Hop Harvest | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Hop HarvestHop Harvest

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This autumnal offering is a liquid celebration of the hop harvesting season. The generous use of Ella hops impart both grapefruit and tropical fruit-like flavors to this harvest time dry-hopped American ale.

Added by jhartley on 07-19-2014

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 62
Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Nearly clear orange with an inch plus thick white head which receded to persistent rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Citrus, leaning to grapefruit

t: Grapefruit notes over medium bready malt base, with a sharp hop bite which lingers on the mainly dry finish.

m: Medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o: An exceptionally flavorful and refreshing quality IPA. I have enjoyed Ipswich's English style offerings, but this shows they can do the iconic American IPA just as well.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, can't find a bottling date.

Pours hazy gold with a copper hue. A short head and partial skim coat for the duration.

Mildly hoppy in the nose. Citrus fruits and a hint of pine.

Medium bodied with a crisp, almost tacky mouthfeel.

Dank, green, resinous hops start the palate. Pine sap with candied grapefruit. Dry, fairly bitter, and light malt.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness and an almost numbing hop blast.

Great beer but the nose is subdued. Another winner form Ipswich. Can I get this in NH?

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Photo of dd43
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has this beer always been hopped with Ella? I must not have noticed before. Drank a five week old bottle and allowed it to warm to my IPA temp range (mid 40s) for a proper evaluation.

Pours fairly dark slightly hazy orange, off white finger of head that receded in a few minutes. Pretty good lacing, no legs.

Aromas right off the bat are grapefruit and ripe, sweet citrus, kind of a mango peach thing. Malts have that caramel quality. I do get a bit of a grassy floral note but really just to support the fruit aromas.

Flavor wise this beer is not what I would call complex, but it does drink extremely easily. Alcohol is very well hidden, nice ABV for this style at 7%. The bitterness associated with those Ella hops is well rendered, not too strong but just enough astringency to make each sip welcoming. Mouthfeel is very lightly tongue coating, the carbonation provides lift but that caramel maltiness is still there.

Would love to try this on tap. Nice beer from Ipswich, cheers to the harvest.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; amber with a bit of an orange tint; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: ripe pineapple and mango; grapefruit and a little pine in the background;

T: red grapefruit and pineapple up front; the red grapefruit takes over before mid-palate and stays through the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation dry finish;

O: luscious fruit in the aroma and flavor; really enjoyable;

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Photo of witts2000
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ummmm....this is not retired. Just had the 2015 batch. It was amazing. I would say it is reminiscent of a Sculpin but at $13 a 12 pack, its a way better value. I think this is the most underrated brewery in Massachusetts.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. dated 09/15/2014. Sampled on February 26, 2015. So this is about 6 months old.

The pour is a milky, heady pale yellow and a lot of lacing clings to glass.

The aroma annunciation is grass, citrus, a bit of apple, and toasted bread.

Medium body.

The taste has a quick bready start and then those citrus and grassy hops bow their heads and take over the flavor. Lingers dryly at the end.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Bottled on 08/21/14 (yikes). Pours a dull orange-gold with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head. Nose expresses caramel malts and an earthy/herbal quality. Taste consistent with nose - way too malty. Hop profile is virtually hidden and doesn't come out until the back; however, there's also a kiss of bitter grapefruit rind. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation that falls just shy of crisp. Texture is a bit on the watery side. Overall, this beer is a bit of a malt bomb and a bit unbalanced. I'm sure the age didn't help it out either.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Small head that settles to rim bubbles quickly. Some slippery lace after each sip. The liquid is light amber with very mild haze.

Pleasant, fresh hop aroma. Pale malt smell in the background.

Brief, lightly toasted malt. There's a black pepper bite that comes through very quickly, leaving an extremely bitter swallow and long aftertaste. Relatively thin bodied with an above average level of CO2.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | 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 light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out sweet and fruity with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a quick burst of piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

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

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Photo of SABERG
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a modified tulip glass.
A - Straw colored with exceptional clarity, gentle carbonation caps out with a thin white crown. Lacing
follows the glass to the bottom.
S - Fresh grass, only a hint of citrus, a hint of conifer and orange.
T - Intriguing, the start is floral, then a balancing act of malt and hops. A fabulous display of
craft. Not weighted in any one area makes this stand out.
F - Light carbonation keeps the palate clean, starts with hints of hop oils, middle may be the best where blends of
light malts and fresh hops meet.
O - Ipswich has a real treat here. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of brunop
4.25/5  rDev +6%

12 oz.bottle into goblet. hops front and center with a hint of malt. pours coppery clear with little or no cloudiness. may well be the clearest of ipswich's pale ale lineup.

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Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Very clear and light straw colored with an inviting aroma of honey malt and tangerine hops. Rich flavor of pine and citrus hops, a pepper bite, with subtle malt riding beneath. Very hoppy, with great hop flavors. Hop forward with moderate bitterness. Full mouthfeel, finishes tingly, hops warm the cheeks. Haven't had an Ipswich in a while, this one is really good.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

A different brew under the Ipswich label. This hop-forward beer lacks the malty backbone present in other Ipswich ales. That's a good thing, and I applaud the brewmaster for changing it up. This is different than anything else from the New England region, for sure, maybe closest to the Sierra Nevada hop harvest offerings, and even Celebration. Try it!

And, if you haven't, try the Ipswich Stout. It's top flight, world-class.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Stopped in at the Hop Harvest release at the brewery on August 23. Had a coupla samples, then out with a case. Good at first sip fer sure. Fast forward to NOW! Givin' it a good tasting tonight, even though it's a school night. Ella hops impart grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors say de bottle.

Nice aroma, hoppy as advertised, and full-bodied in the Ipswich tradition. Solid lacing. Chewy hops. And I AIN'T sending the Bros beer. They can stop by if they need a pop....

Anyways, another great brew from the folks in Ipswich.

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Photo of JoeRonan4
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

This is my first review im not an expert at this so bear with me
It smells resinous and piney with some fruit in there
Taste is the same plenty of bitterness some malt but not too sweet
Mouth sticks around a bit stays on the palate perfect carbonation for my liking
Appearance, well im drinking it out of a bottle but the label is eye catching theres some light lacing on the bottle
overall i think this is an excellent brew i will most definitely buy it again
Not to mention it was brewed 6 days ago 15 minutes away from my house so freshness is always a plus.
highly reccomend.

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Hop Harvest from Ipswich Ale Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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