Ipswich Ale Brewery Reviews




puboflyons
4
Ipswich Ale Riverbend Pils
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is a clean yellow color underneath a modest but short-lasting white head. Bubbly carbonation. The aroma exhibits the traditional pale toasted malt, bread, biscuit, and grassy notes one comes to expect from the style but with a dash o lemon deep within. The body is medium, heavier than many Pilseners can be. Delightful and refreshing toasted bread taste ending clean and crisp. A very nice take on the style.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

superspak
4.2
Clown Shoes White Tail Unidragon
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/4/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, leather, tobacco, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready/rye malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate pine/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, leather, tobacco, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, leather, tobacco, smoke, char, herbal, pine, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready/rye malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate pine/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, that increases through the glass. Light carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready/rye malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate pine/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Very similar to the base beer as expected with added barrel complexity; but is more smoothed out on bitter hop character with a better mouthfeel. There was also some cap leakage evident; but it turned out better that way in the overall experience, despite the very low carbonation. A highly enjoyable offering.
Friday, July 15, 2016

alexsdad06
4
Clown Shoes White Tail Unidragon
22 oz bottle at home. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized off tan head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, molasses, bourbon grows on the nose as it warmed, another in a long line of big Clown Shoes Imperial Stouts that I enjoy, this is a beer that will probably disappear once the new abv laws take effect.
Monday, July 04, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.5
Ipswich Revival
12oz bottle gifted by AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Everybody is doing "our interpretation of a..." these days. This one pours copper gold with a greyish off white head. Aroma is honey, lightly toasted grains, pepper. Flavor follows. Honey, lightly toasted grains, fruity esters, pepper. Finish is dominated by pepper.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Tmoney99
3.9
Clown Shoes White Tail Unidragon
Tap. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted lactic chocolate, earthy hop and dark alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a complex solid beer.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

GenDV138
3.3
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
2 oz bottle pour at SAVOR 2016’s Saturday session. Black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, light roast. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruit, raisins, roast. Medium body with a dry finish.
Sunday, June 05, 2016

alexsdad06
3.2
Ipswich India Pale Ale
Bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale toasted malts, grassy and herbal hops, a splash of grapefruit peel, a hint of caramel, pretty basic and unexciting, no reason to repeat.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Memountel
4.1
Clown Shoes White Tail Unidragon
The 2015 Ohio Unidragon was not my favorite year by far. Due to my appreciation for the whacky stuff Clown Shoes does I had to give this a try and I loved it. Hugely tasty stout but more along the lines of a snifter full of creamy bourbon than stout in a glass. I’m not a regular reviewer and this beer had no reviews so I thought I would throw my 2 cents in. I’m not using standard protocol to describe this beer but I know what I like and this is definitely a good one.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

baraciisch
3.6
Ipswich Route 101
Clear golden yellow in color... Aroma of mangoes, tropical fruit hops... Flavor is piney then fruity, lots of grapefruit hop notes, not overly juicy but not too bitter either... Solid IPA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Chalumeaux
3.6
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Poured from tap at Century House dark cola color with a creamy mocha head. Aromas of roasted malt bakers chocolate licorice. Taste is slightly sweet malt licorice with a slightly bitter finish.
Sunday, April 17, 2016

tfontana
3.5
Ipswich Revival
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Leary’s Fine Wines. Aroma is nice fruity esters, clove, some bubblegum. Appearance is hazy, pale yellow with greenish tinge, attractive mild sparkle, finger width foamy white head with fair retention and nice sudsy lacing. Taste is strong fruity ester sweetness. Palate is medium bodied with sticky texture and lively to fizzy carbonation (kind of stings--a bit too much) that dominates the taste/palate experience, dry finish. Overall, pretty true to style without a lot of nuance.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

thornecb
3.5
Ipswich Route 1A Double IPA
Pours deep gold into a shaker. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Sour caramel aromas. Thick with sweet tofee and sourdough upfront continuing with mildly hot caramel in the medium length finish.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

thornecb
3.2
Ipswich Barley Wine
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Hot and thick with toffee and dark raisin front to back. Lasting hot alcohol burn. Too hot.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

thornecb
3.7
Ipswich iBelge
Pours deep amber into a shaker. White head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet yeast and resin aromas. Dry with sweet clove and yeast front to back. Lasting earthy finish.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

thornecb
3.5
Ipswich Pilsner
Pours clear yellow into a shaker. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet caramel aroma. Medium bodied with caramel and mild earthy hop finish.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

