Mercury Brewing Company - Ipswich Original Ale

Mercury Brewing Company - Ipswich Original Ale

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Mercury Brewing Company - Ipswich Original Ale

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  • Serving Temperature:

    40-48° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    Weizen Glass
  • Malts:

    Pale, Whole Wheat, Pilsen
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Named one of the World's Ten Best Beers by Wine Spectator Magazine, Ipswich Original Ale is widely regarded as one of the finest American-brewed English-style pale ales in US history—and that's saying a lot. Expect a restrained but robust nose that showcases balance and complexity. Look for notes of grains, pepper, grapes, fruity esters, honey, and lightly grassy, tea-like hop notes. On the palate, we found juicy but grainy malts that were toasty but sweet, with hops mild but perfectly holding things together, working in concert with the yeast's fruity esters to provide a citrus, fruity character. Look for notes of nectarines and plums to mingle with a caramel malt backbone, and a chilled English Breakfast tea note in the finish. Overall, such a solid beer. Great balance & tons of character. We typically just savor this one all on its own, but it will pair with just about anything you throw at it.
The Mercury Brewing Company was founded in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1999 when the former brewmaster of the Ipswich Brewing Company, Rob Martin, took over from the original (1991) founders Paul Silva & Jim Beuvais. While the brewery's name may have changed, the Ipswich line of beers has been around for 16 years—and what's perhaps most intriguing about these beers is how darned good they are, considering that between these three guys, their previous vocations had little to do with beer; one was an architect (Rob), another a psychologist (Paul) and the third was working in the software industry (Jim). Bringing these roles together just screams good beer, right? It just goes to show you, if you have a passion for brewing beer (and you're at least a good homebrewer like these gents were when they started) then it makes no difference what your day job is—in fact, most domestic brewery owners found their calling after spending tens of thousands of dollars on college and then realizing they hated their day jobs! Named after the Roman messenger to the gods, Mercury B.C. lives up to its name by delivering the message that those who seek out "good beer" really are gods on Earth! (well, that's how we look at it.) For more information about the brewery, their beers and sodas, and scheduled tours, call (978) 356-3329 or check out their web site at
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