blipp (5884) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Pale and lightly toasted malts, a hint of flowery hops, and a touch of sweetness. Well balanced.
markas101 (1815) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Tesco Infirmary. Medium gold-amber. Thin head. Caramel and bead aroma. Bready taste with slight metallic lingering. Finish is slightly smokey, some vanilla. Drinkable but nothing special.
Westmeister (1654) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear dull brown with wispy white head. Smell is sweet grains, but almost a spoil hint. Taste is more sweet grain, caramel, almost no hop presence. IPA? Really? Not good.
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours clear copper with a slight beige head that left quickly. Aroma is floral/herb with a caramel backing. Suggests cola sort of. Med body. Flavor is odd. Thereís a veg/herb hop thing. Malt backing. Suggests an insecticide aroma - the kind made from flowers*. Itís not terrible, but Iíve never had anything like it. Unique flavors fer sure.
(*The pyrethrins are a pair of natural organic compounds normally derived from Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium)
joe19612 (1801) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Morrisons. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin white head, malt aroma, the taste is a touch sweet and has some malt roast in the background.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is toasted malt, a little nutty. Taste is toasted malt, little sweet, a slightly nutty aftertaste.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
bought a single from HeB, i told them iíd finally get this bottle after refusing to break the sixer, i always win .. . . this beer smells like an old stinkin copper pipe .. . stale vegetables and brown underwear stain flavours, copper also .. . no body at all .. . light tan .. almost no foam at all .. . crumby beer .. . .
Iím sorry but thereís a handsome man in my spoon. Youíll have to come back later.
BrewBoxer (1881) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown color. Smells of malt, bread and dough. Far from an IPA in my opinion but i guess this is the british version of it. Eh
knewell (71) - Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I did not know how to rate this beer. It said, "IPA", but it did not have a typical IPA taste or aroma. Had an mild aroma of nuts, malts and slight sweetness. Had a taste of citrus and hops like a typical IPA, but not with the same strength. In all honesty, it reminded me of a mild porter or stout more than an IPA. With that being said, I personally enjoyed this beer.
Suttree (5023) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
These Newcastle seasonal have been...challenging. Some have been outright terrible, and the best ones have been bland. This benefited from lowered expectations is what Iím trying to say. There is some actual hop character, and it doesnít seem stale or oxidized much. Still not sure Iíd buy it again, though...