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 angrybabboon
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/19/11

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy amber/copper color with a decent white head that fades to above-average lacing

Smell: Some citrus (orange, grapefruit), some biscuit - there are undoubtedly some hops here, but they are not as aromatic as I would like

Taste: Surprisingly bitter at first - a lot of citrus bitterness, mostly grapefruit - there are some nice malts in here, too, lightly toasted biscuits - some tart flavors, too - the hoppiness sticks around, and it is welcome - ultimately, a little too much sweetness and citric bitterness for me

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, extremely sticky - almost a bit too sticky for my taste, and I would like a little more malt to balance the grapefruit

Overall: A great, decidedly East Coast IPA

When I first had this a few years ago I couldn't handle more than a few sips because I actually thought it was too bitter. There is a lot of grapefruit bitterness in the flavor. If this reminds me of anything, it reminds me of Smuttynose Finestkind. Regardless, this is another great Ipswich beer.

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

A= dark tea or light amber-brown, nice off-white head dissipates quickly; plentiful rimming, lacing and pooling that stays around for the duration.

S= immaculate, a heavenly nose of sweet and roasted malts, light floral and some citrus hops, glorious, I was hyperventilating by nose and mouth.

T= superb, quite a nice and well-integrated blend of malts and hops varieties. Balanced carbonation.

M= this is where the dry IBU hops come out as well as some grassy notes. Nice lingering bitters if you're in that mood. Still balanced with some malts on the tongue.

O= very drinkable, a must-try for quality IPA lovers. Even the max-IBU IPA heads should enjoy the finish and lingering bitters. Probably best on its own and not ruined by food interactions!

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

Bottle into pint glass
A - Just managed to fit the whole bottle in the pint with its yellowish white head cresting the rim, great lacing, moderate dissipation. Slightly hazy, medium amber 4.5
S - "Musty" is the best overall description I can think of... light floral and citrus hop with earthy roasted malts 4.0
T - Pine & citrus start goes to toasted grains with a slight sweetness and finishes with an earthy hop bitterness, a great tasting experience. Nothing out of balance, I'd recommend this to my non-IPA loving friends. 4
M - Thicker mouth feel, the first time I will ever use "oily" on the mouth feel, the carbonation is spot on makes this very smooth 4.5
D - Easy to drink, 6.3 ABV is sublime, I want and will have another 4.5

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Photo of CDiddy420
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frosted Sam Adams Boston Lager Rastal Designer Glass. (Thee best glass)

A. This IPA is cloudy, but its a result of the hand crafted brewing process. Ive had some that are pretty clear, then ive had some that I had to use a strainer to keep out the large amount of yeast. Thick white head with great lacing.

S. HOPS!!! and More Hops!! hints of the typical pine and citrus,


M. Medium body

I love this IPA, Its a contender to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA.

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

A recent BOTMC arrival, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of citrus, some caramel and earthy hops. Pours to a barely translucent pale brown in color with a nice tan to off-white micro bubble head. Taste is a very balanced offering. Actually starts of with a big sweeet malt backbone with a light bitterness in the background, but immediately has a quickly building bitterness that builds into a nice bite, then leaves a bitter after taste. A very tasty brew. I would drink this again without a doubt.

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

I got as part of a BOTMC, poured from 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect glass. The pour is deep orange, firm 2 finger white head, light lacing. The citrus and pine scent are very fresh, sweet. The flavors of sweet pine meld very nicely with grapefruit/oranges. It has a nice lingering finish. The body is medium, well carbonated, easy drinking. A very good IPA, worth seeking out.

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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 Duhast500
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a hazy orange/copper with a finger or two foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is filled with some bitter hop aroma that there is little sweetness till the second try. Some nice malt aroma comes out and is seeming to balance things out but only the taste can tell.

The taste is has some earthy bitter hop flavor that is holding it's own and pushing the malty flavor over till there is no way of blocking things. Sweetness pushed forward till the end when a bit of a sticky hops pulls things down.

The feel of this beer has some interesting character, t goes down well but hoes have a slight punch to it. It hasa smooth feel but nips at the end.

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Photo of wmcneill26
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Very impressed. Great head with amazing resiliency. The head retains it's structure like a well-poured Guinness. Head clings to the glass like it's that scrubbing bubbles cleaner in a bathtub. The pour gives off a fruity, earthy, hoppy smell. Great hoppy taste throughout although the aftertaste is a little sharp. Has a deep bronze/amber color. Carbonation is on the medium to mild side, so it's not overly bubbly.

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Photo of ms11781
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a 2 finger, foamy, off white head. Decent retention on the head, it reduces by half and sticks around for a bit while leaving great foamy lacing down the glass.

