Green Head IPA
Newburyport Brewing Company

Green Head IPAGreen Head IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #1,512
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3.95 | pDev: 10.63%
Newburyport Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Green Head IPAGreen Head IPA
Notes: An assertive and hoppy west coast-style India Pale Ale. Bright hop aromas and flavors fade to a brief, smooth malt undertone and a clean, crisp, slightly bitter finish. This beer is brewed to bite you back!
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Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft, served in a shaker pint glass

clear, darker amber copper color, white head. piney and citrus mild hop aroma, some slightly sweet malt. similar flavors in the taste, medium bitterness. thinner bodied.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pilsner glass. Looks and smells hoppy. Tasted hoppy, as it should, supported by Malt, which I like. When you hold a mouthful for a bit it does a dance on your tongue and let's you know it's not fooling around. The malt fades in the after taste but the hops do linger. Reminds of when IPA's first got popular and why I like them. The 7.2 ABV is also a nice-to-have bonus as well.

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

Pours a hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch fluffy head. Aroma is earthy hops and grain. This is an old school IPA, not to be compared to the current juicy, citrusy NEIPA style. Solid malt backbone supports a forward hoppiness without being overly sweet. I really enjoy this beer, well crafted and reasonably priced. For the money you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Beerbong73
4.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't say enough about this IPA. It delivers on taste and price. For a 6 pack under $10 it is a GREAT buy. The taste is unreal and the bite at the end reminds you why you love pussy.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fairly old (4 months?) 12 oz can of this fine IPA into a pint Spiegelau glass, high and hard to fill it to the top with head. Looks gorgeous, with firm foam settling slowly, leaving persistent lace. Color's a SRM 14, with a strange pearlescent turbidity a little like tiny bubbles. If the "P" in IPA really means Pale, this is darker than that. Still real pretty, though!

Smells like fresh green hop cones, tastes juicy fruits and malts, goes very well with a sourdough pretzel and ripe gooey Camambert.

Mouthfeel's creamy, unctuous, carbonated just right after the vigorous foamy pour.

Aftertaste just a bit timid; could use a bit more bitter hopping. I nearly always think this, though.

I'd be glad to drink more of this. Over the months I've had cans in the fridge, I've been trying not to drink it all at once, and now especially enjoy the way it has aged. IPAs are supposed to age anyway, IMHO, since we know they were invented to get from England to India on slow ships, right?

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Photo of fitzy84
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Copper Door restaurant in Salem, NH. The beer had a dark copper appearance with a thin head. Aromas included sharp, piney, spiced hops that followed the taste really well. Mouthfeel was a medium body and decently creamy. Overall, this was pretty good.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a dark copper to amber color with a finger's worth of fairly quick dissipating white foamy head. Lots of clingy foamy lace with one big ring near the top and some messiness below.
The aroma had the maltiness up front coming about like some toast to caramel/toffee malts with a little bit of dirtiness and then some sticky semi-piney hops with some bitterness starting to take over the entire scent.
The flavor was basically the same with a clever little bit of tobacco leaf coming across in a semi-dry sort of sweetness. Aftertaste was tobacco leafy and malty.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a bit stiff, but mostly fine. ABV felt on par. Finish was brisk with some of that tobacco leafiness and the toast with a little bit of pine.
Overall, I almost want to say this is an English IPA, but well, my numbers stand on this one until I hear otherwise.

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Photo of MightyMonk
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap. Orange hazy with a tightly carbonated head. Citrus aroma with notes of malt. Mouth feel very creamy. Sweet notes of malt balanced with the abundant hops. Overall a great beer. Would drink it again.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can while watching a play at the Gloucester Stage Company. Not bad. Fairly light bodied. Has a very earthy taste - on the pinier end of the IPA spectrum, thus also pretty dry. I'd like to try this again under different circumstances, since I was somewhat distracted.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden amber in color with a finger of long-lasting off white head. Aroma and pine and citrus, more akin to cleaner than a hoppy beer but not wholly unpleasant; I also get some caramel malt in the background. Taste is oddly soapy but has piney hops and caramel malts in the background yet I don't get any sweetness. As I continue to drink I get earthy hops that become me more prominent. Decent mouthfeel light-medium body and low-ish carbonation. This is much more of an old school English IPA. I think I would have enjoyed this quite a bit a few years ago but in today's world of juice bitterness but beer bombs this just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Djdumont
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: apple-cider colored. thin level of foam that dissolved immediately.

Smell: VERY hoppy, with a hint of fruit

Taste: Again, very hoppy. Grapefruit flavor. Bitter, and it lingers.

