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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 17.24%


Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-17-2011)
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

No freshness date on it but I will note that the bottle says blood red ale not english brown...

A= Pours a dark amber to brown color when held to the light it is clearly an amber color with a small head on it that is bright white and holds some retention but not much. The lacing is minimal.

S= Smells like a buiscuty toasty amber. There is actually a little alcohol in the nose despite the low alcohol.

T= The taste is big on the alcohol! What the hell is going on here. It tastes like a shot of vodka. A little buiscuit and toast but a lot of vodka.

M= An ideal amount of carbonation

O= What the hell is going on here. Did they accidentally bottle booze or is this beer. This is the worst tasting beer I've had in a long long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:53:19 | More by jjanega08
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yesyouam

New York

2.13/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Newcastle Werewolf is a crystal clear amber ale topped with a bubbly, white foam that leaves nice lacing. It smells sweet and syrupy with herbal, root beer-like notes. It smells warm. Light bodied and a bit watery, it leaves the tongue a bit raw. Let's address this poisonous taste. Is that fusel? It tastes like fusel and flatulence. There's a touch of candy sweetness and a touch of juniper bitterness, but it's still pretty much fart water.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:20:45 | More by yesyouam
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fallopia

Indiana

2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a chilled bottle into a footed ale glass.

Appearance: A pleasant, caramel-golden brown with a off-white creamy head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell: A fresh yeast smell with hints of rye and spices

Taste: Weak flavors of grains, pepper, and cloves with a cloying, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and lighter body with a slight oily feeling

Overall, the appearance and aroma set up expectations that the taste couldn't back up. A poor substitute to the standard Newcastle Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:33:43 | More by fallopia
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GeoJ

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color, 1-finger head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Faint aroma that is puzzling to me ... Malt? Berries? Really not strong enough to put my finger on it.

Taste is a quick malty/citrus jolt that is immediately overpowered by the carbonation. Nice bitterness on the finish, but nowhere near the malty, nutty flavors I would expect from an English Brown Ale.

Waaay too much carbonation, to the point where it feels (and tastes) like seltzer water with a spritz of ale tossed in.
A pretty tasteless and unsatisfying brew.

Does not compare on any level to my favorite Brown Ale by Legend Brewing of Richmond VA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 22:52:06 | More by GeoJ
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womencantsail

California

2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a clear light brown color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A surprisingly roasty aroma. Lots of toasted malts with a definite nuttiness (though the nuts seem somewhat burnt). Light grass aromas with some hints of toffee. There is a bit of a butter note, however.

T: Caramel, toffee, and lots of roasted malt. It's quite bitter and quite buttery. Lightly fruity (raisins, perhaps) with a definite grass flavor. Really not a good combination on the palate.

M: Very light in body, in fact, watery, with medium carbonation.

O: The nose started off okay, but once the butter crept in, it was all over.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 05:05:15 | More by womencantsail
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I missed out on Werewolf last year, mostly 'cause I couldn't find any singles. This year is different. Boom. This stuff pours a clear sunrise copper-amber topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises toast, mild toffee, and a layer of dank dark greens pervading the background. The taste brings in more of the same, but this same is relegated to near-obscurity. What replaces it is an all-encompassing melange of extremely hard water and old-ass vegetables. Great. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty slick feel. Overall, this is just a bad mess of a beer, one that makes me wonder what the hell has happened to the Newcastle line.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 20:10:05 | More by TMoney2591
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scottfrie

California

2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours a deep wooden amber with a couple fingers of greasy dark tan head that took its time fading into a thick film that left a sheet of fuzzy lacing down the glass.
S: Not sure what to make of this one. It smells like a bunch of old leaves and sticks tossed together with something sour.
T: There’s a strange caramel-like sweetness mixed in with a bunch of sticks and spices. There is also a bit of bitter hops and bready crust malt. I get a splash of cherry juice in the finish as well. Finish is watery, and the aftertaste is sour.
M: Medium-thin body with fuzzy carbonation and a slick mouthfeel that finishes dry.
O: Definitely not a fan of this one. Not that the original is a great beer, but I would take that over this anyday.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 19:51:19 | More by scottfrie
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Phocion

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a shaker pint. Medium-dark copper body with a thick but fairly unretentive frothy beige head. Light lacing.

Aroma is thick toffee and caramel. Spicy rye adds a nice touch. Grassy hops and a bit nutty, with a touch of toasted and roasted malts.

The flavor is a combination of burnt and toffee notes. Grassy hops, somewhat astringent. Burnt/bitter aftertaste in my mouth.

Thin and well-carbonated. Slick, oily mouthfeel.

I had heard less than flattering things about this beer, but decided to pick one up in a mixed 6-pack to see for myself. The aroma actually temporarily got my hopes up; it had a lot going on and the rye really added to it. However, this illusion faded after the first swallow. This is not a particularly pleasant beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 18:30:54 | More by Phocion
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep, ruby-brown body with excellent clarity and a tall, foaming, sand dollar-colored head.

