Newbold IPA | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Newbold IPANewbold IPA

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mempath
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the first time i had Newbold last year, i thought it was interesting, but maybe a bit bitter...before i became a hophead...

not sure if they amped it up and/or i have attuned my tastebuds and senses...

case box says it was born sometime in May, so it's fresh

pours a world class head that lingers a good while and laces thick. deep apricot color.

smell hits me like a Torpedo. heavy pine and grapefruit like any great hoppy brew.

taste and mouthfeel are very unified making for a very thick, chewy IPA. not QUITE as wonderfully 'bitter' as Torpedo, but it's close. there's a nice balance of bitterness and...tangy near-sweetness. more bitter than sweet. a little eucalyptus reveals itself. what is it with all these lackluster Bs and Cs? this is another go-to from an increasing array of choices out there for hopsters to celebrate. to be vaguely specific (!), i would put this between the extremes of, say, Smuttynose IPA and Harpoon IPA. but much more like the far. it's the mentholated burn, but slightly softened. :)

the best from Philadelphia Brewing.


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Photo of AltBock
4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a simple 1950's retro blue label. To the far left is a small paragraph telling the consumer it's aggressively hopped. This should be fun! No date anywhere on the bottle or label.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this beer looked nothing like the label said it would, a crimson hue. Instead, my bottle poured a clear straw yellow with a 3/4 of an inch head of white foam. This head of foam had great retention by leaving behind a small white film and quite a few streaks of white lace around the glass. If it wasn't for the head of foam, I could easily say that this IPA looked like a macro. I hate saying that, but it's true.

The aroma to this IPA was dry and highly hopped with cripsy floral hops, a hint of herbal hops, citrus hops, and plenty of bitter grapefruit. All of these bitter aromas had a sweet caramel malty undertone to them. It was a very unique IPA aroma. Well done!

The taste wasn't going to mess around. It started right off the bat with a citrus/floral hop punch. This hop punch was quickly followed by a big slice of bitter grapefruit. After the grapefruit, the taste recedes very quickly, but it receded with more bitter flavors like dried floral hops, citrus fruits, and more grapefruit. I did notice a slight sweet caramel malty undertone going on all through out this bitter taste. I was surprised how hoppy this regular IPA was. Very good!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a highly hopped aftertaste of grapefruit, dried floral hops, a hint of lemon zest, and small touch of toasted caramel malts. Even the aftertaste was hoppy!

After looking at the color, I thought this beer was going to turn out to be a sad little joke, but I glad it didn't turn out like that. Drinkability? Hell yes and more! It was just a great highly hopped session beer all the way. You could drink this everyday and twice on Sunday.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a firkin at SPTR the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey orange color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of citrus, with a hint of dank earth. On the palate... yummm.... but this is a fine tasting IPA. The flavor profile includes a considerable amount of orange citrus, but it's not overly sweet and has good bitterness in the finish. There is also a touch of earthiness that I appreciate. Mouthfeel is full, rich and smooth, with an impressive dry, bitter finish. On cask, this beer is almost viscuous. Drinkability is exceptional, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable.

Some IPA's are good on cask, and some not so much. This is a good one.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Beertarded
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, from notes. Finally had the pleasure of trying this one. Pours clear deep copper, thick head, some retention, good lacing. Smells citrusy with floral hops, has some legs, malty support in the background. Taste is grapefruity and floral hop flavors in the lead, rich sweet malty base backs the hops, medium bitterness through the middle. Largely smooth and balanced, some lingering bitterness after the finish. Feel moderate carbonation and tingles, medium body, some lingering bitterness. Overall very good, easy drinker. Sessionable.

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Photo of furiousxgeorge
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA has a bulls eye set on citrus hops with a grapefruit center. It is clearly there in the scent and the taste in a big way.

It's kind of one dimensional in the grapefruit taste, but that is not a drawback here. That focus turns it into a very unique and distinctive IPA.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third beer from this brewery, and another winner.

The appearance is great. A nice deep amber color with a percet white puffy head. Great retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell shows some grassy hops,enough to be interesting, but probably more like an APA than an IPA.

Taste blends the malt and hops perfectly to present a tasty brew, without overdoing it.

Finishes with enough of a dryness to beckon for another taste..

Another great beer from this brewery. I wish I would have picked up more that 1 case at my visit yesterday.

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Photo of haines710
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy recently to find some of PBC's beers tasting better than I recalled. This Newbold is a wonderfully refreshing entry into the style. This must be what drinking a fresh IPA is like. Best to try it young. The brewery is up the street from where I had this.

