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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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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-17-2012 23:37:27 | More by jongullotti
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loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-02-2012 03:21:33 | More by loupap
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scootercrabb

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

01-31-2012 18:17:16 | More by scootercrabb
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-30-2012 02:20:52 | More by jfcaa193
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Mappies

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-24-2012 21:40:21 | More by Mappies
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NarcoSolo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-21-2012 22:42:35 | More by NarcoSolo
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark russet-toned body with a rather tall, beige head.

Smell: Roasty, toasty malts, chiefly, with hoppy edges of pine and pith.

Taste: Hardly toasted bread, a fair amount of chary roast, and some bitterish chocolate, though very little sweetness ever coming forward to the drinker. Bark-strewn pine chips and a bit of chopped citrus pith ahead of a medium level of bitterness. Drying on the back half with some lingering pine and roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Actually, I was surprised at how fairly hop-forward this was, and was a bit disappointed, as I'd hoped for something more on the malty end of the brown ale spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 19:24:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Britton

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-12-2012 14:56:07 | More by Britton
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-12-2012 05:09:09 | More by kevgod
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chimaylvr

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-07-2012 20:57:20 | More by chimaylvr
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-25-2011 20:30:33 | More by NHSTEVE
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alamode

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-15-2011 01:05:58 | More by alamode
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Zorro

California

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and malty with a chocolate cake batter malt aroma. Smells of chocolate and vanilla with wheat toast. No patent malt aroma at all and no coffee aroma either.

Starts out dry with a fair amount of bitterness and mostly a wheat toast flavor. Taste bitter with some small amount of sweet malt to offset the hops. Mild patent malt flavor, and that is about it. Pretty much a run of the mill brown ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a pretty standard Brown Ale. Nothing here to make it stand out. Not sure I would ever try this again. I am near certain I would try anything new over this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:53:19 | More by Zorro
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snackerfish

Vermont

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-30-2011 00:40:06 | More by snackerfish
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2011 16:53:33 | More by Burt
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2011 23:16:35 | More by nmann08
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-18-2011 21:05:45 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mattlphoto

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-17-2011 14:13:16 | More by mattlphoto
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-15-2011 02:57:39 | More by bpfrush
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-14-2011 18:11:59 | More by Lawnboy33
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 17:05:40 | More by seanwhite
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

almost english porter-like in appearance. a deeep brown which shows some mahogany when held up to the light. nice, khaki head that leaves tons of lacing after it laces quickly.

roasted/candied nuts with some dark fruits, molasses (light) and caramel with some toast.

nice roasty, toasty, sweet flavor with a significant charred/smoke flavor that is not usual for the style, but adds a nice element to cut through the sweetness. roasted nuts and fruits are still there, and some cacao on the finish.

medium bodied with a gently prickly carbonation and a syrupy stickiness left behind with a toasted and sweet aftertaste.

I like it. usually a pretty boring style, the heavy roast brings in an element that helps distinguish this one from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 05:28:51 | More by silentjay
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jman892

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with some copper highlights. Sudsy head and decent lacing

S- Grassy hops are pretty noticeable. Has a very earhty aroma overall

T - Good amount of hops considering the style. A little bit of toffee sweetnes trying to come into the picture, but largely covered up by the hops. There is a bit of a soapiness character also

M - Stongly carbonated, medium bodied

O - A little bit more bitterness than I would normally expect from a Brown ale. A perfectly average beer for me

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 17:18:49 | More by jman892
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby, copper, and cola all mixed together for this beer's color. Great head and residual foam and bubbling. This beer looks great!

Very hard to pick up the toasted and almost roasted malt aromas. As well as a few bitter hop aromas as well.

Taste starts bitter toasted, almost roasted orange peel. Then maybe some toasty and roasty malts mix in the middle through to the finish. But still pretty bitter from start to finish. More like and AIPA that wishes it was an ABA.

Not bad, but doesn't fit the style at all in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:54:13 | More by scruffwhor
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dense brown body that glows a dark oak hue at the base of the glass. There is some microbubbles gliding up the sides of the glass. The thick sticky yellowish tan head last and last with creamy rings sticking to the glass with each sip.

S- The soft aroma of clay and lightly toasted malt has some soft green hop hints with a musky pungency to them. A bit soft in aroma but very pleasant.

T- Green hops have a nice full pungency with some wintergreen qualities to it. There is a nice dark biscuit malt flavor that comes through. There is a touch of tartness and grainy quality in the finish with a very soft bitterness that lingers as a green herbal quality.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture that finish a bit creamy.

O- This beer has a nice rich flavor of hops with some soft bitterness and a nice character, albeit a bit soft, in the depth of brown malts.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 21:15:32 | More by rhoadsrage
Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.