Ipswich Ale Brewery Reviews




gripweed57
3.9
Dornbusch Alt
From old tasting notes. Copper red color topped by a big bubbly beige head. Fragrant toasted malt aroma. Delicious toasted malt flavor hints at clover and cracked wheat. Wonderful bitter hop finish. Nicely balanced.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

SN11
4
Ipswich Dark Ale
Very foamy. taste of burnt coffee and caramel. not too high alcohol content. Seems very balanced ale. not something Iíd drink everyday but occasional winter nights. if youíre a dark ale fan, you will probably enjoy this.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

ScoWRee
3
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Pour a deep dark brown, like motor oil. A nice nut brown, foamy head. Aroma of chocolate/coffee. Taste is bittter. A hint of coffee, cocoa. This is a nice stout. Very good!
Sunday, February 26, 2017

puboflyons
3.7
Ipswich Zumatra Stout
From the 650 ml. bottle. It pours near black with a long lasting foamy tan head. The aroma has a definite cold brewed dark coffee roast character to it with an odd mashy character and burnt grains. Low hops. The body is medium and a little astringent. The taste has the same bold coffee character as to be expected with mild bitterness. Itís a coffee stout and it has the coffee if you like that.
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Patrickctenchi
3.8
Ipswich Route 101
Bottle: Cloudy, yellow/amber with a thick, off-white head. Grapefruit, pine scent. Slightly sweet citrus, grapefruit, grain malt taste.....followed by a mild, but steady and slightly spicy peel bitter. A little tangerine, pineapple in there, also. Very solid and enjoyable.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

drfabulous
4
Clown Shoes White Tail Unidragon
22 ounce bottle. Dark pour. Medium mouthfeel with a lot of chocolate, bourbon, tobacco, cocoa. Chocolate booze in nose. Well done.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

shrubber85
3.9
Ipswich Dry Irish Stout
Bottle. Coffee, chocolate malt, ash, and dry hay aroma. Black with large tan head. Mildly sweet black coffee, dark chocolate malt, and moderately bitter ash and herbal hay flavor. Nice body. Very nice.
Friday, February 17, 2017

shrubber85
3.9
Ipswich Route 101
Bottle. Tangerine, lime, caramel malt, and pine aroma. Golden yellow with large off white head. Moderately sweet orange/lime, caramel malt, and moderately bitter pine/grapefruit peel flavor. Good body and balance. Nice fruitiness.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

thepatrickman
3.3
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Bottle at brunch. This gets the job done. Itís pretty sweet, pretty smooth, and an all around pretty nice stout. Exceptionally unexceptional.
Friday, January 20, 2017

floydslip
3.4
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
Dark brown beer with a medium foamy dark beige head. Nose of semi-sweet cocoa, mocha, and black bread. Flavor is rich with roasted grain, coffee, and dark chocolate finished with a smoky bitterness over a slightly sweet vanilla core. Slightly watery with perky carbonation, the body is a bit of a let down, but the flavor makes up for it. Decent.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

BeerViking
3.1
Ipswich Original Ale
Backlog from GBBF 2016 day 1, on cask, amber with a small head, sweet and fruity, a bit thin.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Chalumeaux
3.8
Ipswich Zumatra Stout
Poured from bottle dated 11/2/16 dark chocolate color with a nice tan head. Strong aroma of coffee chocolate roasted malt. Taste is rich coffee chocolate and cocoa and bread. Nice brew here.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

AirForceHops
3.8
Ipswich Zumatra Stout
650 ml bottle shared by T.J, much thanks! 11/02/16. Full fluffy off-white had on a pitch black liquid. Aroma is strong espresso bean, chocolate, ash, roast.

Flavor is strong roasted coffee beans, cocoa, and a bitter chocolate center. The finish is all coffee. Body is medium plus with a creamy texture. Just an ass load of coffee!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

BuckeyeBoy
3.6
Ipswich Oatmeal Stout
12oz bottle thanks to Eric. Pours out black topped with a small tan head. Nose is roast malts chocolate sweetness and some ash. Taste is more of the nice ash roast malts and chocolate.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

BuckeyeBoy
3.5
Ipswich S.I.P.A.
12oz bottle thanks to Eric. Pours out a crisp golden topped with a white head. Nose is light grassy hops and some floral notes. Taste is more of the nice grassy hops and some floral notes.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
4
Ipswich Winter Ale
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a ruddy burnt amber to brown color with a fingerís worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a moderate pace. Stringy glossy lace. The aroma has some toffee malts, figs, super light amount of chocolate and toast. Vanilla sweetness as well. The flavor leans malty sweet with a graceful attempt of low grassy bittering hops. Toasty vanilla warmth enters in on the aftertaste with the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable to sipping quality about it. Alcohol warmth wants to show some pizzazz but maintains a good background. Slyly smooth on my tongue. Overall, really nice English styled strong ale perfect for this time of the year, of course I would have this again.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.6
Ipswich Zumatra Stout
Draft at the source. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark coffee. Flavor is caramel, brown bread, dark chocolate, coffee. A touch thin and a bit sweet for my tastes.
Monday, November 14, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.4
Ipswich Pumpkin Porter
Taster at the source. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, nutmeg, clove, squash. Smells a bit like pumpkin bread. Flavor is sweet, caramel, brown bread, pumpkin spice.
Monday, November 14, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.3
Ipswich Ruby Red IPA
Draft at the source. Rather than ruby this pours mahogany with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, fruity esters, pine. Flavor is caramel, pine, grass. Grassy bitterness in the finish.
Monday, November 14, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.4
Ipswich Hop Harvest
Draft at the source. Pours golden brown with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, orange grapefruit. Flavor is caramel, a touch of brown bread, grapefruit peel. Grapefruit peel bitterness in the finish. A touch malty for my taste.
Monday, November 14, 2016

