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

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490 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of thespaceman
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful light gold to light amber in color, head size is very generous, and the lacing is sticky and really shows it's strength on the glass. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: Up front is a strong malt backbone, it sits firmly atop deep citrus aromas, like grapefruit and passionfruit. The malt and hops are balanced to a perfection, with the hops staying reserved and letting the sweet maltiness take over the nose for a bit and then lending the aromas over to the hops.

Taste: The hops really show their stuff in the taste, they are deep and resinous. I get lots of hop oil here, grapefruit like structure with a light fruit twang. Maltiness comes in towards the middle to the finsih to smooth things out and bring balance to the picture. One of the more "put together" IPA's I've tried, this one stresses both sides of the fence, with the citrus like end giving way to a perfectly aligned sweetness from some crystalized malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfectly bitter and sits nicely on the tongue. Carbonation is right on the money, not overbarring.

Drinkability: At 6.5% ABV this is one of the more sessionable IPA's to have around. I really love the balance on this one, it really shows that an IPA doesn't have to be a complete hop bomb to please. Very well structured and perfect for any occasion. I'll be sure to make this a regular in my fridge!

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Photo of mulder1010
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle Aquired in a BA trade.

A-- A darker color, more of a crimson red, with a one finger head and web like lacing.

S-- Smells slightly sweet. Usual hops and citrus with a touch of mailt and some carmel

T-- Hops and malt. A little more smooth than other IPA's. Not a hopbomb.

M-- Good carbonation, not heavy as in hops with a good bite at the end of the beer.

D-- Excellent drinkability. Good combination of hops, citrus and malt. Wanted more than one after was done with this

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

Got this is in a BIF package from TheManiacalOne a.k.a. Mark...thanks for everything once again!!!

A- Pours a very hazy dirty brown color with some orange and yellow highlights when held up to the light. Looks a lot like apple cider to me. Good 2 finger dirty white head (slight tan color to this) that leaves some soapy lacing that sticks and falls down the glass after a little while.

S- A very well balance between bitter piney hops and some sweet underlying malts (sweetbread). There is a slight hint of alcohol to this as well. Also, and I know this is just me but I get a slight hint of what my vomit smells like when I drink too much for an evening.

T- Wow this is good. Nice light bitter bite upfront gives this a excellent start for a beer. The hops and the malts clash perfect in the middle of this beer. Light bitter taste again in the ending of this beer with also a slight medical alcohol taste as well. Nothing too overbearing like in some IPA's that I have tried. The taste is overall very balanced which I don't tend to see as much anymore. Good stuff!!!

M- Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation on this might be a tad off for my liking and could use a little less. Makes the beer feel prickly on the palate and that is the only issue I have with this beer. Other than that leaves a nice pine hop resin on the tongue and a little on the teeth. Nice bitter/malty after taste leaves you wanting a second sip right away.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA. I am always on the path to find things I haven't had and blow me away. Well this beer was a perfect surprise and I will be looking to trade for some of this again sometime soon. Good beer that came out of nowhere!

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Big frothy light tan head on top a slightly hazy copper colored beer. Good clinging lace on the glass.

S: Pine, bitter orange, some grapefruit and floral notes. Fresh bread and doughy malt aroma.

T: Malt is big on this one with toffee, light honey, and a copper penny taste. Hops come bitter with pine, and citrus being the major flavors. Finishes with a dry grainy bitterness.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation and some hint of alcohol warmth.

D: A decent IPA with plenty of flavor and for my personal preference it finishes a bit dry. Not saying others who are into the hoppy beers wouldn't enjoy immensely.

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

Hazy orange, at least partially due to loose sediment. A two finger cap of fluffy, light beige foam appeared during the pour. Very good head retention, spotty lacing. The aroma was predominantly hoppy (fruity citrus, grapefruit, a bit powdery) with a bit of caramel in the background. Moderate bitterness with a lingering resinous finish. Lots of grapefruit and pine flavour with mild caramel and biscuit providing balance and depth. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation that gave it a creamy texture. A solid east coast IPA, with more sweetness and balance than most of its west coast counterparts.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Mercury Brewing, Ipswich IPA is a hazy bronzed orange-copper color with a host of particulate floaties in suspension. The finger-thick cap of ivory-tinted ecru foam that tops the drink relaxes very slowly and sticks a webby skim of lacing onto the sides of my Duvel tulip.

