Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.)Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.)

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grapefruit colour with large creamy head. Very smooth to drink, bitter with a bit of vinegar, hop boticeable and resin as well as grapefruit, all toned down by malt. Medium mouthfeel, although creaminess arising through the malt. Some sugar.This is a bit above average IPA, perhaps a bit overrated.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel to MA to get this but well worth it.. one of the better IPA's I've been lucky enough to try. Pours a nice cloudy orange/red with a nie big head and massive amount of lacing.. its making the glass dirty for sure. Not too big of a hop smell to it but some nice sweetness. Nice balanced taste to this one.. yeah it's hopped up quite a bit but a great maltiness to it too which makes it a lot flavorful and drinkable. Really good IPA and the rest of their mix pack is good too!

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick, foamy head that webs the glass with lace

Smell: Relatively balanced aroma, with biscuity malt mirroring the citrus hops

Taste: Balanced from the opening, with both the biscuity malt and the grapefruit from the aroma making an early appearance; the flavor doesn't change much through the swallow and, while this is a nice beer, it borders on APA territory

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A perfectly decent beer that I would enjoy regularly if it was a local

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Hockeybeard Ben™ for this one!

Dark copper orange body, a fingers width of foam on top with a pocked surface after the larger bubbles dissipate. Spotty frothy lacing, the foam fades to a broken skim after a few minutes.

Green and grassy herbal hop aroma, some pine resin. Mild and seemingly crafted in the British-style, malty with some signature east coast dry bitterness in the finish. Caramel and toasted breadiness. Lingering leafy green pine resin bitterness. It could use a little citrus for added complexity. Full bodied, balanced, easy drinking. Worth a try, easy to have a couple at a time if so inclined.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, copper colored body topped with a two and a half finger head of dense, white foam. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves dense layers of lace on the glass. A very nice looking beer.

S - Malty aromas of bread and toasted malt with some hop character providing balance. Light aromas of caramel and pine in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with lots of toasted notes and a hint of toffee. Some caramel complexity comes out in the middle and brings with it a light pine and lemon hop flavor. The hop character intensifies in the finish along with some malty caramel and moderate hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a classic, old-school American IPA. It has a rich malty body that is more than balanced by hop bitterness and citrus and pine hop flavor. It lacks the floral aromatic character of more modern, west coast versions but nevertheless has a strong hop presence that clearly separates it from its English cousins. Quite drinkable and a nice change of pace, recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap a few days back at Sticks and Stones here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a pretty deep copper/bronze with a tightly formed 1/2 finger white head atop.Sharp sitirc hops over top of a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base,the aromas are quite full with the hops really coming out nicely.Citric and piney hops hit at the onset and meld nicely into a sweetish biscuit maltiness.It's pretty well rounded with a good hop profile in the nose and palate,top notch stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly cloudy with tiny suspended particulate. The peachy-gold body is topped by a short and creamy bone-white head that holds OK. It drops to a thin creamy collar but also leaves some lace about the glass. The bouquet is lush with rich and sweet caramel malt and floral hops. The full body is quite supple with a restrained and exceptionally fine carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth - very nice! The taste lives up to all of the expectations that the nose may have established; starting with a rich, sweet caramel maltiness that becomes fruity and then softens as it warms and a bold bitterness appears, finally finishing with a nice balance of residual sweet malt, dry bitterness, and lingering floral hop flavor. Very nicely balanced and full of character. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy deep amber color, with a medium-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with malty citrus & caramel sweetness. The hops are in the background, but they're not very strong.

T: The hops come out a little bit stronger in the taste, but the citrus sweetness is still the dominant factor. There are also flavors of caramelized malt and a hint of smokiness. The after-taste is a balance of the hops bitterness and citrus sweetness. Since the hops are somewhat subdued overall, this is the type of IPA that would be good to start someone down the hophead path.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, easy-to-drink, not very filling, this is a good beer to stick for an evening, but personally, I prefer a more hoppy IPA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, dark dirty copper body with an inch of off-white head leaving sticky laceworks on the descent.

Smell: Malt blend presenting notes of bread, toast, and a bit of caramel. Hops throwing off hints of citrus zest and reserved resins.

Taste: Bready, toasty maltiness with a scant sliver of caramel. There's some sweetness, but not too much, really. Grapefruit and bitter orange hop flavors with a medium-plus bitterness. Small hint of earthy resins underneath. Bready yeastiness. Bittersweet finish with a bready flavor and touch of citrus enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Decently drinkable, I thought it was OK. A beer that gets the job done.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear 'classic IPA' orangish amber. Actually, now that I hold the glass up to my sunlit front window, there's a fair number of fine particulates in there (and the final few pours junk things up even more). The cream-colored head is large and is rocky as it falls. Good persistence though, it's still at a chunky one finger after more than 10 minutes. Suboptimal lace, but beer and head are so damned impressive that the overall appearance doesn't suffer.

