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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

341 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 3
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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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.26/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - Pours clear copper with a very small slightly off white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Lots of bread, small amounts of dark fruit. No hops whatsoever.

T - Virtually the same as the nose. Loads of bread up front, slight dark fruit soon follows and that's virtually the whole flavor.

M - Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Slightly spicy as well.

O - Overall, It wasn't very good. Doubt I'd have it again.

Photo of DavyTheFatboy
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.

Photo of woosterbill
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings. Also on special, so why not give it a shot?

A: Clear rich amber body under a finger of fine off-white head. Pretty strong retention and lace. Nice.

S: Less nice. Stone fruit and toasty malt. No hops presence to speak of. A trifle buttery. I wouldn't hate this as an ESB, but for an IPA it's weak sauce.

T: Nutty, fruity, toasty, malty. Some faint herbal bitterness on the finish. Not unpleasant, nut never an IPA.

M: Fairly light bodied and frothy. All right.

O: Very English tasting and quite clean, but disappointingly devoid of hoppiness. Way too malty, even for an EIPA.

Cheers!

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.36/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours with a huge foamy white head though the rusty water body is not that appealing

Really not much on the nose vague hints of copper coins, put my nose to the bottle and sure I picked up some notes of granary bread.

Wow it tastes like rusty water with a slight bitter aftertaste and bottled mineral water comes through as well

If I soaked a single hop in warm water with a tiny squeeze of washing up liquid and let it go cold this would be the mouthfeel.

The best Newcastle Limited Edition so far
but this is a title you can liken to most polite serial killer.

Photo of Lemke10
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a medium amber color with a slight head. Scent has some bitterness to it, but it smells more like an adjunct lager. Wow, this one you have to try and not in a good way. The texture is light and dry but finishes with a harsh bitter after taste. Overall the taste is barely better than a cheaply made malt liquor. It's not going to be easy finishing this off. Definitely avoid.

Photo of tdm168
2.45/5  rDev -23%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear copper color, extremely malty aroma, getting no hops whatsoever. Just raisin like malt.

Doesn't taste like an ipa either. More like an esb or English bitter. Not nearly enough hop character to be an ipa. Sweet dark fruit and caramel. Herbal and soapy hop character. Balanced clean and simple. But the flavors are faint. The beer is refreshing at least leaving an herbal minty taste in the mouth.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Cluker
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of halo913
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Sande
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of TheFlern
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
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

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2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
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...

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2.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a solid two finger head of just off-white, quite frothy and whipped up, at least half filled with larger bubbles which causes a good deal of dimpling, while thin the lacing streaks do stick well. Completely transparent shiny copper orange in color, more yellow than any deeper red or brown, only a few fat and lazy bubbles to be witnessed. Pretzel dough, saline, pepper and metallic shavings most apparent in the nose, more earthy than hoppy, close to devoid of herbaceous bite, eases into softer caramel and toffee notes, some apricot or cherry but no real deep fruit nor citrus presence, decent penetrating power but more sour than crisp so doesn’t too much once deep in there. Medium-bodied, creamier in texture than expected, the carbonation creates a fluffy sensation. Here that butterscotch, toffee stuff gets closer to the lead, even as the metallic earthiness does not really abate much. At times it seems more bready or biscuity but not consistently so. Again, no grassiness nor any of the other descriptors common to the American IPA, keeps up with the salt and pepper combo as well as some light asparagus or Brussels sprouts for contrast. Soaks into the palate well. Suspect this would be more enjoyable with food than casually sipped on its own.

Newcastle Winter IPA from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.