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 Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a thick, rocky head that leaves some lace around the pint glass

Smell: Hints of grapefruity hops are in there, but the smell is more earthy, almost as if this were a hybrid EIPA/AIPA

Taste: After a bit of biscuity malt, the hops take over, with that earthy/citrusy combination I detected in the aroma; after the swallow, the bitterness builds but fails to make a distinctive profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Despite my quibbles with the hop profile, the beer drinks nicely

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a weak hops bitterness for the style comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright tangerine with polished bronze undertones. The label says to expect a 'crimson hue'. Uhm... what? This is an IPA. Superfine bubbles can be seen traveling up to a bone colored lid that has innumberable glassy bubbles on its upper surface. Eventually, sticky sheets of delicate lace can be seen all over the damn place.

The nose isn't quite hoppy enough for an IPA. It's hard to say for sure, but at least one of the C-hops has to be present, along with something non-C-hop-like. The beer smells sorta fruity and sorta musky and could sorta use more olfactory personality.

Do all craft breweries claim that their IPAs are aggressively hopped? Philadelphia Brewing does. Newbold IPA isn't. Strike one. It isn't too bad on that front, but the heavy hitters have nothing to worry about. The malt is more earthy than pale or caramel-like. Strike two. There is no strike three. This is decent beer whose biggest fault is that it wasn't brewed with my IPA preferences in mind.

Nope, still can't get a firm handle on the hop bill. Probaby some Germans (Tettnang?) or Englishmen (Goldings?) in addition to at least one American (who the hell knows?). Again, it isn't a hop flavor profile that is very distinctive or memorable. Specifics include toasted bread crusts, bitter orange marmalade... sorry, that's it.

An impressively large sheet of tenacious lace on the opposite side of the glass confirms the appearance score. The mouthfeel is another highlight. This isn't the biggest IPA on the block, but it's smooth and supple and hangs on beautifully through the finish. Well done.

Newbold IPA is neither new nor bold (nor is it old). Although it's destined to finish mid-pack in any contest of IPA thoroughbreds, the cumulative hoppiness ensures that I'm enjoying the ride more and more as the ounces gallop by. Thanks onix1agr.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to rpohagen for this one, thanks Ryan!

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Slight citric hops & some lemons & pineapple

T: Grapefruitty hops, slight breadyness & toffee up front. Slight pineapple, honey sweetness & grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with slight alcohol presence, grapefruit & a touch of dry grainyness

MF: Medium bodied with kind of vigirous carbonation, plus good balance

Drinks very easy, not a world shattering AIPA, but very solid

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the night of IPA's going here for sure. This was the second one of the evening and held its own among an average crowd. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/18/2010.
The pour was nice, a definite good start to things for sure. Nice medium amber in color with a nice crown of white that rose to a height of around two inches before settling down and leaving a good layer of sticky, white lace all along the sides of the glass. Nice carbonation could be seen through the semi clear amber body that really started to shine after a few moments. Aroma was lighter then I would have liked it to be, but it did seem to pick up a little steam toward the end of the session. Piney hops and a nice, biscuit like mid palate seemed to be the rule here. Nice balance and a decent amount of bready notes really starting to come out now. Smooth, nice medium body with a good bit of kick to it for sure. Went down nice and easy and had no issues at all with being able to finish it off.
Overall I enjoyed this one, it was rather an average night at best as far as selections, but this one seemed to hold its own quite well.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

purchased this at Thirsty's in East York, PA. Poured chilled fromthe 12oz into a pint

A - A beautiful tangerine color w/ light haze and whipped cream head. The clarity is good w/ very good retention and losts of lace. The visual is altered as the beers yeast is poured, the IPA is bottle conditioned, the bead is tiny

S - The aroma has a toasty malt scent w/ light citrus from the hops and the ester from the yeast is slightly apple-like

M - A nice blend of bitter and tart w/ yeast + hops adding contrast w/ mild sweetness and med body w/ mild acidity w/ moderate carbonation

T - The flavor has sweet fruity yeast and grassy hop notes which is anchored by a mild toasted malt and subtle citrus tinge. The bitterness is refreshingly high w/ lemony hop flavor giving a slightly tannic dryness and slightly grassy sharp edge makes the hop seem more assertive in the finish

D - A very drinkable American IPA w/ lots of hops making it bold as the label suggests - a good representative of the style. I could probably handle several at 6% as listed on the label which is well hidden

