1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Newcastle Winter IPA - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Not Rated.
Newcastle Winter IPANewcastle Winter IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

338 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 338
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Newcastle Winter IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 338 | Reviews: 110 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of delzer13
3/5  rDev -5.4%

delzer13, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was light caramel. Probably an inch of head. Caramel-colored lacing with some bubbles on the top. Some frosty film on the sides that stayed throughout.

Smelled caramel malts first. Also some toffee, light coffee and light chocolate in there as well.

Caramel malts up front in the initial taste, followed by a smooth toffee taste. Toasty or roasty finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

A decent beer. It started out very good with the sight and smell, but the rest wasn’t as good. I would try this again though.

BucannonXC5, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of jak
3/5  rDev -5.4%

jak, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a nice fine-bubbled pale tan head. Aroma is hoppy, a little malty and a little spicy. Hoppy, spicy flavor makes it taste somewhat like an IPA mixed with a winter warmer - distinctive and interesting. Texture is firm-bodied, edgy and fizzy, leaving a nice, if not persistent, tingle. Look for it.

Cyberkedi, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange-amber with a thin white head. Head reduces to an island and ring but leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Medium strength smell of roasted malt. Hints of baked bread, earthy hops and roasted nuts. {2012 sample was below average, and rather metallic; aroma ratings averaged]

T: Even less hoppy in tasting than in the aroma, so it fares poorly as an English IPA. Tastes good and works well as a lively English Nut Brown ale, however.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O - moderately tasty but under-hopped IPA that's more of a cross between an English Brown and an English PA.

chinchill, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a bottle into a mug shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a beige one finger colored head; very, very bubbly body; body has a brown, dark copper color; head does not hold well, at all, and completely disappears leaving behind no layer of film or bubbles; no lacing either

S - This one is kind of tricky, but it does have some pleasant roasted and nutty malt characteristics; ginger and other spices like grains of paradise might be in there; hints of sour noses; crisp and zesty; white grape wine nose; hops; floral and spices

T - Caramel and nut flavor hit the senses first; very astringent, ginger flavor with a heavy bitter backdrop; in the middle of every sip is a champagne-wine flavor; tight grass and hop flavor; I'm guessing there is some ginger, mostly from the burn, and allspice or grains of paradise, because there is a spicy dryness that comes into the beer

M - Semi-creamy finish; bitter aftertaste, very heavy; effervescent; very astringent lingering flavor; tart feelings are left on the side of the tongue for a while

D - Weird lingering taste kind of throws me for a loop; I can't say it was great, but definitely unique; not sure what the brewers were thinking when they came up with this beer, but it seems to be a blend of IPA's; you have been warned

ferrari29, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with an ok head. No retention or lace.

Toasted malt, some fruit, and a bit of butter in the nose.

Toasted malt and toffee are the big flavors here. Some bitter grass and brown sugar, and some grainy bitterness. Hops are there, but not distinctive. This one is on the sweet side. Soft bitterness and brown bread in the finish. Just need a touch more of the hops, and...just not there.

Medium bodied, well carbonated.

Not bad -- a very drinkable brew and not something I'd pick out as an IPA from a blind test. But it is still tasty. Very drinkable.

OtherShoe2, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, amber in color, pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades quickly, moderate lacing.

Smell: hoppy, malty, nutty, a hint of roasted malt, spices, caramel, hint of maraschino cherry towards the end.

Taste: caramel, malty, a hint of roasted malt, a bit hoppy, sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, buttery, creamy, zesty.

Overall: A very tasty beer. Not much of an IPA, but the winter spice notes and nutty charachter come thru and work quite well.

phichifiji00, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

DoubleJ, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Windigo
4.03/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So after carrying Nut Brown Ale and the Werewolf on tap at work, this was a switch in my own home to have this in bottle. I dig it. It's a great with dinner beer. We are a Newcastle household...I miss the appearance of the beautiful brown tinted head...because that's what can distinguish "Nukes" from other brews, from across the room anyway.
It's a hair peppery, it's refreshing, not quite as sweet as the Brown. I ordered it for the bar and am pleasantly surprised how many people from both sides of the beer spectrum enjoy it.

