Ipswich Original Pale Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Original Pale AleIpswich Original Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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: 393 |  Reviews: 202
Photo of Pittsburgh
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour, dark brown-amber, small amount of foam, tasted along the lines of an IPA but less hoppy and darker, I liked it for a change of pace, has a nice tangy bite to it, but not over the top, rich, but not anything close to a porter. Overall satisfying , probably best for a fall beer in early september I think I will get a twelver. Full body/flavored, hit it right on the head, don't need to change a thing.

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fantastic look to this brew, a nice orange-amber with a tightly laced head of thick, small bubbles that measured about a ½ finger thick when first poured. The smell was nice bready/malty sweet with very discernible citrus hop notes. The taste backed up the smell (go figure...), particularly with a great citrus-bitter aftertaste which was especially notable.

The taste didn't linger too long, however, thanks to a good level of carbonation which also leant a moderate mouth-feel. This was a huge plus to me because even as a self-proclaimed hop head, I'm not real fond of having a orange peal/pine cone lingering in my mouth.

Overall, I'd consider this a fantastic ale - maybe a little heavy for a true session brew but definitely a good addition to the opening line-up.

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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 Sam21
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz nonic pint glass. The head rises two fingers and recedes rather quickly leaving a ring of lace around the edges of the glass. The body is amber with a heavy grainy haze from the unfiltered nature of the brew. Lace clings to the beer all the way down.

Malt up front that fades into an inviting floral hop scent. There is a caramel sweetness that seems to linger throughout.

Taste is very similar to the smell in that it's a nice balance of malt to hops. The hops remain on the tongue long after the sip. This fruitiness is infectious.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and there is lots of carbonation. This is VERY drinkable. I could easily have a few of these without seeking out a new flavor for my palate

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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 neophilus
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden-amber color with a thick, white head that clings to the glass. Cloudy with particles floating around. Nice lacing.

Smell is a subdued, malty aroma like sweet bread. Taste is wonderfully balanced with malt up front and a careful amount of hop bitterness. A medium body gives just the right mouthfeel, every sip making its presence known but not hanging around too long. Aftertaste is crisp, with a lingering hint of malt and hops.

This beer is incredibly drinkable. The malt and hops are in perfect balance for me. I'm not too much of a hop-head (Ipswich IPA is actually a little too hoppy for my taste) and it's really nice to have such a smooth drinking Pale Ale that doesn't overpower with sweetness or bitterness. I think Mercury Brewing Company hit the nail on the head with this brew - the perfect go-to beer for any weekend when you want a smooth drinking, flavorful full bodied craft beer that doesn't wear you out after one or two drinks.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber/copper into a pint glass, with one finger of white head, and spotty lacing. Smelled very malty, caramel'ish, and earthy; surprisingly not much fruitiness to speak of. However, the taste was in fact more revealing; malty sweetness gives way to apple/plum, and then to a fairly balanced finish. The beer did maintain good flavor as it warmed to room temperature. the mouthfeel was fuller than expected; with the head imparting a little creaminess. Drinkability was certainly apparent, but it may have been just a tad on the thick side for me to session more than a couple of pints.

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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 h00dak
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
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 ozzyCobblepot
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice thin, bubbly head, reminds me of espresso foam. Pale golden pale color. Exactly what I expect an English PA to look like.
S: Floral and honey malts and yeast tones. Subdued hops.
T: Not much sweetness to it; bitter flavors are most present, but still inhibited. Gentle hops that don't overpower but leave an impression.
M: Good carbonation, medium bodied.

Very drinkable, refreshing but not filling. Altogether, what I consider a "polite" pale ale, using bitter hops and pretty flavorful honey malts, but subdued and unobtrusive. Figured I'd try a different local brew while I'm visiting Boston, and it was a good move in my opinion. Got to try a few other from this brewery later.

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Photo of BrewitYerself
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, effervescent medium gold, with a copper hue. Thick, dense white head. Very good lacing.

Mild aroma of honey-like malts. Perhaps a touch of herbal hops. No esters.

