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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: 473
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 20
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

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Beer added by: johnnnniee on 04-29-2013

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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 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 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 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 Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (598 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 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 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 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 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 brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber colored liquid from the can; a two inch head sticks nicely and leaves a few squiggles behind

Smell: Rather balanced aromatics with some caramel and stone fruit tones that are offset but the piney, dank elements

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit on the front, with the dank, piney hops building, in the middle; increasingly bitter, after the swallow, with an aggressive finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An amped up version of their APA, but not something I would consider a West Coast IPA; good for what it is

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity (628 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 cjgiant
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems in the West Coast vein, but lacks the depth of the better of those beers. The pour has a nice sustaining head, maybe a slight bit darker than pale, but not outrageously do.

I had trouble with the nose at the bar, not sure if that's the environment or the beer. Strangely with a swirl I get bubblegum more than anything, and that is not representative if the taste at all, so I'll go with a mediocre rating by default.

The taste is a mix mostly grapefruit in front, pine quickly taking over I back bitter-forward IPA. I get a generic grain underneath, and the carbonation adds some feel to what seems otherwise single-dimensional beer.

I gave this some higher ratings on the fact that, for and IPA, it does present an unmistakeable hop profile. It isn't at all a session IPA in a mask, either. It's a fairly decent representation of a very (and solely) hoppy beer, which just doesn't impress me given the IPA choices out there. (945 characters)

Photo of popery
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to jlindros. Pours a nice medium brown-ish amber. It's cloudy and inviting. The head is off-white and large. Very good retention and good lacing. Kinda boring floral hoppiness on a caramel malt backbone with a bit of toasty sweetness to it. Honeysuckle, mint, light grapefruit, pine. Some bubblegum in that sweetness. Malt character is stronger than I like. Taste has restrained sweetness but again a bit too much malt flavor for me. A good deal of lightly toasted sugar. Bitterness is a touch bland but at a nice level. Nice yeasty bitter note throughout the beer, though it leaves an underwhelming finish. A touch vegetal. I'm not a big fan of the interaction between the dry-ish caramel malt and floral-citric hops. Carbonation is a bit higher than normal. Somewhat creamy. Light hop oiliness. Almost too light for the malt character. This seems like a well made beer, but it doesn't quite sit right with me. (918 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 maximum12
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mjg0725 for this can as an extra in a recent trade. Going relatively small tonight after getting overenthusiastic last night. That 2 1/2 hour nap helped though. 12 oz. green can split with my wife.

Pour is a dark opaque orange with minimal carbonation in evidence. Bit of glop oozes out towards the bottom (not even at the bottom) of the can, clearly unfiltered. Nose has initial swell of hops but it's quickly replaced by the scent of pale malts. Bit underwhelming.

Green Head IPA is a malt-driven IPA, which is akin to saying he's a good-looking orc. Malt sweetness gives way to moderate bitterness that's cut only by a fragrant earthiness & small flecks of pine needle.

Not much to this one, just a simple hop profile & maltiness. "Balanced". I like my IPAs bold & aggressive & obnoxious - this one is about the reverse. Not bad, just straight-up mediocre. (875 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is that a thick foam mattress or a splendid looking head atop that hazy, reddish-orange brew?

Pointed citrus hops with some earthiness present. Malt and a hint of spice sneak in at the right moment.

Fruitier than expected up front with an earthy bitterness coming in quickly in the shallow, followed by orange peel and some caramel malt in the deep.

Lighter side of medium in body and goes down easy.

One might argue this beer has wandered into APA territory, but I must say it's suiting me just fine at the moment. (523 characters)

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Mick Morgan's Pub. A very fine West Coast-style IPA. Very hoppy, c-hops I'm guessin', and some real punch at 7.2abv. Drinking a can now, as we speak. (Not drinkin' in the can, as that's a sign of a problem....) Poured into a North East Brewery pint glass. Eat yer heart out! Seriously a fine IPA, got my attention, which is kind of rare... (360 characters)

Photo of imscotty
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium golden amber with a good white head. The head lasts a while with strong lacing on the sides. This is a well carbonated beer and it is slightly cloudy and opaque.

S- A fairly strong pleas tent hoppy aroma. I detect strong citrus and other floral notes.

T- A nicely hoppy IPA with strong citrus and floral taste. The citrus taste is more orange up front but the finish tends more to a grapefruit like bite and bitterness. I also detect some earthy, piney tones. This beer is slightly sweet, but any malt flavors are very subtle. I moderate hoppy bitterness lasts on the tongue.

M- A fairly light bodied beer with good carbonation. Every so slightly oily, a pleasant mouthfeel.

O- I think that this is a great early offering from the Newburyport Brewing Company. The are making a name for themselves locally right out of the gate. Not a world class IPA, but at the price I think it is one of the best deals out there. An excellent choice for an everyday IPA. I look forward to Newburyport's future offerings. I hope to visit this brewery soon.

Serving type: can (1,085 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 TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (767 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 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 mrz200
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Word has traveled quick about this new brewery, primarily due to their IPA offering. Bursting with hops, this west coast style IPA has quickly become a favorite. The hops are strong, this one actually goes down smoother and with plenty of flavor the colder it is, unlike other ales that need to be warmed up a bit (45-50) to get all the flavor out of it. It gets a little more bitter than flavorful as it warms up. Hop heads will dig this one.

One note on the brewery: their pale ale is like a simpler, and more bitter version of the IPA, and the Belgian White, while nice, is just simple. I hope these guys have more tricks up their sleeve because the only real keeper of their initial offering is the GreenHead. (715 characters)

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