Newburyport Pale Ale
Newburyport Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,150
Ranked #37,771
3.67 | pDev: 9.26%
Newburyport Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a golden amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Light semi-stringy lace ran here and there.
The aroma displayed a fair blend of citrusy sweet hops and a nice little biscuit malt base. Just an ever so slight touch of earth on the back end.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side and instead of combining into a nice bittersweet blend as it warmed it leaned towards the bitter side. Odd, but I wasn't too bothered by that. Light toast to biscuit to citrusy hopppiness in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Developing bitter harshness did come across but wasn't too distracting. ABV felt on par. Carbonation felt as it should. Moderate finish of the citrusy hops and biscuit.
Overal, it's a decent APA that I could come back to if given the chance.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at Paddy's in West Newton MA. 4 pints so I really field-tested (and enjoyed!) this one. Similar taste profile of their celebrated Greenhead IPA. hoppy, maybe a tad more balanced. A well-crafted brew.

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Photo of Stephenmheadley
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored ale with a moderate amount of malt, fruit flavoring and hops. A bit bitter but enjoyable all the same. Overall, a decent beer and one of the stronger offerings from NPBC

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From can
L - Cloudy amber color with thick, carbonated off-white head which disipated fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.
S - Slight citrus smell with malt mix.
T - Kind of a stiff malt taste but otherwise okay.
F - Medium mouth feel.
O - Not too bad. Feel kind of weird giving it all 3.5's, but it seemed an average type beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the can. Spring 2015 I presume. No date. Sampled on August 15, 2015.

The pour is a cloudy looking light to medium amber with a big off-white colored head.

A little light toast in the aroma along with a mild citrus character.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

The taste begins with a similar toasted braded flavor and the citrus notes flutter around in there too. The bitterness is mild to moderate.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very pretty hazy golden, orange in the middle, straw towards the outside of the glass. 3/4" head that leaves quickly but leaves lacing.
smell of lightly toasted bread, medium light malt,yeast, tangy hoppy note.
taste, pale malt, perfect compliment of hops
medium light body, medium carbonation
how does mediocrity earn a 4.25? sometimes you just want a perfect, simple pale ale and this is right on the nose

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my first beer from these guys is a neat one. a lighter bodied pale ale with a unique hop profile and a curious berry complex mid palate that i cannot explain. gentle malt base, mid range on the abv, and bright and fresh. heady in the glass with a fruity hop aroma that at some point in the taste turns into an almost raspberry flash of sweetness out of nowhere. i dont dislike it, but its an odd feature of a hop forward brew. its light and fluffy in feel with great carbonation, and is rather refreshing as a result. far less bitter than most, much more balanced pale ale, old school in that way. a great summer drink i think, not quite as sturdy as i prefer in the fall, but something different here because of that berry feature. im curious for more.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Can as a thank you gift from NERBC
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Aromas of earthy citrus toffee mineral water and diacetyl. The flavor is rich and malty with lots of toffee, caramel, and burnt butterscotch. Light earthy citrus rounds out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Drinkable beer, but not my favorite pale ale. More English inspired than American imho.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color; the head foams to about two inches and leaves a few swaths behind

Smell: Very fruit, with stone fruit tones forward, though the floral, piney tones build, particularly as the beer warms; some caramel underneath, as well

Taste: The caramel tones hit the sweet taste receptors, up front, with the stone fruit developing; as the liquid sloshes over the back and sides of the tongue, the piney hops grow bold; after the swallow, the bitterness dominates, overpowering but not obliterating the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A thoughtfully crafted beer but not one that hits my APA buttons; to my palate, the hops and the malts clash rather than complement and I cannot say I am a fan of the choices for either component

Thanks, Ljudsignal, for the opportunity

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Photo of scotorum
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft pint at Eastside Grill in Northampton Mass.

a: Translucent amber with a thin even surface foam white head when it reached table. Spotty lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt

t: Moderately sharp hop bite over a tasty caramel and biscuit malt base plus a fruit note.

m; Medium, good body, light on the carbonation.

o: A good hoppy American Pale, although the hops do not seem to have much flavor to offer themselves, the bitterness they provide helps balance the substantial malt presence.

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Photo of HuskyHawk
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even in a clear solo cup, this had a very nice color, and a huge, thick head. It is ver carbonated. Smell was citrusy, lemon peel and a nice malt ball aroma. Taste was impressive for an APA, this is more intensely hopped than SN, and yet is nicely balanced. Hops tended towards the citrus and floral, with lingering bitterness. Overall this is well above average for an APA, if you like them more hop forward.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a pretty red can that sorta looks like Coca-cola from far away. The beer itself is cloudy peach colored with a slightly bigger head that lasts slightly longer than most pales. As always extra points for cans.

Orange rind and fresh out of the bag mossy hop aroma. Caramel underneath. Tastes like it smells. Very well balanced. A bit fizzy in back.

Pale ales are like the anti-asshole/opinion analogy: all craft breweries have one but they're usually pretty good.

