New Guy IPA
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

New Guy IPANew Guy IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #7,128
Ranked #47,419
3.48 | pDev: 12.64%
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States
New Guy IPANew Guy IPA
Notes: With the recent explosion of over-the-top hopped IPAs, we wanted to return to an India Pale Ale that was well-hopped, but still balanced and smooth. Our brewers wanted to name it after one of our hardworking staffers, so we decided to name it after Dave—the new guy. This beer is made with one hundred percent Columbus hops and only one malt, yielding a nice earthy tone and spicy flavors. Columbus hops have a citrusy profile, which is more subtle than that found in most IPAs.
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a clear amber color with visible carbonation. A well retaining thumbnail length head yields lacing.

Classic IPA aromas of bright citrusy notes of grapefruit and candied oranges. Herbal aromas of pine and grass and earthy bitterness. For the malt aroma I detect notes of cracker, however, I also detect a spiciness that perhaps suggests rye.

As with the aroma, the flavors are rife with classic IPA qualities. A neutral cracker malt backbone, as well as a touch of caramel, is balanced by an assertive resiny bitterness. Notes of grapefruit rind, orange pith, peach, sharp pine and grassy spices. The finish is dry, crisp, resiny and bitter. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Tasted like a West Coast IPA all the way. Grapefruit, pine and bitterness; totally worked for me. Not sure why it’s rated low.

Aug 26, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pub glass.

Look is a slightly hazy yellow orange with a full white head.

Aroma is toasted malt with a clear herbal hop note.

Taste is second wave bright bitter herbal hop note.

So good.

Aug 03, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying a bottle of this beer that I bought back from vacation whilst in Bangor/Bar Harbor. It poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had bitter hop notes. The taste was bitter leaning through the drink with pine finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

Sep 05, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a golden brown body gave a small white head appeared for less than twenty seconds. It showed little carbonation. Barely any lacing was shown. The smell was based around the hops with some slight citrus notes. A bit of pine was combined with the malts. The taste has some citrus in front of the hops with the pine notes taking more of a background. The palate is basically a medium with a smooth yet tingly sort of feel. Overall, this was a pretty good beer. I would have it again.

Jun 11, 2017
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GtBoros from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice herby after taste with real ch go bitterness light and crisp as usual. Definite complexity that makes it a head above other IPAS. drank last nite in bar harbor 2017

Jun 09, 2017
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FFreak from Vermont

3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Looking Glass restaurant in Bar Harbor, ME. A somewhat standard pale ale look to this - clear, light copper/amber, thin white head. Nice hops in the aroma - some citrus. Taste is good, nice balance of hoppy bitterness and malt sweetness, with a slight hop aroma/flavor. Mouth is medium-thin, on the dry side, refreshing. Overall, a solid pale ale.

Sep 29, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orange-amber color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap

S: Piney and earthy notes up front with a caramel malt backbone

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the pine and earthy notes with a moderate-high bitterness and then goes into a lightly sweet caramel maltiness that hardly tames the bitterness. Finishes with lingering earthy notes, light caramel sweetness, and lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Fairly raw bitterness almost singles this one out. The malt does a decent job at balancing, but it could do much better. In other words, it's very Columbus-y and could use a little fleshing out. Definitely old-school IPA, though, so try it out if you're into those

Aug 20, 2015
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McBeerin from Florida

2/5  rDev -42.5%

Pours an amber color with off white lacing. Immediate taste is bitter with prominent piney notes. Thin on the palate relative to other IPAs. Finishes much the same way it started. It reminds me of an IPA I made recently, and I'm a terrible brewer. Skip it.

Nov 12, 2014
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JohnFatAss from New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks like an IPA.
Hazy orange color. Nice thick head.
Mild but sweet and fruity smell.
The beer is not balanced.
It does have some malt sweetness but it is overwhelmed by the earthy hops.
It has a bitter finish and a sour after taste.
This beer is just too harsh for my liking.

Oct 23, 2014
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Nordicsk8er from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into shaker pint glass. Good head retention. Partly cloudy. Piney and citrusy nose, not especially distinguished. Very citrusy and bitter on the palate. I was expecting more "balanced and smooth" as advertised. The malt is overly subdued. A fine palate cleanser, however, and nice accompaniment to curry dishes. Nice carbonation and good mouthfeel.

