Newbold IPA
Philadelphia Brewing Company

Newbold IPANewbold IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #7,042
Ranked #47,153
3.46 | pDev: 17.34%
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Newbold IPANewbold IPA
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maulmann from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent IPA. Taste centers around bittering hops
. Crisp, refreshing. Smell is decent but nothing special. Feel is good.

Overall decent beer, better than many mass distributed IPAs.

Give it a try, don't let overly negative reviews turn you off.

Apr 24, 2019
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark amber that borders a little bit on bright brown. Huge head with very nice lacing left behind. The aroma is fairly sweet from the malts. The taste has a string malty base but with a lingering bitterness. Medium body.

Aug 06, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rex 1516 in Philadelphia. Served in pint glass with small head. As others have noted, dark color and slightly fruity smell. Taste was very smooth and nice lacing on the glass. I enjoyed.

Mar 08, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Darker somewhat hazy looking IPA. I'm getting tropical fruit and slight malt from the nose (fairly inviting). Oh no, not really any translation from the nose to the palate. This beer has a caramelized malt flavor to it with the ever so slight citrus and pine on the end. Watery taste with low carbonation. This is the second beer I've had from this brewer that wasn't very good.

Feb 17, 2017
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask tap at South Philly Tap Room. Served in a pint glass

L - hazy brown - amber color. Fluffy foam on top, sticking to the glass.

S - Pine tree forest. Little bit of grapefruit. Scent mostly of grapefruit with pine as the strong character

T - grapefruit dominant. Citrus but bitter on the back end. Pine is also there.

F - little to no carbonation. Watery feel, typical of cask ales.

Apr 30, 2016
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heavy bread on the nose along with medium hop presence. Well balanced in taste with a slight after-taste on the palette. Some sediment present. Bottled from grocer in King of Prussia.

Mar 24, 2016
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mtdavidson from New York

3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Found this beer lolling round in the door of my fridge. Suspect it was placed there by my roommate; thanks/sorry bud! I'll make it up to you.

Neat iPA but forgettable. Nice piney bits and a funny bubblegum aftertaste. Nothing remarkable about the color, though strange floating particles can me noticed. Faint whiff of alchohol.

Nov 27, 2015
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drexeldan from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked up a case of Newbold IPA from my local distributor in Thorndale, PA. My selection was predicated on a couple of factors. I had picked up a case or two of this brew previously, before I moved out here from Philly. At that point in time I'm pretty certain that Newbold was 6.0 abv. In any event, that was what I expected. I also remember that it was an o.k. but not great brew. I selected this case because my local spot is priced on the high side, the brew was acceptable, and I know that Phila Brewing is priced in the lower craft beer range. Having said that, I just popped one after a round of golf and I am now happy at happy hour. This is not the best IPA (I like Avery, Firestone Union Jack, and various of the long line of Victory IPAs.) but much better than I remember. The abv is now 7.0, (so, express train to the land) and the taste is a nice, sharp, hoppy one. The head was moderate from a bottle poured into a chilled 22 oz. mug, roughly two fingers. The color is a pleasant, medium amber. The slightest generic fruit overtone, not much really. This, at least in the local Philly area, is a good value.

Jul 22, 2015
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice IPA. It poured a darker golden color with a lot of hop residue floating around inside the glass. The smell is hoppy and citrusy. The taste is very hoppy, it has a lot of sour notes to it. I got a lot of earthy hop flavor along with citrus, pine, and possibly grapefruit. Not a bad IPA by any means. It still has that signature Philadelphia Brewing Taste as well. Give it a try!

Mar 11, 2015
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RichardMNixon from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Johnny Brenda's. Looks beautiful, thick sheet of foam on the glass. Smell is typical pale ale with a touch of malt and pinesol, but not terribly intense even at cask temperature. Tastes wonderful though. Smooth and balanced led by bitter orange and tangerine, approaching a flavor like campari. Very easy drinking and smooth on the palate with an oily finish.

PBC seems consistently underrated to me. Grab this one for sure if you see it.

Feb 07, 2015
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Holly crap this stuff is over carbonated! A medium pour gave me more than two inches of head that seems to fizz out rather quickly with little head. Big clumps of sediment means either its old or just unfiltered. Either way not good so far.
S - Smell is mild not getting much hops or malts. Smell if anything is just of an average English pale ale.
T+M - Man that carbonation makes it hard to drink! My first sip gave me strong unbalanced pure hop bitterness in all it's unforgiving glory. Very little sweet or crystal malts for balanced just bitter and drain cleaner harshness.

