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Ipswich Summer Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale
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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003

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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of Wamesit
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an very hazy orange amber. Think white head that gives way to light lacing.

S - A nutty/yeasty nose with deep fruit aromas.

T - Bready and biscuity malts balance well with a strong and dry hoppiness. Lemon peel and a near grass/hay taste give this summer a refreshing (but not too crisp) flavor and smoothness. A more herbal hops finishes the beer alongside a touch of an yeast astringency.

M - Medium. Good and refreshing carbonation.

O - Great summer ale. Maybe the best I've had.

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Photo of argylegirl
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Cloverlay
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of spicyvelveetas
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of vegasmac99
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a hazy orange with about an inch of foam. Looks like some good lacing and head retention is above average.

The smell has notes of caramel and some fruitiness, mainly oranges. A nice light but good nose.

The taste is yum. The oranges hit my tastebuds first followed by another fruit I can't put my finger on, some caramel sweetness and bread and a rather substantial citrus hop goodness right before and through the finish.

Right at medium bodied, the carbonation is also medium, and man, is this Blonde Ale drinkable. Holy cow!! This is one that I could have easily drank all summer long!

Bottom line: Usually, when I try an American Blonde Ale, I go in without expecting much but this one is a real winner in all categories. Love it!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow wheat beer. Has a kinda "wild" taste to it. If I pour it too fast, I get a very large head which prevents me from downing it in one gulp. This is an excellent "summer" beer, tastes like you "brewed" it yourself.

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Photo of mschofield
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peachy amber, topped with a two finger creamy off-white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Sweet aroma, pineapple, tea and citrus rind.
Grain, light husk note, wheat, fruit, grass, tea leaves, nice and hoppy for a summer beer - citrus.
Light bodied and dry, great drinkability one of my favorite summer seasonals.

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Photo of mre0683
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of TheBirdSanc
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Thin white lacing that sticks a bit, bright orangey hue ... nearly clear. I ended up leaving the yeast dregs in the bottle.

Mild fruity juicy aroma, honey malt and nutty yeast in the nose as well.

Pretty damn smooth with a moderate body, biscuity and bread crust on the palate. Burst of crispness upfront. Nice hop flavor with the bitterness balancing well with the malt. Hint of lemon rind and pear juice. Light nutty yeast in the back, finishes semi-dry with a herbal hop.

Hands down the tastiest summer brew in New England, it help that it is unfiltered as many summer seasonals are too clean, too crisp and strip filtered.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

slight haze w/ sediment from the bottle.

light golden color with a white head.
interesting note: I noticed lacing of each sip on the glass, but very little head was present while consuming.

smells of lemon, spice, yeasty esters. good smell

this beer is surprisingly bitter towards the end of the sip, especially for a summer beer.

beer is light in body with a lingering bitterness. the bitterness really stands out with the lack of alcohol. I think I could use a little more body as well, I find it a bit watery feeling.

definitely nice for one of those way too hot days. smooth and refreshing though. a good session beer. easy to drink and contain good flavor.

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Photo of avelarjunior
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer for a BBQ I was holding. It seemed like a good match for a warm afternoon.

This is a pretty example of a summer ale. It is slightly darker than most blondes, but this dirty blonde has a nice taste and look.

The color is hazy, deep yellow. There is a white, one-finger head off the pour that stays for a couple minutes.

I was picking up apricot and some floral from the nose. These flavors continue in the tasting. It is refreshing.

There is some bitterness coming through in the after-taste. That was keeping it from being perfect, but I really like this beer. If you find this, pick it up for the next warm day.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found myself finding some very good character in this wheat pale/pale wheat as it reached very late into its freshness season.

A darn sight more golden than the yellowy lemony summer ales. Fairly pillowy white head.

Sharp citrus and hop attack! Stinging bitter taste with nice graprefruit note, plus dry mouthfeel make this a decidedly non-wimpy summer.

I drank it with a tomato and cheese sandwich featuring fresh ground black pepper-every flavor was complimented well by the ale.

Imagine a summer ale that IS NOT just a light session ale for hot-day refreshment. Imagine a wheat that can stand up to fresh pepper. Impressive.

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Photo of growler
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, capped.

Pours golden yellow, a little hazy. Creamy white foam, over 1 inch thick with nice retention and carbonation. Citrusy/Fruity scent with a slight trace of vanilla, and hops. Taste is mild with a lemony, slightly sweet and malty. A linger of hops in the after taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, with light body. A very drinkable, nice summer brew.

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Photo of brunop
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed for style. straightup, i am a latecomer to session beers, but with the advent of jabbybrau and notch, etc., i have been drinking more of this low(er) ABV brews. and liking them.

this iteration of the style is one of my favorites.

i would expect nothing less from this brewery.

summer drinking indeed!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich- Summer Ale

A- Slight hazed yellow with a huge fsolid foamy head. Big messy lacing down the glass.
S- Strong sweet grains, cereal, lemon, and dry earthy hops.
T- Big sweet cereal malt with a touch of lemon. Dry earthy hop body with a slight pine hop and brown sugar finish.
M- Sweet and hoppy with a thick malty end.

Overall- Quite a flavorful Summer Ale. Not watery or bland!

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waughbrew
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark yellow with very tiny suspended yeast chunks. Big creamy head with good retention and great lacing. Wonderful aroma of soft English hops, lemon rind, some compost pile, and gentle honey sweetness. Very mild-flavored with the lemony fruit and peppery spice in the finish being the most forward characteristics. I hint of the pine-sol that I get big in their IPA, but this remains at a level that doesn't bother me. Could not be smoother on the tongue, just enough bitterness there to be refreshing.

Between an APA and an American Wheat, this is a great beer. Along with thier original ale and their stout, this is becoming one of my favorite breweries around.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden honey with a giant white foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing,very nice looking. The smell is sweet malt with abit of floral scents. The taste is a blast of crisp carbonation followed by bitter hops and sweet malt. The mixture works making this a real summer treat. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. This brewery really does makes some kick ass beers.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, longneck, brown glass bottle, capped. No date.

This summer ale poured a clear, golden yellow color (a bit cloudy if the sediment was poured), with rich, creamy white foam that left some lace. There was lively carbonation. The smell was mild: biscuit and malt with a faint trace of fruit. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with citrus, vinous, and mild fruity flavors. There was a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The body was medium-light. There was a small lingering hop flavor in the aftertaste. This was a very drinkable ale - very "easy drinking". Indeed, a very nice summer beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, hops and light malts.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of lemon, a little caramel and a little spice. There's a decent presence of hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side but that's expected in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of the summer seasonal style, this is a very good refreshing, lighter beer to drink for a long time.

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