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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of scottbrew4u
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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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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 0%
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 -7.7%
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 +16.1%
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 +9.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +10.8%
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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Photo of VTaler
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark cloudy honey color with very little head
S - Floral, not much smell
T - initially malty and slightly watery, then the somewhat bitter hops come in. Overall malty with not much bitterness. Classic "ale"
M - very crisp carbonation
D - very drinkable, I could have a lot of these if I wanted to

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Photo of billybob
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks like the color of cloudy tea short head and a light lace. earthy aromas, white bread crust, slight fruity note. bready malt dry grainy taste lingering bitter tea after taste. medium mouthfeel with a aggressive carbontion. not a big fan of the style but tried to be as fair as possible.

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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 atsprings
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a hazy orange with a nice thin off-white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma was a decent amount of Earthy hops and sweet malts. The taste was a nice amount of sweet malts and crisp hops providing a nice balance. The beer is quite light and smooth with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable English Ale, one I could certainly see having again.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copperish, orange and hazy with a substantial and impressive head that has superior retention.
smell: biscuits, fruits and yeast esters provide a mixed and pleasing aroma.

Taste is toasty malts. breads and yeast and a lot fruits, most notably of oranges.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Hops are moderate and not as dominant as the malts.
This is a very good ale.

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Photo of bum732
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange, lots of yeast in suspension, decent head that dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing. Smells very fruity, apple, rasberry, pear, peach, some grassy hop notes, some toffee. Tastes of subtle fruity malt throughout followed by a mellow bitterness. Finishes very smooth and fairly clean, some fruitiness lingers. Very moderate carbonation lending more smoothness to this ale.

A very unique American beer. True to the English style, very fruity aromas from the yeast with a mild toffee and caramel malt backbone. I thought the taste didn't live up to the hype of the aromas, but overall, this beer is incredibly smooth, clean and very sessionable.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass from notes Sept. 2008. Pours a slightly hazy orange copper in color with a full inch of dense slightly off white head. Retention and lacing were impressive for the style.

Some muted floral hops on the nose along with a bit of caramel malts, opening up later as the head diminishes. Smooth on the tongue initially with some buttery malts and finishing slightly bitter with a hop bite and a sense of cooked caramel. Bitterness is well balanced however and makes sense as I was unaware that this was a British Pale originally. Offers a good feel and drink given the balance and structure.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought an Ipswich Mix pack after reading some of the positive reviews here. This was the first beer that I sampled. Poured from the bottle into glass with a two finger foamy, white head. Appearance was a nice golden brown. The aroma was floral with evident earthy malt tones. The taste hits upfront with the bitterness of the hops and the earthy tones of the malt. However, the floral, citrusy element of the hops is missing and only the bitterness is present. The mouthfeel was clean with a nice bite of carbonation at the end. Drinkability was decent, as the flavor was not overpowering and the alcohol content is not high, but the bitterness is not balanced well enough to have more than a couple these.

Overall, I was not overly impressed by this offering, especially considering the other reviews I saw. The flavor was decent but not in balance. Perhaps I would enjoy this better on draft.

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Photo of JayNH
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy copper color with a decent frothy head.

S- A rich sweet maltiness, mild citric notes, a mild earthy almost tea-like hoppiness.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Extremely well balanced. The hoppiness is very earthy/dirty but the malt is just sweet enough to blend it all together. A subtle fruitiness in the finish.

M- Very smooth, a bit creamy, carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent, a perfectly balanced ale.

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Photo of selecter70
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful, fresh, delicious, eye-openingly good...you may not want to share! Definitely a step up from the bottle having this growler available...Not that the bottle is bad though. Ipswich is indeed one of the unsung local heroes in my book. Perhaps since they don't do much in the "extreme" area, their wonderful simple but near perfect ales simply speak for themselves. The pour is a nice bright orange-brown that darkens in the glass with an off-white 1 finger head & good lacing later. The aroma is simple: malt with hop & slight ginger-cinnamon. A nice, crisp bite and creamy head make this a pleasure!

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a finger's worth of head. Good lacing, a little "action" from carbonation.

Getting a faint (tea) biscuity malt aroma, not a whole lotta scent coming off this one. The smell transfers into the taste, where it gains strength & is met with a firm hop sharpness that prominent but not overwhelming. Decent, balanced.

The mouthfeel is my favorite part: that hop sharpness dances on the tongue in the aftertaste, with the help of the carbonation. With a few swirls of the glass, the creamy head is renewed, which I really like.

Could easily drink a few of these. I guess the ABV puts it out of session range, but this is a decent, no frills ale that I can see spending an evening with.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent copper with a medium white head. Drippy lace and good retention. Smells like mulled cider and apricots.

Hearty cider-like bready malt has a carbonated segue into hop bitterness with fruit notes in back. Dried apricot, grapes, and watermelon specifically. This is the second beer in a row I've had by Ipswich and they both had a cider-eque smell and taste;I'm assuming it has something to do with the yeast they use. I like it.

Although I've had this on tap and it was much fruitier, Ipswich Ale is one of the most enjoyable and unique pales around.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour looked nice: clody, a light orange-amber color, a good-looking fluffy head with lace around the edges. The smell was crisp and clean: a combination of bready malts and some hop bitterness, plus honey, some fruit, and some yeast thrown into the mix. The beer had a big, malty, powerful taste that hit me with the first sip. It was bready up front, but the aftertaste had a mixture of bitter hops and sweet fruit. The beer was smooth and well-bodied, more so than a lot of other ales, with just the right amount of carbonation. This beer packs a big flavor, but doesn't feel too heavy. Delicious!

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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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Photo of jiggahertz
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Foamy tan head on top of a light amber orange beer.

S: Nose is biscuity and sweet.

T: Creamy malts up front with a slight toastyness, hops finish well.

M: Medium to full body with high carbonation

D: Hops balance out the malts up front well. Good easy drinking beer. Cleanses the palette well, the hop finish is long for such a sweet beer.

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Photo of horshack7
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle pours a orange copper color. With a rocky head about and inch thick that is a little on the frothy side that thins out slowly.

Aromas: The hops in this one come right out of the gate with subtle dried fruit notes behind it. Very minor hints of grapefruit.

Taste: With a lightly crisp mouthfeel but more on the smooth side. This one has a nice balance to it. It is a little sweet as if there are the slightest drops of honey.

Notes: This is a nicely balanced beer to be enjoyed anytime of year. One of the more underated beers. Cheers

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges slightly hazy due to sediment residing on the bottom of the bottle. Orange tea color with a nice white head. Quite frothy and a great deal of lacing down the side of the glass as well.

Aroma is biscuity malty with a perfect balance of earthy hops. Some caramel with a touch of old grass and stale hay.

Very smooth anad balanced. The earhty hops add a slight bite but the malt complements everything so well. Slightly more malty with some hop flavor as well.

A really nice beer. I usually am not very fond of this style; I prefer the APA. This one, however, was really well done. Perfect balance all the way around with a touch of fruitiness in the hops as well as a hunger stopping breadiness.

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Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 401 ratings
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