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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460 Ratings

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-1998)
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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick, foamy head that webs the glass with lace

Smell: Relatively balanced aroma, with biscuity malt mirroring the citrus hops

Taste: Balanced from the opening, with both the biscuity malt and the grapefruit from the aroma making an early appearance; the flavor doesn't change much through the swallow and, while this is a nice beer, it borders on APA territory

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A perfectly decent beer that I would enjoy regularly if it was a local

Photo of brunop
4.95/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

may be my favorite beer of all.

pours dark for an ipa. almost portery in appearance.

big hops aroma and taste. though not a citrussy hops. very bitter (in a good way).

i believe all of ipswich's beers are brewed on location in ipswich. i know the ipa we get here in boston is.

this is my daily beer. a classic new england ipa. makes me glad to live less than a 2 hour bicycle ride from the brewery!

Photo of Vendetta
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours thoroughly orange, thin soapy head, decent lacing.

Smells of hops, of course, along with mild citric fruitiness.

Taste is a bit off, pretty mild for an IPA. The hops are there but not extremely present. There is more of a citric taste to the beer than a hop punch. I've had American pale ales that had bigger hop presence than this, actually.

Mouthfeel is good. The body is nicely medium, clean finish, adequate carbonation. This is a good beer but not a great IPA.

Photo of TLove
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of yossarian14
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red mahogany with a tall frothy cream colored head that left great lacing. Has a much more malty aroma than most the IPAs I've been drinking. Smells of roasted caramel malt and a subtle sweetness. Tastes of bitter hops. Biting citrus, orange and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodies and it is very drinkable. I think the bitterness is overdone. The hoppy aftertaste is not tasty or hopspecific, just bitter.

The American IPA is what I drink, and I like Ipswich Original, Dark and Oatmeal Stout better than this IPA

Photo of grs8313
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

12oz bottle as part of a mixed 12pack from Market Basket. Pours a hazy red bordering on copper with a quarter inch of off-white head that sticks to the side of the glass and creates some decent lacing as it dissipates. Orange and grapefruit dominate the aroma, with hints of lemongrass. Orange, grapefruit dominate the flavor as well, with enough caramel and chocolate malt to help balance. Lemon grass and pith also show themselves. Solidly medium in body with ample carbonation makes this one a fair bit more drinkable than expected. Overall a super-solid IPA, and another solid offering from this brewery.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep orange with some floaters and a nice off-white frothy head and good sticky lacing.

Some sweet toffee scents but you get a good whiff of floral hops here.

Sweet and toasty malt backbone with a touch of caramel, and then good solid grapefruity hops kick in. Nicely balanced and no way overdone in the hop leaf/oil department. Allows other elements of the beer to shine through. Good job.

Medium bodied with a little alcohol in the breath. You don't notice it much though.

Very drinkable beer. I bounced back between these, some Sierra Nevada porters, and a couple of lame brews. This was the star of the weekend, by far (big props to this beer in light of the top-notch S-N competition). Would love to try this on tap.

Photo of HalfFull
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy rich amber in color with some orange highlights. Offers up a thick somewhat billowy head and excellent retention and sticky lacing through the glass.

Earthy hops take the forefront on the nose, with wet pine and peat scents and a hint of citrus. Notable roasted malt is there as well.

A nice blend of hops and roasted malt flavors with a touch of smoky bitterness. Bitterness doesn't linger however and is quickly engulfed with some complex malt flavors yielding a nice feel and finish. Carbonation level is just right and stays that way as well.

Photo of
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a north shore resident, I was hoping that I would like this IPA more than I did. The appearance was nice, as well as the smell...just didn't like the flavor that much...too much orange peel. I found it a little harsh. I will try again, and hopefully I'll like it more.

Photo of FatSean
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from an Ipswich mix-pack. Poured beautiful warm brown color with a finger of head into a 20oz tulip pint. Head dissipated over time, and did not leave much lacing.

Impressive malt scents for an IPA. Very caramel/molasses despite the strong presence of flowery hops.

Hops and a little alcohol at first taste, with caramel/molasses malts appearing shortly after. Very well balanced. Malt and hop flavors linger on the palette, but the hoppy notes and bitterness are more prevalent The flavors survive a sip of water.

Mouthfeel is very good. Some tingliness as the beer is consumed. Nothing here to turn you off.

Drinkability is good, but would be better with a savory meal to help balance the power of the brew.

