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Ipswich Summer Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 06-06-2003

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 131
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 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 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 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 purplehops
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ISA poured a hazy medium amber color with a frothy white head that had some staying power and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was sweet with tropical and citrus fruit notes and some wheat aromas lingering in the background. Taste started with honey and light malt flavors up front and then moved on to some spice flavors of coriander and orange peel and faint flavors of cloves. The finish was a bit rough with a burst of carbonation that introduced a bit of hop bitterness to the continued mix of honey and spice. Aftertaste was honey with faint notes of malt and a lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing with a medium light body but was a little rough around the finish.
Overall a descent and refreshing summer brew. Was surprised to see that it was a wheat beer. When I think of Ipswich I think of big malty ales. On the down side I felt (IMHO) that it was a bit too sweet and and a bit rough in the finish. On the upside the hops seemed to work well in a style that I usually don’t associate with being hoppy. Maybe by next summer they will have growlers of this made to Ipswich’s (I mean Mercury’s) usual greatness.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, smallish white head.
Lovely fruit-accented nose, orangey, citric, sweet.
Taste is bright, sunny, lively...light, bodied, very tasty, giving finish, small texture.
A bit smallish overall, but the taste is so pleasant and never ends, that I felt this little summer ale was a success.
Yummy. Deeelicious. My kind of "lawnmower beer."
thanks to UncleJimbo

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

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass.

A - Hazy gold with a small white head and good lacing. Fairly opaque.

S - Mostly spices in the nose with a bit of biscuity malt behind it. Lemon peel too.

T - Good spice notes. Hops are present but its not bitter at all. Light on the tongue, but without giving up good flavors. The lemon peel from the nose is here too.

M - Good carbonation that tingles the mouth after a swallow and combines with the light hops for a really pleasant aftertaste.

D - Drinkable like a good summer ale should be. Thirst quenching and very tasty. Doesnt bowl me over with great flavors, but it really is very drinkable and very good. A really good one for the summer. I look forward to having one out on the boat.

This beer was good. From appearance to smell to taste it was reminiscent of a witbier, but it's not. It was hoppier and a slightly darker. A new summer staple for me.

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

12oz bottle into a pub glass. Thanks to Eric for gifting me with this. This brew appears a light golden color, fairly clear with nearly 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Some fine particulate makes it's way into the glass keeping the solution from being completely clear. As the cap recedes it leaves some finger-like patterns on the glass.

The smell of this brew is a combination of orange rinds and caramel malt initially. As it warms up, it picks up more of a floral to fruity hop characteristic that smells quite pleasant. This is quite a sweet smelling brew with almost a tropical note at times.

The taste is much more bitter than I was expecting for an american blonde. No complaints here though. Rindy hop flavoring almost herbal at times mixes with a flavor of orange that is a mixture of pulp and rindy bitterness. There is a faint toasty malt inclusion across the back which provides a decent base for the other flavors to play off of. The aftertaste is a bit grassy.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol impact for almost 5% abv. Overall it is easy drinking and fairly crisp in the finish. Not something I would go out of my way for but certainly a summertime refreshment that is worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that very slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch finger thick cap surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and grainy malts with a hint of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with a lighter amount of grainy malts and a touch of honey sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of herbal hops in the finish with just a hint of citrus/lemon rind which imparts a light amount of bitterness to the beer but fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation Smooth with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and would be great on one of those really hot summer days here in the South. Refreshing and enjoyable but nothing special.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Mildly hazed golden colors the head settles into a thin creamy cap. Plenty of webby lacing.

S: Pungent hop aromas: herbal, dried grass, rosemary, floral, rose hips, light lemony zest. Clean. Husky grain undertones.

T: Pungent hop tastes front and center. Pine resin, herbal, floral, dried grass. It's just as the nose indicated. Pithy lemon. Husky grain. Maybe a touch sulfury. Lingering earthy and herbal hop finish.

M: Light bodied. Somewhat creamy. Hop astringencies are stiff, and really grip the enamel. Ample but gentle carbonation.

