Newburyport Green Head IPA - Newburyport Brewing Company

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Newburyport Green Head IPANewburyport Green Head IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

446 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 19
Gots: 128 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Newburyport Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: johnnnniee on 04-29-2013

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Reviews by mpedara429:
Photo of mpedara429
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A little poured off from the can. A deep, cloudy amber color. Head is off white in color.

The rest of the review is from the can. I'm a can purist, what can I say?

S: Deep pine and grapefruit scents. I believe it is the wonderful Cascade hop that is shining here.

T: Similar to the smell. A strong earthy hop taste and some floral hoppiness as well. Let it linger on the tongue and you can also taste a tangerine like flavor. No lack of hops.

M: Medium sticky body and medium carbonation.

O: A very solid brew, but nothing extraordinary. I dig the cans. Pretty much a heavier version of their pale ale. Nonetheless, very good beer. Being local to me, I like that these guys aren't skimping on their flavor profile like a few of the other smaller breweries in my area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guess2814
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer.. Might be higher rated.. I need to have it more times to have a definitive judgement on it.. But I like what I'm tasting ..

Photo of tkelley
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a SAPP glass. Being from the area, I love the name.

A -- Hazy. Orange/copper kind of color, which changes greatly depending on the light. Cream colored foam. nice lacing.

N -- Resiny big time. Pine and grapefruit. Not too harsh. Let's you know you're probably in for a hoppy taste.

T -- Not as hoppy as I would have predicted. No date on the can, so who knows how old it is, but I got it straight from the brewery just two days ago. Flavors are duller than the nose would have you believe at this point. The hops, pine, and grapefruit are all there, but in lesser quantities than I would have thought. It's also got a good toasted malt character.

M -- Drinkable. Not too bubbly. Not flat.

O -- Really enjoyed this one. Cheers!

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a hazy deep Amber color with an orange hue, foamy head reduces to a thin film, no lacing

S- citrus hop forward with aromas of tangerine and grapefruit peel, some piney notes, clean sweet malt underneath

T- lots of orange citrus hop flavor up front with a big blast of tangerine peel that continues into the mid palate, light pine & lemon, clean finish with a hint of mint on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a fancy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- pure citrus hops throughout with a big tangerine emphasis, very good

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

From the 12 fl. oz. can. Sampled on November 23, 2014

Slightly cloudy orange-amber pour with a tremendous white foamy head.

Those floral hops are very notable on the nose along with the toasted biscuit character. It is what I might expect.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste has an abundance of floral hops mixed in with those biscuit malts. I drink so many beers that have similar characteristics and this one is similar to Wachusetts Larry and others, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles to a thin, creamy lacing on the top. Dark bronze color. Hazy body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Piney. Orange.
T) Hop bite up front that sticks all the way through. Slight peppery notes. Spruce. Grapefruit. Subtle caramel and buttery notes in the mix but not as pronounced as the hops.
M) Medium body. Tannic. Crisp carbonation at first then has a creamy finish.
O) A well done IPA. Definitely West Coast influenced. I'd have another one.

Photo of DudleyRose
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goldenrod unfiltered pour with nice head. Hop forward aroma, citrus and mango. Balanced. Great hop aroma and taste balanced by strong malt backbone. An outstanding IPA with a bite, as the can says, tempered by the malt, which gives it a touch of sweetness and nice body.

Photo of jneiswender
4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a cold 12 ounce can.

Nice off white foam with an old gold and opaque body.

smells juicy, mango, some pine and faint cereal

full flavor, pine then mango, lemon, and some booze finish

well carbonated

great beer. probably the best I've had from them. I would highly recommend.

Photo of cbutova
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh on the local shelves = perfect time to review a new IPA.

A- Poured from the can into a tulip for reviewing purposes. The beer is amber bodied with just a slight haze to it. White foam builds up on the beer to pretty much one finger high. Head retention is decent and a silky ring leaves a few webs of lace.

S- Assertive and hoppy as the label states with a citrus, tropical fruit and floral hop profile up front in the aroma. Some malty cracked grain sweetness in the background but the hops make up most of the smell.

T- A good blend of hops up front with pine, citrus zest, tropical and stone fruits and floral notes coming to mind. Orange peel, grapefruit, apricot, pine needles, peach all come to mind at points. These hoppy flavors are balanced pretty well and none of them really dominates, pine and citrus just a bit more prominent IMO. Beyond the hops is yeast bread, light caramel sweetness and fresh cracked grain hints.

