Ipswich Harvest Ale
Ipswich Ale Brewery

Ipswich Harvest AleIpswich Harvest Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #109
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,472
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
95
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Ipswich Ale Brewery
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Fall
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by hudsonvalleyslim:
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't detail or disect this fine, fine brew, but suffice it to say this says Ipswich. This arrived in my liquor store just today, and is brimming with fresh. Beautifully balanced. Full-bodied aftertaste - excellent aftertaste! And nice 'n hoppy to boot. Just polishing off my 3rd bottle... Yep, this is my ideal ale. This is really exceptional.

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half gallon growler from the brewery.

A- Hazed dark orange amber color, excellent head retention.

S- Biscuity, bread crust like malt aroma. Fresh malt and yeast in the nose.

T- Wet citric pungency and waves of coarse toasted malt meld together. Mild fruitiness with more toasted grain and nutty yeast in the finish.

M- Smooth with a creamy mouth feel. Moderate body.

D- Surprisingly drinkable, balanced and flavorful ... I could sit back and enjoy this one for a while.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky orange amber with many floaties, big off-white dentablefoam head. Slight lacing.

Mild aroma of bread and citrus.

Mild sweet beginning, gives way to some juicy fruity hops at the swallow. Slight hop tingle in aftertaste.

Light bodied. Easy drinking.

An inoffensive but not terribly interesting beer goes it own way and bears little resemblence to other harvest ales, whether they are ale brewed octoberfests or fresh hopped.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bours a very hazy brown, a tanish head the dissaptes almost instantly. A sweet-sugary nose, no real malt or hop presence. a slight mixture of both, but no real dominate presence

taste...taste is very hoppy at 1st, there is some malt mixed in with the body, but very hoppy (in a good way) There is enough malts to make i balanced, and, btw, a little too much sediment at the bottom of this bottle.

Over all this is a pretty nice brew, not overly exceptional, but great in an understated kind of way. Good show my boy, good show

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Photo of edchicma
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color...but with minimal head. Aromas is mainly malt with some sweet spicy notes. Flavor maintains a decent malty backbone, with a decent hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is fine, especially the real nice fry finish. Pretty easy on the drinkabilty scale, too..based on its smoothness and nice dry finish.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich Harvest Ale pours a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy light tan head on top. The foam dissolves down to a ring around the surface leaving a few spots of lace behind. A faint aroma of citrus hops and malt floats above the beer.

This medium bodied beer is smooth with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with some citrus hops before the sweet malt moves in to balance it out. In the background there are hints of nutmeg, nuts and yeast. It finishes slightly bitter leaving behind some malty flavors.

I wasn't expecting the hoppy flavor in a harvest beer, but it was well balanced with all the malt. This is a very drinkable tasty beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, capped.

This ale poured a clear (with a bit of sediment), coppery color with creamy, light tan foam that persisted a while and clung to the glass in rings. There was a steady stream of bubbles from the sediment in the bottom off the glass. The smell was fruity, floral hops with some malt. The taste was hoppy up front with good rich maltiness to back up the hops. There was a hint of sweetness, as well as a bit of alcohol. The floral hops even came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The finish was hoppy, and a mild bitterness lingered in the aftertaste. The was a pretty good beer, lacking only in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of far333
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy chestnut color with a half inch frothy beige head with tremendous retention. Low aroma of sweet malt, and some marshmallow. Flavor of smoke and dry leaves, some dark malts, and a subtle hop bitter riding beneath. Is that ringwood yeast I'm picking up? Mouthfeel is tannic and powdery. Average beer, not bad, but wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy amber in color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts a while.

