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Newburyport Green Head IPA - Newburyport Brewing Company

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Newburyport Green Head IPANewburyport Green Head IPA

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very good

283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 10
Gots: 40 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 04-29-2013)
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4/5  rDev +2%

JothHu, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Davepoolesque, Jun 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

BigStein88, Jun 15, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

HevvyMetalHippie, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Bilco, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mketchen, Jun 09, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

smcolw, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mdube0378, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

discharmingly, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

IpaSipa, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

PEIhop, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Niebeendend, May 31, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

mpedara429, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

somelikehops, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

pinodorazio, May 25, 2013
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2.63/5  rDev -32.9%

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.


kojevergas, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

liquorpig, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

stonermouse, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Mike, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Jason, May 18, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -24.7%

Poured an darker than anticipated, given the "West Coast style IPA" marketing on the can (when I think WCIPA, I think Sculpin' or Racer5). Not much of a head despite the pour I gave it. Extremely cloudy.

Aroma was nice, pine, citrus, grassy. VERY similar to the aroma I perceived from their Pale Ale I had a couple weeks ago.

Pretty bitter IPA. A little metallic hop bite which I get from some beers... I presume it's from a particular hop variety and not a defect. And my "metallic" may be something different to others. Malt stands up ok. While aroma and hop flavor are there, the bitterness dominates.

Medium mouthfeel. A little slick.

I didn't have their Pale Ale to do a side by side, but this SURE reminded me of their pale ale, just a bit more bitter. (I thought their Pale was pretty bitter for an APA.) Makes me wonder why, when you are a new brewery, and you are opening up with 3 year round beers, would you want two to be so similar? The third is a Belgian white.

This IPA seemed like a slightly bigger version of their Pale Ale, building off the same basic ingredients. Just baffled why they wouldn't change up the hop profile (maybe go more dank) and/or grain bill more to differentiate their two hoppy beers.

jimlin, May 14, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

Maxwell, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

trevorpost, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

ChrisL24481, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

jmmy3, May 07, 2013
Newburyport Green Head IPA from Newburyport Brewing Company
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