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Newbold IPA - Philadelphia Brewing Company

Newbold IPANewbold IPA

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.25%

Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never heard of these guys until I saw this for sale up in Totowa. Even though I've had a zillion IPA's, I'm willing to give anything new a shot once. That being said, many of the reviewers on here were less-than-crazy about this and I'd have to agree with them, as this beer is not even close to measuring up to other IPA's that I've had.

The pour was far and away the best part of this beer. A head that filled my glass up, a very opaque dark amber hue, and strong lacing made this beer stand out from others that I've had lately. The smell wasn't really that memorable which pretty much gave away the taste. Like other beers of this style, there's a strong floral element here but the hops are not of a bitter strength and there seems to be a very heavy amount of spice to this - along the lines of black pepper mixed in with a heavy metallic undertone. The citrus and resin that are characteristic of this beers west coast counterparts are missing here, replaced by a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Needless to say, the aftertaste is not one worth savoring, as it's just leftover spice mixed in with a somewhat heavy metal taste...

The 6.50% ABV is a bit misleading because the alcohol seems to come right through the flavors (or lack thereof) and make this seem a lot stronger than it really is. On tap, this might work as this probably wouldn't pour as dull and heavy to the taste but from a bottle, this just doesn't come together well. This is too common a style to fall short on and I can only hope that Philadelphia Brewing has more coming out in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 08:05:30 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color, huge fluffy white head that diminishes quickly, leaving little lacing, slighlt oily residue. Smell is of stale hops and a metallic sulfury scent. Taste follows smell with bitter, yet flavorless hops and a slight sulfury and metallic taste. Thin yet slightly oily, overly carbonated. Meh... just doesnt do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 14:24:56 | More by rfgetz
Photo of magine


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden somewhat of a light copper brew, has a nice chunky off white head. Leaves a nice lace.

Brew smells of earthy hops, floral. Very pleasent smelling brew.

This brew has a smooth mouthfeel. The end is bitter. The taste is not anything I would call "bold" as the name indicates, it is good. Maybe the boldness comes from the bitterness, which does standout. It has a nice floral hop presence, also some sweetness in the flavor. This brew goes down easy.

This is a drinkable take on the style. Not a "bold" IPA - but a good one - maybe the bitterness is the "bold" part. The only problem with this brew is there are so many others out there that do this style better. It is a good local IPA to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 01:00:46 | More by magine
Photo of MikeRa


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Newbold IPA has a golden color that's cloudy and a tint of orange. It has a fruity taste coming from the grapefruit smelling hops, and caramel malts that were used.

This ale has a bitter taste, but in a good way.

I had this from a 12oz bottle, and this IPA is worth drinking over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 15:14:24 | More by MikeRa
Photo of PSUBeerman


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:16:20 | More by PSUBeerman
Photo of thequeen711


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Through Newbold, I am developing a greater appreciation for IPA's. This beer was hand-pumped...a golden amber pour, nice head, grapefruity/floral nose, with a light mouthfeel. Easy drinking, palate friendly IPA. I believe drinking the hand pumped version is much better than the bottle...I'm curious to find out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 23:37:23 | More by thequeen711
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper amber with a very smooth creamy film atop.

Smells quite a bit like marijuana with a sticky sweet woody sap beneath paired with a dry metallic edge. There are also a bit of burnt pine hops.

Tastes of astringent metal. = ( There is also a bright, woody pine hop with a touch of rye and also a bit of paper, but in a good way.

Feels glassy smooth with a faint, sluggish carbonation.

Nice and easy.

Serving type: cask

08-12-2009 18:51:27 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker glass. This IPA appears a hazed golden amber color with about two fingers of lingering bone white foam. The head leaves a slight lace on the inside of my glass. Aroma and flavor consist of toasted cereal grains, caramelized malt, pleasantly bitter grapefruit/citrus. The ale is medium in both body and carbonation with a clean finish. Worth seeking out to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 16:21:13 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of mempath


4.78/5  rDev +39.8%
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 Smuttynose...by far. it's the mentholated burn, but slightly softened. :)

the best from Philadelphia Brewing.


Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:08:39 | More by mempath
Photo of akorsak


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 00:37:00 | More by akorsak
Photo of indiapaleale


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brewery in Philly I've yet to have a beer from...

Pours a dark golden color with some orangey hues along with a half inch bubbly white head.

Smell is a strange combination of herbs, some spicey hoppiness and citrus. There is also a certain "peppery" smell.

Taste is definitely unique in the world of American IPAs. The familiar piney, grapefruity stuff we look for is not present. Instead its a more spicey/herbal IPA with a very lemony tart finish. No West Coast hops are present in this beer as far as I can taste.

I could possibly drink two of these in one sitting but I'd really be jonesing for a beer with a real hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 03:43:48 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of dude


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and hazy pour, with a cleanish nose - pine tree essences and sweet notes. Taste is on the bitter side, even for an IPA with a good grapefruit citrusy bitter flavor, and doughy bread sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is surprisingly (and pleasantly) light with a bitter and dry finish. My brother, wife and myself each enjoyed a hearty sampling of this fine brew.