Smell: caramel and a nice floral hop bitterness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, pears, light orange tones, lemon zest, and a floral hop bitterness is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is one of the better Ipswich beers. The beer was quaffed quickly and several of these could be had in a session.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

copper colored with a pretty good amount of haze, good light tan head. lotta lace.
the nose has a lot of spicy floral piney hops. citrus is in there but it take a back seat to other aspects of hoppiness. bready lightly fruity caramel is in there, but it's not at the fore.
the taste is loaded with hops... american amber/red my ass, this is an IPA. spicy and piney this tastes like partially noble, partially american in the hop dept. caramel and lighter fruits (sweet red apple, pear, etc.) show up middle to back, but the substantial bitterness at the finish cleans things up nicely. vaguely nutty throughout.
medium body with coarse moderate cabonation. could be toned down a little.
good drinkability, it remains refreshing and clean but has lots of flavor and body.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ipswich- Harvest Ale

A- Dirty brown, hazy brown with a solid ringed lacing head.
S- Dry earthy leafy hops with a sweet malty backbone.
T- Sweet maltiness; licorice, toffee, poppy seed, and bready malt with an earthy leafy woodsy hop touch.
M- Very malty thick and sweet. Finishes off dry and earthy.
Overall- Quite earthy and malty a good evening dinner meal.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from somewhere local.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Head falls slowly, with sticky coating lace. Aroma is malts and fruits. Taste follows along, sweet to start, light fruitiness int he middle, and closes with a refreshing hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great. Good fall offering.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head that lessens to thin layer. spotty lace. Very cloudy

Crystal malt aroma with light hop on the edge.

A lip-smacking dry beer--good malt base with a wonderful balanced hop finish. Solid body without a creamy mouthfeel. Light earthy notes without detracting from the flavor.

This is a superior American amber beer.

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Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours to a dark brown color (could be due to the lighting) that seems to have a dull finish. Has a good sized, two finger, light tan head that has good retention and while leaving a good amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aromas seem to be a caramel sweetness with a moderate hop scent mixing with a alcohol like smell. Over all this is a nice aromatic brew, very pleasant and inviting. The taste has a upfront hop flavor that really tickles the tongue but caramel malt makes a quick appearance and seems to balance the flavors out quite well. The hop flavor is able to carry its way through to the end and seems to be more of a floral than a pine like hop flavor. This is a nice brew, definitely one to grab during the fall if you can get your hands on it, another good offering from Ipswich/Mercury.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great beer, simply put. First of all, it's super fresh, which always helps. Pours a really beautiful dark red color with brown highlights and a nice fluffy head that leaves some lacing behind. When I first poured it I smelled some sweet malty almost vanilla characteristics, but that later faded and gave way to a more bitter hoppy aroma. The taste has a spot on bitterness that really hits you right of the bat, which I really like, though some might not. Nice and bark-like, with some piney hop flavor as well. Nice malt backdrop as well to balance, although the bitterness still sort of takes over. Definately a nice beer for fall weather, which is quickly approaching us out here. This has an excellent mouthfeel, really light on the palate in my opinion, dry, and almost cask-like. This seems to be a common trait of Ipswich beers. Very drinkable. Definately will be picking up a few of these this season. Get it while you can.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Pours a hazy, dark oak beneath a creamy off-white head with good retention as a sheet. Patchy lacing with pretty typical strength.

Bright citrus aromas: lemon, lime; with hints of tropical fruit and pine. Faint biscuity malt; lightly toasted with a hint of diacetyl.

Toasted biscuity malt; very bready that lasts throughout the entire sip. Faint notes of citrus and pine, but a more pronounced, spicy floral hop flavor. An earthen bitterness with a musty, earthenly-bitter aftertaste.

Medium in body; creamy malt that is derailed texturally by the rough and muddy hop profile.

A very pleasant aroma that doesn't ever translate in flavor. Interesting, but the earthen flavors are a little off for me.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich Harvest Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulp pint glass

This beer pours a hazy, earthy brown color. Thick, fluffy head on top that sustains itself. Great sticky lacings cling all over the sides of the glass.

Malty aroma with a hoppy pine quality in the nose. Very inviting aroma.

Juicy malt and nut flavors that lend itself to a very smooth drinking beer. A little grainy and sweet with just the right citrus hop punch on the finish. I got a fresh beer here. Too bad they don't print a freshness date on their labels.

I had this on tap at Porters in Boston a couple of weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I didn't think it would taste as good out of the bottle, but I was wrong. This is a solid local fall beer.

