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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

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Added by UncleJimbo on 08-31-2005

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep orange with a rocky tan head that sticks around. Absolutely beautiful presentation here.

Smell: Pow! Hops hit you in the nose, and then some sweet malt and toasty bread/nuts.

Typical flavors from Ipswich/mercury. Big hops up front -- like a slap in the face. Ok, time to unveil what beer this is. Toasty bread notes, firm malt flavors.

Medium bodied, very drinkable (if you are into a destinctive hop presence).

Nice beer. They once again change styles, but have some features/aspects that make sure you know that this is Ipswich brew. Nice job. Try this while it lasts.

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Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 NEhophead
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 madmanjf
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Rusty and Amber in color with an unfiltered or cloudy appearance. Not muddy. Average head with good lacing

(S) Very floral in aroma most likely due to dry hopping. A great inviting fragrance.

(T) Hoppy bitterness without a doubt. I'm a hop-head so I enjoyed it; however, I was a bit surprised to find this in something referred to as a harvest ale. I was expecting it to be on the sweeter maliter side.

(M) Hoppy on the mouth with a rough feeling. Characteristic of an IPA.

(D) Excellent. I was able to get past two imperial pints and make it up to four, so it was definately drinkable. Note that I had this from a gravity keg though.

Overall, an excellent beer if you like IPAs.

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Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 billybob
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks like fresh unfiltered cider, cloudy with small suspended particle,s pours a one inch head with good lacing to the finish. smell is slight citrus and bready. taste is citrus with roasted malt and coffee and strong hop. mouthfeel is medium and smooth with good carbonation. drinkability good.

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Photo of edchicma
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 far333
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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 bigone4
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 sinstaineddemon
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours quite a hazy dark orange-brownish, with a thin nearly nonexsistant white head and plenty of fast moving carbonation

S - surprising barleywine sweetness to the aroma, plus some definite harvest type spicines to it, with a great background hop/malt profile

T - wow, far and away the most bitter harvest ale i have ever had, really tastes like a IPA, or even a DIPA, i rather like it, but its not like a traditional harvest ale

M&D - bitter and smooth, a great blend and balance, a nice beer

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Photo of bjohnson
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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 WanderingFool
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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 PSUDREW
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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 hudsonvalleyslim
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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 talkingpoints
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Jason
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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