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Ipswich Harvest Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
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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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-18-2011 15:04:48 | More by 11millsown113
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

12-11-2011 02:58:29 | More by scruffwhor
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-29-2011 16:54:00 | More by Burt
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 18:12:16 | More by Lawnboy33
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3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

A - Pours a cloudy nut brown with a foamy two finger head. Beautiful lacing along the sides.

S - Heavy pine from the hops, smells bitter. Light citrus in the background.

T - Follows the nose, very deep pine and bitterness. Some caramel trying to push its way through. Not overly complex.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - This drinks just like an IPA, so expect this when you purchase it. Good bitterness, just not what I was looking for in an autumn ale. More malt characteristic would serve it well.

10-30-2011 01:45:32 | More by JustinAniello
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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

10-19-2011 23:59:48 | More by DrinkingDrake
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

10-02-2011 22:06:05 | More by Reagan1984
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

A - Pours a light brown with a fluffy 1 cm head and leaves some nice lacing

S - Aroma is strongly of citrus, I had to check the bottle to be certain this wasn't an IPA. By the name assumed it was an Octoberfest type. Color me suprised

T - Bitter piney hops right up front, some lemony bitterness also comes into play here. There is a tiny bit of caramel sweetness in the finish, trying to balance things out.

M - Pretty clean mouthfeel, almost creamy.

O - I was suprised by this beer, way hoppier than I was expecting. The hops character was suprising.

10-02-2011 16:57:48 | More by jman892
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

09-11-2011 01:32:46 | More by BigCheese
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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

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?

09-03-2011 00:20:43 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

08-28-2011 02:07:21 | More by Sensaray
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

11-28-2010 04:40:12 | More by brunop
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

11-17-2010 03:41:31 | More by mdaschaf
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New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Got this single 12ozer at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.77. Served cold in a standard pint glass.

A hard pour of this foggy brown-copper brew gives a nice inch of bubbly tan head. Smell is moderately sweet in an odd kind of way, like something from Magic Hat. It's kinda herby like sweet grass, with a secondary notes of resiny pine hop and starchy raw grain... fresh, vegetal, and kinda soapy. The taste is fairly hop-froward with earthy semi-moldy grass first and a mix of pine/ grapefruit hop second. The malt adds in some dry starchy viscosity, but overall it is still pretty crisp, thin, dry.

Overall not what I envision for a Harvest Ale... not toasty or malty or semi-winter warmerish at all. More like a mid-summer amber with an odd twist. I guess it's not a bad brew, just not in accord with the harvest-type fall beer marketing that's been applied to it.

10-12-2010 01:20:01 | More by BeerNinja007
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

10-11-2010 23:51:35 | More by tkelley
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

10-08-2010 01:56:17 | More by cbutova
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

a semi-hazy amber/copper brew gives life to a two-fingered eggshell colored head that sticks around forever and leaves chunky lacing on my SA Perfect Pint glass.

though I'm a bit stuffed up, this aromatic brew is full of herbal, piney, and citrus hops and some caramel and biscuity malts.

herbal hops lead the way and are a bit spicy. lemon pepper. pine and fresh cut grass are in play as well as some darker malts that impart a toffee and rye bread flavor.

light-medium bodied with a bit of resin left in the mouth, yet a sweet and bitter aftertaste.

drinks rather well. nothing revolutionary in this one, but a solid autumn seasonal.

09-13-2010 05:08:44 | More by silentjay
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Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

09-12-2010 16:35:44 | More by mostpoetsdo
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

09-12-2010 03:20:29 | More by stonermouse
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

02-04-2010 02:48:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

01-05-2010 13:12:36 | More by Gavage
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

I picked up a six pack of this out of season entirely because it was marked down to $3.99 a sixer.

The most noteworthy thing about this beer comes right after the pour. Maybe the most impressive head I've ever seen. It looks like a way overcarbonated homebrew, only it is not overcarbed. Cap of foam lasts the entire beer, turning the last sip into a mouthful of foam. Lacing is great, texture is thick and creamy. Color is off white....did I just write this much about the head of a beer? Other than that, the beer is a murky, unfiltered dark amber color.

The beer is hoppy, and still retained a good hop aroma until late in the season. Fruity and only a tad citrusy, along with some more earthy, spicy hop notes of IPA strength. There isn't much else going on in the aroma besides hops. Maybe a slight east coast/English yeastiness.

Pretty standard Amber ale flavor, leaning on the sweet side. Caramel malt flavor with a sticky sweet finish. Hop bitterness is assertive and adds a nice leafy aspect to the flavor. There seems to be a bit much going on here, and only a slight autumn aspect to it.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, probably because every sip contains some of the foam I raved about earlier. Big bodied for an amber, with a sweet finish. I'm pretty satisfied with this beer, and for the price I got a steal. Buying this six pack wasn't settling at all.

12-12-2009 02:04:50 | More by jeffthecheff
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Medium amber, with deep cloudiness, which is capped by a 1/2 inch head. Head fades in under a minute leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Slight fruitiness and the smell of tea.

Taste: Initial hop bite, like grapefruit, then a smooth semi-sweet flavor to tea. Aftertaste is hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light, expected more from a harvest ale.

Drinkability: Excellent when paired with a harvest dinner. Otherwise, meant for sipping.

10-17-2009 01:40:56 | More by KenC411
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