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Ipswich Dark Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 17
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000)
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Reviews by tone77:
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, cloudy auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells both malty and hoppy, yum. Taste is also well balanced malt and hop, some nuttiness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality and enjoyable beer.

11-21-2012 00:51:45 | More by tone77
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Creamy 1/2" off white head that slowly recedes to a rather thick sheet. Ringed and patterned lace with good strength. Deep brown in color with flashes of burgundy and auburn.

Semi-sweet caramel and roasted malt aromas. Tones of roasted nuts: almond, hazlenut, etc. Light coffee and espresso.

Mild coffee flavors; lightly sweetened, met by a surprising dose of lemon from the hop profile. Almost an unsweetened, but not completely bitter, milk chocolate and caramel flavor. Hints of toasted hazlenut toffee in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a nice mellow feel on the palate. The carbonation is just a tad too much for the style.

Nice flavors; light and drinkable. The cascade hop addition is a unique choice for the style. I'm not sure it works really well, but it doesn't ruin the beer in the least.

07-16-2010 23:05:33 | More by ExtraStout
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown in color, medium-sized head. A sweet malt aroma, along with a little caramel. It tasted sweeter than it smelled, also some nice piney hops. Maybe a little on the thin side, but still a very enjoyable beer.

07-28-2007 13:33:06 | More by lordofthewiens
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Todd

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Cloudy, murky brown with amber hues and a sticky, frothy, creamy off-white head. Retains very well. Nice bouquet of floral and citrus hop aromas. Fresh grain and malted notes.

Extremely smooth mouth feel. Malt flavour is just right. In the malt profile are caramel, some toasted grain flavours and hints of burnt raisin. Hops are rind-like, a tad grapefruity, and lend a nice balanced twang. Finishes a bit dry with some residual hop and earth-like flavours.

An excellent American Ale! Extremely balanced, complex and interesting on the palate. Buy some now.

11-20-2000 08:12:35 | More by Todd
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Britton

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-12-2012 14:56:07 | More by Britton
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Pours very dark with great head and lacing. Smells of citrus hops, brown sugar, roasted malts. Maybe a touch of lemon zest. Tastes up front of roasted malts, toasted grains, brown sugar, and finishes with a very big citrus hop kick. Very aggressively hopped brown ale. Delicious....dry, astringent finish. Good carbonation. This is one of the very few brown ales that I really enjoy.

12-06-2010 01:36:53 | More by Doomcifer
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-08-2013 04:01:36 | More by iemailjack
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Presentation: ½ gallon brown glass growler with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Slightly hazed brownish amber with a slow rush of carbonation fighting to get to the top to form a wonderful and sticky head.

Smell: Aromas of bread crust with a faint floral hop and vague fruitiness.

Taste: Very smooth with a slight viscous mouth feel as the carbonation pushes through the medium to full body. Mild roasted, chocolaty and biscuity flavour with hints of coco, chicory and whole grain bread. Malt sweetness runs with a fruitiness as well as a touch of nutty yeast. Alcohol is present but light with a flash of esters. Hops become more prevalent as the finish grows near, bitterness is level but not pushy and leaves a trace oily and citric hop flavour that lingers far into the after taste.

Notes: Big, rich and fat in flavour. This is one ale that does not get enough respect. Pairs well with just about everything, corned beef on rye did very well.

06-13-2002 19:48:35 | More by Jason
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-15-2011 02:57:39 | More by bpfrush
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far333

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Dark copper color with a foamy beige head that leaves oily lace around the glass as I drain it. Aroma is of cocoa, with hints of cinnamon and sweet candy. Smooth and full mouthfeel leads to a full and chewy flavor of roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, and fig. Hop presence is felt, but it doesn't compete with the other flavors. They all work well together. A lingering cocoa flavor envelopes the mouth. This is a great beer.

01-02-2004 14:07:16 | More by far333
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-13-2013 23:03:38 | More by doremite
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CmBanaszak


2/5  rDev -48.3%

02-02-2013 19:52:44 | More by CmBanaszak
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

22 ounce bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: Pours a near-clear, dark mahogany with a beige head that has moderate size and durability.

Smell: Roasted malts with spicy hop overtones and hints of raisins. 3.75

Taste: More hops here than expected, but the maltiness of the brown ale base is clearly present (albeit less pronounced) as well. Mildly bitter. Dark roast in the finish with some lingering pine/hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium+ carbonation. Slight crispness and astringency.

Overall: More hop-forward than a typical brown ale, this is better classified as a brown pale ale, and a good one at that.
Both aroma and flavor improve with warming.

