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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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841 Ratings
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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 24
Gots: 75 | 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 dasunder
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

dasunder, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Megahertz
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2z bottle dated May 31, 2012.

A - Impressive deep red pour, crystal clear with high carbonation. Moderate very light colored head forms and falls quickly. Very good, as described.

S - Caramel. Lots of caramel. English ale esters - traditional dark fruits. Mild funky english hop note - fuggles?

T - High carb hits hard with the english hops up front. Mild toasted bread and caramel in the mid, followed by a nice english hop flavor. Old-style bitter hops in the end help balance the sweet finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Spritzy. Helps to enjoy at english temperatures.

O - What a nice fall beer. A different take than an octoberfest or pumpkin. I like it. It is hard to find here in St. Peters.

Edit, July 24 2013: 2013 vintage is bottled 5-31-13, much less spritzy than 2012. Flavor profile is similar but with more chocolate in the finish. Subtle roasted hints.

Megahertz, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of davecavemaster
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is marketed as a "blood red ale," due to the Rye Malt that is used in its brewing. In reality, it is more of a orange/brown with maybe a bit of red highlight if you hold it up to a light.

It pours with a decent beige head that sticks around while you drink it. There is minimal lacing, but some.

There is a berry, fruit smell to this beer. You can also smell the malt and European hops (this is after all an ale.) Some earthy traces as well.

I got a deep fruity taste from this beer first. It is quickly followed by the toasty malt and then a slightly bitter finish.

The beer has low carbonation, and a refreshing mouthfeel to it.

At the end of the day, I found this to be a pretty tasty beer. I think I would have enjoyed a bit stronger of a taste..maybe more hops, or maybe just have one of the flavor profiles be more pronounced. But overall, a good beer. It won't be at the top of any of my lists, but I can see buying another six of this somewhere down the line.

davecavemaster, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of mjurney
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber. Clear. Good amount of rising carbonation. Small frothy head.

Malty and fruity aroma. Just a slight hint caramel and earthy.

Light on flavor. Malty, slight toasted caramel, fruity, grassy, just a dash of earthy. Medium-bodied. Clean-dry finish.

mjurney, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of tmm313
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

tmm313, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of jkermitj
3/5  rDev -6%

jkermitj, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Tiernan, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of palma
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice aroma on this beer. Caramel, burnt sugar, melted butter, rye bread, strong English hops. Very complex aroma.

Taste is like a very mild rye ipa. Malty, medium hops profile, semi dry to dry in the end. Complex enough flavor and the dryness keeps you coming back. Becomes somewhat astringent. A good beer. Better than expected. Impressive.

palma, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Fairwin
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Fairwin, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of skillion
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

skillion, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Hellblazer
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Hellblazer, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -37.3%

JAHMUR, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

IrishGermanAmerican, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of robertaddis
4.75/5  rDev +48.9%

robertaddis, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of breedsimpsonville
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

breedsimpsonville, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of imasloth
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- An amber beer with a surprisingly white , foamy thin head. Light carbonation and sparse lacing.

S- Earthy and vegetal. Maybe like beets ... Some sweetness and light malt, don't know if I get the rye the label mentioned.

T- A light maltiness and the earthy characteristic. A bit of fruitiness (hard to place and only slight rye in the finish. I'd be more into this flavor if it were just bigger in each component. It's all very subdued ...

M- Light to medium, a bit watery in the finish. Some dryness after swallow.

O- Meh ... after the Guinness Black Lager and this, I'm wondering what all the English complain about American beer for.

imasloth, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of CM31
3/5  rDev -6%

CM31, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of J-guy
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

J-guy, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of sevenmoist
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

sevenmoist, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Drinking_Milkshakes
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Drinking_Milkshakes, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ElCamino13
3/5  rDev -6%

ElCamino13, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a beautifully deep reddish copper with a white, frothy 2-finger head. Great retention. Resulting lace is thick and sticky as all hell. Fantastic looking beer.

Smell - Aroma is a nice deep caramel, a touch roasty, and some european dry hops, not uncommon in Newcastle beers.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light caramel and lightly roasted malts, hints at toffee, and a touch of metallic twang. Slightly earthy and nutty. Finishes with a nice, smooth and caramel sendoff.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Slightly undercarbonated. It's smooth, in the very least. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall - On second go around, this is a decent release, especially from Newcastle. Drinks close to a brown, and is significantly better than the more popular Newcastle offering.

TheSixthRing, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

RDW, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby-tinged amber with a puffy white head.

S: The aroma is decidedly malty, and with an emphasis on rye malt. So, the expected aromas of black pepper and rye bread are here in abundance, joining subtle scents of tobacco, moist earth, and caramel.

T: Notes of black pepper, caramel, toffee, rye bread, tobacco, leather, lemon zest, minerals, earth, moss, and roasted barley. The finish is grainy with an impressive caramel, earth, leather, and black pepper kick.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, prickly, and dry. Carbonation is very active. Filling, but very drinkable.

O: I've always been partial to Newcastle products and some of the other mainstream U.K. brews, so I don't find Newcastle Werewolf to be disappointing. For what it is, it is a good, solid ale that would be perfect with a basic dinner of roasted meats and vegetables. Classifying this as an Irish red ale, though, is a bit misleading in my opinion. This ale doesn't have enough of a caramel malt sweetness to be an authentic Irish red, and so, it is likely best to view this ale as a bitter. Reviewed as an Irish red ale, Werewolf is lacking, but taken as a bottled bitter, it is a pretty good effort for a mainstream commercial brewer.

mrfrancis, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

JustinQ, Jul 23, 2012
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.