Newbold IPA - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Newbold IPANewbold IPA

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: callmemickey on 03-14-2008

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Reviews by WilliamPhilaPa:
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like most Indian Pale Ale's pours a very nice copper color with an amber hue and a white head. On the nose
I get hints of hops and citrus. The taste is good...pine, citrus grapefruit and orange and caramel malt. Easy drinking IPA.
This completes my first PBC case/tasting, all in my opinion great brews. Now I'm off to get another case :)
My lineup...
#1) Row House Red- 4.1
#2) Walt Wit - 4.0
#3) New Bold - 3.9
#4) Kenzinger - 3.8

Can Philadelphia get a Münchener Dunkel? Please PBC!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear golden orange with a white head. The aroma is grapefruit and pine with some earthy hops. The flavor is heavy on the earthy hops but there is also some pine in there. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the idiot that blithers that left a bottle in my fridge after putting his boots on my couch while watching the Flyers lose to the Pens.

Pours with a thin head. Amber in color. Smells & tastes like English/pine hops plus a little "butteriness" for a lack of a better term. A very drinkable brew and the mouthfeel is smooth. Like the Yards IPA minus the roids. I don't think that this is an American IPA but WTF do I know. A nice beer.


Photo of kb199
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average offering from an average brewery. I recently purchased a mixpack of their Kenzinger, Newbold, Rowhouse Red, and Walt Wit. The IPA was average, pouring an amber color with decent head. The taste was hoppy/spicy, but offered little else in the way of excitement. Overall, an average IPA; nothing too good or bad about it.

Photo of Soonami
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer was fairly average: the color, smell taste, etc. The malt and hops were balanced but not what I expected from an IPA, more like a regular pale ale and less like the hop-punch and sweet bready malt from many better American IPAs.

The redeeming quality of this beer is that these lesser qualities make the beer much more drinkable, with lower abv and ibu, you can have a couple more. As you continue drinking, the beer opens up and you can start tasting more especially as it warms up.

Overall, not bad, but not great. I would drink more if offered at a party (which this was), but I definitely would not spend any of my money for it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crazy carbonation rises well above the rim of my glass over pours with carbonation forming rocky over poured body. This one is a deep piney and citrus smell to it almost a metallic smell to it in the finish. Flavor is bold with citrus and stick piney tones going on, sweet yes but it's off wit metallic notes to boot. Goes over easy with a rough smelling citrus/pine hop accent. A medium bodied slightly oily textured brew that leaves the carbonation tickling the back of my throat. Drinkability overall is decent not the PA IPA I'm fondest of but it promises everything you'll want on the label. Pretty shitty rendition of a solid American IPA.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Smith's in Philadelphia.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of somewhat grainy pale malts with leafy and floral hop aromas. As it warms slight amounts of citrus hop aromas waft out as well.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by moderate amounts of leafy hop flavors. The hops turn more bitter midway through the sip with the addition of more earthy hop flavors, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall there was nothing about this beer that would make me want to revisit it. That being said, it's not a terrible beer if there are no other options available.

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Johnny Brenda's. Looks beautiful, thick sheet of foam on the glass. Smell is typical pale ale with a touch of malt and pinesol, but not terribly intense even at cask temperature. Tastes wonderful though. Smooth and balanced led by bitter orange and tangerine, approaching a flavor like campari. Very easy drinking and smooth on the palate with an oily finish.

PBC seems consistently underrated to me. Grab this one for sure if you see it.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Consumed at the Moo Bar.

A: Pours a dark orange/copper color with a slight haze to it. One finger off-white head forms upon pouring, but reduces rather quickly. Spotty lace formation.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit and some pine upfront with caramel on the back end.

T: Very citrusy upfront on the flavor profile. There is some grapefruit, pineapple, and a little orange rind. There is some caramel and a little toffee on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish, but overly bitter.

O: A solid IPA that could be consumed at any time.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Philadelphia Brewing- Newbold IPA

A- Golden orange with a nice sticky billowy head. Solid lacing down the glass.
S- Light crisp oily hops and a touch of citrus.
M- Thick carmelized malt followed up by an oily pine/ cirtus hop body.
M- Sweet and thick up front with a good solid hoppy body. Nice crisp dry finish. Hop oils remain on the tongue.

Overall- A good solid IPA. Totally sessionable and a nice surprising 6pack pickup.