Never had or heard of Newburyport brewing before but after this I'd try their other offerings.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 11/30/13

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold color - small, off-white head, fades to a small collar and leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Citrus and some pale malts, pretty standard for the style - floral and candy-like - candied oranges and grapefruits - citrus is kind of strange overall, seems oddly extract-based, almost artificial - some grass as well - pale, caramel, and what smells like a hint of amber malts

Taste: Bitter and hoppy, but the hop profile is rather strange - straight-up bitterness, oily orange and grapefruit rind - bitter, candied citrus pith - sticky, oily bitter aftertaste - malts are mostly caramel, with some lighter, paler notes and some more toasted notes - above-average sweetness, which doesn't work well with the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth at first, but the sticky, oily aftertaste is really not what I'm looking for in an APA

Overall: Yeat?

There are lot of charming, easy-drinking American Pale Ales out there. This isn't one of them. This tastes like it kind of wants to be an IPA, but the hops are oddly candy-like and inexplicably bitter. I think some may appreciate this unique profile, but it's not really what I'm looking for.

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Photo of Omnium
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery on 10-18-13 served in a pintglass
Also includes notes from 11-28-13, can > sensory pils glass

A - Hazy gold one finger of foamy head, light lacing.
S - Outstanding aroma, juicy clementine, some pear, pineapple, pale malt.
T - Taste doesnt really highlight those good fruity notes as well, but you get them in front, then a light biscuit and pale malt, mild floral bitterness.
M - Clean and light, a little chewy.
O - Great pale ale, NBPT is a really solid brewery, I hope they get to expand and distribute out of state so I can have their beers more often.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass, no canning date

A- Hazy burnt orange with a high off white head that dissipates slowly

S- Slight citrus and pine with a light toasty malt character

T- Similar to aroma but with some bitterness and bready malt

M- Light to medium with an easy drinkability

O- An okay pale ale not much depth or big flavors to speak of really, good for having with food. This was sent to me as an extra in a trade and always happy to taste something outside my area.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker, the beer is a hazy, caramel coloring with a frothy, clingy, off-white head that starts tall and settles in to a surface coating. Aromas of grapefruit and lemon on a smooth, sweet caramel backbone, with some bitter resin and pine needle notes. Flavors of roast caramel and toffee forward, immediately followed with a resiny bitter hops presence. Peppery spice joins the pine and grassy notes, and the bitterness builds at the back of the palate as you drink. Smooth, somewhat light in mouth, leading to a resiny and spicy blend in the aftertaste. The finish is bitter, slightly dry, with a crispness in there, as well. Easy to drink and pretty flavorful. Good beer.

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Photo of tkelley
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from the brewery in a mixed sixer (only available on site) . Poured into a SAPP glass.

A - very pretty. Hazy golden orange. Nice and bright. Tan - white head about two fingers. Good lacing.

N - sweet and hoppy. Lemon notes. Kind of flowery.

T - follows the nose. Quite hoppy with grapefruit and sweet pine. Toasted biscuit background. A bit too hoppy to call really well balanced, but it isn't too unbalanced. Pleasant with some bite.

M - smooth. No surprises. Bit of an aftertaste but nothing bad.

O - very satisfying pale ale from my hometown. Cheers!

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Photo of Moultron
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Starts off a little aggressive, you can not help but think the brewer filled the contents of the 12 oz can with an IPA . The beer is very hoppy for a pale ale, through me off a little bit. Towards the end it started to develop a some what flat maybe slightly stale after taste . Overall this is a great beer and enjoyable. I wouldn't recommend this beer to someone who is not interested in IPA's, otherwise go get it...YEAT!

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seems like a promising new local brewery with cans, not a bad thing at all.

A- Poured from the can into a tulip for reviewing purposes. The beer is revealed as having a honey orange body with a decent amount of haziness to it. A creamy white head forms to about one finger and retains decently. Frothy ring leaves spots and webs of lace around the glass.

S- Some nice fruity hops up front in the nose with notes of stone fruit, mango and citrus. Solid backing to this with light hints of caramel cracked grain sweetness, biscuit and some yeast bread. Hop forward but certainly not dominant.

T- A lot more opens up here with the hops as compared to the aroma. Hops are still the main flavor but just slightly. A nice floral character here as well as the fruits, tropical and citrus zest mentioned above. Toasted, light caramel, grainy and biscuit malt characters support the hops as well as a yeast bread hint.

MF- Medium-light bodied with a silky texture throughout. Carbonation is on the high side but works nicely with the flavors present. Fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

Pretty happy with this one in all aspects. Nice fresh hops with a more than sufficient malt and yeast base.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another new brewery from MA, neat. Also yay cans.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger fluffy looking head that fades at a med pace, nice bubbly lacing, very hazy peach colored, a bit too hazy overall.

