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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Reviews: 202 | Ratings: 392
Photo of silentjay
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a generous and dense eggshell colored head that retains and laces impeccably.

typical english pale ale aroma of biscuity and honey sweet malts balance by some floral and earthy hops.

taste is pretty damn decent. much smoother overall than many grainy english pales. caramel, butterscotch, and toffee are balanced by some earthy, herbal, and tea-like hops and some fruitiness.

almost medium bodied with light, yet ample carbonation and a crisp finish.

drinks well. nothing wows me, but its a solid beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy head. A waft of hops floats from the glass, and the aroma is clean and bready with a nice hop floweriness. The flavor has very light caramel and a cloverlike floweriness and some honey. The finish, however, is thin and suggests an extract brew. There is a tight bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is clingy and aspriny dry.

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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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's restauarant pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, bronzed, honey amber color with a one finger head of bubbly white carbonation which settled to a thin ring leaving behind little lace.

S: Smells of fresh milled grain, some apple and pear are standouts of the fruity esters, and there's a touch of pine resin from the ample English hopping.

T: Flavor has a nice, slightly chewy, balanced sweet and fruity malt profile. Some roasted caramel notes as well as the fruitiness of a fine English yeast strain. Hopping adds some dry spiciness to the flavor and finishes out with a slight, lingering herbal hop bitterness. A tasty, solid English pale.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied but very smooth and balanced.

D: A great English pale and easy to turn it into as session at 5.4% ABV. Amidst the sea of English pales on the American market, this one honestly stands out and would replace the Otter Creeks and Some of the Berkshire offerings we see here in CT as a regular fix.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 uustal
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied and above average carbonation. The flavor makes the beer. Sweet malts with hint of toastyness. Citrus Hops come through nicely and perfectly balance this Pale Ale. Finishes a little dry. Bigger flavor than most in this style, well balanced, refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of mnrider
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date.

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy deep orange. Large off white head with excellent head retention. O.k. lacing.

S: Biscuity, sugary, fruity. Malt sweetness (maybe honey).

T/M: Smooth going down. A large mix of flavors going on. Fruity, nice hop bite with just enough bitterness. A slightly dry finish. Malty with a biscuit toast taste also.

D: wow this is how an Ale should be. I could drink this one every day. Highly recommend this brew.


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Photo of jbertsch
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

For some reason I've never given this beer much attention. So here's to a closer look...

Cool color. A foggy rust. Head retains nicely and has speckes of orang yeast on top from the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma hits me with brown sugar flavored malts. There are faint fruits in there, and a little earthy hop aroma.

The taste is bready, fruity, malty, but not unbalanced with hops. Some nice layers to the flavor. There is a fairly bitter end to it.

Mouthfeel is vibrant with carbonation, and drinkabaility is fair. If the taste didn't finish bitter, I could drink more of these, but it's not always about quantity is it?

Very nice. I'm surprised I haven't noticed before that this really is a nice brew.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a bright cloudy copper colored brew that has a nice thick, chunky head. Plenty of residual lacing and a lumpy mat of foamy head remains steady throughout.

Smells of biscut-like yeasts and some sweet toasted malt with a hint of hops.

Nice flavors that are extremely well balanced. There is the grainy yeasts that are reminiscent of a good bread with some nice toasty malt sweetness and a nice lasting, but not too bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and clean tasting.

This is another winner from Ipswich. I am so glad I picked up the variety pack. If you see this grab it. Doesn't seem to be plentiful around where I live, but really good stuff. I could get into this anytime, but with summer just around the corner, I am thinking that this will make its way with me on vacation.

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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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