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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

339 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 2
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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2/5  rDev -36.9%

Rollzroyce21, May 01, 2012
Photo of sergio1va
4.28/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with a reasonable foam tan head. As an IPA it is clearly a very drinkable IPA. Bitterness is low and complements the malt character of this beer. Surprisingly very mild to the pallate and finishes pretty smooth.
Not sure if it's a year round beer. Good overall.

sergio1va, May 01, 2012
Photo of drperm
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: I dig English beer, and have a certain and definite bias in their direction.

Ap: Darker than I expected. It is lovely, though, with the requisite thin foam lacing at the top. Not too much -- takes away from the beer below.

Sm: toasty, dark florals, and a bit of soy sauce.

T: A firm nutty bite with mellow but distinctive English hops, treacle, raisins, and plum pudding. As others have said, not quite as sweet as Nukey Brown, which is a good thing.

M: Nice, but nothing distinctive.

O: speaking of the aforementioned plum pudding, I bet it would be a perfect match with that. As a gift, I certainly wasn't going to turn these freebies down, and they're pretty tasty to boot.

drperm, May 01, 2012
Photo of hallospceboy
3/5  rDev -5.4%

hallospceboy, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of ejw127
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

ejw127, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

avisong, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of HoppySailor
3/5  rDev -5.4%

HoppySailor, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Durge
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a lot to choose from at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Dedham, MA so I gave this a try hoping to see some semblance of my former admiration for the road weary Brown Ale. The color is light yellow brown with a nice white cover but very little lacing. The aroma brings a skunky caramel pond water idea. Not very inviting I'm afraid. The flavor is simple caramel water with some weak herbal-lemon hops. It's light to medium bodied with a slightly chalky feel and mildy carbonated. Not too great...winter? I don't see it, and won't revisit unless this was a dirty tap line or something.

Durge, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Jhatwig
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Jhatwig, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, if rather subdued and simple, English IPA. Although lacking the strong, complex hoppy-yeasty character of the best English IPAs, it is a very enjoyable beer with good character and just enough hoppy and yeasty character, although it really is rather closer to an ESB due to the relatively strong malty character and sweetness.

Copper, it has a medium big off-white head steadily srhinking to a nice foamy top, leaving a hint of lace.

Aroma is strong dry bread, a lot of juicy yeastiness, a little pine sap, hint of metal (specifically, coins), fermented dough.

Taste is juicy pine yeasty and hoppy character, but gentle, with jammy and fruit-candy fruitiness, zestiness. It has definite yeasty and hoppy elements, but tends to be a little more on the malty and fruity sweet side, so that it is really arguably more like an ESB (keeping in mind that real English IPS - not the "IPAs" that are actually bitters - have lower, more balanced bitterness than most American-style IPAS but predominantly hoppy and yeasty character). However, it is an enjoyable, solid beer.

Offa, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of bh123
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

bh123, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

bigbeers84, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Shumj
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Shumj, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3/5  rDev -5.4%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of ErnieNavarro
3/5  rDev -5.4%

ErnieNavarro, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of UncleAddie
4/5  rDev +26.2%

UncleAddie, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, pours copper with a thin creamy just off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass and quickly dissipates to a thin dusting of foam atop the ale. Aromas are caramel malts, brown bread, with some herbal hops. Tastes malty up-front with caramel, toasted grain, a touch of orange, with a slightly peppery, mild herbal hop finish. Mouth-feel is on the thin side with ample carbonation. Overall, I was hoping for more here. It's sessionable, but I think I'd pass for something else rather quickly. For an English IPA, it's pretty average at most.

barnzy78, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Jordanbryan10
1.5/5  rDev -52.7%

Jordanbryan10, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.4%

jlove5, Feb 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

kchannel9, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of samie85
1.5/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear copper color with soda-like carbonation and a 1/2 inch white head.

Smells of earthy and slightly floral citrus notes with hints of caramel.

This is not inviting at all; light earthy hop notes with some very light caramel.

Incredibly watery and light-bodied with low carbonation.

Very disappointing beer; especially poignant as I had low expectations going in... it did not disappoint.

samie85, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
2.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a medium amber color with a slight head. Scent has some bitterness to it, but it smells more like an adjunct lager. Wow, this one you have to try and not in a good way. The texture is light and dry but finishes with a harsh bitter after taste. Overall the taste is barely better than a cheaply made malt liquor. It's not going to be easy finishing this off. Definitely avoid.

Lemke10, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of bellce0
3/5  rDev -5.4%

bellce0, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall pint glass. It is a light redish amber with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Has a spicy aroma, not of a normal IPA, but may be due to the hops that were used. Taste is a tad watery, but has plenty of hops and spice to it. Carbonation seems right, and balance of hops and malt is right. Overall, a slightly above average IPA.

cyclonece09, Feb 10, 2012
Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.