Enjoyable aroma that I wish was stronger; I had to get my nose almost into the foam to pick up the floral, citrusy hops. They do, however, smell mighty good. Hops clearly out-duel malt, but this beer is nowhere near a hop monster. In my skewed, hophead sort of way, I might even call it balanced. There's a solid, sweetish, cake-like malt presence holding down the fort and keeping the hops from going off half-cocked.

There's also a semi-pungeant, citrus zesty, pine bough-like hop profile, though I couldn't really guess as to specific varieties. I wish the hops made an even bolder statement, but that's just me. It's plenty assertive for those who aren't especially wild about hopped-to-the-gills beer. Like I said, balanced.

The body is medium in heft and the mouthfeel is firm and smooth, becoming slightly more creamy as the temperature rises. It's just a smidgen too carbonated initially, but the bubbles dissipate with time and aren't all that noticeable past the midway point.

Ipswich India Pale Ale is a very nice version and I'd like to thank mikeys01 for sending it my way. It's a beer that I had never heard of and I'm glad that I was able to give it a try.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color with a very nice head. It leaves a decent lace as well.

Very nice hop bouquet--fresh. Malt is present but muted as expected.

This is a fine American IPA, lots of hop bite and the warmness of alcohol. Slightly above average in richness, with a high carbonation, the flavor profile is heavily weighted to the bitter hop. It tastes very fresh.

Overall, a very nice IPA with no demerits.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid new england gem that I picked up from somewhere recently. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/02/2010.

The pour was very nice, rich amber in color with a rich head of white that settled down nicely into a broken crown with a good bit of white lacing dripping down the sides of the glass. Aroma is a mix of earthy, piney hops and delicate touches of light grain. Warming makes it come across even sweeter, a nice balanced IPA is always welcome in this house. Smooth, creamy feel here, thicker then normal and nicely carbonated for sure. Starts out with a nice touch of piney hops, resin filled the taste buds and gave a bit of puckering feeling for a second before a nice touch of bready malts fills the back of the throat and a smooth, long, and dry finish saps the moisture from your mouth.

Overall a very, very solid ipa and one that I would welcome again any day. Seems the East coast is bronging it with the IPA's lately.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Decent sizable head, clarity is thrown out due the sediment being loose ... I tried, still two fingers of beer left in the bottle that I will most certainly drink. Hazed rusty amber color. Pungent orangey herbal hop nose, rustic with yeast and toasted grain that follows. Just as smooth as it is crisp, bity mouth feel ... you know this beer is in the raw. Hop bitterness blankets the palate and the toasted maltiness rises just below it. Quick suggestion of alcohol through warmth and a light hit of estery fruitiness. Nutty yeast in the semi-dry bitter finish.

Still one of the favorites when I can find it fresh.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Somewhat reluctantly trying another of these Ipswich brews. This one pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, orange zest, buttery caramel, and deep-forest pine (you know the pine...). The taste brings in more of the same, but, yet again, there's that added swipe of charred vinyl near and through the finish. It does not mesh well with the lightly spicy hops, lemme tell ya. I was thinking that bit was a result of "unique" malt-roasting techniques, but now I'm starting to think it's either the yeast or the bottles. I just dunno here... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, this would be an okay, solid IPA were it not for that damn Ipswich vinyl character. Am I the only one tasting this in these beers?

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Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a SA sensory glass. Thanks to Eric for gifting me with this. This brew pours a burnt copper color with 2 fingers worth of yellowish tan froth. The cap slowly recedes leaving finger-like patterns of lace all over the glass. A light swirl revives a finger's worth of yellowish fluff.

The aroma of this brew has citrus and fruity hops mixed with a fruited alcohol quality and caramel malt sweetness about the nose. There is a spicy alcohol kick across the back which exaggerates the herbal quality of the hops. Some sulfur notes are evident as the brew warms up.

The taste is hoppy with a modest herbal bitterness. Under the bitterness is a caramel malt presence that hardly provides any contrasting sweetness. The grain aspect also carries with it a lightly musty aspect. The hops get a bit grassy as the brew warms up and a light young yeastiness evolves mid-palate.

The alcohol is fairly spicy and warming for 6.5%. It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall not a bad offering. Thanks for sharing Eric.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured very cloudy,light almond, with orange hues. Some clumpy debris in bottle. Grainy hop and yeast in nose. Palate is malty to start, grainy, resiny hops follow. Mouthfeel is smooth and coating. Nicely balanced IPA. Ipswich makes some nice high quality stuff, worth trying.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper with a one-finger head that slowly descends to a very thin, creamy cover. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is citric and earthy. A hint of spice.

