Ipswich Original Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #12
Ranked #26,601
3.81 | pDev: 12.34%
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Ipswich Original Pale AleIpswich Original Pale Ale
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Reviews by Tarps68:
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Tarps68 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Aug 30, 2014
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mlazzaro from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if it is bottled conditioned, but fairly cloudy, darker amber color. Bone white head is kind of weak. Easy enough to stir up again though.

I mostly smell English yeast easters. Smells goood.

Most likely closest to an English Bitter. Style claims to be a pale ale, I find it bitter for the style as it is the majority of the flavor. However the bitterness is suiting to this particular beer, and comes off as being quite delicious.

Both the drinkability and mouthfeel are fine. Bitterness doesn't linger too long. I could definitely drink a few of these. Nice sessionable beer. Of Ipswich's line up, I find this beer and the oatmeal stout to be their finest.

Also if you like this beer, I implore you give the Goose Island "Honker" a shot. Delicious in very similar ways.

Jan 23, 2011
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rallyr32 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 30, 2015
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alemiester from Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Jul 21, 2012
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rktrat from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original keg micro brew party beer.. tasty now in a can.

Oct 06, 2019
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twenty5 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

May 12, 2013
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soze47 from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Score! A friend of my roommate left a stray of this behind over the weekend. I'm enjoying a single 12 oz. bottle. FREEBIE!

Appearance: Dark pumpkin coloration (orange first, brown second). Nice head and good lacing. Good amount of haziness to the body that helps bring out the deeper tones. Complex and surprisingly striking.

Aroma: Surprised to get berry fruit tones at first. Next comes some toasted malt and very subtle floral hops. The smell kind of throws me off a bit.

Taste: Nice balance here. All the flavors from the aroma come into play here, but more harmoniously. Hops dominate the linger with a nice spicy flavor. Not sure how the berry fruitiness got into this one, but it adds a unique taste that goes well with the toasty malt and spicy hops. As this one warms up, a grapefruit flavor also develops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Highly carbonated, yet medium to slightly heavy body. Those two elements create a very full feel in my mouth. It still goes down plenty easy and finishes crisp. While it is borderline session beer on paper, it is quite filling to have more than two of these in rapid succession.

Overall: A pleasant surprise, for sure. Never heard much about this brewery even though it is right up the road. I'll seek this one out again for sure, especially for any winter time get-togethers.

Nov 15, 2010
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in 4-oz. taster, in shifts.

A: light copper color; decent head (quite a few large bubbles), moderate carb action; lacing ok
S: benign aroma; slight whiff of bread, malt
T: malty, nutty, bready; very flavorful and interesting; ever so slight bits of anise and whorehound; tastes centered in the alto range; hops come off as very fresh; the flavor is complex and interesting

This beer doesn't match the others I've had in this category, so definitely worth a visit.

Aug 05, 2012
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tazzman from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 01, 2017
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Homebrew35 from Connecticut

2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amnce two fingers worth of creamy white head. Crystal clear pale golden color. The most sticky lacing I've seen in a while remains half way through the glass. Smells slightly floral and some Carmel malts, maybe some bready yeast. Tastes sweet,carmel, earthy hops, medium bitterness to balance it. Light body, medium carbonation. The finish is neutral and watery tasting. Overall this is lackluster to me.

Apr 09, 2011
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1" off-white head. Body is an interesting raw sienna yellow color with a slight haze. Smells of malt and caramel. Taste doesn't quite match the smell, it's more standard BMC with a little malt, and definitely more bitter hops coming through in the finish. It's OK, I just don't think it stands out much higher than upper average.

Dec 27, 2011
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PaulfromNoVa from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably less than ideal conditions - at Logan, keg may be old, server may not have rushed it from the line to my table. But:

A standard pub pint with an airy half inch of head that dissipated quickly, leaving an adorable swagging of lace around the glass, tending to stick. The brew itself was a hazy rusted amber with thin wisps of carbonation tracing up.

Taste was a nice balance of hop and malt, with a kind of feral earthiness that was almost dirty but very nice. The light carbonation transferred to the mouth. I wouldn't mind another, but I need to stay awake on my flight back to NoVa.

I want to have another go at this one under better conditions. Maybe if I had sat at the bah.

