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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 685
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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Photo of becktone


3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Eye: As the label suggests it pours red. This one pours with a nice creamy off white bordering tan head which unfortunately falls to a thin sheet over the top of the beer. Carbonation looks active enough.

Nose: Malty, nutty, bready, toasty, biscuity. Extremely light roast in there as well. Some malt sweetness in there too helping to give some backbone to all the toasty aromas.

Tongue: Sweetness form the malt upfront. Depth of character is provided by some light roast in the finish as well as some bitterness from dark grains, which is nice in this beer...the roast actually tastes bigger than it is as this beer finishes dry. Toasty, bready, nutty, biscuit-like, all these describe this beer. I really like this beer, and to me it seems most of the balance comes from the bitterness of the roasted dark malts. This is one that I will definitely be buying more of. This really would be a nice one to cook with. Body is medium with carbonation that is almost borderline too high, it works but it might just be a bit to prickly.

Drinkability: This is one that I'll gladly be drinking again. It is definitely worth the money. It's not one of those "Gotta try it beers" but it is definitely something that is worth getting for your "I want to drink a good beer" everyday kind of beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:47:26 | More by becktone
Photo of soju6


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a nominal head and with just a trace of lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly mild with some malt, caramel and just a bit of fruit.

T: Taste of malt and caramel sweetness, with just a bit of fruit and nut. Has a mild bitterness that lingers just a bit.

F: Fairly moderate body and smooth with a bit of character.

O: A decent beer that goes well with a casual social gathering.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:43:34 | More by soju6
Photo of TMoney2591


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
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-

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 05:07:10 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rusty red with an off white lasting frothy head with some lacing. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt and grains, some fruity and grassy notes, a bit of chocolate malt and some mild bitterness. A medium body on the palates, some moderate carbonation and slightly crisp. Finish with some toasted caramel malt, fruity and grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. Aroma and flavor are a bit light. Overall an ok brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:18:25 | More by Samp01
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 12:25:43 | More by tone77
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle of this beast into a clean pint glass.

A. Perfectly clear with a deep garnet red body topped with a finger or two of fluffy white head.

S. Funky magic hat like yeast aroma and when smelled more closely gently floral hop bouquet.

T. The flavor on this is very earthy and mineral-ly with a nuttiness and sweet background.

M. Light but tangy on the sides of the tongue. Very prominent aftertaste.

I'm glad I tried this but I don't think I will ever buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 20:58:28 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of hustlesworth


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
Photo of UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper colored with a diminishing creamy head. Some lacing.

Toasted malt upfront in the aroma. Grainy and sweet.

More of the same in the flavor, with a slightly metallic, bitterness. The bitterness lingers for a while, but the malty sweetness does not.

Light bodied. Almost to the point of emptiness. Carbonation is a little too sharp for my taste. An everlasting dry, bitter finish.

Nothing crazy here. A decent amber/red ale. I might buy some more next year, but it's not one I will highly anticipate.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 13:34:04 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a big foamy white head which leaves some lacing behind. It has a dark mahogany color. It is just barely see-through. I don't see any bubbles.

S. A malty and caramel scent. Much like a regular Newcastle.

T/M. It has a strong grape malt taste. It is extremely smooth. A bit dry and light bodied. A hint of a celery taste underneath, but it is just mainly a malty beer.

O. It's a bit bland, but it is very easy to drink and is very smooth. Just meh, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:05:23 | More by Amalak
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:46:50 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, high retention, suddsy lacing on a deep copper, clear body. Aroma includes caramel malts, slight hop bitterness, slight brown sugar sweetness note. Taste is also caramelly sweet and some hint of vanilla and brown sugar. Nothing off-putting, nothing too radical but a very tasty and easy to drink amber like ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 04:33:10 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of 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
Photo of Offa


3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly straightforward but very enjoyable red ale with some nicely balanced character.

Brownish red, it has a medium pale tan head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is pleasant, simple toasty barley, caramelised bread crust, hint of cherry and wood.

Taste is slightly winy toasty bread crust, barley, hints of wood, caramelised bread, lightly on the sweet side with light spicy-peppery wood bitterness and a dryish finish. It has a simple quality to it, but it is reasonably well-rounded and quite enjoyable, a good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 00:34:02 | More by Offa
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 18:14:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

palatable, but it kinda sucks. the pour is nice enough, presenting itself as a dusty amber to copper bodied beer, with more than an inch of huge bubbled airy head. the nose is weak street, extracty malts that dont quite fit the red or the amber ticket, and have a not natural sort of sweetness. the flavor agrees, sweet throughout, with more of an irish malt flavor makign a short appearance in the middle, but with brown and residual weird sugar occupyaing the rest of the taste spectrum. i liked its relaxed feel, but i thought the carbonation wasnt quite forward enough, and the body felt heavy without it, where it might have otherwise been a rounded medium. the packaging was gimmicky, the beer tasted past its prime, and frankly it just didnt taste that good, or like what it purporter to be. not god awful, but you cand find something better on the shelf or in the cooler, trust me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:28:13 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Slatetank


3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Anthony's served chilled in a nonic.
The color is deep bronze/garnet with a translucent clarity and thin white cap.

