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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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250 Reviews

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Reviews: 250
Hads: 475
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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 BigCheese
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of TonyC
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: rust body, finger white head,
ok lacing

S: herbal/floral nose, toasted grain
almost a British IPA scent

T: herbal/floral front, toasted grain/bready
middle, solid pine/earthy bitter finish

M: med body, mild slick/oily mouth

O: Nice beer, would like to try more
of their offerings. Would recommend.


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Photo of Dools9
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint, no freshness date.

A: Very cloudy, hazy dark orange amber color. Finger of off white, creamy head which retains to the bottom and leaves webby lace. Darker color than I expected.

S: Grapefruit, sweet bready/toasty malt, a slight earthy/piney herbal quality as well.

T: Grapefruit and subtle pine, caramel and bready malt sweetness, the malts are a bit stronger than the hops here, but its very well balanced and easily drinkable.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, nice creamy feel. Very enjoyable. Drinks like 4 or 5%

O: Very good, locally brewed IPA, nicely done. If you can find, its worth a try. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Fubar1453
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky dark orange color, with a creamy off white head.

S:Hops and citrus, pretty standard.

T: A good amount of hops, and a little but of citrus, sticky hop feeling in the back of the mouth.

M: Sticky with right amount of carbonation.

O: A good local new england regional, it has one of the more unique colors to it, balanced taste and very drinkable. I would recommend you try it out.


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Photo of musicforairports
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single, undated. Bought at a bottle shop in Adams, Mass.

Completely opaque orange-amber. Fluffy head and some lacing.

Smells nutty, earthy and citric.

Flavor has oily floral and earthy hop flavors, some orange-flavored citrus. Some sturdy bread and nutty malt as well. A bit sweet, with an off-putting note I can't put my finger on that reminds me of a homebrew.

Medium mouthfeel. Lightly creamy, adequately carbonated.

Wasn't too impressed with this beer. Reminded me more of a pale ale. I'd like to try it fresh, but it wasn't a lack of hop flavor that I found most dissapointing about this beer.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
1.85/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, sediment laced burnt orange color. Nose is grapefruit and pine. Nice mouthfeel but so bitter on the back of my tounge that I couldn't finish the bottle (didn't want to). Another reviewer described this taste as "charred vinyl". Now I've never tasted burnt 33 LP's but I'm imagining this is what they taste like. Did I just get a bad batch? I don't get it.

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Photo of Vixie
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a hint of red. Forms a bit of a white head which dissipates fairly fast, leaving some lacing.

The hops really stand out here, it's a bit grassy and floral. It does remind me a bit of being outside on a spring day.

Starts out a bit malty, with a bit of caramel and toffee notes. The hops then kick in, giving it a bit of an earthy taste. There is a bit of a floral character, and finishes with a touch of bitterness.

Maybe a touch more thin than I expected, but still decent.

First off, I am not a fan of IPAs at all, probably my least favorite beer style. That being said, this was probably the best IPA I have had. The hops are very much present, but don't overwhelm. The malt balances it nicely, making it much more drinkable than I expected. Glad I got to try this, it may make me rethink what an IPA can be.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Somewhat reluctantly trying another of these Ipswich brews. This one pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, orange zest, buttery caramel, and deep-forest pine (you know the pine...). The taste brings in more of the same, but, yet again, there's that added swipe of charred vinyl near and through the finish. It does not mesh well with the lightly spicy hops, lemme tell ya. I was thinking that bit was a result of "unique" malt-roasting techniques, but now I'm starting to think it's either the yeast or the bottles. I just dunno here... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this would be an okay, solid IPA were it not for that damn Ipswich vinyl character. Am I the only one tasting this in these beers?

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Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a SA sensory glass. Thanks to Eric for gifting me with this. This brew pours a burnt copper color with 2 fingers worth of yellowish tan froth. The cap slowly recedes leaving finger-like patterns of lace all over the glass. A light swirl revives a finger's worth of yellowish fluff.

The aroma of this brew has citrus and fruity hops mixed with a fruited alcohol quality and caramel malt sweetness about the nose. There is a spicy alcohol kick across the back which exaggerates the herbal quality of the hops. Some sulfur notes are evident as the brew warms up.

The taste is hoppy with a modest herbal bitterness. Under the bitterness is a caramel malt presence that hardly provides any contrasting sweetness. The grain aspect also carries with it a lightly musty aspect. The hops get a bit grassy as the brew warms up and a light young yeastiness evolves mid-palate.

The alcohol is fairly spicy and warming for 6.5%. It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall not a bad offering. Thanks for sharing Eric.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In honor of IPA Day, I'm reviewing a new to me beer. A chilled bottle is poured into a pint glass. A big foam tan head rests atop of a clear light brown liquid. The serving temperature has caused my glass to fog up, but wiping away the condensation reveals some spare rising carbonation. The settling head leaves behind some good lacing.

The beer has a good hop aroma. It's not too strong, but it is unmistakeably bitter. The hops are crisp and forest-like.

The beer has a tasty, solid flavor that is both true to style and very enjoyable. Floral hops mask a slight crystal sugar sweetness. The malts evolve into more of a brown sugar flavor, as the hops become more bitter, slightly oily, and piney. A bitter resin and a touch of alcohol linger on after swallowing.

Medium body and medium carbonation give the body a standard feel. The lack of stickiness and a coat that retains the bitterness well pushes the mouthfeel into the above average category.

I like this IPA a lot. I've had limited experience with Mercury and the Ipswich line, but this beer impressed me. I would certainly drink more of it—I'll go as far to say that I will purchase a 6 pack next time I'm in Massachusetts. If you are able to, you should give this beer a try.

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Photo of Monkey962
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is not a beer your girlfriend will like. But if she does, marry her!

A couple times a year, I head to an island in New England, and have to choose which beer to bring. Invariably, it comes down to Ipswich IPA versus Smuttynose IPA, "Finestkind." These are readily available in 12-packs, at reasonable prices.

If anyone has another suggestion, let me know!

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light amber color with a strong inch of head and lots of lace

S: dry hoppiness, very piney and a slight malt sweetness

T: Strong dry bitter and slightly sweet with a lingering hop finish

M: medium body and carbonation

O: A great take on the IPA, a must have

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
2.36/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours hazy dark copper orange with an off white head that had good retention and faded to a small film that left lacing down the glass

smells of spicy grassy earthy hops and a little caramel malt

taste has quite a bit of grapefruit mixed in with the earthy spicy hops - i do not pick up on any malts

mouthfeel - medium body low carbonation - rather boring

overall - this beer might have been reasonably priced but the flavor is not there and i will not be buying this again

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Hockeybeard Ben™ for this one!

Dark copper orange body, a fingers width of foam on top with a pocked surface after the larger bubbles dissipate. Spotty frothy lacing, the foam fades to a broken skim after a few minutes.

Green and grassy herbal hop aroma, some pine resin. Mild and seemingly crafted in the British-style, malty with some signature east coast dry bitterness in the finish. Caramel and toasted breadiness. Lingering leafy green pine resin bitterness. It could use a little citrus for added complexity. Full bodied, balanced, easy drinking. Worth a try, easy to have a couple at a time if so inclined.

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Photo of shand
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This one pours a hazy deep amber with a huge head that retains excellently. Lacing is full and chunky. Aroma is floral hops and a bit of citrus over caramel malts. Taste comes on with the floral hops taking the spotlight at first, then some citrus comes in to fade over the finishing caramel malts. The mouthfeel is nice, it's fairly light and has a good level of carbonation. The drinkability is very good. Overall, I really enjoyed this IPA. A great, drinkable brew that showcases some nice floral hops.

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Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.