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Ipswich 20th Anniversary Imperial Pale Ale - Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich 20th Anniversary Imperial Pale AleIpswich 20th Anniversary Imperial Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%


Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is not an ipa or a iipa. This is a imperial version of our original (pale) ale with some suped- up hopping. A blend of the old and new, cascade, willamette, Amarillo and Columbus hops. Dry-hopped.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2011)
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by dancaplette:
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dancaplette

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

02-02-2013 12:36:23 | More by dancaplette
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cjohns73

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-08-2014 20:31:22 | More by cjohns73
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

03-16-2014 11:17:55 | More by Fettpopps
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ipswich's 20th anniversary was in 2011, so this is probably one of the oldest beers I have had yet. Since it is described as a hopped-up version of Ipswich Pale Ale, the hops are probably somewhat muted to say the least. But I found the balance to be excellent.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Trans,lucent amber with a finger and a half thick offwhite head which receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Rich butterscotch and biscuit.

t: Bready malt followed by a medium hop bite and some fruit notes. Bitterness lingers somewhat at the sides of the tongue and the back of the throat. Some butterscotch candy (not the more common caramel) flavor notes come in later too.

m; Medium and smooth with great body.

o: Really loving the color and the flavors in this brew, sweet malty yet fruity, with plenty of hop bite for balance. If this tasted at all similar when fresh, I would like to see Ipswich offer this in sixpacks. Hopheads may wish for even more hop bitterness, but the balance of strong flavors and hops is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:54:06 | More by scotorum
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-05-2013 15:12:50 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-27-2013 22:28:55 | More by scruffwhor
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Zbeetleman

California

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

07-08-2013 05:05:40 | More by Zbeetleman
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bootdown21

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -46.8%

03-23-2013 18:21:46 | More by bootdown21
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:50:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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tkelley

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this 22 oz bottle in a bottle shop and snatched it up right quick. i'd had the 20th Anniversary before and knew they weren't making it anymore. I was saving it for quite a while, but decided on a whim to open it up tonight. It's probably 1-1.5 years old. Glad I did. Poured into a snifter.

A - Great orange color with a thin white head.

S - Hoppy even though it was in the back of my fridge.

T - Again, good and hoppy. Nice citrus notes, more orange than lemon. High alcohol kick in the back. I really like the flavors here and I wish they would make this a year round or seasonal offering.

MF - Very smooth. I think the long time on the shelf/in the fridge did this one a lot of good. Very drinkable.

O - Again, I really like this beer. It is very well crafted but not overly complicated. It's all in the name - American Strong Ale. It has strong hop flavors and smell, strong alcohol... just a really strong offering overall. I doubt I'll come across this one again, but if I do I'll snatch them all up.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:03:54 | More by tkelley
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-02-2012 23:39:47 | More by RichH55
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-15-2012 01:29:06 | More by Chico1985
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-06-2012 01:47:31 | More by raythealeman
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-12-2012 22:23:08 | More by DSlim71
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very slight haze on an orange/copper color. Head is white and rocky. Drops to a thin vestige of a cap in short oder. Carbonation is solid and on point.

Smell: Loads of pale malts. Some caramel malt sweetness. Biscuit aromas run rampant. Earthy citrusy hop component. Very mild, but still packs a nice depth. Very earthy and grassy.

Taste: Pale malts and biscuit dough. Gritty, almost dirty, citrus rind from the hops. Grapefruit rolled in fresh dirt and grass clippings. It's intriguing. Malts are sweet and doughy with just enough body to counteract the hop presence. Nice level of balance. Lingering touches of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a lingering grassiness that dries things up a bit. Body runs on the lighter side of moderate. Carbonation is stronger than I would like, but it's not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall: I had this when it was only a month old and I thought it was oxidized and lackluster. Now that it's many months older, I wonder what I was thinking. It's what it says it is, an imperialized version of their Original Ale with some interesting dry-hopping. Take it for what it is and it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 21:16:07 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-04-2012 20:28:24 | More by redfox405
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PJKSR02

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow: If you like a genuine, raw, local brew, this was it! It's an IPA with a hops flavor that lingers with a spicy aftertaste. There's a whiff of estery alcohol, but that is balanced by the hops aroma, and overall mouth feel. Can we ask for a 21st anniversary redux?

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:54:39 | More by PJKSR02
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2012 23:39:32 | More by jongullotti
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

02-09-2012 17:25:31 | More by rusty3335
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-25-2012 01:26:08 | More by rondufresne
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calmstock

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-16-2012 04:42:28 | More by calmstock
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange/amber color, minimal white head, fades fast with little lacing on the glass, leaves a thin cap on top for a good portion of the drink.

Smell has a strong piney grapefruit aroma, the grapefruit really shines through as the star, the aroma kind of reminds me of the 1260 Triple IPA.

Taste starts out with a musty like hop presence, the fruity grapefruit comes into play, minimal hop bitterness though since it's more of a citrusy/fruit hop than harsh bitter, malt helps smooth things over with a touch of sweetness, carbonation is soft and lends a creaminess, slightly syrupy and thick but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:50:38 | More by deltatauhobbit
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich Anniversary IPA pours a cloudy dark amber, with a small creamy head on top. The foam dissolves to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is piney with some light fruit and bread mixed in. Lots of pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is oily on the palate, slightly chewy with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced. It begins sweet with caramel, bread and yeast. In the middle hoppy pine and citrus notes move in. It finishes moderately bitter and dry. Once gone the pine and bread notes linger on the palate.

This is a well balanced tasty beer. It reminds me of a British bitter with its fruity notes and earthy hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:24:59 | More by WanderingFool
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

01-06-2012 20:10:40 | More by BigCheese
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Zorro

California

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy chill hazed amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and syrupy with a strong malt and wood smell. Toasted bread with orange marmalade.

Starts out sweet with a bit of a salty flavor and a stout bitterness in the finish. Some sour hop flavors mostly lemon and a little rye. All in all though this is a little under-flavored.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick.

Overall this is OK. Not something that I can highly recommend, but it doesn't taste bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:20:27 | More by Zorro
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Ipswich 20th Anniversary Imperial Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.