Newcastle Winter IPA
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Newcastle Winter IPANewcastle Winter IPA
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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #371
Ranked #47,810
3.2 | pDev: 18.44%
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Newcastle Winter IPANewcastle Winter IPA
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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Thin brown ale. Unattractive for an ipa appearance, color just is fetid swamp water. Aroma was blase burton wormwood.

Taste has some sweetness, some hopping bitterness, but more of that toffee and brown malt thing going. Equal parts english ipa and brown ale. I dunno man.

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Photo of Syncro-Vox
2.32/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Perhaps my palate has been wrecked by the American IPAs I drink all the time, but I could not taste the hops in this one. It's not that bad of a beer, but if I have an IPA, I want it to be hoppy—even if it's a more balanced English IPA.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Iced tea color with a thin partial cover.
Smell is slightly sweet with vegetal and metallic notes.
Sweet, caramelly, lightly buttery with a touch of hippy bitterness. Surprisingly delightful! Clean finish, a trace note of alcohol.
Muted carbonation, smooth, slightly heavy body.
Delicious, worth pursuing more than just the test bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of Foyle
3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 3/4" creamy white head recedes fairly rapidly with decent lacing. Color is Amber and mostly clear with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: some mild fruit (plums maybe), a little English hop spice, and bread dough
Mouthfeel: just above light body (more so than a standard lager), fairly watery and slightly sticky, with a very dry finish.
Flavor: nice balance of sweet malt, earthy hop spice. Flavors of toasted bread, a little of caramel, maybe a little licorice and some mild fruit (raisins or plums). Also pick up some citrus like orange rind and a slight metallic aftertaste as it warms.
Overall: a very pleasant beer. This seasonal offering from Newcastle is a nice example an English style IPA.

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Photo of deadchef
4.15/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle to 20oz 'pint' glass...

a: healthy two-finger off white head. crystal clear amber color.

s: sweet, almost cola like. malty, not much hops, if any. not what an american expects from an ipa. lol!

t: if you bought this expecting big hop bitterness and citrusy flavor you will be sorely disappointed. however, if you bought this expecting a fine example of a british ipa then you will very happy. residual sweetness, caramel, rock candy with an underlying bitterness that you would expect in some of the mildest american ambers. slightly floral hop flavor and aroma. slightly...

m: if you pour it right you will be left with a medium-low carbonated brew. lightly coats the mouth but finishes clean. slight bitterness lingers.

o: i like this! i think it's a great session ale with lots of great flavors that is a nice detour out of the sea of american ipa's that try to out wallop the next. too bad it's only around for a limited time, i would certainly drink another.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 355ml bottle: BBD 30 Sep 2013. Poured slowly into a Gordon's thistle shaped glass (well they are from the same brewery) on 17 Aug 2013.

Looked fine: but what doesn't in a thistle shaped glass? Good gold coloured body with a full white head sat on top.

The aroma was of malty molasses: I thought this was an IPA? Caramel and toffee esters fill the nose and those malty smells carry on into the taste, this is no IPA, winter or otherwise.

Fruity notes appear within the taste, more so as the beer warmed in the glass, but the semi-sweet maltiness drowns them out, the hops not really asserting any influence at all.

I actually liked it: my sweet tooth picking up the bits others don't enjoy. Body depth was fine and the alcohol (5.2% ABV) sat nicely within the brew.

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Photo of dbossman
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium copper hue--pretty dark for an IPA--a small, steady head and nice lacing

S: Fairly subdued hop aromas but some grassy, herbal aromas finally begin to shine with a pleasant and bready malt backbone

T: Balanced bitterness and maltiness; the hop bitterness has a grassy, herbal flavor while the malts are bready and toasty--maybe even slightly burnt; with some slight caramel and toffee undertones

F: Fairly creamy and chewy; medium body

O: A decent English IPA that gets better as it warms--probably my favorite of their seasonal offerings

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Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a dark amber it ample head tha disapates almost immediately and leaves a small amount of lacing behind.

S- toffee, roasted malts, and maybe a bit of apple.

T- coffee upfront a bit unusual for an IPA, almost tastes like a mild stout. Has a bit of a fruit taste at the end with a bit of the hops coming in late also.

