Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.)Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.)

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470 Ratings

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-1998

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap a few days back at Sticks and Stones here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a pretty deep copper/bronze with a tightly formed 1/2 finger white head atop.Sharp sitirc hops over top of a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base,the aromas are quite full with the hops really coming out nicely.Citric and piney hops hit at the onset and meld nicely into a sweetish biscuit maltiness.It's pretty well rounded with a good hop profile in the nose and palate,top notch stuff.

Photo of Marty
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. My grandma keeps this in the fridge for times that I stop by for a visit. She lives in Topsfield, MA, and the owner of Mercury Brewing Co. cuts the hay in her field with his big-ass tractor.

This beer pours a nice redish-gold hue with a medium-sized head. Lace is pretty sticky.

Smells hopped-up. Tastes hopped-up, but not dry. The maltiness really rounds out the flavor of this beer, leaving a great, sweet aftertaste. Very drinkable. Suitable for hot summer day and cold winter night consumption. If you live in Boston, no excuse not to be drinking this great local IPA.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ipswich IPA has a great complexity and mouthfeel. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wanted a local New England IPA that you cant really get outside of the region.

The appearance is more or less common for an IPA and the smell is sharp and hoppy, to be expected. But there is a complexity to the hops in the smell and taste that are more often found in great IPAs. Perhaps it may have been a mixture of hops from different regions, or that the hops were treated differently.

Either way, the mouthfeel borders on excellent, with the tastes of lightly roasted barley and a bit of sweet honey finishing the beer off. Consequently, the smooth, lightly sweet finish rounds the beer off quite nicely and make it very drinkable.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a variety pack from Gary's in Portsmouth. Had never tried any of the offerings from Mercury. This is a good IPA, and I'm looking forward to the Original Ale, Dark Ale, and Stout that were also in the 12 pack. This IPA was a dark amber with a farly thick, sticky head. A floral, piney aroma. Hops taste, but not aggressively so; well-balanced. Good mouthfeel, I thought my palate was still intact after a couple beers. Very nice.

Photo of Todd
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with the new black label. "Brewed and Bottled in Baltimore, MD" ... hmm, expanding eh? No freshness date, however, they do tout themselves as "The Original American Ale."

Appearance: Peach in colour with some slight chill haze and free floating solids.

Smell: Rich, almost thick, malt nose. Semi-pungent hop aroma with hints of fruit.

Taste: A perfect marriage of malt and hop. Syrupy in mouth-feel with a sweet, grain flavour that quickly succumbs to high amounts of hop oil. A coarse leaf hop bitterness follows right behind, mingling nicely with afters of grain and sweetness.

Notes: Damn! This is one of the best American IPA's we have tried! An extremely complex and complementing brew with loads of flavour and unique character.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta support the local guys!

Poured an EXTREMELY murky cider color with a great, 2-fingered head of frothy, beige foam that loved to just hang out and leave terrific lacing behind on the glassware. Beautiful looking beer...like an apple cider with a frothy head on top. Just based on appearance alone, it looks like a Barley Wine.

Smells of swet citrusy hops, piney, malty, and some sort of spiciness. Good stuff.

Taste is great as well. Spicy hops and malts, grapefruit, and just a huge hop bomb. Ends very astringent and dry. The hops cling to your palate with a deathgrip. Great hop signature on this one. Very balanced as well. It somehow reminds me a lot of Victory's Hop Devil, only better.

Mouthfeel is very velvety and good tingly on your tongue carbonation. This is a really great IPA. This is actually my first Ipswich beer, even though Im from Massachusetts and currently in Rhode Island. I gotta say, I am thoroughly impressed and wasn't expecting this.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Decent sizable head, clarity is thrown out due the sediment being loose ... I tried, still two fingers of beer left in the bottle that I will most certainly drink. Hazed rusty amber color. Pungent orangey herbal hop nose, rustic with yeast and toasted grain that follows. Just as smooth as it is crisp, bity mouth feel ... you know this beer is in the raw. Hop bitterness blankets the palate and the toasted maltiness rises just below it. Quick suggestion of alcohol through warmth and a light hit of estery fruitiness. Nutty yeast in the semi-dry bitter finish.

