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

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 131
Photo of BigCheese
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good summer beer, not overly strong with its fruity hints (lemon/pear). Leaves a thin white lace. Pours rather clear, especially for an unfiltered. Strong malty finish. Bottle provided very little information about beer. Once again another solid beer from Mercury (ABV, type, date ect.)

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

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Hazy yellow color. Very large white head. Nice amount of carbonation. Has a really "refreshing" look to it. Smelled a bit citrusy and wheaty. For a summer ale, this beer certainly does have some hops. Just enough to smack the palate, but not enough to overwhelm you on a hot day. Very crisp flavor. I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but this one is perfect for me. Great beer to pair with bbq food, or to have a few outside at a picnic. I've already gone through two six packs, and summer has barely arrived. My new favorite summer seasonal.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 EStreet20
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Tulip shaped pint.

A - Nice hazy golden color that's got a little bit deeper orange hue than most summer seasonals/blonde ales. Nice sized head of white foam that sticks to the glass a bit.

S - Clean smell with a little hop kick. Tiny touch of yeastiness on the nose.

T - A nice straightforward brew. Tiny bit of breadiness along with a lemon/citrus taste. Does give way to some hop bitterness and then into a fairly dry finish.

M - A nice light body. Stays light without getting into "watery" territory.

D - I dig this one. The bitterness makes it different than what many might expect from a summer ale but it's basically like a lightened up APA with an ABV making it quaffable on a hot day.

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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 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 albern
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice summer ale and very refreshing. The beer pours a fairly cloudy orange yellow with a decent chewy head, lacing, and some retention. The aroma is just okay, some florals, malts, maybe a tad bit of skunkiness. The taste is a nice chewy, biscuity malt with some orangy or lemony rind qualities, some drying notes in the finish, perhaps some florals too. The dryness in the finish, coupled with an almost nutty quality in the aftertaste, give this beer some distinctiveness. It is light to medium bodied, but not too light, it is refreshing, but it is not entirely your watered down summer beer cooler type ale, and the beer does have some complexity. There is a signature Ipswich character to the beer. There is a tad bit of creaminess to the beers mid section. Overall, I like this offering and it is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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

appearance - Cloudy golden color, nice white head and lace left on the glass.

smell - Smell of lemon zest here and mild hops here.

taste - Mild on citrus and bananas, more on hops as it goes down. Has a lager taste to it.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, right on for a summer beer, worth a try.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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 MattBrooks
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clean and yellow with a nice, rich head. Classic "summer-y" tastes of lemon zinger and orange with a hint of wheatiness on the finish. The body was strong and the mouthfeel rich. As far as a summer beer goes, I found it to be pretty big. It has a real easy drinkability and finishes smooth and clean.

Very good 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 growler
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 packetknife
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy orange with a white fluffy head that faded but laced well. The smell is borderline very good with a lot of nuts and bread on the nose. Really pleasant and somewhat relaxing even. The taste is hoppy enough, malty enough, really cripse, a really light tang. Bloody smooth with just barely enough acidity and somewhat creamy, surprising actually. The mouthfeel is nearly perhaps. Very drinkable. Definate revisit, hopefully on tap.

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