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

very good
250 Reviews
Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.)Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.)

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-1998

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6-25-2013

A: Orange/caramel colored ale with 1.5 fingers of tan creamy head. The beer pours clear and dark for an ipa. Beer leaves good lacing down the glass and the head lasts throughout the consumption.

S: Toasted caramel and earthy pine notes.

T: Good sweet toasted caramel flavor up front that blends into a nice earthy hop bitterness. Hints of pine resin and grass in the finish. Touch of citrus tartness in the bitter finish as well. The bitterness lingers on the palate for a while.

M: Creamy mouthfeel and the carbontation works well transitioning the sweet flavors into the bitter finish.

O: The hops offer a good flavor profile and finish but the smooth toasted caramel malt up front helps to balance this beer out. Good caramel flavor and good bitter finish for a well balanced ipa. Well done.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One bottle in a pick a six pack.

A: Light amber color with a thick head that lingers on and lots of lace

S: Very hoppy, piney and a hint of malt to it

T: Strong lingering bitterness and a sweet lingering hop aftertaste

M: Medium body and slight carbonation

O: A very good local IPA. Will consider buying more in the future.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 ml to pint glass

A - nice amber pour with 1-finger off-white head. Decent lacing on glass.

S - get a nice caramel aroma along with restrained hop presence. Piney aroma from the hops, but not too strong. Also a little nuttiness aroma as well

T - For an IPA, I was expecting a blast of hops but what I got instead was a nice balance of maltiness with typical piney and citrusy hop flavor. I found it to be very well-balanced.

M - low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Caramel malts come forward and has a nice,smooth finish.

O - Pleasantly surprised with this one. I enjoyed the malt/hop balance. Could swear there was some Columbus hops used in this one but I'm not sure. Overall, a nice IPA that I would drink again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy brownish copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with some dry hops. There is also some grapefruit and something along the lines of rye. It ends with a malty fairly bitter dry hop bitterness.

Overall – It tastes like a good east coast IPA. Not a whole lot of fruity juicy notes, but some nice malts and a decent dose of hops. A beer well worth trying.

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Photo of Act25
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great American IPA? At least in terms of early American... Could be...

You know how wine drinkers inhale over their tongues? This is an IPA that makes you do that.

A: darker, cloudy ipa. A deep copper orange (like Dales Pale Ale). Big frothy head. Good lacing

S: balance of biscuity malts, and citrus, pine/grassy hops. Like a hike up the Central Coast of California.

T: Great interplay of lemon/ Pine balanced with malt backbone of caramel. dry and refreshing! Tingling. grassy/piney arc and finish. nicely bitter. Well balanced.

M; Chewy. Tingly. Refreshing. Good weight. All seasons.

O: An All-American IPA up there with Anchor Steam Liberty and Dales Pale Ale and Great Divide.

Fine quality. Earned a permanent place in my house. *whole foods NJ

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured From a 22 oz bottle with no expiration date int a pint glass and got 1 1/2 finger of head.

A: Pours a copper color that is hazy (the bottle says unfiltered). The head is rocky and off-white to even a light tan color: about 1 1/2 fingers that dissipates but covers the top of the glass to the end. The is some nice sticky laceing on the glass after every sip. Beautiful.

S: Some light citus and grapefruit along with some bread and malty aroma.

T: Very complex: biting hops but balanced with a slightly sweet almost thick taste. The hops always come through and the finish is hoppy and a kind of oily hoppy finish.

M: Goes down good. It is full-bodied almost thick and chewy.

O: A good price for an outstanding beer. I would like to try this on tap. Definately recommended. The best east coast beer that I've tried.

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Photo of GiantMidget
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at Total Wine in Claymont DE, great price.

Poured into a beer mug, 1 1/2 fingers head at the top with some lacing.

Pleasant appearance, though darker than most IPA's that I have had.
More of an amber/caramel hue.

Immediately noticed pine scent upon pouring.

Tastes great! Strong hops flavor in addition to a bold malt backbone.
Balanced carbonation for an overall great beer experience.

I would definitely pick this up again, and at the price point I am quite impressed with this one.

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Photo of AdamHart22
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had one in the bottle and one in a pint glass.

A - a nice deep amber. Nothing too special here.

S - not much going on here. Surprising lack of bouquet considering...

T - The taste is what you are looking for in an IPA with this ABV. Nice and balanced. Some nice roasted malt and barley is followed by a great citrus hit from the hops. More of a lemon and grapefruit than the typical piney taste of a west coast ipa.

