Ipswich Harvest Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-31-2005

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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 69
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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Doomcifer
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | 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.

Photo of far333
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.47/5  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.

Photo of tkelley
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of edchicma
3.62/5  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.

Photo of Sensaray
4.42/5  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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  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.

Photo of auxiliary
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of madmanjf
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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

A- Pours out a hazy amber with a small, fizzy white head. Retention is only decent but a frothy cloud and ring remain intact. Very nice coat of creamy lace.

S- Hops right out the gate. Even from a few feet away I get nice notes of citrus fruit, sweet peach and lemon zest.

T- Hops throughout. The beer hits the palate with a mix of citrus peel, fruit and pine. Following that up is some bready, caramel malt and floral hints. Warmer temperatures release nice grainy malt.

MF- Light end body with a moderate creaminess. Carbonation is proper, on the high side of things. A good level of bitterness to go with the hop flavor of this one.

DB- Wasn't sure what to expect out of this one but it was a pleasant surprise. An amber with an IPA-like hop profile, better than many IPAs for sure. Ipswich knows how to keep things simple and good at the same time. If anyone is like a Sierra Nevada of the East Coast, it is them.

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a deep, dark-orange, light-brown, ruddy, tawny hue with minor head and minimal lacing...
Sharp amber, grain, and malty aroma bursting through...
The taste strongly complemented the aroma... Heavy on the earthy grains, definitely a strong amber essence with hints of caramel and slight vanilla in the back...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, a good amount of hops, some nuts and some citrus.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus, a decent hops bitterness, a touch of roasted nuts and a hearty malt character all complementing and rotating with each other. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish amber with a bubbly tan head. Spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus with a touch of tea-leaf and caramel.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with citrus/grapefruit. A firm malt backbone gives way to a bitterish, dry finish.

It has a firm medium-body.

This is a nicely balanced beer with just a touch of warmth and heft to welcome in the cooler months. A nice autumnal offering!

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from somewhere local.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Head falls slowly, with sticky coating lace. Aroma is malts and fruits. Taste follows along, sweet to start, light fruitiness int he middle, and closes with a refreshing hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great. Good fall offering.

Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great beer, simply put. First of all, it's super fresh, which always helps. Pours a really beautiful dark red color with brown highlights and a nice fluffy head that leaves some lacing behind. When I first poured it I smelled some sweet malty almost vanilla characteristics, but that later faded and gave way to a more bitter hoppy aroma. The taste has a spot on bitterness that really hits you right of the bat, which I really like, though some might not. Nice and bark-like, with some piney hop flavor as well. Nice malt backdrop as well to balance, although the bitterness still sort of takes over. Definately a nice beer for fall weather, which is quickly approaching us out here. This has an excellent mouthfeel, really light on the palate in my opinion, dry, and almost cask-like. This seems to be a common trait of Ipswich beers. Very drinkable. Definately will be picking up a few of these this season. Get it while you can.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out an extremely hazy redwood/orange with less than a finger of head but it was a creamy thick foam that leaves a layer across the top the whole pint. Nose has a large citrus and resiny oil character. More of the piney resin than citrus. Some booze is present along with some grainy caramel malts. Rich toasty caramel flavor along with an asertive earthy hop character. That resin oil carries over from the nose especially in the finish. The booze from the nose isn't present in the flavor and with the rich, smooth body this beer can go down quick. A large hop character for a Harvest beer. I know harvest isn't a style and this is anAmber/Red but I was surprised by the big hops. Overall I enjoyed this beer more than most of the Ipswich products.

Photo of kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

copper colored with a pretty good amount of haze, good light tan head. lotta lace.
the nose has a lot of spicy floral piney hops. citrus is in there but it take a back seat to other aspects of hoppiness. bready lightly fruity caramel is in there, but it's not at the fore.
the taste is loaded with hops... american amber/red my ass, this is an IPA. spicy and piney this tastes like partially noble, partially american in the hop dept. caramel and lighter fruits (sweet red apple, pear, etc.) show up middle to back, but the substantial bitterness at the finish cleans things up nicely. vaguely nutty throughout.
medium body with coarse moderate cabonation. could be toned down a little.
good drinkability, it remains refreshing and clean but has lots of flavor and body.

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

Got this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a decent, one finger white head with ok retention but nice lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some earthy undertones.

T: An earthy, sweet malty taste with some caramel and toffee notes. Caramel and toffee were pretty evident in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied feel that was also pretty smooth.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that were quite complimentary of each other. A pretty representation for a fall offering in a harvest ale.

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