Ipswich Harvest Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Harvest AleIpswich Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 95
Photo of auxiliary
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance - Amber color, decent size head with some nice lace.

smell - Hops present and some floral scents.

taste - Lots of hops and bitterness here. Not enough malt for me.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Didn't like this that much. To much hops here. Didn't expect this one.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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 talkingpoints
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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 JustinAniello
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy nut brown with a foamy two finger head. Beautiful lacing along the sides.

S - Heavy pine from the hops, smells bitter. Light citrus in the background.

T - Follows the nose, very deep pine and bitterness. Some caramel trying to push its way through. Not overly complex.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - This drinks just like an IPA, so expect this when you purchase it. Good bitterness, just not what I was looking for in an autumn ale. More malt characteristic would serve it well.

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Photo of mterrence5
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber color. The beer is very unfiltered and there is alot of sediment in the glass. Sweet malty and flowery aroma. Toasted grain and nutty flover with a little hoppy bitterness. Nutty in the finish with a grainy aftertaste. A carbonated feel in the mouth but is easily drinkable.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy deep amber with a finger of white foamy head and some lacing.

The smell is of brown sugar and spices. Some slight pumpkin flavor.

The taste is of maple and brown sugar. A nice spicy Autumn beer with some great syrup flavor.

The feel of this beer is lighter then some fall beers. The spicy feel of this beer is pretty light and cohesive with a breezy day. A well drinking beer that is light and enjoyable.

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Photo of far333
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
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 GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, brown-copper coloring with unfiltered particulates suspended throughout. A white, sparse film coats the surface and forms a ring around the surface. Aromas of subtle sweet caramel and a grainy overtone, with a slight roasting to it. Really had to sniff around a bit to find much of anything. Flavors are rich and roasted, with some pumpkin and a lot of spicing. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice throughout the rich, sweet flavors. Roasty and warming despite the lower ABV. Flavors get a bit cloying towards the end, but not overpowering. Grain profiles come through fairly strong towards the end of the palate. Some hops present in the aftertaste, providing a bitter and resiny touch. Muddled flavors towards the end of the palate, with a caramel sweet and grainy aftertaste. Sweet, slightly cloying finish, with the hops being overpowered. Interesting flavors, and strong for the style, but it just misses in a couple of different spots. Not bad, though.

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Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of GJ40
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

A - A nut brown ale with some haze and very little head.

S - A malty, nutty aroma.

T - A mild flavored beer that is shaped mostly by toasted malt and a slight sweetness. A mild tart and bitter finish.

M - Moderate consistency and low carbonation.

D - Smooth and easy to drink. A decent beer but not particularly compelling.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This puppy pours out looking murky and cloudy complete with floatie bits that obscure the reddish amber color. Obvious big carbonation seems to have no problem creating a dense and rather sticky off-white head with decent retention.

This is a very bold aroma, with smokey malt...kinda wee-heavy-ish, brown sugar sweetness, spicey corriander and minty, herbal hop aroma's in the back ground.

This has a dark-roasted malt flavor, along the line's of a Scotish Wee heavy and a unique, minty, herbal hop underneath. Balance is really good with a sweet, fruity current that is very subtle but effective. The finsih comes through grainy and very bitter from the hops. The feel is light to medium, crispy bite, long dry, hop finish.

worth a shot.

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Photo of Hokies
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown shade with a small tan head that doesn't last but does leave a lace along the glass.

The first that hits you are the hops then the malt scent comes through. Their is also a biscuit like aroma to this one.

At first you can taste the malt but then the hops come through with a grapefruit and piney bite that lasts until the bitter aftertaste.

Their is a pretty good amount of carbonation in this beer with a nice feel to it. I would have to say that is beer is a little unbalanced for my taste even though it is a nice beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 morebeergood
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 erosier
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer - pours a nice golden brown/copper color with a white head with hints of copper coloring. The aroma is of sweet malts and nice flowery fresh hops. The taste is exactly what the aroma gives. Really fresh taste with nice malts that is overpowered by the hops. The aftertaste is hoppy and the beer feels good going down. Very good carbonation - nice mouthfeel and a pretty drinkable beer. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out an extremely hazy redwood/orange with less than a finger of head but it was a creamy thick foam that leaves a layer across the top the whole pint. Nose has a large citrus and resiny oil character. More of the piney resin than citrus. Some booze is present along with some grainy caramel malts. Rich toasty caramel flavor along with an asertive earthy hop character. That resin oil carries over from the nose especially in the finish. The booze from the nose isn't present in the flavor and with the rich, smooth body this beer can go down quick. A large hop character for a Harvest beer. I know harvest isn't a style and this is anAmber/Red but I was surprised by the big hops. Overall I enjoyed this beer more than most of the Ipswich products.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper brown color with a little clarity and bubbles can be seen coming up the glass.

Smell: Toasted and caramel malts with faint citrus hops.

Taste: Same as above. Very balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and chewy, a little hop bitterness, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice fall beer for New England.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost iced tea-tinted body with a swiftly thinning white halo of head... subtle hops mingle with buttery malts--soft and relaxed presence in the nostril... effervescent and medium-bodied... active especially on the tongue and teeth... beer mellows in time... hoppy but well-mannered, abit sprucey and piney... drinkable and yet not "harvesty" as advertised... interesting taste placement on the middle of the tongue tells this one's balanced... not what I expected--though perhaps the name is just propaganda--but a pleasant high pale-low IPA nonetheless...

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Photo of edchicma
3.62/5  rDev -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 NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -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 jman892
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light brown with a fluffy 1 cm head and leaves some nice lacing

S - Aroma is strongly of citrus, I had to check the bottle to be certain this wasn't an IPA. By the name assumed it was an Octoberfest type. Color me suprised

T - Bitter piney hops right up front, some lemony bitterness also comes into play here. There is a tiny bit of caramel sweetness in the finish, trying to balance things out.

M - Pretty clean mouthfeel, almost creamy.

O - I was suprised by this beer, way hoppier than I was expecting. The hops character was suprising.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an orange amber with a ton of sediment and a good amount of tiny bubbles shooting northward. A slightly off-white cap rose to two fingers and subsided in due time to leave a thin coating. Spotty rings of lace coat the glass.

Smells of caramel malt, biscuity yeast, and a faint citrusy/pine needle aroma. A very light smelling beer, but overall pleasing.

A soothing caramel malt presence up front with a pine needle and citrus hop finish. Crisp and dry.

Medium-light body with good carbonation. Clean and crisp, slight citrus hop finish.

Drinks pretty well. Not a high abv beer and easily sessionable.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Andrew041180
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Fills my pilsner flute perfectly with about two fingers of bubbly head that recedes fairly slowly, leaving some clumpiness on the top, and thin lines of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is brown in color with slight shades of copper or orange, depending on the light.

S - I'm getting mostly tropical smelling hops with some sweet malt undertones. Truly a nice smell, but doesn't really match the appearance.

T - It's a nice mix of nut and roasty flavors with the citrusy hops layered on top. It's a nice mix of flavors, but I'm conflicted because I don't feel like they go together. So I enjoy the flavor, but am confused by it.

M - Pretty thin, I expected a little more body. It has a refreshing finish, but doesn't finish clean. Almost feels like a summer beer, but has that roasty fall finish. Another confusing element.

O - While I find some of the flavor and feel combinations questionable, it is certainly a very drinkable beer, and one that I am enjoying right now. No buyers remorse on this 12-pack. it actually is pretty nice for September here in Mass, with warm summer-like days and cooler nights. Give it a shot, but don't expect greatness.

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