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Ipswich Harvest Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
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)
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Photo of brunop
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

all in all a solid hoppy beer. i'm not sure why it's classed as a "red ale". i taste serious hops in this. i mostly drink hardcore IPA's (ipswich IPA, and SN torpedo along with stone brews bein' my faves. oh yeah, and racer 5 when i want to treat myself).

but the harvest is v. hoppy. and at this time of year, my packy (here in somerville at least) is selling it for 6.99. (i'd pay more). 'nuff said.

brunop, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of pveilleux
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

pveilleux, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Sensaray
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +16.6%
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 BigCheese
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam style beer glass.

A: Beautiful. Deep Brown Color, Like brown leather. Huge huge head thats just offwhite and stays with the beer for a while. Leaves as much lacing as any other brew I can recall. Literally a wall of lacing. Slightly hazy but not as much as an unfiltered brew.

S: Definitely some piney/floral hops, some yeast/bread crust malty goodness.

Taste: So balanced, so so balanced. Good mix of floral hops and toasted bread/coffee/chocolate malts. Malt profile of beer is more winter/porter but its got a whole lot of bitterness as well. Slightly dry. None of those over-used pumkinhead style spices that overpower a lot of fall beers.

M: Quite carbonated, got nice creaminess to it. At the same time its quite light and easy to drink quickly.

O: Fantastic Brew. I consider it an IPA or atleast a PA. One of my favorites that I will pick up every year as long as I live in mass. A must try for IPA lovers. My favorite fall beer (Pumking is 2nd). Reminds me of SN Celebration in that its an IPA for the cold seasons. This could be a desert island beer.

BigCheese, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a darker amber color. The liquid is transparent. Off-white head is large and not overly compact. Leaves a bunch of random lacing. Head retains well.

S-A bunch of citrus, pine, floral hops. Sturdy and rich malt background complements the hops. Well balanced between malt and hop. Enjoyable nose. I love hoppy Amber Ales and am excited to sip this.

T-Floral and grassy hops mostly. A pretty decent amount of bitterness too. Caramel malt and even a tad bit of chocolate aid the hops. Grains, and some bread too. The hops are fresh, bitter, and delectable.

M-Light enough to put back several of these. Bitter and dry. Softer carbonation. Nice feel.

O/D-Ipswich never fails me. I have been waiting for the Harvest to come out, and I really dig it. Love the style, and I love this take on the style (which is pretty broad). 12 pack for around $13.50. I will take this all season. Could this be my favorite Ipswich brew?

VelvetExtract, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

mctizzz, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of billybob
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks like fresh unfiltered cider, cloudy with small suspended particle,s pours a one inch head with good lacing to the finish. smell is slight citrus and bready. taste is citrus with roasted malt and coffee and strong hop. mouthfeel is medium and smooth with good carbonation. drinkability good.

billybob, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't detail or disect this fine, fine brew, but suffice it to say this says Ipswich. This arrived in my liquor store just today, and is brimming with fresh. Beautifully balanced. Full-bodied aftertaste - excellent aftertaste! And nice 'n hoppy to boot. Just polishing off my 3rd bottle... Yep, this is my ideal ale. This is really exceptional.

hudsonvalleyslim, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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 madmanjf
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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 dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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...

dsa7783, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich Harvest Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulp pint glass

This beer pours a hazy, earthy brown color. Thick, fluffy head on top that sustains itself. Great sticky lacings cling all over the sides of the glass.

Malty aroma with a hoppy pine quality in the nose. Very inviting aroma.

Juicy malt and nut flavors that lend itself to a very smooth drinking beer. A little grainy and sweet with just the right citrus hop punch on the finish. I got a fresh beer here. Too bad they don't print a freshness date on their labels.

I had this on tap at Porters in Boston a couple of weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I didn't think it would taste as good out of the bottle, but I was wrong. This is a solid local fall beer.

Hibernator, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy amber in color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts a while.

Smell: caramel and a nice floral hop bitterness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, pears, light orange tones, lemon zest, and a floral hop bitterness is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is one of the better Ipswich beers. The beer was quaffed quickly and several of these could be had in a session.

Gavage, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of cagocubs
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this. Glad I did. Poured from bomber into mug.

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with a 1 finger creamy thick foamed head that leaves some lacing and dissipates to a film.

