Ipswich Dark Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.
A- a very dark brown, with amber hues when held to light. A nice khaki head laces very nicely.
S- Some pumpernickel bread with a cocoa and chicory sweetness there as well. Some leafy hops are detectable. Fruity esters lie well underneath. Pretty straight forward brown ale here.
T- Not as dark on the flavor (as the smell) and really nice and complex for a brown. A dark bread base is backed up by cocoa, chicory, coffee, a slight nuttiness, and some fruity yeast notes. Sweetness reminds me of a molasses, but is appropriately restrained. Finishes with a mild leafy/citric hop note.
M- Really nice and slick, slightly creamy. Dries nice on the back end, but not crushingly so.
O- New England Breweries seem to really have brown ales down. (thinking Smuttynose here) Really nice offering from Ipswich.
11-24-2013 01:32:58 | More by JWU
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some amber + golden orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large cap of thick film and a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted and toasted malts with a light hint of char. Light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops.
T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted and toasted malts with light flavors of char. There are moderate flavors of pine/resin hops in the finish which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. LIght to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: Pretty hoppy for an American Brown Ale with a pretty big flavor profile - enjoyable and pretty easy to drink.
09-26-2013 00:26:39 | More by dbrauneis
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Ipswich Dark Ale has a medium, off-white head, a caramel color, lots of streaming bubbles, and thin lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of caramel, sweetness, and light cocoa. Taste is of caramel, sweetness, cocoa powder, and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a little bit slick. Ipswich Dark Ale finishes dry, sweet, and very drinkable. I think it's really delicious!
09-05-2013 23:39:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
2.98/5 rDev -23%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Eeek old bottle! 3/11/2013.
Nice deep chestnut brown color, with creamy light white and tan coffee like head. Head is three fingers tall lots of retention, and soapy whipped up lacing. Pretty nice looking brown.
Great nose on this. Good herbal sweetness, with hints of milk chocolate and toffee. Great brown like spices and cinnamon and nutmeg aromas, very solid and impressive.
First taste. What the heck? Palate feel. Watery and very weak. Malt, non existent, no hinting taste at all from the nose of classic brown ale flavors. No nutty, chocolate, or even minor roasty quality. Slightly acrid, somewhat sour grain and astringent and oil zest bitterness and not of a good hop like quality..
This is really a disappointing brown.
08-25-2013 16:23:59 | More by smakawhat
Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.