MF- Light-moderately thick body with a nice creamy texture. Carbonation is medium-high and helps bring out those volatile hop flavors and aromas. Moderate bitterness throughout.

This beer brings a lot of different hop flavors to the table but they all balance out and create a nice overall feel here. One of the better local IPAs I have had lately, especially in the lower-end of the craft price range. Cans are nice too.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while but there a lot of better alternatives in the style.

Photo of EZE123
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the best go to IPA's. The smell is what gets me everytime, the floral hoppy sent reels you right in. I punctured a can by accident and the beer sprayed everywhere and my apartment smelled amazing.

Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yay cans!

Big creamy head stops perfectly at the top of my Portsmouth tulip glass, hitting a bit more than 2 fingers, then fades semi slowly with nice lacing, good retention, a hazy bright tangerine orange color with rosy hue.

NOse starts with musty hop resin, some citrus but not a ton, with a bit of a tangerine and light clementine citrus aroma, hint of tropical fruit and juicy hop aroma, as well as a bit of that fresh musty pungent hop that even brings a hint of pine and spiciness, and a mild sweet aromatic malty pop underneath.

Taste starts a bit malty surprisingly, a slight creamy toasty reddish malt with hint of caramel. That quickly gives way to the layers of hops. The hops come on slightly spicy and piney at first, with more resin but light resin, and a musty light dankness. Then into citrus, a candied orange peel effect with touch of orange zest and citrus juice, then it gets quite pithy, a bit of a grapefruit rind like flavor, more tangerine and hint of tropical fruit juice, and finally back into a mild spicy quality with hint of pine resin. There is a bit of sweetness that matches the slight hint of booze well. Finish dries a bit and lingers with the spicy hop, more resin and pine, and a light candied orange peel citrus too, touch of sticky malt.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall quite nice, a nice hoppy IPA with good hop profile, nice malt balance esp for the slight touch of alcohol and fair overall bitterness, but still drinkable. Tasty, esp for a can of IPA that is a bit more easy to get than something like Heady Topper, but becoming a bit more difficult over time.

Photo of bccrosley
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/18/14 Re-reviewing now that they tweaked the recipe, very good, solid ipa

Photo of Infiniteingest
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Generally: So, this Newburyport (MA) brewery came out of nowhere, and has right-near knocked my socks off. I drank their Pale Ale a few weeks ago (cans) and thought it was pretty dang delicious, and then we got this guy in the store and I had to take it home to see if it lived up to its proclamations (An Assertive and Hoppy West-Coast Style IPA), and it's sibling's successes. I'd like to add that their very unassuming packaging might encourage you to overlook their beer. Don't.

The Pour: Ruddy amber in color with a nice satiny head.

Face in the glass: Down right interesting. I get insistent, and beguiling chocolate malt notes, coupled with resinous and piney hops; there's a pleasing sour note in the background.

Temperature: It's perfect at 51 degrees--refreshing and expressive.

With Regard to Taste: Who knew Newburyport, MA would become home to some of the sickest IPAs I have had in the last few years. This is a beer made with conviction, insight, and love. An absolutely gorgeous balance of malt and hops--which is relatively rare in assertive IPAs that still taste like assertive IPAs--that delivers a food-loving dryness and a mind-altering 7.2%. This is an adult beer ISO of hop lovers and nuance seekers. Dang!

Epitoma: Given the price point, $9.99/6 pack at my shop, and the quality of this beer, I am going to have a hard time drinking anything else in the immediate future.

Note: Would pair very well with cocoa, sweet, and fatty.

Serving type: can

Photo of billybob
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a golden honey color one finger head held very well and a light spotty lace. strong aromas of fruit and pine. light fruit and pine taste balance well with the hops. mouthfeel and carbonation on the light side overall very good also like that it comes in a can.

Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick Review:

I thought this beer even out of the can was great. I have no idea how it looked, considering I'm drinking it out of the can. Excellent crisp hop profile, with sharp bitter notes on the hops. Thin to medium mouth feel, with some head that came out of the can. Nice and refreshing for a local 6 pack can IPA. Considering what people are looking for in IPAs recently, this beers availability and it being new to the market, this is an excellent option, and probably the best in the area that you don't have to spend a day in the car driving to Northern Vermont. Dialed in at 7.2% its a pretty hefty beer in a can. Malt profile is present, but way behind the giant hop bitterness that hits your tongue.

