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

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

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416 Ratings

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cloudy orange amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and taste is citrus pine hops upfront becomes more earthy as it warms up with some mild citrus fruity notes, caramel malt and yeast. Palate is a medium body, carbonation is fine. Finishes with a good caramel malt and yeast background followed by some good earthy hops bitterness for balance. Seems slightly heavy on the malt but still good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 17:44:12 | More by Samp01
Photo of JWU


3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- Solid amber hue, with about a finger of off-white head. Unfiltered, you can see sediment floating in the brew.

S- some bready, caramel tones with a decidedly earthy/floral hop component. Perhaps a bit of citrus rind.

T- Big smack of bitterness up front, mostly earthy, floral and a bit minty. The caramel and bready malt bill tries to cut through, but this is largely hop forward, and pretty bitter.

M- Medium bodied, but fairly thick and slick. A nice dry finish.

O- Much more like a jacked up English IPA than an American Interp. Good, and I'd certainly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:05:17 | More by JWU
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South Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a lively amber hue with lots of carbonation and a firm white head leaving chunks of lace down glass.

Sweet maltiness of bready desserts come across with an almost back drop of hops. Earthy and herbal and maybe a touch stale.

Nice caramel sweetness with some grassy herbal hops and a firm bitterness that plays well with the sweetness.

Seems to lack a nice dry finish I crave in this style yet not fuller either, just thin.

Descent brew for the money, I guess, I MISS GREEN'S PINEY GROVE RD!!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 17:48:57 | More by welldigger888
Photo of scotorum


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Translucent dark amber with a two inch offwhite head which receded to clumpy surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild citrus. A little more malt in the aroma as it is drunk.

t: Moderate piney hop bite over a substantial malt base. Bitterness lingers at the back of the throat, especially near the end.

m: Moderate, lots of body, more than many IPAs. I like that.

o: A solid IPA, perhaps not as light and easy drinking as some but tasty and satisfying. In that sense perhaps more British than American, or at least more autumnal than summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 22:24:48 | More by scotorum
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich I.P.A. has a medium, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and thin lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, white bread and citrusy hops. Taste is of citrus, toffee, caramel, sweet, white bread, and a hearty, but at the same time, subdued bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Ipswich I.P.A. finishes mostly dry, refreshing, relatively easy drinking, and bitter. No alcohol shows itself with this beer. Overall, this is most excellent.


Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 14:00:45 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Andrew041180


3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an extremely cloudy brownish copper, very dark for an IPA. The head isn't huge, even with an aggressive pour, but it retains exceptionally well, aided somewhat by carbonation that is barely visible when held up to light, but definitely there. This beer leaves sheets of lacing. Truly a looker.

S - This beer is older than I would like it to be (3.5 months) and yet I can still smell the hops, although granted the sweetness of the malt has somewhat taken over the smell. Either way, it is a very present, welcoming aroma.

T - I'm still getting some grapefruit, with balancing caramel hops. This beer comes off as balanced to me, although there is a lingering bitterness on the back end. Reminds me of Smuttynose Finest Kind. A little earthiness as well.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied. I've had better.

O - This is definitely one of my value purchases, and I will go back for more in 12-packs. I could drink this at any time of year and is a nice change of pace from Torpedo and other IPAs that I can buy in 12's.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 23:30:21 | More by Andrew041180
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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6-25-2013

A: Orange/caramel colored ale with 1.5 fingers of tan creamy head. The beer pours clear and dark for an ipa. Beer leaves good lacing down the glass and the head lasts throughout the consumption.

S: Toasted caramel and earthy pine notes.

T: Good sweet toasted caramel flavor up front that blends into a nice earthy hop bitterness. Hints of pine resin and grass in the finish. Touch of citrus tartness in the bitter finish as well. The bitterness lingers on the palate for a while.

M: Creamy mouthfeel and the carbontation works well transitioning the sweet flavors into the bitter finish.

O: The hops offer a good flavor profile and finish but the smooth toasted caramel malt up front helps to balance this beer out. Good caramel flavor and good bitter finish for a well balanced ipa. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 18:23:24 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One bottle in a pick a six pack.

A: Light amber color with a thick head that lingers on and lots of lace

S: Very hoppy, piney and a hint of malt to it

T: Strong lingering bitterness and a sweet lingering hop aftertaste

M: Medium body and slight carbonation

O: A very good local IPA. Will consider buying more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:35:44 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of JamesStreet


3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:45:40 | More by JamesStreet
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Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy brownish copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with some dry hops. There is also some grapefruit and something along the lines of rye. It ends with a malty fairly bitter dry hop bitterness.

