Newbold IPA | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Newbold IPANewbold IPA
Newbold IPANewbold IPA

Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 252
Photo of albern
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly amber color with not much head at all, maybe a touch of lace here and there. Where's the nose on this beer. My god I have to cup my hands around the glass and practically inhale to get any whiff. This beer is supposed to be dry hopped too, with what I ask, because there is the faintest sweet grain and floral in the nose and that's all.

The beer is modestly carbonated and has a really spicy hopped bite. The beer has an acerbic bitterness and a slightly perfumed quality to it. There are some interesting grainy malts underneath but the spicy and leafy hop presence makes anything underneath a bit hard to detect. The label says this is made with Cascade hops, who am I to argue. My guess would be that this is a single hopped Cascade IPA, it doesn't have loads of complexity. The beer is fairly light bodied and doesn't have the nice bready or thick mid section to balance out the bitterness. The hop isn't particularly estery or juicy, just a tad peppery. There is a slight fruitiness underneath the hop but it's not that apparent. This IPA isn't the best, but it's not the worst either.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color which isnt all that transparent with a thick head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma was rather weak mostly piney and earthy hops but faint. The taste had a rich sweet malt backbone that really came through nicely. Over the top where earthy and piney hops but not as bitter as other IPA's. It was a nice mix, but not for hop heads. The mouthfeel was creamy not dry. Overall it is a solid IPA, it is an easy drink. There isn't the dryness and bitterness of some IPA's but a nice drink and well blended.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour with a great head retention and lacing. Weird part was, it did not have much scent. The taste was smooth, creamy, with a bit of fuggles, I think, on the back end. As with Yards brewing, a very authentic stab at a genuine English style IPA. Not as hoppy as some of the other American versions of the style. but a true beauty it was. Very easily consumed, also. Good job..I had the whole variety pack and every beer is well crafted.

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Photo of deereless
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Serious overload of carbonation that almost resulted in a spillover, 4 inches of head to 1 inch of beer on an easy pour, the head settles to become rocky and with significant lacing, the color is gold with a slight brown tea hue - 3.00, S: The nose is somewhat minty and herbal, significant grains and with a touch of spiciness - 3.00, T: Medium hop bite though mild for an IPA, piney and earthy as well as being slightly medicinal, a little on the dry side - 3.00, M: Mouth feel is mildly creamy - 3.50, D: An okay IPA, lacks the hops that defines the style - 3.00

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Photo of Mojoman8561
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-L- Dirty golden brown. Active carbonation

-S- Clean. pleasant hops scent jumps right out at you.

-T- Good blend of hops. Controlled spices. Very nice.

-F- This is a really well balanced IPA. The hops they chose work very well together.

-D- Overall I enjoyed this drink. Is it my favorite IPA? No. Would I have it again. You bet. Well done PBC!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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 TommyW
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
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 dmamiano
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium to deep bronze color. Very small head after a hard pour. Laces on the swirl.
Earthy amd citrus hops highlight the nose.
Initial hit of grapefruit, no doubt from the hops...lingers to bitter end.
Very mild hint of caramel malts, earthy again.
Fairly well balanced.
Pretty decent, not great.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never heard of these guys until I saw this for sale up in Totowa. Even though I've had a zillion IPA's, I'm willing to give anything new a shot once. That being said, many of the reviewers on here were less-than-crazy about this and I'd have to agree with them, as this beer is not even close to measuring up to other IPA's that I've had.

The pour was far and away the best part of this beer. A head that filled my glass up, a very opaque dark amber hue, and strong lacing made this beer stand out from others that I've had lately. The smell wasn't really that memorable which pretty much gave away the taste. Like other beers of this style, there's a strong floral element here but the hops are not of a bitter strength and there seems to be a very heavy amount of spice to this - along the lines of black pepper mixed in with a heavy metallic undertone. The citrus and resin that are characteristic of this beers west coast counterparts are missing here, replaced by a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Needless to say, the aftertaste is not one worth savoring, as it's just leftover spice mixed in with a somewhat heavy metal taste...

The 6.50% ABV is a bit misleading because the alcohol seems to come right through the flavors (or lack thereof) and make this seem a lot stronger than it really is. On tap, this might work as this probably wouldn't pour as dull and heavy to the taste but from a bottle, this just doesn't come together well. This is too common a style to fall short on and I can only hope that Philadelphia Brewing has more coming out in the near future.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color, huge fluffy white head that diminishes quickly, leaving little lacing, slighlt oily residue. Smell is of stale hops and a metallic sulfury scent. Taste follows smell with bitter, yet flavorless hops and a slight sulfury and metallic taste. Thin yet slightly oily, overly carbonated. Meh... just doesnt do it for me.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden somewhat of a light copper brew, has a nice chunky off white head. Leaves a nice lace.

