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Newbold IPA - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Newbold IPANewbold IPA

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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: callmemickey on 03-14-2008)
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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rpohagan for tossing one of these into a trade. Not sure how old it was, as there isn't any date on the bottle.

A - Apricot color with thick head that takes a while to dissipate. A fair bit of carbonation is present. The bubbles somehow look kind of chunky - never seen anything like that before (I think I may have chilled this too much).

S - Hops, sweet corn (not the bad corn smell of macros), mandarin orange(!) - somewhat unconventional IPA. Not a hopbomb and not overly bitter.

T - Citrus, more orange than grapefruit, hops as well. The bitterness is in the aftertaste, not in the nose, which is sweet. Not super complex but pretty enjoyable.

M - A little too carbonated for my liking, but otherwise pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Don't taste too much alcohol in this one - this is pretty sessionable. It's not in the class of Masala Mama, but I'd have a few on a hot summer day.

Nice to see that the East Coast makes some solid IPAs too.

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 corby112
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at various locations in the Philadelphia area.

Pours a dark amber color with foamy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is slightly hoppy but nothing special. Somewhat of a balanced IPA with very slight malt character but it comes across bland and not too exciting. I have given this beer many chavces and I just don't like it at all.

Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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 happybear
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had high hopes for the Philadelphia Brewing Company. This is a mid level IPA that it not going to win any hoppiness awards against the heavy hitters. It pours orange/caramel with a nice nose of grapefruit. Unfortunately the hop is there and then gone with a watery finish. Nicely balanced malts and slight hops make this an excellent session, just not the aggressively hopped beer the label depicts. I hope this is a work in progress and they up the hop to make this beer great.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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 ism
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper hue, with a creamy one-finger head. Nose is sweet malt, light citrus, and a bit of grassiness, rather subdued. Moderate carbonation and a medium body carry a restrained toasted malt backbone, with grapefruit and a touch of grass emerging in the finish. Crisp, refreshing, not too assertive, and perfect for sessions.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears bright orange with a amber hues underneath a fluffy bone white head. Rings of delicate lace leave trailmarks down the sides of my glass.

Fruity hops and a stale, toasted malt backbone. Almost dank and musky. Not an overly pungent IPA, very reserved.

Everything is there, just not as aggressive as I like my IPA's. Crisp, bitter hops with a toasted grain, cereal-like malt presence.

Very smooth with the perfect amount of lingering.

This beer is pretty damn drinkable. Not the best IPA out there, but a decent choice if you are looking for a session IPA.

Photo of joezak5
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a cyrstal clear slightly orange gold with a nice head and retention.

Smell: Slight grapefruity hops, really slight... a little cookie dough malt in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, sweet with low carbonation.

Taste: Thin and bitter initially with a slightly unpleasant bitter aftertaste, it's missing the sweet oiliness.

Drinkability: This was a vaulue pickup at $20 for a 24 pack variety in Philly... I'm disappionted with this one... nowhere near as good as Rowhouse Red or Walt Wit... it's innocuous, but I would avoid this one when there are so many good IPA's out there.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Phillyduke
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pulled from a sampler pack bottled on 4/2/08. One of the first cases from the new PBC!

A: Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. A clear, pale amber color (not the crimson the bottle promises) with a 2-finger head of beige foam that recedes to a well-retained cap with gobs of sticky lacing that sheet down the opposite side of the glass.

S: A beautiful aroma of citrus and floral hops with sweet honey. More well-balanced than hoppy. A nice malt scent with a musty hint of figs reveals itself as the head recedes.

T: Pleasantly bitter, but I'm not getting much flavor from the aromatic hops. Surprisingly enough, the fig flavor is coming through in the taste as well. It's actually got a bit of a "funk" to it. Not unappealing, just not what I'd look for in an IPA. Nowhere near as "aggressively" hopped as the label claims. It doesn't have a single "stand-out" taste, but the overall balance is very unique for the style.

M: Smooth and perfectly carbonated. Finish lingers for awhile after each sip. Bitterness builds as the glass empties, which is a good thing in this case.