Overall – It tastes like a good east coast IPA. Not a whole lot of fruity juicy notes, but some nice malts and a decent dose of hops. A beer well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:50:59 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best American IPA? Could be...

You know how wine drinkers inhale over their tongues? This is an IPA that makes you do that.

A: darker, cloudy ipa. A deep copper orange (like Dales Pale Ale). Big frothy head. Good lacing

S: balance of biscuity malts, and citrus, pine/grassy hops. Like a hike up the Central Coast of California.

T: Great interplay of lemon/ Pine balanced with malt backbone of caramel. dry and refreshing! Tingling. grassy/piney arc and finish. nicely bitter. Well balanced.

M; Chewy. Tingly. Refreshing. Good weight. All seasons.

O: An All-American IPA up there with Anchor Steam Liberty and Dales Pale Ale and Great Divide.

Fine quality. Earned a permanent place in my house. *whole foods NJ

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 01:14:43 | More by Act25
Photo of JohnnyJam


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured From a 22 oz bottle with no expiration date int a pint glass and got 1 1/2 finger of head.

A: Pours a copper color that is hazy (the bottle says unfiltered). The head is rocky and off-white to even a light tan color: about 1 1/2 fingers that dissipates but covers the top of the glass to the end. The is some nice sticky laceing on the glass after every sip. Beautiful.

S: Some light citus and grapefruit along with some bread and malty aroma.

T: Very complex: biting hops but balanced with a slightly sweet almost thick taste. The hops always come through and the finish is hoppy and a kind of oily hoppy finish.

M: Goes down good. It is full-bodied almost thick and chewy.

O: A good price for an outstanding beer. I would like to try this on tap. Definately recommended. The best east coast beer that I've tried.

Serving type: growler

11-28-2012 23:49:54 | More by JohnnyJam
Photo of GiantMidget


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at Total Wine in Claymont DE, great price.

Poured into a beer mug, 1 1/2 fingers head at the top with some lacing.

Pleasant appearance, though darker than most IPA's that I have had.
More of an amber/caramel hue.

Immediately noticed pine scent upon pouring.

Tastes great! Strong hops flavor in addition to a bold malt backbone.
Balanced carbonation for an overall great beer experience.

I would definitely pick this up again, and at the price point I am quite impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:36:38 | More by GiantMidget
Photo of AdamHart22


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had one in the bottle and one in a pint glass.

A - a nice deep amber. Nothing too special here.

S - not much going on here. Surprising lack of bouquet considering...

T - The taste is what you are looking for in an IPA with this ABV. Nice and balanced. Some nice roasted malt and barley is followed by a great citrus hit from the hops. More of a lemon and grapefruit than the typical piney taste of a west coast ipa.

M - My favorite part of this beer. Finish is super clean with a light pleasant bitter after taste. Makes this beer easy to drink and I expect easy to session.

O - An IPA that is eminently drinkable. If you are a fan of this style than you can't go wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 15:41:41 | More by AdamHart22
Photo of wspscott


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass
no date

A: Dark copper color with an off-white fluffy head. Nice head retention and pretty lace.
S: Very muted, no sign of hops, a little sweetness is all.
T: Some bitter hops along with a medium caramel sweetness. A little bit of toasty malts to keep things from being too sweet. Definitely not a west coast IPA. No sign of American hops, I would call this an English IPA. I like the malt combination here, but it needs more late addition hops.
M: Very tingly carbonation with a medium body, a little drying almost astringent.
O: As an American IPA this is dissapointing. As an English IPA it is not bad. The website describes it as a cross between the two styles. Supposedly, there are Cascades in there, but I am hard pressed to find them, definitely needs more late addition hops. I wonder how old this is?

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:18:45 | More by wspscott
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 16:12:50 | More by oberon
Photo of BigCheese


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: darker than most ipa. A deep copper orange. Decent frothy head. Some lacing

S: balance of caramell biscuity malts, and grapefruit, pine/grassy hops.

T: A mix of Grapefruit lemon and Pine. Pronounced malt backbone of toffee and caramel. Considering darkness and malt backbone leaves the palate quite dry with grassy/piney with lime. Havent had this in a very long time. Quite bitter, more than I recall. Well balanced.

M; Real nice softness and creaminess, slightly high carbonation that tingles the tongue. Chewy.