Great retention on the thick, creamy head. Fluffs up like whipped cream almost two inches. Lasts awhile as well. The aroma coming off the top sparkles in the nose holes with a fresh, juicy grapefruit and soft pine scent. Salmon-tinged copper hue. Laces in sudsy sheets.

The flavor boasts quite a nice grapefruit kick - but not puckeringly so. Has a bit of a fruity, English malt character, I'm guessing. It's light and from the middle to the back. But the hops dominate here - rising up toward a fruity fever pitch but not quite reaching electric citrus implosion. Good balance.

Very smooth feel with a refreshing wash. Hops linger and tickle for a few seconds. Definitely sessionable. Good job!

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice full amber, blonder on the edges, and well varnished in the center. A foamy, soapy head collects in the middle, boyant and active without being too overeager.

(NOTE: The label, and for that matter, all of the PBC labels, kind of stink. I know, that has nothing to do with the beer itself, or how it looks in the glass, but it's not attractive on the shelf, and I'm hoping they reconsider the labeling and hire an illustrator who can do a somewhat more professional job, in the future.)

Aroma is a lovely combination of guava nectar, preserved lemon, pineapple, and a slight, green, grassy edge. Great tropical fruit explosion, Batman! Very nice.

The taste brings about the mellow, solid center that all the hoppy decoration hangs on. A full, malty stroke lands on the palate with a pillow soft approach, and the hops arrive a moment later, blending in seamlessly. Reminds me of one part Geary's Hampshire Special Ale, one part Harpoon IPA. Mellow, cool, and laaaidback. Nice.

Mouthfeel is very nice, almost a little too calm (which was surprising, considering the head). PBC, the former Yards operation, may be paying penance for years of somewhat overcarbonated bottles?

Drinkability is good -- halfway through the glass, the beer flashes a little muscle, but it's not too bad. Two or three of these could go back before you know it, easy.

All in all, a great addition to the PBC line. Less brash than Yards' Philly Pale Ale and IPA, indeed, more of a cousin to the original formulation for Yards' IPA (the real sticky, big-wallop, British-style one. You all know what I'm talking about). Seems like the Bartons are getting back to their British brewing roots. Glad to see it, and best of luck to them. Of course, if they keep brewing beer like this, they won't need luck.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it poured a wonderful yellowy apricot color with a nice white head

it smelled like fresh hops and a little citrus

it tastes like a west coast ipa boardering on DIPA
i really liked it

its very smooth and very carbonated, but it works

very smooth

pretty high abv, but I would never have guessed it until I read it just now

i really liked it, I also had a wonderful night and everything else was great tonight, but I will def. reach for this again

like walt with and Fluer de Leigh

a great and affordable selection from PBC

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Photo of marcpal
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - thank you Dan at Oak Tree. Poured into pint glass with fine Mexican food. Third offering tried from this new brewery.

A: Light gold color with a flully marshmallow head. Decent lacing held on tight. a clean,

S: Piney and citurs hops. Not quite as aggresively hopped I thought as the arrogant-bastard like description had led me to expect. Nice flavors though, grapefruit the strongest of those.

T: Much more of the hops here, particularly the citrus with a nice caramel malt taste as well. Quite tasty and noticeable level of alcohol.

M: Crisp and coating IPA. Nice mouthfeel.

D: Very high, good flavors and translates well to the moderate abv and smart balance.

I have to say, I didnt expect much from them and extremely impressed. Largely reminiscent to Goose Island IPA which is a great thing.

Dont know why I didnt want to like you guys in Philly, but bang up job here.

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Photo of TommyW
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, golden body with a tall white head.

S- Big floral hop aroma with a note of semi-sweet malt.

T- A nice malt backbone is noticeable upfront but is quickly over taken with a big floral hop taste.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- A surprisingly nice and clean IPA.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Southphillytaproom, in a pint glass.

A- Newbold was quite bold in appearance with a hazy burnt gold color with a strong white 1 inch head. It stuck around throughout the pint leaving intricate patterns of white spider webs of lace. The head even was a bit rocky mountain looking with various heights

S- Much more of a hop scent compared to the bottle with more of a sharp sting/bitterness to the nose. More grapefruit than pine with some grassy qualities. Some malts are detected as this goes down also. This has more citrus qualities as well. No alcohol detected.

T- A real treat with a good balance of malts and hops with the latter taking the lead. Of course the malt brings on the bready/earthy taste underneath as well, which was enjoyable. Slight tropical tastes as in something you would find on the west coast but not quite.

M- The underlining sweet appeal of this makes me know this is in fact an east coast IPA, but a good one at that if it's on cask. The feel was just improved upon in many aspects mainly a strong hoppy appeal, which is not seen in the bottle version sadly.

