nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is toasted with caramel, toffee, grassy hops, dark fruit, and nuts. The appearance is dark brown with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish and a touch of butter scotch and paper. The palate is smooth. Overall a decent beer but not exactly a brown ale.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark murkey brown-amber. Lot’s of sediment. Did not rush the pour but it seems that either the yeast at the bottom decided to join in the fun or the brewer leaves it relatively unfiltered. Either way, this thing is murkier and dirtier than the St. Johns river.Off white head last about 30 seconds, leaves off at a constant few centimeters. Nose is semi-sweat with chocolate and candied nuts. Taste is semi-bitter with chocolate and roasted malts. Not really any stand out quality other than being bitter. I had a fear this would be another New Castle, but luckily it’s more like an American Bitter turned dark. A little grapefruit or something as well. Or maybe they just toss in some burnt cigarettes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad and the after-taste is indeed of some bitter chocolate. I think if they worked a bit more on this, it could easily become really decent.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Chocolate malt, some toffee and dark fruit. A lighter pine and citrus esk hoppiness but a bitter roast y round maltier body seemed to have dominated more. Moderate body, nice ale.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BroSpud (2014) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Quevillon (2811) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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!
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.