Dec 07, 2010
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 10/31/11: Pours the color of unfiltered amber stained apple juice with a 2 inch off-white head that lingers leaving nice lacing. Aroma and taste are toasted and fruity with citrus, sweet malts and floral hops; a dry and bitter, mild pepper finish due to the excellent carbonation.

Nov 20, 2019
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vonnerbeer from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Oct 15, 2014
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zhanson88 from California

3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a lot of carbonation. A HUGE fluffy white head forms which takes forever to even slightly disappate. Kind of reminds me of an infected beer actually.

Smell: Not infected at least. A bit of caramel, a little yeasty, kind of grainy. Not much here.

Taste: Grainy, a bit of caramel, yeasty with a touch of citrus, and a hint of florals. Not bad, and it actually gets a good deal more flavorful as it warms.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied, plenty of carb, very nice. Overall, this is far from my favorite style, but it's a decent example. Worth a shot.

Aug 10, 2012
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Twal from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Oct 30, 2013
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jan 06, 2012
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tommyd313 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dec 07, 2012
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JxDuff from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was raised in Ipswich so experiencing what Mercury Brewing produces is a give in.

A: Dark amber color, more of an orange tinge than brown. Very hazy and intriguing.

S: Berry and floral notes hits your nose immediately soon followed by the malt and hops. The smell is very mysterious.

T: What can I say? Perfect! The balance of malts, hops and floral tastes is beyond exceptional.

M: Average carbonation, perfect for this beer, mixed with the medium body make every sip enjoyable.

I whole heartedly agree with the Bros, this ale is world class.

Dec 23, 2010
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cask and served in a 20 oz tumbler, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, honey-brown coloring with a dense, foamy, frothy, off-white head of about an inch. Aromas are a nice, subtle blend of citrus and hops on a sweet toffee backbone. Flavors have a good roasted quality to them, with a resiny and bitter hopping that balances the toffee and caramel sweetness from the malt profiles. Citrus influence is light, with a lemon zest flavor peeking out here and there. Good use of wet hops to clean the palate and impart some strong, peppery characters without being overly bitter. The beer leaves a decent lacing along the glass, and the body is smooth and light. The lack of carbonation from the cask permits all the flavors to truly blend together. The aftertaste is tangy and bitter hops, with a slight, drying finish. Decent brew.

Jan 29, 2012
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a light, floral nose, with hints of rosewater and light hops mingling nicely with small whirls of citrus and toasted grain.

On the tongue, there's an immediate boost of citrusy sugars, with notes of apricot and orange. This is accompanied fairly quickly by grapefruit-bitter hops, which come in at light to medium-light strength, nicely complimenting the earlier citrus flavors. Brown sugars and light maple syrups run throughout the mouthful, as well as Grape Nuts cereal-like grains. And while the hops do tend to outweigh the malts, and are definitely the larger portion of the aftertaste, the orange and apricot notes from the beginning still maintain a decent presence.

Overall, this is a lovely pale ale, being largely well-balanced, with a slight emphasis on a citrus tang. The brew doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table for the style, but it does prove an excellent example of it, and is worth a taste.

Aug 06, 2011
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PokerGod from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a 12oz. bottle into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: A nice chestnut color with a moderately dense haze to it. On a very close inspection, I can see small particles in the ale (I like that!) Some frothy head that dissipates before long.

Smell: I like the smell. Bready and hoppy with subtle fruitiness. Also, the smell really wafts out when agitated in the glass.

Taste: Floral hops up front, with a very citrus ring through the middle, and it finishes with the hops again, but subtly.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel! smoothe and silky.

Drinkability: I would have no problem purchasing this beer again in the future. Nor will I have any difficulty in finishing the rest of the supply I have now. A Very nice beer overall.

Feb 22, 2011
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tenacioustomato from Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Feb 23, 2014
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bigmoose125 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

Jul 12, 2012
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JMH_ from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is just a rock solid pale ale all around. it pours a lovely orange to amber colour with a big sticky fluffed head. the smell is of burnt grain, fruity hops and earthy malt. there's a nice underlying sweetness as well. this one presents itself as hearty but restrained (in a good way) and it delivers. the flavour starts out a touch hoppy before moving into a malt flavour that is dirty and bark like at times with hints of bread and biscuit. hops are revisited again at the finish which is slightly sweeter than the beginning. there is somewhat of a dry iced tea feel and flavour here as well. it's just a nice brew all around that makes for a great sessional. a great version of this style.

Oct 25, 2004
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