Ipswich Nut Brown Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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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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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by pbrian:
Photo of pbrian
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a damn fine ale. Not overpowering in any way, but doesn't lack anything either. Pairs with food well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Doomcifer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a decent, light brown head that lingers around for a bit. Decent lacing left behind on the pint glass. Aroma is of sweet malts, cherries, dark fruit. Flavors of sweet malts, light caramel up front rounded out by a dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light, lots of carbonation. Good session brew. Ipswich never disappoints.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle with the new Ipswich style black label.

Appearance: Dark leather brown with ruby hues. Healthy light tan, sticky head. Loose yeast swirls around the brew and clouds the clarity.

Smell: Caramel and roasted malt aromas. A faint hop leaf smell resides in the nose.

Taste: Sweet light caramel malt flavour. Very smooth with a fade in of roasted barley dryness, fading out with a slight saltiness that dries into a raw roasted grain bittiness on the rough of the mouth and tongue. Some nuttiness pulls through at the very end. A subdued bitterness is consistent throughout.

Notes: This is indicative of an American style Brown Ale or could be confused with the Brown Porter style. The bitterness of the roasted barley malt and hops run side by side making it difficult to distinguish the two. A decent ale to be had.

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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 far333
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored with a beige/orange foamy head. Head is two fingers high and bumpy, leaving craters as bubbles burst. Aroma is light, made of sweet malt and caramel, plus a bit of hops. Flavor is sweet and malty, with hints of caramel. Mouthfeel is watery. Uneven splotches of lace dot the glass. Too sweet, and not well balanced.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Nut Brown welcomes you with a pleasant bouquet of soft and lightly sweet caramel & mild cocoa. As your nose becomes accustomed to the sweeter notes, a leafy hop becomes apparent as well. The body is a hazy russett in color, and it's capped by a thin but creamy ivory head that drops shortly. The body is light and gently crisp in the mouth. The carbonation is fine-bubbled and in the median range at around 2.4 volumes of CO2/litre. The flavor is mainly of a lightly sweet caramel malt with a touch of roastiness in the background. As is the case with the aroma, some leafy hop flavor occassionally makes an entrance. The bitterness is restrained, and it's exceptionally well balanced, starting sweet but finishing dry. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single before taking the plunge. Pours deep brown with a slight head. Tastes sweet, with caramal undertones. A little too sweet for my bitter mouth, but a good respite from my usual tastes. Great tasting, I would probably drink this as an after dinner beer.

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Photo of bditty187
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered brownish-bronze in hue, when held to a light an auburn-copper tint is noticeable; I like the color. The head was beige; it developed rather poorly and hardly reached a full foamy cap before quickly fading to a small collar. The subsequent lacing was almost nonexistent. The nose was very interesting, every couple of whiffs a fairly strong note of coffee beans emerged. I was surprised at this aroma, so I went back for more but I couldn’t smell the coffee beans! Instead I got notes of tea leafs, toasty caramel, and a little nuttiness. I like what I smell. Off in the distance the hops add a very slight suggestion of herbal-spice. Minerals are noticeable too. The potency isn’t that strong, it was worth the work to find the array of scents. Inviting. It took about two sips and I realize this is a Brown Ale of my liking. It is “big” and roasty, the malt profile is like a small Porter with lightly roasted notes. Very distant smoke, caramel, nuts, and chocolate flavors too. The hops are modestly bitter, and seem to add some hints of herbal-spice. Stray bread notes as well. This beer really strikes the right cords with me. It triggers primal instincts, I want meat, okay, I am a bit more refined than that. I’d like to pair this with a hearty beef & veggie stew or KC strip steak. Medium in body, low but pleasant carbonation, the mouthfeel is very nice, relaxingly smooth. The drinkablity is outstanding, I am a sucker of good Brown Ale and this is one of the best I’ve had. It is simply lovely stuff. Thank you drweizen for the bottle in the BIF 5 package!

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 Lone_Freighter
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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Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark chocolate with an initially nice head, leaving very nice lacing. Smell was very malty and pleasant. Taste was smoky and coffee-like with a tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a sippable quality. Drinkability was not as good as it could have been...not overly smooth...decent, but not the best of Ipswich.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Murph
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/brown with a nice tan head that slowly fades away and leaves a nice lace. Smell is of strong caramel malts and slight hops presence. Taste starts off very caramelish and goes through some slight fruitiness which does not really feel out of place at all. The brew finishes slightly bitter with some nice hop presence in the end. Super creamy and smooth brew that just goes down very easily. My favorite offering so far from Ipswich. Thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark copper/brown body, slightly foggy, with 1/4-1/2" chunky beige head.

Aroma: yeast. A nice, clean very mild nutty smell. Smells cold, though it's normal serving temperature.

Taste & mouthfeel: Initial flavor and feel is very dry, slightly nutty and a little thin. Next is a deep, citrusy Cascade hop flavor and mild bitterness. The hop flavor persists long into the aftertaste and actually gets a bit sour, the grapefruit overtones becoming more pronounced.

Drinkability: The Cascade hops overwhelm the nutty malt character, really compromising the potential of Ipswich Nut Brown as a session beer. I understand the hoppy, American interpretation of brown ale, but... this one isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a big, lumpy, off-white head - stringy bubbly lacing. Clean malty aroma with lightly fruity and nutty undertones. Pleasant nut and fruit flavors - sweet caramel in the middle - hoppy finish doesn't overtake the malts. Full flavored, smooth, dry finish.

Very good brown ale...easy drinkin' here.

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Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep brown with a portly head, frothy in texture and as it dissolves a fine coating of lace is formed. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean, hints of caramel also noticed with a pleasantly sweet start, top is a bit thin for my liking. Finish has a purposeful acidity and the hops pleasing in their spicy bite, aftertaste dry and lingering, a decent brown and one that would make a fine session beer.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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 erosier
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer - pours a nice brown color with a wihte head with a tint of copper coloring. The aroma is of sweet malts and some nutty aromas as well. The taste is excellent. Nice malts and hops blended together for a nice base which the nut flavor and even hints of chocolate come through towards the end. It is very crisp feeling and really drinkable. I could enjoy a few of these for sure.

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Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 gonzo000
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

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