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New Guy IPA | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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

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.

Added by GarthDanielson on 09-16-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
157
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
27.06%
 
 
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 157
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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, slowly dissipating head. Leaves a dome as it recedes. Some spotty lace with chunks. The liquid is dirty gold and cloudy.

Pleasant floral aroma of fresh hops. Attractive and balanced for the style.

This is a solid IPA. Nothing extreme, but completely fits the profile. Starts with a pale malt flavor, but the spice of the hop comes in quickly and strongly. The aftertaste is peppery and long lasting. The body is moderate with a slightly elevated carbonation. I'd love to see this in a flight. I think it would score more highly in a blind tasting.

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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 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy copper-gold coloring with a huge, foamy, light, off-white head that settles in around an inch and a half. The beer's aromas are a great dose of fresh, resinous hops all over the nose. Flavors are again hopcentric, with a fresh-hopped feel to it. Slight highlights of semisweet malt and citrus blend to help balance the palate. The beer is mid-bodied, yet cloying and slightly sticky in mouth, with a bitter and spiced hops aftertaste. The beer finishes smooth. Very green, with an overall fresh-hopped feel. Pretty damn good!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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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 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 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 lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Manly Men beer, found on tap at The Lion's Pride.

In a pint glass the beer was copper colored with a huge white head. There was a good deal of lace.

Outdoors, herbal aroma. Some citrus. A good amount of sweet malt.

Resinous pine taste. A little bit of grapefruit. Biscuity.

Hoppy and smooth. Nicely balanced.

I enjoyed this the most of any of the other Manly Men beers.

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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.

Cheers!

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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 donkeyrunner
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Planning a honeymoon up coastal Maine, figured I'd brush up on my ME locals.

Gold with a swarthy white head. Stubborn retention thins and disperses a bit but sticks around for the whole glass and leaves a few dribbles of lace stuck to my glass.

Smells like Columbus. Catty, pine sap, spicy, wonderful Columbus. Neat that one hop can create complexity.

Bready malt and spicy, pine sap and grapefruit pith bitter hops. Tongue sticking hop residue. Packaging claims "we wanted to return to the IPA that was well hopped, but still balanced and smooth." It could pass for a hoppy pale ale but it's hoppy enough that I'm not disappointed.

One malt and one hop. Columbus and something bready I'd guess - English 2 row? Sometimes simpler is better.

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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.

SOLID; NOT MUST HAVE!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange. Creamy-looking eggshell white head sticks around for the duration. Thick collars of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Very dank and weed-like, toasted hemp seed, vegetation, grassy, slight pepper, guava, mango puree. Malt base is apparent and smells of toffee, toasted grain, and bread crust.

T: Lemon rind and lemon pulp with a biting bitterness. Toasted hemp seed and caraway seed. Pepper. Dried grass. Pine resin and notes of grapefruit flesh in the background. Oily. Guava and mango. Toasted grain and bread crust malt base. Finishes with toasted grain and lingering pine resin and grapefruit rind bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth and round mouthfeel. Creamy. Carbonation is sharp and lifting.

O: A respectable IPA. Very much in the east coast vein. Modestly bitter, but still balanced.

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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 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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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 u2carew
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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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 Cavanaghty
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance: Golden amber in color with about one finger of white head.

Smell: Citrus, hops and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweet citrus up front with a very bitter after taste.

Overall: Decent IPA. I would have this one again.

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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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