New England Brewing Co.

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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #42
Ranked #474
4.41 | pDev: 7.94%
Mar 31, 2022
Aug 25, 2012
Notes: One of our "single hopped" beers, this Double IPA gets brewed with only the Nelson Sauvin hop grown solely in New Zealand. A bright-tasting beer that has a big, ole taste of white grape. And yes, the label image is of a Hobbit holding a hop vine while being eaten by a T-Rex. It just seemed... there was this... um, honestly, we don't know what that's all about.

IBU's: 80
OG: 17.2
Hops: Nelson Sauvin
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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Opaque deep gold; fluffy two fingers of white foam; long cap retention; heavy ring; bands of soapy lace. Oniony/cat pissy mango nose. Skunky melon and tropical fruit; strong bitterness; firm malt base; grape must finish. Medium light body; moderate minus carbonation; no astringency. Overall, drinkable but I find the nose off-putting; I do like the bitter linger.

Mar 31, 2022
3.97 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Feb 02, 2022
Photo of mnrider
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mnrider from Connecticut

12 oz can. Not sure about the date on can. BB or Canned On? So, it's either really fresh or just out of date.

A: Bright slightly hazed golden color. Large white fluffy head. Moderate retention with nice sticky lacing. Looks Great.

S: Grapefruit. Pine. Sour stuff. Dank and a little funky. Don't like at first but it grew on me.

T/M: Grapes and grapefruit. Not strong flavors but kind of a delicate mixture. Dank and earthy with malts. Slight hop bitterness which ends smooth and dry. Medium bodied with a hop and grape lingering in the aftertaste.

O: Still not sure about the freshness but this is a really good IPA. Great actually. The single hop Nelson Sauvin really stands out. I'll be looking for this regularly.


Feb 01, 2022
4.01 by DaveCash from New York on Jan 07, 2022
4.38 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 05, 2021
4.77 by strengthdoc from Connecticut on Jun 13, 2021
Photo of Fieceheart
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Fieceheart from Connecticut

Another perfect Nebco body and malt that showcases the hop profile beautifully. White grape certainly pops from the nelson sauvin but it finishes dry and bitter like a proper old school ipa. Quaffable AF.

Jun 04, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

2013 batches - L: 4.5 S:4.75 T:5.0 F: 4.5
O: 4.75 = 4.81

Can dated: 01/22/21

L: Pours a pale gold with a medium-light haze. A gentle pour gives a finger and a half of fine white head. Good retention as the head slowly falls to a 2 mm ring around the circumference of the glass with the interior covered by a thin film of head. As the beer falls in the glass it leaves a beautiful webbed and ringed lacing. This is the sticky icky!

S: Oranges, white wine notes, earth, a bit of crystal malt, some light notes of piney dankness

T: The beer starts with oranges and a bit of white grapes. Next I get a bit of earthy character tempered by malty sweetness. On the backend I get marijuana and grapefruit. The finish has a nice strong bitterness.

F: The beer has a medium body with medium-high carbonation. The mouthfeel is slick and oily with some minimal prickly carbonation tickling the top of the palate. The finish is nice and dry inviting the next drink.

O: This was my introduction to Nelson and what an intro it was, but I feel like this beer is not what it once was. Don't get me wrong it's still a great beer, but it doesn't have the same overwhelming white wine earthiness coupled with some nice bitter pine resin and marijuana dankness. I don't blame Nebco for this, but rather the decline of the hop variety itself. I have noticed this in several other beers over the years (Nelson and Eureka I'm looking at you). I think I first noticed this around 2015 or so. Either way this is still a great beer and I shouldn't complain. Highly recommended!

Mar 02, 2021
4.35 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Sep 26, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at World of Beer in West Hartford, CT.

This one pours a clear dark orange color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like grape, malt sweetness, and weed.

I'm not sure if this beer has declined over the years, or if my palate has advanced beyond this sort of thing. It's quite malty, with a big bitterness, and very little fruit character. There's a touch of grape skin, as it is all Nelson, and that's appreciated.

This is light bodied, and clean, with no real booziness to it.

I wanted to like one a lot more than I did.

Sep 14, 2020
4.29 by smi69 from New York on Aug 08, 2020
4.21 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Jul 03, 2020
Photo of far333
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by far333 from Connecticut

Apricot colored with a frothy inch high head that lingers long. Aroma of citrus and honey malt. Hoppy upfront, a flourish of bitterness and hoppy flavors - lemon and pithy orange rind. Dry and crisp mouthfeel. Good beer.

Jun 22, 2020
4.58 by Joesapp from Connecticut on Jun 16, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

This is a punch in a can, delivering a shockingly high ABV beer. It's most notable feature is that it doesn't take like a beer exceeding 8% ABV. Instead, there's an assertive sweetness and a bold hop profile, and a slightly quieter-than-expected mouthfeel.

