Newcastle Winter IPA - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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2.6/5 rDev -18.2%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Finally getting around to trying this one. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger or so of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises rich toffee, toasted caramel, light biscuit, sharp mint, sharp grapefruit peel, and a touch of cocoa. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, orange peel, grass, toasted biscuits, light cilantro, light lime zest, and caramel. Things combine poorly on the tongue, lemme tell you... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, I can't in good conscience call this an IPA (winter, English, English winter, or otherwise), nor can I call it a good beer. Not sure what happened here...
01-24-2012 00:34:36 | More by TMoney2591
2.83/5 rDev -11%
12oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Appearance is a clear medium brown with a smallish white head. Poor retention and lacing.
Smell is grainy with a slight fruity character reminiscent of grapes. Also a little bit of toffee. Not bad.
The flavor is kind of a mash up of the smell along with some metallic notes. There is some fruitiness, caramel, and metal along with toffee. There is an almost puckering dryness that lingers on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is thin.
This just isn't a very good beer. The flavors don't are all over the place and don't mesh well. The finish is also too dry. Not a good job by Newcastle.
01-24-2012 00:15:36 | More by rangerred
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.
S: A somewhat underplayed aroma that featured malt, mild hops and a grainy quality.
T: Tasted of sweet malt, a mild hoppy quality and some grain in the finish. Not a particularly bad flavor, but not an overly dynamic one either.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.
O: Not the worst beer I've ever tried, but kind of forgettable.
12-27-2011 14:21:33 | More by avalon07
2.55/5 rDev -19.8%
Appearance: Light amber. Bone white head that dissipates to a thin layer that almost colors the whole top of the surface of the beer.
Smell: Meh, almost as hoppy as a bud light.
Taste: Its the bud light of English IPAs.
Mouthfeel: Not bad. Maybe a little too much carbonation.
Overall: Its clear to me this beer was meant more to introduce people who don't normally drink craft to start drinking craft, albeit not very good craft.
12-25-2011 00:02:54 | More by TheFlern
3.15/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured into a pint glass. Clear copper color with small white head. Average head retention and some lacing on the glass. Smell is a very faint maltiness, not that inviting.
Taste is better, some grassy hops bitterness set against a bready malt beer. Not that outstanding in flavors but nicely balanced and drinkable.
Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit thin. Overall this is not a bad session beer but it really does not stand out that much.
12-23-2011 00:06:10 | More by JayQue
2.45/5 rDev -23%
On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11
Pours a medium shade of copper with a thin lacing of loose, thin white head. There's little retention. There's a faint floral aroma to the nose. The taste mildly malty and the hops offer floral notes, but it's oddly medicinal almost cough syrup like. The bitterness hangs around on the palate for a while. It's medium bodied, but overly carbonated.
I'll be avoiding this one in the future. The medicinal off flavors were too overpowering.
12-20-2011 01:51:53 | More by tdm168
1.4/5 rDev -56%
A-poured into a pint glass. It was a nice amber color with a nice white head that dissipates somewhat slowly. No lacing or cascading.
S-Funky, very adjunct laden, and overall just odd. I immediately knew this was not going to be good.
T-bitter, soapy dishwater, chalky, hint of toffee, and a lingering odd bitterness. It was undrinkable. The worst beer I have ever tasted.
M-Not too thin, from what I could tell from the few sips I could take.
Overall, this was a major disappointment. I thought this would be an easy drinking English IPA, instead it was an undrinkable English IPA. I can honestly say it was the worst beer I have ever tasted, absolutely horrible. Maybe something happened to the 12 pack I bought and they spoiled or something. I don't know, but I've got to find some poor sole to take the rest of this 12 pack.
12-13-2011 19:26:56 | More by thegodfather2701
3.63/5 rDev +14.2%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was light caramel. Probably an inch of head. Caramel-colored lacing with some bubbles on the top. Some frosty film on the sides that stayed throughout.
Smelled caramel malts first. Also some toffee, light coffee and light chocolate in there as well.
Caramel malts up front in the initial taste, followed by a smooth toffee taste. Toasty or roasty finish.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A decent beer. It started out very good with the sight and smell, but the rest wasn’t as good. I would try this again though.
12-12-2011 08:03:55 | More by BucannonXC5
Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.