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Newcastle Winter IPA - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Newcastle Winter IPANewcastle Winter IPA

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BA SCORE
73
okay

338 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 10-11-2011)
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Reviews by dbossman:
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3.74/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium copper hue--pretty dark for an IPA--a small, steady head and nice lacing

S: Fairly subdued hop aromas but some grassy, herbal aromas finally begin to shine with a pleasant and bready malt backbone

T: Balanced bitterness and maltiness; the hop bitterness has a grassy, herbal flavor while the malts are bready and toasty--maybe even slightly burnt; with some slight caramel and toffee undertones

F: Fairly creamy and chewy; medium body

O: A decent English IPA that gets better as it warms--probably my favorite of their seasonal offerings

dbossman, Aug 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic a deep copper color with a 1/2 finger white head that held pretty well for awhile.Subtle is a good word to be used for the aromas,caramel/biscuit malt,iron,and faint leafy hops,even for an English IPA its subtle in my opinion.Flavors of biscuit malt,some engrained fruitiness,and again light leafy hops in the finish.I understand and like some of the more subtle English stuff out there,this just was kinda boring...in my opinion.

oberon, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Mac19872
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Mac19872, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Shakerman
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Shakerman, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

markallmon, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of bellce0
3/5  rDev -5.4%

bellce0, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Guden
4.5/5  rDev +42%

Guden, May 08, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
1.25/5  rDev -60.6%

Beerswag, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Shiny dark brass

SMELL: Toffee, fresh cut grass, herbal, woody hop, ripe apples, floral

TASTE: Smooth, semi-creamy, medium body, malty, light toffee, hop bitterness, thick herbal, woody, toasted grain, dried hay, yeast, ripe pears, faint esters

Very well balanced and pushing the palate a bit to make it interesting enough to want more than one bottle. Comes off to be a good beer from a less talked about style ... at least in the US. Tasty.

Jason, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. W/O freshness info.

Pour is medium amber, clear, moderate off white head, decent fields of fine lacing.

Faint wiff of malt on the nose.

Malty and smoky brew, limited hop presence. Just some dryness in the finish.

Nothing special. Would work in a pinch, with some BBQ or other smoky food.

Pass it by, buy some real craft beer, support a real craft brewer.

Billolick, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +42%

reitzbrewing, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Milkysunshine, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Picked up recently from Tesco. Brewed in Tadcaster, home of John Smiths. The blurb on the label claims that the recipe is based on the 18th century style of English IPA. I could take some convincing...

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear brownish-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of mild roasted grain, nuttiness, grass, fruity ale yeast and faint stewed hops. Not very IPA-like.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of mild roasted grain, nuttiness, caramel/toffee, grass, fruity ale yeast, stewed hops and faint earthiness. Slightly sweet, with a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with pleasant carbonation and an OK body. Could be more interesting - where are the hop oils? Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of caramel malt, mildly harsh stewed leaves and faint cardboard.

Meh - not much of an IPA and a pretty boring beer in general. Surprisingly malty; almost like regular Newky Brown with some extra grassy notes. The aroma/flavour are dull and uninspired, though the most glaring omission is the lack of hops that would qualify this as a half-decent IPA. The hint of grass/hay isn't more than you would find in a regular ale. I suppose it's drinkable enough but it fails as an IPA. Give it a miss.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

dmk91, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well the good news is that Total Wine often closes out their Newcastle seasonal offerings to make room for the new seasonals, $6.99/12 pack.

Pours like a thin brown ale and cola. Not at all impressive for an ipa appearance. Carbonation decent, head formation over 1", but retention and lacing were poor. Aroma was poor as well, even if you're an English ipa, I expect some indication of hops. All I got was a bitter nuttiness.

A little bit of sweetness, fractional hoppiness actually reveals itself. A somewhat accurate version of a mild English ipa I guess. I get a unique spice presence to it, not unlike rye. Toffee is a main malt descriptor, miniscule leathery aspect. Bitterness is down in the mouthfeel. A decent option to have in the fridge/cooler when you don't want BMC type guests drinking your good stuff, but you want to help bridge the gap for them.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.4%

williamjbauer, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange-amber with a thin white head. Head reduces to an island and ring but leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Medium strength smell of roasted malt. Hints of baked bread, earthy hops and roasted nuts. {2012 sample was below average, and rather metallic; aroma ratings averaged]

T: Even less hoppy in tasting than in the aroma, so it fares poorly as an English IPA. Tastes good and works well as a lively English Nut Brown ale, however.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O - moderately tasty but under-hopped IPA that's more of a cross between an English Brown and an English PA.

chinchill, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.4%

bdk1417, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

BrianCuoz, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

robthepenguin, May 20, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small white to slightly off white head settles into a thinner lacing above a clear caramel copper colored beer.

Dark roasted caramel malts are quite light with some dark fruits maybe prunes or apricots aroma from the hops.

The darker fruits and also the dark roasted malts blend to give this beer a darker dryer taste.

A slightly wet aftertaste turns dry with some slight darker aspects of the taste lingering on with this medium bodied beer.

This beer kinda of reminds me of a winter warmer crossed with a Oktoberfest or amber giving this beer a decent taste but it just seems to miss the mark a bit.

LXIXME, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes are from last week.

If you've ever seen a freshly polished antique brass bar or handrail, you know what this beer looks like. A small light tan head shows moderate retention, retaining a foam after it fades. Not much lacing is left but for a bit of spotting and a few legs creeping here and there.
A delicate balance of hops and malts come out on the nose, and the particular earthiness and almost peat-like character of the hops bitterness lets me know this is an English style. It's a little light, but by no means unnoticeable. It's also a bit grassy with a touch of fruits and the caramel of the malts gives way to a hint of toffee.
Toasty and caramel malts notes mingle with an herbal, pithy woodiness as far as bitterness goes; this is no citra hopped west coast IPA, nor should it be. Things come together well in the flavor, which is also somewhat stronger than the aroma.
The mouthfeel isn't terribly thin, though it is a little. Otherwise there's a good carbonation, it's assertively crisp, and it goes pretty smooth into the finish.

Brenden, Nov 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

RDW, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

mrjonesezn, Nov 01, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -52.7%

Jordanbryan10, Feb 25, 2012
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Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.