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

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

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of meson13
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of MA_hops
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Bbbbeee
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold body, thick white head. Leaves moderate lacing
S - Hop punch, citrus, floral, pine resin. No detectable malt.
T - More balanced than the nose. Lightest of caramel malt. Then tons of hops. It's all there.
M - Medium body, high carb. Bitterness lingers long after tasting.
O - I was blown away by this beer. Many East coast breweries try to make a West coast IPA. This is the best one I've had. It helps that the pricing is very fair.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a clear, seemingly filtered yellow color. The white head is frothy and size able. Random hills of lacing. Semi-pungent West Coast hop profile. Lots of tangy citrus rind and some pine and grass (neither being too intense). Flavor keeps the West Coast ride going. Citrus and some lighter peach hop flavors. Grassy and piney but not too abrasive with this element. Finishes with a rather serious dose of bitterness and a tasty, pale and bready maltiness. Body is medium with soothing bubbles. Not much noticeable alcohol qualities. I've always thought Ipswich brews some well-priced, above average brews. This one is right on the same island. They did West Coast IPA right with this one.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 11/29/14

A: Pours remarkably crystal clear, a lovely burnt orange with some gold - medium size, slightly off-white head, fades to a wispy cap and leaves a nice web of lacing

S: Citrus, juicy citrus - fresh, ripe orange and tangerine flesh/juice - ruby red grapefruit - very floral - some soft pine - aromatic, but in a decidedly non-aggressive way, somewhat mild, does not punch you in the face with hops - some lightly bready malts underneath

T: Citrus juice - as suggested by the smell, this is not aggressive, but it is very citrusy - orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice - mostly juice, although there is a hint of pith - medium level of bitterness - very floral - some touches of pine, particularly in the aftertaste, along with a vaguely spicy character - lightly resinous and slightly sticky - pale bread and lightly cooked biscuits

M: Medium body, adequate carbonation, mostly clean finish

O: Not exactly West Coast, but in a western direction, I suppose

Ipswich Ale seems to be emerging from the shadows of only producing a handful of beers (which range from good to great) to experimenting with new styles. Their Hop Harvest, which I failed to actually review, was lovely. I think this can is relatively fresh, but I may have to seek this out in the future to confirm. It's very non-aggressive, which wouldn't be a bad thing, but there is an odd stickiness that I do not really embrace.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; copper colored; 1.5 finger white head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy hops with pine in the background;

T: follows the nose with some orange in the background; moderate bitterness kicks up at mid-palate and stays through the finish; long lasting finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Clean golden yellow color. Forms a modest white head that fades fairly quickly, but leaves a good deal of lacing on the way down. Aroma is very pleasant. Hop forward, mostly citrus with a little bit of tropical fruit in the mix. The taste isn't quite as pleasant, but it's still good. Still hop forward, but the hops are more bitter than flavorful. However, what is there is citrus zest and a little pine resin along with a very mild sweetness. Nothing too exciting. Body is on the light side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Not quite what I would think of as a West Coast IPA, but it certainly is approaching one and is far less malty than the typical East Coast IPA.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Really excited to see this, I used to love ipswich but now find little else from the oatmeal stout exciting.

6 pack was 9$, super fresh.

Lots of vibrant hop notes, some mango, peache, grapefruit and bubble gum. Not much malt in there, kinda like a hop soda. Its pretty sessionable too. Light in color, highly reccomend, could be a great "fall back" ipa, and for the price its a great regional IPA.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

a. One finger head that lasts, yellow golden color that you can see through.

s. Pine, primarily, with a bit of citrus after it warms (not grapefruit on the pour, but it develops later).

t. Oddly all grapefruit on the taste up front. Very smooth without many other notes, other than slight pine on the finish.

m. Excellent. Smooth, easy to drink.

o. Very good beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

4.5 4.25 4.5 4.0 4.5

Impressive, four-finger head that settles in large peaks of foam, leaving chunks of lace on the side of the glass. The liquid is hazy, gold.

Clean, fresh smell of grounded malt and hop pellets. Subtle but appealing.

This is an extraordinary IPA. No part of it is in your face, yet it is full of flavor and every element you would expect--solid golden malt base, a biting pepper from the hop, and a balanced body. The aftertaste is even subtle, but it lasts a very long time.

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brewery has been pretty good, very underrated IMO. Hopefully their take on a west coast IPA is great.

Pours a decent fizzy almost fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace then slows to a crawl, nice frothy lacing, semi hazy nectar orange color with a column of streaming bubbles.

Nose is quite nice, plenty of citrus, lots of it, orange rind, grapefruit pith, some juicy citrus fruit like fresh squeezed juice, a mild fruity generic fruit punch tropical notes, a little grapefruit and generic tropical fruit too, so much juice, with a touch of a resinous musty note in there, faint hint of malt too.

Taste brings more hops, a little resinous note with touch of sap and pine notes. Then more fruit, big fruit, little tropical fruit note and some berry fruit punch like, into some decent citrus, some orange rind, plenty of pith and some decent grapefruit notes, hint of fruity bubblegum. The grassy mild piney resinous flavor starts to surge as it goes, with a bit of a spicy hop note, as the mildly sweet malty note attempts to come through but barely balances the beer before disappearing. Finish is fairly dry, bit of a spicy hop note, little more resin and hint of pine, bit more grapefruit pith and citrus peel, long lingering fair bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, slight fluffy feel, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice IPA, again this brewery seems to deliver consistently and is very underrated. I think that they just don't get out there much and they don't make any huge beers (other than that big magnum anniversary series a few years ago), so they get kinda lost in the great breweries discussions. Either way another solid beer from Ipswich.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic at the Glenville Stops in Allston.

Appearance: A minimal head was poured that reduced to a tiny layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with little vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Very characteristic of cask beer. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, citrus, grassy, herbal, toasted, and pale caramel malts.

Taste: Nice balance of hops and malt with nice tingly bitterness in the rear. Herbal, citrus, grassy, some resiny notes, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, little to low carbonation, mild bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: Even with the lack of carbonation in this cask beer, it was very tasty and enjoyable. I'll definitely try out the bottle and draft versions in the near future.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Route 101 pours a hazy golden amber with a big rocky head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving chunks of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of Orange citrus and lemon zest with some bready malt mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, dry with mild carbonation. The flavor begins with lots of Orange and lemon citrus. A touch of pine ifs also present. Sweet cereal malt and a little caramel balances the bitterness. It finishes bitter with lingering citrus when fine.

A very tasty well balanced beer. It still has some eat coast characteristics, like the cereal malt. Overall a well done beer.

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Photo of dynajack1
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Grill Next Door in Haverhill.

I wasn't expecting much from this because Ipswich in general has been underwhelming at best. With exception of their Oatmeal stout of course.

Saying I was surprised at how good it was would be a huge understatement. Fantastic beer. Classic look and mouthfeel for a West coast ipa but much more akin to its newer east coast ipa brethren.

Psyched a local brewery is stepping up their game and offering this type of quality at an amazing price. Under 10 a 6.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ipswich Route 101 West Coast Style IPA, imbibed on many occasions in the past, and this afternoon on draft at the brewery. Fresh, hoppy, somewhat fruity, nice alternative to their flagship IPA, which I think is very underrated. Ipswich in general is underrated - 25 years of superb brewing. Game-changer for me.

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