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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Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 487
Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an ale that nearly 13 or more years ago was a regular of mine. One could almost always find a couple of growlers in my fridge back then.A dark golden honey color that is slightly chill hazed with a small but tight dense head. Aroma is grassy and floral. Aroma reminding me of Heavy Handed IPA. Body is medium and smooth. Flavor is not how I remember this one but it has been a long time since I've had it and things at this brewery have changed a few times since then. Grassy hop flavor that is slightly sweet backed up by a decent grainy malt flavor. Finishes slightly bitter. Again, not what it used to be but not too bad anyway.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Fuzzy peach with a nice sticky retentive head. Smells of earthy cirtusy hops, very yeasty, and a little mustiness. Taste starts mediocre and gets worse. Starts with aggressive dirty citrus hop flavor matched up with toasted malt. Then the malt disappears, leaving a long pine-sol bitter finish. A good creamy mouthfeel does not make up for the poor flavor of this brew. Perhaps it is just my tastes, or this specific batch/bottle, since most other reviewers seem to really like this.

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Photo of mikeys01
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge this week. The Ipswich IPA was a nice polished copper color, bedecked with a foamy persistent white head. Aroma is high octane hops with plenty of pine and grapefruit coming out, along with some malt presence. Taste is a very sharp hop bite at first, with the pine flavor coming right out at you, then becoming a little more fruity and malty towards the middle and end. Finishes nice and dry/crisp, with a nice hop bitterness left behind...my kind of IPA.

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

Pours a hazy copper witha lacy ivory head. Lots of yeasties swirling around. (Ipswich beers pour so great! Great big heads and lots of yeast swirling around. Maybe I decant too roughly but it's great.)

Smells fruity and of strong bitter hops.

Taste is fruity and yeasty, sour malt up front. Big hops soon after. Very intersting balance of the fruity and yeasty malt and the really strong hops. A dry and hoppy finish. Nice hoppy aftertaste. A really unique IPA. Tasty. Must get again. When's my buddy going to MA again?

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Photo of tavernjef
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super nice deep golden bronzed color, clouded with a suspended jelloy haze, finger high head of thick and fluffy yellowish creamyness, fades to a skim always present and lace in stringy broken sheets. Aroma is freshly hopped with some nice citrusy strong pine, highly floral and sweet with a toasty malt backing. Taste is quite nice of floral, cirtusy strong hoppyness, highly crisp and grapefruit peel bitterness, super toasty malt backing with a slight burntness adding to the hop edge which really pokes the palate and lasts throughout a substantially long finish of crispy floral dry bitterness. Yum! Feel is pretty darn full from start to finish and has a whopper of a lingering finish. This IPA is super tasty and has a great floral hop ride, the fullness is a little much and makes for a bit of an overwhelming drinkability, could be smoother in that realm, but otherwise one hell of an IPA by Mercury. Thanks goes to mydeadguy and BIF 4.0!

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

Hazed copper color with a tan head.
Aroma heavy on the malt side for an IPA. Lightly roasty malt and piney, resinous hops come together for an earthy character.

Lightly roasty, biscuity, caramel malt flavors. Piney hops. Hop oils stick to the tongue at finish. Has kind of an overall earthy character.

Good body and mouthfeel.
Hops are not overbearing.

Overall a solid to good IPA, but just doesn't have the characteristics I prefer in an IPA.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for the bottle!

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

Slightly hazy, bronze colored with a beautiful off-white head that left a generous lace in the pint glass. Malty aromas mixed with the pungent blast of hops. This is a well-balanced IPA. It has just the right amount of malt to balance out the generous hop character. Reminds me a bit of Anderson Valley IPA. I think the alcohol is around 7%. I could really drink a few of these in a session.

Thx to Jeremy, brewer at Mercury, for dropping of a few samples off. Congrats!

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Photo of chaduvel
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich creamy head that laces all the way down the glass. Nice reddish copper color. Earthy hop leaf aroma with hints of caramel malt. Taste is hop dominated but the touch of sweet malts balance. Hops are raw and earthy, very flavorful and very drinkable. Man, if you include this with the Ipswitch Oatmeal stout; thus far I'm very impressed by this brewery.

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

Been wanting to try this one for awhile...thanks to Johnny P for the opportunity...

Pours a cloduy burnt orange color....nice off white head that rims glass....nose is herbal and earthy....also some sweet floral hop notes...

Full bodied, full flavored IPA....some good bitterness to this one...but also relatively sweet for the style and balanced...A much bigger, and hoppier IPA than Harpoons(which wasalso excellent but in a different way)..

A top notch IPA with some "hop" balls....I like it...I would definitely buy or drink this again...this is one for hop lovers...

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark honey color with a thin slightly off white head fills the glass when the beer is poured from the bottle. The head dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving a few spots of lace behind. An strong hoppy aroma of pine and citrus (grapefruit?) hovers over the beer. Each sip of this medium bodied brew is full of hoppy goodness. Flavors of pine and citrus with a mellow oak taste and a hint of toasted malt round out every mouthful. A bitter hoppy aftertaste is left behind.

This is a great tasting IPA that almost reminds me of the 60 Minute IPA. I wish there was a bit more lace on the sides, but other than that it is a terrific brew.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a coppery amber color, slightly hazy, with a thin white head floating atop. Lively carbonation bubbling to the top. Good head retention throughout the pint.
The aroma is straight hops. Very powerful and bitter. Slight german hop feel, with herbal undertones. Mostly rugged pacific northwest bitterness. Mild malt backing up the hops, with a hint of fruitiness.
Flavor is bitter and sharp throughout. Giant hop presence dominating the entire sip. Just enough malt to back up the bitterness without it being overwhelming, but just barely. Body is medium to light, with lively, yet elegant carbonation. Not much in the way of esters in the taste. Everything seems dominated by the bitterness. Slightly grassy, particularly in the end. Malts come through a touch towards the end, with a subtle caramel taste. The finish is long and a bit rough hewn, with a bitter aftertaste that sits in the back of your mouth forever. This is the beer you need when you want something hoppy, yet balanced and interesting. Very good.

