Newcastle Winter IPA - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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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
3.74/5 rDev +17.6%
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
08-12-2013 00:52:10 | More by dbossman
3.46/5 rDev +8.8%
A- pours a dark amber it ample head tha disapates almost immediately and leaves a small amount of lacing behind.
S- toffee, roasted malts, and maybe a bit of apple.
T- coffee upfront a bit unusual for an IPA, almost tastes like a mild stout. Has a bit of a fruit taste at the end with a bit of the hops coming in late also.
M- light bodied, smooth and a bit dry.
O- not a true IPA, so don't go in expecting that. Not a bad beer I would have to come in with different expectations next time to get a true feel for the beer.
08-02-2013 05:00:51 | More by Smarty_Pints
3.6/5 rDev +13.2%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Marked: 30-09X. Sampled on June 2, 2013 when it was 90 degrees outside.
The pour is medium amber with a modest lingering head. Good clarity.
The aroma is more malt forward than hoppy with a noticeable toffee sweetness and a roasted quality.
The body is medium and smooth.
The taste is bereft of anything hoppy which is not what I would expect from an IPA - even the more subtle English IPA. There is a dry, lingering finish but all in all it tastes like an ESB or a Pale Ale rather than an IPA. It is drinkable.
06-02-2013 18:45:58 | More by puboflyons
United Kingdom (England)
2.91/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
06-01-2013 23:09:51 | More by jazzyjeff13
Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.