Nose brings some nice hops, a bit tropical fruit like guava and mango, bit of citrusy tangerine, hint of pith and a light grassy floral hop, with a light malt base little cracker grainy sweet like malt, light reddish crystal malt, hint of grapefruit comes the more I nose.

Taste starts with the fluffy sweet malt, a little reddish sweet crystal malt and hint caramel, little cracker too, with more sweetness overall than I expected but not too much. Then hops, not a lot of bitterness but a nice fruity hop character, more light tropical fruit, very light this time, with hint of grapefruit, mango, and tangerine citrus, little pith. Hops turn a little earthy and hint spicy with the fruity flavors, bit of tree fruit too. Finish is drier, nice med bitterness coming through a cooling effect like a peppermint kinda thing, with light spicy earthy hops, hint citrus, little mint, little tangerine and grapefruit pith lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bod, decent fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, a nice take on an APA, good hop profile, nice malt balance, bit on the sweet side but still within range, hops are nice on the nose, turn a little more IPA like on the flavor but still nice, drinkable, tasty, and comes in a can. Hooray beer!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Bready and caramel malts followed by fruity and citrus aromas.

Taste: Mmm, much more noticeable hop flavors. Tropical and citrus flavors with mild hop bitterness, chewy malts, light caramel too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid APA from the new north shore brewery out of Massachusetts. All their beers come in cans too, which is extremely convenient too. Will be looking for more of these in the future.

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Photo of Dools9
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, no date. Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Slightly hazy, color is golden orange. Head was about three fingers, off white and creamy. Nice lacing and retention.

S: Orange peel, citrusy, a bit juicy and tropical as well. Toasty, bready malt hangs out in the back.

T: Very juicy hop flavor, mango and slightly sweetened orange flavors. A bit resinous in flavor as well, orange peel, grapefruit pith, backed by a sturdy malt foundation. Nice bitter kick for an APA though.

M: Medium feel, carbonation is smooth. Feels just a bit slick and oily.

O: Very nice stuff, very surprised how much I liked this. Glad I snagged a sixer and will definitely grab this and other Newburyport Brewing Co offerings in the future. My only gripe is that the can was not dated.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Newburyport Pale Ale pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a moderate sized head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of flowers, orange citrus, tropical fruit and a touch of pine. The aroma fades quickly leaving behind some malty notes.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet malt, followed by floral and citrus hops (grapefruit, orange), and a touch of light fruit. It finishes moderately bitter, dry and grassy. Once gone the grass and bitterness with a little citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a nicely balanced, easy drinking beer. A good beer for a casual occasion.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Comes in a can but poured out a small amount into a RedHook Double shot glass. It was a hazy amber color with off white head.

All other attributes were judged from the can.

S: Pine and floral hops. A hint of sweet and tangy grapefruit.

T: Similar to the smell. Pine is a little dank. Surprising amount of hops. Also getting an earthy hop character.

M: On the lighter side of a medium body and a little sticky. Medium carbonation.

O: Very sessionable and what I would like to see out of more pales. A pale ale that doesn't hold back. Nice aroma and flavor, respectable ABV, but more drinkable than an IPA. I'm proud to say these guys are from my home state and I hope they have major success.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received just today in a trade from ICCULIS - thanks again, buddy! 5.5% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are average but optimistic; this is me first beer from this brewery. No visible best before or canned on date. Label art is pretty standard fare.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice thickness. Good frothy texture with light creaminess. Soft appealing complexion. Very approachable. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is pretty good - about four minutes. Body colour is a vibrant pale yellow-copper. Pretty transparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style, if standard fare. It's exactly what you'd expect a pretty good pale ale to look like. I'm excited to try it. So far, so good.

Sm: Citrusy, with tangerine coming through. Surprising candi sugar presence. Cotton candy/candy floss. Sugarcane. Pineapple, mango. Pale and caramel malts. Sweet. Some floral hop character. Not liking the fruity hop presence here, but I can see where it might appeal to some. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An aroma of above average strength. I like it far more if the citrus was more pungent and the candied character was gone.

T: Candi character persists, with some tropical fruit hop esters coming through that aren't really to my particular tastes - mango, pineapple, tangerine. Quite sweet, bordering on syrupy. Some light floral hop character is more to my liking, but still not ideal. Balance is alright, but it seems they tried to hide the hop bitterness with too much malt - making it too sweet for the style. The pale malt foundation has none of the toasty character I expected and wanted. Decently built for the style, but not for me personally. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Fairly soft. Good thickness. Slight overcarbonation. A bit oily. Suits the flavour profile decently, but the style well. Flavour not considered, this is a pretty solid execution for a pale. Not biting or sharp. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: I anticipate many will love this, but the choices of hops just wasn't ideal for my personal tastes. There's brewing with care here, but I can't say I truly like this brew. Looking forward to trying more from Newburyport and glad I got to try this one. An easy drinking pale ale with a specific type of hop profile; I'd much sooner try a pale ale like this than a bland safe pale from a lesser brewer. Recommended if you like candied and tropical hop character. I won't be having this again, though.

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