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Newbold IPA - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Newbold IPANewbold IPA

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 231
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | 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: 122 | Hads: 231
Photo of thecarster1
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, half inch head, light amber coloring, lacing sticks and trails.

s- clean, some peppery rye, almost tart, some bitterness.

t- toasted malt forward, earthy bitterness, lemon, i'm getting some rye in here as well, not a wonderful ipa here, i like bitterness but this kind of bitterness i'm not a fan of.

m- medium body.

d- not great, i wouldn't drink this one again.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Nice looking brew here. Pale gold, looks similar to honey in color. Big white head with good retention. Smell is malty with a little grapefruit from the hops. Taste is very malt forward for an AIPA. Sweet honey, licorice, rye and grapefruit make up the palate. Hops are there but aren't bright and get lost in the malts. Mouthfeel is fluid with mild dryness. Decent brew but isn't a great example of the style.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a fairly gentle pour into a pint glass this pours with a huge (2/3 of the glass) of white billowy slightly tan head. Lots of cascading from the bottom. Brew is a golden color with some cloudiness.

Earthy notes on the nose with a bit of sweet, sugary caramel. Some sugary floral hops aroma comes to my nose as well. Nice.

Sipping reveals a less sweet flavor than I anticipated. Instead it is more bittering with hops flavors. A bit of cascade hops come through toward the swallow. The swallow brings out a bit of sweet caramel along with the hops, but this is mostly dominated by some bitter hops. A bit disappointing really...not as flavorful as I hoped.

Very tingly carbonation up front on the tip of my tongue with a mid-body feel overall. Semi watery finish though.

Fairly drinkable brew. Not the best IPA I've had in my life, but also not the worst by any means. Easy drinker really.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper color with a white head. In the aroma, faint east coast hops. In the taste, gritty pine hops and a sweeter maltiness. A slight bitter and medium to light mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop aftertaste. Very easy coast, kind of like somewhere between a DFH 60 and a homebrew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Philadelphia Brewing's IPA pours a bit dark for the style, a dark amber in color with a head consisting of large bubbles and lacing was abundant.

Smell: Floral hops and some caramel malts.

Taste: A well balanced ale, some citrusy, grapefruit hops and alot of malt to balance. Malty, caramel, mild bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not much of a bite.

Drinkability: A decent example of the style, and one I enjoyed. Less aggressive than most IPAs, I can recommend this one to almost anyone.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy recently to find some of PBC's beers tasting better than I recalled. This Newbold is a wonderfully refreshing entry into the style. This must be what drinking a fresh IPA is like. Best to try it young. The brewery is up the street from where I had this.

Great retention on the thick, creamy head. Fluffs up like whipped cream almost two inches. Lasts awhile as well. The aroma coming off the top sparkles in the nose holes with a fresh, juicy grapefruit and soft pine scent. Salmon-tinged copper hue. Laces in sudsy sheets.

The flavor boasts quite a nice grapefruit kick - but not puckeringly so. Has a bit of a fruity, English malt character, I'm guessing. It's light and from the middle to the back. But the hops dominate here - rising up toward a fruity fever pitch but not quite reaching electric citrus implosion. Good balance.

Very smooth feel with a refreshing wash. Hops linger and tickle for a few seconds. Definitely sessionable. Good job!

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at ujs glenside.

A- comes to me with a inch or so of bright white head that settles to light skin and some nice lace. Rusty orange in color with brilliant clarity.

S- piney hops out front with some citrus behind. Mild caramel sweetness.

T- citrus and pine do a nice dance back and forth. Grapefruit and oranges with sticky pine sap. Mild malt sweetness with some bitter roast.

M- a touch less then medium in body with a shade higher in carb.

