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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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430 Ratings

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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.

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Photo of bboven


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, dark copper body with great thick head retention and lots of lacing.

Huge floral hop aroma with a hint of sweetness.

Initially a bit of malt and huge hop flavor, but an almost unpleasant bitterness takes over at the end. A bit overpowering for the style, really.

Very low smooth carbonation which is awesome. A wee bit thin but definitely forgivable.

I may go for a different IPA, but I wouldn't kick this one out of bed.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 23:54:33 | More by bboven
Photo of Zorro


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through BA johnnnniee and BEERFEST THE MOVIE BIF!! (Yeah you spell it that way.)

A slightly chill hazed brown-orange colored ale with a decent tan head. Very dark but I just can't say it is a shade of the standard "IPA Orange."

Very hoppy to the nose with citrus and herbal aromas in about the same amounts. Lots of citrus and soapy hop aromas and some menthol. Malt as with most IPAs is mostly obscured but there is a notable brown sugar aroma here.

The taste begins sweet and woody with a bit of brown sugar before the hop bitterness intrudes. No one hop flavor dominates and the taste continues its sweet and then bitter two step. Lots of wood and tea flavors and a slight grapefruit flavor this does seem to favor a herbal taste.

The mouthfeel is good.

An OK IPA but I can't think of anything about it that is unusual except the brown sugar taste. Worth a try but not something I would buy a six pack of. I can see trying this again on tap though.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 06:02:47 | More by Zorro
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first ever cask and I loved it. This IPA was opaque, Brown/red in color. Definitely a lot of sediment to it. Decent head and good lace. Smells like nut. Solid IPA to start.

A lot colder than I thought it would be. This was truly excellent. A lot of sediment and flavor. Full bodied. I've never had the Ipswich regular, so maybe it is always great, but out of the cask it was so rich and enjoyable.

I am a huge, huge fan.

Serving type: cask

10-30-2007 03:00:17 | More by Amalak
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a lightly hazy, dark amber color. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, tan colored head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer smells of ample crystal malt notes and citrusy hops from afar. This is definitely heavy on caramelized malts from the ample use of crystal malts, but there is a judicious hop character here which helps to balance this out. I would characterize this as a somewhat hop focused, malty, amber ale more than an IPA. The hops are noticeable, though they certainly don't jump out of the glass and even at times completely disappear underneath the crystal malt aromatics.

The flavor is a bit more hop focused than the aroma, with an aggressive, even at times astringent bitterness being most noted. In addition to the sharp bitterness the finish also has a note reminiscent of heavily toasted malts; flavors of well browned rustic bread, and even almost a touch of chocolate character (though this last might be a bit of a stretch). Citrus hop flavors of grapefruit, and tangerine mix with a sharp, herbaceous, pine note.

A bit too sharp and astringent, the hops come off as being a touch to harsh, which is a bit of a surprise given the heavy handed use of character malts. Somehow this just comes off as being muddled or even a bit muddy somehow. Not bad and certainly drinkable, somehow this seems a bit outdated (sort of like an early 90's brewpub interpretation of an IPA). I think my expectations of this beer were built up a little bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 00:24:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Cloudy translucent amber color. Nice sized head of nearly white foam. Head stays around nicely and laces the glass pretty well.

S - Citrus hops leading the way, very grapefruity. Has some biscuity malt poking out there too.

T - Nice citrusy hop taste leading to a bitter rush. Finished extremely bitter. Some malty sweetness is there, but the hops do dominate.

M - Fairly light bodied for such a hoppy IPA.

D - A nice hop fix. Could turn off the faint of heart, but if you want a hoppy IPA without crossing over to the Imperials, this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 03:45:55 | More by EStreet20
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky dark copper hue with a fluffy light khaki colored head that dies down to a good 1/4 finger head which stays. Stickiness is very nice. Smell is unique for this style. A good caramel malt presence with big floral hop notes. A lot maltier on the nose than most American IPA's, maybe this should be classified as a British Style IPA...? Taste seems a bit bland and watered down. No hop kick on the tongue, but some dilluted citrus flavors. Tiny bit of caramel malt on the tongue but could use some more. Just wasn't feeling the taste in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lack of carbonation for the style. Having their Oatmeal Stout and Dark Ale, I've come to the conclusion that Ipswich has amazing dark beers but should look into tweaking their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 00:07:09 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of ccrida


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of yobdoog (thx!), poured into a nonic, Ipswich IPA cloudy, dark dull bronze with a thick, creamy khaki head that leaves sticky lace. Looks very thick and homebrewish, but very, very nice.

