MegaBoss IPA
Newburgh Brewing Company

MegaBoss IPAMegaBoss IPA
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American IPA
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3.95 | pDev: 7.09%
Newburgh Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
MegaBoss IPAMegaBoss IPA
Notes: “Mega Boss” (adj): meaning ‘radical’ or ‘awesome’ or ‘super duper’

3 years after we opened in 2012, we really think this whole IPA thing might be taking off…

So we bring you “MegaBoss IPA”, our American IPA loaded with 8 different hop varieties, showcasing some of our favorite IPA things: a rich pineapple & tropical fruit aroma, with a flavor profile that very much follows that aromatic start, concluding with a lemon & herbal hop finish.

At 7.0% ABV, it’s incredibly smooth & easy-drinking, with a bitterness that never overpowers the wonderful flavors from the many hops. An IPA to be enjoyed over & over again.
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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

And now, I am finishing my embarkation on yet CANother brewery horizontal as a part of The CANQuest (tm)! It's all very exciting.

From the CAN: "Bright & Floral"; "MegaBoss India Pale Ale[:] Mega Boss” (adj): meaning ‘radical’ or ‘awesome’ or ‘super duper’, which is what we think of our American IPA. The skillful blending of 'New-Age' hop varieties produces a beautiful floral aroma and rich flavor notes of both citrus and tropical fruits, light in body, clean in flavor and crisp in character, MegaBoss IPA is a beer drinker's hoppy paradise."; "Drink Fresh[,] Store Cold".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug since a) it was getting late & I did not want to risk a mess & b) it was not a usual Boss in that it was a standard AIPA. I was happy to see it form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy, NOT cloudy, Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was very tropical, running the gamut of the usual suspects. Fair dinkum, as long as the taste has some of the advertised citrusiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but definitely solid in the mouth. Mmm, the taste was a welcome break from the previous Bosses! Here, the bitterness of the citrusy hops really stood out, backed up by the tropical fruit hops and an unobtrusive malt presence. Finally! I will grant you that palate fatigue was beginning to set in, but this was more like it. Grapefruit & lemon led the way, trailed by pineapple/guava/mango, but with the latter in a distant position. This was the way that modern AIPAs should be - less reliant on tropical while still giving them a ChANce. Finish was semi-dry to dry, lacking the forceful bitterness of the style. YMMV.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly cloudy yellow, billowing carbonation. Large, creamy white head.
Smell: Grapefruit, pine, mango, spicy herbs. Some malt sweetness in the background. Really nice.
Taste: Sweet mango, grapefruit, lemon, and malt. Hints of other tropical fruits, maybe some banana. Light herbal bitterness.
Feel: Medium-bodied, crisp, slightly prickly carbonation.
Overall: A really nice, light, citrusy-tropical IPA. This is right up my alley.

(Blind review)

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read "BONANZA 9/28/17" with "CUE THE BRASS" written above it. Only had one beer from Newburgh before and as great as this label was, the liquid on the inside was enjoyable, but not particularly noteworthy...

This had a light goldenrod hue to it as I poured it out, with enough spongy, white head topping it off. Plenty of soapy rings coated the back half of my pint glass once I sipped it, as the consistency was quite nice for a beer of this type. Not a lot could be discerned in this aroma but plenty of floral notes, tropical fruit, and star fruit could be felt here after a b few sniffs. Bitter lemon, lemon pepper spice, herbs, and a springtime floral presence came through in the taste as this felt quite rustic and fruity. Dank pineapple, weed, and deep forest came through in the taste and mouthfeel as this warmed up with this beer going from light to spicy to dank and heavy as it settled on my palate and fully went down the hatch...

Thankfully, this didn't have a lot of booze as there were a lot of other notes for me to chew on both both literally and proverbially. The tropical and star fruit notes emerged more on the palate over time but they weren't enough to fully win me over to this. No, I didn't dislike this beer but it's taste and flavor profile weren't quite up my alley. More malt and depth would have been nice but as it was, this IPA was more of a curiosity than anything else...

