Newcastle Winter IPA - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-30-2013 05:26:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.75/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
02-20-2012 04:41:09 | More by womencantsail
3.15/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
11-03-2011 20:18:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
11-19-2011 18:50:05 | More by oberon
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
3.18/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-09-2012 19:37:29 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
11-24-2012 23:57:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
10-11-2011 02:38:06 | More by Jason
3.54/5 rDev +11.3%
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
02-21-2013 17:31:35 | More by Slatetank
3.28/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-07-2011 03:11:17 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.45/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
08-17-2013 20:00:21 | More by BlackHaddock
3.23/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-21-2013 00:04:36 | More by woodychandler
3.1/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-15-2013 02:12:46 | More by Billolick
3.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is light caramel and not a lot of hops, surprising for an IPA. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.
01-03-2013 23:50:40 | More by jdhilt
3.53/5 rDev +11%
Clear bronze colored with a small tan colored head. Deeply amber colored to the point of almost being brown.
Smells malty with a little butter and English style hops. Toasted grains and herbal hop with a faint mint scent.
Starts out malty and dry with a strong patent malt taste. Herbal hops featuring tobacco and leather as the strongest tastes. Mildly bitter with a slight buttery flavor. This is quite mild and tasty but it isn't a strong BIPA.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall tasty and mild. Not a strong ale this would be a good gateway beer for your Budweiser swilling friends.
10-23-2011 22:41:38 | More by Zorro
3.38/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
11-30-2011 03:25:29 | More by DoubleJ
3.2/5 rDev +0.6%
Newcastle Winter IPA
LOOK: Clear copper with a white head and some lace.
TASTE: Pale malts giving off toffee and mild toasty notes. Faint hint of chocolates. Fair amount of bitterness but finishes dead even. Touch of mineral and earthyness on the back end.
MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, easy drinking. Drinks like water.
OVERALL: A very mild agreeable beer. Perfectly sessionable. No aroma. Not very bitter as to be accepted by the mainstream. Hop head training wheels.
01-07-2013 23:34:52 | More by Stinkypuss
Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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