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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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339 Ratings

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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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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
Photo of IPAaron
4/5  rDev +26.2%

IPAaron, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of KidRagnarok
3/5  rDev -5.4%

KidRagnarok, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DavyTheFatboy
2.28/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

DavyTheFatboy, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of justinjj1280
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

justinjj1280, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pint glass.

A: Rich, dark copper body. Cream-white head--a finger’s width--that slowly ebbs to a shallow, cappucino pillow. Lazy spider-web lacing. Pretty.

S: Whoof! Not only coppery in appearance, but extremely metallic in the nose. Rusty even. It really overwhelms all else for me.

T: The metallic, although still hanging out, takes a backseat to a watered down, 7th place-in-the-science-fair-but-tried-really-hard-to-be-3rd roasted malt. Rustic and earthy, but frustratingly fleeting. No lingering flavor whatsoever. I know it's an English, but no hops detected for me.

M: Blah. Promising initially, and then nothing much, but I guess the style presupposes it.

O: As I’ve heard others say, Newcastle is the gateway beer, but this Winter IPA attempt certainly doesn’t promote brand loyalty, or move Newcastle past that reputation.

Heavenisbeer, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes are from last week.

If you've ever seen a freshly polished antique brass bar or handrail, you know what this beer looks like. A small light tan head shows moderate retention, retaining a foam after it fades. Not much lacing is left but for a bit of spotting and a few legs creeping here and there.
A delicate balance of hops and malts come out on the nose, and the particular earthiness and almost peat-like character of the hops bitterness lets me know this is an English style. It's a little light, but by no means unnoticeable. It's also a bit grassy with a touch of fruits and the caramel of the malts gives way to a hint of toffee.
Toasty and caramel malts notes mingle with an herbal, pithy woodiness as far as bitterness goes; this is no citra hopped west coast IPA, nor should it be. Things come together well in the flavor, which is also somewhat stronger than the aroma.
The mouthfeel isn't terribly thin, though it is a little. Otherwise there's a good carbonation, it's assertively crisp, and it goes pretty smooth into the finish.

Brenden, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a coppery amber with little head. No retention or lacing.

S: Semi sweet malt, light hops.

T: Light caramel, clean malt, light hops.

M: Smooth, crisp, decent carbonation.

O: Nothing really outstanding, but nothing bad either. Seems like it would be a good "session" beer.

djaeon, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper, a bit brownish, but with noted clarity and capped by a finger of whitish froth.

Smell: Biscuity, toasty malts in the nose leaning more towards the biscuit with a leafy, minutely earthy hop scent underneath.

Taste: Biscuity, whole-grain toasty malts leaning more towards the toast with small amount of toffee-esque sweetness. Hint of apple skin. Leafy, faintly woodsy hop profile provides a slightly over-steeped tea character with no more than enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Finishes near-dry with that small amount of bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. It may be a bit thin, but it still has some creaminess to it.

Overall: Not great, but not bad, either, it's certainly a passable brew, whereas the Summer and Werewolf were, for me, atrocious.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Stockfan42
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown body with a white foamy head.

Smell is mostly just malt with a bit of an earthy presence.

Taste is malt dominant with some hoppy, earthy undertones and a slight bitter finish.

This beer is pretty smooth and clean. Body is about medium and easily drinkable. Nicely carbonated.

Overall its not a bad beer. An easy drinking, smooth beer that doesn't really fill you up. I'd recommend this to starter ipa beer drinkers that have not yet ventured into the extreme or higher hoppy beers.

Stockfan42, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells of skunk weed and sweet malts. A big flavor at first, sweet and frutiy then bitter. Some ripe red apples, licorice, and ceylon tea flavors make an interesting palate. Light body but not watery, a little pop and warmth from alcohol. Many people may be buying this to review thinking it is gonna be a terrible dud. This is not great but interesting.

Note: If it warms up at all the flavor becomes undrinkable

JoeAmerican77, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze colored with a small tan colored head. Deeply amber colored to the point of almost being brown.

Smells malty with a little butter and English style hops. Toasted grains and herbal hop with a faint mint scent.

Starts out malty and dry with a strong patent malt taste. Herbal hops featuring tobacco and leather as the strongest tastes. Mildly bitter with a slight buttery flavor. This is quite mild and tasty but it isn't a strong BIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall tasty and mild. Not a strong ale this would be a good gateway beer for your Budweiser swilling friends.

Zorro, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Shiny dark brass

SMELL: Toffee, fresh cut grass, herbal, woody hop, ripe apples, floral

TASTE: Smooth, semi-creamy, medium body, malty, light toffee, hop bitterness, thick herbal, woody, toasted grain, dried hay, yeast, ripe pears, faint esters

Very well balanced and pushing the palate a bit to make it interesting enough to want more than one bottle. Comes off to be a good beer from a less talked about style ... at least in the US. Tasty.

Jason, Oct 11, 2011
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Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.