D- I could have a few of these no problem gladly. Hopefully down the line the bottled version can see somewhat of the same light as it's just not there yet. I have faith that this will be considered a good go to in the IPA department down the road, even tough it's a tight market.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the idiot that blithers that left a bottle in my fridge after putting his boots on my couch while watching the Flyers lose to the Pens.

Pours with a thin head. Amber in color. Smells & tastes like English/pine hops plus a little "butteriness" for a lack of a better term. A very drinkable brew and the mouthfeel is smooth. Like the Yards IPA minus the roids. I don't think that this is an American IPA but WTF do I know. A nice beer.


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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/15/09.

A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. to sticky lacing around the outside of the glass. Slight haze. Copper in color.
S) Floral notes with robust caramel sweetness. Earthy orange.
T) A balanced malt and hop taste. A smooth blast of caramel and floral notes from the beginning. Then moves to a finish where the hops win out.
M) Fairly smooth. Medium body. Light fizziness. Hop bite.
D) A delicious IPA. Well crafted. I'd have another one.

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Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third of of the four beers from the new PBC, so far none have been a dud.

A-Light copper with a medium white head. REduced to a thinner head that left nice lace.

S-Light, crisp, citrusy hops with a touch of malty sweetness.

T-Hops forward with a combination of pine and citrus with the piney hops taking the lead. Hops are present for sure but not over-the-top. Nice malty support. I may not accept this as an A IPA but more like an APA...regardless, it is good.

M-Medium body with nice hop bitterness and a good crsipness.

D-This is a straight up, solid, "good" beer. Nothing flashy, nothing crazy. I would happily have this again, especially if I could find it on tap. Nice beer and another solid offering from PBC.

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Photo of praufs01
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Caramel and a light floral hop with grapefruit rinds.

Mouthfeel - A moderate amount of small bubble carbonation, that lightly scrubs the palate with every sip.

Taste - Smooth malty flavor up front that's followed by a white grapefruit hop bite that builds with intensity. The finish is long and ends slightly bitter.

Overall - Very good IPA. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of drexeldan
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of brantadid
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a rich golden color with a 2 finger white head. Head diminished slowly leaving behind tons of lacing.

Nice hoppy nose. Lots of citrus rind and slight herbal aromas.

Taste is hops from beginning to the end. Never overpowering. On the front to mid palate you get lots of pine and floral qualities followed by a sharp drying NIcely balances beer.

Mouthfell is very creamy. Alcohol is completely masked. Very drinable beer.

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Photo of MikeRa
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Newbold IPA has a golden color that's cloudy and a tint of orange. It has a fruity taste coming from the grapefruit smelling hops, and caramel malts that were used.

This ale has a bitter taste, but in a good way.

I had this from a 12oz bottle, and this IPA is worth drinking over and over again.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper with two fingers of slightly off-white head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Caramel, vanilla, earth, and slight hints of pine and mint.

T: Floral, butter, fruity, caramel, vanilla, and bit of the earthy/piney/metallic hop flavors.

M: Creamy and smoot with a long malty yet slightly bitter finish.

D: This is a good American take on the English style IPA. A bit high for sessions but very quaffable.

I had this on cask a while back and it was the best vessel for this beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a light copper, with feint carbonation and light head. I drink this alot and sometimes you get the fluffy white head and other times its just a ring.

Smell is feint, light malt and hint of citrus and light piney hops.

Taste is a bite of citrusy and piney hops with hint of maltyness. Smooth taste, a little on the lighter side of bite for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light but tingly on the back of your tongue, the hops cling to your mouth for a good aftertaste.

I find this to be a very drinkable IPA, it has a unique flavor with some interesting taste and feel qualities that make it its own.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rpohagan for tossing one of these into a trade. Not sure how old it was, as there isn't any date on the bottle.

A - Apricot color with thick head that takes a while to dissipate. A fair bit of carbonation is present. The bubbles somehow look kind of chunky - never seen anything like that before (I think I may have chilled this too much).

S - Hops, sweet corn (not the bad corn smell of macros), mandarin orange(!) - somewhat unconventional IPA. Not a hopbomb and not overly bitter.

T - Citrus, more orange than grapefruit, hops as well. The bitterness is in the aftertaste, not in the nose, which is sweet. Not super complex but pretty enjoyable.

M - A little too carbonated for my liking, but otherwise pretty smooth and creamy.

D - Don't taste too much alcohol in this one - this is pretty sessionable. It's not in the class of Masala Mama, but I'd have a few on a hot summer day.

Nice to see that the East Coast makes some solid IPAs too.

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