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crazy carbonation rises well above the rim of my glass over pours with carbonation forming rocky over poured body. This one is a deep piney and citrus smell to it almost a metallic smell to it in the finish. Flavor is bold with citrus and stick piney tones going on, sweet yes but it's off wit metallic notes to boot. Goes over easy with a rough smelling citrus/pine hop accent. A medium bodied slightly oily textured brew that leaves the carbonation tickling the back of my throat. Drinkability overall is decent not the PA IPA I'm fondest of but it promises everything you'll want on the label. Pretty shitty rendition of a solid American IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a thin crème head that falls quickly. Nose is slight pine and citrus oils. Flavor has a decent enough bitter tone to it. Citric tones are there as well. A bit leafy and earthy. It's pretty nice. Feel is working and it's definitely drinkable. I bet a well managed cask version of this would be nice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper amber with a thin white, small-bubbled head that thins and slowly vanishes.The smell is of citrus in a sweet juicy way, a touch of butter and caramel.The taste is of citrus and sweet caramel. As it progresses it has a bit of tea (spicy - like Darjeeling with a touch of milk). A touch of salted butter is there. Finishes with a soft bitterness (with some hops returning in the aftertaste).Thinnish, but still in a medium body. Medium carbonation. Some buttery slickness.Not quite as aggressive as the label reads, IMO, though it is certainly hoppy - with plenty of malt too.  The "issue" I have with the beer, is not the balance of malt/hop - though the bitterness is at times a bit masked by the malty sweetness, but rather the buttery touch and the oddish citric (in a juice way)/herbal mix.  I would be interested to know what the hop and malt bill are (I do have a couple "educated" guesses. (Searched the web-site without luck). A tough style to compete with, but it does have a hoppy touch, the alcohol is there, but mixed in well, and is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Newbold IPA, Philadelphia Brewing Company

Clear and crimson colored, huge head.

Big, hoppy, fruity aroma. Brash bitterness at first, calms down, mellows out. Apple, cherry, twist of lime.

Medium bodied, prevalent bitter smack.

Nice one. Solid English IPA.

thanks to beerisheaven.

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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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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with some yellowish highlights. Thin 1" head lingers around a while. Some lace develops too.

Smell: soft floral hop and citrus are the main components here.

Taste: nice malt profile with some softer bitterness. Some citrus, faint pine, fruit sweetness, caramel, and a bit of a breadiness. Some buttery notes come through near the finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. A bit dry at the end. Aftertaste is long. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy drinking beer that is in between an English IPA and an American IPA. Definite session beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this one.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is a nice blend of hops and malts, mostly hops, some citrus and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, with a nice note of malts, there is some notes of citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head and considerable lacing throughout. Smell is mostly of hops, lots of citrus. Taste is hops up front, lots of citrus, a touch of malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear golden orange with a white head. The aroma is grapefruit and pine with some earthy hops. The flavor is heavy on the earthy hops but there is also some pine in there. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Philadelphia Brewing's IPA pours a bit dark for the style, a dark amber in color with a head consisting of large bubbles and lacing was abundant.

Smell: Floral hops and some caramel malts.

Taste: A well balanced ale, some citrusy, grapefruit hops and alot of malt to balance. Malty, caramel, mild bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not much of a bite.

Drinkability: A decent example of the style, and one I enjoyed. Less aggressive than most IPAs, I can recommend this one to almost anyone.

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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 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 yourefragile
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Relatively clear, slightly hazed amber with a retentive off white head that leaves massive amounts of lacing.
S: Like last review mentioned, not quite fits what is expected for an ipa, very earthy and grassy hops, also a strongy malty smell. Nothing bad, just not very impressive.
T: There's just something about this that doesn't quite fit with what i expect from an IPA whenever I have this, yet I still find myself enjoying it so I'm torn how to rate this. The finish is very dry and slightly harsh which is probably what turns me off the most. The body has a strong malt presence and lots of earthy, grassy hops. There's just something that seems out of balance here and keeps me from liking it more. Medium bodied with lots of active carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not a great IPA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a crystal clear bright orange with a 2 finger foamy light beige head that displayed great retention but little lacing. Visible carbonation was extremely light.

S: subtle with lemons, sweet grains and a touch of grassiness.

T: The flavor was dry with lemon peels and a grassy hopping. There was a lemon grind coating on the tongue providing a gentle fade as well some dry grassy hopping. Overall the flavor was pretty basic but the finish does provide a nice bittering bite as a saving grace.

M: light, almost watery with no carbonation detected.

D: Decent drinkability with a dry lemon and grassy hop bittering found on the finish. A lightly hopped but fairly easy drinking ipa.

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Photo of corby112
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at various locations in the Philadelphia area.

Pours a dark amber color with foamy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is slightly hoppy but nothing special. Somewhat of a balanced IPA with very slight malt character but it comes across bland and not too exciting. I have given this beer many chavces and I just don't like it at all.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a Philadelphia Brewing variety case.

A: The IPA is a golden orange sunrise, brighter at the narrower base of my glass. The ale is hazed up by the cold temperature, beading on the outside of the glass. A finger and a half of head has left isolated islands of head.

S: The nose is citrusy sweet with lots of cascade grapefruit aromas. Caramel malts add a sweet cereal that supports the hops.

T: The hops start off with citrusy aplomb before turning vegetal. The grapefruit is refreshing, unfortunately it doesn't last nearly long enough before fading. The caramel malts sit around, never lifting the flavor when the beer sorely needs a boost. Mid-sip a decent flavor emerges that has a peppery, hop spiciness. A nice start but not enough to save the beer entirely.

M: The mouthfeel needs more pizzazz, a zestier hoppiness that lacks green vegetal flavors. Some sips leave a nice finish while others don't.

D: A middle of the road IPA, refreshing in limited quantities but not flashy enough to be a regular go-to.

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