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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: 402 |  Reviews: 203
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 OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange with a beige foamy head. Not much lacing here.

Great aromas all around. Toasty bread, fruity malt, hop leaf.

Where to begin. Malt sweetness with some bread/biscuit, substantial hop bitterness. Sweet, bitter, bread. Delicious.

Decent carbonation in this one. Medium body but still very very drinkable. Easy to put good portion of a six pack down -- great for all seasons. A real winner.

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

A: Pours a hazy honey-ruby color, with thin off-white head.

S: Loads of fruit, malt, caramel, and then hops in the background.

T: Very biscuity and malty. It continues with some fruit and caramel sweetness. There is also a sharpness of hop bitterness that wraps it all up and makes it tasty. Hop notes of pine and citrus, orange rind.

M: Incredibly smooth and carbonated, damn near creamy. An easy one to put down, and really enjoyable.

D: This one is excellent, lower ABV for huge flavor, simply great.

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Photo of albern
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this in awhile, and I don't know why. Ipswich is one of those beers that have been around awhile and are just taken for granted, and that's too bad. The downside to this beer was its appearance. It pours a nice hazy orange copper color but there is just no head to this beer to speak of. The smell is a little musty, a bit floral, and a nice indication of balance to come. The beer is fairly medium bodied, modestly carbonated, but I did wish it had more of a lasting head. The beer is very creamy on the tongue and enjoyable throughout. The taste is just so well balanced with a nice spicy hop bite in the finish. The beer is not too dry, not too sweet, and doesn't have any cloying syrupy consistency at all. There is some biscuity overtones, some bready malts, some florals, and then there is the spicy hop bite at the end that brings it all together. This is a really good beer worth seeking out, I just wish its appearance matched everything else. L'Chaim.

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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 Admiraldinty
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's hard to believe I never reviewed this. It's been a go-to of mine since I discovered Ipswich about 15 years ago. Pours coppery with a generous, foamy head. Aroma is very malty, but maybe my nose and palate have been affected by so many IPAs lately. Full-bodied and bready. Didn't detect a lot of malts. Great brew.

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Photo of Packman4IL
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of RingoBro
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of DavidHamilton
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of brunop
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of pkmnzach
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MAbeerNE1
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Benjaminwileketchum
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Hibernator
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass.I couldn't find a freshness date labeled. Nice looking label design with the Ipswich logo and "Original Ale" in red.

The appearance is a burnt orange. Attractive 1 inch or so head with good retention.

Smells grainy and a little fruity. Appealing scent. Very nice and sticky lacings scattered along the sides of the pint glass.

What a nice and drinkable beer. Taste is very smooth with an emphasis on a good balance of malt and hops. Slight fruit and bitter finish.

I am really glad I sampled this beer. This could be one perfect session beer for a long evening of drinking.

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Photo of paylay32
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a crisp yummy beer that allows you to imagine yourself sitting on the Cape and sipping away while your thoughts float to brisk summer days. Okay, enough imagery. This ale is surprisingly refreshing, pours a little light without much head, but makes up for appearance in taste.

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Photo of Jtcolella
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marty
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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 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 Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Gritty's pint glass.

The color is a hazy light orange with a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sweet at first with a flowery, earthy aroma. Some slight bitterness comes out from the hops giving the nose a nice balance.

The taste is malty at first with some citrus flavors that a sweet but slightly tart. Some orange is mixed in with a slight lemon flavor then this go to the bitter side. A earthy hop flavor is present here and smacks slightly at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium but is a full medium body with lots to think about. There is a smoothness that engulfs this beer as it goes down and then smack of the hops. It's like sliding down a slide and hitting the flat end.

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

In a sentence, I would describe an bold ale with far more flavor than expected.. Pours a nice gold amber. Good head retention, lacy and white. Smell is light and spicy. Taste is surprisingly hoppy; almost, but not quite, IPA-like. I got much more from this beer than I thought possible, and I highly applaud it!

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Photo of uustal
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 ujsplace
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 NittanyBeerFan
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A welcome surprise from the BOTM club. The last box of the subscription contained this little hidden gem. No freshness or best by date on the bottle, but there is a blurb that says "Guaranteed Fresh and Local." I guess I will have to take their word for it. Poured into my tulip glass...

Hazy coppery amber in color, topped off by a creamy head that reaches about a finger in height before it subsides leaving nary a trace of its presence. Not so much lacing, but there are spots of foam that stick and dry to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is surprisingly complex. Fruity notes, a very present earthiness, some hop bitterness, and malt flavors that consist of biscuit, light toast, and caramel/toffee. I can't wait to try this.

An assertive bitterness from earthy hops jumps to the front of the palate. It is followed by some impressive fruitiness, toasty malts, and then a well-rounded caramel character. The beer is nicely carbonated, and it really is pleasant on the palate. Overall, this is one of my more favorite English-style offerings, and if there are more like this, I am definitely looking forward to more.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber, almost orange, with a one-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin cap. Quite a bit of sediment floating around. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Some sticky sheets left behind.

Smell is light biscuity malts balanced well by some floral hops with some citrus undertones, and a hint of yeast.

Taste is pale malts up front, followed by some floral hop notes. There are some subtle orange and grapefruit flavors as well. Finishes with some doughy malt flavors and a mild hop dryness.

Crisp, smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel.

A solid beer with great drinkability. A great session beer.

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Ipswich Original Pale Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
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