AirForceHops
3.3
Ipswich Revival
12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy yellow color, thin soapy head. Aroma is mild yeast that gives traces of clove, banana and mild floral hints.

Flavor is weak clove and Belgian yeast that gives of the same banana and flower notes. Lighter body with a mild yeast ester finish. Easy to drink although I would call this a saison be any sense of the imagination. It’s a standard Belgian blond. But the brewer calls it a saison…. I’m not going to fight the labeling. Drying texture with a light body. Ok, OK, it’s borderline a saison. But not in a traditional sense.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.3
Ipswich Barley Wine
Draft at the source. Just added today, not even on the (paper) menu yet. Pours murky golden brown with an off white head. Aroma is raisin, brown bread, floral. Flavor is caramel, raisin, floral. A touch of clove in the finish.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.6
Ipswich Dry Irish Stout
Draft at the source. Pours dark brown witha. Beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, a touch of caramel. Flavor is dry and roasty... Dark chocolate, mild spent coffee grind. Chocolate lingers a bit after the sip.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.6
Ipswich Route 1A Double IPA
Draft at the source. Pours copper gold with a thin off white head. Aroma is grapefuit, lemon. Flavor is light, caramel, lemon. Grapefruit peel bitter to the finish. Sone unfermented malts add both body and sweetness. Alcohol well hidden.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.4
Ipswich Pilsner
Draft at the source. Pours pale white gold with a white head. Aroma is fruity esters, floral spice, light grain. Flavor is light grain, honey, lemon, a bit of floral spice. Easy drinking and a decent example of the style.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.8
Ipswich iBelge
Draft at the source. Pours yellow gold with a lingering off white head. Aroma is orange, grapefruit. Flavor is light, dry with tangering, lemon, grapefruit hops. Belgian yeast takes a back seat to the hops. I don’t usually like hopped up Belgian pales, but this works.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

kirk36
3.9
Ipswich Route 101
Great IPA. Standard. Meets the consistency for an IPA. It's Oscar season so the IPA I am drinking is extra good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, February 29, 2016

rodenbach99
3
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
En fût au Yard House de Boston. Un stout classique brun foncé presque noir. Un nez de chocolat, du rôtis et du café. La bouche est passablement mince avec des notes de cendrier.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

thepatrickman
3.8
Ipswich Route 101
On draft, Newburyport, MA. Enjoyable west coast IPA from northern Massachusetts -- go figure. It’s dry, hoppy, and reasonably bitter, all of which make an enjoyable, middle-of-the-road IPA. Hop profile leans pretty heavily towards the pine, which really works here. Solid and enjoyable.
Monday, February 22, 2016

hayduke
3
Ipswich Dark Ale
Bottle courtesy of Strykzone. From the 22 oz bottle poured brown with quite a bit of foam. Not a gusher but close. Nose of roasted malts and some fruit. Flavor is a burn malt. In fact burnt coffee is more like it. The fruit kinds disappears under the burnt coffee taste. Finishes bitter but with some bite.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

SlovakSniper
2.7
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Un stout qui montre un col mousseux bien crémeux. Au nez, parfums rôtis, touche de chocolat et café plus en ébullition. En bouche, progression cendrée qui ne me plaît pas du tout. En bouche, corps mince mais pas aqueux. Merci à l’avoine. En fiable, résidu de brûlure. Pas très bon. En fût au Yard House de Boston.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

