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New Guy IPA | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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New Guy IPANew Guy IPA

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 157
Photo of McBeerin
2/5  rDev -41.2%

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.

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Photo of Jslay013
2.11/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.27/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of stageseven
2.54/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed orange glow with a bright white head which fades a little quickly. Tons of pine and grapefruit on the nose with a touch of detectable malt. Thinner body. Tastes more like an english IPA really. Sweet bready and caramel malts followed by tons and tons of pine with a touch of grapefruit and that lingering earthy euro hop finish. (Tastes just like an IPA I homebrewed recently actually) Very clean finish with lingering bitterness. Touch of perceptible alcohol which is a bit of minus due to the low ABV. Nothing out of the ordinary but well brewed at least. Unique blend of English and American IPAs in my opinion. Not the first of its kind but it doesnt do a bad job. At the same time, theres nothing that makes this one special.

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Photo of dougfur
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of jslot38
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the source by my GF as part of a mix 6'er. A great gift to bring back from Bar Harbor.

12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Little chill haze but not exactly cloudy orange amber body with a small white head barely covering the top.

Smell: Biscuit-y with some pine and a faint citrus in the background. Fairly mellow.

Taste: More of a hop presence versus the aroma. A traditional "east coast" IPA (though that distinction is not what it used to be). Pine and grassy hops interplay with a bready and grainy malt background. Solid bitterness but it seems to have a slight cardboard flavor unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: Hops bitterness is somewhat abrasive, but not overwhelming. This is an IPA after all.

Overall: A worthwhile IPA that falls a little short in the aroma and has a slight off flavor in the taste. Has a good drinkability though and some nice flavors. Has a good balance between hop bitterness / pine notes and bread / caramel malts.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This one exploded with carbonation. A dense full inch of off white head atop of some hazy colored orange tint beer. Tons of microscopic floaties means extra B vitamins for me. yeah... not into that sort of thing.

S - Smell is very subdued with very little citrus or pine hops just gram cracker malt all the way.

T - Very average taste just mildly bittering hops (piney) with minimal balance of cracker like malts (kind of off putting) The pine does stick around for a bit so it's just OK.

M - Light to medium with passable flavors.

Overall not something to buy even on occasion this IPA is just drinkable to be a one and done.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No bottling date, but I bought it at the brewery less than two months ago.

A: Very slightly hazed light amber body under about an inch of tight white foam that leaves sticky lace. Pretty good.

S: Fairly aromatic but rather uninteresting, with a mixture of purely piney hops and rather homebrew-esque pale malt sweetness. Not bad at all, but no better than average.

T: A hint of malt sweetness right up front quickly gives way to spicy, resinous, piney hops. The hops carry through to the clean, moderately bitter finish. Long, piney aftertaste. Pretty nice.

M: Very frothy, ultra-carbonated. Hard to tell just how substantial the body is since it pretty much explodes into foam instantaneously. A bit much.

O: Rating to a 3 average, this is a solid 3. It's tasty, like I expect from an IPA, but it's nothing special for the style. Better than some other offerings from this brewery, and definitely worth a shot if you're in the area and crave some hops.


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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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.


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Photo of Etan
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz extra sent to me by Valdieu. Thanks!

A: Pours a murky brass with a small white head.

S: Apricot and slight citrus, caramel malt and some Ringwood-like esters.

T: Mild citrus hop notes and a piney, oily bitterness, followed by bright grainy malt.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Not undrinkable but not very good. This beer needs some fixing before it can be called a good IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy almost creamy but bubbly 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with some foamy lacing, over hazy sediment filled milky honey orange color.

Nose has some lighter hops, a bit grassy and earthy, hint of citrus and fruit, bit of an earthy yeast like almost saison earthiness, light stale hops, hint of sweet amber malts.

Taste starts with herbal hops, very herbal and vegetative, grassy, chewy, with a decent bitterness. It has the hop taste of a U.K. bitter, the kind I don't like, Hedgerow like hops I think. Some light sweet amber malts as a base. It almost gets vegetable oil feel. Finish is drier with a long quite bitter lingering, with more herbal earthy grassy hops and vegetal flavors, like decaying vegetables.

Mouth is med bodied, pretty good carb, but a slight oily feel.

Overall not my style, not a bad beer overall but the kind of hops I really don't like. More like U.K. style bitter

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Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very bright white and fluffy head is produced quite nicely but only about two fingers deep, but manage to settle into a solid finger nicely. Body color is a hazy murky dull orange and brown amber, with not much else to see or say.

Nose is closed. A small earthy hop sense, lots of dirt and soil sensations. Let's see where this goes.

Palate hits with a very solid body, almost creamy. Bready malts hit with the finish and an nice pine bitter hop blast. Earthy quality comes out with a sense of drying slightly, and some toasty character. Good lingering hop finish, with a real good texture and feel.

Overall it's a different take on the American style it seems from other American IPAs, but it's certainly not terrible. I could have this again, but can't say I am craving it either.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: golden brown body gave a small white head appeared for less than twenty seconds.It showed little carbonation. Barely any lacing was shown.

S: based around the hops with some slight citrus notes. A bit of pine was combined with the malts.

T: some citrus in front of the hops with the pine notes taking more of a background.

M: medium with a smooth yet tingly sort of feel.

O: this was a pretty good beer. I would have it again.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a hazy coppery amber, with some solids (presumably yeast) suspended in it. Nice aroma: bread, yeast, some grapefruity hops. Taste is malt up front with a nice hoppy finish. Lots of grapefruit rind. The hops are nicely balanced. It is a pretty complex hop profile. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall, an entirely decent IPA. Not overwhelming, not a big hop bomb, but balanced and reasonably complex.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy darker shade of yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense off white head that hardly died down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of earthy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is all about the hops and has notes of earthy and spicy flavors along with hints of citrus hops and grainy malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and a little chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There's nothing overly special about this IPA but it does a pretty good job of having an interesting spectrum of aromas and flavors for a single hop beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light golden amber with a 1/2 finger head. Head was a mix of large and small bubbles. Also had a fair amount of haze/sediment floating in the pour. Aroma was mostly hoppy, with a bit of herbal undertones. Taste was predominantly the bitter hops, with a small amount of oatmeal hiding in the back. Felt good in the mouth. Coated well and was nicely carbonated. Overall not bad. A solid IPA, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of cbutova
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is copper to amber, head is dense and off white to light tan and laces nicely.

Smell is slightly toasted malt, maybe some oats(?) quickly followed by hop notes on the fruity side.

Taste is clean, a little sharp bitterness - malt flavor is toasted and pretty neutral, not over sweet.

Mouthfeel is IPA standard, solid carbonation, good bitterness overcoming slight malt sweetness.

Overall, a very solid IPA, scents were pretty neutral but taste and mouthfeel were very pleasant.

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