This would be an awesome beer for the brewers to experiment with different hops to get certain flavors. Honestly this is a great 6 pack.

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy with darker amber color. Fluffy, average sized head. Settles slowly. Leaves some ring lace after each sip.

Flowery hop aroma with some mild malt in the background. I think I also detect some alcohol.

Starts with some pale and crystal malt flavors, but the hop kicks in quickly. It is peppery and bitter. Full bodied with a neutral carbonation level. True to style, this is a rich, predominately bitter beer. Long aftertaste.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, hazy, ruby-copper coloring with a frothy, filmy, clingy, off-white head that starts a towering inch and a half and slowly settles into a surface coating. Aromas of wet, sticky pine resin, grass, hints of pineapple and tropical fruit, and some rich caramel notes in the background. Very wet, dynamic nose. Flavors of roast caramel forward, with a bitter, resin laced follow-up. Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango blend to provide sweetness towards the middle, and there is a blast of bitterness at the end of the palate. Bitter and resin rich aftertaste, with a bolt of malt sweetness to balance. Robust mouthfeel, with some oily characteristics around the edges. The finish is dry, bitter, with a resiny linger. Solid beer, and a great West Coast style IPA.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Head pours a hazy amber color with a big, frothy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has subtle notes of pine and orange citrus. Some tropical fruit and caramel malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between orange citrus, pine and caramel malt. In the background there's some biscuit and a touch of tropical fruit. It finishes moderately bitter with lingering citrus flavors.

This is a well balanced beer that's very easy to drink. Could use a bit more hop aroma and flavor for my taste.

Photo of Mikecap
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into my IPA glass.

Appearance: Poured a medium hazy golden orange with a large three finger foamy white head that fades to a nice lace on the sides of my IPA glass.

Smell: Citrus forward, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit followed by west coast hops. Pine, resin and grass. A bit of caramel malt and faint bubblegum. Solid smelling IPA.

Taste: Up front with sweet citrus, some lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and more tropical fruit. Good balance from the hops with a bunch of pine, grass, and earth. Good hop character characteristic of a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation and good hop bitterness. Creamy presence with a crisp finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic IPA from a relatively new brewery that I'm glad I got to try. Seek this out if you can!

Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a syrupy orange, almost amber, with a huge sticky, cream white head that seems to be yellowing and is made up of different sized bubbles. The head leaves a sticky, fat, web-like lacing of fluffy bubbles. In body, the beer is clear but darker and slightly murky. On the nose, the beer smells resinous, like a big ass, wet pine cone shoved into a light caramel bread. The pine is resinous and sticky on the nose, and very inviting. From the can, the smell is a little crisper with a touch of citrus. On the tongue the beer tastes bitter and dry with some nice bitter hoppy acids and a very faint touch of malt sweetness. In flavor, the beer begins as slightly sweet bread and then explodes into ruinous, bitter pine that bites crisply across the palate moving from pine needles to pine cone with a touch of caramel. An earthy, herbal bitter also travels in the mouth and rounds out the bitter flavors, providing some nice balance to the bitters. The finish is bitter pine with a touch of medicinal flavors, which continues into the aftertaste and becomes slightly more medicinal, but in a nice and linger way. From the can, the beer carries more citric flavors that add grapefruit flavors to the mouth and actually make the beer even better in my opinion. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a syrupy finish on the throat and a creamy carbonation that does nothing to mellow the bitter bite of the beer. The mouth is left dry and sticky, screaming for another sip. Overall, this is a drink that bites back. It’s not the hoppiest thing in all creation, but it has some beautiful west coast, American hoppy bitters. If you like pine in your beer then you will love this beer, for it is a hopheads beer for sure! Newburyport Brewing has some damn good beers in its repertoire already, and I cannot wait to see what else the cook up. Try this beer. It’s even better from the can! Yeat!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear medium golden color with a huge beige head that takes forever to recede. Huge hop aroma invades my nostrils as soon as I crack the tab on this bad boy. Grapefruit pith, pine resin, bits of garlic and green onions make up the nose. There might be some malt deep underneath, I can't find it but I don't really miss it. I do find a hint of bread and caramel in the flavor but like the nose the hops rule here as well. Bitter citrus with pine tar and resin. along with strands of green onion make up most of the flavor. Lingering hop bite festers on the palette long after each sip. Firm hop bitterness helps this beer live up to its motto of a beer that bites you back. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a lightly bubbly deeply resinous mouthfeel. Damn I wasn't expecting that at all from an upstart in Massachusetts! Great IPA that is going to end up in every box I send out in trades.