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

Appearance: Tan/red cloudy with an off white head...some lacing

Smell: Complex...caramel, cream, floral hops,

Taste: Nice...mixture of malt and hops with a slight bitter aftertaste..good mix...nothing overpowers anything else...just wish it was as strong as the aroma

Mouthfeel: Creamy goodness

Drinkability: very easy drinking

Overall very good...I could pick up a few more of these

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Photo of goz
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and slightly chunky medium amber, with a large off-white head that leaves great clingy lace. Aroma is packed with hopes - pine, citrus (grapefruit, orange), and some fruitiness (peach and apple). Flavor starts with a bit of the apple and peach, then gets clobbered with a delicious hoppy bitterness that sticks to the tongue.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA poured a dark orange. A tight white head appeared and slowly gave way to a very thin lace. I even noted some cascading on the pour. The aroma, like most IPA is citrus from the hops and a hint of malt. The taste matches suit very well with the aroma, hops from start to finish. BUT the hops are not overpowering in any means. Hints of grapefruit were over the taste buds. There was almost a creamy feeling in the mouth from this IPA. This IPA packs a very enjoyable flavor. I could enjoy this IPA all night long. Bottom line, this is a very nice IPA!

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy pumpkin color when poured. Had a faint aroma of hops.

Nice mouthfeel: well rounded, but not overwhelming. Slightly crisp. Had a sweet malty taste, with a very light hoppy finish.

A very easy to drink beer. I only had one, because I wanted to try something else, but this would make a very light, satisfying brew. A session beer. Pat

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Photo of wyllder
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in both large bottle "Growler" and the new 12oz bottles. Either way this is a solid, if not spectacular, example of the style.

Slightly hazy and mild amber in color you can almost see the hops coming. Rolls onto the palate with a zesty helping of hops, balanced nicely with fruits and finishes smooth.

If you're a fan of IPA's this one is worth a shot.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, It's good to have Ipswich again. This one was brewed in Maryland, so I was eager to look for differences.

It poured a cloudy amber/brown with a nice fluffy beige head that leaves a substantial lace. Aroma is of nutty malt and tangy hops. Taste is at first fruity malt, with hop bitterness following. It's a very nice balance. The hops at no point overpower yet it's still an agressive taste. This beer just hits me the right way. Slightly different than I remember when I lived in MA and got the "real" stuff in the growlers (less yeast presence maybe?), but it's still Ipswich.

Thanks to stegmakk for leading me to this.

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Photo of edchicma
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice coppery gold. Head dissipated rapidly, but a nice lacy appearance remained down the sides.

Taste "bites" you at first with strong hop quality. Leaves a rich, full bodied character after the initial bite. Aftertaste is a "tang"on back of tongue with a smoother feel on the upper palate...a nice balance.

Smell lets you know you are about to be hit with some tangy hops.
Frankly, it took me quite some time to appreciate strong hops (I used to drink the bland macro brews), but over time I have come to appreciate the nice balance a brew like this offers.

Drinkabilty is very good...and what you would expect...not a beer to guzzle, but to savor. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Bought a sixer of this without knowing much about it. No disappointment here.

Appearance: Massive head. I mean, huge. Creamy white, it settled slowly into a rocky, uneven cap that just never left. Semi-cloudy golden-amber. Definitely was a significant amount of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but careful pour kept most of it out of my mug.

Smell: Lots of citric hops, of course, but a lot more malt aroma than I would have expected. Sweet bready, yeasty notes, too.

Taste: Definitely feel the cascades after the swallow, but the malt balances the hop crispness nicely. This beer, to me, is proof that an IPA doesn't have to be huge to be enjoyable. Well-balanced, in a way no American IPA I've ever had has been. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Brewzzle
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Most of the IPA's I have had are all about the hops. This is one which is beautifully rounded, all the good stuff is there in the proper proportions.

Poured from the growler it is a little hazy in the glass but with a nice firm head which lasts the whole glass. Apart from holding together as well balanced beer I would say my favourite aspect is the bold body and wonderful mouthfeel. You can really taste the malt and the hop aroma is also well defined. I found the hop bitterness a little high for my liking but I think it works well.

Top class all the way, this is a fave.

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

Another growler purchase. Have tried it in the 12 oz bottle but prefer the growler. As far as the yeast in the bottle, I'v come to exspect it and usually waste about an ounce or two. I feel this is the price for such a good product. Grat hop taste with a good tinge of bitterness. I can easily knock back one of these growlers!

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

(5/19/2001)Well what do you know, there's very little yeast in the bottle now. I have nothing to complain about.

(4/1/2001)A full-flavored, big syrupy IPA. I'd enjoy this beer a lot more if they switched to a more flocculant yeast. Usually I'm not picky about yeast in the bottle, but this one makes a mess of the beer. (original score: 3.5)

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Photo of xXTequila
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

well this one was a bit entertaining and dispointing all the in the same glass. I bought i growler of this and couldn't wait to try it. The first glass i poured i had the bigest thickest head that left a one inch thick head sitting at the bottom of my empty glass when i finished it. The taste was a bit heavier than other local ipa's, but what i didn't like was the residue floating in the glass. The last glass i poured was so full of (for lack of a better word) crap it look like a package if instant cream of wheat had been poured into it leaving it undrinkable, it was poured out. I probably will never buy this again, wich is a shame since it was one of the better tasting local ipa's.

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