far333, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

doremite, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Beer21, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark amber color, very cloudy as well. Nice head formed, probably 1-2 inches in height, with very nice staying power. Eventually settled down to a thin layer of bubbles along the top. Nice carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S: A surprising hop kick on the front with some nice floral citrus. Then the caramel takes over with some biscuity aroma as well.

T: Flavor similar to the aroma. Hit upfront with nice citrus hops, a little more prominent here than in the aroma. It then transitions to a doughy/biscuity flavor with some caramel and toffee notes.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Very nice carbonation. Extremely easy drinking, and probably a bit underrated. Hopefully more people will find this hidden gem.

mdaschaf, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost iced tea-tinted body with a swiftly thinning white halo of head... subtle hops mingle with buttery malts--soft and relaxed presence in the nostril... effervescent and medium-bodied... active especially on the tongue and teeth... beer mellows in time... hoppy but well-mannered, abit sprucey and piney... drinkable and yet not "harvesty" as advertised... interesting taste placement on the middle of the tongue tells this one's balanced... not what I expected--though perhaps the name is just propaganda--but a pleasant high pale-low IPA nonetheless...

dacrza1, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ipswich- Harvest Ale

A- Dirty brown, hazy brown with a solid ringed lacing head.
S- Dry earthy leafy hops with a sweet malty backbone.
T- Sweet maltiness; licorice, toffee, poppy seed, and bready malt with an earthy leafy woodsy hop touch.
M- Very malty thick and sweet. Finishes off dry and earthy.
Overall- Quite earthy and malty a good evening dinner meal.

NJpadreFan, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This puppy pours out looking murky and cloudy complete with floatie bits that obscure the reddish amber color. Obvious big carbonation seems to have no problem creating a dense and rather sticky off-white head with decent retention.

This is a very bold aroma, with smokey malt...kinda wee-heavy-ish, brown sugar sweetness, spicey corriander and minty, herbal hop aroma's in the back ground.

This has a dark-roasted malt flavor, along the line's of a Scotish Wee heavy and a unique, minty, herbal hop underneath. Balance is really good with a sweet, fruity current that is very subtle but effective. The finsih comes through grainy and very bitter from the hops. The feel is light to medium, crispy bite, long dry, hop finish.

worth a shot.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of tkelley
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet style glass. Really nice, hazy golden-brown color. Nice head due to an aggressive pour, with good retention and lacing throughout.

Smelled like hops and malt.

Tastes just like it smells -- delicious. Hops again, much hoppier than most other autumn offerings I've seen around. Very slight spices throughout, but they are cut by the bitterness.

Feels really good in the mouth. It doesn't beg to be swallowed down quickly, it doesn't have too much carbonation. It's almost like eating a festive piece of bread. Feels nice.

Overall, I like it. Again, much different than a lot of your typical Fall styles -- certainly not an Oktoberfest or anything of that sort. But the spices are there, and the hops -- oh the hops. Nice bitter aftertaste makes it highly drinkable. Ipswich has another strong winner.

tkelley, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

Wasn't sure what to expect from Ipswich "Harvest Ale." I was thinking it would be on the oktoberfestish side with maybe some caramel/spicy undertones. What I got was a pretty hoppy brew very similar to an IPA. Pleasant surprise!

A- Dark amber color with a reddish tint. Creamy off white head about 2 fingers deep. Sweet lace action going on.

S- Smell was initially malty. I got some fruity undertones but then got a fresh whiff of the hops.

T- Although the malts are really coming through, there is a hop presence here that would surely satisfy any hop head. Some bitter fresh hop with a sweet malty backbone. This was really good but nothing that will blow you way.

M- Easy going down and smooth. No rough edges here.

D- Sessionable brew right here. Easy to drink and enjoy. I felt it wwas good but nothing outstanding. I would love to have it again.

