Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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2.5/5 rDev -21.6%
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!
08-31-2011 21:25:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.51/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
07-27-2013 05:07:10 | More by kojevergas
2.53/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
09-17-2012 15:13:33 | More by brewskifan55
2.58/5 rDev -19.1%
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
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
09-16-2012 22:42:15 | More by atr2605
2.58/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
10-09-2011 01:11:07 | More by ronniebruner
2.63/5 rDev -17.6%
It was ok very carbonated, watery not to much flavor.
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
10-18-2012 06:36:15 | More by Phxsunsfan
2.65/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
03-10-2013 01:55:32 | More by hustlesworth
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.