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Ipswich Harvest Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 3
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 mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 22:42:06 | More by mikesgroove
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 02:48:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2005 03:18:43 | More by Jason
Photo of jwc215


3.98/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 21:54:33 | More by jwc215
Photo of smcolw


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:09:26 | More by smcolw
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 13:12:36 | More by Gavage
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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 22:55:42 | More by ppoitras
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 03:41:31 | More by mdaschaf
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy rust and bronze color.Quick head and minimal foam. I can see maybe a bubble or two of carbonation, but that doesn't mean its not there.

Hops dominate the nose, but yeast adds an interesting mix of ripened fruit to the bitter citrus skin. Then add to that some toasted biscuit smelling malt, and you have a great, bitter, smelling beer. Makes me think of a yeasty AIPA.

Very powdery yeast and malt combo of powdered bananas and apples mixed with bread crust, biscuits, and citric hops. This is a complex amber ale. I like the fact that its unfiltered, so the yeast really add its own depth of flavor and palate to this bitter brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:58:29 | More by scruffwhor
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, brown-copper coloring with unfiltered particulates suspended throughout. A white, sparse film coats the surface and forms a ring around the surface. Aromas of subtle sweet caramel and a grainy overtone, with a slight roasting to it. Really had to sniff around a bit to find much of anything. Flavors are rich and roasted, with some pumpkin and a lot of spicing. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice throughout the rich, sweet flavors. Roasty and warming despite the lower ABV. Flavors get a bit cloying towards the end, but not overpowering. Grain profiles come through fairly strong towards the end of the palate. Some hops present in the aftertaste, providing a bitter and resiny touch. Muddled flavors towards the end of the palate, with a caramel sweet and grainy aftertaste. Sweet, slightly cloying finish, with the hops being overpowered. Interesting flavors, and strong for the style, but it just misses in a couple of different spots. Not bad, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 03:02:59 | More by GarthDanielson
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy caramel color with a latte-like, half inch, bright white head. Thick webs of lacing are exposed as the brew recedes. Nose is fairly mild, but reveals some sweetness, as well as a hint of hops and perhaps some caramel notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, hops really comes out, almost IPA-like; however, the residual sweetness and caramel character follows with some bitterness lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a slightly prickly level of carbonation on the lips and across the tongue. Pretty flavorful and sessionable. Another solid Ipswich brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 00:57:29 | More by Jwale73
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Mike for brining over a bottle today. This beer reminds me of the old Pete’s Wicked Ale…

Good looking beer. Fluffy 3 finger head that shows excellent retention. Clinging spider web lacing everywhere. Brown Amber in color with excellent clarity.

Aroma is of toasted malt and some fruit. I got grape at times. A toasty sweetness which was nice.

A more assertive hop presence than I was expecting. Toasted malt again, rules the day, but this nice fruity base comes in right after. Some pine and black pepper.

A touch slick in your mouth, mildly carbonated. The spice prickles more than the carbonation.

A decent little beer. I wouldn’t chase it, but it’s not a bad little pint to have.

Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:06:05 | More by Reagan1984
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with a ton of sediment and a good amount of tiny bubbles shooting northward. A slightly off-white cap rose to two fingers and subsided in due time to leave a thin coating. Spotty rings of lace coat the glass.

Smells of caramel malt, biscuity yeast, and a faint citrusy/pine needle aroma. A very light smelling beer, but overall pleasing.

A soothing caramel malt presence up front with a pine needle and citrus hop finish. Crisp and dry.

Medium-light body with good carbonation. Clean and crisp, slight citrus hop finish.

Drinks pretty well. Not a high abv beer and easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 22:15:17 | More by ColForbinBC
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, capped.

This ale poured a clear (with a bit of sediment), coppery color with creamy, light tan foam that persisted a while and clung to the glass in rings. There was a steady stream of bubbles from the sediment in the bottom off the glass. The smell was fruity, floral hops with some malt. The taste was hoppy up front with good rich maltiness to back up the hops. There was a hint of sweetness, as well as a bit of alcohol. The floral hops even came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The finish was hoppy, and a mild bitterness lingered in the aftertaste. The was a pretty good beer, lacking only in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 23:39:50 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 00:20:43 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:56:17 | More by cbutova
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 20:10:19 | More by NJpadreFan
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 22:40:35 | More by dsa7783
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 23:39:38 | More by OtherShoe2
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky orange amber with many floaties, big off-white dentablefoam head. Slight lacing.

Mild aroma of bread and citrus.

Mild sweet beginning, gives way to some juicy fruity hops at the swallow. Slight hop tingle in aftertaste.

Light bodied. Easy drinking.

An inoffensive but not terribly interesting beer goes it own way and bears little resemblence to other harvest ales, whether they are ale brewed octoberfests or fresh hopped.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:07:41 | More by RonfromJersey
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to corey0212 for the chance to try this one.

A-Pours a hazy coppery orange with very little head.

S-Sweet caramelly malt with a bit of flowey hops.

T-Nutty grain in the front with some nice black pepper and malty sweetness in the finish. Totally unexpected flavor but very nice.

M-Crisp and clean with nice fizzy carbonation.

D-Very nice flavor. I would certainly like another.


Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 02:43:38 | More by sholland119
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5%

11-29-2011 16:54:00 | More by Burt
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich Harvest Ale pours a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy light tan head on top. The foam dissolves down to a ring around the surface leaving a few spots of lace behind. A faint aroma of citrus hops and malt floats above the beer.

This medium bodied beer is smooth with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with some citrus hops before the sweet malt moves in to balance it out. In the background there are hints of nutmeg, nuts and yeast. It finishes slightly bitter leaving behind some malty flavors.

I wasn't expecting the hoppy flavor in a harvest beer, but it was well balanced with all the malt. This is a very drinkable tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 22:27:17 | More by WanderingFool
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 15:21:53 | More by far333
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 21:44:29 | More by bum732
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