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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: 402 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z brown bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

This is a nice dark, orange-hued amber color with a mighty dank all-white crown that is about two-finger width's high, dissipates pretty quick but leaves a bunch of sticky lacing around the top of the glass. The color is nice but it's filled with a hazing of floatie, hazy bits that makes it cloudy, and is clearly unfiltered. The carbonation is agressive and very lively indeed.

The aroma flowing out of my glass is amazing, I'm getting: honey-covered pineapples, strawberry oatmeal, earthy, musty herbs, grains, corn and wheat fields on a hot, rainy day. Very complex aroma for the style. I would compare this to a mix of Stone's runiation and sierra Nevada's classic Pale ale. Rigtous.

This Pale ale is packed with flavor and a sublime balance. The malt is smooth and buttery, but with a big fruity kick...pineapple and watermellon to be exact; and the grainy, zesty and tangy, even slightly sour yeastie effect blends perfectly together. Three ellements that make for a great Pale ale is found here in a big way.

The feel is spot-on. Light and very crispy (for th duration) but hefty and smooth ending. Can't ask for much more.

This is a "local" brew for me, being that this Brewery is not more than an hour away so for us in New Hampshire it's still really fresh.

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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 leif86
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy from the yeast with what I would describe as a dull orangey-copper glow. Not much head, though it could be the glass I used, and even less lacing.

S: Malty sweetness right up front. Reminds me of apricots and honey.

T: Tastes sweet like honey at the beginning with some fruity esters hidden the background from the yeast. Some cereal-like grain hidden the background, yet noticeable just before some subtle hop bitterness comes in. Bitterness is very mild yet lingers pleasantly.

M: Excellent balance here although could use a little bit more bubbly. I'm going to again blame the under carbonation on the Wastmalle Trappist glass I'm using.

D: Gonna go pour another right now. I'll probably be drinking this all night.

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Photo of BrewitYerself
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 BillyBrew
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful murky, golden brown colour with a creamy, whtie head that maintains a full coverage down the pint. Nice earthy, bready malts and estery hops in the air. Great bitter hop bite mellowed with rounding malts, great balance. Very smooth meduim body with a less pronounced carbonation. This beer drinks great, anyday, any situation. The brew leaves a pleasant aftertaste to remeber the beer by and induce continued consumption. A fantatstic choice. Cheers

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Photo of ktreywalsh
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of climax
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a very cloudy burnt pumpkin orange. to the light you could faintly see the different strata of the beer medling around and settling in. a finger of bubbly head faded pretty quicly but left nice lace, the last remaining drops left spots of color of the foam like drips of blood in the snow....

S - bready malts, caramel and honey, apricots and other tangier hops, very appetizing

t - very smooooth, nice sharpness at first. biscuity and somewhat sweet, citrus hops and grainy malt, balanced like two fat kids on a teter totter

m - light hearted, nice spike from the carbonation and a dry finish

d - a pleasure to drink, won't get old, buy it and try it

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Photo of Sam21
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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 mnrider
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Estarrio
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a translucent copper brown. I was disappointed by the lack of head, save for some fine white lacings.

Sweet smells of malt, fruit, citrus, pine and hops.

Pleasing palate, carbonation is just right. Taste is slightly sweet, mild citrus fruit bouquet and pine balanced with some pleasant hops. Excellent hop flavor and smell, I would have loved more (I love my hops) but seems right on for the style. Aftertaste is a nice bitter, earthy piney flavor that leaves you looking forward to another sip.

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Photo of CSimon
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Initiallly pours somehwat cloudy, but settle into and golden-orange hue, just begging to be quaffed.

My father, who is British, calls this his favorite beer.

This is a gourgeous example of the Pale Ale style.

Perfectly bracing mouthfeel, with tastes of biscuits, yeast, a little hops, and maybe even a hint of citrus zest just to make it supremely drinkable.

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

A beer with attitude. Whenever I think of the Pilgrims drinking ale, II think it must have tasted like this beer. Cloudy orange, with just a whimpsy head, this beer has a great hopped bite that gets your attention. The bitter taste does not fade. This is beer thhat goes the distance, an American Classic.

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

Picked-up the Ipswich variety pack (Trad Ale, Dark Ale, IPA, and Oatmeal Stout) at "Thrifty Dutch" in Hanover PA. The bad news is that, when you find something "on the road" that you like, it's frustrating when you can't get it locally. The good news is that this is probably the best "mix" pack I've ever selected "blindly" (e.g., without reading BA first). This one is fantastic.

The Original Ale pours rich and light brown and cloudy in the glass, with a nice head of foam that dissipates quickly and leaves lather-like lacing all the way down. The smell is instantly malt in the nose with a very pleasant fruity hops that subtley balances the whole. Taste is far more complex than I thought--a mix of the aforementioned malt and hops (fruity and piney and a bit of bitterness... more than expected but extremely welcome in the flavor matrix) with a touch of malty sweetness that, along with the subtle carbonation and rich body, renders this one a beer you can't easily put down (on the table that is). It's wonderful. I savored every sip. Easily as good as any Ale (English or APA) I've ever tried.

