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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

207 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 207
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Cyberkedi, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of jongullotti
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jongullotti, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

loupap, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of scootercrabb
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

scootercrabb, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Mappies, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of NarcoSolo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

NarcoSolo, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Britton
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Britton, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +3.4%

kevgod, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of chimaylvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

chimaylvr, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of NHSTEVE
4/5  rDev +3.4%

NHSTEVE, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of alamode
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

alamode, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

Zorro, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of snackerfish
5/5  rDev +29.2%

snackerfish, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Burt, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mattlphoto, Nov 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev +3.4%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

silentjay, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of jman892
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%

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

jman892, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

scruffwhor, Oct 08, 2011
Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.