Still one of the favorites when I can find it fresh.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured very cloudy,light almond, with orange hues. Some clumpy debris in bottle. Grainy hop and yeast in nose. Palate is malty to start, grainy, resiny hops follow. Mouthfeel is smooth and coating. Nicely balanced IPA. Ipswich makes some nice high quality stuff, worth trying.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is hoppy, with pine and resin. The taste is pine and citrus hops with a lot of bitterness. The bitterness definitely overshadows the hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Secret Santa jrdegriselles for knocking this off my want list. Amber in color with a little head. A bit of hops in smell but not overwhelming. Tastes like a typical IPA but not very noteworthy. I like my IPAs with a bit more bite. Pretty easy to drink but I would not go out of my way for this one.


Photo of Guess2814
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer surprised me... Good beer.. I'm not huge on the smell, to be honest there's not much of a smell to the beer.. It has a dark golden look... The best part of the beer is the piney taste that stays in your mouth.. Good taste.. The look of the label is pretty cool.. Overall this is a solid beer..

Photo of JamesStreet
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 ml to pint glass

A - nice amber pour with 1-finger off-white head. Decent lacing on glass.

S - get a nice caramel aroma along with restrained hop presence. Piney aroma from the hops, but not too strong. Also a little nuttiness aroma as well

T - For an IPA, I was expecting a blast of hops but what I got instead was a nice balance of maltiness with typical piney and citrusy hop flavor. I found it to be very well-balanced.

M - low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Caramel malts come forward and has a nice,smooth finish.

O - Pleasantly surprised with this one. I enjoyed the malt/hop balance. Could swear there was some Columbus hops used in this one but I'm not sure. Overall, a nice IPA that I would drink again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ipswich- I.P.A

Appearance- light caramel orange/ brown with a hazy cloudy look. Lotsa floting things in it. The consistency looks like extra pulp OJ. Decent white head, light lacing, didn't last long.
Smell- fruity/ floral hops. sweet malt.
Taste- nice. light floral hops with a little bitter bite. Sweet malt in the middle, then Bittery hops in the end. balanced well.
Mouthfeel- light and smooth.

Overall- a very good I.P.A. 1 of the best I've had to date.

Photo of tastybeer
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great looking Ipswitch beer. Great slight orange, cream colored retention succeeding the big dense head. Aroma begins as a combination of flowers and pine followed by malt and oily sweet orange hops. Taste is loaded with bitter and dry lemon and grapefruit peel. Low carb, bitter and dry. Nice malts hidden under the hop blanket peak through here and there. Textured thick mouthfeel that lasts to the bitter end. I already need another.

More Ipswich IPA would be great.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber color, bubbly white head 2" thick, clung to the glass and cascades down.

Smells like a 3 hop beer should, hoppy as heck. but what's that other thing I detect...? ah yes, some fine deep maltyness.

Tastes seriously hoppy, bitter, but balanced well with rich malt so the flowery hops can take full effect. Another pretty good ultra-hop beer.

hop explosion is bitter at first but mellows pretty well and gets a hit of sweet. Feeling fresh and complex.

goes down well and the bitterness is not an overwheling effect so more than one is a possibility.

Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy honey peach color with a huge head.I tried to poor lightly and still got a giant foamy head.The smell has a strong "bisquity" aroma along with a good dose of hops.The taste has a good deal of hops without being overpowering.The malt presence helps to make the bitterness less potent.The m/f is light to medium with a very well balanced beer.This is an extremely good beer and an IPA that could be an every day beer.

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

Grapefruit colour with large creamy head. Very smooth to drink, bitter with a bit of vinegar, hop boticeable and resin as well as grapefruit, all toned down by malt. Medium mouthfeel, although creaminess arising through the malt. Some sugar.This is a bit above average IPA, perhaps a bit overrated.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly cloudy with tiny suspended particulate. The peachy-gold body is topped by a short and creamy bone-white head that holds OK. It drops to a thin creamy collar but also leaves some lace about the glass. The bouquet is lush with rich and sweet caramel malt and floral hops. The full body is quite supple with a restrained and exceptionally fine carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth - very nice! The taste lives up to all of the expectations that the nose may have established; starting with a rich, sweet caramel maltiness that becomes fruity and then softens as it warms and a bold bitterness appears, finally finishing with a nice balance of residual sweet malt, dry bitterness, and lingering floral hop flavor. Very nicely balanced and full of character. Definitely worth trying!

Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tasty-looking orange-golden hue, with a flourish of an off-white head that dissipates quickly. A light malt aroma is tempered slightly by a touch of floral hops. Taste is mildly sweet up front, becoming more bitter towards the back of the mouth, ending in an outright bitter finish. Notes of light citrus and biscuit are present. Full, almost creamy mouthfeel is quite nice. The bitter finish is a bit much for me, but overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Monkey962
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A much darker A IPA than I'm used to, with a very slightly cloudy color that is what comes to mind when I think 'dark amber' Pours with a fluffy dirty-white two finger head. Thick clouds of lacing are left down the glass.

Smell: Little malt character. Mostly grapefruit and astringency, and slightly grassy.

Taste: A bitter hop punch in the face up front, that soon mellows out. Unlike some IPAs I've had, it doesn't leave sticky malt sweetness on the lips, which can be slightly sickening sometimes. I had always thought that was a characteristic of the style. Aftertaste is bitter as well, though slightly peppery.

Feel: Very smooth and thick. Seems to feel similarly to some stouts I've had.

Overall: This is a good beer for New England hop heads. Not quite enough malt character for me, but overall a good example of the style.

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

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks dood!

Appearance: It pours a cloudy, caramel color. A little darker than the norm for the style. I like it. Minute traces of sediment can be seen swimming about. Head is a little off-white and stands a finger and a half tall. It didn't stick around long, but left a solid coat of lace behind.

Smell: The nose is above average, but barely so. It has a decent citrus presence that consists of grapefruit, mango, and a little pineapple. Smells sweet. Hops are there, but are more difficult to pick up than they should be. It's a little yeasty and malty. That wraps it up.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors kick it off. They're sweet and a little bitter. Caramel and pale malts add a tad more sweetness and give it a nice body. Hops are a piney, but not overwhelming. It's bitter, but nicely balanced. It's rather mild mannered given the stature of many IPAs out there. Very approachable for the malt lovers out there. It has a biscuity taste that lingers on the palate. Finishes dry and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. It's got a nice feel for the style. Carbonation is very good. Nice and crisp. Very, very drinkable. I'd say, at 6.3%, it's sessionable. Certainly tastes and feels that way to me. I'd like to have a few more of these.

This IPA is a very nice surprise. I honestly didn't know what to expect. It's my first encounter with Ipswich and I'd like to try some more. Very solid IPA. The nose is a little weak. But, otherwise, it's impressive. Recommended.

Photo of Stingray5
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, It's good to have Ipswich again. This one was brewed in Maryland, so I was eager to look for differences.

It poured a cloudy amber/brown with a nice fluffy beige head that leaves a substantial lace. Aroma is of nutty malt and tangy hops. Taste is at first fruity malt, with hop bitterness following. It's a very nice balance. The hops at no point overpower yet it's still an agressive taste. This beer just hits me the right way. Slightly different than I remember when I lived in MA and got the "real" stuff in the growlers (less yeast presence maybe?), but it's still Ipswich.

Thanks to stegmakk for leading me to this.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a mahogany color with a one finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing and a little froth.

Smell seems pretty non-existent. I checked with my friend also and he didn't really smell anything either. I get a little bit of pale malt and a little bit of citrus hops.

Tastes good- pretty bitter, lacking in depth of hop flavor probably because the scent isn't there. A medium amount of piney hop bitterness, followed by a little bit of carmel malt sweetness. Long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is ok- pretty resiny, which detracts from the score in this case, light to medium body with moderate carbonation. This is an ok IPA but nothing I'd get again. Part of a variety pack that was really worth it.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another growler purchase. Have tried it in the 12 oz bottle but prefer the growler. As far as the yeast in the bottle, I'v come to exspect it and usually waste about an ounce or two. I feel this is the price for such a good product. Grat hop taste with a good tinge of bitterness. I can easily knock back one of these growlers!

Photo of sagito327
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle is exceptional. kudos to the design team. similar to dead guy. Smell is rather standard for an IPA, but the taste is quite exceptional. Beautiful hopiness, yet better than harpoon. more fruit? citrus, magos. lacing is not bad. mouthfeel is great, though...feels terrific. perfect amount of carbonation. taste is not too rough on the palate.

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Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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