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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
74
okay

333 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 18.87%
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)
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 07:02:57 | More by ferrari29
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 05:00:44 | More by OtherShoe2
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phichifiji00

California

3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 17:27:05 | More by phichifiji00
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DoubleJ

California

3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:25:29 | More by DoubleJ
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Windigo

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 20:16:31 | More by Windigo
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whatthehull

California

3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 07:01:58 | More by whatthehull
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MrOH

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 05:46:39 | More by MrOH
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scottfrie

California

3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 23:56:08 | More by scottfrie
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kdawg105

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +44%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:01:44 | More by kdawg105
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Metuo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +25.8%

11-27-2011 00:04:40 | More by Metuo
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PunkFloyd

California

3/5  rDev -5.7%

11-24-2011 08:09:35 | More by PunkFloyd
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

11-23-2011 15:26:28 | More by jenray
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.7%

11-22-2011 02:23:48 | More by PEIhop
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julian89

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:34:19 | More by julian89
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 17:44:18 | More by billybob
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +25.8%

11-21-2011 01:18:53 | More by scootercrabb
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oberon

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:50:05 | More by oberon
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CK21

Colorado

3/5  rDev -5.7%

11-19-2011 06:56:07 | More by CK21
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Skunkdrool

California

3/5  rDev -5.7%

11-17-2011 20:00:14 | More by Skunkdrool
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PhuckinPhil

California

3.88/5  rDev +22%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:47:35 | More by PhuckinPhil
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IPAaron

Virginia

4/5  rDev +25.8%

11-17-2011 02:08:39 | More by IPAaron
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KidRagnarok

California

3/5  rDev -5.7%

11-15-2011 03:10:50 | More by KidRagnarok
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DavyTheFatboy

North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a Magic Hat pint glass.

Looks nice. Deep, burnished copper, like a penny that's lived only in pockets for a year or two. Off-white head that goes away in less than two minutes and leaves behind nothing.

Uh oh. I got a big whiff of adjunct. The only appeal is in a bit of a tea smell as well.

Two words: Molson Golden. It's too sickly sweet. It's not hoppy enough, not even for an EIPA, in my opinion. I know the IBUs are low but this is, well, like Molson Golden. It kind of tastes like grapes. Just not terribly impressive. It's drinkable, sure, but not a good outing for this brewery.

Medium to full-bodied which belies the thin taste.

I bought this because Newcastle has always been reliably good for me for a long time. They earned my enthusiastic purchase, and I'll continue to try their Limited Editions. I'm just saying this one isn't something to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:44:36 | More by DavyTheFatboy
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justinjj1280

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color, decent amount of head that retained just adequately, but, in fairness, I nursed it.

Very Caramel malty flavor with a nice bit of hop bitterness, rather than the hop flavor you get from American IPA's.

I think this may be my first experience with an English IPA, and I'd love to taste more of them. I'm not a hophead, and I really like this IPA.

I've really enjoyed the recent seasonal offerings from Newcastle. Hope they keep them coming.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:39:30 | More by justinjj1280
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Halcyondays

California

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 03:11:17 | More by Halcyondays
Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.