O: There's a lot of flavor crammed into this little blonde ale. The hops run away with the show, really. Not the most balanced or drinkable blonde, but if you want a good hop fix in a lighter package, this isn't a bad beer to visit.

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild gold with a one-finger head into my glass. I notice that many IPAs tend to be a golden color but never the kind that inspires confidence.

Light and crisp with only a touch of hops in the nose Blonde ales typically attempt to balance both the hops and malt.

Easygoing flavors on the tongue with an emphasis on biscuity malt.

Lingering sweet, buttery malt at the back makes for a tasty mouthfeel.

Very nice summer ale. Drinkable and highly enjoyable

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Photo of atsprings
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass pours a crisp light orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight citrus and sweet malt, but not much there. The taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and citrus hops, better than what the aroma promised. The beer is quite light and crisp with decent carbonation. This one makes for a decent summer beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden beer with orange-y hues, thick bubbles and a thin white lace that wisps down to a light filmy head. Unfiltered.

Some nutty yeast in the nose, fresh wet malts and a hint of fruitiness.

Nice mouthfeel. It's light, but even and slightly chewy in parts. A bit juicy too with notes of apple and pear that gets cut with a crisp citric hop snap and some carbonation. Bready underneath with just enough malt sweetness to balance and add some depth of tastiness. A bit tannic towards the finish, with notes of grain husk and a coarseness on the palate. Slightly drying.

As far as summer-style brews go, this is not a bad choice at all. It is what it is, and does it well.

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Photo of gameface23
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey-gold with a large, puffy head. Lacing is impressive.

S: Not very strong, but I don't know what I was expecting. Grain, cereal, and citrus notes.

T: Very biscuity and earthy with plenty of citrus notes.

M: More medium bodied than I was expecting from the appearance.

D: Easy-drinking. This beer was made for hot days.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slightly chilled bottle is poured into a pint glass. The beer looks very good, with a large white foam head resting atop of golden straw liquid. There are some orange highlights to the beer and plenty of rising carbonation streams. The aroma is of pale malts, grassy hops and a slight scent of white sugar sweetness. The flavor is simple and refreshing. Grassy hops dominate and linger on after swallowing. There are some pale malts that can be tasted, but this beer is more about the hops, which isn't exactly what I was expecting. The beer is a little sticky and leaves a noticeable coat. For a beer to be enjoyed on a hot summer day, I prefer a lighter coat, but perhaps that would be the case if this bottle were colder. Overall, I find this to be an above average summer beer. I certainly wouldn't pass one up if it were offered to me.

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Photo of JMD
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, light auburn color with frothy white head that leave a nice lacing down the glass.

S: Grains and straw. Yeasty bread and some citrus hops.

T: Clean, earthy flavor. Lemon grass, cereal, and bisquits. Finishes with a nice citrus bite.

M: Ample carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

D: This is an easly drinking summer. Very smooth and flavorful. It seems everything Ipswich puts out is quality stuff.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from this brewery,poured into a standard pint glass a lemony yellow with a somewhat frothy white head that left broken lace as it settled slowly.Big toasty notes in the nose along with a bit of caramel and a fading hebal note.Flavors are like the aroma,toasty and grainy with light caramel sweetness,there is a hint of citrus in the finish.Light but not to light,easy goin down on a hot day like today while smokin some baby backs in the backyard.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color, moderate head to it and lots of lacing. Not much there aroma wise, could be because I'm coming off of a cold but also this style doesn't have much for smell anyway. Taste is very crisp and fresh tasting. Definitely a nice sharp hop bite upfront, reminiscent of a European hops. This almost has a Pilsner taste to it.. finishes clean. Not the most special beer out there, but a nice easy to drink beer with a god amount of flavor... good one Ipswich.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head. It is a golden straw yellow orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Very bready and sweet. Hops produce a lemony aroma that is just great for the summer time too.

Taste: Tart and lemony characteristics followed by sweet and bready notes. Lingering bitterness at the end of the sip, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light to medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice beer for the summer time. Hot and steamy here in Boston and happy to have enjoyed this cold one.

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