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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

443 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-1998)
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Reviews by grs8313:
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grs8313

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Review from notes, picked up a growler while in Massachusetts for Thanksgiving.

Appearance: Growler (64oz) pours amber with a very nice, thick, tan head.

Smell: Malts, hops, dough and yeast.

Taste: Hops, coffee, dough tobacco. Malts at the front of the mouth and hops as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, leaves the mouth feeling normal with a hop aftertaste at the back of the throat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, a well balanced I.P.A. that could easily be enjoyed all night. I will definitely enjoy my growler.

12-10-2008 03:11:27 | More by grs8313
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

08-09-2012 16:12:50 | More by oberon
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Marty

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

11-11-2005 01:00:39 | More by Marty
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

07-16-2010 23:03:32 | More by ExtraStout
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-20-2013 01:17:43 | More by tbryan5
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-08-2013 20:25:26 | More by woodchipper
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

07-28-2007 13:27:59 | More by lordofthewiens
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Todd

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +12%

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.

07-07-1998 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-23-2012 00:26:32 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

10-23-2006 23:50:51 | More by Doomcifer
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iemailjack

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-08-2013 04:01:52 | More by iemailjack
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

07-14-2011 02:33:20 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-30-2004 00:00:05 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

02-24-2010 21:47:36 | More by Mora2000
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Cheers.

12-22-2006 20:44:47 | More by SkinnyElvis
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chudson1992

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-26-2013 22:23:57 | More by chudson1992
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2011 05:31:09 | More by virinow
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-15-2011 02:57:55 | More by bpfrush
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juicebox

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-13-2012 17:48:40 | More by juicebox
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-13-2013 23:04:12 | More by doremite
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-23-2013 00:20:10 | More by stereosforgeeks
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johnyb

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-15-2012 02:36:33 | More by johnyb
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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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..

06-13-2014 02:21:34 | More by Guess2814
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

07-15-2013 21:45:40 | More by JamesStreet
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talahrama

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-14-2013 04:04:13 | More by talahrama
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Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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