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 16 oz (473 ml) clear cup at the Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange side of golden (polished brass) color with a one finger white head, slightly more than r retention, and decent lacing.
S: Aromas of tangerine, white grapefruit, nectarine, pineapple, and pine.
T: Semisweet but a touch of candy at first. Palate is certainly composed of fruits in the nose, but a caramel core and hints of coarser grain are (pleasantly) evident. Light, nicely balanced bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.
O: A solid American IPA. Very good: I could certainly see this settling in well when on the beach.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: quite aromatic; mango with lemon; a hint of pine;

T: lemon for a moment, then lemon with lemon pith; moderate bitterness from the middle through the finish; a touch of mint toward the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a lot of fruit in the flavor; smooth; not especially interesting;

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with a goldenstraw hue; the head rises one finger tall and leaves a strand or two

Smell: Lemon and pith with a hint of pine

Taste: Lemon pith and a hint of mint with increasing bitterness, through the middle; dry finish with a lingering bite

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For a beer with eight hop varieties, the flavor profile is rather one dimensional; OK, not great

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a glossy burnt yellow color with a certain brightness about it. A finger's worth of white foamy head started and slid off stealthily with a sliding lace.
The aroma had some sharp crisp lemon peel and pulpy sweetness rolling into some refined sweet grass and subtle piney sweetness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a firm bitterness, but not burdensome. Light lemon zest came in for a nice balance. Mild aftertaste of the lemon peel and lemon zest with a sly little bit of grassy to piney character.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation was on par with a nice ABV about it. Nice smooth crisp finish with the lemon presenting the foremost portion of this part.
Overall, pretty nice "lemon" forward kind of IPA. I'd have again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can

Pours light, yellowy. medium haze, delicate off white cap, film and low sheets of fine stickage

Lemon infused sniff

Bright, fruity, citric and flavorful , with lemons brightly shimmering through...Fresh and tasty..well worth a try

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This falls within the lighter and more refreshing spectrum of IPAs. Apparently there are eight different hop varieties in here and Sorachi ace is one of them; I am pretty strongly reminded of Brooklyn Brewery's Sorachi Ace brew in that respect. Held to the light there is a bit of a sunshine in the glass thing going on. There are some modest fruit elements happening in a tropical vein. A mango, pineapple lime blend is what I'm tasting at the moment. I'd be pretty happy to have this again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 liter growler into Teku glass. Delivered 5 days ago.
A finger of light head. Hazy, pale gold.
Smells strongly and delightfully candied pineapple and pine.
Tastes surprisingly thin and citrusy. Tangerine juice laced with lemon zest up mellows into a sweeter, fruitier endtaste that dries up slightly leaving you wanting more. Pretty compelling flavor profile, but I wouldn't have minded something a little meatier.
A well-done IPA! It sorta seems like the genre is done to death, but this is interesting enough to be fresh and well-balanced and uncontroversial enough to be easy drinking. Recommended broadly.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Tallboy pours into a pint glass with a uber pale yellow, hazy body and a frothy-foamy white cap. That head ascends up to about an inch high with decent retention before falling to a sheet atop the brew and a medium ring at the edges. Wide sheets of lacing after most sips.

S- Pineapple, citrus fruits, lemon, tangerine and a general hint of tropical fruits come from the hops which are at a moderate level compared to today's standards. Fairly floral and dank as well with a hint of crackery grains and bread.

T- Very much more lemony here compared the the aroma with the pineapple also carrying over well from the smell. Lemons, tangerine, clementine, herbal tea, floral and lime hops atop a base of very light malts and slight yeast notes.

MF- The body itself is around light-medium thickness and the texture is foamy and frothy. A high level of carbonation and a light herbal bitterness in the finish.