The smell is pungently floral and intoxicatingly sweet with a mild, fruity, acidic citrus twinge that contributes depth and contrast. The aroma is perfumey and mellow with a mild candylike quality that helps make this one of the the 'floweriest' IPA I've encountered to date.

The taste is sweetly malty with a semiseco floral edge and a firm backing of sappy, woody evergreen undertones. A note of rock candy drizzled in light caramel is cleanly countered by green grassy herbs, and a twist of dusty-dry fruit peel adds a twinge more earthy bitterness.

The drink is medium in body with lively and refreshment-assisting carbonation. Highly quaffable.

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

Amber, reddish body topped with fluffy, pillowy head that leaves some attractive lacing. An enticing aroma of malt (brown sugar comes to mind), hops, grass. Earthy malt gives way to clean hop attack: evergreen, pine, wet grass. A dry, bitter aftertaste ensues. Medium bodied with medium carb. Definitely an easy-drinking IPA, showcases the style well while also adding some of its own personality.

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Photo of VTaler
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color. Ivory head that quickly dissappears. Very cloudy with a very dark center. Pretty dark for an IPA
S - Has floral hoppy aroma. Almost kind of a lemon/citrus aroma
T - Not to hops. Flowery hoppy taste with a good some what sweet malt character. Has kind of a wheat taste. Bitter aftertaste but a sweet/malty first taste. A little watery
M - overall good mouthfeel
D - very Drinkable. I could have a few of these

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Photo of billybob
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i like the labeling on the bottle but it says guaranteed fresh and local but do not see a freshness date? looks good in the glass with a very cloudy orange/amber color and two finger beige head. good head retention and nice sticky lace follows the beer to the botton of the glass. aroma fruity with notes of fresh citrus present. malty, grainy, sweet, bready taste nice hop balance slightly tart and bitter finish. full body mouthfeel, grainy, chewy but smooth going down. ipa not my favorite style but this one was very good.

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

2 12 oz bottles into a Duvel snifter pours a murky dark orange with a nice khaki head that lasts as a decent layer and leaves great lacing on the glass.. Aroma is slight presence of citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a nice balance of toasted malts and Earthy citrus hops, the hops come out a little more in front as the beer warms, but still more malt than a typical IPA. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. This is certainly an enjoyable IPA, but far from the top of my list.

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

My first time having this bier...

A: pours a very nice caramel color; amberish. In my glass, had about 1.5 inches of creamy head that lingered for a few minutes. Good lacing.
S: a nice mix of fruit and caramel. Interesting and very inviting.
T: Not your typical bitter, dry finish. More of a sweet feel to it. Believe it or not, it reminds me of an oktoberfest...almost.
M: a good feel to it. inviting taste with just a hint of bitterness.
D: I could have a number of these without a complaint.

Overall, this is a high quality IPA and one of my favorites. Do yourself a favor and try one of these biers. Prosit.

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

From an Ipswich variety pack and poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed golden amber color with about two fingers of lingering, creamy off white foam. The foam leaves behind a thin lace on my glass with each sip. Nose and flavor are of citrus fruits such as orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon, followed by notes of sweet caramelized grains with a pleasant bitterness coming through to cut the sweetness of the malt. Medium to full bodied with a clean bitter finish and ample carbonation. Great stuff.

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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 sethmeister
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper brown with a big cakelike cream colored head. Decent lacing.

Scent is spicy hops, fresh crusty bread and caramel.

Taste is caramel, mildly spicy hops, bread and toasted bread crust with a nicely bitter back end. Suprisingly sweet, nutty and malty. Mild grapefruit and citrus hops. Spicy, peppery and herbal hop notes.

Mouth is juicy and slick.

Drink is very good.

Not my favorite ipa (prefer stronger bitterness) but a tasty beer to be sure.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of caramelized fruit with some intense herbal notes plowing through.

Taste brings smokey grains and resinous hops to the palette. Interesting an earthy. The bitterness lingers nicely with traces of brown sugar remaining as well.

Maybe a bit heavy on the carbonation. Not the world's most drinkable IPA, but certainly a complex one.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy deep peach color. Has a decent tan head with a mixture of small to large bubbles. Retention is well above average and a simple class swirl will recreate it.