Oct 16, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty solid orange color. I got a huge blast of foam out of this one - I think the bottle may have been shaken. Some pretty good lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Smells of apricot, citrus, pine, hops, and lemon.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. There's also a touch of booze. Slightly more harsh than I had guessed.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty decent IPA with a traditional American IPA profile. I like that it's made with only one hop variety and one malt - it's very complex for having such a simple base. Not my favorite Atlantic beer - they make some really good ones, to be sure - but a solid IPA.

Aug 09, 2014
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farrago from New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head crests a little over a finger, off-white, some dimpling but evaporates too swiftly for you to really notice it, the lacing is thin yet does hold onto form broad sheets. The liquid is a rust orange, strong swirling storm of tiny bubbles within, at times they look like a fine sediment, overall looks slightly watery. While the nose has a malty foundation and cocoa, vanilla powder notes, there’s pronounced sourdough bread, quinine, sour lemon peels, iron flecks and lawn grass which stiffens it in your nostrils and closes it down some, not much fruit or other sweeter elements to balance these out. Full-bodied and on the heavy side, curiously based on visual inspection the carbonation is weak hence it doesn’t dance much on the palate. That same metallic bitterness persists here, amplified to distraction. To be fair, the cocoa and caramel also increases and you get a mix of indistinguishable white pit fruit. The citrus is a muddle of white grapefruit and lemon. Leafy without being harshly “green.” The overall dryness leaves your tongue desiccated by the end. Nothing really pleasant enough about it to entice you into finishing the bottle.

Nov 22, 2013
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dougfur from New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear, kind of burnt-straw color, big head. Smell is beer like, but also a little like scotch. There is some hop presence, but it's mostly bittering hops and it's drowned out by this boozy, scotchy smell/taste. I would never pay money for this, but I've had worse beers.

Oct 21, 2013
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

2.27/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Dark orange, plastic fruit shine, vibrant shower of effervesce with a healthy protein haze. Buff toned marshmellow head of one finger with a spotted lace band.

S: Soft lemon flower, very weak, no complexity, some semi-dry oranges and pale grains, nothing to smell here move on.

T: Coarse, dirty lemon flowery rough bitterness. Coarse oranges, chalky herbal citrus, musky sage, again very rough around the edges leaving a particularly bad after taste of dirty citrus.

M: Chalky mouthful, high rate of carbonation, turns frothy and washy on long holds. Again coarse feel and bitterness doesn's sit well on the tongue, chalky citrus aftertaste.

O: Overall tries to be a mean and bitter beast, but just exposes its poor craftsmenship. Bitterly harsh, and not in a good way, dirty rough hopping, no flavor aspect, just a harsh bitter mess. I love my hops, particularly flavored forward ipa's, and i particularly like Columbus, which i later found out was utilized here, most likely all early contribution with no flavor or aroma addition. Not balanced, not smooth, no bottling date for confirmation and a reasonable drain pour. For a beer that highlights what columbus hops can be at thier finest look no further then Anderson Valleys Hop ottin, an exceptional example, this was a jaded ,plain jane, unbalanced and unworthy waste of good hops.

Sep 17, 2013
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head and settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear golden-orange body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Pungent. Spruce. Some floral and citrus notes.
T) Bright, hoppy bite upfront that lingers all the way through and into the aftertaste. The malts poke through attempting to balance the profile but the hops still dominate. Orange. Grapefruit. Some rind notes.
M) Medium body. Dry. Tannic.
O) A well crafted IPA. I'd have another one.

Aug 26, 2013
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2013.

The pour is a very murky, cloudy pale yellow, light amber with a small white fizzy head.

The aroma is subtle overall. There are biscuits and malts but there is a an earthy hop note that balances it all off quite well but does not take full command. It is the way I like my IPA's to smell.

The body is medium and rather astringent.

The taste is much like the aroma with a decent dose of biscuits and bread at first, some sweetness, and a slightly elevated earthy hop flavor. But again - not overpowering and actually well balanced.