Overall it's a real shame since I love their imperial stout but they can't seem to make anything else that impresses me. Pity.

Sep 03, 2013
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a dark amber with a half inch of yellowish head, slow dissipation.

Smells of piney, floral hops and citrus with some mild caramel and bready malts.

Flavor of honey, grapefruit citrus, and piney hops. Some bready malts.

Medium body with a light tingly carbonation.

Solid IPA, nothing special, but very good and refreshing, would have this again.

Jul 06, 2013
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask in a pint glass.

A- In a dark bar, moved around in the light, it looked true amber to me. A big white head left nice lacing. Lively carbonation from vigorous work by the barrtender.

S- Subtle citrus and pine hops with a slight malt aroma in the backround.

T- Grapefruit citrus and a little bit of pine. The malt comes through now, biscuity.

M- Abundant carbonation and tingly feel. Hoppy enoungh but not bitter. In fact quite dry, probably from the toasted wheat. Some oily resin, too.

O- I found this a pleasant drinkable brew. Maybe it's not well regarded but I like it.

Apr 10, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a murky copper color, a little head, thin thin lacing
S - Sweet malt, a little earthy hops, citrus, grapefruit.
T - This actually does has a decently bold flavor, not stretching the boundary a lot, but good, you pick up the sweet malt by a dark bitterness of hops along with some nice citrus flavor.
M - Medium light feel, the sweetness kind of clings a little bit.
O - This is a pretty good IPA, sort of english styled with the big malt background, but has some nice hop flavor to get your palate goin.

Mar 22, 2013
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ColdWaffles from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes of stuff I've had over the past month or so.

Poured from a 12 oz into a standard pint.

Appearance: Red/amber color with a weak milk colored head. Pretty standard, but the weak head is sad.

Smell: Smells like a hybrid of pine and tangerine with some floral notes. NOT at all how I remember this beer smelling. Very interesting.

Taste: Wow. This used to totally kind of blow. This isn't bad. Wonder if it is me or if they've refined this. The "bold" part fits now. Pine-y hops and what seems like tangerine meld with some non-descript malts. This "tangerine" taste is surprisingly good. Used to think this was the "ugly child" in the PBC line.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy, nothing to write home about. Medium to light body with moderate to light carbonation.

This beer is ALMOST there. This could be very good. It's good now, it could be even better. Glad this stepped up its game.

Feb 01, 2013
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GiantMidget from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Wegman's in Collegeville.
I actually had this once before at a Wegman's in King of Prussia.
What amazes me is that experience was different than this one in a big way.

I remembered thoroughly enjoying it back then, probably September 2012.
That night I drank straight out of the bottle.
Tonight I poured into a Nonic.

It's a very dark pour, orange/brown and hazy. 1-2 finger hear, minimal lacing.
The malt scent coming forth with a strong caramel scent AND flavor.
Almost too sweet.
Mouthfeel has a bite to it. Maybe a bit too much carbonation.

Slightly nutty but more caramel than anything else.
Did I mention caramel?

There is a hop presence that lingers throughout but not overly memorable.

Overall not a terrible effort but my guess is maybe this bottle was older than the last one I had, which may be leading to the aged malt taking over the hops?
Who knows.

Oct 12, 2012
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Consumed at the Moo Bar.

A: Pours a dark orange/copper color with a slight haze to it. One finger off-white head forms upon pouring, but reduces rather quickly. Spotty lace formation.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit and some pine upfront with caramel on the back end.

T: Very citrusy upfront on the flavor profile. There is some grapefruit, pineapple, and a little orange rind. There is some caramel and a little toffee on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish, but overly bitter.

O: A solid IPA that could be consumed at any time.

Feb 08, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear copper color with a white head on top. The wasn't much lacing or anything here. The smell of the beer was quite impressive I thought. The aroma of big amounts of hops were on the nose. I never expected this kind of an aroma from a beer with such a plain label. I shouldn't feel that way since Pliny's label is about as boring as it gets. Anyway, the taste of the beer has a solid bitterness to it with some caramel malts in the background. The mouthfeel was pretty typical. Overall This brew wasn't bad, I was surprised by it actually.

