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.
Brewery: Ipswich Ale Brewing Company
Style: Blonde Ale
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.