Ipswich Summer Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Summer AleIpswich Summer Ale

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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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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 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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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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 Jason
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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 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 jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orangeish gold with a thin head the descends to a vanishing light wisp and a ring. A few dots of lacing slide down the glass.

The smell is of sofy citric notes, some lime and a light yeasty breadiness.

The taste is of citrus rinds - lemon, lime, a bit of orange, with light dough and a caramelish sweetness with a touch of tart and balancing soft bitterness. It has a refreshingly dry finish.

The body is on-spot for a summer ale. It has a light body, but on the fuller side of that spectrum. Nice carbonation level.

A nice drinker on a hot day, for sure. It has a nice citric bitterness with a refreshing dryness.

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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 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 beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy but bright tangerine orange when held to the light. A mushroomy 2 finger ivory head sits atop with good retention lasting for several minutes while leaving a sticky thick ring lacing. There was an abundant amount of yeast turbidity speckling the drink creating a thick haziness while a light bubbling of carbonation sporadically appears.

S: fresh bright oranges, very citrusy in nature with soft hints of fresh whole lemons. Underneath lied light hints of grass and whole grapefruit notes.

T: The flavor opened up with a dry bitterness of lemon peels, dry wheat/hay and tart dried orange peels. The bitterness only increased from here progressing to a grassy tart grapefruit hopping that was moderately strong and well lingering on the fade and finish. Dry and bitter, grassy and hoppy making for an amped up summer drink with a bittering hop finish.

M: a medium consistency with a light tingle of carbonation. There was some roughness for texture.

D: Drinkability was good in limited numbers. Dry, grassy and bitter drinking almost like a summer ipa. The bitterness was strong per style and certainly wouldn't recommend this as a thirst quencher on a hot scorching day over a pale or pilsner, but rather more suited for those overcast yet humid days. Overall a pretty amped up summer drink hopwise.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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 VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours hazy with a deep honey color. Cream colored head is frothy and sturdy. Leaves some lacing as well. Looks attractive, and the color is not as light as expected. Could easily pass of an IPA.

S-Smell is light and also quite pleasant. Slight fruity hops. Looks the color of honey, and smells a bit like it as well. Smells fresh and lively. Nothing bold, but it definitely smells like an bright, aromatic summer session brew.

T-First comes the zesty lemony flavor that was present in the nose, but is much clearer in the taste. A very mellow almost yeasty spice is detectable too. Mild but semi-unexpected hop bite ends the flavor. A nice bittersweet combination.

M-Closer to medium than light in the body. Ample amounts of carbonation. A bit of a lingering stick to it.

O/D-Decided to attempt Ipswich's summer offering because I have been impressed by their IPA and more recently, their Original Ale. This is yet another sturdy, dependable brew. An awesome summer treat. Also, one of the cheapest craft 12-packs in my area. Could easily see myself bringing a 12-pack to a barbeque in the near future. One of my more preferable summer seasonals. Easy drinker; will treat you well on a hot day.

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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 gford217
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of a very generous trader.

Pours a bright hazy orangish yellow with a small puffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing. Smell is light sweet malts and some hops with a big fruity aroma of lemon zest. The taste follows the smell with a big zesty lemon bite up front followed up with the sweetness of the malts and and fruit, especially lemon and banana. The mouthfeel is light bodied, clean and crisp. This is a very drinkable brew on a hot afternoon and I look forward to other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a small foamy head. Nice webby lace and decent retention. Soft fruity aroma...lemon, yeast, and biscuity grain. Some bready malt sweetness, peppery fruit, and a bit of tartness in the middle, finishing with a crisp hoppy bitterness. Body is leaning towards light but is smooth and snappy. Good on a warm summer evening in Boston...

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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 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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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ipswich Summer Ale pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a flurry of small bubbles floating up from the bottom. A finger width of creamy white foam forms on top. The head dissolves quickly down to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind a ring of netted lace on the glass. The aroma is somewhat spicy with notes of lemon citrus. Mixed in is some yeast and malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and slightly chewy with a nice crisp carbonated tingle on the sides of the tongue. The flavor begins with a mild fruity flavor of apple and pear. In the middle some crisp hop citrus flavors take over. It finishes with a grainy malt flavor. Once gone some of the fruity notes and lemon zest linger on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a nice Czech pilsner, however with a softer body and mouthfeel. A nice easy drinking beer for a hot summer day.

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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 ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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 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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