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Photo of bigone4
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date on the bottle. It has a nice dark orange straw haze color with a decent off white head. There was the smell of citrus with a very slight hint of nuttiness. Perhaps there is just a touch of roasted malt in the back ground. Very floral hop tang in the nose reminded me of an Imperial IPA. Mild head retention, thin layered but still there. There were hints of a clinging lace. This brew has a very sweet malted taste with a pretty bitter hop bite. The taste kind of sits around in the mouth for a while before the bite in the back of my tongue hit. It did make me want another drink though, so it was doing something right. There are the characteristics of an IPA but with some added malt flavor and rather different spice/ fruit combination. Kind of a nutty malted mix with a good amount of hop after taste. I could not really pinpoint the flavors. I might have been over thinking on the taste. It is a good brew though and has the potential to be more than a seasonal in my opinion. Nice rounded flavor, good mouth feel and enjoyable hop twang mixed in. I look forward to some other Ipswich offering in the near future.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at Bauer. Poured into pint glasses. Dark brown color, and a substantial head. This beer was definitely hoppier than I thought it would be. But it had a nice combination of hops and malts that gave it a nice backbone. the body was thick enough to notice, but it was a smooth drinker. Didn't blow me away, but it was a fairly good offering from a respectable local brewery.

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Photo of talkingpoints
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was my first journey back to the Ipswich label since i've been burnt before by their winter offering.
It was a good beer for the most part reminded me of the Long Harvest ale for simliar hop taste. Not an overhopped beer by any means but the bottom line for me was this was an average seasonal beer and certainly not better than Sams Octberfest 05. A lot of microbrews want to cater to a big audience but they forget that the ability for many beer drinkers to crave a six pack instead of just one is a big plus. This beer is for the strictly for a select microbrew crowd.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper with peachish highlights at the bottom. Nice initial one finger caramel colored head that keeps slight retention. No yeast floating around like the rest of Ipswich brews.
S: Citrus fruit hop notes with a sweet sugary presence.
T/M: Good fruity and citrus hop presence up front. Blast of bitterness leaves the mouth with a dry finish and fruity aftertaste. Slight malt undertones aren't that noticeable. A bit grainy in the end, but overall a pretty decent offering from Ipswich with a smooth mouthfeel.
D: Definately a drinkable harvest. I wasn't expecting the level of hops that this brings to the table. Glad I got to try this as I'll purchase it again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this single 12ozer at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.77. Served cold in a standard pint glass.

A hard pour of this foggy brown-copper brew gives a nice inch of bubbly tan head. Smell is moderately sweet in an odd kind of way, like something from Magic Hat. It's kinda herby like sweet grass, with a secondary notes of resiny pine hop and starchy raw grain... fresh, vegetal, and kinda soapy. The taste is fairly hop-froward with earthy semi-moldy grass first and a mix of pine/ grapefruit hop second. The malt adds in some dry starchy viscosity, but overall it is still pretty crisp, thin, dry.

Overall not what I envision for a Harvest Ale... not toasty or malty or semi-winter warmerish at all. More like a mid-summer amber with an odd twist. I guess it's not a bad brew, just not in accord with the harvest-type fall beer marketing that's been applied to it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy rust and bronze color.Quick head and minimal foam. I can see maybe a bubble or two of carbonation, but that doesn't mean its not there.

Hops dominate the nose, but yeast adds an interesting mix of ripened fruit to the bitter citrus skin. Then add to that some toasted biscuit smelling malt, and you have a great, bitter, smelling beer. Makes me think of a yeasty AIPA.

Very powdery yeast and malt combo of powdered bananas and apples mixed with bread crust, biscuits, and citric hops. This is a complex amber ale. I like the fact that its unfiltered, so the yeast really add its own depth of flavor and palate to this bitter brew.

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Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a respectable offering from Ipswich. It pours a very hazy, dirty water brown color with a small creamy off white head with some retention, some lacing. The nose on the beer is one part dark malt the other part piney hops. There is just a slight touch of spice or maybe a walnut aroma, its very hard to detect.

The beer has a rather bittering and leafy and piney hop up front that really comes on in the finish and predominates. There are some other flavors in the palate, but the bittering hop takes over. There are some sweet crystal malts, some slight toffee-ish English style malts underneath, maybe a touch of chicory, but the hop just overpowers everything else so it is hard to appreciate the subtle varieties lurking below. Not my favorite, it's respectable but flawed. The second Ipswich I had was even more hopped up and imbalanced.

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Ipswich Harvest Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 95 ratings