Smell: Nutty, toasty malts with a soured rye accent, followed by berry skins, moistened cardboard, clothes one forgot to remove from the washer and place in the drier. I'm rather stymied here, folks.

Taste: Regular Newcastle with a bit more nutty, toasty, scantly roasty with an oddly harsh astringent quality hitting fairly fast. Curious dried berry taste lurking in there, as are some metallic offerings, some corrugated paper board. Slight bitterness, but then there's that questionable fruitiness, a bit of table sugar on the tongue, then the crackly carbonation comes and rescrambles the mish-mash of dumpy tastes all over the tongue. Ick.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, I wasn't expecting much at all, merely hoping for something drinkable, like the bland standard-issue Newcastle, but this is actually quite unpleasant. I didn't even finish it!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 21:25:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kojevergas

Texas

2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 6er at my local Vons grocery store earlier tonight. 4.5% ABV confirmed. I love a good Irish Red Ale, so I'm excited to try this in spite of its current low ratings (3.2 rAvg) and my dislike for Caledonian. "Blood red ale." Brewed with Rye Malt. It doesn't actually self-identify as an Irish Red Ale, but I think it's safe to say it's either an Irish Red or an American Red (Amber). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded pry-off cap served into a flared stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of light khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness.
Average to above average retention - about 2-3 minutes. A bit of lacing as the head recedes. No "legs" per se.

Body colour is a dark caramel; somewhat dull. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Semitransparent. Translucent.

Not much to look at, and if it's supposed to be an Irish or American Red it's missing the mark.

Sm: Sweet caramalt. Very English in character. Nutty and toasty. Rye, but no accompanying spiciness. Light moist cardboard but no traces of oxidation; definitely an off flavour. Clean barley. Biscuit malt. English malts. Some brown malt. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through. Very narrow. Not real appealing, to be honest. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hm. Definitely English in character, with biscuit malt, heavy caramalt, some toffee, brown malts, and light toast. The rye is hardly noticeable; no spiciness at all. Vague nuts, but I can't discern which. Too sweet. Third act and finish is all cardboard. Generic. Hop profile is barely noticeable, but I guess it's generic and grassy. I get some artificial berry syrup of some sort about the climax. Tastes like a homebrew extract beer. No real artful balance. No subtlety or complexity.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Low depth of flavour.

I don't get any yeast character or alcohol. It does have the aforementioned cardboard off flavour. I'm not a big fan of this stuff.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick and syrupy for the lack of flavour depth or diversity. Overcarbonated. Not gushed, hot, or biting. Suits the flavour profile in a generic sense.

Dr: This is by no means an Irish Red, so it's currently misclassified. It's an English style of some sort - maybe a shitty English Mild? ABV is barely hidden even though it's low. Quality is fairly low so it's a biteen hard to drink. I'm not looking forward to the other five bottles. Another subpar offering from Caledonian/Newcastle. I wouldn't touch this again. Certainly a below average brew.

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 05:07:10 | More by kojevergas
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Light brown. Not much head that quickly dissipates to big bubbles. Very light lacing.

S: Soapy. Malt, bananas.

T: Eh. Chocolate. Nutty. Biscuity, caramel malts. A really strange finish, like root beer and tree bark.

M: Light. Low carbonation. A flat finish.

O: Not impressed. Really boring. This creature bit me, in a bad way. A drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 15:13:33 | More by brewskifan55
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ronniebruner

Arizona

2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I must admit I was very disappointed in this beer. I bought a 12 pack and I am stuck with the other 11 bottles. This is the first time Newcastle has disappointed me. The beer pours a dark amber color, has a hint of porter aroma and the taste is of a barreled porter, but not a good one. The beer has minimal foam and lace, and while it is not the worst beer in the world, I will not be buying any more.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 01:11:07 | More by ronniebruner
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atr2605

New York

2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head with average retention
S-pretty faint, some caramel, some fig, low hop aroma
T-Caramel is about the only thing that follows through, with some bitterness but the hops dont contribute much to the flavor. Definitely a little under powered
M-light-medium bodied
O-Very drinkable beer but not what I would call a red ale. I feel pretty similar about this as I do normal newcastle, if its there I will drink it but its not what I would seek out

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 22:42:15 | More by atr2605
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Phxsunsfan

Arizona

2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It was ok very carbonated, watery not to much flavor.

redish color.

tan head.

Regular Newcastle is alot better. Fun to drink around halloween, and awsome lable. I thought it tasted alittle better kinda warm. Probley something i wouldnt recommend or drink again tel around next halloween

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 06:36:15 | More by Phxsunsfan
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armock

New York

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Savemart in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a slightly sweet caramel toffee nose

T - Some caramel malt with a bad grainy malt flavor that just isn't working for me

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

O - This isn't a beer that I'll be buying again good for a tick but bad in the flavor department I think this stuff is worse than the original save your money and get something else

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 23:31:36 | More by armock
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Tone

Missouri

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and hint of tartness. Barely fits the category of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, hint of rice, hint of liquor, hint of tartness, and a hint of sugar. Overall, off-putting aroma and body, but decent feel and blend.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 13:12:26 | More by Tone
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diamondc

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Slighty reddish mahogany tint, some decent head and lacing.

