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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

213 Ratings

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Ratings: 213
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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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
Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
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
Photo of jamisonspitzer
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jamisonspitzer, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
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.

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

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

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

scootercrabb, Jan 31, 2012
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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%
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.

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

Britton, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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

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

alamode, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

snackerfish, Nov 30, 2011
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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
Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.