Taste is surprisingly, yet delightfully bitter upfront; nice herbal hop flavor. Good, moderately sweet honey-like malt backbone. Bitterness fades sharply from start to finish. Finish is sweet honey-like malt, with a touch of bitterness. Moderate pithiness mid-palate through the finish.

Moderate carbonation, medium-full mouthfeel, moderately chewy, good finish, good progression. Perfect for the style.

Overall very delicious; excellent sweet malt profile, very nice hop character. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. White head reduces pretty quickly, really no lacing to speak of. Aroma is of mild hops, moderate malt and some citrus with a touch of spice. Taste is very dry and smooth with a mild hop bitterness and extremely pleasing on the palate. Took me a while to drink because I was busy stuffing my face with breakfast and the beer was allowed time to warm and still tasted great warm (sign of a good ale). Paired very well with my French toast, bacon and sausage late night breakfast.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got bottle in a BA trade. Poured into my great divide glass.

A-- Poured a hazy brownish yellow color with a white head, almost 2 fingers and some solid lacing. Looks fairly carbonated.

S-- Hops, roasted malts, a little floral and get some carmel as well.

T-- First the malt, then the bitterness from the hops. Kind of aggressive but in a very good way

M-- A little sweetness from the carmel, the roasted malts and the hops are well balanced. The hops do come at you. Good carbonation and does finish well.

D-- Nice beer. This is a good ale and fairly complex and does have good character. Could do 2 of these easily.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a foamy head that quickly fades to leave a thin white lace

S: Really hard to place this one; no single smell sticks out above the rest. Estery and earthy tones balanced out by moderate hop scents.

T: A solid interpretation of a nice English Ale. Well balanced malt and hop flavors present through out the beer. Again, nothing sticks out but nothing to really detract from the flavor either.

M and D: Somewhat aggressive carbonation, but a nice medium body make this pleasant to drink.

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

BOTMC the gift that keeps giving.... This brew smells like a earthy ale a slight molasses smell with earthy hop undertones. Pours into my pint glass with a nice foamy two finger head. Color is a slightly hazy orange bronze. Head stands nicely. Taste is sweet and malty with some caramel. Hops kick in quickly with citrusy, grapefruity flavor and a sharp bite. Balanced and delicious. Mouthfeel is very good, good fizz but not overpowering. Nice lacing on the glass as it empties. This is a staple brew. Very good and a sessioner without a doubt.

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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 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 scottbrew4u
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

8/26/09 tasting. A 12oz bottle poured into a tulip...What a gorgeous looking head - wisps composed by an infinite gathering of khaki bubbles lined up in attention surround my glass, and then float...forming a rocky platform above the copper colored beer. To boot the lacing looks like geographical formations exposed on the glass - these chaotic rings hold the same ancient beauty you see when you stare closely into nature.

Nice nose - a tight, dryish malt package, surrounded by a strong echo of whiskey and a general booziness that makes you pay attention. Powerful, yet cleanly built. These big notes don't correlate completely with a mouthfeel that is slight, watery on the edges. The carbonation though is a great asset, as the beer opens with some clean metallic notes, dry biscuit maltiness, then recedes into a softer, floral hop presence that swims throughout the finish. Just a hint of filmy earthiness lingers on the top of my mouth to remind me of the style. I find this highly drinkable and a well packaged version of the classic IPA.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a good friend leave a few of these with me. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy light amber color. The head is 3 fingers tall, light tan in color, fluffy medium sized bubbles, freat retention and sticky abundant lacing.
Smell: The aromas are pine resin, sparge and cotton candy. Everything is pretty muted.
Taste: The flavors are earthy, roasted malt in the back of the mouth and some pine notes.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is spicy, if that makes any sense.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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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 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 bill93063
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one superb ale. Balance, balance and more balance! Nothing predominates here but you get a good mix of hops, malt and complex beer characteristics. Coffee, toffee, chocolate, backberry, citrus, caramel yummy! It is best in summer and fall but can really be drunk year round it is that good!

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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 Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown color with a good sized head and lace.

The aroma of malts and hops. Little else.

The taste of good ,strong malts with mild caramel notes and a light fruit hint.
The feel of a light bodied beer and smooth,low carbonation. Very good balance.

Notes: An excellent brew with session appeal and easy enough to drink.

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