Ipswich Harvest Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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95 Ratings
Ipswich Harvest AleIpswich Harvest Ale

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this out of season entirely because it was marked down to $3.99 a sixer.

The most noteworthy thing about this beer comes right after the pour. Maybe the most impressive head I've ever seen. It looks like a way overcarbonated homebrew, only it is not overcarbed. Cap of foam lasts the entire beer, turning the last sip into a mouthful of foam. Lacing is great, texture is thick and creamy. Color is off white....did I just write this much about the head of a beer? Other than that, the beer is a murky, unfiltered dark amber color.

The beer is hoppy, and still retained a good hop aroma until late in the season. Fruity and only a tad citrusy, along with some more earthy, spicy hop notes of IPA strength. There isn't much else going on in the aroma besides hops. Maybe a slight east coast/English yeastiness.

Pretty standard Amber ale flavor, leaning on the sweet side. Caramel malt flavor with a sticky sweet finish. Hop bitterness is assertive and adds a nice leafy aspect to the flavor. There seems to be a bit much going on here, and only a slight autumn aspect to it.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, probably because every sip contains some of the foam I raved about earlier. Big bodied for an amber, with a sweet finish. I'm pretty satisfied with this beer, and for the price I got a steal. Buying this six pack wasn't settling at all.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 KenC411
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium amber, with deep cloudiness, which is capped by a 1/2 inch head. Head fades in under a minute leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Slight fruitiness and the smell of tea.

Taste: Initial hop bite, like grapefruit, then a smooth semi-sweet flavor to tea. Aftertaste is hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light, expected more from a harvest ale.

Drinkability: Excellent when paired with a harvest dinner. Otherwise, meant for sipping.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy caramel color with a latte-like, half inch, bright white head. Thick webs of lacing are exposed as the brew recedes. Nose is fairly mild, but reveals some sweetness, as well as a hint of hops and perhaps some caramel notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, hops really comes out, almost IPA-like; however, the residual sweetness and caramel character follows with some bitterness lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a slightly prickly level of carbonation on the lips and across the tongue. Pretty flavorful and sessionable. Another solid Ipswich brew.

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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 bum732
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown, decent bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Smells of grapefruit and citrus hops, orange, lemon some apple. Tastes of bitter hops with a decent caramel like malt backbone. Not sweet at all, hops all the way. Good crisp carbonation gives way to dryness in the finish with some more hop bitterness.

An interesting beer, not your traditional harvest ale, which is funny since this brewery produces mostly English type beers. Definitely its most "American" beer as demonstrated by the strong hop presence. Not sure if i would call it an amber ale, more like a very hoppy amber ale. Not bad, but i wouldn't mind just a touch of sweetness to bring the beer together, a little too dry.

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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 smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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 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 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 sholland119
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to corey0212 for the chance to try this one.

A-Pours a hazy coppery orange with very little head.

S-Sweet caramelly malt with a bit of flowey hops.

T-Nutty grain in the front with some nice black pepper and malty sweetness in the finish. Totally unexpected flavor but very nice.

M-Crisp and clean with nice fizzy carbonation.

D-Very nice flavor. I would certainly like another.


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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 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 maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a decent, one finger white head with ok retention but nice lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some earthy undertones.

T: An earthy, sweet malty taste with some caramel and toffee notes. Caramel and toffee were pretty evident in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied feel that was also pretty smooth.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that were quite complimentary of each other. A pretty representation for a fall offering in a harvest ale.

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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 mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another New England gem that I was able to acquire recently. I am still working on my fest beers, and here it is harvest ale time, what the hell, lets dive right in. Twelve ounce bottle was served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 10/18/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark amber in color with a decent amount of cloudiness and haze. A nice sized head of maybe two inches then rose up from the bottom and stayed around for what seemed like forever before settling down to a thin layer across the top with a nice amount of side glass lacing. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was rich and hoppy, much more so then I actually thought it would be. Rich notes of resin filled citrus, touches of caramel and a hint of a biscuit like middle were all fairly prominent in the profile here. Nice touches of bready malts really showing their muscle toward the end. The flavor was more of the same. Started with a biting dose of citrus hops, fresh with that gum smacking good flavor we all know and love. Melting into a smooth, buttery, biscuit like flavor that just eased your mind and fell off into a sharp and very crisp, fresh hop cutoff that just simply stole the show for me. Smooth carbonation and a nice, rich, medium body just added to the superb drinkability of this one. Easily session able I threw this one down before I even knew what had hit me.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. My first harvest ale of the year and it was a definite winner. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again. It was simply very good, a classic for sure.

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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 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 Doomcifer
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very ruddy, amber/brown color with a creamy tan head that retains well. Good lacing left behind. Smells of bready malts and citrus tones. Taste is very balanced between malts and citrusy hoppiness, nice hoppy aspiriny finish, extremely tasty. Mouthfeel is medium body, prickly carbonation and semi-dry finish. Very drinkable and a joy to drink.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brownish amber with a bubbly tan head. Spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus with a touch of tea-leaf and caramel.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with citrus/grapefruit. A firm malt backbone gives way to a bitterish, dry finish.

It has a firm medium-body.

This is a nicely balanced beer with just a touch of warmth and heft to welcome in the cooler months. A nice autumnal offering!

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

Wasn't sure what to expect from Ipswich "Harvest Ale." I was thinking it would be on the oktoberfestish side with maybe some caramel/spicy undertones. What I got was a pretty hoppy brew very similar to an IPA. Pleasant surprise!

A- Dark amber color with a reddish tint. Creamy off white head about 2 fingers deep. Sweet lace action going on.

S- Smell was initially malty. I got some fruity undertones but then got a fresh whiff of the hops.

T- Although the malts are really coming through, there is a hop presence here that would surely satisfy any hop head. Some bitter fresh hop with a sweet malty backbone. This was really good but nothing that will blow you way.

M- Easy going down and smooth. No rough edges here.

D- Sessionable brew right here. Easy to drink and enjoy. I felt it wwas good but nothing outstanding. I would love to have it again.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a deep, dark-orange, light-brown, ruddy, tawny hue with minor head and minimal lacing...
Sharp amber, grain, and malty aroma bursting through...
The taste strongly complemented the aroma... Heavy on the earthy grains, definitely a strong amber essence with hints of caramel and slight vanilla in the back...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

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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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