The aroma is strong and sweet, floral hops, cherries, alcohol. A typical, but again, very nice.

The taste is pretty smooth and balanced, but very robust. The malt has a very soft sweetness, with an earthy, spicy hop bite that tingles the tounge and leaves a lingering bitterness and alcohol on the breath, which begins to dominate by the end. I would have preferred it a bit more floral, but maybe my bottles on the older side? Either way, it's not to bad.

The body is not nearly as thick as it appears. I'm serving my fridge temp, which I think is best for IPAs, especially one a full as this. Creamy and crisp.

This is pretty nice, maybe it's just frigate on the label and the fact that it's from MA, but it seemed pretty authentic. Not the greatest, but I'm glad I got to try it, and it went well with my spicy stir-fry.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 04:25:00 | More by ccrida
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange brown, head does not really retain. lace sticks around only if you take long breaks between sips.

slightly piney hop scent, maybe some fruitiness and yeast.

pretty carbonated, so it's relatively crisp in the mouth.

the taste just seems a bit too dominated by the bitterness, it's hard to pick out the other hop flavors and malt, although they are present, especially in the aftertaste, which i suppose is pleasing enough.

at least it burps up a nice hop profile, although i wish i had experienced that on the way down instead...

note: a little more interesting if you let it warm up slightly

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 08:16:11 | More by tai4ji2x
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured in a pint glass.

A - murky, amber color with a fluffy white head that stayed the whole glass, leaving bits of lacing.

S - sour aroma, I can't put my finger on it, but it's sour.

T - sour tasting upfront, followed by bitter hops.

M - light/medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - the sour taste would be what keeps me from wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 22:14:08 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a small light tan head that falls fast to a ring but does leave some lace.

Aroma is lots of malt biscuity , with an under lying hop presence citrus light grapefruit, but malt dominating this one.

Taste is malt nice bready biscuits upfront with underlying hops underneath. Citrus mostly grapefruit with orange hints, but definite grapefruit rind in the bitter finish. Finish does have a bitter bite even though hops seem to take second seat on this IPA. Malt body is quite tasty, even if not normal for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with a good medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable beer, would not be first choice for thirst quenching hop bomb , but would be good when in the mood for a maltier IPA. Anyhow want to thank wcudwight for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 17:36:09 | More by mntlover
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy, dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's got a dry bisquity scent as well as some yeast fruitiness from bottle conditioning. The taste is good. It has a strong malt presence as well as a monster hop punch. It's dry and bitter with a delicate malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not the best IPA on the market, but it's bitter and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 21:11:58 | More by WesWes
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large off white head that resists fading. A good amount of lacing present.

The smell is on the timid side, a dominant earth malt over a slight sweet citrus note.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel has a creamy texture from the small bubbles of carbonation. A touch of hop bitterness at first, but not overwhelming. An interesting malt flavor balances out the hop character. Another layer of citrus hop occurs in the finishing breath.

A good drinker. The 6.3% ABV provides a subtle warmth.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 16:56:34 | More by jjayjaye
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I order this at Sunset in Allston earlier and was excited to see the "Cask-Conditioned" category again. I'm assuming this is now a mainstay? If so, God bless them. Tonight's selection was Ipswich IPA.

To begin with, I'm not a huge IPA fan. Thus, caveat emptor; the nuances that a seasoned style-junkie readily discerns are not contained herein. And as with any review, mine is just an opinion from one perspective, and right now I'm feeling the milder, the dark(ish)er, and the British. Not the IPA.

The last cask-conditioned ale I had at Sunset was a wistfully hazy, golden brown; this pour, I must say, was not as pretty.

Taste was sweetish, strong hops, and smooth. Very little bite, impressively low alcohol flavor, and a pleasantly thin mouthfeel. However, I'm not so sure this ale was suited for cask-conditioning.

I'm on the fence about recommending this one. I've had it in the bottle before, and it was good. So, I'd stick with that means, for now. Bottle = good. Cask-conditioning = skip.

