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Ipswich Original Pale AleIpswich Original Pale Ale

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 203
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of JxDuff
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of h00dak
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had to privilege of having this beer thanks to my girlfriend who got me a membership to a beer of the month club.

It pours a really rich, caramel/orange color with 3 fingers of toasted white head. Pours perfectly into a pint glass, oozing over the side slightly at the very end. The head stays about 5 minutes. Lacing adorns the glass til the very end.

The smell is citrusy, orange, lemon, and a woody smell as well. All delightful.

I took a swiq through a thick, marshmallow-soft head, and the taste is great. Full flavored, complex, awesome aftertaste.

This beer is great. Do not pass up an opportunity to have it!

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Photo of DudleyRose
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fabulous beer. The balance of hops, fruit and malt is perfect in a hazy, yeasty brew. In its style it is the best I've had. I find it quite hoppy but it puts one-note hop bombs to shame. If you want hops more over the top, try Ipswich's IPA, but for my money this one's got everything.

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Photo of CrewF24
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very drinkable english style Pale Ale.

Poured into a standard pub pint glass.

Amber color with a slight copper hue. Unfiltered so minor haziness.

Thick dense foam on the pour that drops down to a fluffy 1/8inch head which persists all the way down to the bottom of the glass leaving rings of foam at each resting point.

Slight biscuit flavor to the malt. Excellent bitterness and balance.

This is by far my favorite session beer.

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Photo of mshallah
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ipswich Original Ale pours orange amber with a white head. Aroma is very fruity with some caramel and toasted grain. Taste has the fruitiness for sure with a pleasant dried apricot note as well as caramel, toasted malt and a balancing bitterness that shows how well this beer is crafted. The hopping is dead on as it doesn't mask the fruitiness and makes this a regular in my fridge and at meal times. The freshness in the taste and aroma makes me think of freshly baked bread(apricot glazed brioche) and evokes the same mouth watering response. A pale ale that stands out in a craft beer scene flooded with mediocre pale ales. English ale inspired and perfectly excecuted this beer is a New England classic.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very cloudy orange color with decent white head. you can tell its unfiltered.

smells fruity, malty, and has bread like aspects. smells good and hearty.

taste is like ripe fruit. very strong malty fruit taste. subtle hops, slight bready biscuity tastes, but primarily sweet malts. very very good, full bodied.

mouthfeel is full and rich, very nice. drinkability, what can i say? i usually get it by the growler. it's a great brew. a nice hearty, rich full bodied sweet ale.

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4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this has to be one of the greatest american beers i've ever had. beautiful cloudy orange appearance with nice medium-bodied head that retains well. perfect mix of grassy and fruity smells. amazing taste: just the perfect blend of maltiness and touch of hops. plenty of fruity esters and slightly acidic. just nice big round flavor. drinkability is super. no one flavor overpowers you, but it is just such a well crafted pale ale.

if you see this one, pick it up. it was great in bottles.

now, where can i find this one on cask?

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4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice red amber color with a nice thick tan colored head that laces very nicely. It smells of nice medium roasted malts witha nice earthy hop aroma that smells like a really good beer. It tastes of really rich malted grains followed by a crisp earthy hop bitterness that rounds out the flavor for a really good ale. The mouthfeel is great - nice and crisp with the right amount of carbonation which makes it a pretty drinkable beer. Definately worth it, try this if you can.

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4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bukowski's in Boston had this cask conditioned this past Wednesday. I had to try it naturally. What a good beer cask conditioned. Comes out with the usual color and smell, but the flavor is much better. Fruity and malty, it was unbelieveable. The temp., a bit raised of course, made this beer much better. Less head than usual, but still left a bit of lace.

I would definately suggest this beer cask conditioned. It was just that much better.

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4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of a mix pack at Market Basket. Pours a hazy amber red with a thin film of off-white head. Smells fruity with toffee and caramel with some grassy tea-like English hops playing a strong role. Grassy tea-like hops hit first, with a fair bit of caramel hitting shortly thereafter. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, perhaps one of the easiest to finish English Pale Ales I've had. Balanced, full flavored, not overpowering. Near perfect in every way. A solid choice.

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4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy, orange amber with a thin, off white head that recedes quickly leaving specks of lace. Very unique and inviting aroma of nutty grains, sweet tangerines and wet hay. Light to medium bodied with flavors of toast and marmalade fading quickly to a dry, earthy hop finish. A very nice session ale. More of an Amber style than a Pale ale , easy to drink and very tasty stuff. This is a great beer to give to a person just starting thier journey into micro's.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of kevman527
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer as part of a Domestic Micro-Brewed beer of the month club. Poured into a pint glass.

A: A very light brownish-reddish color almost golden. About two fingers of head with decent lacing.

S: Very floral and very fruitful aromas with faint malty-bready scent. Love the smell.

T: First tasting does not taste like it smells, instead I get strong notes of coffee and earth like tastes with a strong hoppy aftertaste, very good.

M: Very smooth, finishes a little dry, low carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable would drink again and again.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy amber color from sediment. Some orange glow toward the edges. Fluffy off white head with nice lacing.

S: Ripe apples, honey, molasses, toasted malt and some floral and spicy hops. Malt is the dominant and not lacking in complexity.

T: Toasted malt, some nutty notes, a touch of honey, toffee and brown bread. Slightly spicy and some herbal hop flavors.

M: Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel with a nice medium body.

D: Rich, complex malt flavor but easy drinkability. Very flavorful and exciting to have such a wonderful drinking ale. It is refreshing as well and will satisfy those who are more of a maltster. It is worth seeking this one out.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine english style pale ale...very toasty notes on the nose and taste....also some earthy characteristics....pours a hazy orange color with a nice bubbly cream colored head that rims the glass perfect....Great nose...toasty and earthy like I said....body is medium....perfect mouthfeel...this is sliding down waaaay too easy but it is has a a solid feel to it...Taste is toasty and earthy but also some bready, biscuit notes....Tastes borders on a low amber ale territory...drinkability is sky high...I love English style pale ales like this one....one of the better ones I've tried....blows the hell out of Bass for example...

Johnny P delivers the goods again....Thanks to JP I can now assert that Ipswich is one damn fine brewery..or Mercury Cat or whatever...great beers....perhaps underrated and underappreciated by some....their beers are worth seeking out...

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