Ipswich Nut Brown Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

very good
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Ipswich Nut Brown AleIpswich Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 69
Photo of tkelley
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -12.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +10.8%
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 +3.4%
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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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown with a nice 2 finger light tan head. Lacing was a little weak for the size of the head.

Smell is chocolate, nutty & malts

Taste is chocolate, male & a nice nut finish to smooth it out.

Mouthfeel is medium

Very drinkable nut brown, a nice session beer.

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Photo of bimish
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy, dark brown color. Pours with thick, foamy, 1-2 finger head.

S - Nutty, chocolaty, malty aroma. Very little hop presence.

T - Odd, nutty flavor. Very little of the chocolate notes I got from the aroma. Quite bland compared to the aroma. Bitter, slighly sour aftertaste.

M - Somewhat coarse, medium-body. Lightly carbonated.

D - Not a bad beer, but certainly in the bottom half of beers I have in this style. Comparitively bland.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured brown with red and orange hues when held up to the light. The head was big, off-white, fluffy and hung around across the top of a very long time. The smell was of smoked dark malts, some bitter hops, and a pinch of nuttiness. The taste up front was smooth and sweet, like brown sugar, and then ended up with ground-up, roasted malts and some grimey bitter hops (the sweetness slightly lingered on). It left a dry mouthfeel, but unfortunately, the beer was a little thinner and less carbonated than I would have liked. It was drinkable enough, a beer that I enjoyed sipping for a little while, but there are plenty of English Brown Ales that I like more.

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Photo of ZAP
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Does not have much nut brown characteristics....more of a brown porter...a good dose of chocolate malt...body leans on the thin side of medium....a little acidic on the finish...some abrasive hops on the finish...not a huge fan of this one but it is not horrible....biggest issue is the abrasive finish..

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Photo of auxiliary
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance Nice brown color with a nice fluffy head theat faded out but left a lot of lace on the glass.

smell - Nuts, caramel, malt, some hops.

taste - Taste of malt and nut here but does have a bitter taste all the way.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated.

drinkability - Wish that it had less bitterness here. Seems to be overpoering I think. Not a bad beer, have had others that I enjoyed more.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Foamy tan head on top of a mocha chocolate beer, very little lacing.

S: Bready, biscuity malt is strong on the nose with sweet caramel coming through.

T: Toasy malts with a slight hop finish

M: Medium-full bodied beer with good carbonation.

D: A good nut brown, very drinkable. Could be a good session beer at 5.5.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Amber-red-brown colored beer, off-white head that leaves slippery lacing sheets.
S: Earthy and nutty maltiness, and oily hops. Little bit of warming spices, and a bit of chocolate.
T: Grainy malts and a bit of hops, faintly sugary in a good way.
M: Strawy and strangely bitter.
D: Fine, fairly tasty and pretty easy to drink despite the oddish feel.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 fl. oz bottle with no expiration date or lot number.

A - Dark mahognay brown pour with some beige head that doesn't engtirely go away. Not alot of lacing.

S - More hoppy than nutty.

M - Medium body. It wasn't anything special.

T - The hops are the prominent taste but it is also rather bitter.

Not one of the better nut browns I have had but tolerable.

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Photo of armock
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like most of the previous reviews I got this as part of a beer of the month club.

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Has a very weird malt smell to it that I cant put a finger on

T - Slightly better than the smell but still not normal finishes bitter

M - This beer has a thin body with medium carbonation to it

D - Something about this beer just doesn't sit right with me not my first choice for a brown ale

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Photo of tbeck
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with little clarity (some light shines through, but not much). Thin light brown head that dissipated quickly into a thin collar. Flavorful aroma, lots of malt and a fruity hint to it. Taste is robust and well balanced. Nice nutty taste and sweet. Slight bitterness that adds to it. Thin and watery texture, very light bodied. A great session beer with a good taste and sits light. I could drink a number of these in a sitting.

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Photo of mcowgill
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Muddy brown color with amber hues. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Slight caramel, nutty malt aroma

T - Malty with a nice bitter mix. A little thin but not bad.

M - medium carbonation

D - This is a drinkable brown ale

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really blown away by this beer. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a perfect looking ruby brown color with a frothy, tall, dense white head. Lacing is quite thick and the head retention is unbelievable.