M - My favorite part of this beer. Finish is super clean with a light pleasant bitter after taste. Makes this beer easy to drink and I expect easy to session.

O - An IPA that is eminently drinkable. If you are a fan of this style than you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of wspscott
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass
no date

A: Dark copper color with an off-white fluffy head. Nice head retention and pretty lace.
S: Very muted, no sign of hops, a little sweetness is all.
T: Some bitter hops along with a medium caramel sweetness. A little bit of toasty malts to keep things from being too sweet. Definitely not a west coast IPA. No sign of American hops, I would call this an English IPA. I like the malt combination here, but it needs more late addition hops.
M: Very tingly carbonation with a medium body, a little drying almost astringent.
O: As an American IPA this is dissapointing. As an English IPA it is not bad. The website describes it as a cross between the two styles. Supposedly, there are Cascades in there, but I am hard pressed to find them, definitely needs more late addition hops. I wonder how old this is?

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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 BigCheese
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: darker than most ipa. A deep copper orange. Decent frothy head. Some lacing

S: balance of caramell biscuity malts, and grapefruit, pine/grassy hops.

T: A mix of Grapefruit lemon and Pine. Pronounced malt backbone of toffee and caramel. Considering darkness and malt backbone leaves the palate quite dry with grassy/piney with lime. Havent had this in a very long time. Quite bitter, more than I recall. Well balanced.

M; Real nice softness and creaminess, slightly high carbonation that tingles the tongue. Chewy.

O: An English IPA with an american hop bill. Got a nice toasted, malt bill, with that Citrusy "c" american hop bill. One of new englands best breweries, they wont blow your socks off but everything has a certain amount of quality to it.

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Photo of TonyC
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice local offering. Proudly brewed in Ipswich, proudly being consumed in Saugus.

A: A very hazy dark orange-amber color, with a very nice white head that settles into a decent lace after every sip.

S: A definite citrusy hops aroma that dominates.

T: A good upfront hops flavor that though it does dominate, but does have a sweetness to it. Very appealing to the palate, and leave you with a tang on your tongue.

M: Crisp and tangy, and very easy to drink.

O: An excellent beer period. Excellent with seafood, or a top quality steak, or with the simple fare of an Summertime BBQ, or just alone by itself.

This is one of my "Old Faithfuls". Whenever I am standing in front of the beer coolers at my local store, and can't decide on something, I grab an Ipswich.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although the bottle was only purchased in Delaware last week-end, I can't tell how old it is and whether the beer's caramelized malt-forward nature comes from age rather than intent. As it ends with a delightfully dry and bitter finish, I am inclined to give Ipswich the benefit of the doubt and would purchase a second one.

Pours a hazy, orange amber with decent head and minor lacing. Bready aroma, very malt-forward. The taste has some citrus and floral elements underpinning that caramelized maltiness. The finish lingers and is enjoyably bitter.

Thought the Ipswich Oatmeal Stout was truly brilliant and wouldn't list this APA as highly, but as noted, would try again.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a mahogany color with a one finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing and a little froth.

Smell seems pretty non-existent. I checked with my friend also and he didn't really smell anything either. I get a little bit of pale malt and a little bit of citrus hops.

Tastes good- pretty bitter, lacking in depth of hop flavor probably because the scent isn't there. A medium amount of piney hop bitterness, followed by a little bit of carmel malt sweetness. Long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is ok- pretty resiny, which detracts from the score in this case, light to medium body with moderate carbonation. This is an ok IPA but nothing I'd get again. Part of a variety pack that was really worth it.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of sediment leaves a hazy copper colored body with a nice sticky white head on top.

Good dose of herbal hop character with just a bit of orange in there as well. Nice malt profile in the background.

This one sits on the more balanced side of the spectrum with a nice bright hop flavor up front with a strong malt backbone to hold it up. Fruity and bitter with a slightly grainy character to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit bubbly. Overall, a tasty and refreshing IPA but not quite as hop-forward as many are these days.

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Photo of curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with one finger of white head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: A mix of floral and citrus hop notes over a somewhat pronounced toasted malt aroma with a hint of yeast and some dishrag.

Taste: A lot of toasted malt flavor right off the bat, with the body on the heavy side of medium. Oily hop flavor starts to build in the middle and overtakes the malt base, leading to a pretty harsh bitter back end that thins out quite a bit.

