Ipswich Route 101 West Coast Style India Pale Ale
Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Route 101 West Coast Style India Pale AleIpswich Route 101 West Coast Style India Pale Ale
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IPA - American
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3.99 | pDev: 8.02%
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
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Ipswich Route 101 West Coast Style India Pale AleIpswich Route 101 West Coast Style India Pale Ale
Notes: Named for the 1,550 mile U.S. Route 101 that spans the Pacific coastline, this hop forward, west coast style IPA packs a citrus-like punch with an understated malt backbone that you're sure to enjoy.
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a crowler into a Willi pint glass.

Pours a clear amber gold color with 3 solid fingers of fluffy off-white head. The head hangs around for a few decades, leaving some sticky cobwebs of lacing before finally settling into a brick of foam. Might just be from the crowler pour but it's ridiculous.

The aroma brings notes of lemon zest and grapefruit, followed by a hefty dose of caramel and cracker malt, finished off by notes of grass and spicy pine.

The flavor is a solid pine bomb, with notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange. There's a good amount of doughy malt and caramel before another wave of earthy pine on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nicely crisp and exceptionally dry on the finish. The bitterness lingers after every sip.

Overall, this is a great IPA that is a real nice change of pace from the onslaught of hazy NEIPA's. It doesn't quite hit that "Lupulin Mouthgasm" that the absolute best West Coast IPA's bring but it's still wonderfully bitter and full of bready malt balance.

Feb 18, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 12-oz. can is all it takes for a fat finger of white soapy/creamy foam with average retention and rings of lace. Yellow-gold color with a hint of copper.

Citrus and herbal hops greet the nose with faint pine, toasted pale malt in the background.

Malt shines during the semi-dry and boldy hopped taste. The citrus is broken into orange and lemon, the pine taste is bigger than the smell with some resin. Dry under-ripe grape and slightly sour apple juice add more flavor yet this beer is by no means juicy. The finish is long with a big rise in hop bitterness that lingers on during the aftertaste.

Medium-light body, above average carbonation. Very hoppy yet not a palate wrecker.
A little more juice than most West Coast IPA's, it is made in New England.

Nov 30, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has little to no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grapefruit and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the piney hops stand out in particular along with underlying notes of caramel hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The crispness seems to become stronger as the beer warms up.
O: This IPA has a nice crisp bite to it, especially as the beer begins to warm up. It has a high degree of drinkability.

Serving type: can

Feb 09, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from beer club shipment. Poured into Behind the Veil glass.

L: Clear golden with visible carbonation bubbles. 2F head with Ok retention, some lacing, and a white fluffy cap.

S: Ripe grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime peels. Yeasty and cracker malts.

T: More or less the same as nose. Not super-fresh, but still good. Not very hop-forward, solid malt backbone. Slightly bitter finish.

F: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Construction and balance are fine. Drinks well. Bitterness is a bit lingering rather than drying.

O: OK Western-style IPA.

Feb 06, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Had 7/20/17.

Pours a somewhat hazy yellow, with a one and a half inch foamy head with good retention and foamy lacing. Not much going on with the aroma, it’s kind of resiny, light yeast, something I can’t identify. The taste is resiny, some grapefruit, light malt. It is bitter. Fairly smooth, a decent light to medium body, appropriately carbonated.

The bottle might be old, I don’t know. It’s okay, there’s just not anything to point to. Its bitterness is its most outstanding feature.

Mar 15, 2018
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ipswich Route 101 West Coast Style IPA from the can poured into a Samuel Adams glass. Tasted a bit bitter throughout. Nowhere near the quality of their flagship IPA. Ipswich in general is underrated - and I usually really enjoy their offerings but I won't do the 101 again.

Jan 07, 2018
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours clear, deep gold, with a half inch of persistent fluffy white head.

It is mildly biscuity on the nose with a bit of citrus and resinous aroma that blend nicely - nothing overpowering, not an in-your-face aroma.

The taste follows along with the nose. The bitterness is pronounced yet in balance, well-complemented by the other flavors.. It is kind of a just enough of everything, even that nice bit of residual sweetness. It is really dry on the finish...I mean really, really dry. The citrus flavors are present but also not overpowering.

This is a perfectly fine brew that you could just sit and drink a few or use to slake one's thirst while doing dusty, sweaty chores. This is a straightforward beer, quite enjoyable. If you are looking for a paint peeling IPA, this won't be your thing.