Aroma was slightly nutty with the typical brown ale sort of malt aromas. Nothing too offending, which says alot for this style, if you ask me.

Chocolate, vanilla, fruitiness, maltiness, breadiness, slight bitterness. This one has it all.

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for my liking. Kind of foamy and bubbly in the mouth. Other thant the moutfeel, this has to be one of the top two or three in the style for me. Drinks very easily and tastes wonderful. This brewery just surprised me with two great beers (Original Ale)!

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Photo of AndrewMcLemore
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Ipswich Nut Brown is a wonderfully sweet, foamy example of a brown ale.

Chocolatey brown in color, the beer could use a little more head for my taste, but other than that, it's a pretty ale.

Aroma could use more zest and pop, but smells of biscuits or hot oatmeal, otherwise not much to say here.

Taste far surpasses the mediocrity of the aroma, first with strong notes of burnt brown sugar and molasses that quickly give way to weightier flavors of oatmeal, cashews and strong hops that carry through to the aftertaste.

Though the first few sips are quite enjoyable, a sort-of dry, sticky aftertaste sets in with a bitterness I didn't care for.

Though not overly carbonated and with a nice medium-body and a low ABV, the Ipswich Brown might score a higher drinkability were it not for the poor aftertaste and unpleasant mouthfeel. Not a bad example of the style, but there are much better brown ales out there.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep amber color with a great head that settles into a thin, well retained collar; leaves a nice lacing

S - biscuit-like malt aroma followed by an English hop aroma

T - toasted biscuit-like malts up front with a strong English-like hop finish; some hops noted in the flavor as well, but they don't overwhelm the malt flavors

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a really good brown. Whether it's an English or American brown is probably debatable. Yes, there is a very English-like hop flavor, but the quantity used is a distinct American trait. There also seems to be touch of citrus akin to the American varieties, but it's nothing like Cascades for sure. Regardless, this is a fine beer and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as part of a beer of the month club. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Reveals a hazy, brown/amber body with a nice two fingers width of white head. There is some lacing as the beer is consumed.

S- Plain, malt smell with not much happening. There is a subtle, earthy, nut aroma that lingers in the background.

T- I was pleasantly surprised. From the aroma, I was expecting next to nothing. Instead, I got a nice malty brew, with plenty of smoked nuts on the finish.

M- Light bodied with carbonation. It did leave a dry feel after each sip, which I didn't particularly care for.

D- Hot damn! Is this beer drinkable or what. After finishing one, I was looking for me. For a beer with a lower ABV, this has just enough taste to want you to come back for more.

Overall, this is truly the definition of an awesome session beer. Not overly complex, just simple and to the point. I wish I had more than three bottles sent me.

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Photo of climax
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - cloudy brown, hint of copper, looked like root beer to the light, a finger of creamy head lasted a long time

S - smokey and nutty (pecans perhaps), not particularely strong but i occasionally hinted some alcohol

T - hoppier than alot of nut browns i've tried (which was a pleasant surprise), sweet roasted malt otherwise

m - creamy and sticky, nice hoppy dry finish, although not an incredible lasting impression

d - it wasn't too roudy to sip down after a meal. but i'll usually keep it to one brown/nut brown because of the sweetness

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Photo of nasty15108
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a deep brown color with ruby edges. The pour produced a nice head of tan foam that subsided into a sudsy film.

S - Malty with faint hints of caramel and a little smokiness.

T - Malty with a slight sweetness up front finishing off dry with a strong bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied. Not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of imagineiii
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a beer of the month club. sure it might be the closest brewery to where i grew up, but its free.

Poured into a pint tumbler. brownish. amber in the light. decent head dissipates to almost nothing.

nuts, milk chocolate, earth, maybe tobacco.

Incredibly similar to the smell. smooth, dry roasted aftertaste.

nice carbonation, no lingering offtastes.

incredibly drinkable. smooth and light but complex. great session beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a beer of the month club program. The appearance was great: dark brown color, great thick head and great lace. It also had a terrific nutty scent.

The taste matched the scent. It's a strong, bold flavor, somewhat rough. Goes down fairly smooth. Good quality beer.

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