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Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Zesty in character and jam-packed with a creamy finish, the Newcastle Winter IPA is full-bodied and hoppy, delivering unique and authentic malt flavors for the cold season and snowy matchdays.


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Not great. The nose is bland pine and citrus. Golden amber with a semifizzy head. Bitter but not defining. Medium bodied and crisp.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
nearbeer (3434) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2012
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!

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (2617) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Light sweet caramel malt aroma. Clear copper with a small beige head. Toasty malt and herbal bitter flavor. Light watery body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (3609) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
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.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dchobbs (33) - Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
I’ll say this was the most unflattering pour I’ve had in almost a year. Clear copper with anemic head that disappears quickly. Similar taste and noise of a larger or even pilsner with the exception of maybe cardamom and light caramel finish. Not terrible-maybe uninspired is a better description. It feels like s half finished sandwich.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Pours an unflattering copper with little-to-no head, I didn’t hold out much hope for Newcastle’s winter seasonal because of how little I liked their summer beer. Smells maltier than I expected with some nice floral hop notes present (after drinking so many beers back-to-back with heavy Cascade presences, this was actually quite welcome). The flavor is more of the same: a malty, bready sweetness with some light hopping. There is a somewhat weird bitterness present, too, but I couldn’t identify this. I wouldn’t call this an IPA, but it certainly represents as a decent winter pale ale/seasonable.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Campy877 (154) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light copper color with a dirty tan head. Was not expecting what I tasted. Called a winter IPA but surprisingly tasting more malt than hops. Funny, it tastes heavy but is anything but. Has a distinctive barley bread flavor on the back of the tongue. Very nice and cozy for a cool thanksgiving night! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Super Market - 12 oz bottle. Medium copper pour, slight off-white head. Nutty aroma, hints of chocolate. Flavor has an interesting bread-like maltiness to it, some nuttiness, a brief citrus undertone, and some odd meaty notes. Surprisingly blends together well. Mouthfeel is thick enough.


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