Review: Green Head IPA, Newburyport Brewing

Green Head IPA
Newburyport Brewing Co. — Newburyport, MA

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  7.2%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. can

Description:  An assertive and hoppy west coast-style India Pale Ale. Bright hop aromas and flavors fade to a brief, smooth malt undertone and a clean, crisp, slightly bitter finish. This beer is brewed to bite you back! — Newburyport Brewing
Random thoughts:  This is the first beer I tasted from Newburyport Brewing. I picked it up during my trip to the the Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston earlier the summer. 

The tasting: Deep golden orange in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates very slowly. Aroma starts with sweet caramel and has loads of juicy grapefruit and citrus. From the first sip, grapefruit and piney hop flavors dominate. Underneath all the hops, lies a caramel and bready malt backbone. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma, but is present in taste. Overall hop bitterness is high. Green Head IPA is medium bodied, has a resinous, yet smooth mouth feel, and finishes with sweet caramel and long lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.

Rating:  4 star. Really Good. I want this again!  While not balanced, the malt backbone is solid and stands up well against the strong hop flavors. These East Coast guys sure know how to make a good West Coast IPA! 

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