M- light bodied, smooth and a bit dry.

O- not a true IPA, so don't go in expecting that. Not a bad beer I would have to come in with different expectations next time to get a true feel for the beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Marked: 30-09X. Sampled on June 2, 2013 when it was 90 degrees outside.

The pour is medium amber with a modest lingering head. Good clarity.

The aroma is more malt forward than hoppy with a noticeable toffee sweetness and a roasted quality.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste is bereft of anything hoppy which is not what I would expect from an IPA - even the more subtle English IPA. There is a dry, lingering finish but all in all it tastes like an ESB or a Pale Ale rather than an IPA. It is drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. Picked up recently from Tesco. Brewed in Tadcaster, home of John Smiths. The blurb on the label claims that the recipe is based on the 18th century style of English IPA. I could take some convincing...

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear brownish-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of frothy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of mild roasted grain, nuttiness, grass, fruity ale yeast and faint stewed hops. Not very IPA-like.

Tastes of caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of mild roasted grain, nuttiness, caramel/toffee, grass, fruity ale yeast, stewed hops and faint earthiness. Slightly sweet, with a restrained, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with pleasant carbonation and an OK body. Could be more interesting - where are the hop oils? Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of caramel malt, mildly harsh stewed leaves and faint cardboard.

Meh - not much of an IPA and a pretty boring beer in general. Surprisingly malty; almost like regular Newky Brown with some extra grassy notes. The aroma/flavour are dull and uninspired, though the most glaring omission is the lack of hops that would qualify this as a half-decent IPA. The hint of grass/hay isn't more than you would find in a regular ale. I suppose it's drinkable enough but it fails as an IPA. Give it a miss.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No question of where this one came from - many thanks to my local, in-person trader, tone 77!

From the bottle: "Brighten your Day"; "We aim to pleasantly surprise with our winter ale, a unique Limited Edition brew with the drinkability you expect from Newcastle. Our recipe echoes the style of 18th century India pale ales, which were subtly higher hopped than British pale ales. This brew has a seductive malt, caramel and zesty character which accompanies a balanced and creamy finish. Our inspiration for this unexpected winter brew? Well, we just want to make our long British winters more palatable!"; "Brilliant British Ale"; "From the One & Only"; "Drink Cool".

My pour produced just better than a finger of dense, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet with a caramel scent and a light, grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was definitely of caramel on the tongue. Finish was semi-sweet and easily quaffable. It was tasty, but not sustaining for a hophead such as myself. I am not sure that it would make winter more palatable for me, but to each his own. Not bad, not unexpected, but not sustaining, either.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty? No noticable hops. Taste is also malty, sweet, caramel, not what I was expecting. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but not what I am expecting in an IPA.

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Photo of pweis909
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What I like most: there is an interesting aroma to this beer. It reminds me of apricots. Is this a yeast derived stone-fruit flavor or hop-derived flavor, such as the apricot flavor people claim to get from amarillo hops? I don't know, but it is the most interesting part of the beer.

What I like least: the caramel sweetness is overpowering. This beer is too sweet. Quite unbalanced for anything called IPA, in my mind, and in any event too sweet to really like.

Some things of note, which I am rather neutral toward: the color is dark for an IPA. But it's just color. There is a bit of a chocolate flavor underneath the caramel. Maybe that is not to style, but it doesn't kill the beer and makes it sort of interesting. The carbonation is low and the beer comes across as soft-textured. Sorry I can't be more articulat than that. In my mind, this enhances drinkability, but the sweetness from the caramel malts diminishes it.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz. goblet. Pours a dark amber color; looks a lot like strong tea. A two-finger off-white head with tons of sticky lacing. Smells of caramel, cherries and other ripe fruity aromas. Some nice, earthy hop aromas in there, too. Taste is malty, fruity and sweet up front with a smooth transition into a herbal, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is a just little on the thin side, but carbonation level is low and not dry at all. Overall, probably the best English IPA I’ve ever had. This is a nicely balanced and complex beer that I hate to see called a "Limited Edition." SO much better than Newcastle’s flagship Brown Ale. Hopefully, it will at least become a yearly, seasonal brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure on the age on this. It seems certainly towards the end of the season for this.
Surprisingly malty, toasty and caramelized aroma. Soft english hopping is definitely in the background. Pleasing enough.
Very clear brown/copper. Smaller head than expected.
Flavors are similar to aroma with greater hop presence. Still largely a malty drink with more blending of the hops throughout, but not really very bitter, more of hop flavors-and they are nice. Soft drying on the finish. Prickly spicy carbonation and hoppy start.
Really quite a light body, esp. for a 5.2% abv. Feels much smaller than that, although flavor holds a touch of alcohol qualities (or features of what I'd expect from a 5% drink).