Photo of mempath
4.75/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the first time i had Newbold last year, i thought it was interesting, but maybe a bit bitter...before i became a hophead...

not sure if they amped it up and/or i have attuned my tastebuds and senses...

case box says it was born sometime in May, so it's fresh

pours a world class head that lingers a good while and laces thick. deep apricot color.

smell hits me like a Torpedo. heavy pine and grapefruit like any great hoppy brew.

taste and mouthfeel are very unified making for a very thick, chewy IPA. not QUITE as wonderfully 'bitter' as Torpedo, but it's close. there's a nice balance of bitterness and...tangy near-sweetness. more bitter than sweet. a little eucalyptus reveals itself. what is it with all these lackluster Bs and Cs? this is another go-to from an increasing array of choices out there for hopsters to celebrate. to be vaguely specific (!), i would put this between the extremes of, say, Smuttynose IPA and Harpoon IPA. but much more like the far. it's the mentholated burn, but slightly softened. :)

the best from Philadelphia Brewing.


Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to rpohagen for this one, thanks Ryan!

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Slight citric hops & some lemons & pineapple

T: Grapefruitty hops, slight breadyness & toffee up front. Slight pineapple, honey sweetness & grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with slight alcohol presence, grapefruit & a touch of dry grainyness

MF: Medium bodied with kind of vigirous carbonation, plus good balance

Drinks very easy, not a world shattering AIPA, but very solid

Photo of Chinon01
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Orange-copper tone. Utterly transparent. Thin head with minimal lacing.

S - Warm and roasty with a good hop aroma.

T - Similar to smell. Thin malt with hop flavor dominant. Long hop finish.

M - Again thin and watery.

D - Hop bite keeps drinkability low.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Color is that of a light honey. A short white head formed leaving a small amount of lacing as it subsided. Smells predominately of citrusy hops and some sweet malt. Bitter hops predominate but are balanced with bready malt. Not as hoppy as many IPAs. Medium body and very easy to drink. A good beer although not one of my favorite IPA's.

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head and considerable lacing throughout. Smell is mostly of hops, lots of citrus. Taste is hops up front, lots of citrus, a touch of malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a crystal clear bright orange with a 2 finger foamy light beige head that displayed great retention but little lacing. Visible carbonation was extremely light.

S: subtle with lemons, sweet grains and a touch of grassiness.

T: The flavor was dry with lemon peels and a grassy hopping. There was a lemon grind coating on the tongue providing a gentle fade as well some dry grassy hopping. Overall the flavor was pretty basic but the finish does provide a nice bittering bite as a saving grace.

M: light, almost watery with no carbonation detected.

D: Decent drinkability with a dry lemon and grassy hop bittering found on the finish. A lightly hopped but fairly easy drinking ipa.

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a Philadelphia Brewing variety case.

A: The IPA is a golden orange sunrise, brighter at the narrower base of my glass. The ale is hazed up by the cold temperature, beading on the outside of the glass. A finger and a half of head has left isolated islands of head.

S: The nose is citrusy sweet with lots of cascade grapefruit aromas. Caramel malts add a sweet cereal that supports the hops.

T: The hops start off with citrusy aplomb before turning vegetal. The grapefruit is refreshing, unfortunately it doesn't last nearly long enough before fading. The caramel malts sit around, never lifting the flavor when the beer sorely needs a boost. Mid-sip a decent flavor emerges that has a peppery, hop spiciness. A nice start but not enough to save the beer entirely.

M: The mouthfeel needs more pizzazz, a zestier hoppiness that lacks green vegetal flavors. Some sips leave a nice finish while others don't.

D: A middle of the road IPA, refreshing in limited quantities but not flashy enough to be a regular go-to.

Photo of PSUBeerman
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with orange tint. White head with decent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with a grapefruit background. Also and aroma of malt. Overall, very nice.

Hop bitterness dominates. Not overly strong, but the bitterness did stand out. Some sweetness in the flavor. I picked up a burnt malt taste as well.

Decent mouthfeel, not too thick. Alcohol well balanced. This was refreshing and easy going down.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

DISCLAIMER: I love PBC. I love their presence in this city and I love to see them building a niche here. I love their collective "attitude" aka their brand image. More than anything I love their seasonals. I do see room for improvement on their standards.
and with that...
12oz pour into the large flute. A solid one finger fluffy, active creamy head builds on top of the beer, and the lacing sticks around and leaves evidence of its former self throughout. The brew itself is crisp melon colored wheat - supreme clarity. It exudes an air of 'standard', but still looks inviting as all hell.

Smell is disappointing on this. I can't get much of anything here, some light malt, and some euro (?) style hops that do grow a bit into the floral zone. Very muted, but pleasant.