D- tasty enough but not a stand out in a very stacked category.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This one exploded as I poured...I had to wait for the head to settle to finish pouring...an orange-amber body with a big, three finger, cream head...a chunk of lacing sits at the bottom of the glass...moderate lacing

S - Just your basic citrus hops and nothing else

T - Again, pretty one dimensional...bitter hops present themselves as citrus up front with a piney finish...the malts are really pushed into the background

M - Medium bodied...dry, bitter, a bit metallic

D - Ehh...this one was just okay...good looking IPA but average flavors that present themselves as one dimensional

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Photo of letsgopens
2.4/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another notch on the ol' IPA belt here. This one if from our PA pals to the east. Pours a clear, deep, red amber with some rusty orange highlights. The thin, bubbly head recedes quickly and is nowhere to be found in a few seconds. Some faint strings of lace stick about.

The aroma is definitely on the mild side. Some sweet, slightly fruity, caramel malt and somewhat citrusy, spicy hops. Toasted biscuit and marichino cherry juice.

Not exactly what I expected for a brew that promises "...intensity of flavors" and "...the citrusy flavors and aromas India Pale Ale lovers crave." Certainly a reasonable hop profile with some citrus to speak of but I'd say the hop profile is actually pretty abbreviated for the style. The malt is there, sweet and bready, but a rather mild feel overall. A slick honey note floats arounds as well. Some distinct mineral and metallic dryness tries to peak through and makes for a semi-dry finish; does little for the lacking hop profile though. There is some mild floral pine and a definite lasting bitterness but the real flavor of the Amarillos doesn't translate too well. Booze is present in the finish also, especially as it warms a bit.

Lighter to medium bodied with some soft, mellow carbonation. The booze and lasting bitterness do dry up the finish a bit however, despite the slick, sweet malt. I wanted to like it and I'm certainly not an IPA snob that frowns on anything that's not a big, citrusy, hop bombs, but even without the promises set forth before sampling, I think I would have still been left wanting a bit more.

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Photo of creekoak
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A free sample, got it when I bought some beer I wanted (Arrogant Bastard ale). Little head, not much carbonation. Maybe my fault, put it in the freezer to cool it off quick. Some citrus flavor, makes me think more of iced tea than beer. Would not buy. OK to cool off.

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Photo of Exiled
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz Bottle)

Pours a hazy golden color with a small bubbly off white head. Smell is earthy hops, pine, and some lemon. Taste is slightly bitter with earthy hops, and lemons. Medium mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. Overall this is an average IPA.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a firkin at SPTR the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey orange color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of citrus, with a hint of dank earth. On the palate... yummm.... but this is a fine tasting IPA. The flavor profile includes a considerable amount of orange citrus, but it's not overly sweet and has good bitterness in the finish. There is also a touch of earthiness that I appreciate. Mouthfeel is full, rich and smooth, with an impressive dry, bitter finish. On cask, this beer is almost viscuous. Drinkability is exceptional, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable.

Some IPA's are good on cask, and some not so much. This is a good one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.12/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AdamGarcia for sending this as an extra!

12oz bottle served into a pint glass

Pours out a cloudy orange. The body is unattractive, frankly. It isn't hazy in a pretty way. Meh. The head billowed out like a cumulonimbus formation; it reached 4 fingers at its apex and this was an average-strength pour! The foam is slow to recede. It is very dense at first, looking like a solid mass, then the bubbles expand and it implodes. The lacing is pretty superb.

The nose is hoppy up front but in a pilsner way -- all crispness and grassy notes. There is a light, light sense of maltiness but mostly the grassy, spruce aromas dominate. If this was thrown at me blind I would not in any way think that this beer was an IPA based on its smell.

The aroma follows the nose unfortunately. Its all grass and spruce and spearmint hop flavors. Its bitter and minty and medicinal and woodsy and just _off_. Rolling the drink around in my mouth I pick up some apple skin on the back sides of the tongue. the malt peeks through as a dry biscuit flavor; it doesn't offer anything of import. Man, that mint/tree sap flavor really eats at your palate on the finish. This is a, um, unique IPA for sure.

This beer is on the thicker side of medium-bodied but I never perceive it as a negative aspect. It feels present. That is to say, you can tell that there is beer in your mouth but there isn't anything to note about it. I can't rate this as drinkable. The mouthfeel isn't doing anything detrimental to drinkability but the weird flavors sure do.