Windigo, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A - crazy deep translucent brown/red, 1/4 finger off white head and no lacing

S - Tons of malt, toasted earth, fresh cut grass, dried fruit branches, pine, a bit of sap and very crisp mineral filled water

T - Lots of malts, wood, pine, minerals, lots of earthy hops, some flowers, grassy, nice bittersweet and a slight funk

M - medium minus body, well balanced, low acidity, not a lot of complexity and medium finish

D - If you haven't had an IPA and need a starting point, this is a great one to start. Or if you like English style IPA this one is very refreshing. Not to much of anything just a very clean well made beer. Perfect for a cold night

Final thought - This beer isn't bad and if you need something to break up all the piss colored beers you normally drink, this is a refreshing choice. Only $7 a six, the abv isn't noted

whatthehull, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of MrOH
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep, clear copper with a finger of white foam, pretty decent retention. Nice rings of lace.

Deep caramel malt aroma and lemongrass hops. Very slight yeast note.

Definitely malt dominated, caramel, deep malt, some biscuit. Slight yeast fruitiness. Mild bitterness with a light EKG hop character throughout. Tasty, but not what I think of even when I see "English" on an IPA.

A tad rich for an IPA, carbonation on the low side.

Glad I tried it, makes me appreciate Thornbridge that much more.

MrOH, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark golden color with three fingers of light tan head that faded into a bubbly film leaving a complex sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of citrus including lemon and orange zest with more dominant flavors of biscuity doughy malts.
T: Clean and lightly sweet flavors of pale malts, cracked grains and a touch of caramel with hoppy flavors of lemon and sweet orange coming through in the finish. A nice mild honey-like sweetness lingers as an aftertaste. Flavors are clean and crisp and go down smooth.
M: Medium-thin body, clean and crisp mouthfeel, and foamy even carbonation.
O: Not all that bad for an English IPA. Certainly something that I could drink a few bottles of.

scottfrie, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of kdawg105
4.58/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is what to be expected with this kinda of ale. The smell is has very nice sweet notes with a slight bitter finish from the hops. The taste is what to be expected for this type of beer but it has a very nice balance of the malts to hops ratio. The mouthfeel is almost not there which makes a really great beer all together.

kdawg105, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Metuo
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Metuo, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of PunkFloyd
3/5  rDev -5.4%

PunkFloyd, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -5.4%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -5.4%

PEIhop, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of julian89
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:Pours a fairly translucent light amber, almost honey color. Small head with no lacing.

Smell: Fresh with a little minty, very sweet smelling.

Taste: Not a lot to it, it's very sweet but not much else. Just a light malt taste, not other notes that I can tell.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, fair carbonation. Very simple.

Overall: This isn't a great beer, I can't say it's horrible, there just isn't much to it.

julian89, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright clear aged copper color not much of a head or lace aromas are light with toffee, sweet malt, and herbal notes. first thing you taste is this funky woody smoke malt then some herbal notes and pepper or some kind of peppery spice and a slight after taste that,s not unpleasant. smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation and a light to medium body. overall not bad i would buy again.

billybob, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +26.2%

scootercrabb, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

oberon, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of CK21
3/5  rDev -5.4%

CK21, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Skunkdrool
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Skunkdrool, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of PhuckinPhil
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from the 12oz bottle into a Sam adams better beer glass.

Look: A coppery brown, Light carbonation, little head retention, moderate lacing that sticks until the end.

Smell: Wood, raisins, toffe, malt, grains.

Taste: Very creamy and malty up front, with just the right amount of hops to balance. Finishes with a grain and toasted biscuit warmth.

I usually go for the very hoppy IPA's and I had a feeling newcastle would be much different, and it is! I am far from disapointed. Not much of a fan of their other brews but definetely love this one!

PhuckinPhil, Nov 17, 2011
Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.