Newburyport Pale Ale | Newburyport Brewing Company

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Newburyport Pale AleNewburyport Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Newburyport Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

High C

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mothman
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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 GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a mildly murky, toasted orange color. Large, thick head. Head is doughy and dense. It refuses to die down as well. Random lacing.

S-Balanced nose. Floral and candied citrus hops. Softer grains along with a sweet, toasty maltiness. The nose is actually for a relatively lower ABV brew.

T-The flavor is plenty hoppy and plenty bitter. Bright grassy hops mix with florals and citrus. The sweetened bready malts are full and long on the tongue. Finishes grassy and toasty. Loads of flavor here. Impressed.

M-Dry, high bitterness for an APA. Very drinkable with awesome, tight bubbles. Sessionable.

O/D-Impressive first offering from these guys. A hop-forward APA in a can is definitely something I can see myself buying again.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Resuin
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hootie159
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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