Over all an excellent IPA.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh Ipswich IPA. One of the first IPA's that were ever introduced to me. This beer will forever hold a place in my heart! And what an excellent beer it is...

A- Dark golden brown color. Amber when held up to the light. Hilly and foamy off white head. Decent lacing, nothing to go crazy over.

S- Smell was a mixture of sweet and bitter. Surprised by the caramel malts evident in the nose. Hops surely did dominate which was a sign of the taste that was to follow.

T- There are those hops that I remember. So fresh and bitter. Not your westcoast IPA citrus/grapefruit hops. This is an east coast IPA and a great example of it. A toasted bready taste was there as well.

M- Refreshing and carbonated perfectly. Smooth and pleasurable going down.

D- This is an awesome IPA. One that is to be sessioned for sure.

Photo of soccerman7
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice glowing copper. 1 finger head with decent lacing.

Nose - very nice complexity. grapefruit and pine but very nice malt.

Taste - really nice complex east coast IPA. very balanced but the hops are still there.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth. very simple and good carbonation.

Drink - A very nice and complex. a fine IPA.

Photo of 513hooligan
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

taken a bit back by how dark this was for an i.p.a. half a finger of head that dissolved rather quickly. had an aroma of orange and alcohol. at first taste the hops blew me away. i am quite fond of this style but this was a little much. i wouldn't say it was undrinkable, but i don't think i could have more than one. it was what it said it would be so i can't give it a bad score, but it wasn't my glass of beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark amber-orange color with a thin white head.

S: The nose yielded a huge citrus aroma and pine balanced well with dark caramel.

T: dry floral tones against a rich caramel sweetness. There were warm oranges, and citrus that blended together nicely. The finish was dry and bitter fading to a flowery resin coating on the tongue.

M: creamy and full with a strong carbonation and a lingering hop bitterness.

D: A very tasty ipa that was aggressively hopped. A rich big drink as a stand alone and definitely worthy of a recommend.

Photo of jimboween
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

hello: ipswich pale ale is what ipa stands for. what a gem, and so local! it is light as it is bold. she is demure, and also naked under her trenchcoat. i love ipa on hot days by the water in extremely tall glasses. if it's cold enough, the effect is just like jumping in a pool, only better. and alcoholic.

appearance: like liquid copper. absolutely gorgeous. pouring it into a pint glass makes a cream-colored head appear briefly, then go away. not much head, but it does lace.

smell: a vague kinda fruit smell. maybe citrus, maybe ripened strawberry from across the room. no skunk, no graininess.

taste: hops knee you in the tastebuds. a pronounced bitterness that starts towards the back of your tongue then rips around your mouth before drying off exactly like a bite of grapefruit.

mouthfeel: man this is good beer. i feel that generally ipas can tend to feel a little "sticky". not so here. ipa is carbonated, but with very tiny bubbles which make it bite, but smoothly. terrific.

drinkability: i don't want to play beerpong with it, but given a good meal and a chair by the water, i may be able to drink it forever. not macro "fizzy water" drinkable, but who really wants that anyway? this is a beer you're trying to have a conversation with, not just bang in the taxi.

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

A - Pours a dull copper in color with some cloudiness. Head was off white and looked good. It did not stick around for as long as I would have liked. Resulting lace was plentiful.

S - Earthy hop aromas are out front and start to resemble pine. A solid malt base backs it up with hints of caramel and roasted nuts. There is fruitiness that closes out the smell and comes across as orange. Smell is light overall.

T - The smack of hops on the first sip is nice. Earth (pine) and citrus (grapefruit) flavors are fairly balanced. Next in line is a pretty strong malt base that consists of caramel, fresh bread, and some roastiness in there as well. A slight alcohol flavor sits in the background and does not impose.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is quite bitter and lingers... Based on the flavor I did not expect the amount of bitterness that finished this one out.

D - Drinkability is good. Flavors are nice, aromas are appealing, alcohol is very hard to pick out. All around good beer. Definitely worth a try if you can get it.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks dood!

Appearance: It pours a cloudy, caramel color. A little darker than the norm for the style. I like it. Minute traces of sediment can be seen swimming about. Head is a little off-white and stands a finger and a half tall. It didn't stick around long, but left a solid coat of lace behind.