PhatB420
3.4
Ipswich Hop Harvest
12oz into pint, no date. Pours a murky brown caramel. Good head, fluent lacing. Aroma is niceeee, citra, simcoe, hops prevalent. Grass, herbage, silontro, melon. Taste of iced orange peels melting under your internal heat, hops, fervent malts, tropics infusion, yet all pushed down with more hops and bitter bombs. 6.3 abv guesstimated. No clue. A nice inclusion to a random super market mix sixer. Nice.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

jimhilt
3.6
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Good dark head, strong oatmeal nose. Starts out with a sweet malty taste but gradually goes to a slightly hoppy finish. Very dark and chewy - a good oatmeal. $2.09 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Westborough, Ma.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

thornecb
3.9
Ipswich Ruby Red IPA
Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. Pancake head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Dark caramel and pine aromas. Medium bodied with dark caramel, pine and resin front to back. Lasting bitter earth finish.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

anders37
3.4
Ipswich Route 101
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2015. Pours a yellow golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity citrus hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty grapefruit hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty grapefruit hoppy finish.
Thursday, December 03, 2015

tysongillmore
4.1
Ipswich Original Ale
Pretty good maltiness. Not too much English Ale flavor, but good overall. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, November 21, 2015

fonefan
3.3
Ipswich Route 101

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2015, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

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Clear medium yellow color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate hoppy, fruity, peach, pineapple, apricot. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, hoppy, fruity, peach. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20150811]

Friday, November 20, 2015

Quick3Beers
2.3
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Pours a dark brown. Heavy chocolate malts, a little smoky. Typical thin oatmeal stout. Okay beer.
Friday, November 13, 2015

AirForceHops
3.6
Ipswich S.I.P.A.
12 oz. bottle at Julio’s Liquor Brewfest. Hazy yellow color with thin head in a 3 oz sample glass. Aroma is a myriad of fruits, grapefruit zest, orange, maybe peach and light resin.

The fruit is the first thing that hits my tongue and after would a modest grain bill. The finish has some pine. The thing I always get from a session IPA is a light watered down mouthfeel. This does NOT feel watery; I really appreciate that because it’s not easy to make a session feel like a higher gravity ale. The hop profile also gives a larger flavor then what it is. Wow, a session IPA done correctly. Nice job here.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

AirForceHops
3.2
Ipswich Blueberry Shandy
12 oz. bottle purchased at CBC, Portsmouth location for a price of $1.75. Right at the pop of the cap I could smell blueberry. After the shandy was poured into a flute glass the lemons could be noticed.

Flavor is balanced between blueberries and lemonade with just a splash sweet bready malt. Slight lemon zest in the center that turns to the malts. Light body with a high carbonation level. For a shandy this is pretty refreshing.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Strykzone
3.3
Ipswich Dark Ale
Bomber I came back from GTMW with. Cloudy amberish. A big gushing head, very gushing. The beer has dark fruit, cocoa, and rich malts. Something like vanilla beans with some toffee. Decent.
Thursday, October 08, 2015

tfontana
3.7
Ipswich Original Ale
Keg pour at the Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival. Aroma is malty bread more than hops. Appearance is hazy golden brown with white frothy head with nice lacing and very trace sparkle. Taste is medium malty sweetness balanced with mild bitter with some corn chip. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with lively carbonation and bitter finish at the back of the mouth. Overall, a decent beer and true to the style but not a stand out.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

tfontana
4
Ipswich Route 101
Keg pour at Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival. Aroma is resinous, hay, grass with a little corn chip. Appearance is nice golden yellow pour, mild sparkle, small foamy white head with nice lacing. Taste is similar as aroma, moderately bitter but well balanced with sweet. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thick texture with slightly too lively/fizzy carbonation. Overall,
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

tfontana
4
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Keg pour at Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival. Aroma is chocolaty, roasted malts. Appearance is black pour, thin off-white head with nice lacing, no discernible sparkle. Taste is strong sweet roasted malts with some chocolate. Palate is surprisingly light bodied with slippery mouth feel and surprisingly lively carbonation. Overall, a good beer with a little light in the body and slightly overcarbonated.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Strykzone
3.4
Ipswich Harvest Ale
Bomber I brought back from GTMW. A big fluffy head that is beige. Thick lacing. The beer is deep bronzish and very cloudy. Nice spices and malts in the aroma and it is sweet. But it does not smell like an IPA. The flavor does offer a nice hop bill. It is bitter and fruity. That fruit is kind of indistinct and I have lost track of those spices.
Friday, October 02, 2015

