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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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We combine roasted malt with three additions of select hops to produce a well-balanced dark ale with a satisfying finish.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
12oz bottle as part of a mixed 12pack from Market Basket. Pours a dark brown almost black almost opaque body with a half inch of off-white head. Citrussy grassy hops dominate the aroma - odd and unexpected. Chocolate and coffee malts share the flavor almost equally with citrussy grassy hops. As the beer is consumed, a sweet chocolate coffee, toffee character comes through more than anything, more pleasing. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A flavorful drinkable beer. Nothing really wrong with it - the hoppiness is a little more than I like in a brown. But a solid well-crafted beer nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (1666) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2009
12oz bottle. Not a bad brew. Pours a dark brown. Has a good malty taste. Nothing to rave about here but a good solid beer that is quite drinkable.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Bu à Bukowski de Boston, le 8 jullet 2009 en fut (16 oz). Brune très foncée, moyen collet. Arome d’orge malté un peu chocolaté, un peu de noisette. Goût d’orge brute, rien d’autre, arrière-goût endurable. Bien ordinaire!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Pours a very dark brown, reddish tint, slight opaque. Head is a light tan/cream color, that starts off at about a quarter of an inch, but quickly disappears. Aroma is hoppy, but the varieties blend together, so no specific variety shines through. Taste is lovely...well rounded malty and hoppy, and full of great flavor. Sweetness, caramel, burnt sugar, toffee. Mouth feel is a bit on the harsh side, with tight small bubbles that slight overcarbonate the beer...in that regard, it’s similar to the other varieties of Ipswich I’ve tried. Overall, this is a great tasting beer I’d definitely look for again.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Pours a dark copper brown with a one finger foamy light mocha head. The aroma is earthy, malty, mild diacetyl, sweet. Flavor is a bit strange, malty, English, diacetyl, pretty prominent hop presence. Off bottle maybe.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark caramel body with a light tan head. Nutty earthy aroma that is very pleasing and mild. Flavor is roasty and nutty with some light dry grassy. Seems like there is a little bit of funk going on here, like if it was to warm up a lot it might be kinda metallic, but it’s not. I really want to enjoy this beer but it has me questioning it... I think maybe the malts are a little weak, but have amazing flavor.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 22, 2009
I have a hard time entering these Ipswich reviews. I mean, all the beers taste the same. Refer to IPA for flavor...jk. Anyway this is a little darker, some nuttyness but still that green grassy bitter cat pee rotten flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2009
Thanks to David for opening this bottle! Poured deep brown with an easily-resuscitated, uniform cap of beige head. The aroma picked up lightly-toasted coffee and chocolate maltage with a large dose of earthy and lesser herbal hops accenting.. deep and intriguing. The flavor found lightly-toasted baker’s chocolate and black patent maltage surrounded by lots of complementary bitterness.. toasty, bitter, refreshing finish. Lighter-bodied on the palate with fine balance.. I really liked this, but it’s hard to nail down exactly why.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Deep brown beer with a creamy dark brown head. Aroma is lovely. Soft chocolate and light roast/toasted malt. There is a light tartness as well. A little bit of vineous character with some light toasted nuts as well. There is a soft sweetness, some cocoa and a bit of caramelized malts. Fairly earthy and herbal through the middle. A fairly complex maltiness that works pretty well. Soft sweetness with a light astringency and a nice lingering soft earthiness. Really tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2008
20081217 12oz bottle, Spirits on Sunset. After the first few tastes, I thought maybe this beer was old. Maybe it is. But what has emerged is a nice take on what might be described as a very mild barley wine. Yeah yeah, maybe I am nuts for thinking it, but the hop and malt profiles both remind me of a couple year old Bigfoot, but without the big alcoholic kick. Muddy brown color with medium sized, lasting, lacy, sticky head of tight beige foam. Body is medium full but thins towards the finish. Aroma is filled with caramelized biscuit notes and some savory, sturdy dark breads plus a nice herbal, earth hop profile. Long hoppy finish. Definitely some oxidized flavors but the bottle is not dated and I cannot tell if it was meant to be this way. It is growing on me and quickly becoming a favorite brown ale.


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