O: An English IPA with an american hop bill. Got a nice toasted, malt bill, with that Citrusy "c" american hop bill. One of new englands best breweries, they wont blow your socks off but everything has a certain amount of quality to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:32:54 | More by BigCheese
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4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice local offering. Proudly brewed in Ipswich, proudly being consumed in Saugus.

A: A very hazy dark orange-amber color, with a very nice white head that settles into a decent lace after every sip.

S: A definite citrusy hops aroma that dominates.

T: A good upfront hops flavor that though it does dominate, but does have a sweetness to it. Very appealing to the palate, and leave you with a tang on your tongue.

M: Crisp and tangy, and very easy to drink.

O: An excellent beer period. Excellent with seafood, or a top quality steak, or with the simple fare of an Summertime BBQ, or just alone by itself.

This is one of my "Old Faithfuls". Whenever I am standing in front of the beer coolers at my local store, and can't decide on something, I grab an Ipswich.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 03:08:43 | More by TonyC
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although the bottle was only purchased in Delaware last week-end, I can't tell how old it is and whether the beer's caramelized malt-forward nature comes from age rather than intent. As it ends with a delightfully dry and bitter finish, I am inclined to give Ipswich the benefit of the doubt and would purchase a second one.

Pours a hazy, orange amber with decent head and minor lacing. Bready aroma, very malt-forward. The taste has some citrus and floral elements underpinning that caramelized maltiness. The finish lingers and is enjoyably bitter.

Thought the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout was truly brilliant and wouldn't list this APA as highly, but as noted, would try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 22:40:31 | More by hopsolutely
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:55:26 | More by Hopdaemon39
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of sediment leaves a hazy copper colored body with a nice sticky white head on top.

Good dose of herbal hop character with just a bit of orange in there as well. Nice malt profile in the background.

This one sits on the more balanced side of the spectrum with a nice bright hop flavor up front with a strong malt backbone to hold it up. Fruity and bitter with a slightly grainy character to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit bubbly. Overall, a tasty and refreshing IPA but not quite as hop-forward as many are these days.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 20:30:13 | More by Kinsman
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with one finger of white head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: A mix of floral and citrus hop notes over a somewhat pronounced toasted malt aroma with a hint of yeast and some dishrag.

Taste: A lot of toasted malt flavor right off the bat, with the body on the heavy side of medium. Oily hop flavor starts to build in the middle and overtakes the malt base, leading to a pretty harsh bitter back end that thins out quite a bit.

The Rest: Not the best IPA I've had. It's lacking a bit in the aroma department - just a general hop aroma without any real pronounced characteristics - and then a pretty harsh finish. It's like the bitterness of dry hopping without any of the associated flavor. It looks like I'm in the minority on this one, but this beer reminds me of something you get at a mediocre brewpub.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:50:15 | More by curasowa
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, dark dirty copper body with an inch of off-white head leaving sticky laceworks on the descent.

Smell: Malt blend presenting notes of bread, toast, and a bit of caramel. Hops throwing off hints of citrus zest and reserved resins.

Taste: Bready, toasty maltiness with a scant sliver of caramel. There's some sweetness, but not too much, really. Grapefruit and bitter orange hop flavors with a medium-plus bitterness. Small hint of earthy resins underneath. Bready yeastiness. Bittersweet finish with a bready flavor and touch of citrus enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Decently drinkable, I thought it was OK. A beer that gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 17:25:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" tan head over amber/brown liquid.

S: Honey, sweet caramel malt as well as citrus and grassy hops.

T: Grapefruit and pine hops with caramel malt and honey flavours.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of delicate carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: Quite drinkable and good value for the money. Picked up a bomber at Total wine for only $3.99

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:00:38 | More by DaftCaskBC
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a dark copper with a small head that dies quickly. Very hazy in color. A speckled lacing is left on the glass. I was surprised at how dark and cloudy this beer was. I prefer a lighter colored IPA.

S - Strange combination of honey, pine, sourdough bread, and floral hops. A bit unbalanced and malty.

T - Tastes much better than it smells. It has a very floral and herbal front and a drying piney finish. The caramel and bready malts are present throughout, but they take a backseat to the bitter hops and pine. Certainly an "east coast" IPA with the malt presence but well balanced and enjoyable.

M - Fuller bodied than the norm for the style, but it works. Well carbonated and smooth.

O - I enjoyed this beer. Some of the characteristics remind me of an English IPA, which is ironic (or not, depending on how you look at it) because the bottle claims Ipswich to be the "original american ale." Very balanced flavor, but the smell was a bit off and the color was atypical. I may get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:40:38 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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