BrewBoxer (2450) - 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
nearbeer (4173) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz. Clear copper with a lasting eight inch of cream. Nose is charred pecans, buttered popcorn and toffee. Taste is stale buttered popcorn with the un-popped burnt seeds, sour apple and a finish of mud-stained orange and pithy bark. Near-medium body is balanced and has medium carbonation. If not for the level of carbonation, I would swear this must be one of the original IPA bottles that went to India upon a sailing ship nearly 200 years ago. United Kingdom, I feel your pain!
vyvvy (4673) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear bronze with a rocky off-white head. The aroma has bread, biscuity malt, dry fruit, minerals, minor sourness and an ESB sort of yeastiness. It has a medium / light body with lots of prickly carbonation. The flavor starts off with dry earthy caramel malt, some apple, minerals, ESB earthy yeast and spicy hops. The finish has a bit more hoppy character. Decent beer, but doesn’t strike me as an IPA.
MrBunn (2573) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Body is a crystal clear light amber/deep gold with a soapy head and aromas of skunky hops. Flavor is mildly sweet with some a skunky hops and detergent soap. This is bad stuff. Bad. A total disappointment.
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Not great. The nose is bland pine and citrus. Golden amber with a semifizzy head. Bitter but not defining. Medium bodied and crisp.
dfinney23 (2257) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Another Newcastle limited edition, another sign they should just stick to the original brown.
knewell (73) - 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.
queenholly (3502) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Light sweet caramel malt aroma. Clear copper with a small beige head. Toasty malt and herbal bitter flavor. Light watery body.
badgerben (4611) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with a small head. Light floral and caramel aroma. Oddly, I could swear I smelled a bit of chocolate. Grainy and caramely flavor. Moderate earthy bitterness.
Suttree (5548) - 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 I’m trying to say. There is some actual hop character, and it doesn’t seem stale or oxidized much. Still not sure I’d buy it again, though...