I have had better IPA's, but this one left me feeling like I had had something different. Most of the style, to me, seem like a clone of the one preceding it. Since my wife and bro normally prefer wine and bud light, respectively, it was nice to have something on hand we could all enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 22:22:47 | More by dude
Photo of pelicani


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

incredible level of hoppiness. which is good. but i'm tiring of brewers pumping hops into their IPA and thinking that's it. There is more to an IPA than hops. This beer needs to find it's second flavor.
oh, and I have to add 50 characters to my post. I'm not used to posting more than 140 characters. Thx Twitter.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 17:02:12 | More by pelicani
Photo of DrJay


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange/gold and quite hazy with a thin eggshell cap that stuck around for a while. The foam was a bit sticky and formed some clumpy lace. Sharp citrus aroma, grapefruit rind, pine resin, a bit earthy and fairly intense with a fruity, biscuity sweetness in the background. Bitterness was sharp as well, lots of acidic citrus flavour, white grapefruit with a bit of hop spice in the finish. Sweetness was mild, but provided a bit of malt balance. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation, a bit of dryness. A nice hoppy IPA with a bitter bite. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:23:10 | More by DrJay
Photo of iuhoosier336


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy most of Philadelphia Brewing Comapany's beers as good middle of the road brews and great beers for the money but this is probably my least favorite that they brew.

The color is light golden with about a finger of head and the nose is earthy and almost fruity without much room for hops. My big problem with the taste is that it claims to be an IPA but really has very little hop kick at all. Its a beer (at 6%) you could probably drink all day but not if you're looking for a nice hoppy beer.

PBC beers are always a pretty good choice but this one is on the lower end of the beers they brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 03:06:30 | More by iuhoosier336
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.Pours a crystal clear golden color with a white heading. Leaves rings all around the glass.

Smell is very earty,piney, a nice light sweet malt smell with decent blend of hoppiness.

Taste is bready with a nice sting of hops that take over and a good dry grapefruit taste not too overpowering like some.

Mouth is a medium bodied,smoothly decent carbonated brew.

Drinkability is very high I wouldn't have thought this was 6% if I hadn't have read it first.

All and all a good IPA this one took me by surprise as I didn't have to high expectations.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 02:02:55 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of Dodo2step


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:31:08 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of ffejherb


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at South Philly Tap Room on 3/6/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Poured a very clear golden amber body (especially or a cask ale) with a finger's width of white fluffy head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left some decent sticky lace.

S - Sweet and malty for an IPA with toffee candy and caramel notes as well as some citrus and floral hop characteristics.

T - Sweet caramel malt character with a pretty subtle hop character featuring citrus and floral notes. There is also an underlying nutty character that reminds me of toffee peanut brittle for some reason.

M - Medium body, but a little thin and watery overall, with a light syrupy texture and soft cask mouthfeel. Finish is bittersweet on the tongue.

D - Pretty decent cask IPA overall that I found to be mild and easy to drink, even for IPA ney-sayers. Not bad, but pretty safe in the grand scheme of things.

Serving type: cask

03-09-2009 22:39:02 | More by ffejherb
Photo of BARFLYB


4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Southphillytaproom, in a pint glass.

A- Newbold was quite bold in appearance with a hazy burnt gold color with a strong white 1 inch head. It stuck around throughout the pint leaving intricate patterns of white spider webs of lace. The head even was a bit rocky mountain looking with various heights

S- Much more of a hop scent compared to the bottle with more of a sharp sting/bitterness to the nose. More grapefruit than pine with some grassy qualities. Some malts are detected as this goes down also. This has more citrus qualities as well. No alcohol detected.

T- A real treat with a good balance of malts and hops with the latter taking the lead. Of course the malt brings on the bready/earthy taste underneath as well, which was enjoyable. Slight tropical tastes as in something you would find on the west coast but not quite.

M- The underlining sweet appeal of this makes me know this is in fact an east coast IPA, but a good one at that if it's on cask. The feel was just improved upon in many aspects mainly a strong hoppy appeal, which is not seen in the bottle version sadly.

D- I could have a few of these no problem gladly. Hopefully down the line the bottled version can see somewhat of the same light as it's just not there yet. I have faith that this will be considered a good go to in the IPA department down the road, even tough it's a tight market.

Serving type: cask

03-07-2009 07:14:02 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Beertarded


4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, from notes. Finally had the pleasure of trying this one. Pours clear deep copper, thick head, some retention, good lacing. Smells citrusy with floral hops, has some legs, malty support in the background. Taste is grapefruity and floral hop flavors in the lead, rich sweet malty base backs the hops, medium bitterness through the middle. Largely smooth and balanced, some lingering bitterness after the finish. Feel moderate carbonation and tingles, medium body, some lingering bitterness. Overall very good, easy drinker. Sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 21:29:15 | More by Beertarded
Photo of matty


3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is basically grapefruit.Taste is grapefruit,grassy hops and some sweetner possibly a little honey.I am not a fan of hops or IPA's,but leave it to a brewery in the greatest city in the country to make an IPA I actually enjoyed!!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 03:16:44 | More by matty
Photo of furiousxgeorge


4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA has a bulls eye set on citrus hops with a grapefruit center. It is clearly there in the scent and the taste in a big way.

It's kind of one dimensional in the grapefruit taste, but that is not a drawback here. That focus turns it into a very unique and distinctive IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 13:37:40 | More by furiousxgeorge
Photo of Philabeerphia


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 00:17:10 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick, rocky head that leaves some lace around the pint glass

Smell: Hints of grapefruity hops are in there, but the smell is more earthy, almost as if this were a hybrid EIPA/AIPA

Taste: After a bit of biscuity malt, the hops take over, with that earthy/citrusy combination I detected in the aroma; after the swallow, the bitterness builds but fails to make a distinctive profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite my quibbles with the hop profile, the beer drinks nicely

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 22:08:56 | More by brentk56
Photo of praufs01


4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Caramel and a light floral hop with grapefruit rinds.

Mouthfeel - A moderate amount of small bubble carbonation, that lightly scrubs the palate with every sip.

Taste - Smooth malty flavor up front that's followed by a white grapefruit hop bite that builds with intensity. The finish is long and ends slightly bitter.

Overall - Very good IPA. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 01:35:05 | More by praufs01
Newbold IPA from Philadelphia Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.