Brew smells of earthy hops, floral. Very pleasent smelling brew.

This brew has a smooth mouthfeel. The end is bitter. The taste is not anything I would call "bold" as the name indicates, it is good. Maybe the boldness comes from the bitterness, which does standout. It has a nice floral hop presence, also some sweetness in the flavor. This brew goes down easy.

This is a drinkable take on the style. Not a "bold" IPA - but a good one - maybe the bitterness is the "bold" part, a good local IPA to try and at an even better price point.

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Photo of MikeRa
3.98/5  rDev +15%
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 PSUBeerman
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with orange tint. White head with decent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with a grapefruit background. Also and aroma of malt. Overall, very nice.

Hop bitterness dominates. Not overly strong, but the bitterness did stand out. Some sweetness in the flavor. I picked up a burnt malt taste as well.

Decent mouthfeel, not too thick. Alcohol well balanced. This was refreshing and easy going down.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Through Newbold, I am developing a greater appreciation for IPA's. This beer was hand-pumped...a golden amber pour, nice head, grapefruity/floral nose, with a light mouthfeel. Easy drinking, palate friendly IPA. I believe drinking the hand pumped version is much better than the bottle...I'm curious to find out.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper amber with a very smooth creamy film atop.

Smells quite a bit like marijuana with a sticky sweet woody sap beneath paired with a dry metallic edge. There are also a bit of burnt pine hops.

Tastes of astringent metal. = ( There is also a bright, woody pine hop with a touch of rye and also a bit of paper, but in a good way.

Feels glassy smooth with a faint, sluggish carbonation.

Nice and easy.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker glass. This IPA appears a hazed golden amber color with about two fingers of lingering bone white foam. The head leaves a slight lace on the inside of my glass. Aroma and flavor consist of toasted cereal grains, caramelized malt, pleasantly bitter grapefruit/citrus. The ale is medium in both body and carbonation with a clean finish. Worth seeking out to try.

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Photo of mempath
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%
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 akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of indiapaleale
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brewery in Philly I've yet to have a beer from...

Pours a dark golden color with some orangey hues along with a half inch bubbly white head.

Smell is a strange combination of herbs, some spicey hoppiness and citrus. There is also a certain "peppery" smell.

Taste is definitely unique in the world of American IPAs. The familiar piney, grapefruity stuff we look for is not present. Instead its a more spicey/herbal IPA with a very lemony tart finish. No West Coast hops are present in this beer as far as I can taste.

I could possibly drink two of these in one sitting but I'd really be jonesing for a beer with a real hop profile.

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Photo of dude
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and hazy pour, with a cleanish nose - pine tree essences and sweet notes. Taste is on the bitter side, even for an IPA with a good grapefruit citrusy bitter flavor, and doughy bread sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is surprisingly (and pleasantly) light with a bitter and dry finish. My brother, wife and myself each enjoyed a hearty sampling of this fine brew.

I have had better IPA's, but this one left me feeling like I had had something different. Most of the style, to me, seem like a clone of the one preceding it. Since my wife and bro normally prefer wine and bud light, respectively, it was nice to have something on hand we could all enjoy.

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Photo of pelicani
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

incredible level of hoppiness. which is good. but i'm tiring of brewers pumping hops into their IPA and thinking that's it. There is more to an IPA than hops. This beer needs to find it's second flavor.
oh, and I have to add 50 characters to my post. I'm not used to posting more than 140 characters. Thx Twitter.

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Photo of DrJay
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange/gold and quite hazy with a thin eggshell cap that stuck around for a while. The foam was a bit sticky and formed some clumpy lace. Sharp citrus aroma, grapefruit rind, pine resin, a bit earthy and fairly intense with a fruity, biscuity sweetness in the background. Bitterness was sharp as well, lots of acidic citrus flavour, white grapefruit with a bit of hop spice in the finish. Sweetness was mild, but provided a bit of malt balance. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation, a bit of dryness. A nice hoppy IPA with a bitter bite. Pretty good.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy most of Philadelphia Brewing Comapany's beers as good middle of the road brews and great beers for the money but this is probably my least favorite that they brew.

The color is light golden with about a finger of head and the nose is earthy and almost fruity without much room for hops. My big problem with the taste is that it claims to be an IPA but really has very little hop kick at all. Its a beer (at 6%) you could probably drink all day but not if you're looking for a nice hoppy beer.

PBC beers are always a pretty good choice but this one is on the lower end of the beers they brew.

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Newbold IPA from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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