Smell: The nose is above average, but barely so. It has a decent citrus presence that consists of grapefruit, mango, and a little pineapple. Smells sweet. Hops are there, but are more difficult to pick up than they should be. It's a little yeasty and malty. That wraps it up.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors kick it off. They're sweet and a little bitter. Caramel and pale malts add a tad more sweetness and give it a nice body. Hops are a piney, but not overwhelming. It's bitter, but nicely balanced. It's rather mild mannered given the stature of many IPAs out there. Very approachable for the malt lovers out there. It has a biscuity taste that lingers on the palate. Finishes dry and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. It's got a nice feel for the style. Carbonation is very good. Nice and crisp. Very, very drinkable. I'd say, at 6.3%, it's sessionable. Certainly tastes and feels that way to me. I'd like to have a few more of these.

This IPA is a very nice surprise. I honestly didn't know what to expect. It's my first encounter with Ipswich and I'd like to try some more. Very solid IPA. The nose is a little weak. But, otherwise, it's impressive. Recommended.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a sixer of this while in Boston.

Peach amber with some seemingly pink highlights. Good amount of head after an aggressive pour.

This is what an IPA should be. Nice to see a solid IPA coming from so far east :p

Fresh hop flowers in the aroma: citrus, pine resin, and flowery herbals.

Big hops from beginning to end. It is surprisingly smooth and the carbonation is perfect. A bit of oily resin, but I likes it that way!

Juicy wet hop mouthfeel, fills the mouth and does not feel lacking like some one-dimensional ipas that just hit with bitterness.

I look forward to trying some other offerings from Ipswich in the future. Cheers!

Photo of sleazo
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_dark golden/lightbrown ale. Nice cream and soap suds head has plenty of staying power

S_mild piney aroma with some sweet grain undertones

T_a milder IPA as far as the hops go but tasty all the way. Sweet grains play well with a good dose of piney bitter hops. A wee bit of alcohol shows through which is the main detraction.

M_Nice mild carbonation with a full medium mouthfeel

D_This one is definitely helped by being on cask. It seems like it is probably suited to this format as it drinks more like an English IPA with American hops. All in all a tasty beer and one that is greater than the sum of its' parts.

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A solid two inches of rocky light tan head jumps to the top of my duel glass leaving scattered lace as if fades. Body is a deep brownish amber that is dark for the style. Nose has a nice balance of sappy piney hops and rich mineral based malt notes. A nice mixture of those same elements that showed on the nose comes through on the first sip. Woodsy robust hops with tones of pine and minerals. This is quickly balanced by syrupy sweet malt notes that teams with the hops in harmony. This really is a well done IPA in the way that I like the style to be. Mouthfeel is attractive, slightly thick and leads to an overall very drinkable brew. Notes of honey and orange peel are there as the beer warms.

Photo of MrMonkey
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with red and orange highlights and a two-finger creamy light tan head. Pretty good retention and thick, sticky lacing.

Nose is floral and citrus hops. It's a little bit grassy, with notes of lemon zest and orange peel.

Taste is bitter floral hops on top of a bready malt background. The citrus in the aroma is somewhat lost in the taste. Real bitter and dry in the finish.

Nice and crisp and dry, with a medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability. I'd revisit this one again.

Photo of albern
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice American IPA. It pours a deep tawny, rather cloudy, orange color with a frothy off white head and lots of lacing. The head does hang out for awhile too. The smell is just great in that you'll find a nice sweet malty backbone, some hoppy esters, pine notes, and some grapefruit like citrus hints. The taste is very robust and plenty hoppy. What is missing is the resinous piney hop notes here, and what I'm getting is just too much bitterness without the corresponding hop esters and the fruit of the hop vine. There is a nice citrus taste of the grapefruit family, some nice sweet worty malts, and maybe some rind notes as well. The mouthfeel does have a tinniness to it that I subtracted points from the total and you can definitely feel this on the side of the tongue. The beer is very drinkable, well made, good, and worth seeking out. Is it the ideal Pacific Northwest style IPA, no, but there is plenty of positive attributes worthy of note in this beer. L'Chaim.

Photo of erosier
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a nice white head that sticks around for a while and laces the sides of the glass all the way down. The smell is of roasted malts underneath a mostly floral hoppy aroma of a nice American IPA. The taste delivers that. It tastes of a nice base of malts with a really strong floral hop flavor that is nice and bitter. It has a nice crips mouthfeel which makes for a very drinkable beer. Definatley a nice one for the hop heads out there.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) from Ipswich Ale Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.