Newburyport Green Head IPA | Newburyport Brewing Company

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Newburyport Green Head IPANewburyport Green Head IPA
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Newburyport Green Head IPANewburyport Green Head IPA

Brewed by:
Newburyport Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by johnnnniee on 04-29-2013

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of nmann08
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz aluminum can with no-nonsense likable label art acquired in a trade with the generous ICCULUS - thanks buddy! - and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live; I received it yesterday. Expectations are above average given the novelty. 7.2% ABV confirmed. Self-identifies as a West Coast style IPA; I'll review it as such.

Served cold; I like my IPAs cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a healthy 7+ finger head of beige colour. Nice frothy complexion and good thickness. Soft looking. Nice creaminess but I could go for more. Lacing is even yet light as the head slowly recedes. Retention is quite good - around 7+ minutes - but consequently I suspect overcarbonation. A good head overall.

Body colour is a vibrant glowing orange-copper with gold hues. Nontransparent yet translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's spot on for an IPA and looks good for the style, though I've seen far better. No overt flaws stand out, but it isn't unique or special. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Generic floral hop character and some soapiness; I suspect this spent too long in primary - but only by a small margin. Buried light hints of vague detergent aren't particularly appealing. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable to my broken nose. Some grapefruit zest - but it's far less assertive and evocative than most IPAs from the west coast that feature grapefruit notes. Any malt character is unpronounced and primarily pale. Maybe some caramalts. A touch of light oily hop character is a highlight. I'm not getting much in the way of piney, citrusy, juicy, or nectary hops. A decent aroma of mild to moderate strength; it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of hop character, but I'm optimistic. Unfortunately, naked hop bitterness is noticeable - a sign of imbalance.

T: The caramalt and pale malt body feels a bit bland. The hop character is better, blossoming as it nears the climax. I get simplistic floral hop character, some tame grapefruit zest - not as estery as I'd like - and in injection of naked hop bitterness which tanks the balance. Unfortunate; every great IPA I've had emerges from a careful understanding of balance. Some rounded tropical fruit adds little of interest, complicating the hop profile unnecessarily - and frankly adding flavours I don't personally care for in beer. The hops and malts feel distinct here, lacking collaborative qualities. It doesn't come off like a cohesive brew. The bready grainy malt notes are too prominent for the style, and hit right up front rather than evenly throughout. The finish leaves you with some soapiness (an obvious off note - this spent too long in primary) and unwelcome bitterness; the result is that the beer doesn't encourage the next sip and doesn't feel refreshing. Clean and enjoyable to an extent, but this needs work. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Lightly oily. Smooth. Wet. A bit biting on the climax. Overcarbonated. Weird thickness and body, never feeling quite right on the palate. Unrefreshing. Clean. A bit crisp. Fairly soft. Not warm in spite of the relatively high ABV.

Dr: A decent attempt at the style, but it suffers from a notable off flavour and common balance issues. I'll have no trouble finishing this can, but I wouldn't want this again. Needs honing to be truly good. There's some nice stuff happening here, but it isn't enough to compensate for the key flaws. Drinkable but far from ideal. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.


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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber colored liquid from the can; a two inch head sticks nicely and leaves a few squiggles behind

Smell: Rather balanced aromatics with some caramel and stone fruit tones that are offset but the piney, dank elements

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit on the front, with the dank, piney hops building, in the middle; increasingly bitter, after the swallow, with an aggressive finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An amped up version of their APA, but not something I would consider a West Coast IPA; good for what it is

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yay cans!

Big creamy head stops perfectly at the top of my Portsmouth tulip glass, hitting a bit more than 2 fingers, then fades semi slowly with nice lacing, good retention, a hazy bright tangerine orange color with rosy hue.

NOse starts with musty hop resin, some citrus but not a ton, with a bit of a tangerine and light clementine citrus aroma, hint of tropical fruit and juicy hop aroma, as well as a bit of that fresh musty pungent hop that even brings a hint of pine and spiciness, and a mild sweet aromatic malty pop underneath.

Taste starts a bit malty surprisingly, a slight creamy toasty reddish malt with hint of caramel. That quickly gives way to the layers of hops. The hops come on slightly spicy and piney at first, with more resin but light resin, and a musty light dankness. Then into citrus, a candied orange peel effect with touch of orange zest and citrus juice, then it gets quite pithy, a bit of a grapefruit rind like flavor, more tangerine and hint of tropical fruit juice, and finally back into a mild spicy quality with hint of pine resin. There is a bit of sweetness that matches the slight hint of booze well. Finish dries a bit and lingers with the spicy hop, more resin and pine, and a light candied orange peel citrus too, touch of sticky malt.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall quite nice, a nice hoppy IPA with good hop profile, nice malt balance esp for the slight touch of alcohol and fair overall bitterness, but still drinkable. Tasty, esp for a can of IPA that is a bit more easy to get than something like Heady Topper, but becoming a bit more difficult over time.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while but there a lot of better alternatives in the style.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy with darker amber color. Fluffy, average sized head. Settles slowly. Leaves some ring lace after each sip.

Flowery hop aroma with some mild malt in the background. I think I also detect some alcohol.

Starts with some pale and crystal malt flavors, but the hop kicks in quickly. It is peppery and bitter. Full bodied with a neutral carbonation level. True to style, this is a rich, predominately bitter beer. Long aftertaste.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BEER88
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear medium golden color with a huge beige head that takes forever to recede. Huge hop aroma invades my nostrils as soon as I crack the tab on this bad boy. Grapefruit pith, pine resin, bits of garlic and green onions make up the nose. There might be some malt deep underneath, I can't find it but I don't really miss it. I do find a hint of bread and caramel in the flavor but like the nose the hops rule here as well. Bitter citrus with pine tar and resin. along with strands of green onion make up most of the flavor. Lingering hop bite festers on the palette long after each sip. Firm hop bitterness helps this beer live up to its motto of a beer that bites you back. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a lightly bubbly deeply resinous mouthfeel. Damn I wasn't expecting that at all from an upstart in Massachusetts! Great IPA that is going to end up in every box I send out in trades.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -23.7%

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Newburyport Green Head IPA from Newburyport Brewing Company
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