Jul 16, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with moderate, persistent head and good lacing.
Smell is faint citrus, not overpowering.
Taste is a nice blend of citrus followed by pine.
A nice, and not overhopped IPA.

Jul 06, 2017
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. It's a perfectly balanced IPA (imho), a good amount of hops with a mellow, slightly sweet malt backbone. Aroma is inviting with a biscuity, mellow, hoppy nose. Pours with a good head that settles down to a 1/4 inch of tight foamy bubbles. Taste is hops right off the bat followed by a pleasant sweetness from the malt. Not an aggressive, in-your-face IPA, just a well crafted delicious one. I could easily toss a few of these back.

May 04, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in a tulip nonic. Bottled on 4/6/2016 (sh*t). Pours a dull, burnished golden-orange with a tight, creamy, quarter inch, bright white head. Nose expresses biscuit malts and dull earthy/resinous notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a slightly medicinal quality in the middle and a bit more of a hops burst in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation shy of prickly. Overall - having just had this beer on-cask at NERAX, I was a bit disappointed about the bottled version until I noticed the bottled on date. That said, I'm surprised it's held up this well despite it's age. I'll need to revisit and re-review a fresh bottle.

Apr 13, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old school bitter, piney, malty IPA. Poured from a 12oz can dated a month ago. No ABV to be found on the labeling but looks like it's 6% which, in hind sight, surprises me. There' s a bi of alcohol warmth on the back-end of the sip which lead me to believe this was closer to 7%. Nice golden pour with lively bubbles and a soft white head. Aroma is pine, malt and light citrus. Big bitter taste follows the pine and light orange-citrus flavors. Manageable stickiness clings to the palate after the sip. The one-stop-shop for a classic rendition of the style.

Mar 24, 2017
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure of bottle date. 170816 = 8/17/16?

Pours a little bit cloudy, bright yellow/orange with full bright white head which hangs around for a bit.

Smells of tangerine, pineapple, very citrusy. Faint bread malt background.

Taste isn't as citrusy as the nose at first and animal cracker taste from the malts is fairly present with a light lemon juice flavor. Carries some buttery taste as well.

Lighter body with pretty lively carbonation on the tongue. Approaching a little bit of a watery feel but carbonation keeps it somewhat crisp and clean. Faint bitterness lingers some.

Pretty good IPA, not sure if I'm right on the bottling date but if this is 6months old, it's held up really well.

Feb 25, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a small white head. Very light citrusy aroma. Taste is a combination of citrus and pine. Also has some nice bread and biscuit flavors coming through as the beer warms. Not overly bitter. Light bodied and drinks very easy. Finishes dry with a nice mild lingering pine bitterness.

Jan 27, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottled on 07/20/2016

Pours gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh citrusy hops, clean lemon, grapefruit, orange, some caramel toffee malt, with dank green bitter herbal earthy pine and grass. Tastes like dark caramel toffee malt, citrusy hops, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some tropical fruits, with spicy dank bitter herbal earthy pine and grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice IPA.

Aug 24, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle date 05/16/16. Sampled on July 27, 2016.

Milky pale yellow pour under a modest, lingering foamy white head.

Aroma brings out pine, floral, and spicy elements with a mashed malt base.

Medium body. Reasonably smooth.

The taste leans more toward the spicy hops than the floral and pine characters with a parch dry bitterness that lingers for a period of time at the end.

Jul 27, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think that I picked this up during one of my many forays up to New England. I have a number of friends up there & it usually does not take much to get me to come up, especially for a weekend.

From the CAN: "Brewed in Historic Ipswich, MA"; "A West Coast style IPA with bold hop flavor and aroma"; "Naturally Brewed"; "Unfiltered Ale".