D/O: The first few times I sampled this beer, I found it to be thin, watery, and not very flavorful despite the nice nose. I'm glad I took the time to sit down and review my last bottle, because I didn't think that way when I gave the beer some time. What I did find is an IPA that doesn't really taste the way I personally think one should. Perhaps they were going for an English style (which I'm not very familiar with), but the fig funk and relatively light influence from the expected hoppiness confuses me, and therefore make this a beer that while enjoyable, I wouldn't reach for when I'm in the mood for an IPA. A nice, well-made and interesting tasting beer that just falls short when compared against the style.

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

Bright tangerine with polished bronze undertones. The label says to expect a 'crimson hue'. Uhm... what? This is an IPA. Superfine bubbles can be seen traveling up to a bone colored lid that has innumberable glassy bubbles on its upper surface. Eventually, sticky sheets of delicate lace can be seen all over the damn place.

The nose isn't quite hoppy enough for an IPA. It's hard to say for sure, but at least one of the C-hops has to be present, along with something non-C-hop-like. The beer smells sorta fruity and sorta musky and could sorta use more olfactory personality.

Do all craft breweries claim that their IPAs are aggressively hopped? Philadelphia Brewing does. Newbold IPA isn't. Strike one. It isn't too bad on that front, but the heavy hitters have nothing to worry about. The malt is more earthy than pale or caramel-like. Strike two. There is no strike three. This is decent beer whose biggest fault is that it wasn't brewed with my IPA preferences in mind.

Nope, still can't get a firm handle on the hop bill. Probaby some Germans (Tettnang?) or Englishmen (Goldings?) in addition to at least one American (who the hell knows?). Again, it isn't a hop flavor profile that is very distinctive or memorable. Specifics include toasted bread crusts, bitter orange marmalade... sorry, that's it.

An impressively large sheet of tenacious lace on the opposite side of the glass confirms the appearance score. The mouthfeel is another highlight. This isn't the biggest IPA on the block, but it's smooth and supple and hangs on beautifully through the finish. Well done.

Newbold IPA is neither new nor bold (nor is it old). Although it's destined to finish mid-pack in any contest of IPA thoroughbreds, the cumulative hoppiness ensures that I'm enjoying the ride more and more as the ounces gallop by. Thanks onix1agr.

Photo of Chinon01
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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 paulthebeerguru
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: snifter. vibrant, burnt orange color. huge white head, with great retention and phenomenal lacing.

S: aroma is a cross between oranges and grapefruits. some sweet malts but the citrus hop aroma powers through.

T: flavors of oranges, but a little light on the overall. some big bitter flavors, but this is just unappealing to me. some metal in the taste, like pennies.

M: a little dry, and harsh. mild carbonation. some bad off flavors.

D: maybe I had a bad bottle, but nothing great. bitters are too high. not for me, I love hops, and this just isn't balanced.

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

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this one.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is a nice blend of hops and malts, mostly hops, some citrus and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, with a nice note of malts, there is some notes of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA.

Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a simple 1950's retro blue label. To the far left is a small paragraph telling the consumer it's aggressively hopped. This should be fun! No date anywhere on the bottle or label.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this beer looked nothing like the label said it would, a crimson hue. Instead, my bottle poured a clear straw yellow with a 3/4 of an inch head of white foam. This head of foam had great retention by leaving behind a small white film and quite a few streaks of white lace around the glass. If it wasn't for the head of foam, I could easily say that this IPA looked like a macro. I hate saying that, but it's true.

The aroma to this IPA was dry and highly hopped with cripsy floral hops, a hint of herbal hops, citrus hops, and plenty of bitter grapefruit. All of these bitter aromas had a sweet caramel malty undertone to them. It was a very unique IPA aroma. Well done!

The taste wasn't going to mess around. It started right off the bat with a citrus/floral hop punch. This hop punch was quickly followed by a big slice of bitter grapefruit. After the grapefruit, the taste recedes very quickly, but it receded with more bitter flavors like dried floral hops, citrus fruits, and more grapefruit. I did notice a slight sweet caramel malty undertone going on all through out this bitter taste. I was surprised how hoppy this regular IPA was. Very good!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a highly hopped aftertaste of grapefruit, dried floral hops, a hint of lemon zest, and small touch of toasted caramel malts. Even the aftertaste was hoppy!