The nose is pretty balanced here. Piny and citrusy hops lead the way (think more piny than citrus). Definitely picking up some lemon and a spicy hop character as well. The hops are balanced out by a nice caramel malt sweetness that rides nicely underneath.

The taste is less balanced, or at least seems that way at first, due to a huge hop bitterness. Piny and citrusy hops hit first and are pretty strong. The sweet malt is here as well, but it tastes more bready/biscuity that caramel-like. Sharp, lingering, resiny bitterness at the finish.

Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness leaves a sticky feeling on the tongue, yet it's dry at the same time. Sounds odd but there's really no other way to put it.

Decent drinkability for a beer of this strength. It's light enough and has a low enough ABV for multiple pints but the lingering bitterness may stop you after one or two. it's not too much for a good pint but I can see how it may get to you after a couple.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipswich IPA pours a nice coppery amber with a decent of-fwhite head leaving some nice sheets of oily lacing.

The aroma has a nice scent of of resinous somewhat floral hops with citrus and caramel in the background.

The malt body of this beer is toasted biscuits with a nicely balanced bite from resinous hops with background noted of orangey citrus.

The body of this beer is nicely medium, smooth and creamy with carbonation dialed in perfectly.

Very drinkable and nicely balanced even with a very respectable level of hop bitterness. Definitely recommended! One of my new favorite IPAs!

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Photo of Wamesit
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange. Thick head settles down to a firm finger. Incredible lacing.

S- There is a citrusy hops aroma that mixes with a rich, nutty maltiness.

T- Outstanding. Bitter hops is the dominant flavor but there is a piney richness that balances the very pointed hops strength. The citrus element is specifically grapefruit and adds to the enjoyment from beginning to end.

M- Medium. Very rich. Downright lush.

D- Incredibly drinkable. Despite a heavier mouthfeel and solid IPA bitterness, the balanced flavor and the exquisite citrus element makes this not only one of my favorite IPAs but also one of the most drinkable.

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

Unassuming looking bottles but I was in the mood for an IPA I hadn't tried before. Having internet access on my phone was useful in closing the deal because BA's seem pretty positive about the beer. The pour reveals a deep bodied amber color with some good head and lacing. The scent is also deep, suggesting pine and bitterness. The flavor is quite piney and resinous with grapefruit on top and a dry, bready/crackery/black tea support system. Some lime citrus notes chime in.
A bit abrasively bitter for my taste but this is good. When I want something with a blunt, aggressive hop strike I'd be happy to pick this up.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

a- slightly cloudy amber/orange color. off-white head, nice and creamy looking. pretty poor head retention.

s- I noticed the aroma immediately upon opening and pouring the bottle. hops - piny and citrusy. smells more like American hops. nice clean smell, in my opinion the best aspect of this beer.

t- definitely heavy handed in bittering hops. bitterness really lingers. tastes like an English yeast and grapefruity American hops. I might be wrong.

m+d- t's a bit acidic. I do appreciate the %6.3 ABV content. nothing really off, just out of balance for what I look for in an IPA. I want to like this brewing company because they are local and small, but I have to be honest that this is not one of my favorites.

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Photo of klink40
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my top 10 beers!

I'd have to say this is one of my favorite IPA's primarily b/c it was one of the first IPA's that got me into loving IPA's. I has a highly intense hop aroma with a smooth mouth feel and somehow always a fresh "wet-hop" feel (even though it's not).

Ipswich makes a great beer and they are very consistent with their quality over the years.

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Photo of silentjay
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a murky brownish copper with a decent two-fingered beach sand colored head that quickly recedes but leaves tons of lacing.

aroma is almost non-existent for a style that should be very aromatic. but some fresh-cut grass and citrus rind are what can be picked up.

taste is better, with some floral hops, grassy hops, and a bit of juicy citrus hops being pleasantly countered by some grainy malts and surprisingly a bit of dark toast. finishes nice and dry. would like a bit hoppier, but they went for balance, and its decently balanced.

a bit light bodied with very little resin left behind, but a decent amount of carbonation and a very clean finish.

drinks ok. clean finish would be good for uninitiated hopheads, but I want a more pungent aroma and some bitterness left on my tongue. would have again, but I wouldnt seek this one out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Amber with sediment and good frothy head. Head leaves some nice lacing as well. The color an intense head gives this one high scores.

S-Decent smell. Nice hops with malt backbone. Not overly powerful here but smells pretty nice none the less, just not intense.

T- Bitter hops combined with caramel malt sweetness. The nose does not do the flavor justice.The hops have a great herbal and leafy taste to them. Love the power behind the hop bite. Bready as well.

M-Medium body. On the thicker side. Very smooth, begging you to keep sipping. Dry finis as well.

