Ipswich Original Pale Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Peach colour base with little fizzy head. A very nice fruity pale, with good hop bitterness. Only the high carbonation detracted, though it was very fresh. Yet some creaminess. Some lemon and orange and peach flavours. Malty aroma and dry finish.Refreshing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a rocky head that splashes a fair amount of lacing around

Smell: About the earthiest aroma that I have encountered and very nice for the style; primarily toasty with hints of toffee and a subtle earthy hop bitterness

Taste: Opens with a toasty flavor that adds some subtle fruit and earthy hop character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt becomes a little more prominent, adding depth and complexity with a touch of toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Most pale ales in the US are brewed in an APA style, regardless of what they call themselves; here is a nice EPA that sticks to its knitting

Thanks, donkeyrunner, for the opportunity to try this

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my least favorite of the mixed 12 pack but still a pretty good beer none the less. I knew right when I tasted this is was an "English" pale ale.. just has that sort of fruity taste to it and isn't as hop forward and bitter as the Americanized version of the style. Nothing off putting just not my particular sort of taste. Definitely still a solid beer and a nice session beer, but the other beers in the mixed pack are just really good.

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Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white head on top of a hazy, copper-orange body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - A malty aroma of caramel and toasted bread with some lightly fruity yeast and spicy hops.

T - Caramel and toffee malt flavors up front with a rich, bready malt sweetness. Some red apple yeast character appears in the middle with the beginnings of a spicy hop flavor that intensifies in the finish. Moderate hop bitterness in the end that more than balances the sweet malt and has a mineral water sharpness that leaves an appropriately chalky hop flavor lingering on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly dry, chalky finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this beer displays all of the hallmarks of its style, especially with its rich malt flavor and strong hoppy finish. The sharp, chalky bitterness and musty/spicy hop flavors are particularly well done. It is very sessionable and I imagine it would be particularly nice on cask.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic a hazed burnt orange with a great fluffy crown atop leaving multiple layers of lace as it settled slowly into a cramy mass,nice to see this is unfiltered.Mild aromas of herbal hop and caramel/biscuit malt.Flavors are also on the mild side staying more true to the intended style,leafy and herbal mixing with toffee and caramel/biscuit malt.iam not a huge fan of the subtle style but this is a nice quaffing EPA.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A: Light 1 finger airy head with pale orange-red color and quite a bit of haze

N: Nose has a lot of light malts as well as a little bit of dark malts and some very light hops, reminiscent of an Oktoberfest or red ale

T: Taste starts like a red ale with lots of malts both light and dark, some very light hops that add a little spice as well as some grassy floral-like character, some earthiness and rustic taste blend with a biscuity flavor

M: Mouth is very light but sticky and lots of carbonation

F: Finish has lots of malts and earthiness like an oktoberfest, some light hops finish on the back of the tongue, its pretty dry and as it dries off leaves more hops, almost all the hops are very late on the taste

Final Thoughts: It starts with lots of malts and finishes with some light hops, the malts are done very well as it seems to layer and has a lot of earthiness, the light hops tease you on the finish almost as if it wants to get very hoppy but doesn't. This is very drinkable and has a lot of character. Reminds me of when I first had it years ago and loved it back then, even though my tastes have changed this seems to have stayed very tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, caramelized malt, a touch of fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bitter with a pale hops flavor, then there’s some malt sweetness to balance is out, but the hops is what remains prevalent, which is a little uncharacteristic of the style. There’s also a little bit of fruit in the background. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp with a little bit of smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, good kick to it, not very filling, I could drink a few of these, but after a while I might look for something else more flavorful. However, this is one of the better beers that I’ve had in a style that I haven't really like to much.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, deep golden body with a frothy layer of off-white suds. Little blips of lace on the way down.

Smell: Gently toasted white bread and biscuit tops with a small, sweet-scented accent to the malts. A bit of stone fruit and citrus mingling together with a dash of spice and earthy dried herbs.

Taste: Bready, biscuity pale malts brushed with a layer of sweet, sugared treacle. Slight apricot fruitiness with a little fresh sweet orange peel, but it's growing increasingly towards an herbal, black tea presence. Medium bitterness. Drying, with a quality a bit like that Constant Comment tea.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Simple and easy-going, but pleasant overall. Refreshing.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, with a decent head that leaves a touch of lace on the glass. There are suspended particles, minute but distinct.

Dark malt aromas, no discerning hop smells. I noted a touch of perfume sweetness as well.

Complex flavors featuring an intertwining blend of the rich malt and the flowery hop. The swallow is all hop--almost like an IPA. The aftertaste is like sucking on a hop pellet. The body is quite rich for the style. The carbonation is appropriate.

Overall, a very nice beer. I believe that my bottle my have been over-exposed to some of the winter elements, yet this was still delicious.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a totally clouded brown amber. Nose is like syrup and sweet. Flavor is meaty with some hop character, but not completely dominated by it. Overall it is mostly an earthy toned kind of beer. Feel is thick on the liquid and good on the bubble. Overall pretty drinkable. A bit thick and a touch of salt on the flavor are the only real detractors.

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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orangish copper with a frothy head that descends to a very thin cover. Some traces of spotted lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citric fruitiness, floral, biscuity.