Hop driven with a main flavor profile of lemon tea, pineapple and floral notes. Really easy drinker and clean. Don't expect the modern hop destroyer but at the same time expect a solid, well brewed IPA.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp 16 oz can into my snifter. the beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy 3cm bleached head foaming up after a gentle pour. The foam fades rapidly while the glass sits on my table. The bubbles expand and burst leaving large craters on the surface and along the side of my glass, leaving a very frothy foam. Several streams of rise to the surface as the foam fades away. The aroma is a mix of tropical fruit like mango and some lemon hits, very fruity overall. I do get a little floral note mixed in but no booze and any malt is also well hidden.
The first sip reveals an average body with a bit of a thinner texture and extremely fine yet tingly carbonation. The flavor is sweet and fruity up front with lemon and pineapple, with also a touch of cereal graininess. This rolls to a bit of herbal tea and resiny hop notes that actually lingers on my palate long after each swallow. A slight bitterness hangs around as well and my palate dries out after each swallow. Still no hint of the ABV on this beer as it is very drinkable from start to finish. A solid IPA that is a mix of fruity and some bitterness. Worth a try if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Friend gave me this and they are still my friend. I'd never heard of this brewery before. If this is any indication of their beers! Yay! I can't get this here in Maine. So sad. I would get this again and serve it to friends. Only bad thing for me is how much I can't stand anything NY. Oh well, I will look the other way on this. Smooth brew.

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Photo of PianoManKD
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's all about that back end with this one. This is a VERY good IPA. This is my first NBC beer and it definitely won't be my last. The color is a beautiful golden straw color with a perfect carbonation balance. The tasty hops hit you right away upon first taste, but it's the few seconds afterwards that are the real joy. There is almost this spicy hop on the back end that hits you seconds after the sip. Definitely a nice surprise. This is one I'll be drinking time and time again. Nice!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz glass into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is light and lemon herbal.

Taste is a similar lemon herbal to the aroma. Sweetness is like a lemon candy.

Nice beer to enjoy on a snow day.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 1/19/2017. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, golden-honey color with one finger of bright white head and lacing with nice retention. The smell is rather malty with lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops. The taste features a malty base with grass and lots of citrus (lemon and a hint of orange/tangerine). The hops are pleasant and not overly bitter. It's nicely balanced. This ale is medium-bodied, with lively carbonation. At 7% ABV, you can really drink this stuff! Overall, it's a pleasant American IPA: it is not unique but it would be really refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of hiphops
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

teku. cloudy not hazy no gross droplets of yeasty fungus. still a brownish yellow. looks better in the can. smells good but kind of an 8 hop mess. tropical and bready. maybe some nelson hop grape must some metal. tastes better than it smells has nice body not too sweet or 2 bland bitter orange peel finish. this beer almost never tastes the same for me. from batch to batch or even can to can. when it works it's great when it doesn't it's average. this one is good

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Photo of Gavage
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: light tropical fruit aroma.

Taste: caramel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, some grass, and a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting tropical fruit aftertaste.

Overall: a decent IPA that goes down smoothly and is mildly refreshing.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy neon lemon with creamy rim of white that trails. 4
Pineapple! Plus bits of papaya and dank. 4.25
Oyster crackers then grapefruit zest, lime pith, kumquat, lychee, and a ruthlessly tightening linger. 4
Light and a bit more, crisp, oily, with soft carb. 4

5 weeks in the can: 8.9-9.14. Nose jumps out but taste goes lean citrus. Super clean and new school without being all juice. But also not easy - only hopheads need apply. 4

2nd tasting, tap, Stewart Airport: more tropical + less bitterness than previously, while still being pretty lean. Solid + drinkable without too much fuss, like all Newburgh.

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Photo of jpbrooklyn
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've now had approximately 9 cans of this, all quite fresh. I keep giving this a chance, hoping...I don't know...that something will click? I'll change my mind? People I respect think this is a pretty decent beer; after all these pints, over the course of two-three months, I'm still not impressed. My mind hasn't changed--this is a very average, one-dimensional beer. Huge head disappears quickly, nose is faint grapefruit, taste is ALL grapefruit, and while the alcohol is fairly hidden, halfway through a pint I feel the alcohol affecting me, and it's unpleasant. I wish it had just a bit more backbone and less of a boozy feel. Way too many IPAs out there that tower above this. Not buying this again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is an astringent, sappy hop bitterness. Notes of pine, grass and a light citrus. Solid but smells like it might not be for me. Beer opens with notes of tea leaves, bark and autumn. Sappy with a resiny hop bitterness. Decent but restrained. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and goes down dry and sticky.

