Newcastle Winter IPA - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.88/5 rDev +22%
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.
11-09-2011 02:39:30 | More by justinjj1280
3.28/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-07-2011 03:11:17 | More by Halcyondays
3.08/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
11-06-2011 04:43:57 | More by Heavenisbeer
3.73/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
11-04-2011 13:46:52 | More by Brenden
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
11-03-2011 23:50:07 | More by djaeon
3.15/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
11-03-2011 20:18:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.1/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
10-31-2011 00:10:06 | More by Stockfan42
2.6/5 rDev -18.2%
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
10-24-2011 23:05:57 | More by JoeAmerican77
3.53/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-23-2011 22:41:38 | More by Zorro
3.68/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
10-11-2011 02:38:06 | More by Jason
Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.