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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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,266
Ranked #11,646
3.99 | pDev: 8.02%
Dec 05, 2021
Jun 14, 2014
Very Good
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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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I am trying this beer off the tapper at the brewery as part of the "Classic" four sample flight. It poured a clear copper with thick white head that is leaving some nice lace. The scent had wonderful bitter citrus and pine resin hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with semi bitter citrus fruit and pine presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Dec 05, 2021
4 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

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

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
3.67 by TrojanRB from Texas on Sep 18, 2019
4.03 by Happyyb from New Hampshire on Jun 05, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by rclangk from West Virginia

BOM 1/2019

May 18, 2019
4.15 by artf from Pennsylvania on Apr 20, 2019
4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Mar 09, 2019
3 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Mar 04, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

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

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
3.79 by smithj4 from New York on Feb 06, 2019
3.73 by JamesGrove from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2019
3.96 by MacStinson from Michigan on Jan 26, 2019
4.08 by WDPark from West Virginia on Jan 18, 2019
4 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2018
3.99 by TomWight from New York on Jul 31, 2018
3.77 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts on May 07, 2018
4.02 by Kayakguy from Massachusetts on Apr 19, 2018
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3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stortore from Illinois

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

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
3.84 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts on Nov 05, 2017
2.87 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2017
4.04 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Aug 02, 2017
4.08 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts on Jul 25, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

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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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DrMullet from Florida

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
3.85 by zotzot from Vermont on May 29, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LarryV from Massachusetts

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
4 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Apr 23, 2017
3.94 by warpig372 from Indiana on Apr 15, 2017
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3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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
4.13 by nmwhitehead from New York on Apr 03, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

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
4.5 by Walleybeer from New Jersey on Mar 19, 2017
3.54 by Gaddabble from Ohio on Mar 18, 2017
3.58 by deeman13 from Connecticut on Mar 17, 2017
4.09 by AirBob from Massachusetts on Mar 04, 2017
3.25 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Feb 27, 2017
Ipswich Route 101 West Coast Style India Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 231 ratings