Ipswich Ale Brewery

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2 Brewery Place
Ipswich, Massachusetts, 01938
United States

(978) 356-3329 | map
ipswichalebrewery.com

Notes:
Ipswich Ale Brewer’s Table inside brewery.

Also know as the Mercury Brewing Company, Inc.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
48
Reviews:
1,700
Ratings:
3,513
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.02/5
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
15
pDev:
8.96%
 
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Twal
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Recently visited the area after checking website for hours (closes at 11pm on weekdays) we walked in at 8:45 only to be told they were closing . Looked around and there wasn't but a couple people in there aside from the group on the way out as we walked in. I figured it was early in the week a couple days before Thanksgiving and business was slow ,no big deal.
One week later we returned about the same time as the previous visit , got in there and there was about 25+ people there within a half hour ( again 9pm ) the bartender was cleaning the place up and it was obvious she was going to shut the place down , cleaning taps, washing counters , etc.. The three of us asked for another beer and we were told that it was last call and she would be shutting down after this pour. I looked around and there were still 15-20 people in there an hour and a half short of their closing time..
Maybe they do better service in the warmer weather,I can understand closing earlier for the season in a small town like this but make a new schedule and post it,don't leave it up to employee's to make up your their own schedule much less decide to close up when there's a decent amount of paying customers in your bar.
Unfortunately the other brewery in town that was packed near closing time clearly states that they close at 9pm otherwise we would have returned to hang out there instead.
As for the beer, it's mediocre ,it certainly doesn't rise above the masses. It's close to the same thing I was buying from them in the early 90's which I guess would mean they're consistent however times have changed.

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Photo of Rideguy64
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of citizennsnipps
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of the best micro breweries in new england. These guys have exploded since they built their new facility. They really seem to nail most of their brews.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of LAM01833
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ratethis
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.82/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of sbuchert
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of ptat
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Abilow33
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Finally visited the long-awaited brew pub in Ipswich. Cool look inside and out, with exposed brick, mini-bus behind the angled bar, windows into the brewery, classic rock piped in, etc. A dozen beers on tap, including a few you supposedly can't get anywhere else. Service was fine. Didn't eat, but the food smelled good.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

As Ipswich has brewed many of my favorite beers for many years, I've visited the brewery (old and new) many times. The release events were always low-key and they were very generous with the beer. Today was my first visit to the Brewer's Table, the new brewpub. It looks amazing, very nicely done, the trademark tap-truck is the behind-the-bar beer engine. Windows into the heart of the brewery are everywhere.

15 brews on draft. Started with a special brews flight: Pilsner, iBelge, Revival & Dry Irish Stout, (4/$8) I had never tried. All were very good. Followed with a Smoked Helles and an Original Ale. Pints are $5/16oz. The burger was great, a nice salad was substituted for fries. And the service was excellent.

Took quite a while to get this operation in motion, but it was worth the wait.

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Photo of rjp217
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Ipswich Ale Brewery in Ipswich, MA
Brewery rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 3,513 ratings