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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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341 Ratings

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 3
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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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a sugary caramel aroma. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing I would want to go after again.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of womencantsail
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an ominously dark color for an IPA. Almost brown, maybe burnt orange, with an off-white head. Candy-like sweetness on the nose. Lots of sugar and toffee. No real hop presence at all. Maybe a light spiciness? The flavor is of water and toffee, maybe a bit of caramel. Again, almost no hop presence to be found, not even any bitterness. Not good at all.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper, a bit brownish, but with noted clarity and capped by a finger of whitish froth.

Smell: Biscuity, toasty malts in the nose leaning more towards the biscuit with a leafy, minutely earthy hop scent underneath.

Taste: Biscuity, whole-grain toasty malts leaning more towards the toast with small amount of toffee-esque sweetness. Hint of apple skin. Leafy, faintly woodsy hop profile provides a slightly over-steeped tea character with no more than enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Finishes near-dry with that small amount of bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. It may be a bit thin, but it still has some creaminess to it.

Overall: Not great, but not bad, either, it's certainly a passable brew, whereas the Summer and Werewolf were, for me, atrocious.

Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of JAHMUR
1.75/5  rDev -45%

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of thin foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled grassy, herbal and vegetal. Not so good.

T - Tasted better than the aroma. Caramel, toffee, malt and a grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied English ale.

O -This is an okay beer. The aroma distracted from a nice flavor.

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/16/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with mild flavors of nuts and a hearty malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and a little citrus. The hops presence is mild for the style but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of Slatetank
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant in the mix a six cooler, poured chilled in a cervoise.

The color is deep garnet with good clarity and quick falling head to a crust of light tan beads. The aroma has a smell of earth with woody, nutty malt and light cheesy yeast with subtle herbal aroma from the hops. The feel has moderately high carbonation and toasted grain texture with slight spice and low bitterness w/ slightly dry yeasty finish.

The taste is creamy with nutty malt and woody hops w/ mild sweetness and fruity yeast tinges w/ subtle raisin and toast in the background with subtle herbal bitterness and mild pepper-like qualities. Overall a good English Ale w/ nice yeast flavor and malt balance yet too tame for even an English IPA imo, but I liked it, perhaps esb or pale ale might have been a better label -it just misses the mark of what consitutes a standard for this style to me

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2/5  rDev -37.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light clear amber with a small white head. Average retention, no lace.

S: Some roast and biscuit, mild grassy hop character.

T: Toasty malt, hint of molasses. Some hoppiness, but light even in the EIPA category. Fresh tasting, bright, really feels like a light ESB.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, pretty clean with strong carbonation.

O: Middle of the road English beer. No more no less. $6.99/6er is worth it to me.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 355ml bottle: BBD 30 Sep 2013. Poured slowly into a Gordon's thistle shaped glass (well they are from the same brewery) on 17 Aug 2013.

Looked fine: but what doesn't in a thistle shaped glass? Good gold coloured body with a full white head sat on top.

The aroma was of malty molasses: I thought this was an IPA? Caramel and toffee esters fill the nose and those malty smells carry on into the taste, this is no IPA, winter or otherwise.

Fruity notes appear within the taste, more so as the beer warmed in the glass, but the semi-sweet maltiness drowns them out, the hops not really asserting any influence at all.

I actually liked it: my sweet tooth picking up the bits others don't enjoy. Body depth was fine and the alcohol (5.2% ABV) sat nicely within the brew.

Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No question of where this one came from - many thanks to my local, in-person trader, tone 77!

From the bottle: "Brighten your Day"; "We aim to pleasantly surprise with our winter ale, a unique Limited Edition brew with the drinkability you expect from Newcastle. Our recipe echoes the style of 18th century India pale ales, which were subtly higher hopped than British pale ales. This brew has a seductive malt, caramel and zesty character which accompanies a balanced and creamy finish. Our inspiration for this unexpected winter brew? Well, we just want to make our long British winters more palatable!"; "Brilliant British Ale"; "From the One & Only"; "Drink Cool".

My pour produced just better than a finger of dense, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet with a caramel scent and a light, grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was definitely of caramel on the tongue. Finish was semi-sweet and easily quaffable. It was tasty, but not sustaining for a hophead such as myself. I am not sure that it would make winter more palatable for me, but to each his own. Not bad, not unexpected, but not sustaining, either.

Photo of Billolick
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let's wash down some gumbo soup with a beer, and on to it:

Attractive amber brown colored with hues of orange. The darker side of pale? It's got a thick collar of foam on top which retains fine and leaves a few rings of lace. The nose; subtle. Less of an IPA aroma as I envisioned, seems more like a Bitter. Some buttery and ester aromas are scented.

Not much an IPA here. Again, it's got more of a Bitter thing going. But it still tastes pretty good, which is helped out by the medium body and carbonation. Buttery, lighter with the esters, hints of semi-sweet chocolate, light with the hops.

Solid beer despite the style labeling.

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Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.