Theydon_Bois
3.3
Ipswich Route 101
Cask at GBBF ’15, day 1, 11/08/15. Very lightly hazed golden with a moderate off White covering. Nose is orange squash, tangerine, toasted bread, straw. Taste comprises orange pith, light mango trace, citric tinged straw, soft bread. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok ... could do with more of a hop injection.
Friday, October 02, 2015

Strykzone
3.2
Ipswich India Pale Ale
Bomber I brought back from GTMW. Bottle says it is 7.0 ABV. The beige head falls down on itself making an interesting layer. The beer is dark amber and clear. I smell caramel first. It also has a bit of cinnamon spice. A bitter bite hits early and resembles grapefruit but no citrus followup. A little pine emerges. Caramel is sweet. Not a top shelf IPA.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

emacgee
3.6
Ipswich Hop Harvest
Clean and sharp gold pour with two fingers of off-white head. Nose is nice and floral with some piney and resinous hops. Some catty notes and a dense oily quality. A little woody in the flavor with some forward malt notes and a resinous hop character. Hop resin and woody hops dominate the flavor with some pine notes. Medium bodied with a coating oily hop character.
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tranquillity
3.8
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Completely black, with a small light brown head. The aroma is filled with oatmeal, dark rye bread and sweet syrup. The taste is sweet, neutral, woody and with a short hop kick. Amazing.
Thursday, September 10, 2015

The_Osprey
3.5
Ipswich Route 101
Cask at GBBF. Dark yellow, slight haze, still, small off-white head. Aroma is very sweet with caramel and tangy fruits. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, dry perfumey resin, floral hops, dry finish with a nice level of bitterness that endures. Solid. Stood out a bit.
Monday, August 31, 2015

Tonkun
3.6
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Bottle. Pitch black pour with a nice micha head. Coffee, oat, roast, bitter chocolate. Medium smooth body. Relatively short slightly bitter finish. A bit more creaminess and body would be better
Friday, August 28, 2015

Scopey
3.1
Ipswich Route 101
Cask at GBBF 2015. It pours clear golden with a small white head. The nose is soft, doughy malt, graininess, stone fruits, restrained citrus and not a whole lot more. The taste is smooth, bitter, grainy, cracker, lemon, grapefruit, mild astringency and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A bit underwhelming, but drinkable enough.
Monday, August 24, 2015

rlgk
3.6
Ipswich Route 101
At Great British Beer Festival 2015, Day 1. Clear yellow/golden beer with a small head. Fruity hoppy aroma, peach, citrus, some clementines. Hoppy citrus flavor, pine, caramel, fruity, some clementines. Quite nice.
Friday, August 21, 2015

madmitch76
3.7
Ipswich Route 101
11th August 2015
GBBF Day 1. Cask. Hazy gold beer, tiny white head. Palate is light and smooth with decent fine carbonation. Mildly sweet pale malts, touch of honey. Decent citric peel - lemon and grapefruit. Semi sweet floralness and a touch of tropical fruits. Hops spicy semi dry finish. Good stuff.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

ClarkVV
3.8
Ipswich S.I.P.A.
Undated bottle from Downtown liquors, drunk 8/7/15.
Good, frothy pour with a clear, peachy-gold body. White head is well-retained.
Soft tangerine, spongecake, lemon icing and some more robust spruce-like notes make their way out in the aroma. Clean, as always from Ipswich, with good attenuation and no astringency problems. No alcohol or flaws, low acidity/resin.
Straightforward citrus melange in the flavor also shows a little more challenging pine while lemons, tangerines and some strong grassiness round out the profile. Medium-dry body has a crackery-like malt texture, with ample carbonation and no alcohol or flaws. Not going to win the GABF gold, but it’s just another clean, well-made, unremarkable beer from Ipswich. Can certainly get behind that.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015