I Crack!ed it open and suddenly, I was transported back to Oxnard, CA, where I spent five years towards the end of my U.S. Navy career! My buddy, Scotty, was behind the wheel of a 1969 Chevy Malibu & waiting for me in the parking lot of Sam's Saloon. I CANducted a gentle Glug as he peeled out and down South Saviers Road, headed for The 101 North. The beer was unfiltered & our gas was unleaded as we passed through Ventura & I gave the glass a swirl to raise a finger of dense, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was the Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) of the beach bunny's hair that I was with the other night in Malibu. I think her name was Barbie. It held NE-quality clarity, but we were headed straight north, nowhere near Nebraska. "Dude, Woody, man, what is in that CAN?!? It smells like straight-up weed! Dig, we both qualify for medical m.j., but I didn't know you were into that." No worries, Scotty-Bro. It did, indeed, have a dank quality that filled the vehicle, but it also had a menthol-mintiness that had my hophead mouth watering. My first, ahem, hit revealed a medium mouthfeel. The taste was beautiful, clean, minty, cool & refreshing. I spent yesterday spinning my wheels on Session AIPAs, so this drank bigger than I expected at only 6%. It was a blast and we blasted northbound at 101 per before approaching San Francisco, where we were going to spend the night with my Uncle Steve at his pad in Noe Valley at 110 Valley Street # 2. We picked up his friend, Jack Fleiner, and the four of us went to dinner at Mai's Chinese Restaurant in the Inner Sunset before checking out the selection of used books at The Green Apple. We finished up in the Haight as I finished my beer with a flourish. It was minty, dry and totally refreshing. I need to make more trips like this! More CANs, please.

Jan 28, 2016
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meson13 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

see through with slight haze. straight forward hops, citrusy with a solid grapefruit bitterness. tasty and drinkable. Super solid 10 dollar go to six pack; as far as meeting that criteria, ipswich is a great brewery.

Oct 20, 2015
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 8/21/15.

Pours hazy gold with a short, white head. Barely a trace on the surface for the duration with some dotted lacing.

Aromatics have plenty of piney, citrusy, dank hops.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Bright citrus, pine and a quickly following bitterness start the palate. Zero malt with plenty of hops.

Finishes with a lingering hoppiness and plenty of crisp dankness.

Great beer and very surprised at how fresh this has held up after almost two months on a warm shelf. Equally surprised that it's from Ipswich!

Oct 16, 2015
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MA_hops from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hmm this beer is truly a West Coast IPA. For starters, it has a tad bit watery mouthfeel, but as far as taste and aroma goes it is fairy tropical (citrus wise) and oh boy is it DANK! The hops sneak up on the palate and explode mid sip. Has a bitter, dry, crisp finish. I liked it….it's definitely a beer that for the price ($9.99/6 pack and $12.99/ 12 pack) makes it hard to beat.

Jul 28, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the label on this beer,my favorite part of the country,San Fran to Seattle along the coast...anyways.Pours into a standard pint a light golden with a thin sticky white head atop.Juicy citrus and tropical fruits in the nose makes it pretty inviting.Great hop complexity on the palate,juicy but with a bitter finish,a dryer crisp malt base compliments the different hop flavors well.Now this is a great IPA...better than alot of the west coast brewers...yup I said it.

Jul 08, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While not remarkable this is a solid IPA. Hop balance tends towards the pine resin end of things. Mouthfeel is perhaps overly crisp and carbonated for my taste. This was macro level effervescent, Sam Adams wheelhouse. Same thing as far as clarity goes. I guess that broadens the appeal to folks who would otherwise shy away from a hoppy IPA? Still, this drinks easily enough and is a no brainier to recommend to anyone who likes some bitterness in their IPAs and finds some of the east coast varieties too malt heavy.

Jun 30, 2015
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Bbbbeee from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As others have said, a really good beer at the price point and currently my goto drink to have on hand. Maybe not as much once it really heats up, but light enough for now. I think it is much nicer than Sam Adams Rebel.

Jun 11, 2015
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/23/15. A month old.

a: Translucent dark gold with an inch thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild to moderate citrus and pine resin

t: Mainly pine resin with some citrus up front over a medium biscuit malt base. Medium strength hop bitterness stronger than most regular NE IPAs and lingers somewhat.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; OK for what it is represented to be, but not particularly tasty or outstanding. Still prefer Ipswich's British styles, but this is not a bad hophead's choice at its fairly low pricepoint. Certainly gives Sam Adams' Rebel line a run for its money.

Apr 24, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice IPA to pound down for a long time.

Apr 01, 2015
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buzzarooski from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Completely Enjoyed this Fantastic IPA!!!! Hop Hop Hooray for COLLABORATION CREATION! I would HIGHLY recommend both of these Brewers and this DELICIOUS Beer!

Feb 10, 2015
Ipswich Route 101 West Coast Style India Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 230 ratings