Ipswich Dark Ale - Mercury Brewing Company

Ipswich Dark Ale

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Overall: 8.70/10 by 1 dude

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Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 6.30%

IBU: 40

Season: Year Round

Have Another: 100%

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  • Color: Dark Brown
  • Poured clear with a third of a glass of thick, rich, tan to dark tan foam. Retention lasted for almost the entire beer (awesome) while the lacing was impressive: thick, sticky, and coating.

    Aroma seems to malt forward: roasted, toasted, toffee, and caramel malts all dance to the tune of a pleasant scent. Nutty but I can't place it. Subdued hops, at best, probably because the bottle is a good six months old.

    Taste really follows the aroma with some added complexity. The malt is up front but also throughout. Some nut and coffee tones great the taste bud in an ending that is unique: it builds after the swallow and includes a citrus hop twanged bitterness.

    A medium sized beer with about the same amount of carbonation. The late coffee notes make it seem a little bigger but just add depth to a solid offering.

    I put this beer off to the side as I didn't know what to expect but I also had a ton of hopped up beers that needed to be drank before they got too old (some didn't make it). This is a pleasant surprise and I regret I only have one. Having it fresh might pull out some hops but nevertheless I really liked this beer. Enjoy!
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  • Reviewed: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 19:57:22
  • Tasted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
  • $0.00 for 12 oz. bottle
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