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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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74
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790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-17-2011)
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Photo of kojevergas
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-

kojevergas, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77, has dropped off some interesting bottles that I may not have picked up myself, but it keeps me honest instead of just CANtinuing with The CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "Escaped From Britain"; "From the One & Only [shredded as if by claws]"; "Blood Red Ale"; "Formidable Beast"; "What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with Rye Malt, it is naturally 'blood red' in colour. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!"

Yo, thiz iz madd real, yo! As is my wont, I employed an aggro pour, allowing it to flow freely out of the bottle, which in turn began a pseudo-cascade that produced three fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. I would put the color more as deep-copper (SRM = X), as opposed to "blood red", but neither am I going to quibble. Clarity was button-bright and I was ready to begin howling in response. Warren Zevon was doing "Werewolves of London" on YouTube and so begins the day. The nose had a strawberry/raspberry scent underlain by a bready maltiness. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was quite unexpected, even given the label's verbiage. It had an initial kiddie-candy like flavor that was overtaken fairly quickly by a tangy bitterness. Finish was semi-dry, with the rye giving it a slight bite at the end. This was an easily quaffable beer and disappeared more quickly than I realized.

woodychandler, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear crimson reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some deep orangish amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces slowly to a couple of medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with some nuttiness and hints of grassy + earthy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted bready malts with some lighter flavors of nuts and hints of light fruits. There are ver light flavors of grassy and earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp and slightly thin/watery.

O: Tastes decidedly like a Newcastle beer (which is something that is fixed in my mind from drinking it during college in the mid-90s). Easy to drink and sessionable but not overly interesting.

dbrauneis, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, lacks bottling/freshness info

Pours clear, reddish amber. Larger and lasting medium tan head, film, collar and decent low sheeting and strands of higher lace.

Nose shouts SWEET, with vanilla, perfumed fruits and caramel malts.

Thin and watery, waves of caramel, honey and some vanilla. Ehh really not anything much going on here. I'd marinate chicken or pork in this stuff, of course cuz of the sweetness, but as far as drinking more then this one bottle? Not likely....

Billolick, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: "What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first, smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with rye malt, it is naturally ‘blood red’ in color. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!"

Despite what the bottle says we have clear light brown colored ale with a healthy white colored head. It isn't "Blood Red" by any measure of the color red and or bloody. You might be able to call this color red but there is no such thing as "English Red Ale."

Smell is strongly malty with a hefty aroma of yeast and bread. Lesser scents of butter and grass with a fairly strong Rye aroma. Very mild herbal hop aroma but this is a malt beer not a hop beer.

Starts out malty with a strong berries and yeast flavor. Quite a bit fruitier than Newcastle Brown Ale, strong flavor of BPA yeast. Mildly sweet with medium bitterness level, this might fit the classification of a Bitter a little bit. Taste fairly buttery near the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is Medium with a high level of carbonation.

Overall this is a nicely drinkable ale. One thing I would change is back the carbonation level down a notch.

Zorro, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Newcastle Werewolf

Look: Reddish copper colored ale. Excellent clarity and vibrant hue. White head forms and recedes to the edges.

Smell: Notes of barley, caramel, toffee and floral hops round out the nose.

Taste: Butterscotch, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts and chocolate are all present on the palate; a testament of a finely malted brew. A touch of mildly acidic, grassy, lemony hop is also employed. Malt forward, with a fine balance.

Feel: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, with malt and a kiss of hops lingering into the finish.

Overall: A fine malty session ale. Plenty of flavor and easily drinkable. This is the kind of brew you can drink for hours at a pub and not get into too much trouble. Would be a fine companion for a steak and potatoes type meal.

Stinkypuss, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big off white head eventually settles into a nice lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Sweet light caramel malts and some sort of Wylers fruit drink aroma.

Sweet, sweet caramel malts dominate with some light fruit juice taste coming through, not really sure if its grape or what but its there.

A dry almost puckering dry fruitish aftertaste on this medium light to medium bodied werewolf.

Seems to be a light washed out Chimay tasting drink, I really don't think I could drink a lot of these, well unless your buying.

LXIXME, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -6%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper brown with a half inch of foamy head. Smells of faint caramel and hops. Taste is smooth caramel malt and quite nutty. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and medium bodied.

This is soo much better than regular Newcastle. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not sure I'd go back for more.

tdm168, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Kelp, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

A: Reddish mahogany color with a very durable tan head that leaves a nice coat on the glass when tilted: Not “blood red” but still a fine looking pour.

