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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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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-17-2014 23:22:46 | More by animal69
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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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bschinelli

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-06-2014 00:52:47 | More by Hooliskin
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-03-2014 19:45:13 | More by trevorpost
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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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Danjal

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-04-2014 16:35:27 | More by Danjal
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-31-2014 01:47:47 | More by jwps214
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sd123

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-26-2014 02:20:25 | More by sd123
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-11-2014 15:50:43 | More by rorjets
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-15-2013 18:23:36 | More by Pens1967
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-06-2013 11:34:24 | More by Bjlps
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JWU

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:32:58 | More by JWU
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:26:39 | More by dbrauneis
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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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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-14-2013 20:58:53 | More by jbertsch
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:39:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
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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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Madfish85

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-31-2013 03:20:57 | More by Madfish85
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 16:23:59 | More by smakawhat
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BaconManic

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-15-2013 02:19:48 | More by BaconManic
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hockeypuck

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-29-2013 06:27:18 | More by Kelp
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brheuer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-24-2013 15:23:47 | More by brheuer
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Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.