Better than I thought it'd be though the flavor combination isn't what I'm looking for from my IPAs.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16oz can nabbed earlier tonight. Label has a lime green bend.

7.00% ABV.

Body is a dull slightly hazy copper that looks a bit stale. Head is off-white with standard features and 4-5 minute retention. Some lacing does coat the sides of the glass the head recedes. It's not much to look at frankly, but it does seem well-carbonated and I guess the haziness may indicate a potential lack of filtration, so I'm hopeful there'll be some yeasty complexity.

Aroma brings muted tropical fruit, warm pineapple, pale malts, a blip of refreshing lime, and sweet caramalt. The lime cuts through the hop resins, delivering a fresh cutting citrus note, but it's ever so brief. Hopefully the taste delivers more in terms of hops; this seems a biteen too malty. Aromatic intensity is average.

The coating texture is nice, offering a soft smooth wet feel on the palate, but its overcarbonation and medium body hold it back from really feeling refreshing. Flavour-wise, I do get some of that lime, which helps counteract the unnecessary caramalt sweetness. Pale malts glue this brew together uneasily; there isn't much cohesion or harmony of flavour in play. Depth of flavour is wanting; each hop note feels muted. I get vague tropical fruit, but luckily no egregious boozy pineapple. Hints at a sort of citrusy pulp but in a stale way. Generic floral character. Yeah, there isn't much here of interest in terms of hops. Perhaps going with 8 different hops (if the label is to believed) was more about marketing the 8 different hops than really selecting hops that are germaine to good flavour.

Not imbalanced, but not a gestalt harmonious whole. Flavour duration and intensity are average. Alcohol isn't disguised, but there's no heat or booziness. I don't know what more to say about it; it's kind of a shrug of a beer.

OVERALL: Drinkable albeit forgettable, MegaBoss is a middle-of-the-road unremarkable IPA that will get lost amidst the myriad superior IPAs with wider distribution footprints. Emphasizing quantity of hops over propriety thereof, Newburgh misses the mark. High price aside, I probably wouldn't want a second can.

High C (2.95) / AVERAGE

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Photo of kemoarps
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark pale yellow. Murky body and decent finger or two of soapy white head.

Nose is at turns grassy and juicy fruit and some citrus.

Flavour presents a little more bluntly than the nose with elements of citrus and lemon and kind of a subdued grassy character. Malts are dry white bread/crackers.

Thin dry body with solid carbonation.

@TongoRad sent this along in his NBS BIF#4 MWK box from the east coast. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Super bright hazy orange, almost New England style, unfiltered and hazy, what more to ask for.

Smell: Tropical fruits, dankness, citrus, grapefruit, some white toasted bread, some malt sweetness. Awesome stuff.

Taste: You know a good IPA when you taste it and this one is one of them. Low on the bitterness and high on the hop flavor. Super Juicy and smooth. At 45 IBUs this one is pretty damn low consider it's a 7% ABV IPA, Usually there are around 70 IBUs. But for this beer it works very well, allowing the complexities of Whole Leaf Delta, Simcoe, Amarillo, Sorachi Ace, Lemon Drop, Apollo, Cascade, Centennial to come through in flavor rather than bitterness. The taste is the best part!!
Feel: Med to full bodied and creamy , great mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours a cloudy yellow orange with fluffy white head and nice lacing, smells like sweet lemon drop candy with citrus zest and caramel biscuits, that is sweet mild lemon flesh is followed by an almost dank bitter citrus zest, this beer is creamy and medium bodied leaving a prickly bitterness on the tongue. A velvety lemony fresh IPA.

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MegaBoss IPA from Newburgh Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 187 ratings