As I mentioned in an earlier post, I prepared for quarantine in part by picking up a mixed 12-pack from Ipswich Ale Brewery. I wasn’t paying too much attention when I ordered it, but was happily surprised to find that it included two new to me beers along with old favorites Route 1 and the original Ipswich Ale. Looks like we’ve unexpectedly got some review material folks!
Beer Name: Farmhouse Ale
Brewery: Ipswich Ale Brewery (Ipswich, MA)
Style: Farmhouse Ale
Description: Inspired by the traditional Belgian style, this dry hopped ale was brewed to refresh and pair with a variety of meals. You can read the official release and see some of the brewing specifications here.
Appearance: It had a cloudy golden body topped by roughly half a finger’s worth of bubbly foam.
Smell: Distinct Belgian-styled yeast that offered a light blend of peppery/spicy/floral notes.
Taste: It opened with crisp pale malt, topped by a peppery yeast presence highlighted with hints of clove and spice. The finish brought on a slight bit of spicy hops and an underlying sweetness that brought the sip to a pleasing end.
Mouthfeel: Roughly medium bodied with an elevated level of carbonation.
Hype: This isn’t really a hype brewery, though I am particularly fond of them.
Overall: All in all I found this to be a pretty solid beer. It’s probably not going to blow you away, but it was incredibly easy to just sit back and drink on account of how crisp, clean tasting, and refreshing it was. Definitely a good beer to have in the fridge right now!