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Photo of griffinn
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

There isn't much that can be said about this "IPA." I wouldn't exactly call it an IPA, it's more like "IPA-inspired." It's really just a standard brown ale a little higher on the level of hops. Indeed, it's remarkably similar to Newcastle's standard offering. Just a bit hoppier. I call it a "Crossover IPA."

This was my first IPA, and for me it served as an introduction to the world of IPAs. It's not at all bad - it's well-balanced enough, feels fine in the mouth for a macro brew, and it's a fine IPA for someone who has either never tried a hoppy beer or isn't a particularly big fan of them. It's worth buying a six-pack on sale (it's probably on clearance at the grocery store right now) if you're craving hops and you're either on a budget or your store doesn't have anything better. But for the seasoned drinker, don't expect anything terribly exciting.

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Photo of JMad
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a very dark amber/ light brown color with a very thin white head that quickly dissipated.

It's aroma is of toasted malts and butter with a light spruce smell in the background. Tastes of sweet bread and caramel with just a slight herbal bitterness and a little bit of fruit on the finish (apple/pear). The liquid is medium bodied with low carbonation and a tasty, lingering finish.

I guess this is ok for an English IPA, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. Although, this beer seems pretty sessionable, I could probably knock down quite a few in one sitting.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- insanely clear burnt copper. Off whit colored foam is like creamy-ish and kinda soapy-ish and mostly lackluster as it sizzles down. Lacing however is abundant. Fizzy looking.

S- mostly caramel, butter, and toffee with a brown sugar twist and a slight whiff of earthy citrus hops. Notes of browning orchard fruits and sandalwood.

T- mostly fruity and grainy with nice hops at the end. Keepin it real tho. Citrus hoppiness blends with the caramel malt sweetness on the front end and the woodsy, earthy side of the cone plays against toasty and pear flavors to provide a pleasant and transitional balance throughout the glass. Buttery. Finishes grainy and citric.

MF- artificial and overdone. Way too fizzy, taking what would normally be a pleasant dryness to a whole nother level like damn homie why u so carbonated and prickly son u ain't soda?!! And after all that it still feels like residual sugar on my cheeks that better English IPAs just don't tolerate.

D- it's like a pretty damn decent beer that is almost budweiser flavored, and it's simply just an example of a pretty good mass produced beer. Or more accurately, a seasonal relatively small batched beer that was produced in a mass-productive fashion. Either way, it doesn't suck but it's not awesome.

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Photo of Hendry
3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turn back the hands of time 30 years and Newcastle Brown Ale was one of the small handfull of quality imports that was available at the time. My first experience was a 16 oz draught at Lord Bumberry's in Boston back in 1984, and that was by far the best representation of Newscastle that I can remember. Since that time, the clear bottles of Brown Ale have been widely distributed and readily available.

My guess is that Newcastle, like many other popular imports, rode the wave of popularity for years and have watched their U.S. market share shrink year after year. The answer? Create an IPA in 2012 in hopes of igniting the flame and stoke up the sales. This Winter IPA falls flat of the mark, but overall is a palatable easy drinking ale, albeit a bit watery.

If nobody told you this was an IPA and poured a glass for you, chances are few if any would guess that is what was. This much more resembles a typical British ale with just a smidgen of hoppiness to it. Not much in the way of nose outside of what a garden variety Brit ale puts forth, and the flavors are a pleasant mixture of caramel and watered down hops: don't expect any bitter hoppy aftertaste because it will let you down in that regard.

The Brits should stick to what they know best: quality ales,rich porters & stouts. The only reason most of the export brands are marketing an IPA is because they lost a sizable portion of the market share ever since us Yanks became more hip to hops!

