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: 397 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of BDIMike
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very red color. Little head that didn't last very long.

Couldn't find very much of a smell at all. Got a little hop smell, but that's about it.

The taste is rich though. Nice hop taste, very fresh tasting.

Crisp mouthfeel with a good thickness for an ale.

Good beer, could drink these for a while. Nice balance.

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Photo of
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Hazy, dirty orange in color. Small, off-white head.

Aroma was mild grapefruit and honey. Very mild scent overall.

Taste was more bitter than sweet. Grassy and lingering. Biscuity middle. Slight fruity flavor and a touch of caramel.

Medium in body. Medium + carbonation. Dry.

OK, pretty strong hops for style.

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Photo of madjr80
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice balanced beer with a decent head of foam. Copper/pumpkin like color. This was a real nice sipping beer. I had a growler of this for Thanksgiving, and just left it out on the back porch. It was about 48-50 degrees outside, so it was the perfect temperature for this beer (in my opinion). It tasted very fresh. I would buy this again.

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Photo of DudleyRose
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
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 BeerTruth
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky medium copper hue with a two finger white head that slowly dies down to a very nice creamy layer. Lacing is pretty good on the sides. Smell is an almost apple malt with a slightly pine hop odor. Taste is a metalic malt flavor with an earth hop sting. Some woody dirt hops and granny smith flavors towards the end. Mouthfeel is an almost medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. This brewery has surprised me with many of their beers, the oatmeal stout especially.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle picked up in a mix pack. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pretty nice color. A shade lighter than copper and unfiltered. Head is a little bit less than a finger but what it's got has some staying power and leaves some lacing.

S - Some faint hop on top of a clean malty aroma.

T - Malts coming through with a bit of a fruity flavor. Hop bitterness is very brief, but present.

M - A little on the lighter side of a medium body.

D - Not my favorite style (I greatly prefer American Pales) but still has great potential as a session brew.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz bottle, thanks to BA richgo6. Orange coloured beer, slightly hazy, with a huge off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, very fruity. The flavour is also quite hoppy throughout, with resinous notes and some malty sweetness. Not bad at all. The style seems more American than English to me, though - but what do I know?

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Photo of garcia2a
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer arrived with a thin head, light carbonation, a deep golden color and quite cloudy. The bouquet had a roasty malt and slight hoppy quality. This lead to an expectation on the taste, which was met. The roasty grain followed over on the taste, which lingered much to my delight. The full mouth aspect to the taste the gave the beer great drinkability, which went well with the full body.

This is the second time I have had this beer in Bahston and I look forward to the third.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Amber in color with a fairly thick head that retained well. Not a whole lot in the aroma, primarily sweet grain. Nice taste, malt, some subtle fruit, and some light hops. Very well put together, and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of mshallah
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
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 arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in late June as part of the MicroBeerClub shipment.

This unfiltered pale ale poured a cloudy orange color with a solid off white head that is sustaining well. Nose is slightly malty with not much else to offer. Taste is very well balanced. This is a very malty pale with hints of sour apple. Hop bitterness is fairly light for the style but all elements pull together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very enjoyable beer that I am sure contribures nicely to a tailgate at Patriot home games!

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded tea color with better than a full finger light tan head that resists fading. Visible effervescence and suspended 'bits'. A good amount of lacing.

Reserved, the aroma is sweet and spicy malt over a cardboard smell.
Light in body, the mouth feel is helped along by the creamy texture from the head. The flavor took me by surprise because it didn't relate to the sweetness I smelled. The taste had the spice that i recognized, but it was roasted or smoky at the same time.

An average drinker. Really glad that i had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this ugly beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. The color was a wierd cloudy orange with yeast, dirt or something floating around on the bottom. Nice head at first but then went away. Bready tasting with a yeasty smell and taste. Slighly hoppy and a little bitter. I will not buy again.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to swedejay53 for the bottle.
Nice amber/golden in color. Head retains better than Lindsey Lohan in rehab. Ok, that's not saying much. The head has good retention with some nice sticky lacing.
Aroma is kind of faint. What aroma I do get is pleasent though. Fruity, cucumber and honey suckle.
I don't have a lot of experience with English PA's, but this is very different than American PA's. The hops are more earthy in flavor with out the bold piney and citrus flavors of the american style. The finish is a little buttery. Still it's pretty tasty and very sessionable.
Mouthfeel is par for the style. Light enough to enhance the sessionalbility of the beer.
Overall a very drinkable beer that could be a fall back beer or a nice session ale to drink and just shoot the shit with a bud.
It's going to ease your mind, not blow it.

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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 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 NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ipswich- Original Ale

Appearance- Hazy reddish orange/ brown with plenty of floating things in it. Mild frothy head with no lacing.
Smell- Fruit and hops. Mild raisin/ grape blended with green hops, grass, and citrus rind.
Taste- Citrusy with an equal balance of earthy green hops and caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Big and chewy. Nice thick malt with sweet & bitter in the back end.

Overall- Man this is good! I bought a single for $2 but this is case worthy! If you can find this buy it!! Mercury Brewing is new to NJ!!

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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 WanderingFool
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ipswich Original Ale pours a cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a thick ring and thin sheet on the beer. As the head fades quite a bit of netted lace clings around the sides of the glass. The aroma isn't very strong. Notes of yeast, bread, fruit (grape?) and a hint of grass are detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and silky on the palate. The flavor begins somewhat fruity with notes of grape and apricot. In the middle some crisp toasted grain moves in. At the end the hops finish the sip with a taste of lemon zest and grass. Once gone some of the fruity notes linger on the palate.

This beer is a classic. A true New England pale ale.

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

Poured out a nice light tan head, lingered for a bit. Amber in color and quite hazy. Has a grainy-sweet nose with solid hops. The taste is dominated by maltiness that is then joined by a bitterness and finally an earthy bitterness. Has a slightly heavy, medium-plus body. Overall, a well balanced beer, but not as balanced and refreshing as I expec from the style.

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Photo of adowney523
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is amber-orange, slightly hazy. There was a nice white head.

Smells of toasted malt and citrus fruit. Very nice.

There is a very nice malt body on this beer. The malt is toasty and caramel sweet. Some grapefruit and floral flavors make there way to the tongue. A lingering piney and earthy bitterness is at the finish.

A well-balanced and very solid beer.

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

I had already tried the Ipswich brand before I learned that one of the brewers was the same guy that used to cut my grandmother's hay every year. This beer defines "brewed locally" for me.

This beer looks delicious when poured. A perfect, even, amber. Nice and hazy. Dense head. Super malty. A good staple to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of Stimack
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a dull copper color with a medium head that has great retention and leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma has a sweet and roasted malt scent along with a light hop scent. The taste is solid but really is not overly exciting; noticeable are grain and caramel malt flavors up front an then a nice hop end. The hops are not over powering what so ever they just complement things nicely. Also has a taste that I am not quite able to put my finger on but might be a bread like quality? Finish is quite dry. Over all a good brew, a nice sessionsal but not sure it would be one I would go out of my way to get.

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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 WeymouthMike
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a really cloudy, similar to that of a freshly squeezed apple juice with little to no head. Some hops are there but the malt dominates the less than large nose. This is one great tasting beer malty with some bittering hops. Mouthfeel is smooth/ malty with little carbonation. As for drinkability, you could give the to a BMC drinker or a seasoned BA and either would be happy.

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Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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