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Newburyport Pale Ale - Newburyport Brewing Company

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Newburyport Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
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2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received just today in a trade from ICCULIS - thanks again, buddy! 5.5% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are average but optimistic; this is me first beer from this brewery. No visible best before or canned on date. Label art is pretty standard fare.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice thickness. Good frothy texture with light creaminess. Soft appealing complexion. Very approachable. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is pretty good - about four minutes. Body colour is a vibrant pale yellow-copper. Pretty transparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style, if standard fare. It's exactly what you'd expect a pretty good pale ale to look like. I'm excited to try it. So far, so good.

Sm: Citrusy, with tangerine coming through. Surprising candi sugar presence. Cotton candy/candy floss. Sugarcane. Pineapple, mango. Pale and caramel malts. Sweet. Some floral hop character. Not liking the fruity hop presence here, but I can see where it might appeal to some. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An aroma of above average strength. I like it far more if the citrus was more pungent and the candied character was gone.

T: Candi character persists, with some tropical fruit hop esters coming through that aren't really to my particular tastes - mango, pineapple, tangerine. Quite sweet, bordering on syrupy. Some light floral hop character is more to my liking, but still not ideal. Balance is alright, but it seems they tried to hide the hop bitterness with too much malt - making it too sweet for the style. The pale malt foundation has none of the toasty character I expected and wanted. Decently built for the style, but not for me personally. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Fairly soft. Good thickness. Slight overcarbonation. A bit oily. Suits the flavour profile decently, but the style well. Flavour not considered, this is a pretty solid execution for a pale. Not biting or sharp. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: I anticipate many will love this, but the choices of hops just wasn't ideal for my personal tastes. There's brewing with care here, but I can't say I truly like this brew. Looking forward to trying more from Newburyport and glad I got to try this one. An easy drinking pale ale with a specific type of hop profile; I'd much sooner try a pale ale like this than a bland safe pale from a lesser brewer. Recommended if you like candied and tropical hop character. I won't be having this again, though.

High C

kojevergas, May 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Kevincredible, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Kmlund, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Davepoolesque, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Jmbbabson, Jul 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

tylergoov, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

djrn2, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 11/30/13

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold color - small, off-white head, fades to a small collar and leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Citrus and some pale malts, pretty standard for the style - floral and candy-like - candied oranges and grapefruits - citrus is kind of strange overall, seems oddly extract-based, almost artificial - some grass as well - pale, caramel, and what smells like a hint of amber malts

Taste: Bitter and hoppy, but the hop profile is rather strange - straight-up bitterness, oily orange and grapefruit rind - bitter, candied citrus pith - sticky, oily bitter aftertaste - malts are mostly caramel, with some lighter, paler notes and some more toasted notes - above-average sweetness, which doesn't work well with the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth at first, but the sticky, oily aftertaste is really not what I'm looking for in an APA

Overall: Yeat?

There are lot of charming, easy-drinking American Pale Ales out there. This isn't one of them. This tastes like it kind of wants to be an IPA, but the hops are oddly candy-like and inexplicably bitter. I think some may appreciate this unique profile, but it's not really what I'm looking for.

angrybabboon, Nov 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Brendan1984, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Beeahluvah, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

BeerBucks, Oct 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

discharmingly, Aug 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

mikeincharleston, Jul 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

bakerbill, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

dcp27, Dec 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

openmind, Sep 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Rekrule, Aug 10, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Starts off a little aggressive, you can not help but think the brewer filled the contents of the 12 oz can with an IPA . The beer is very hoppy for a pale ale, through me off a little bit. Towards the end it started to develop a some what flat maybe slightly stale after taste . Overall this is a great beer and enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend this beer to someone who is not interested in IPA's, otherwise go get it...YEAT!

Moultron, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ccurrid, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Denzo, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

cjs61679, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bostonryan, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

pisano, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DerekMorgan, Aug 26, 2013
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Newburyport Pale Ale from Newburyport Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.