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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

208 Ratings

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 16
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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Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.3%

CmBanaszak, Feb 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

neil2me, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

TWStandley, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of liquorpig
3.25/5  rDev -16%

liquorpig, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tone77, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mychalg9, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

RBorsato, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 9/28, just over a month old.

A: Pours a deep mahogany, with a large/healthy/thick baileys colored pillow of a head. The big head lasts, one of the better I've seen in a little while. Leaves lacing everywhere. Not totally clear but appears filtered.

S:Toasted biscuit, toffee, herbal hops break through, rather light aroma.

T: Mix of malty sweetness and intertwined with a slight punch of hops. Lots of caramel, toffee, nuttyness, oatmeal, milk chocolate all come to mind. Finish is more bittersweet chocolate and medium roast coffee. some Grassy hops too, with hints of pine/lemon. definitely some bitterness not sure if its hops, dark malts or both. Hints of butter too, maybe a dash of diacetyl, which isn't uninvited.

M: High carbonation, light body but silky smooth, I suspect oats, quite drinkable.

O: Quite a pleasant brown ale. A bit darker than many brown ales, with a bitter/robust character. Sort of a brown ale/robust porter hybrid IMO. I like it, another solid session beer from Ipswich, simple recipes, superb execution.

BigCheese, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Dools9
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/14/12 poured into a tumbler.

A: Murky, dark brown in color. Very nice creamy two finger khaki brown head. Very nice lace and retention.

S: Very malty, lots of toasty grain, caramel malt, a bit of earth.

T: Light pine and bitter earthy hops give way to a wave of toasted grainy malt, roasted biscuit, and ends with a nice toffee sweetness. As the beer warms, some roasty chocolate malt comes through and the sweetness becomes a bit more more pronounced.

M: Medium body, lightly crisp, slick mouth.

O: Pretty enjoyable brown ale here, actually a bit more hop foward than expected.

Dools9, Sep 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BaconBandit, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in 4-oz. taster, in shifts

A: decent head (dissipates quickly) with mix of bubble sizes; little carb action; dark copper color
S: caramel, malty aroma; persistent, inviting
T: bitter, dry flavor; complex; more hoppy than malty; prominent roasted malt (almost smoked), toward a stout; good balance of flavor with alcohol; hop flavor is in the darker, lower range

Pretty good beer.

Arithmeticus, Aug 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

DavidHamilton, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

bmurph20, Jun 26, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.3%

TheDarkestYouveGot, Jun 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Stockfan42, May 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

djrn2, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

johnsilk, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

RyanGoodman, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

chinchill, Apr 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over brown liquid.

S: Citrus hops, yeast, toffee malt

T: Citrus, floral and some pine hops up front with toffee and chocolate flavoured malt. More bitter than sweet.

M: Thin viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: A pretty good brown ale that gets better as it approaches room temperature.

DaftCaskBC, Mar 12, 2012
Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.