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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

217 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 150
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark hearty color with a billowing head. Lots of malts on the nose with tea leaves, light chocolate malt, roasted nut, light grain and some dark fruit.

A touch more assertive flavor than the nose but for the most part very reflective. Tea leaves, chocolate malt, barley grain and even roast coffee.

Huge kudos for a great value.

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3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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4.02/5  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.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.