This is an easy to drink, not in your face, IPA!

Jun 22, 2013
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a mild hops bitterness for the style comes in. The malt character is also light for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent IPA to drink for a while.

Jun 13, 2013
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: partly cloudy, orange hue, finger white head,
good lacing

S: orange, candy sugar, light floral

T: lemon peel, firm malt, sweet biscuit, grassy/pine finish

M: med/light body, hint of oily mouth

O: Good summer or newbie IPA.
May be repeat buy. Never heard of this brewery,
thought I would give it a go.


May 23, 2013
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured into a goblet with a semi-hazy apricot orange body and a white head. The cap forms to about one finger in height. Head texture is frothy and creamy and a bubbly ring leaves small patches of lace.

S- To me it is one of the more balanced IPAs, dare I say New England style. I get caramel, fresh cracked cereal grains and yeast bread right off the bat. Some apple fruits and of course the hops. Hops lend citrus zest and floral notes.

T- Following the nose in many aspects. I get a lot of grainy hints like fresh cracked barley when I home brew, apple, white grape, light caramel and some sweetness. Hops lend pine, herbal, floral and citrus flavors.

MF- Light end consistency overall to the body with a fairly creamy feel. Carbonation at a high level as it fills the palate with a slight sting. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Pretty balanced compared to most modern examples of this style. Not just a hop bomb but yeast and grain flavors come through pretty nicely and it all works out in the end.

May 01, 2013
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates leaving spotty lace on the sides. Smells of rancid popcorn with and earthy sulfury thing going on. Toffee and caramel maltiness. The flavor is bitter sweet and malty with caramel and burnt buttered popcorn making up most of the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. I have a sensitivity to diacetyl and can spot it when others don't, this beer is has enough that it makes it unpleasant for me to drink.

Apr 21, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber and dissolved with hop haze. Light ring lacing.

Fresh floral soap and citrus aroma. Some light toastiness. Nothing special, nor offensive. Rather sweet and a little perfumey.

Dialed down hops with low bitterness, style considering. Floral hops and orange/grapefruit citrus. Very mellow and benign. Enjoyable, if you think of it as a pale ale.

Low carbonation and medium-light body. Easy to drink, at least.

Not very representable as an IPA. Still tastes like a nice craft ale.

Apr 21, 2013
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Jslay013 from Massachusetts

2.11/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Wow, I love IPAs, but this just falls so short of the mark for my palate.

It looks good and the smell is decent, but the taste is way off for me. I am not sure of the hop profile, but to me, it tastes like an odd blend that isn't well balanced with the malt profile.

Overall, I am glad I just had a taste of this as I would have been severely disappointed if I have paid for a full glass.

Apr 17, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent at best IPA. Kind of nutty, oddly. Mild tang to it. Isn't really working, as far as the style goes. Consistent flavor. But the flavor is lacking for the style. Just isn't my thing. Needs a greater defined bitterness and some accents from hops.

Jan 22, 2013
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stageseven from Delaware

2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle foamed over upon opening. I could not pour the beer into the glass all at once due to the foam, which takes 10 minutes or so to settle. The beer has a very rocky off-white head, and a hazy golden hue. The smell has a hop dominance with a little sweetness to it. There is some graininess as well. The taste is faint grain up front, followed by a substantial bitterness in the back of the mouth. There is little actual hop flavor, just an overbearing bitterness. In the mouth, the beer has a moderately thin body, and is way overcarbonated. I did not enjoy this beer at all. The malt flavor does not balance out the bitterness, and it does not have a good hop quality. Perhaps I got a bad batch, but the entire 6-pack I picked up had the same qualities.

Dec 31, 2012
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JG-90 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle into chalice

A - pours 1" head, slowly dissipates, moderate lacing. cloudy amber/brown color

S - bread, hops, citrus

T - bready, hop bitterness, a little lemon/orange citrus, great amount of malt flavor just enough but not too much to overshadow other flavors

M - medium to full bodied

O - really like this beer. nothing that really stands out, but a solid all around IPA that is very drinkable

Dec 01, 2012
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 175 ratings