Newburyport Pale Ale - Newburyport Brewing Company

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Newburyport Pale AleNewburyport Pale Ale

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 141
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Newburyport Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-06-2013

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Photo of irrevjim
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very pretty hazy golden, orange in the middle, straw towards the outside of the glass. 3/4" head that leaves quickly but leaves lacing.
smell of lightly toasted bread, medium light malt,yeast, tangy hoppy note.
taste, pale malt, perfect compliment of hops
medium light body, medium carbonation
how does mediocrity earn a 4.25? sometimes you just want a perfect, simple pale ale and this is right on the nose (409 characters)

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

my first beer from these guys is a neat one. a lighter bodied pale ale with a unique hop profile and a curious berry complex mid palate that i cannot explain. gentle malt base, mid range on the abv, and bright and fresh. heady in the glass with a fruity hop aroma that at some point in the taste turns into an almost raspberry flash of sweetness out of nowhere. i dont dislike it, but its an odd feature of a hop forward brew. its light and fluffy in feel with great carbonation, and is rather refreshing as a result. far less bitter than most, much more balanced pale ale, old school in that way. a great summer drink i think, not quite as sturdy as i prefer in the fall, but something different here because of that berry feature. im curious for more. (753 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Can as a thank you gift from NERBC
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Aromas of earthy citrus toffee mineral water and diacetyl. The flavor is rich and malty with lots of toffee, caramel, and burnt butterscotch. Light earthy citrus rounds out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Drinkable beer, but not my favorite pale ale. More English inspired than American imho. (470 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color; the head foams to about two inches and leaves a few swaths behind

Smell: Very fruit, with stone fruit tones forward, though the floral, piney tones build, particularly as the beer warms; some caramel underneath, as well

Taste: The caramel tones hit the sweet taste receptors, up front, with the stone fruit developing; as the liquid sloshes over the back and sides of the tongue, the piney hops grow bold; after the swallow, the bitterness dominates, overpowering but not obliterating the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A thoughtfully crafted beer but not one that hits my APA buttons; to my palate, the hops and the malts clash rather than complement and I cannot say I am a fan of the choices for either component

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity (840 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft pint at Eastside Grill in Northampton Mass.

a: Translucent amber with a thin even surface foam white head when it reached table. Spotty lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt

t: Moderately sharp hop bite over a tasty caramel and biscuit malt base plus a fruit note.

m; Medium, good body, light on the carbonation.

o: A good hoppy American Pale, although the hops do not seem to have much flavor to offer themselves, the bitterness they provide helps balance the substantial malt presence. (490 characters)

Photo of HuskyHawk
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even in a clear solo cup, this had a very nice color, and a huge, thick head. It is ver carbonated. Smell was citrusy, lemon peel and a nice malt ball aroma. Taste was impressive for an APA, this is more intensely hopped than SN, and yet is nicely balanced. Hops tended towards the citrus and floral, with lingering bitterness. Overall this is well above average for an APA, if you like them more hop forward. (409 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a pretty red can that sorta looks like Coca-cola from far away. The beer itself is cloudy peach colored with a slightly bigger head that lasts slightly longer than most pales. As always extra points for cans.

Orange rind and fresh out of the bag mossy hop aroma. Caramel underneath. Tastes like it smells. Very well balanced. A bit fizzy in back.

Pale ales are like the anti-asshole/opinion analogy: all craft breweries have one but they're usually pretty good.

Never had or heard of Newburyport brewing before but after this I'd try their other offerings. (570 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery on 10-18-13 served in a pintglass
Also includes notes from 11-28-13, can > sensory pils glass

A - Hazy gold one finger of foamy head, light lacing.
S - Outstanding aroma, juicy clementine, some pear, pineapple, pale malt.
T - Taste doesnt really highlight those good fruity notes as well, but you get them in front, then a light biscuit and pale malt, mild floral bitterness.
M - Clean and light, a little chewy.
O - Great pale ale, NBPT is a really solid brewery, I hope they get to expand and distribute out of state so I can have their beers more often. (586 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass, no canning date

A- Hazy burnt orange with a high off white head that dissipates slowly

S- Slight citrus and pine with a light toasty malt character

T- Similar to aroma but with some bitterness and bready malt

M- Light to medium with an easy drinkability

O- An okay pale ale not much depth or big flavors to speak of really, good for having with food. This was sent to me as an extra in a trade and always happy to taste something outside my area. (491 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker, the beer is a hazy, caramel coloring with a frothy, clingy, off-white head that starts tall and settles in to a surface coating. Aromas of grapefruit and lemon on a smooth, sweet caramel backbone, with some bitter resin and pine needle notes. Flavors of roast caramel and toffee forward, immediately followed with a resiny bitter hops presence. Peppery spice joins the pine and grassy notes, and the bitterness builds at the back of the palate as you drink. Smooth, somewhat light in mouth, leading to a resiny and spicy blend in the aftertaste. The finish is bitter, slightly dry, with a crispness in there, as well. Easy to drink and pretty flavorful. Good beer. (697 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from the brewery in a mixed sixer (only available on site) . Poured into a SAPP glass.

A - very pretty. Hazy golden orange. Nice and bright. Tan - white head about two fingers. Good lacing.

N - sweet and hoppy. Lemon notes. Kind of flowery.

T - follows the nose. Quite hoppy with grapefruit and sweet pine. Toasted biscuit background. A bit too hoppy to call really well balanced, but it isn't too unbalanced. Pleasant with some bite.

