Farmington River Mahogany Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Farmington River Mahogany AleFarmington River Mahogany Ale

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 08-05-2002

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 48
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of tryemdad
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Simsbury's own Red Stone featuring casks...yay!

Only ordered it to sample the cask style. Not really a big fan of ESB's, generally.

This was pretty good overall...likely enjoyed it much more out of a cask....but maybe that's my imagination.

Served in a standard pint glass. Significant head - maybe 1 1/2 fingers - surprising for cask. Thick I (too?) quickly downed this brew. Very easy to drink. Bordering on thin mouthfeel, but a nice "warm vanilla" nose and initial taste. Very, very smooth.

Enjoyed this. I think I've had it before in a bottle, but it didn't leave a great impression. This format is probably the best this beer has to offer. I'd do it again...

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out just like the name says, Mahogany in color with a creamy looking white head on top. The smell of the beer was malty with some grains on the nose, and a touch of hops too. the taste of the beer was semi-sweet with a light caramel flavor with some bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer despite it's color it was pretty light bodied. Overall this brew wasn't bad. It was drinkable and had a pretty good balance to it.

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3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed as part of Fresh Mkt mix-a-six.

Pours light brown, reddish tints, islands of white bubbly foam. Some early lacing. Toffee malt smell. Caramel too. Sweet malt taste but with a hop that pokes through and holds firm. Hop lends some extra bittering which lingers.

The tastes seem to compete rather than blend harmoniously, and it never quite works in the end. Just ok.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich hazy mahogany color with a nice off white, modest head.

Smell is somewhat malty sweet, with some bitterness at the end. Not particularly complex, but good.

Taste is very malt sweet up front, but ends very crisply in a hail of stark bitterness. I'm not an expert on the ESB, but seems fitting, and I find it very tasty.

The feel is light to medium in body, with a slight crisp sting.

Though rather yummy, I don't find this (or the style in general) to be a good session beer. A nice break from the pales, india pales, stouts and porters.

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3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy, glowing amber with orange edging and a nice off-white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

Aromas consist of earthiness, pears and apples fruitiness, and piney hops. A slight mustiness from the yeast is detected also.

The flavor is well balanced with biscuity, toasty maltiness and light fruits up front, ending with a subtle hoppy bitterness and dryness.

Low carbonation, smooth, light mouthfeel makes this one a definite session beer. Overall, very nicely well balanced for an ESB.

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Photo of errantnight
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty amber-copper into my Spiegelau tulip. Nice rich creamy head with solid lacing and nice retention.

Aroma is biscuit and cracker with a bit warm fruit. Unremarkable and a bit flat, but what's there is nice.

Taste is overwhelmed by a full biscuit-y breadiness, a note I find on Fat Tire only amplified here. Some faint fruitiness and toffee sweetness fight through on the back half and it's balanced nicely with a bit of earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a decent amount of lift.

I just can't get over the effusive biscuit character which overwhelms the rest and ultimately sinks this beer for me. It's otherwise well constructed and for those who dig on the peculiar flavor profile I could see this being a regular in your fridge.

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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

a - Pours am amber mahogany color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, some bitter hops.

t - Some bready malts, caramel malts, fruit, little bit of bitterness but not too much.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth.

d - A very easy to drink ESB. Lots of smooth malts in the smell and taste, and not much bitterness to it. Would try again.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottled into a pint:

A: deep amber color with a solid tan head

S: smells a bit hoppy with a very slight roastiness.
Not much to it though. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

T: a quick creaminess at the beginning lends into
a smooth hop flavor. The hoppiness dominates
with a touch of toasted malt or nut flavor at the end.
The hop is flavorful and ever so slightly bitter. Finishes nice and dry.

M: pretty good, it stays with you for a little while.

D: very drinkable for a hop fan.

The aroma disappointed, but everything else rocked!
I am a fan of this one... Try it if you can!

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3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good head but there is little lace. Light amber color--near clear.

The smell and taste resembles chocolate and molasses. It is bitter from the darker malts.

Astringent taste with a bitter aftertaste from the the alpha hop oils. The body is solid, almost chewy. Overall, a solid offering in the pale ale category. A solid but neutral ale.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sample pack of the Farmington River brand. The appearance of the drink had a nice clear, dark amber look with some lacing but a thin head. Aromas were strong with this one: malts, hops, fruits (almost cider-like) flavors were sensed. Taste mirrored the smell with a bitter-sweet, fruity texture really prevalent. A good solid body made this silky and enjoyable throughout the evening. Overall, the best of the Farmington River from Mercury, in my opinion.

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Farmington River Mahogany Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 63 ratings