Taste - PLENTY of hop going on, BAM! right off the bat...but unfortunately its the type of pine bitterness that veers towards raw bark and pine cone sap. Very resinous and grassy up front, clean in the middle, and goes down leaving large puddles of bitterness that have me puckering just a bit. OK, so I love that the malt is light as hell, barely providing the required backbone... but I don't love the overwhelming grass thing going on here. I feel like I'm drinking off the forest floor. I'm a bit torn...

MF - well done here, absolutely no complaints. Lots of oily resin, but more than enough carbonation to keep the show moving along. Wait, I'll say its very well done, what I look for in the style.
The drinkability is there, helped greatly by the carbonation and the light malt, but the direction of this hoppiness doesn't exactly leave me salivating for more...

Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Westy's

A- a dark wheat gold type of pour with a decent head that leaves a light sticky lacing. Not bad.

S- light citrus hops notes but mainly a sweet malty scent. Toffee, evergreen and other floral notes are present as well.

T- a strong hop presence with dry citrus (grapefruit)flavor. the evergreen and toffee also comes out but not as much as in the nose. malty as well for an IPA.

M- hoppy and bitter like a true IPA. Smooth and clean on the way down. Light bodied and easy to throw back.

D- a nice beer to have on a spring day when doing yardwork. It goes down smooth and doesnt leave the bad aftertaste as some IPA's do.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/15/09.

A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. to sticky lacing around the outside of the glass. Slight haze. Copper in color.
S) Floral notes with robust caramel sweetness. Earthy orange.
T) A balanced malt and hop taste. A smooth blast of caramel and floral notes from the beginning. Then moves to a finish where the hops win out.
M) Fairly smooth. Medium body. Light fizziness. Hop bite.
D) A delicious IPA. Well crafted. I'd have another one.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange hue with a nice white head on top.Nice lacing is also left on my chalice.

First smell is a bready malt then some grapefruit.Semlls very vibrant.

Malty up front with some hoppieness and the bitterness rounds out the end of the taste.

Not a bad mouthful,easy on the palate and sorta on the thickness side.

Not a bad IPA but they need to up the hop bill a bit.I will drink it but it wouldnt be the first IPA i go for.Sorry PBC

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the night of IPA's going here for sure. This was the second one of the evening and held its own among an average crowd. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/18/2010.
The pour was nice, a definite good start to things for sure. Nice medium amber in color with a nice crown of white that rose to a height of around two inches before settling down and leaving a good layer of sticky, white lace all along the sides of the glass. Nice carbonation could be seen through the semi clear amber body that really started to shine after a few moments. Aroma was lighter then I would have liked it to be, but it did seem to pick up a little steam toward the end of the session. Piney hops and a nice, biscuit like mid palate seemed to be the rule here. Nice balance and a decent amount of bready notes really starting to come out now. Smooth, nice medium body with a good bit of kick to it for sure. Went down nice and easy and had no issues at all with being able to finish it off.
Overall I enjoyed this one, it was rather an average night at best as far as selections, but this one seemed to hold its own quite well.

Photo of BeerConnoiseur
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a variety 6-pk at Wegman's for a beer tasting night knowing how much my buddy and I both enjoy IPA's....I was not impressed with this beer at all.

A - Slight amber color. Poured into a pint glass, noticed heavy carbonation and light frothy head.

S - Ok, heavy hop aroma, very little citrus smell. Smells like a hoppy pilsner.

T - Again, Ok. I'm a pretty big DFH fan, this has great hoppiness but lacking the caramel taste and richness I love with DFH. Somewhat acidic tastng.

M - This is where the beer goes wrong. Overly carbonated, enough of it that it gives you too much bite.

D - In my book, a cheaper tasting IPA. My buddy and I enjoy tasting a lot a of beers and each month get together. This beer was below average. It tastes like a cheap IPA that you buy if your on a shoestring budget.

Would not recommend. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of DuncanIdaho86
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been meaning to grab this, and other Philadelphia Brew styles for a while. I'm in love with their packaging, the classic Americana Marketing, Don Draper, 1950's style. Actually it reminds me of the Fallout series of games, an instant way to my heart. The newbold in particular was reminiscent of Nuka-Cola.

After a heated haggle with some shifty wastelanders, I hit this baby straight from the bottle. A firm quick hiss, I was one cap the richer. I really appreciated the smooth piney aroma. Its mellow but with that signature hop essence you would expect. The first cold pull of this IPA would've satisfied the most parched Vault-Dweller. The taste was nuclear. Bitter and back to sweet by the finish, this IPA had a great taste. Now if only I could find that water chip...

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Newbold IPA from Philadelphia Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.