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Newburyport Green Head IPA - Newburyport Brewing Company

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88
very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 474
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 19
Gots: 145 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Mikerri6
4.98/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. What an amazing beer. Took us by surprise. Had it on tap at a small restaurant in Boston. Great hops profile. Vey smooth. Low bitterness. Well balanced. (157 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.91/5  rDev +24.6%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of MikeTheVine
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of Boston_BB
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I found out about this beer when I saw it in the Virgin Atlantic Lounge at Logan Airport, Boston. Since I live neat Newburyport, I had to try it. Wow, was I surprised. Just a great, great beer. IPA is my favorite type of beer and usually go for Harpoon or sometimes Sierra Nevada Torpedo but this is my new favorite now.

I like the unfiltered look of their beer and will have to try their other types soon. The did a limited run of a barley wine but didnt have that available yesterday

I took a brewery tour yesterday while at their fall bash and was impressed with their facility. Most impressive is that they have a small canning machine.... unusual for a small, craft brewery as bottles are far easier to work with. It's not highly automated like you would see at a larger brewery but still an impressive start. (817 characters)

Photo of DudleyRose
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of REEK
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery, review from notes on 10-18-13
Also includes notes from can poured into a sensory pilsner glass on 11-28-13.

A - Lightly cloudy gold color with a finger of foamy white head, light scattered lacing.
S - Awesome dank aroma, lots of grass, pine, some fresh herbs, lemon, grapefruit.
T - An underlying sweet caramel malt with some orange traits lays way for that big dank flavor to come out, nice fresh bitter bite, a bit dry on the end.
M - Medium bodied, perfect bitterness, fairly bitter
O - Excellent IPA, from the can it still pretty fresh as compared to having it at the brewery. Its a very dank, floral, and grassy IPA. (645 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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. (503 characters)

Photo of EZE123
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (211 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish orange color in a Spiegelau glass with a 4F head. Nice looking beer.
The aroma is not very strong: earthy and piney.
The initial MF is very carbonated.

Definitely an approach to a West Coast IPA. Excellent citrus with a zesty, hoppy, finish.

Warming makes the flavors more expansive. There is more pine in the aroma, and the bitterness is stronger.

Overall, an excellent IPA. I have enjoyed a number of beers from the brewery. They are an up and coming MA brewery. (485 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,635 characters)

Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (801 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Darker shade of copper orange in color. Forms a large fluffy light tan colored head. Excellent retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma is old-school American IPA. Earthy pine with a touch of resin. Taste is more of the same. Lots of pine and earthy hops. Moderate to strong astringent bitterness. Good stuff. (302 characters)

Photo of Infiniteingest
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (1,477 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (1,911 characters)

Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Head IPA is quite assertive in terms of both malt and hop flavor. Poured from a can into a pint glass this brew highlights a slightly hazy orange hue and a fluffy white head. The hop flavor to me is more on the pink grapefruit end of things as opposed to, say, piney or herbal. The malt sweetness is more pronounced than a lot of other IPAs. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly sticky, with thick white lacing remaining long after this is done. This is a fine, well-crafted, fresh-tasting ale that I especially enjoy with spicy foods (yellow Thai curry and chili with jalapenos for example). (594 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a copper colored hue with a slight haze to the clarity and a tight, one inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a fluffy, quarter inch head with delicate, textured swaths of lacing revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses earthy/herbal notes with a light citrus quality interspersed. Taste follows nose with a pleasant malty backbone and a light, herbal/medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, a very drinkable IPA. I'm very impressive with this beer as a year round offering. Well worth your time. (665 characters)

Photo of BogleHill
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack from Julios. Pours out a hazy medium amber color. Big frothy head. Lots of spice in the aroma. Flavor is super hoppy. Layers of grapefruit and burnt rubber, with just enough sweetness. Lingering bitter grapefruit finish. Nice to see a Mass. brewer finally making an IPA worthy of this discussion! I've also had this on draft at Sunset Grill. good to see it being distributed. (382 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (755 characters)

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Newburyport Green Head IPA from Newburyport Brewing Company
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