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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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CmBanaszak


2/5  rDev -48.3%

02-02-2013 19:52:44 | More by CmBanaszak
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-08-2013 04:01:36 | More by iemailjack
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neil2me

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-03-2013 02:34:13 | More by neil2me
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-28-2012 18:43:39 | More by TWStandley
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-27-2012 04:54:13 | More by cliff1066
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16%

12-07-2012 22:58:06 | More by liquorpig
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 00:51:45 | More by tone77
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-16-2012 01:29:28 | More by mychalg9
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-06-2012 18:29:23 | More by RBorsato
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:30:22 | More by BigCheese
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Dools9

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 17:40:16 | More by Dools9
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BaconBandit


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-09-2012 21:43:32 | More by BaconBandit
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:02:17 | More by Arithmeticus
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DavidHamilton


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-14-2012 01:18:10 | More by DavidHamilton
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bmurph20

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-26-2012 02:15:13 | More by bmurph20
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TheDarkestYouveGot

California

2/5  rDev -48.3%

06-05-2012 05:07:04 | More by TheDarkestYouveGot
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-22-2012 18:43:05 | More by Stockfan42
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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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johnsilk

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-24-2012 17:53:00 | More by johnsilk
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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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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 23:03:59 | More by chinchill
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Jim_DemonDeacon


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-06-2012 00:41:06 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:52:13 | More by DaftCaskBC
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jamisonspitzer

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma has a malty core with subtle chocolate and citrus notes and just a hint of cloves. It pours a dark, hazy, warm brown with a fairly thick and persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty flavor has woody, unsweet chocolate and caramel notes plus a fruity hint. Smooth, firm-bodied texture is fizzy and lively, leaving a woody, malty finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:19:19 | More by Cyberkedi
Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.