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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 98 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-17-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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-

Photo of brewskifan55
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.

Photo of badWolf161
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of atr2605
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

Photo of ronniebruner
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.

Photo of cjgator3
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a dark brownish red color with an off-white head with solid retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet malt, plums, raisins, and dark bread. The taste is very sweet up front with a good dose of malts and slightly toasted grain and a lingering sweetness well into the finish. Overall, not a huge fan of this one. The sweetness is overpowering for my taste buds, would have prefered a drier finish to this one.

Photo of Jordanyoung08
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of are_doubleyou
2.61/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a rich blood red with a fair amount of head that becomes a very thin lace. The beer is clear with a couple carbonation bubbles. Good color and clarity, but lacking a bit in head and carbonation.

S: Very sweet caramel malt and raspberry notes jump out at you. It is quite fragrant, but overwhelmingly sweet and I find that off-putting. There are some raisin and bready malt notes underneath, but it smells more like an idiosyncratic fruit beer than an Irish Red.

T: Light and bready up front. Fruit and caramel notes coming in on the body to mix in with some slightly roasted notes. The bready flavor remains surprisingly prominent all the way through the finish. As it goes down it leaves one unsatisfied with a finish of watery bread and some lingering caramel raspberry on the palate. There is some good complexity in the body, but overall disappointing.

F: Zesty and bready, but very light and watery. I'd like a bit more thickness in an Irish Red.

O: Overall, this really doesn't have what I want from an Irish Red or a fruit beer. It's much too watered down to really enjoy a blend of raspberry and classical red ale notes. There is some good flavor on the tongue and a brief moment where you can taste raspberry and caramel notes coming together to make a good beer, but it isn't sufficient to make this beer worthwhile for the mediocrity and wateriness that makes up the majority of your drinking experience.

This beer was poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx. 55F.

Photo of Phxsunsfan
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

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.

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.

Photo of diamondc
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.

Photo of armock
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

Photo of Canada_Dan
2.67/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Beejay
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Photo of phishsihq
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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
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.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.