Ipswich Ale Brewery Reviews

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout 3.6
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

Ipswich Revival 3.5
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

Ipswich Route 1A Double IPA 3.5
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

Ipswich Barley Wine 3.2
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

Ipswich iBelge 3.7
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

Ipswich Pilsner 3.5
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

Ipswich Revival 3.3
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

Ipswich Barley Wine 3.3
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

Ipswich Dry Irish Stout 3.6
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

Ipswich Route 1A Double IPA 3.6
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

Ipswich Pilsner 3.4
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

Ipswich iBelge 3.8
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.9
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

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout 3
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.8
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

Ipswich Dark Ale 3
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

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout 2.7
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

Ipswich Hop Harvest 3.4
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

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout 3.6
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

Ipswich Ruby Red IPA 3.9
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.4
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

Ipswich Original Ale 4.1
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.3

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

[ As Ipswich Route 101 ].
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

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

Ipswich S.I.P.A. 3.6
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

Ipswich Blueberry Shandy 3.2
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

Ipswich Dark Ale 3.3
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

Ipswich Original Ale 3.7
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

Ipswich Route 101 4
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

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout 4
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

Ipswich Harvest Ale 3.4
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.3
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

Ipswich India Pale Ale 3.2
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

Ipswich Hop Harvest 3.6
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

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout 3.8
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.5
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

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout 3.6
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.1
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.6
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.7
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

Ipswich S.I.P.A. 3.8
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

Ipswich Route 101 3.6
Cask at GBBF 2015. Cloudy golden, bubbly head. Good citrus nose, lemon, grapefruit, crisp, crackery malt. Sweet, citrus and apricot, honey,not. Good bitterness to balance. Bit oily and full. Ok.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ipswich Route 101 3.5
Cask at GBBF 2015... Golden amber... Thin white lacing... Soft sherbert apricot nose.. Sweet apricot fruit.. Juicy fruits
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ipswich Route 101 3.4
From cask. Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy and smooth hoppy. Bitter, smooth fruity and peachy to citrusy. Crisp hoppy finish.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ipswich Route 101 3.6
Cask gravity at GBBF 2015 day 1. Light golden yellow coloured pour with a lasting fine white head. Aroma is tangy lemon citrus, pine and background tropical fruit, light grainy malts. Flavour is good balance between light caramel, grainy base Malts, grassy and pine needle hop. Pretty classic APA. IPA. Palate is medium bodied, little chewy, lingering spicy pine needle.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ipswich S.I.P.A. 4
Bottle from the mix-pack. Pours out a clear light amber. Huge complex evergreen-floral-spice aromas and flavors. Light body. Lingering light finish. Great hop profile. A very impressive session IPA.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Ipswich S.I.P.A. 3.1
Bottle. Almost no Nose. Slightly bitter taste, with a malty note. Somewhat different than expected. Medium body, average carbonation.
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ipswich Route 101 3.6
Pours a soft and cloudy golden blonde with two fingers of off white head. Nose is citrus rind and woody notes heavy with fresh cut grass and lightly oniony notes. Dry and grassy with citrus rind and orange notes with a forward bitterness and zesty finish. Light and dry.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ipswich Original Ale 3.4

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2014, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Ipswich Original Ale ].
Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light roasted - toasted, moderate to light heavy hoppy, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, grapefruit, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20140813]

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Ipswich Blueberry Shandy 3.5
Pours gold into a shaker. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Blueberry aromas Sweet blueberry upfront turning to mild citrus is the lasting earthy finish.
Monday, June 29, 2015