The taste begins with chewy, tropical, floral hops. A firm earthy backbone soon comes in for support and balance. Bitter followed by balancing sweetness. Hop bitterness a bit raw. (A little butterscotch?) A touch of spiciness. Long, dry finish. The feel is full and chewy.

Aggressively hoppy with a firm malt backbone that balances it out nicely. Smooth, tasty and easily drinkable despite a certain rawness about it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light amber, white head, nice lacing in my glass, some small chunk sediment in bottle. Nice resiny hop aroma. English style ale, balanced malts, respectable hopping level. all in all a nice well crafted brew. Good session staple. Would go nicely with a wide variety of foods.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 2" head that slowly fades away to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness is very mild.

Taste: flavors are much more upfront than what the nose picked up. Bold caramel and black plum sweetness with decent bitterness levels. Simple but flavorful.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish with a short sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: super session ale. This is one that accompanied great conversation in a bar and the pints could just keep flowing all night.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. The aroma is a bit fruity with pale ale malt undertones. The taste is good. A refreshing pale ale that's well balanced; not too bitter, not too malty; just right. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a light bodied beer that goes down in a hurry. A fine example of a pale ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cvstrickland for this one.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slightly bitter, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad little brew, thanks Chuck.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly murky orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is wet grass with some citrus. The flavor is grass, citrus, iced tea and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An enjoyable English IPA.

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent reteion and lacing.

The smell featured a good upfront mildly sweet caramel malt with some floral hoppiness.

The taste was very well balanced. A solid soft malt biscuitiness with a touch of caramel was nicelt blended with a good, mildly spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was average,

Overall a nice rendition of the style. A nice session beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at an Applebee's restaurant on January 20, 2010. It pours a slightly cloudy looking amber-copper with about a finger of long-lasting foamy cream colored head. The aroma is a bit malty with a dash of swet caramel and toffee in the mix. The body is in the medium range with a taste that draws out the hops in a subtle but pleasing way. It ends dry. It was nice to have this available at a chain restaurant.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright golden orange color with a nicely lasting white head.

S: malty with dry caramel and oranges.

T: sweet upfront followed a huge malty palate that is dry and hearty. There was some burnt caramel and oranges for flavor along with some raisins. bready.

M: moderatly full and creamy. nice coating on the tongue. for an ale was good i thought. good dose of carbonation.

D: A nice big dry English style ale that was malty, dry and enjoyable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber color. Minute flakes spin around the glass. A large fluffy head absolutely refuses to die off. Chunky lacing sporadically sticks to the glass.

S-Sweet bready and pale malts headline an attractive aroma. The hops are bright and floral. The aroma is fragrant and a bit perfumey. Mild and attractive overall scent.

T-This is quite a sessionable flavor.The hops are light and mingle well with the sugary malts. This brew has a certain 'hard to describe' overall flavor. It is undoubtedly enjoyable.

M-Light to medium build. A bit slick. Expressive carbonation. The feel is pretty nice.

O/D-Have always loved Ipswich IPA. I may like this one a bit more. It is definitely a more apt 12 pack beer than the IPA. The mild yet attractive flavor makes you yearn for another bottle. I think this might be my 'go-to' 12-pack brew when I'm not feeling like burning the enamel off my teeth with some good ol' 'Finest Kind' by Smuttynose. Sessionable, local, and pretty damn addictive. Not bad Mercury Brew Co.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as part of a mix 6-pack (that the proprietor was nice enough to allow me to make) from Holiday Spirits, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" light beige head over the orangey amber brew, which has numerous large and small floaties throughout, even though great care was taken pouring. Head is gone quickly, leaving an uneven layer of bubbles, and lacing is average. Aroma is earthy, malty, with a tinge of hoppiness. Taste is also pervaded with earthiness, but the balance of this brew is appreciated. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but could be cleaner, overall better. Will keep an eye out for another to revisit, in case of an off bottle...

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a bit of cloudiness from loose sediment. A thin beige cap appeared after the pour, a combination of fine and soapy bubbles. Sticky lace, good head retention. Light citrus aroma (grapefruit and tangerine) with some caramel maltiness. Moderate bitterness, slightly sharp up front, grapefruit with a hint of resin. Malt sweetness was mostly caramel with a bit of biscuit. Medium to light bodied, average carbonation, slight dryness, nice texture. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is cloudy and murky. It's orange tainted amber in color. A medium sized white head sits on top and is very well retained. Floral and spicy hop nose. It's just a little too carbonated for my liking in a PA. The hops are noticeable, but I don't think the malt backing provides enough of a foundation. The hops are herbal and bitter. Pungent in a nondescript way. It's pretty average in my book.

Thanks to pbrian for the sample.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a hazy, dull burnt orange with a frothy, two inch off-white head that eventually settles into a solid, half inch cap. Some strands of lacing, but no legs. Nose reveals toasted malt, a slightly nutty quality and a little bit of citrus towards the back. Characteristics in the nose also present in the flavor profile; however, a bit watered down - also, the slightest suggestion of bittering hops expresses itself lightly at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a light carbonation. Simple and quaffable. A pretty solid English Pale Ale. I bet this would be excellent on cask.

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