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

this is just a rock solid pale ale all around. it pours a lovely orange to amber colour with a big sticky fluffed head. the smell is of burnt grain, fruity hops and earthy malt. there's a nice underlying sweetness as well. this one presents itself as hearty but restrained (in a good way) and it delivers. the flavour starts out a touch hoppy before moving into a malt flavour that is dirty and bark like at times with hints of bread and biscuit. hops are revisited again at the finish which is slightly sweeter than the beginning. there is somewhat of a dry iced tea feel and flavour here as well. it's just a nice brew all around that makes for a great sessional. a great version of this style.

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

Probably less than ideal conditions - at Logan, keg may be old, server may not have rushed it from the line to my table. But:

A standard pub pint with an airy half inch of head that dissipated quickly, leaving an adorable swagging of lace around the glass, tending to stick. The brew itself was a hazy rusted amber with thin wisps of carbonation tracing up.

Taste was a nice balance of hop and malt, with a kind of feral earthiness that was almost dirty but very nice. The light carbonation transferred to the mouth. I wouldn't mind another, but I need to stay awake on my flight back to NoVa.

I want to have another go at this one under better conditions. Maybe if I had sat at the bah.

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

On tap at Sunset Cantina

A great basic ale. This beer is done right all the way. Nice orange amber with a solid head. Balance is beauty. Nice malts and hops. Great mouthfeel. Good with food or without. A dependable brew. Worth a pint for sure if you can get it.

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

12 oz. bottle from the beer of the month club.

The beer pours a clear pale orange with a nice white head and sticky lacing.

The aroma malty with nut and grass notes.

The flavor is very impressive.

Very balanced malt and hop mix. Very drinkable and well made beer.

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

A= hazy copper-gold with a nice active white head, dissipating after not long into nice rimming and some lacing.

S= not bold but definitely there and a bit delicate, nice sweet malts and some light floral hops.

T= balanced sweet bready malts, floral hops, adequate dry bitters, very nice.

M= dry bitterness lingering with delicate hops florals on the tongue and a nice sweet malts presence.

O= session forever, should go great with most red-meat or fowl meals, probably even nice with pasta.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of jongullotti
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped keg from the brewery from my kegerator on 3/23/11.

Hazy copper/amber color with a big thick frothy pillowy head. Perfect lacing throughout from beginning to end.

Aroma contains sweet malts, bready raw grains, and citrusy hops.

Taste is similar to aroma. Sweet malt up front which remains through the middle and is joined by a raw rye bread graininess. Finishes clean with light balancing citrusy hops. Well rounded and balanced flavors.

Medium bodied beer with active carbonation throughout. Smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Finishes light crisp and clean.

Overall a great beer. Very easy to take another sip, and then another...
I'm glad I've got a sixtel of this in the bar room

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Great Divide Denver Pale Ale.

A: Hazy amber with tiny particles and a two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Fruit and caramel malt. Just a hint of hops.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt. Bread and very light hops. Pretty good.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy feel.

O: Great session beer. The toasted malt flavor was excellent and this ale was very smooth. I liked it slightly more than the DPA.

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered, orangey-tan in hue with a hint of amber, it is a very lovely color. A rocky white head of two fingers in height gracefully tops of the beer. The head retention was very good; it faded in time to a foamy cap. A collar lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it poorly clung to the side of the glass. The bouquet is pleasantly fruity, quite amble, and very juicy. Succulent in a word, I just love the apple, grape, orange, and pear aromas. The malty smells blend perfectly with the fruity aspects, the kisses of caramel kick up the fruitiness a notch. Pleasantly earthy too, the hops also add some hay notes with a kiss of citrus zest. It is very nice; the potency is modest. I find it very inviting. The nose seems East Coast Pale Ale all the way but the palate has a larger English say with just an East Coast twist! The bouquet’s invitation matches the palate perfectly. Honestly the palate is more flavorful than the nose indicated. This is a major plus. The earthy flavors are very big and very bold. This is needed to balance out the burst of fruit and solid hop bitterness. Mixed in with the pear, grape, and orange flavors are a hint of bubblegum, a kiss of hay, prickly citrus bitterness, and more earthy flavors. This is damn tasty! The flavors are very wide and quite encompassing. There are a lot of small complexities working in the beer. Good, wholesome sweetness, a little bready. This is an awesome beer. Long aftertaste. Medium/medium-full in body, the carbonation is modest but natural, the mouthfeel is very pleasant, I like it. This is an amazingly tasty beer. Tremendously awesome, very drinkable, this beer would be great at anytime, anywhere. Thank you drweizen for the bottle in the BIF 5 package!

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