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 (1684) - , 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 (2481) - 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 (4010) - 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 (183) - 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) - Woodridge NY, 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.
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.