M - smooth. No surprises. Bit of an aftertaste but nothing bad.

O - very satisfying pale ale from my hometown. Cheers! (568 characters)

Photo of Moultron
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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! (424 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seems like a promising new local brewery with cans, not a bad thing at all.

A- Poured from the can into a tulip for reviewing purposes. The beer is revealed as having a honey orange body with a decent amount of haziness to it. A creamy white head forms to about one finger and retains decently. Frothy ring leaves spots and webs of lace around the glass.

S- Some nice fruity hops up front in the nose with notes of stone fruit, mango and citrus. Solid backing to this with light hints of caramel cracked grain sweetness, biscuit and some yeast bread. Hop forward but certainly not dominant.

T- A lot more opens up here with the hops as compared to the aroma. Hops are still the main flavor but just slightly. A nice floral character here as well as the fruits, tropical and citrus zest mentioned above. Toasted, light caramel, grainy and biscuit malt characters support the hops as well as a yeast bread hint.

MF- Medium-light bodied with a silky texture throughout. Carbonation is on the high side but works nicely with the flavors present. Fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

Pretty happy with this one in all aspects. Nice fresh hops with a more than sufficient malt and yeast base. (1,195 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another new brewery from MA, neat. Also yay cans.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger fluffy looking head that fades at a med pace, nice bubbly lacing, very hazy peach colored, a bit too hazy overall.

Nose brings some nice hops, a bit tropical fruit like guava and mango, bit of citrusy tangerine, hint of pith and a light grassy floral hop, with a light malt base little cracker grainy sweet like malt, light reddish crystal malt, hint of grapefruit comes the more I nose.

Taste starts with the fluffy sweet malt, a little reddish sweet crystal malt and hint caramel, little cracker too, with more sweetness overall than I expected but not too much. Then hops, not a lot of bitterness but a nice fruity hop character, more light tropical fruit, very light this time, with hint of grapefruit, mango, and tangerine citrus, little pith. Hops turn a little earthy and hint spicy with the fruity flavors, bit of tree fruit too. Finish is drier, nice med bitterness coming through a cooling effect like a peppermint kinda thing, with light spicy earthy hops, hint citrus, little mint, little tangerine and grapefruit pith lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bod, decent fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, a nice take on an APA, good hop profile, nice malt balance, bit on the sweet side but still within range, hops are nice on the nose, turn a little more IPA like on the flavor but still nice, drinkable, tasty, and comes in a can. Hooray beer! (1,441 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts followed by fruity and citrus aromas.

Taste: Mmm, much more noticeable hop flavors. Tropical and citrus flavors with mild hop bitterness, chewy malts, light caramel too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid APA from the new north shore brewery out of Massachusetts. All their beers come in cans too, which is extremely convenient too. Will be looking for more of these in the future. (743 characters)

Photo of Dools9
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, no date. Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Slightly hazy, color is golden orange. Head was about three fingers, off white and creamy. Nice lacing and retention.

S: Orange peel, citrusy, a bit juicy and tropical as well. Toasty, bready malt hangs out in the back.

T: Very juicy hop flavor, mango and slightly sweetened orange flavors. A bit resinous in flavor as well, orange peel, grapefruit pith, backed by a sturdy malt foundation. Nice bitter kick for an APA though.

M: Medium feel, carbonation is smooth. Feels just a bit slick and oily.

O: Very nice stuff, very surprised how much I liked this. Glad I snagged a sixer and will definitely grab this and other Newburyport Brewing Co offerings in the future. My only gripe is that the can was not dated. (761 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Newburyport Pale Ale pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a moderate sized head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of flowers, orange citrus, tropical fruit and a touch of pine. The aroma fades quickly leaving behind some malty notes.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet malt, followed by floral and citrus hops (grapefruit, orange), and a touch of light fruit. It finishes moderately bitter, dry and grassy. Once gone the grass and bitterness with a little citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a nicely balanced, easy drinking beer. A good beer for a casual occasion. (739 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Comes in a can but poured out a small amount into a RedHook Double shot glass. It was a hazy amber color with off white head.

All other attributes were judged from the can.

S: Pine and floral hops. A hint of sweet and tangy grapefruit.

T: Similar to the smell. Pine is a little dank. Surprising amount of hops. Also getting an earthy hop character.

M: On the lighter side of a medium body and a little sticky. Medium carbonation.

O: Very sessionable and what I would like to see out of more pales. A pale ale that doesn't hold back. Nice aroma and flavor, respectable ABV, but more drinkable than an IPA. I'm proud to say these guys are from my home state and I hope they have major success. (703 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a mildly murky, toasted orange color. Large, thick head. Head is doughy and dense. It refuses to die down as well. Random lacing.

S-Balanced nose. Floral and candied citrus hops. Softer grains along with a sweet, toasty maltiness. The nose is actually for a relatively lower ABV brew.

T-The flavor is plenty hoppy and plenty bitter. Bright grassy hops mix with florals and citrus. The sweetened bready malts are full and long on the tongue. Finishes grassy and toasty. Loads of flavor here. Impressed.

M-Dry, high bitterness for an APA. Very drinkable with awesome, tight bubbles. Sessionable.

O/D-Impressive first offering from these guys. A hop-forward APA in a can is definitely something I can see myself buying again. (734 characters)

Newburyport Pale Ale from Newburyport Brewing Company
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