O/D-This has been one of the local IPAs I haven' given enough credit to. This beer is better than advertised. I can get it at a pretty awesome price too. Overall, pretty high quality especially for how local it is.

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

Pours a nice amber with a good two-finger white head. Solid retention throughout. Citrus and pine hop aroma. Starts off with a solid blast of bitter pine hops. Nice flavor, although a bit strong. Toffee, caramel and sweet bread malt follow and great a good balance. A bit of citrus hops come through at the end with the pine for a bitter finish.

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

This has a good complex and balanced taste.

Has a solid IPA appearance, the smell of hops is understated and balanced nicely with a slight maltiness. Also some mild citrus scents mixed in there as well.

Good taste and mouthfeel, not overly bitter. It's dry, but goes down smooth with a nice full taste! Taste is of hops, with a nice sweetness to balance it off!

This is one of my favorite New England brews, and I would highly recommend it to any visitors!

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

The Ipswich IPA has a great complexity and mouthfeel. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wanted a local New England IPA that you cant really get outside of the region.

The appearance is more or less common for an IPA and the smell is sharp and hoppy, to be expected. But there is a complexity to the hops in the smell and taste that are more often found in great IPAs. Perhaps it may have been a mixture of hops from different regions, or that the hops were treated differently.

Either way, the mouthfeel borders on excellent, with the tastes of lightly roasted barley and a bit of sweet honey finishing the beer off. Consequently, the smooth, lightly sweet finish rounds the beer off quite nicely and make it very drinkable.

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Photo of mnrider
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. no freshness date.

A: Pours a very nice orange color with floating particles. Nice thick creamy head. Goes down a little but leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is strong. Malty with earthy type hops.

T/M: Full bodied. Malts are chewy and little bit nutty. Hops are strongest and comes in strong to the taste. The bitterness is on the stronger side, but not bad at all. Not sure on what type of hops have been used. Their is a citric aroma to them.

D: Very different IPA from what I'm used to. So well balanced, it's ridiculous. Great brew all over.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Realizing that I've never had Ipswich's IPA, thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised.

This pours an attractive and hazy brew, dark orange in color. Quite opaque. The aroma is great, with bright grassy hops, and orange citrus. The aroma comes through on the tongue, plus a little lemon. I love its leafy earthiness. It does have a little something extra on the sweet side that tries to balance the bittnerness, but make no mistake,this is on the bitter hoppy side....pleasantly.

The citrus affects the mouthfeel nicely, and the carbonation is solid. For an IPA (not my favorite style) drink-ability is very high. I had 2 quickly.

I realized once I got to the bottom of my glass that I may have a new favorite IPA on my hands. At the moment I couldn't think of many others I like better, except for maybe Dogfish's 90-minute.

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

Here I go again, in the shadow of the memory man Gambrinus, but my two cents...this IPA is a very hazy dark amber color with a huge light oatmeal colored head and nice lacing. The aroma is a clean, yeasty grapefruit, with heather sweetness, very pleasant. The flavor comes out with bright, fresh citrus and some grassy background. There's a sort of nutmeg mellow spiciness to it, yeasty but very pleasant. It's a medium bodied beer with somewhat limp carbonation (despite the big head) which contributes to a vague dishwater feel, but it doesn't kill this. It's very drinkable and bottom line you can enjoy this anytime your in the mood for an IPA. Well done.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Victory pint glass at Durge's (thanks, Durge!)

A: Poured a light-copper, golden orange color with a creamy, two-finger head of sticky white foam which clung nicely and left a good bit of lace on my glass. Carbonation was ample and clarity was moderate behind a chilled haze.

S: Smells of soft and slightly spicy hop leaves with a good amount of floral bitterness and grassy notes as well.

T: Flavor is semisweet, medium roasted caramel malt at first, quickly giving way to some of those spicy, citrus flavors. A little tropical, fruity ale profile of mango and pineapple creeps nearby, before washing away with a bitter grapefruit rind and grassy herbal hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and quite drinkable on this humid afternoon. Would probably pair well with a nice grilled pork dish.

D: A little bit of a creamy malt mouthfeel coupled with the slightly above-average hop profile make this a pretty nice session IPA. The 6.3% ABV is very doable and the hops never err towards the erratic or unbalanced. Very good growler offering!

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical characteristics/pour/color for an IPA, I've had many a IPA and this one is a little too bitter for me, and the bitterness sticks with you for a while. Dry as well, hoppiness factor is there, but with the dry/bitterness factors being elevated ranks below other IPAs from a taste factor. I give them points for being different, going off the beaten path, but not completely my bag. I'd rank it as an average beer and a below average IPA. Probably won't be looking for this one in the future. I'll give it a second review at some point and see if anything changes.

If you like a bitter/dry IPA...this would be your beer

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