The smell is very fruity with a plum aroma and currant vinous odor with slight spice and gentle dark grape acidity apparent in the nose

The feel is good w/ toasty texture and moderately carbonated with slight tinge of spice with mild earthy dry and moderate bitter finish. The taste is good with some roasted coffee nuttiness and light spice tinges with mild earthy notes and light woody aspect with yeasty flavor and mild tinge of pepper. The overall impression was a nice mix of flavors, but basic red ale with drinkable overall quality

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 17:19:34 | More by Slatetank
Photo of BeerDocT


3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Fall. Time for Halloween-themed seasonal beers. I had not seen this one before and decided to try it out, as I am a fan of the Lupine horror films. Well, that and it was on sale.

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out an amber color, not "Blood Red" as advertised. Very nice 1/2 inch head that stuck around as creamy swirls on top and the sides.

-Smell 4.0: Interesting bouquet: I smell slight cinnamon hints with a big barley punch and then some hoppiness. Appetizing.

-Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sour, but has some nice barley hints. Middle is slightly spicy (must be the Rye) and has more slight sourness. Finish is short and dry and features some subdued but strangely assertive hops and more rye spiciness. Aftertaste is also short and dry and hits you with more of the barley/rye. Unusual and enjoyable.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: The level of carbonation in this brew really adds to the enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: Very good beer that is worth a try. Would be a fantastic session beer as the under 5% ABV would allow you to enjoy several without changing into a creature of the night. I think ol' Larry Talbot himself would be proud. Now go howl at the moon... .

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 16:29:50 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of ianjsullivan


3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, reddish-brown with a half-a-fingernail white, fluffy head.

S: Toasty malt and very nutty.

T: Nutty, malty, a touch of blackberry with a hint of bitterness and alcohol. It leaves a mellow nutty flavor in the average finish.

M: Medium

O: A fair ale. It is mellow and pleasant; it would be easy to drink a six pack. It is a solid beer, but it isn't much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 20:53:29 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. I like the specialized tap handle with a werewolf on it.

The coloring on this beer was light brown with about one finger of foam. The foam might have been higher, but I wasn't there for the pull.

The smell and flavor is very reminiscent of a stock Newcastle. You get a decent amount of nuttiness in the nose and body. The difference seems to be from additional euro hopping.

This is a decent beer. Nothing exceptional going on here and nothing done wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 18:50:55 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark copper, almost brown color with a small white fizzy head that reduces quickly with minimal lace.

S- right off I pickup concord grape juice, with a bit of earthy skunk and herbal notes, also some graham cracker. This ones all over the place.

T- moderate malt with notes of berries. Rye is prominent, finishes dry and bitter.

M- light-med body, medium carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel

O- this one was different, the flavores just seemed unbalanced to me. Worth trying, but not one I will go back to.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 04:04:31 | More by Treyliff
Photo of 57md


3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown (close, but not quite the color of coagulated blood) with two healthy fingers of head that retained for quite some time. There is definitely a wine nose to this offering. The wine in the nose comes through in the taste as well and the finish is dry. I am not sure if this is a red ale. In fact, I am not sure how this should be classified, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Had this at a Halloween party and it paired well with the superbly marinated grilled steak and chicken.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 05:23:09 | More by 57md
Photo of mnrider


3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12. oz. Brown bottle. Blood Red Ale.

A: Pours a clear blood red. Small forming white head. No lacing.
Clumpy carbonation along the glass.

S: Earthy smoke like. Sweet Malts and a bit of a fruit aroma.

T/M: The rye malts are most dominant with a hit of hop bitterness.
Earthy some smokey caramel. Thick bodied and somewhat smooth.
The aftertaste is heavy and dry.

O: A pretty good middle of the road Red Ale. Malty with little else.
Not something I'd seek out again.


Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:15:01 | More by mnrider
Photo of fallopia


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
Photo of CMUbrew


3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass

A: Pours with a decent white head, but it fades into a small ring very quickly. The body is a clear, dark copper color.

S: Earthy hoppiness is about all I get.

T: Some light earthy hops and tannic tea flavors. Seems like it sticks to style. Thin flavors overall though.

M: Light bodied and a little bit watery. Carbonation is fine. Slightly drying finish.

O: This beer seems to follow style, but in a pretty weak way.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:04:51 | More by CMUbrew
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.