Ipswich Nut Brown Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Nut Brown AleIpswich Nut Brown Ale
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Ipswich Nut Brown AleIpswich Nut Brown Ale

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a nice looking sturdy brown almost dark in color with a nice looking foamy white clingy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slight lace ran here and there.
The aroma had a nice balanced sweet caramel to bready and nutty maltiness, light toast and then some earthiness slightly at the end.
The flavor leaned into the sweetness nicely arranging a nice aftertaste of the nuts, caramel and toast.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine, somewhat low, though. ABV felt on par with a nice smooth nutty finish.
Overall, pretty nice as an English nut brown ale that I would come back to.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tkelley
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy brown with auburn highlights and a nice beige head. The foam lowers to a thin but consistent layer for the entirety of the drink. Moderate lacing.

Smells of roasted barley malts and nuts and little yeast.

Taste is bready and nutty with a nice finish. A good lingering aftertaste of the same nut and bread flavors. Very homey.

Medium bodied.

A good solid brown ale. The nut flavors really open up as it warms to room temperature, and they separate this ale from some other browns. Next time I think I will try to serve it a bit warmer.


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Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a full, chocolaty aroma, with hints of multigrain bread, caramels, and a distinct earthy quality.

Malts are the first flavors to come across on the tongue, bringing lovely sugars and fruit esters that remind me of oranges and apricots lightly drizzled in honey. These rest just above a darker body of toffees and caramels, almonds, lightly toasted grains, and just a hint of almost-burnt chocolate malts. Towards the end of the mouthful most of the fruit flavors disappear, and the aftertaste is almost entirely dominated by toasted grains. Hops are light, but do seem to add a nice flowery note or two, and provide the merest hint of grapefruity bitterness--which also comes back in the aftertaste. The ale does feel rather watery on the tongue.

Overall, this is good fare, and it's worth the time to try just to feel the flavors slide wonderfully from sugary to dark as the ale sits in your mouth.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this single 12ozer at Harvest Fine Wine, West Hartford CT, for $1.58. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Hazy brown brew gives 1/2" of bubbly tan head. Some sludge from the bottom of the bottle makes big floaty chunks that are a bit gross. Smell is fairly subdued and composed of a mild clean brown sugar sweetness, some toasty malt, and a pleasant earthy nuttiness. Taste is a bit different and more pungent on several fronts. Earthy hop bitterness mixes with the mild nuttiness and some strong yeast funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit heavy on the carbo, bordering on fizzy. Overall pretty meh.

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Photo of h00dak
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great variation of English Brown Ale. Something akin to Newcastle in flavour and probably appearance (I had it from a bottle so I'm not really sure).

The taste immediately reminded me of Newcastle. There is no mistaking this for anything but a Brown Ale. There is no detectable taste of alcohol although 5.5 ABV is a respectable amount.

Leaves you with a wonderful aftertaste. This beer truly finishes clean.

This is a beer that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popping the cap its a sweet smell and a rush of hops, evening to a tarty brown sugar. Pours to a semi-opaque tannin brown with a multi bubble foamy head with structure to beat the band. Taste is sweet yet tangy but hoppy and bitter. This is a great complex beer that is not found on a daily basis. Flavors abound quickly moving from one to the next. For a brown ale I am highly impressed. This is a keeper.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It left behind some soapy residue on the glass.

S - A very nutty aroma with some floral notes. Plenty caramel aromas, too.

T - It had a nice hazelnut flavor with a sweet caramel malt backbone. It had a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was good. I could see it being a great session brew.

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