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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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BA SCORE
74
okay

790 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 63 | 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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2/5  rDev -37.3%

paulgarrison, Aug 17, 2013
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.

soju6, Aug 17, 2013
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6%

timjim1327, Aug 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ImperatorScab, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Hugh37, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

larryarms847, Aug 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

rgille2, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

tyleeis, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6%

kizzram, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

HarlequinBuckeye, Jul 29, 2013
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
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

djgustafson, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Gregg_Kawakami, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

justinm4bama, Jul 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Jul 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

rayman2112, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Andrew526, Jul 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6%

dixieironfist, Jul 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

moodyxc9, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

theBIERlad, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6%

archero, Jul 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

Mphis, Jul 14, 2013
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.