After looking at the color, I thought this beer was going to turn out to be a sad little joke, but I glad it didn't turn out like that. Drinkability? Hell yes and more! It was just a great highly hopped session beer all the way. You could drink this everyday and twice on Sunday.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Newbold IPA, Philadelphia Brewing Company

Clear and crimson colored, huge head.

Big, hoppy, fruity aroma. Brash bitterness at first, calms down, mellows out. Apple, cherry, twist of lime.

Medium bodied, prevalent bitter smack.

Nice one. Solid English IPA.

thanks to beerisheaven.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper with two fingers of slightly off-white head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Caramel, vanilla, earth, and slight hints of pine and mint.

T: Floral, butter, fruity, caramel, vanilla, and bit of the earthy/piney/metallic hop flavors.

M: Creamy and smoot with a long malty yet slightly bitter finish.

D: This is a good American take on the English style IPA. A bit high for sessions but very quaffable.

I had this on cask a while back and it was the best vessel for this beer.

Photo of yourefragile
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Relatively clear, slightly hazed amber with a retentive off white head that leaves massive amounts of lacing.
S: Like last review mentioned, not quite fits what is expected for an ipa, very earthy and grassy hops, also a strongy malty smell. Nothing bad, just not very impressive.
T: There's just something about this that doesn't quite fit with what i expect from an IPA whenever I have this, yet I still find myself enjoying it so I'm torn how to rate this. The finish is very dry and slightly harsh which is probably what turns me off the most. The body has a strong malt presence and lots of earthy, grassy hops. There's just something that seems out of balance here and keeps me from liking it more. Medium bodied with lots of active carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not a great IPA.

Photo of tgbljb
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third beer from this brewery, and another winner.

The appearance is great. A nice deep amber color with a percet white puffy head. Great retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell shows some grassy hops,enough to be interesting, but probably more like an APA than an IPA.

Taste blends the malt and hops perfectly to present a tasty brew, without overdoing it.

Finishes with enough of a dryness to beckon for another taste..

Another great beer from this brewery. I wish I would have picked up more that 1 case at my visit yesterday.

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 hockeydude
2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

to say that this was unexciting is an understatement. There was a few of us sitting around trying some new ipa's and all of a sudden i hear "guess they dont now what they are doing in philadelphia."

when taking into context the price to value ratio i would definitely agree.

appearance was ok with a decent head.

smell- it smelled like an ipa but i think i evaporated half the beer trying to smell it.

taste- it tasted like an ipa there was some hops but there was nothing exceptional.

mouthfeel- mouthfeel was one of the few bright spots of this beer, you got fairly decent texture in your mouth

drinkability- this could be a session beer, but not at the price for which it is sold. If it were about $2.00 cheaper a six pack it would have definitely rated better, but at the current pricing which is just a little better lower than Stone IPA, i would definitely go for the stone or any number of other beers at more reasonable.

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

Pours a light amber color with a white two finger fluffy head. The clear body shows a ton of bubbles racing to the top to keep the head around for a little bit. Some thick sticky lacing on the side of the glass throughout the session.

Thick floral notes. Rich earthy tones. Distinctive citrusy hops.

A quick sweet caramel note on the front of the tongue. It is overwhelmed with a puckering citrus bite. Nice bitter hop bite to finish the Newbold.

Body is oily and slick. Nice carbonation.

I really enjoy seeing Philadelphia Brewing Company beers at the distributor. Each one has been pretty dead on and great.

Photo of Edgecrusher
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish copper in color. Minimal head with slight lacing.

Smell: Slight hop aroma-nothing really stands out here.

Taste: Unbalanced with a edge to the hops.

Mouthfeel: Proper mouthfeel. Carbonation level is medium with a slight oily feel from the hops. Smooth going down.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. A good session beer-even with slightly higher alc content.

Overall a good representation of the style. Mid pack-have had better have had worse.

Newbold IPA from Philadelphia Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.