The Rest: Not the best IPA I've had. It's lacking a bit in the aroma department - just a general hop aroma without any real pronounced characteristics - and then a pretty harsh finish. It's like the bitterness of dry hopping without any of the associated flavor. It looks like I'm in the minority on this one, but this beer reminds me of something you get at a mediocre brewpub.

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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 DaftCaskBC
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" tan head over amber/brown liquid.

S: Honey, sweet caramel malt as well as citrus and grassy hops.

T: Grapefruit and pine hops with caramel malt and honey flavours.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of delicate carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: Quite drinkable and good value for the money. Picked up a bomber at Total wine for only $3.99

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a dark copper with a small head that dies quickly. Very hazy in color. A speckled lacing is left on the glass. I was surprised at how dark and cloudy this beer was. I prefer a lighter colored IPA.

S - Strange combination of honey, pine, sourdough bread, and floral hops. A bit unbalanced and malty.

T - Tastes much better than it smells. It has a very floral and herbal front and a drying piney finish. The caramel and bready malts are present throughout, but they take a backseat to the bitter hops and pine. Certainly an "east coast" IPA with the malt presence but well balanced and enjoyable.

M - Fuller bodied than the norm for the style, but it works. Well carbonated and smooth.

O - I enjoyed this beer. Some of the characteristics remind me of an English IPA, which is ironic (or not, depending on how you look at it) because the bottle claims Ipswich to be the "original american ale." Very balanced flavor, but the smell was a bit off and the color was atypical. I may get this one again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: rust body, finger white head,
ok lacing

S: herbal/floral nose, toasted grain
almost a British IPA scent

T: herbal/floral front, toasted grain/bready
middle, solid pine/earthy bitter finish

M: med body, mild slick/oily mouth

O: Nice beer, would like to try more
of their offerings. Would recommend.


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Photo of Dools9
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint, no freshness date.

A: Very cloudy, hazy dark orange amber color. Finger of off white, creamy head which retains to the bottom and leaves webby lace. Darker color than I expected.

S: Grapefruit, sweet bready/toasty malt, a slight earthy/piney herbal quality as well.

T: Grapefruit and subtle pine, caramel and bready malt sweetness, the malts are a bit stronger than the hops here, but its very well balanced and easily drinkable.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, nice creamy feel. Very enjoyable. Drinks like 4 or 5%

O: Very good, locally brewed IPA, nicely done. If you can find, its worth a try. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Fubar1453
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky dark orange color, with a creamy off white head.

S:Hops and citrus, pretty standard.

T: A good amount of hops, and a little but of citrus, sticky hop feeling in the back of the mouth.

M: Sticky with right amount of carbonation.

O: A good local new england regional, it has one of the more unique colors to it, balanced taste and very drinkable. I would recommend you try it out.


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Photo of musicforairports
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single, undated. Bought at a bottle shop in Adams, Mass.

Completely opaque orange-amber. Fluffy head and some lacing.

Smells nutty, earthy and citric.

Flavor has oily floral and earthy hop flavors, some orange-flavored citrus. Some sturdy bread and nutty malt as well. A bit sweet, with an off-putting note I can't put my finger on that reminds me of a homebrew.

Medium mouthfeel. Lightly creamy, adequately carbonated.

Wasn't too impressed with this beer. Reminded me more of a pale ale. I'd like to try it fresh, but it wasn't a lack of hop flavor that I found most dissapointing about this beer.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
1.85/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, sediment laced burnt orange color. Nose is grapefruit and pine. Nice mouthfeel but so bitter on the back of my tounge that I couldn't finish the bottle (didn't want to). Another reviewer described this taste as "charred vinyl". Now I've never tasted burnt 33 LP's but I'm imagining this is what they taste like. Did I just get a bad batch? I don't get it.

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Photo of Vixie
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a hint of red. Forms a bit of a white head which dissipates fairly fast, leaving some lacing.

The hops really stand out here, it's a bit grassy and floral. It does remind me a bit of being outside on a spring day.

Starts out a bit malty, with a bit of caramel and toffee notes. The hops then kick in, giving it a bit of an earthy taste. There is a bit of a floral character, and finishes with a touch of bitterness.

Maybe a touch more thin than I expected, but still decent.

First off, I am not a fan of IPAs at all, probably my least favorite beer style. That being said, this was probably the best IPA I have had. The hops are very much present, but don't overwhelm. The malt balances it nicely, making it much more drinkable than I expected. Glad I got to try this, it may make me rethink what an IPA can be.

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Ipswich India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) from Ipswich Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.
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