Ipswich Dark Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Dark AleIpswich Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 215
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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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of smakawhat
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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.

Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.