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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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very good

417 Ratings

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Ratings: 417
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-1998)
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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 TrevorGW


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of caramelized fruit with some intense herbal notes plowing through.

Taste brings smokey grains and resinous hops to the palette. Interesting an earthy. The bitterness lingers nicely with traces of brown sugar remaining as well.

Maybe a bit heavy on the carbonation. Not the world's most drinkable IPA, but certainly a complex one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 13:45:06 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of morebeergood


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second beer of the night at Church in the Fenway area. Served on tap in a tall pilsener glass. Quite cloudy looking. Dull orange color. Thin head. Lots of lacing. Lots of hops in the nose. Same for the taste, maybe even more. Very prominent hops profile. Body was on the thick side, but I can't get over the look of this beer. Is this an unfiltered IPA? Maybe. Just a bit too cloudy looking and too murky on the palate. Very hoppy, so if you are into that, try this out. It just seemed like a beer with too many rough edges for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 23:13:28 | More by morebeergood
Photo of YonderWanderer


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a solid orange color with a thin layer of foam on top. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Fresh pine and citrus blending together, with a bit of malty sweetness backing it up.

T: This is an incredibly balanced IPA. The hops are fresh, with a big hit of orange-like citrus mixed with some pine and resin. A nice, sweet malt provides a solid foundation for this one.

M: Smooth and crisp.

D: This is a great IPA. Very tasty, and very easy to drink. They go down smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 12:47:22 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy copper color with an off white frothy head that leaves decent lace. The nose is citrusy, hop bitterness that follows with an undertone of malt. The taste was piney, citrus, fruity hops and a tang of bready maltiness. Nice smooth finish with a good bitterness. Mouthfeel is really good, well balanced and full bodied makes this a very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2007 23:22:00 | More by dherling
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid resiny hop and a good grain aroma.

The taste was upfront citrus and pepper. The biscuity grain took effect at the finish.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a very good AIPA. Very drinkable and sessionable, with a very manageable ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2006 19:55:22 | More by plaid75
Photo of chaduvel


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich creamy head that laces all the way down the glass. Nice reddish copper color. Earthy hop leaf aroma with hints of caramel malt. Taste is hop dominated but the touch of sweet malts balance. Hops are raw and earthy, very flavorful and very drinkable. Man, if you include this with the Ipswitch Oatmeal stout; thus far I'm very impressed by this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2003 14:55:42 | More by chaduvel
Photo of UnionMade


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a coppery amber color, slightly hazy, with a thin white head floating atop. Lively carbonation bubbling to the top. Good head retention throughout the pint.
The aroma is straight hops. Very powerful and bitter. Slight german hop feel, with herbal undertones. Mostly rugged pacific northwest bitterness. Mild malt backing up the hops, with a hint of fruitiness.
Flavor is bitter and sharp throughout. Giant hop presence dominating the entire sip. Just enough malt to back up the bitterness without it being overwhelming, but just barely. Body is medium to light, with lively, yet elegant carbonation. Not much in the way of esters in the taste. Everything seems dominated by the bitterness. Slightly grassy, particularly in the end. Malts come through a touch towards the end, with a subtle caramel taste. The finish is long and a bit rough hewn, with a bitter aftertaste that sits in the back of your mouth forever. This is the beer you need when you want something hoppy, yet balanced and interesting. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2003 06:46:31 | More by UnionMade
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
Photo of welldigger888

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
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose


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
Photo of spinrsx

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 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
Photo of TonyC


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