S: A nice roasty and sweet nose. You can smell the toasted malts and caramel/molasses sweetness all mixed in with some citrus/pine hints.

T: The toasted malts and sugary sweetness are evident. There is also a nice showing for the bitter hop/pine character.

M: Good coating and aftertaste. The body is a little off for a harvest, but I believe the mixed tastes and aromas you get are worth the tradeoff.

cagocubs, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice hazy amber that almost seems to be glowing, a creamy light tan head on top dissipates to a fine film with blotches of lacing.

S: Huge floral and pine hops up front, was not expecting so much hoppiness, well, maybe I should have from Ipswich. The strong hop smell is followed by a sweet caramel malt backbone.

T: Matches the nose nicely, big time bitterness of floral and pine, but then a certain fruity juiciness to it. Getting a slight lemon bitterness to match the hop bite. In the background is a slightly, almost semi-sweet, if you will, taste of caramel malt. Finally there is a great biscuit quality to it, that I always always welcomed. Not entirely balanced, but a great tasting Amber.

M: Not too carbonated, medium body, gives way to a very smooth beer.

D: There needs to be more hoppy Autumn offerings like this beer. Great job by Ipswich.

mostpoetsdo, Sep 12, 2010
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.

twelvsies, Sep 21, 2005
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.

mdaschaf, Nov 17, 2010
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.

cbutova, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head that lessens to thin layer. spotty lace. Very cloudy

Crystal malt aroma with light hop on the edge.

A lip-smacking dry beer--good malt base with a wonderful balanced hop finish. Solid body without a creamy mouthfeel. Light earthy notes without detracting from the flavor.

This is a superior American amber beer.

smcolw, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of bjohnson
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper with peachish highlights at the bottom. Nice initial one finger caramel colored head that keeps slight retention. No yeast floating around like the rest of Ipswich brews.
S: Citrus fruit hop notes with a sweet sugary presence.
T/M: Good fruity and citrus hop presence up front. Blast of bitterness leaves the mouth with a dry finish and fruity aftertaste. Slight malt undertones aren't that noticeable. A bit grainy in the end, but overall a pretty decent offering from Ipswich with a smooth mouthfeel.
D: Definately a drinkable harvest. I wasn't expecting the level of hops that this brings to the table. Glad I got to try this as I'll purchase it again.

bjohnson, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of stonermouse
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Sam Adams glass.

Nice pour. Good head, but it quickly disappears. The copper-reddish color is tinted with a haze that indicates hops in my future.

Indeed, the nose confirms. I was not expecting it, but the smell gives away some nice floral hops. There is another earthy element to the nose, but I can't quite identify it.

Wow, not what I expected out of a "fall" brew, but pretty nice nontheless. Suprisingly but pleasantly bitter. I love when hops show themselves in suprising places and styles, and this is one of those times.

Nice mouthfeel as well. The flavors and bitterness do hang around for a little while, but they are good flavors.

I could throw back a few of these. They're just mild enough to keep going, and the ABV is manageable.

I was expecting a warm, thicker fall brew, and I got a borderline DIPA. Suprisingly good stuff.

stonermouse, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep orange with a rocky tan head that sticks around. Absolutely beautiful presentation here.

Smell: Pow! Hops hit you in the nose, and then some sweet malt and toasty bread/nuts.

Typical flavors from Ipswich/mercury. Big hops up front -- like a slap in the face. Ok, time to unveil what beer this is. Toasty bread notes, firm malt flavors.

Medium bodied, very drinkable (if you are into a destinctive hop presence).

Nice beer. They once again change styles, but have some features/aspects that make sure you know that this is Ipswich brew. Nice job. Try this while it lasts.

OtherShoe2, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours quite a hazy dark orange-brownish, with a thin nearly nonexsistant white head and plenty of fast moving carbonation

S - surprising barleywine sweetness to the aroma, plus some definite harvest type spicines to it, with a great background hop/malt profile

T - wow, far and away the most bitter harvest ale i have ever had, really tastes like a IPA, or even a DIPA, i rather like it, but its not like a traditional harvest ale

M&D - bitter and smooth, a great blend and balance, a nice beer

sinstaineddemon, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of Rhf9120
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rhf9120, Jan 06, 2014
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Ipswich Harvest Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.