Lots of maltiness with some citric esters. Thick on the tongue, full bodied and smooth with a hoppy bitternesscreating a dry finish.
Smooth as in smoooth! Excellent ale.

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Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark orange, nice creamy head with fantastic lacing. Smells of citrus, specifically grapefruit, some caramel, some breadiness, some earthiness. Tastes of sweet caramel malt up front followed by a nice lemony bitterness. Finishes very smooth with some hoppiness left on the palate. Nice mellow carbonation, very creamy.

A very nice IPA. Very malt forward that is balanced nicely with a good hop profile. Pretty mild for American standards, but i very much enjoyed it. Very sessionable, similar to English IPAs.

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

Second beer of the night at Church in the Fenway area. Served on tap in a tall pilsener glass. Quite cloudy looking. Dull orange color. Thin head. Lots of lacing. Lots of hops in the nose. Same for the taste, maybe even more. Very prominent hops profile. Body was on the thick side, but I can't get over the look of this beer. Is this an unfiltered IPA? Maybe. Just a bit too cloudy looking and too murky on the palate. Very hoppy, so if you are into that, try this out. It just seemed like a beer with too many rough edges for my liking.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent copper with a 1.5 inch frothy, off-white head that sizzled and popped as it dissipated. Strands of lacing are revealed and retained as the brew is consumed. Some suggestions of caramel malt and citrus. Taste is not what I anticipated. Biscuity/roasty/nutty up-front, caramel notes in the middle with some citrus astringency and hops bittering coming out at the back end. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and lively, with a crisp finish. Definitely a solid IPA, but there are better NE locals out there. Just felt a little off-stlye to me; maybe closer to an English IPA/American IPA hybrid.

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

A- Pours a hazy copper color with a two-finger frothy head. Solid retention and lacing.

S- A sweet biscuity malt up front with a mildly citric hoppiness.

T- The malt makes itself know first. It's sweet and biscuity. I swear I'm picking up a hint of vanilla. Well hopped, citric upfront, finishes very grassy and earthy.

M- Silky smooth, medium bodied and a bit creamy. Carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent! I highly recommend letting this one warm up. It's very bitter when it's cold but as it warms the malt and the richness really come alive.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a nice head that last for a while. Hoppy scent, but not overwhelming. Pretty usual IPA aroma. First sip is very bitter and not much else to balance it out. There is some malty flavor but the bitterness over powers it. Mouthfeel is ok very crisp and dry,with the lingering bitterness. Good carbonation.
Sadly not a favorite IPA for me.

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Photo of Gosox8787
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a glass with a one finger, beige head with little retention. Beer was light brown with a lot of haze. The smell was not strong at all. I expected more floral aroma from the hops. The taste was bitter upfront from the hops. However, there was not much in the way of sweetness to counter the bitter taste. The taste left on my palate after each sip was the bitter taste of the hops. Perhaps this was just me, but the hops seemed to only offer bitterness and offered no balance to the beer. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with limited carbonation. Drinkability was average as the flavor was not overpowering and the ABV was normal. The bitterness could limit how many of these I would have in a night.

Overall, this is by no means the best IPA I have had. The flavor is unbalanced and bitter, at least for me. This would not be a beer I would have again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/amber color with a two-finger head that fades into a one-finger head in my pint glass.

Aroma is sweet with mild hop bitterness in the nose, followed by biscuit malt. The malt seems to dominate.

Taste is sweet and full of malt with a very mild hop bitterness in the middle. Malt dominates over the hops,which to me would seem more like an APA.

Mouthfeel is full of sweet malt and mild hop bitterness. Again, the hops don't show through as much here.

Quite drinkable but doesn't "feel" like an IPA to me. Still, you should check it out if you prefer malt over hops in your beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent amber colored with a large white head. Lots of sticky lace and thick retention skim through which the beer never shows. Looks appealing like a beer I'd order because I saw some one else drinking it.

Smells of earthy hop oil, mild apricot and heavy cider-like malt.

Sweetbread malt preludes heavy hop bitterness. Fairly balanced. Herbal hop aftertaste as the hop oils coat my teeth and tongue and never want to leave. Mouthfeel is very full with mild carbonation breaking through viscous hop oils. Not a typical hop bomb, this beer tastes like a meal.

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