Ipswich Rye Porter - Ipswich Ale Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Dark, rich color with a generous toffee-colored head
S: A bit on the sweet side, with hints of coffee.
T: Pleasant. Some tobacco/coffee flavors
M: Smooth. Well balanced carbonation.
O: This one caught me off guard. Thought it would just be a throw in to the mix pack, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
12-24-2013 01:02:34 | More by DJoe
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
A - Pours a surprisingly deep dark nearly-black. There are a couple mahogany highlights and a brown bubbly head, but one could be forgiven for calling this beer black. There is some visible carbonation when held at the right angle. Light lacing at the top of the glass.
S - Not really encouraging, although I give a few points for the strength, which is pretty much just the way I like it. It's a murky smell, with notes of chocolate and coffee as can be expected, but not quite right. Hard to explain.
T - Really good, and I'm generally not a big fan of porters. I love how the Rye adds a kick to the beer and it blends nicely with the dark roasted malts. I would call this the highlight of the beer.
M - Starts off great! Nice medium-full bodied beer. Creamy. A little fluffy from the carbonation. However, it leaves a coating on my mouth of which I am not a fan. The flavor lingers too long and leaves me with a burnt coffee type flavor that I do not attribute directly to taste.
O - I love the idea, and really enjoyed the first half of it. However, it really needs a chaser IMHO.
12-05-2013 18:32:10 | More by Andrew041180
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 18, 2013. This is probably from last year's mixed pack. No date on the bottle.
I(t has a decent looking dark brown pour to just about black with ruby red highlights, a moderate tan head, and deeply opaque.
The aroma is of dark malts, coffee grinds, some mild smoke, and mellow sweetness. No hops to speak of.
The body is about medium.
The taste tends to begin sweet and malty but it does not take long for the spent coffee grinds to kick in and take it over. Hops are downplayed on both the nose and taste. It seemed to be true to the Porter style but did not blow me away.
08-18-2013 23:25:24 | More by puboflyons
3.69/5 rDev -5.6%
22oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass.
A- Poured a very dark chocolate brown color, nearly opaque except for some visible carbonation. The tulip made for a big 2-plus finger head, rich mocha color, that gently tapers to a film leaving sheets of lacing.
S- A big blast of chocolate, coffee infused chocolate, and dark roasted chocolatey malts.
T- The rye spice comes through after the upfront chocolate flavor, making it work so that it's not as chocolate dominant as the aroma would indicate.
M- This is overcarbonated, and that's the first thing I feel in each sip. Now I know why the carbonation was visible in such a dark beer. There really is not much body, the malts are hidden. There is some rye spice on the finish.
O- My rating numbers reflect exactly how, for me, that this beer goes: all over the place.
05-19-2013 19:50:33 | More by NiceTaps
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
Had on tap at Stick and Stones last night.Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a nice looking creamy-like mocha colored head atop that lasted for quite awhile.Chocolate stood out most in the nose along with caramel and a mild earth/woodiness.A nice full feel to the beer,a creamy texture made it go down pretty easily.Chocolate and some vanilla flavors shine thru right away on the palate with light sharpness from the rye along with earthy roastiness to balance the beer out in the finish.This is a real nice porter it has alot of stuff going on,great stuff.
03-04-2013 12:57:53 | More by oberon
5/5 rDev +27.9%
I wish I could get this seasonal brew 12 months out of the year!! This is the best dark beer there is. I love the hint of chocolate, rich aroma and full body. In a word, this brew is BOLD.
It is meant to be savored not chugged. Perfect companion to any meal, but especially beef and pork dishes.
02-15-2013 23:42:26 | More by fwitte
4/5 rDev +2.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A - very dark brown with root beer colored head. Really nice lacing and retention.
N - delightful spice and hop notes. Spice from the rye harvested nearby the brewery.
T - chocolate big time. The rye is clear. Hops too, but not too bitter or fruity.
M - rich and chocolatey.
O - very drinkable. Really enjoyed this one over the winter. Hope it comes back next year.
02-10-2013 02:17:54 | More by tkelley
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet, pours an opaque dark red brown damn near black with a dark tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear
S: coffee, heavily toasted malt, dark chocolate, slight hops
T: heavily toasted smokey character up front with flavors of the rye coming through, lots of coffee, some dark chocolate, bitter hops on the end, spicey rye flavor throughout
M: nice and oily without being thick, coats the mouth, aftertaste is mostly roasted malt, higher carbonation than needed for the style
O: a fun twist on an American Porter, not overly malty, hoppy, or roasted, the rye provides a nice flavor twist without sacrificing the established qualities of the style
01-30-2013 01:45:17 | More by M_C_Hampton
Ipswich Rye Porter from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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