The taste is of spiced citrus backed by sweet, almost caramelish, malt. Well-balanced for the style. Chewy hops with caramel and sweetbread in the back. Finishes with a spicy zest.

Full, rich, creamy and chewy. A tasty brew with quite a bit of depth. Assertive hops with a firm malt backbone. Nice!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky pale bronze color, under a sizable settlement of fluffy, creamy foam.
Aroma: oh, now we're talking! Big and citrus, flowery and in-your-face, just where you want it! Fresh, with pine, grapefruit, peach, and more, an intensely flavorful bouquet. Utterly brilliant hoppiness1
Brisk and dazzling on the tongue, a bit tart, and plenty bitter, but never too. Awfully good, this IPA, only a few sips in and I'm wholly impressed!
Fully textured, fully flavored, long finish, perfect balance, non-stop hoppy taste, dancing merrily on the palate.
Damn, this is really nice, a top-tier IPA!

Mr. 36LbLoveChild, my hat's off to thee!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Greg (Reagen1984) for sending a bottle of this as an extra. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - One and a half fingers of creamy light orange foam with excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing. Very murky unfiltered look with a dark orange-brown color to it - one of the darker IPAs I've seen.

S - Very balanced smell - not sure how old this one is. There are some spicy lemony hops, almost Czech or English in character, and also a large dose of sweet bread and biscuit maltiness. This would be a very good English IPA, but as an American IPA it's a little underwhelming.

T - The taste is a nice mix of sweet citrus and caramel maltiness, with a finish of bread and light hot bitterness. Again, more English than American here, although I like the smooth sweetness of the taste more than the spice in the nose.

M - Moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy, with a body that is on the heavier side of medium, and some light resinous residual feel. Nothing spectacular, but quite solid.

D - It's a bit thick to be a big session brew, but otherwise it's pretty drinkable. Very little carbonation bloat or mounting bitterness.

If this were listed as an English IPA I'd have probably given it an A-, but it's a bit of a letdown when I see the word "American" on the bottle.

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Photo of Gavage
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy copper color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart immediately. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: bread, caramel, and some soft bitterness is very weak and tough for the nose to pull out of the glass.

Taste: bread, caramel, mild tones of tart grapefruit, and mild bitterness make up a mellow IPA that comes off as more of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. A touch of dryness comes at the end. Medium bodied. Short aftertaste of caramel, bread and some mild bitterness.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one, but it is not an IPA that stands out for me. If you like your IPAs with more of a bready texture, this one is for you.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, malty, with some slight citrus notes, and caramel. The taste is slightly hoppy, malty, slightly sweet, with a touch of citrus. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, not a bad little brew, was expecting more after having the Oatmeal Stout from them.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy, dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's got a dry bisquity scent as well as some yeast fruitiness from bottle conditioning. The taste is good. It has a strong malt presence as well as a monster hop punch. It's dry and bitter with a delicate malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not the best IPA on the market, but it's bitter and balanced.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is hoppy, with pine and resin. The taste is pine and citrus hops with a lot of bitterness. The bitterness definitely overshadows the hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid resiny hop and a good grain aroma.

The taste was upfront citrus and pepper. The biscuity grain took effect at the finish.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a very good AIPA. Very drinkable and sessionable, with a very manageable ABV.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a lightly hazy, dark amber color. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, tan colored head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer smells of ample crystal malt notes and citrusy hops from afar. This is definitely heavy on caramelized malts from the ample use of crystal malts, but there is a judicious hop character here which helps to balance this out. I would characterize this as a somewhat hop focused, malty, amber ale more than an IPA. The hops are noticeable, though they certainly don't jump out of the glass and even at times completely disappear underneath the crystal malt aromatics.

The flavor is a bit more hop focused than the aroma, with an aggressive, even at times astringent bitterness being most noted. In addition to the sharp bitterness the finish also has a note reminiscent of heavily toasted malts; flavors of well browned rustic bread, and even almost a touch of chocolate character (though this last might be a bit of a stretch). Citrus hop flavors of grapefruit, and tangerine mix with a sharp, herbaceous, pine note.

A bit too sharp and astringent, the hops come off as being a touch to harsh, which is a bit of a surprise given the heavy handed use of character malts. Somehow this just comes off as being muddled or even a bit muddy somehow. Not bad and certainly drinkable, somehow this seems a bit outdated (sort of like an early 90's brewpub interpretation of an IPA). I think my expectations of this beer were built up a little bit too much.

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