DavidSeanNJ, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown, decent bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grapefruit and citrus hops, orange, lemon some apple. Tastes of bitter hops with a decent caramel like malt backbone. Not sweet at all, hops all the way. Good crisp carbonation gives way to dryness in the finish with some more hop bitterness.

An interesting beer, not your traditional harvest ale, which is funny since this brewery produces mostly English type beers. Definitely its most "American" beer as demonstrated by the strong hop presence. Not sure if i would call it an amber ale, more like a very hoppy amber ale. Not bad, but i wouldn't mind just a touch of sweetness to bring the beer together, a little too dry.

bum732, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color...but with minimal head. Aromas is mainly malt with some sweet spicy notes. Flavor maintains a decent malty backbone, with a decent hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is fine, especially the real nice fry finish. Pretty easy on the drinkabilty scale, too..based on its smoothness and nice dry finish.

edchicma, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

trevorpost, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of liquorpig
3/5  rDev -21.3%

liquorpig, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Sensaray
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears natural hazed brown amber with 2 finger off white fluffy head.

Big, citrusy fruity hops are released on the pour. Smells great. Dark malts are veiled beneath this.

Nice citrusy hops is paired with some semi sweet dark malts that meld together for a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable, light medium body.

I put this in a mix a six not thinking much about it, but it turns out it's a wicked good beer, nice and hopped up.

Sensaray, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another New England gem that I was able to acquire recently. I am still working on my fest beers, and here it is harvest ale time, what the hell, lets dive right in. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 10/18/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark amber in color with a decent amount of cloudiness and haze. A nice sized head of maybe two inches then rose up from the bottom and stayed around for what seemed like forever before settling down to a thin layer across the top with a nice amount of side glass lacing. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was rich and hoppy, much more so then I actually thought it would be. Rich notes of resin filled citrus, touches of caramel and a hint of a biscuit like middle were all fairly prominent in the profile here. Nice touches of bready malts really showing their muscle toward the end. The flavor was more of the same. Started with a biting dose of citrus hops, fresh with that gum smacking good flavor we all know and love. Melting into a smooth, buttery, biscuit like flavor that just eased your mind and fell off into a sharp and very crisp, fresh hop cutoff that just simply stole the show for me. Smooth carbonation and a nice, rich, medium body just added to the superb drinkability of this one. Easily session able I threw this one down before I even knew what had hit me.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. My first harvest ale of the year and it was a definite winner. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again. It was simply very good, a classic for sure.

mikesgroove, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Rhf9120
4/5  rDev +5%

Rhf9120, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of auxiliary
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance - Amber color, decent size head with some nice lace.

smell - Hops present and some floral scents.

taste - Lots of hops and bitterness here. Not enough malt for me.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Didn't like this that much. To much hops here. Didn't expect this one.

auxiliary, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer - pours a nice golden brown/copper color with a white head with hints of copper coloring. The aroma is of sweet malts and nice flowery fresh hops. The taste is exactly what the aroma gives. Really fresh taste with nice malts that is overpowered by the hops. The aftertaste is hoppy and the beer feels good going down. Very good carbonation - nice mouthfeel and a pretty drinkable beer. Definately worth a try.

erosier, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of madmanjf
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Rusty and Amber in color with an unfiltered or cloudy appearance. Not muddy. Average head with good lacing

(S) Very floral in aroma most likely due to dry hopping. A great inviting fragrance.

(T) Hoppy bitterness without a doubt. I'm a hop-head so I enjoyed it; however, I was a bit surprised to find this in something referred to as a harvest ale. I was expecting it to be on the sweeter maliter side.

(M) Hoppy on the mouth with a rough feeling. Characteristic of an IPA.

(D) Excellent. I was able to get past two imperial pints and make it up to four, so it was definately drinkable. Note that I had this from a gravity keg though.

Overall, an excellent beer if you like IPAs.

madmanjf, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev +5%

Hophead717, Sep 17, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ipswich Harvest Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.