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Ipswich Dark Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Dark AleIpswich Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 206
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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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-01-2013 05:59:09 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Mappies

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-24-2012 21:40:21 | More by Mappies
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bschinelli

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-14-2014 19:00:01 | More by bschinelli
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chimaylvr

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-07-2012 20:57:20 | More by chimaylvr
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ejh06752

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-27-2014 06:16:24 | More by ejh06752
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-19-2012 01:34:31 | More by djrn2
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-18-2012 02:33:24 | More by RyanGoodman
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Kinsman

California

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark brown, almost no light shining through. Thin but creamy head.

S: Slightly sweet maltiness with a flowery hop presence.

T: Sweet upfront quickly followed by a moderately hoppy finish.

M: Medium-body, good carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Overall pretty easy to drink but a little more hopier than what I expected for a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 00:12:48 | More by Kinsman
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Liquids

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark it is-not exactly a brown. Cloudy and unfiltered deep brown color with a one finger cappucinno head, and lots of carbonation; looks good to me. Aroma is all american brown, hoppy, resinous--I dare say cascade. Taste is dark, dark brown, with earthy caramel notes and charred malts detected. Lacking the nutty flavors of the browns I prefer. Heavy on unfermentables, offset but the hops that follow. The flavor of this beer is really fading into the not-that-different flavor of the Mcneils and Berkshire Porters I've has more recently. A bit tea like in flavor, I notice after a few sips. Certainly hoppy as per the "american brown" style. Ragged char flavors linger making it a brown porter...well, let's just call it dark. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied as expected from the sweetness of the unfermentables. This is not a bad beer, but disapointing considering I have been eyeing change for a single of this for over a year, thinking it would be a solid microbrew answer to newcastle and possibly even one to stock regularly. But some how that clear bottled UK brew that I hate to like has kept it's head about the pack as best of style for (nutty) browns...and despite that brew having major flaws, many browns I try go in very different, though not necessarily better directions, this being another. A fine beer on it's own, considering the complex layers of hops, caramel, and roast malt flavors, but somehow beers like this manage towind up striking me as booring. Sad.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 15:24:04 | More by Liquids
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scottum

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep brown with a big tanish head. Bready/roasty malt flavors rule this brew. The hops balance the finish quite well, but where were they at the start of the race? The finish is quite nice and makes you want to take another sip. Not the best brown ale on the market, but certainly a drinkable brew by all means.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 15:44:21 | More by scottum
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WesWes

New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent that boasts of caramel and special roast malts. There is a slight nutty feel as well. The taste is decent. It's got a brown ale feel with quite a bitter finish. There is a considerable hop element here. I'm not sure that I really like the concept here. It's dry and roasted with some caramel notes, but hoppier than hell. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a forgettable beer. The concept is neat, but delivery suffers.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 21:43:07 | More by WesWes
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, maple, roasted nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. There's a strong bite of hops bitterness, but it doesn't seem to blend with the sweetness. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this wouldn't be one of the first brown ales that I would pick.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 03:20:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brown ale poured a cidery brown color with tons of sediment particles floating about - really looked like apple cider. It also had a small head that formed and retained for a few minutes, also leaving a decent amount of lacing down the glass. It could have been the ice cold glass that hindered the aroma, but there was not much smell to this, I was barely able to smell a malty spiciness, not much else. Medium bodied mouthfeel, and a raison-ish malt foretaste with a crisp hop bite on the finish. The aftertaste was a bit unpleasant. Overall I can't see this as a dark/brown ale, it tasted much more similar to a handcrafted, unfiltered amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 14:15:51 | More by nixhecks
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16%

12-07-2012 22:58:06 | More by liquorpig
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

medium to dark brown in color with a short light tan head that fades to just cover the beer and a fair amount of lace that holds well. smokey roasted malt aroma. smokey bitter coffee, has a burnt taste to it leaving a fingering after taste, bitter chocolate. don't like anything with a smokey taste so i will pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 15:36:04 | More by billybob
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3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Hazy, dark orange/brown. Small, light tan head.

Scent was malty and caramel as first impression. Pine hops came through next. Fairly mild overall.

Taste was more bitter than sweet, pine and herbal elements. Some roast notes. Touch of caramel and wheat bread to balance out flavor profile.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Overall, OK, but nothing special. Decent beer with slight tilt towards hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 15:58:51 | More by
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to ahelm for this extra.

poured cold from the bottle a murky dark amber / brown to a dogfish head '08 shaped pint with a wisp of a short lasting off white / tan head.

aroma of toasted brown sugars and sweet dark molasses and hot maple syrup.

hmmm... not a very agreeable first few sips, however, it may be from a tired palate following a pretty things black ale / that said, this one's not tasting anything close to the fairly agreeable nose. a bit bitter, a bit sour even, with an acidic dirty hoppy bite.

medium carbonation, thin-ish, light bodied, strangely bitter for a brown ale.

drinkability - yeah, but I'd not have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:11:49 | More by robwestcott
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby, copper, and cola all mixed together for this beer's color. Great head and residual foam and bubbling. This beer looks great!

Very hard to pick up the toasted and almost roasted malt aromas. As well as a few bitter hop aromas as well.

Taste starts bitter toasted, almost roasted orange peel. Then maybe some toasty and roasty malts mix in the middle through to the finish. But still pretty bitter from start to finish. More like and AIPA that wishes it was an ABA.

Not bad, but doesn't fit the style at all in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:54:13 | More by scruffwhor
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark russet-toned body with a rather tall, beige head.

Smell: Roasty, toasty malts, chiefly, with hoppy edges of pine and pith.

Taste: Hardly toasted bread, a fair amount of chary roast, and some bitterish chocolate, though very little sweetness ever coming forward to the drinker. Bark-strewn pine chips and a bit of chopped citrus pith ahead of a medium level of bitterness. Drying on the back half with some lingering pine and roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Actually, I was surprised at how fairly hop-forward this was, and was a bit disappointed, as I'd hoped for something more on the malty end of the brown ale spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 19:24:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Zorro

California

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and malty with a chocolate cake batter malt aroma. Smells of chocolate and vanilla with wheat toast. No patent malt aroma at all and no coffee aroma either.

Starts out dry with a fair amount of bitterness and mostly a wheat toast flavor. Taste bitter with some small amount of sweet malt to offset the hops. Mild patent malt flavor, and that is about it. Pretty much a run of the mill brown ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a pretty standard Brown Ale. Nothing here to make it stand out. Not sure I would ever try this again. I am near certain I would try anything new over this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:53:19 | More by Zorro
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jman892

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with some copper highlights. Sudsy head and decent lacing

S- Grassy hops are pretty noticeable. Has a very earhty aroma overall

T - Good amount of hops considering the style. A little bit of toffee sweetnes trying to come into the picture, but largely covered up by the hops. There is a bit of a soapiness character also

M - Stongly carbonated, medium bodied

O - A little bit more bitterness than I would normally expect from a Brown ale. A perfectly average beer for me

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 17:18:49 | More by jman892
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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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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.5%

03-12-2012 00:06:18 | More by jamisonspitzer
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-22-2012 18:43:05 | More by Stockfan42
Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.