WillRunForBeer
3.8
Ipswich S.I.P.A.
Draft at the source. Pours copper with an off white head. Aroma is mango, orange, grapefruit. Very fruity. Flavor is light malts, mango, orange. Grapefruit peel bitterness in the finish. Full bodied and flavorful for a session. Well done.
Monday, November 14, 2016

bavarian81
3.4
Ipswich Hop Harvest
Poured a copper color and smelled of piney and floral hops. Also had a faint citrus aroma. Taste is very smooth and malty. Mildly hoppy in the finish.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

tfontana
3.5
Ipswich Hop Harvest
Taster pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is clear, light amber with trace sparkle, finger-width off-white/beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is strong, dominant pine. Taste is piney with fruit. Palate is medium bodied with creamy texture, mix of piney bitter and lightly sweet fruity finish. Overall, not as complex as advertised or I would have liked, but what was there was good.
Monday, October 24, 2016

AndreasP
2.7
Ipswich Route 101
Somewhat disappointing for claiming to be a West coast IPA. The elements are there but at a subdued level.
Sunday, October 9, 2016

The_Osprey
3.4
Ipswich Original Ale
August 2016 - Cask at GBBF 2016 as íIpswich Original Aleí. Amber orange, still, clear, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is orange, passionfruit, cordial, caramel. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is toffee and caramel, passionfruit. Quite a nice beer overall. (3.4)
Sunday, September 25, 2016

mkgrenwel
4.2
Ipswich Ale Riverbend Pils
Light orange pour. Slightly hazy. Toasty breads malt with a little citrusy sweetness. Orange, hay, lemon. Medium body. Mild bitterness. Soft, round palate. Flavorful and drinkable. Drinks more like a hoppy golden ale or an IPL than a pilsner, but very enjoyable. Really solid offering from Ipswich.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

teorn88
3.5
Ipswich Original Ale
GBBF 2016. clean Amber color with minimal off white head. Aroma is pine cones and danky tangy hops. Taste is also danky tangy with loads of pine cones lemons and melon. Overall, very tasty
Friday, September 23, 2016

Scopey
3.2
Ipswich Original Ale
Cask at GBBF 2016. It pours clear amber with a small white head. The aroma is toasted grain, soft, sweet, cereal, grainy husk and orange muffin. The taste is bitter - sweet, orange muffin, toasted grain, orange peel, tangerine, kumquat, spice, muffin, pepper and light alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Decent enough.
Monday, September 12, 2016

b33r
4
Clown Shoes White Tail Unidragon
Dark black color with thin ring for a head and light messy lacing. Aroma and flavor have strong cocoa and bourbon notes. Very well balanced and rich, easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden well
Thursday, August 18, 2016

thornecb
3.7
Ipswich Ale Riverbend Pils
Pours gold into a shaker. Bright white head quickly recedes to nothing. Hay aromas. Crisp with hay and marshmallow front to back. Mild bitter earth finish.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

cgarvieuk
3.4
Ipswich Original Ale
Cask at the GBBF 2016... Copper.. Thin white lacing.. Soft sweet toffee fruit nose.. Soft dry toffee fruit
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Beerhunter111
3.2
Ipswich Original Ale
Gbbf. Klares hell nussbraunes Bier. Geruch nach rotem malz, mild hopfig bitter. Geschmack mild hopfig bitter zitronig harzig.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.3
Ipswich Original Ale
Cask at GBBF 2016 09/08/2016. A orange amber coloured pour with a a halo of white head. Aroma is semi sweet biscuity malts hints of caramel, midget gem, lemon, pine, woody. Little resinous hop. Flavour is composed of semi sweet , little caramel, light. Pine hop, lavender, candied orange. Palate is lowish carbonation, semi sweet sticky mold hop resin.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

puboflyons
3.5
Ipswich Route 101
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle date 05/16/16. The pour is a heady and cloudy pale yellow. The head never totally dissipates. The aroma has a toasted malt mas which becomes overwhelmed by the floral, pine, and spicy characters. I think the spice speaks to me more loudly than the others. Medium body. Like the aroma the quickly semi-sweet toasted malt character erupts into a more spicy hop finish with a bitter, lingering bite. Less on the floral and pine flavors.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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 4, 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 2016ís 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 5, 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. Iím not a regular reviewer and this beer had no reviews so I thought I would throw my 2 cents in. Iím 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 1, 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 Learyís 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. Itís a standard Belgian blond. But the brewer calls it a saisonÖ. Iím not going to fight the labeling. Drying texture with a light body. Ok, OK, itís borderline a saison. But not in a traditional sense.

Thursday, March 10, 2016