Ipswich Summer Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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131 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003

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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of PaleAleHater
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled while fishing out on the local lake at dusk. I was again conned by the enticing nautical label of an Ipswich. Argh Matey a poor decision once more! Strong notes of methane and aftertastes of soil and spoiled hop. Overdone to a tee; I gladly parted ways with the the last four sailors in my sixpack schooner. The smell was of soured plum and tepid bog mist. Mouthfeel unimpressive like a rainy June. It poured the color of Italian blood oranges as I emptied my bottles into the lake. A soft Crème fraîche lace gurgled and popped on the surface of the water as it reacted with the pending algae bloom.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of FickleBeast
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pour is a cloudy yellow thanks to a generous clump of yeast that was sitting on the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is vigorous, but dissipates quickly.

Aroma is mild, just some grainy malts and a hint of hops. The first sip doesn't impress. Mouthfeel is very fizzy, and there is a sharp bitter kick that doesn't seem to be from the hops. More of an astringent flavor. Second and third sips confirm the bitter flavor.

Perhaps this is a bad bottle? This is not enjoyable at all. I'm all about bitter, hoppy, beers - but this just tastes grainy and harsh. Not to mention it is listed as a Blond Ale.

Big disappointment here - I will be avoiding this one in the future.

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Photo of liquorpig
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Mjdoyon
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of craigferraro
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of skiit13
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ONN8
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Bito401
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that stays leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts with a hoppy/malt flavor, hoppy finish with a hint of sweetness, smooth very drinkable. Wheat does not come mind when drinking this. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of jbriss
3.12/5  rDev -17%

Photo of trevorpost
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BeerNacho
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Damian
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA
Served in a tumbler

Poured a clear, medium amber color with absolutely no head or lacing.

The aroma was very mild initially. A touch grainy and skunky. As the beer warmed, the nose improved considerably. Fruity, malty and sweet with notes of apple skin.

The taste was crisp with an intense citric edge. Lemon and orange peel were noticeable up front. A smack of tart wheatiness came through in the center. The finish was dry and incredibly bitter (imagine intense hop bitterness without the hop flavor) with a skunky aftertaste. The skunkiness was overwhelming initially but it settled down as the beer opened up.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and a touch creamy with a lively effervescence.

This could have been a highly drinkable and refreshing summertime beer had it not been for the off putting finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold with lots of carbonation and a small white head that was gone pretty fast. There was a tiny bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle that clouded the brew up a little, but not as much as I would want with a hefe. Sediment was fine but visible. The smell was faint with floral and citrus hops and a tiny hint of banana, not much aroma at all though. The flavor is more like a pale ale that a weiss, very hoppy all the way through with a final bite on the finish. Not a bad summer brew, and since the bottle itself never claims to be a weiss, then I still think it is a good representative of a summer seasonal for sure.

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

Picked up a sixer since I'm on a lager/hefe/summer-style mission this season.

Pours cloudy with a half inch head. Aroma is a bit of lemon and grass/weeds.

Drinks a bit tart and bitter - not really what I'm looking for in a summer quencher, but not bad either.

As it warms up it becomes husky and bitter..even more not what I'm looking for.

I love Ipswich beers and will drink a few of these, but definitely not my fave from the brewery or what I'm looking for during the summer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
First-ever beer from this New England brewery... Intersted to see what's in store...
A hefty pour yielded a bright-orange, sun-tanned hue with a meager foamy head that quickly receded and left a minimal amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Dusty aroma well-balanced by a nice touch of malts and hops along with hints of lemon and citrus...
Taste was light, loose, and slightly watered-down with nuances of lemons, bitter grapefruit, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Overall, very refreshing, and certainly an ideal summer-time brew, yet nothing to write home about...
Better seasonal beers out there...

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold with a 1/2 inch choppy white head that left some fair lacing.

Hop and grain aromas, a little citrus/acid as well. Some floral notes.

Tastes of ...pow -- hops are right there, then coarse grain, dusty in a way, bitter citrus in there, biscuit too.

A bit loose in mouthfeel. Clean finish but..eh.

A little raw for me. Love the Ipswich brews, but this one is not something I'll pursue again.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK third of the summer beer exchange with Uncle Jimbo:
Nice label on the 12 oz brown bottle..a great clipper ship.
Ok the beer too looks pretty darn handsome..very nice murky light orange with a nice sized pure white head..nice carbonation strings.
smell however is pretty one -dimensional..like many American wheat beers.. very sugary smelling .
The tatse aint so bad..but its rather sweet for my tastes in American wheat beers..Full Sails Hangtime was much less sweet.But the taste is saved by a nice wheatiness right near the end.
average on the tongue..maybe a touch "thin".
No matter the faults it is still a pretty drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Did not know this was a wheat ale...I was fooled! ;-)

Seriously, a pale cloudy yellow, not much head or lace.

I had tried a sip and ordered up a pint, basically because I wanted something different. I was surprised by the hop flowery-ness of this, it's understated, but it's there. I think would tend to think of this more as a strange wit style, rather than a wheat style.

Medium bodied, bit of a hop/citrus flavor. Not bad, but nothing that prompted me to order another.


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Photo of Stidge77
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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