Ipswich Dark Ale | Ipswich Ale Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
219 Ratings
Ipswich Dark AleIpswich Dark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
ipswichalebrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
219
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in 4-oz. taster, in shifts

A: decent head (dissipates quickly) with mix of bubble sizes; little carb action; dark copper color
S: caramel, malty aroma; persistent, inviting
T: bitter, dry flavor; complex; more hoppy than malty; prominent roasted malt (almost smoked), toward a stout; good balance of flavor with alcohol; hop flavor is in the darker, lower range

Pretty good beer.

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Photo of DavidHamilton
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bmurph20
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheDarkestYouveGot
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of Stockfan42
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of johnsilk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: Pours a near-clear, dark mahogany with a beige head that has moderate size and durability.

Smell: Roasted malts with spicy hop overtones and hints of raisins. 3.75

Taste: More hops here than expected, but the maltiness of the brown ale base is clearly present (albeit less pronounced) as well. Mildly bitter. Dark roast in the finish with some lingering pine/hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium+ carbonation. Slight crispness and astringency.

Overall: More hop-forward than a typical brown ale, this is better classified as a brown pale ale, and a good one at that.
Both aroma and flavor improve with warming.

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Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over brown liquid.

S: Citrus hops, yeast, toffee malt

T: Citrus, floral and some pine hops up front with toffee and chocolate flavoured malt. More bitter than sweet.

M: Thin viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: A pretty good brown ale that gets better as it approaches room temperature.

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Photo of jamisonspitzer
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma has a malty core with subtle chocolate and citrus notes and just a hint of cloves. It pours a dark, hazy, warm brown with a fairly thick and persistent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty flavor has woody, unsweet chocolate and caramel notes plus a fruity hint. Smooth, firm-bodied texture is fizzy and lively, leaving a woody, malty finish.

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Photo of jongullotti
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of scootercrabb
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of NarcoSolo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark russet-toned body with a rather tall, beige head.

Smell: Roasty, toasty malts, chiefly, with hoppy edges of pine and pith.

Taste: Hardly toasted bread, a fair amount of chary roast, and some bitterish chocolate, though very little sweetness ever coming forward to the drinker. Bark-strewn pine chips and a bit of chopped citrus pith ahead of a medium level of bitterness. Drying on the back half with some lingering pine and roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Actually, I was surprised at how fairly hop-forward this was, and was a bit disappointed, as I'd hoped for something more on the malty end of the brown ale spectrum.

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Photo of Britton
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of chimaylvr
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of NHSTEVE
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of alamode
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Ipswich Dark Ale from Ipswich Ale Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 219 ratings.
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