Mouthfeel: Thick, like the right kind of woman.

Overall: Not a huge fan. I like the flavor, but the bitterness is overpowering and it definitely lingers on the tongue longer than I'd hoped for. It's good, for sure, but its not something I'd put atop my shopping list.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours very haze deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness.Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit, lemon/orange rind, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of illpass78
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can. Had the first couple ounces in a mason car. Rest out of can.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper with a foamy head with retains well.

Aroma: Smells of pine and citrus.

Taste: Follows nose, with a nice malt backing. Grapefruit is the dominant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Has some alcohol burn, but isn't overpowering. Dry finish, medium body.

Overall: Rock solid IPA.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber with a half finger of head that dissipates to a thin cap with traces of lacing. Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste of pine and bread with a nice bitterness in the tail. Well balanced.

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

poured cloudy amber with a foamy head, laces all the way down the glass. Nice piney smell and a smooth mouth feel. Has that bitter taste dry finish I like in a IPA. almost has a DIPA feel and taste. I really liked it and could definitely drink a couple, wish it came 16 oz. Hides the7.2 % well.

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Photo of zkane98
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from can
A:amber color thats very hazy with a 1.5 finger creamy white head
S: piny with a little bit of citrus and breadyness
T: Very piny throught but a little breadiness at the end a very good amount of bitterness
M: Medium body very smooth with a nice dry finish

Overall, this is a very tasty beer, bitter and dry but with a great all around flavor.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from October 22nd, 2015
Had [email protected] Quahog Republic in Falmouth, MA

Appearance - Served up in a pint glass, this brew is hazy and a dull shade of orange with a half finger's width of off-white head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. The lace is a pattern of broken webs across the sides of the glass.

Smell - Strong citrus aroma with lesser bread and caramel undertones.

Taste - Grapefruit hop bomb. Hints of floral and woody hop character. Malts are subdued, but peaks through mid-taste with a hint of caramel and lightly toasted bread. Super pithy finish that wipes out all other traces of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall - It's been awhile since I've had a beer attack my tongue with ruthless bitterness like this, and I have a very high lupulin threshold; i.e. this thing is very aggressively hopped. If you're in the mood for a pure hop bomb, this will fit the bill.

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Photo of Tracs
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber beer with tan head. Starts thick and settles quickly. Moderate lacing. S: piny resin. T: rich and thick. Lots of malt and bitter hops. M: viscous smooth and thick. Ample carbonation O: excellent resin-y IPA. Not sure why it isn't rates higher. Not a super fruity floral NE IPA but really dense and flavorful.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker Amber color and hazy with a thick beige head.

Smell: Light hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine notes with a hint of citrus.

Overall: It looked a lot stronger than it was, but still a good IPA.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden honey color with nice slightly tan one inch head. Very nice and interesting structure with perfect balance of malts and hops. Earthy pine and citrus flavor. On the edge of a double IPA, yet very smooth finish. First beer on my first trip to Boston. I'm off to a great start.

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Photo of Deingeist
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a heavy handed IPA. It tastes more like a double IPA due to the malt characteristics and sheer IBUs.

I will have one on occasion because it packs a punch and can be sipped slowly.

It's not a bad beer, but IPAs abound and to make a truly exceptional IPA is not easy these days.

The bottom line is that NBPT brewing company has set out to make decent beers for the average dude in a can, not make any revolutions in the IPA world. They've done a pretty good job of making and selling lots of beer. But I'd say stick with the Pale Ale if you want to drink NBPT Brew Co beers.

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

Poured a reddish orange color in a Spiegelau glass with a 4F head. Nice looking beer.
The aroma is not very strong: earthy and piney.
The initial MF is very carbonated.

Definitely an approach to a West Coast IPA. Excellent citrus with a zesty, hoppy, finish.

Warming makes the flavors more expansive. There is more pine in the aroma, and the bitterness is stronger.

Overall, an excellent IPA. I have enjoyed a number of beers from the brewery. They are an up and coming MA brewery.

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Photo of Mikerri6
4.98/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. What an amazing beer. Took us by surprise. Had it on tap at a small restaurant in Boston. Great hops profile. Vey smooth. Low bitterness. Well balanced.

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Photo of billybob
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a golden honey color one finger head held very well and a light spotty lace. strong aromas of fruit and pine. light fruit and pine taste balance well with the hops. mouthfeel and carbonation on the light side overall very good also like that it comes in a can.

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Photo of EZE123
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the best go to IPA's. The smell is what gets me everytime, the floral hoppy sent reels you right in. I punctured a can by accident and the beer sprayed everywhere and my apartment smelled amazing.

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