Jan 06, 2012
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HopHeadRyan from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from case dated Nov 30 2011...very fresh only a week and a half old...poured into a Delirium Tremens Snifter...

A - Crystal clear caramel amber, half inch head, nice lacing left around the glass...

S - Wonderful Amarillo hop essence...floral-pine-citrus-dank aroma...very nice dry hopping!

T - The taste is unfortunately a little unbalanced and not well blended...but still enjoyable...its like the malts and bitterness are fighting a little bit to blend on your tongue. Nice candied oranges taste, with grapefruity bitterness. Pretty tasty still.

M - The carbonation is good...very smooth...almost cask-like...a little syrupy...medium-light body

Overall - A very nice IPA...not the most amazing example of the style but very good...especially for the price point...and I love supporting my local philly breweries. I've had this beer on several occasions before and wasn't a fan. Whether or not PBC changed their recipe or if what I've had in the past was old...I've changed my opinon about this IPA. If you can get Newbold fresh definitely give it a try. Its a good ipa.


Dec 11, 2011
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MrOH from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled August 4th, 2011

Deep red to reddish brown, finger of off-white head, spotty lace.

Grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malts in the nose.

The nose is in the taste as well, heavy on the caramel. Great grapefruity bitter finish.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Nothing spectacular, just a solid IPA.

Aug 31, 2011
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DuncanIdaho86 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been meaning to grab this, and other Philadelphia Brew styles for a while. I'm in love with their packaging, the classic Americana Marketing, Don Draper, 1950's style. Actually it reminds me of the Fallout series of games, an instant way to my heart. The newbold in particular was reminiscent of Nuka-Cola.

After a heated haggle with some shifty wastelanders, I hit this baby straight from the bottle. A firm quick hiss, I was one cap the richer. I really appreciated the smooth piney aroma. Its mellow but with that signature hop essence you would expect. The first cold pull of this IPA would've satisfied the most parched Vault-Dweller. The taste was nuclear. Bitter and back to sweet by the finish, this IPA had a great taste. Now if only I could find that water chip...

Jun 23, 2011
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass pry-top. Thanks to Mike and Sarah!

Pours crystal clear medium amber with very thin white head. Nose is a little tin-y with some herb notes and a suggestion of dried citrus peels. Palate is crisp for how amber it is. Lots of bitterness and great carbonation texture. A little rough around the edges. Some biscuit-like malt comes out as it warms, as I expected. Ice-cold it's good, any warmer than that and it's mediocre.

Better than most "local" IPAs.

Jun 15, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Pours a clear bronze with orange highlights, and a small, bubbly head. Very organic aroma, with earthy malts and light citrus hops. Pretty good balance of hops and malts in the taste, with the hops taking the upper hand just a bit. Some fruit coming through: apples and orange zest mainly. Some herbal notes. Medium body and quite drinkable.

May 27, 2011
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Clearce from Pennsylvania

1.85/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I don't like Newbold IPA. This is the first craft beer that I really don't like. I may drink my beer warmer than most people. This beer has a heavy mouth feel and a sweet heavy syrup taste.
Drinkabilty for me is very low.
I bought a case of this on special recomended by a salesperson. I am so desperate I even mixed some Bud to get a better taste. I live in Philly and don't like bashing the home town brew.
I won't be trying another Philadelphia Brewing CO product in the near future. I may end up getting rid of the rest of this beer rather than play mixer man.
So far I have found that I like Pale Ale, IPAs and even some EPAs. I would not recommend someone try Newbold as their introduction to an IPA or even a craft beer.

Mar 21, 2011
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boldaslions from Virginia

1.71/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I honestly do not mean to bashing this beer, though I must be honest.
Phil Brew Company must of released a bad batch.
The carbination is insane, it keeps coming. It's this pale white soapy smelling and tasting head that doesn't stop swelling for around 5mins. Honestly shocking that this was sold to the public.
IBUs must be very low. Why are they marketing this as a "BOLD" IPA? Have they ever drank Double Bastard?
You would expect something like Warrior hops in this, but there isn't.
If I don't think about the overwhelming bad head, the taste is a very bland IPA w/ little flavor. The bottle actually says, "aggressively hopped"...

FYI: This case of beer has been sitting in a house w/ 3 homebrew hop heads for the past 3months and only 4 beers have been taken out of that case.

Feb 10, 2011
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