04-11-2012 23:03:59 | More by chinchill
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jamisonspitzer

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.5%

03-12-2012 00:06:18 | More by jamisonspitzer
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-23-2013 00:14:20 | More by stereosforgeeks
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dense brown body that glows a dark oak hue at the base of the glass. There is some microbubbles gliding up the sides of the glass. The thick sticky yellowish tan head last and last with creamy rings sticking to the glass with each sip.

S- The soft aroma of clay and lightly toasted malt has some soft green hop hints with a musky pungency to them. A bit soft in aroma but very pleasant.

T- Green hops have a nice full pungency with some wintergreen qualities to it. There is a nice dark biscuit malt flavor that comes through. There is a touch of tartness and grainy quality in the finish with a very soft bitterness that lingers as a green herbal quality.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture that finish a bit creamy.

O- This beer has a nice rich flavor of hops with some soft bitterness and a nice character, albeit a bit soft, in the depth of brown malts.

09-27-2011 21:15:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

Ipswich Dark Ale

Inside the variety 12 pack. $17.50 at Joe Canals- Lawrenceville, NJ

A- Hazy cloudy brown with a moderate size lacing head.
S- slighty roasted oily pine hops.
T- Nice bitter oily green hops with a roasted and mildly burnt touch.
M- Sweet pine hops with a mild burnt coffee/ cocoa finish.

Overall- I don't think this is a nut brown?! Tastes like an IPA/ porter blend ( Tröeg's Dead Reconing Porter?!?!)

Very Tasty, actually quite delicious. Too bad you only get 2 in the 12 pack.

10-03-2007 19:37:24 | More by NJpadreFan
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Dark is right. Very dark glowing brownish red color. Tan-cream colored head is 1.5 finger and leaves a nice little layer over the beer. Smells lightly sweet with chocolate, certainly malty, and pretty hoppy. Taste has similar qualities. Resinous pine, floral and citric hops blend with the sweet malts balancing the beer quite nicely. A nice conglomeration of all sorts of flavors here. Mouth is gritty and smooth. Easy drinkability too.

Another good Ipswich beer. Yummy + good to get whenever your little heart desires.

05-09-2006 23:12:21 | More by tastybeer
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alamode

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-15-2011 01:05:58 | More by alamode
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Fresh bottle from Western Mass. trip. Dark brown inviting with some white yeast lace,with malty and mollasses aroma. Above average carbonation and tongue tingling otherwise tasty, with spice, a tad of licorice, and very drinkable. Good balance.
A superior brown, recommended.

08-12-2007 03:13:53 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Ipswich Dark Ale:
Beautiful appearance. The body is a very deep, ruby-accented dark mahogany brown. The creamy tan head has excellent retention, and it leaves almost solid walls of lace about the glass.

Surprisingly hoppy nose! I was expecting a much more basic ale, perhaps something like a dunkel lager but done with ale yeast - this is nothing like that. It's quite American with juicy, fruity hops bursting forth. Very nice! Beyond that it's pretty basic with a just lightly chocolatey malt base.

The flavor delivers the same hops found in the aroma, but they're more rounded with a grassy side as well. From there the malt steps in, and it's much more chocolatey than the nose suggests, and also very darkly caramelish. It offers a flicker of sweetness, and then settles down as the solid bitterness and leafy hop flavors rise. Well-rounded and very nicely balanced considering the citrusy hops present.

An impressive, hoppy brown ale!

05-06-2009 21:14:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-27-2012 04:54:13 | More by cliff1066
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UncleFrank

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Wow.
As far as a style, where Dark Ale fits Im not sure. Is it Munich Dark? Porter but lighter? Brown Ale? etc? But to this I say who cares!
The aroma is of chocolate and biscuts. Almost like a dark grain bagel with hints of maple. No hop aroma. The color is cloudy brown with a lasting beige head.
The taste gets better as it warms. Typical of a strong beer, which this isnt. This adds to its complexity. Chocolate, wood, roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit followed by citrus and pine hop flavors like orange skins. The finish is slightly hoppy and dry. A tartness or "twang" stays and makes me want more.
This is an excellent beer. I really want to find the "Base" idea for it and brew something like it myself.

02-21-2004 04:12:15 | More by UncleFrank
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-23-2014 18:43:03 | More by tenacioustomato
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Purchased in a growler. Removed the cap and was surprised by the carbonation. Dark brown amber color, with a strong smell of hops. Pours great into a glass, and goes down very easy. A rich good tasting beer.

10-16-2002 06:37:47 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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