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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rekrule on 06-13-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
174
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
20.94%
 
 
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7
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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 MA_hops
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +3.4%
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 SmellTheGluv
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopglow
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seakayak
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of qcbrewer
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjstacker
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TWStandley
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of 20holmbrew
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phished880
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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 DrewRPS
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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