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz aluminum can with no-nonsense likable label art acquired in a trade with the generous ICCULUS - thanks buddy! - and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live; I received it yesterday. Expectations are above average given the novelty. 7.2% ABV confirmed. Self-identifies as a West Coast style IPA; I'll review it as such.

Served cold; I like my IPAs cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a healthy 7+ finger head of beige colour. Nice frothy complexion and good thickness. Soft looking. Nice creaminess but I could go for more. Lacing is even yet light as the head slowly recedes. Retention is quite good - around 7+ minutes - but consequently I suspect overcarbonation. A good head overall.

Body colour is a vibrant glowing orange-copper with gold hues. Nontransparent yet translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's spot on for an IPA and looks good for the style, though I've seen far better. No overt flaws stand out, but it isn't unique or special. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Generic floral hop character and some soapiness; I suspect this spent too long in primary - but only by a small margin. Buried light hints of vague detergent aren't particularly appealing. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable to my broken nose. Some grapefruit zest - but it's far less assertive and evocative than most IPAs from the west coast that feature grapefruit notes. Any malt character is unpronounced and primarily pale. Maybe some caramalts. A touch of light oily hop character is a highlight. I'm not getting much in the way of piney, citrusy, juicy, or nectary hops. A decent aroma of mild to moderate strength; it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of hop character, but I'm optimistic. Unfortunately, naked hop bitterness is noticeable - a sign of imbalance.

T: The caramalt and pale malt body feels a bit bland. The hop character is better, blossoming as it nears the climax. I get simplistic floral hop character, some tame grapefruit zest - not as estery as I'd like - and in injection of naked hop bitterness which tanks the balance. Unfortunate; every great IPA I've had emerges from a careful understanding of balance. Some rounded tropical fruit adds little of interest, complicating the hop profile unnecessarily - and frankly adding flavours I don't personally care for in beer. The hops and malts feel distinct here, lacking collaborative qualities. It doesn't come off like a cohesive brew. The bready grainy malt notes are too prominent for the style, and hit right up front rather than evenly throughout. The finish leaves you with some soapiness (an obvious off note - this spent too long in primary) and unwelcome bitterness; the result is that the beer doesn't encourage the next sip and doesn't feel refreshing. Clean and enjoyable to an extent, but this needs work. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Lightly oily. Smooth. Wet. A bit biting on the climax. Overcarbonated. Weird thickness and body, never feeling quite right on the palate. Unrefreshing. Clean. A bit crisp. Fairly soft. Not warm in spite of the relatively high ABV.

Dr: A decent attempt at the style, but it suffers from a notable off flavour and common balance issues. I'll have no trouble finishing this can, but I wouldn't want this again. Needs honing to be truly good. There's some nice stuff happening here, but it isn't enough to compensate for the key flaws. Drinkable but far from ideal. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

C-

Photo of MikeTheVine
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very deep amber that has a cloudy orange hue. The head is white and very thin.

Smell: Very perfumey nose... Lemon, Pine, Floral... and I'll say it... almost a manure scent... like driving past a farm... maybe that's just me...

Taste: Very sharp bitters that really come and go quite pleasantly. The hops really shine bright here. Very floral/citrusy west coast style IPA, with very subtle toasted malt characteristics.

Feel: Fine... yet elegant carbonation. Medium bodied and a extremely smooth finish.

Overall: Simply put... will buy again.

Photo of REEK
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in close proximity of the brewery, I decided to try the beer after it was recommended by a local liquor store employee.

Good color, citrus and a small hint of pine is what I primarily tasted. Slight malt tone.

I would recommend this beer to people who are looking for a well balanced east-coast IPA.

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Newburyport Green Head IPA from Newburyport Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.