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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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340 Ratings

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Ratings: 340
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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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
Photo of jcomp21
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

jcomp21, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of dcellis
3/5  rDev -5.4%

dcellis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of r0gueleader
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Newcastle Winter IPA was actually surprisingly decent. I didn't have high expectations going in, but it was rather enjoyable. Poured it from bottle to glass, it had an amber (almost orange-ish) color to it with a frothy head. Didn't get much from the smell. Malty, caramel flavor. Light hop bitterness. Warm, wintery flavors - sort've what you'd expect from an American IPA. Probably isn't the best out there - doesn't match up to Celebration, for example - but nevertheless, it's not a bad choice if it's the only option available and you're feeling festive.

r0gueleader, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of NorCalDrinker
3/5  rDev -5.4%

NorCalDrinker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Mappies
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Mappies, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.6/5  rDev -18%
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...

TMoney2591, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of rangerred
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

rangerred, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Mac19872
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Mac19872, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of SortaAmbivalent
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

SortaAmbivalent, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Chrisdslap
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Chrisdslap, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +26.2%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of keenanite21
3/5  rDev -5.4%

keenanite21, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Cluker
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Cluker, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of robuess
1.5/5  rDev -52.7%

robuess, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

jaidenjb, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of monkeylice
4/5  rDev +26.2%

monkeylice, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of aboji
4/5  rDev +26.2%

aboji, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

avalon07, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of TheFlern
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

TheFlern, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of JayQue
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

JayQue, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of RadicalEdward
4/5  rDev +26.2%

RadicalEdward, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +26.2%

ATPete, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of tdm168
2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

tdm168, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -36.9%

jophish17, Dec 15, 2011
Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.