Serving type: cask

06-24-2007 07:46:37 | More by jaymirage
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to swedejay53 for the bottle.
Amber, brass, copper color with a whispy 1/2" off-white head that quickly flees the scene, leaving behind the evidence of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.
Interesting aroma for an IPA. I smell muffins. Some grapefruit but mostly muffins.
Excellent malt profile that is more complex than 'Pacman' Jones's legal troubles. There's some grapefruit rind bitterness in there, but it's the malt profile that seperates this beer from other IPA's and gives it an identity. Lot's of sweet malts that parallels the sharp citric hops nicely.
Mouthfeel is pretty average. The hops kind of add a prickly feeling that is kind of fun though.
Nice well done IPA. Not one for the IPA hall of fame, but still a good beer. Glad I have another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 13:37:13 | More by wcudwight
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Foodery, bootlegged to Georgia. This lovely pours a thick, cloudy orange body with a frothy 2-fingered white head. Smell of faint hops, pink grapefruit and pepper. The taste was good till the end...sweet malt, big citrus with a long lingering finish. Palate was splattered with that yummy hop plaque. I will wait a week to drink my other bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 23:02:15 | More by RustyDiamond
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New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy copper color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart immediately. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: bread, caramel, and some soft bitterness is very weak and tough for the nose to pull out of the glass.

Taste: bread, caramel, mild tones of tart grapefruit, and mild bitterness make up a mellow IPA that comes off as more of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. A touch of dryness comes at the end. Medium bodied. Short aftertaste of caramel, bread and some mild bitterness.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one, but it is not an IPA that stands out for me. If you like your IPAs with more of a bready texture, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 22:46:53 | More by Gavage
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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin tan head on a cloudy copper/brown body.
S- Grapefruit, hints of pine, grass, and earthy hops. Toffee body helps balance it out a bit.
T- Follows the aroma quite closely. Grapefruit rind comes in to play though. Toffee body is a bit to big IMO. It is like a hoppy Pale Ale. A decent size bitterness is left on the tongue though.
M- Full/medium body with low carbonation.
D- It is alright. Nothing great. I doubt this one will even stick out in memory down the road.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 19:49:06 | More by BlindPig
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 03:39:10 | More by Sammy
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the trade on this beer.

pours a orangy/amber with no head, just a few stray bubbles the flow around on top of the beer.
the aroma is malty with hints of some fresh cut lawn and smidgen of citrus.
the flavor is malty with a nice concentrated malt burst just before the smooth bitterness strikes you, has a lingering grassy flavor with a nice spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 01:42:13 | More by plaztikjezuz
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper with a one-finger head that slowly descends to a very thin, creamy cover. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is citric and earthy. A hint of spice.

The taste is of spiced citrus backed by sweet, almost caramelish, malt. Well-balanced for the style. Chewy hops with caramel and sweetbread in the back. Finishes with a spicy zest.

Full, rich, creamy and chewy. A tasty brew with quite a bit of depth. Assertive hops with a firm malt backbone. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 18:30:47 | More by jwc215
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color into my pint glass from the 12 oz brown bottle. Off-white head and faintly hazy.

Smells of citrusy hops and biscuity malt.

Citrusy flavors and doughy malt and yeast in front. The hops are very earthy and the bitterness lingers long after the beer is swallowed. The finish is quite dry.

A solid IPA, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 03:53:36 | More by adowney523
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely dark amber with slight chill haze .3 finger head slowly drops leaving abundant lacing and 1/4 " residual foam after 2-3 minutes

Readily apparent hop aroma with slight grapefruit and some pine . Malt presence is there but muted . Marsh mallows ? Hmmm.

Starts with a nice dose of hop flavor with a quick bitterness whack that drops off , then lingers pleasantly . Hop flavor all through it with subtle malt notes peeking through the lupulin medly .

Feels medium to full in the mouth with a slight alco -presence , good carbonation , not overdone. Yum . Dryness begs for 'nother sip .

Much too tasty . Very drinkable . Damn fine IPA .

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 21:10:48 | More by yeastpuppet
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy deep amber color, with a medium-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with malty citrus & caramel sweetness. The hops are in the background, but they're not very strong.

T: The hops come out a little bit stronger in the taste, but the citrus sweetness is still the dominant factor. There are also flavors of caramelized malt and a hint of smokiness. The after-taste is a balance of the hops bitterness and citrus sweetness. Since the hops are somewhat subdued overall, this is the type of IPA that would be good to start someone down the hophead path.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, not very filling, this is a good beer to stick for an evening, but personally, I prefer a more hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 02:53:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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