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Ipswich Dark Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Dark AleIpswich Dark Ale

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very good

210 Ratings

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | 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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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

kmfoley1975, Yesterday at 05:38 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

JAHMUR, Monday at 06:38 PM
Photo of fedt
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, thick tan head

S: Mild aromas of roasted malts and spices. Smells a little sweet.

T: The ale tastes watery, hoppy without body. It's definitely very thin and I was hoping for more.

M: Thin body. This has more carbonation than needed for a beer without a good malt backbone.

O: This is the first beer I tried from Ipswitch and I was not impressed. I don't think I would try this again.

fedt, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

animal69, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ejh06752, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bschinelli, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Hooliskin, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

trevorpost, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tenacioustomato, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Danjal, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jwps214, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

sd123, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Pens1967, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bjlps, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of JWU
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

JWU, Nov 24, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

dbrauneis, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jbertsch, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!


RonaldTheriot, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Madfish85, Aug 31, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

smakawhat, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BaconManic, Jul 15, 2013
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Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.