S: Odd scent ... a mixture of ripe berries, gooey hot caramel, grape kool-aid.

T: Watery almost brown ale characteristics, slightly nutty, charred coffee, a bit minty on the aftertaste.

M: Meh... as I mentioned, watered-down. No where close to an Irish Red Ale as its listed here.

O: A mediocre beer. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 04:20:32 | More by diamondc
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hustlesworth

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

A- definitely not blood red like the label states, but a clear dirty copper color with a puffy beige head. Foam becomes wispy as it settles and leaves fine threads of lace.

S- mineral water and chocolate with some toasty hazelnut toffee and caramel as well. Tea like hops. Cashew brittle.

T- sweet and nutty with a sense of hazelnut. Not really picking up any of the rye malt. Toasted grains and caramel with a hint of soil, stone, and red berries. Mild chocolate and grassy hops in the finish.

MF- medium bodied and slick. Leaves a strange "artificial" feeling on the cheeks. Carbonation is tame and felt mostly on the tip of the tongue.

D- this is an odd one. Probably my least favorite out of newcastle's seasonal line.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:55:32 | More by hustlesworth
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Beejay

Virginia

2.69/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Medium to chestnut brown, very clear, nice amount of tan head.

S: Some toasted malts in there, almost a lager like aroma from somewhere... Heavy on the burnt sugar/caramel aromas, it almost comes off a little cloying. There is almost a hint of soy sauce in this.

T: Caramel and toasted malts, there is something a little odd about it. Perhaps a little smoky, but not in a great way, almost an ashtray thing. Odd.

M: Medium light in body, very high carbonation.

O: Overall an odd little beer, a little off. I could see it appealing to a broader audience, but this one just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:28:50 | More by Beejay
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phishsihq

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Newcastle Werewolf is not necessarily an "Irish" beer, but it is classified as an Irish Red Ale, so we figured it would be a good place to kick off our week...
Werewolf pours reddish amber, with an inch of off-white head that provides for some lacing. Muted tones of toast, rye, nuts and some earthiness are present in the nose. The flavors follow the nose, with the addition of berries and some vinous (sherry?) hints, as well as some earthy hop bitterness. Lower levels of carbonation are met with a medium-light body in this "Blood Red" ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:59:42 | More by phishsihq
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide flute glass. Dark red color with a solid finger of head.
Rich smell of wet grain and ripe dark fruit.
Watery taste overall; bitterness tries to come out but fails. Meh.
Crisp texture, medium body with moderate carbonation.
It wants to be bold and flavorful, but it just doesn't happen. But it doesn't taste bad, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 19:48:49 | More by Fatehunter
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear brown with one-finger, off-white head that lasted a minute or two. Very little lacing.

S: Mild caramel malt.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Not much taste.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Watery.

O: Not much to look at, nothing interesting in the smell or taste, and watered down. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 04:22:08 | More by SolipsismalCat
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alphagnome

Iowa

2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance:
Transparent brown colored body topped with a thin, bone-white head. Light lacing and carbonation. Red? Hardly.

Aroma:
Heavy biscuit aroma and a bit of musty grain. Light caramel notes. Yeasty.

Taste:
Toasty grains and a bit of roasted almonds. Yeasty. A bitter finish provided by an earthy hop.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-ish body. Good carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall:
Not overly impressed with this one. It's worth a shot for someone looking for more character than a domestic lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:58:29 | More by alphagnome
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: dark red/brown color, clear, light tan dissipating head.
S: muted. some toffee and dark caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate and roasted nuts.
T: almost no malt sweetness and just a touch of earthy hop bitterness and some spiciness from the rye. very dry due to the high attenuation. a bit of a sourish twang.
M: light, kinda thin and fizzy.
O: if not for the difference in color, i could hardly tell this apart from regular newkie brown.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 18:10:11 | More by MrMcGibblets
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Situation: Completed the holiday un-decorating...
Glassware: Rare Vos pint...
Appearance: quickly thinning off-white head to a pencil moustache...no lacing; body is dark orange and sparsely effervescent...
Aroma: buttery and malty, almost as a spirit with more potency--otherwise, much as a nut brown...
Palate: medium-bodied, thin and smooth--welcoming and simple...
Taste: slightly metallic, flat, malty and late hints of hops leave this beer oddly nondescript...
Overall: More of a chip/pretzel chaser than a stand-alone sessioon beer--not disappointing, but not upset by its "limited release" packaging either...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:18:27 | More by dacrza1
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Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.