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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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466 Ratings

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 251
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent amber colored with a large white head. Lots of sticky lace and thick retention skim through which the beer never shows. Looks appealing like a beer I'd order because I saw some one else drinking it.

Smells of earthy hop oil, mild apricot and heavy cider-like malt.

Sweetbread malt preludes heavy hop bitterness. Fairly balanced. Herbal hop aftertaste as the hop oils coat my teeth and tongue and never want to leave. Mouthfeel is very full with mild carbonation breaking through viscous hop oils. Not a typical hop bomb, this beer tastes like a meal.

Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a hazy, deep ruby-gold color with a smallish and bubbly light khaki colored head. Retention is only fair but this baby leaves a lot of pretty lace in the glass. Lazily carbonated.

S: Notes of caramel and toasted malts with large helpings of some rather medicinal smelling hops. As it warms, aromas of pine and grapefruit emerge.

T: Strong pine and grapefruit hop flavors merge nicely with toasty malt, caramel, black tea, spicy herbs/wildflowers, and hints of fresh cut grass and lemon.

M: Sticky and quite astringent. Pungeant hop oils attach themselves to everything in my mouth.

D: Very nice hoppy bitterness with just the right amount of sweet malt to keep things from becoming too one-sided.

Photo of roan22
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is not available in Pennsylvania, and if I happen to be in a New Jersey beer store, I usually pick up a sixer since this beer is a consistently-made quality IPA [and I can get pretty much everything else in my own state].

Appearance: a reddish amber hazy IPA with tiny floaty particles. Excellent appearance..massive off white head poured, and halfway down the pint, the head is still there.

Aroma: I pick out sweet caramel maltiness, strong citrus hops and boozey note.

Taste/mouthfeel: taste starts out with a toasted, crusty pumpernickel bready kind-of-a-malt taste, then melds into delicious, really bitter, puckery bite from the hops [I'd guess centennial..]. Then there is a brief note of smoked wood chips, and finally a rich peppery, yet butterscotchy finish [which is HOT, as in sexy, at least on my tongue!].

Drinkablity gets a 5. Well done Mercury Brewing Company. Jersey beer stores, you'll have a loyal PA customer for life, if you keep stocking this beer..cheers!

PS-I predict this beer might get a cult following..its kind of the "new" Tuppers Hop Pocket Ale. Almost dead on with it in terms of taste.

Photo of horshack7
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle pours out a deep amber orange with a very frothy and thick head on top. The head thins out slowly which is for the head rentention.

Aromas: The hops in this one put out a tremendous dried fruit aroma such as apricots. There minor grapfruit notes.

Taste: It starts off easy then the hops come on like a tidal wave. The dried fruit notes are big in this one. Lots of little citrus fruit notes as well. It does have a lightly crisp mout feel to it.

Notes: This one I find very drinkinable it's a well rounded and year round ipa. To be enjoyed in any season. Cheers.

Photo of Coorskid33
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears~ Dark in color. Copper tone with a 1 inch head that lingers and laces the glass.

Smells~ Amazing! This IPA was made correctly. Super hoppy and floral. All beer should smell this good.

Taste~ Has an initial bite that backs off quickly allowing for the enjoyment of flavor. Hoppy as heck with a caramel , then finishes real smooth. After-taste lingers but it's welcomed.

Mouthfeel~ I thought it was thick for an IPA but I enjoyed it. Not over carbonated.

Drinkability~ This is a great IPA. All that it should be. Packed with flavor and quality that is sort of hard to find sometimes. I'd buy this six pack in a heartbeat.

Photo of karlf
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out to a cloudy amber/orange color with a light orange colored head. Nothing too incredible from the smell and the taste was what I expected; a bitter beer with a lot of citrus. This was a great beer for the first 2 but after about the 3 it definitely started to get too bitter for my taste, and I was drinking these relatively slowly. Had this with a homemade pizza which went really well together and would recommend pairing it with food, but wouldnt recommend drinking it alone.

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +29.9%
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%
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
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -3.4%
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
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +5.8%
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 +3.7%
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 +7.1%
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
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +5%
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
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
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 +6.3%
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
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

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