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As I’ve mentioned here before, I have a lot of love for the Ipswich Ale Brewing Company and their ability to consistently put out excellent offerings at a very competitive price.  Needless to say I was pretty excited when my wife picked me up a six-pack of their Summer Ale to help me beat the heat.

Beer Name: Summer Ale

Brewery: Ipswich Ale Brewing Company

Style: Blonde Ale

ABV: 4.9%

Description: The label on the bottle’s neck says it all: “No fruits.  No spices. Just an ideal blend of pale malt, Cascade, and Mosaic hops.”

Appearance: Cloudy golden body with plenty of little bubbles running up from the bottom.

Smell: Light citrus notes.

Taste: Crisp, sweet pale malt joined by mellow hints of citrus rind.  A very mild grassy bitterness came out on the end.

Mouthfeel: Body was on the lighter side with a moderate carbonation.

Hype: None.  Summer ales don’t tend to generate a lot of hype and Ipswich is more of an “old reliable” type brewery than a trendy hot spot.

Overall: The beer offered a nice clean sweetness that really hit the spot on a warm summer day.  I’ll be having a few more of these this over the next few months for sure.  It’s pretty much exactly what you’d want from the style.