Now that Spring is around the corner, you should see some bargains on the sizable stock of unsold Newcastele Winter IPA left in the warehouses. If you are buying beer for a party and can pick it up cheap, the value is decent and the ale is reasonably palatable overall.

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Photo of tylerzander
3.71/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a short lived one finger slightly off-white head that reduces to a wisp after a minute or two

S - a bit surprising for an IPA that the predominant aroma is that of malt, namely caramel-forward malt notes with some mild continental hop notes to provide some complexity but it's hard to suss out their presence

T - the taste delivers on what the aroma promises: a pleasant maltiness that offers, again, just a hint of mild floral/spicy hoppiness

M - full and rounded out mouthfeel which would be best fresh, as it is brought down a couple notches by some oxidation notes at the end

D - quite drinkable, especially for the winter when one seeks a fuller beer with a good malt backbone that provides some sustenance and a little extra flavor; altogether a good, drinkable beer that seems to age (despite the oxidation) better than its American IPA counterparts even if what's promised on the label (an intensely hopped IPA, 18th century style) doesn't exactly manifest itself in the glass

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with very little head or bubbles with only a tiny ring around the glass to leave the tiniest lacing.

The aroma is clearly mellow caramel malt sweetness with only a bit of floral hops. It's pretty straightforward and pleasant. Not a whole lot of complexity.

The beer tastes really well balanced between the caramel malt sweetness and the bittering hops. It's really pleasant and drinkable.

The body/mouthfeel is thinner than I would like being well under medium. It starts off sweet and creamy while nearing the end the hops start to take over with mild bitter moving towards a slightly dry peppery finish. The carbonation is fairly lively.

All in all it's very pleasant and drinkable, but it doesn't have much of a head and it almost watery to the mouthfeel.

I'm going to give this beer a score in the mid 3's out of 5. It has lots of redeeming qualities and it totally something that I would seek out even in the summertime, but that is because it is a bit watery. Otherwise, it's pretty refreshing!

Try it, you might like it and that is all that matters! Try new stuff, life is too short not to!

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Photo of welldigger888
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber hue with a white head that dissipated very quickly leaving almost no cap and descent lacing.

Head cold on the wain here so I will call it avg.

Again head cold on the wain so again avg.

I could detect a firm bitterness in the flavor that was appealing though.

Medium bodied to a bit thin, not bad, not at all displeasing.

Well, sorry for the unfair review here with the head cold on the wain and all. But hey, I could not waste a quality brew just because I wanted a couple of pints now could I.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant in the mix a six cooler, poured chilled in a cervoise.

The color is deep garnet with good clarity and quick falling head to a crust of light tan beads. The aroma has a smell of earth with woody, nutty malt and light cheesy yeast with subtle herbal aroma from the hops. The feel has moderately high carbonation and toasted grain texture with slight spice and low bitterness w/ slightly dry yeasty finish.

The taste is creamy with nutty malt and woody hops w/ mild sweetness and fruity yeast tinges w/ subtle raisin and toast in the background with subtle herbal bitterness and mild pepper-like qualities. Overall a good English Ale w/ nice yeast flavor and malt balance yet too tame for even an English IPA imo, but I liked it, perhaps esb or pale ale might have been a better label -it just misses the mark of what consitutes a standard for this style to me

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Photo of Billolick
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. W/O freshness info.

Pour is medium amber, clear, moderate off white head, decent fields of fine lacing.

Faint wiff of malt on the nose.

Malty and smoky brew, limited hop presence. Just some dryness in the finish.

Nothing special. Would work in a pinch, with some BBQ or other smoky food.

Pass it by, buy some real craft beer, support a real craft brewer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I had this on tap at my local bar as part of the beer experience program. It is a good incentive program, but it forces you into some lesser beers like the Newcastle Winter IPA.

I really wouldn't call this an english IPA. It is more like an english pale, or an english light pale. The nose and flavor are really minimal. The nose is barely hopped. You can hardly smell anything. You hardly get any flavor... overall, this one was pretty boring.

I would recommend this is a gateway beer, but it really doesn't play well for drinking veterans.

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Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 353 ratings