Weird, weird beer. It does not taste like an IPA. It does not taste like a good beer. As always, I'm grateful to have tried it; I now know the dangers of selecting hops that make your beer taste like mint gum mixed with tree bark.

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

poured into pint glass

A - hazy deep golden orange color, thin foamy head

S - as expected, piney hops in the nose, slight citrus

T - hop bite, dry finish. hops linger a bit

M - higher carbonation tingles tongue

D - refreshing, would be good on a summer day

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a light copper, with feint carbonation and light head. I drink this alot and sometimes you get the fluffy white head and other times its just a ring.

Smell is feint, light malt and hint of citrus and light piney hops.

Taste is a bite of citrusy and piney hops with hint of maltyness. Smooth taste, a little on the lighter side of bite for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light but tingly on the back of your tongue, the hops cling to your mouth for a good aftertaste.

I find this to be a very drinkable IPA, it has a unique flavor with some interesting taste and feel qualities that make it its own.

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Photo of albern
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly amber color with not much head at all, maybe a touch of lace here and there. Where's the nose on this beer. My god I have to cup my hands around the glass and practically inhale to get any whiff. This beer is supposed to be dry hopped too, with what I ask, because there is the faintest sweet grain and floral in the nose and that's all.

The beer is modestly carbonated and has a really spicy hopped bite. The beer has an acerbic bitterness and a slightly perfumed quality to it. There are some interesting grainy malts underneath but the spicy and leafy hop presence makes anything underneath a bit hard to detect. The label says this is made with Cascade hops, who am I to argue. My guess would be that this is a single hopped Cascade IPA, it doesn't have loads of complexity. The beer is fairly light bodied and doesn't have the nice bready or thick mid section to balance out the bitterness. The hop isn't particularly estery or juicy, just a tad peppery. There is a slight fruitiness underneath the hop but it's not that apparent. This IPA isn't the best, but it's not the worst either.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color which isnt all that transparent with a thick head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma was rather weak mostly piney and earthy hops but faint. The taste had a rich sweet malt backbone that really came through nicely. Over the top where earthy and piney hops but not as bitter as other IPA's. It was a nice mix, but not for hop heads. The mouthfeel was creamy not dry. Overall it is a solid IPA, it is an easy drink. There isn't the dryness and bitterness of some IPA's but a nice drink and well blended.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour with a great head retention and lacing. Weird part was, it did not have much scent. The taste was smooth, creamy, with a bit of fuggles, I think, on the back end. As with Yards brewing, a very authentic stab at a genuine English style IPA. Not as hoppy as some of the other American versions of the style. but a true beauty it was. Very easily consumed, also. Good job..I had the whole variety pack and every beer is well crafted.

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Photo of deereless
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Serious overload of carbonation that almost resulted in a spillover, 4 inches of head to 1 inch of beer on an easy pour, the head settles to become rocky and with significant lacing, the color is gold with a slight brown tea hue - 3.00, S: The nose is somewhat minty and herbal, significant grains and with a touch of spiciness - 3.00, T: Medium hop bite though mild for an IPA, piney and earthy as well as being slightly medicinal, a little on the dry side - 3.00, M: Mouth feel is mildly creamy - 3.50, D: An okay IPA, lacks the hops that defines the style - 3.00

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Photo of Mojoman8561
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-L- Dirty golden brown. Active carbonation

-S- Clean. pleasant hops scent jumps right out at you.

-T- Good blend of hops. Controlled spices. Very nice.

-F- This is a really well balanced IPA. The hops they chose work very well together.

-D- Overall I enjoyed this drink. Is it my favorite IPA? No. Would I have it again. You bet. Well done PBC!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of TommyW
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, golden body with a tall white head.

S- Big floral hop aroma with a note of semi-sweet malt.

T- A nice malt backbone is noticeable upfront but is quickly over taken with a big floral hop taste.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- A surprisingly nice and clean IPA.

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Newbold IPA from Philadelphia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.