Jun 16, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 12 oz can dated BB 9/2/2020 to a Nonic. Not quite hazy, but it is opaque medium gold. Dark beige head fades to white lacing. Magic color change?
Earth dank nose with a hint it has a sweetness behind it. But when in comes to taste, the sweetness was a ruse. The taste is all dank with a fruit back ground. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting.
Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Carbonation could be a little more prominent.
In a nutshell, good, but not as good as I expected.

Jun 07, 2020
4.12 by BidYouABrew from Washington on Jun 02, 2020
3.86 by McSeal from Connecticut on May 22, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

No canning date (presumably canned within the past week)

Pours a cloudy copper-orange capped with a few fingers of fluffy white foam; solid retention leaves a heavy smattering of thick, soapy lacing hanging around persistently alongside a thick collar.

Aromas of passionfruit nectar, pineapple, honeyed guava, and gooseberry at the top; a definite spicy quality and a deftly integrated maltiness make up the subtle backbone; hints of white grape must and detailed, herbal pine find their way interspersed throughout the bouquet.

Taste shows orange peel, papaya, and a ton of bursting general citrus character coating the palate; pine, sticky grapefruit, white grape, gooseberry, vague kiwi, and a squeeze of lemony zest all come out over time, all while still maintaining an extremely balanced profile.

Mouthfeel brings a pillowy smooth medium body with a solid dose of hefty carbonation evened across the palate and building to a touch of malty sweetness before fading into a thin veil of hoppy bitterness that absorbs into the finish; about as easy-drinking as it gets while still reminding of its malty/hoppy punch.

About as balanced and approachable as Nelson hops can be, with a traditional white grape character utilized to influence a fruitier/earthier character as opposed to dominating outright. Even-keeled to the point of extreme crushability, especially for an +8% DIPA with no shortage of a bittering hit.

May 30, 2019
4.05 by DMC43 from Connecticut on May 29, 2019
2.57 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 08, 2019
Photo of Growlah
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Growlah from Connecticut

This is the beer where I first learned about the Nelson Sauvin hop which instantly became, and still remains, my favorite hop. This has become my “go to” beer. Besides the amazing hop flavor, the soft feel and finish is what does it. Another fine creation of Nebco.

May 05, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Pours a dark orange, tea-like color with two fingers of lasting, tan-tinted foam. Sudsy lacing.

Orange citrus and caramel malts dominate the welcoming, old-school aroma.

Pine and orange up front in the taste, with a sweet and bready malt backbone, and firmly bitter, lightly earthy finish.

Medium bodied, lightly creamy, with a nice fizz in the feel.

This is a great beer. I’m not picking up Nelson hops at all, though. I’d be guessing Chinook, Centennial, Columbus.

Apr 04, 2019
4.47 by Zach423 from Massachusetts on Jan 30, 2019
4.18 by Mjmoney23 from Connecticut on Nov 11, 2018
Photo of ravisingh
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ravisingh from Connecticut

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Had this in a tulip glass with a quarter inch of head. Nice line of lacing. Not much aroma. Very fruity flavor - maybe plum. A little pine at the end, but not much. Overall great tasting beer.

Aug 19, 2018
4.38 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania on Jul 21, 2018
4.15 by socon67 from New York on Jun 03, 2018
4.15 by DoubleDaisyCutter from District of Columbia on May 25, 2018
4.35 by paulish from New York on May 17, 2018
3.75 by cshafer7 from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2018
3.8 by pavpav12 from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2018
Photo of MrRB
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by MrRB from Connecticut

This beer is another triumph by NEBCO. Just picked up a few fresh four-packs from the brewery. Rich golden-orange color with a thick, durable head. Aromas of orange zest, keffir lime leaf, fresh melon, and resinous pine. Dry yet generous and extremely long on the palate (honestly, count in seconds how long the finish goes). Similar to G-Bot in that they are both basically perfect DIPAs, but with noticeably different flavor profiles due to the different hop bills. I am officially a NEBCO fanboy.

Feb 08, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Poured from a can, fresh from the brewery dated 2/2/18.

Looks great, a slightly cloudy golden copper with a thick white head that persists all the way down.
Smells nice, fruity and aromatic. White wine grape, pine resin and berry.
Taste is similar hop tones, grape and subtle pine and citrus, maybe a little apple and spice. Some light caramel malt gives a round deep base.
Feels smooth, a bit oily but it's not too heavy. Strong enough bitterness and bright flavors keep it lively. A somewhat herbal and grassy character.

I used to think I didn't like Nelson Sauvin hops, but I had clearly never had a beer that used them so well. I'm still not sure I would choose to drink this over a more typical American-hopped IPA from NEBCo, but I can definitely enjoy it.

And glad I got it fresh!

Feb 08, 2018
4.39 by Sissacot from Connecticut on Feb 04, 2018
4.19 by Boston970 from Connecticut on Jan 31, 2018
4.3 by Ty_M from Massachusetts on Jan 21, 2018
3.75 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Jan 12, 2018
4.22 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Jan 07, 2018
4.25 by cj8311 from Maryland on Jan 07, 2018
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