S: A rather earthy and slightly musty aroma, suggestive of dark breads, is a somewhat poor preview of the flavor. Tasting reveals a clear presence of some earthy hops, but these are also spicy and overlay a solid, roasted malt base with some nice rye flavor. Decent aftertaste with a nice notes of spicy rye and dark roasted malts.

M: crisp and lively with rather aggressive carbonation. Medium body. Semi-dry finish

O: good session beer: it has some complexity, no annoying off-flavors, decent mouthfeel, limited ABV, and relatively low price. The most interesting and appealing Newcastle beer in my experience.

chinchill, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark copper and red appearance, plenty of brown in it, sturdy brown too, not the flimsy brown of their flagship brew. Aroma imparted some of that usual malt aroma from something described as an Irish red ale, it has that soggy wood and red ale thing going for it.

Taste, mild, smooth and red. Requisite mentions of toffee and caramel, a hop presence almost entirely devoid in the entire experience of consumption. English yeast is all over it. Its still got that trademark thinness of a Newcastle beer, although I tend to notice all their seasonals tend to be a little more robust that their brown ale, although still a little thin compared to other beers in the same style.

Overall, I found this to be rather bland and boring, but never bad. Pretty much fits the 'average' definition all around.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery colour with a thin whitish cap, good head retention with a lot of streak lacing. The aroma was your basic English character, malty, caramel, earthy hops. Bitterness was balanced, fruity and malty flavour, slightly nutty and a bit buttery. Medium to light bodied with lowish carbonation, decent texture. Pretty easy drinking and worth a try.

DrJay, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

harpus, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12-pack of bottles at a local bottle shop, and poured into a tumbler pint. The beer pours a ruby highlighted, copper coloring that is bright and vibrant, with a slow bubbling of carbonation. The head starts out pretty massive, as the beer pours with a ton of foam. An early three inches of foaming, frothy, off-white colored head eventually settles out into a dense, thin film. Good cling along the glass as the beer goes down. Supersweet nose of malt, nut, and plum/raisin. The beer has a smooth, rich flavor profile that comes through initially with hazelnut sweetness and a slight roasted coffee bitter to blend. Dark fruit highlights throughout the brew's flavors, with a wine-like character, as well. The aftertaste is mostly the wine and dark fruit characteristics from the end of the taste spectrum, and the finish is slow to clear, but clears completely. Interesting brew, and not too shabby. I'm not crazy about it, but it's something I would drink again.

GarthDanielson, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corny name. Not what I expected from Newcastle. Still, gotta try it!

Pours a color that's more brown than read. There's only a touch of red anywhere. The head is nice though.

Somewhat sweeter malt profile but otherwise, not much to go by aroma-wise.

Caramel is a prominent texture here. Chewy. Definitely not the brown ale.

Ditto on mouthfeel. Nothing special.

What was the point? It's not tasty enough.

Brad007, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug. ABV is 4.5% according to the label.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a haze-free body and a thin layer of frothy white foam atop. Not bad.

Smell: sweet malt aroma which is caramelly, nutty and a little bit toasty. Good, but unfortunately there's a bit of a plasticy aroma here which detracts a bit from the otherwise stylistically-accurate bouquet.

Taste: nutty, toasty and biscuity malt with a mild bitterness and no hop flavor. Not bad, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation. It's a bit more prickly than creamy, but that is OK.

Overall: not a bad beer, but the brewers went a direction that I don't love. That said, it's a very drinkable beer. It appears I rated this beer high above the average; I think that has to do with rating to style. For the style it is not bad; for my own palate, I don't love it.

flagmantho, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

GraduatedCashew, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong with caramel and malts. Taste is mild compared to the smell. Some malts and caramel, a hint of hops are present, kind of light. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

tone77, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -6%

vfgccp, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this one for a dollar at my House of 1,000 beers. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A head that never seems to quick with pretty sweet lacing. Color is not of a "blood red" more of a dark amber brown.
S - Mild skunky lager yeast meets some sweet caramel malts and a touch of biscuit.
T - I get some sweeter malts pushing more toward the flavoring of vanilla or caramel and some mild skunked hops in a lager style finish with some toasted bread. Not bad for a "sessional"
M - Light to medium on par with the style.
Overall I have had better Irish Red ales but anything is worth trying for a buck.

DrDemento456, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Boone757, Oct 08, 2013
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.