Aurelius (4313) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly candied, toffee and fuggles aroma. Clear, cinnamon gold-brown beer with a thin, filmy head, decent label, brown bottle. Sweet, a toasted bitterness, malty. A light tannic quality that I associate with UK ales. Medium body, longish mild bitter finish. Fair bitter, but not much of an IPA, and it doesn’t have other things that I would expect for a winter brew - high ABV, dark malting or spices. Publix, I-10.
TomTron (390) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Not much aroma other than yeast. Taste is a bit malty with a tinge of bitterness but little to no hop character. This is not an IPA.
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Poured an amber color with a small sized head. Aromas of grains, bread, and some toast. Watery tastes of the same.
thegreenrooster (3265) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma is of earthy malt and toffee. Flavor is again more malt with some toffee and almost a roasted nut. More ESB than IPA as I can’t pick up any hop profile.
fidelis83 (1997) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear darkish amber with a 1 finger, creamy beige head, aroma is floral, soapy and planty hops, toffee, tree fruit and mineral notes. Flavor is more biscuity and grainy than the aroma indicates with some light citrus notes a mineral and floral finish. Nice creamy feel with a mild, spritzy carbonation. Not bad overall, but I’m not sure this should be marketed as an IPA, as it really seems much less hoppy than any IPA I can remember and seems more like a moderately hopped bitter all around. No points lost for not fitting the style, but it is a little disappointing.
shrubber85 (7862) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Toffee malt and orange peel aroma. Amber with moderate head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter orange peel hops flavor. Light metallic aftertaste. Not bad but not great.
Patrickctenchi (3942) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2012
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours deep, clear, coper with a short, off-white head.
Scent is slight.....a little bread.
Taste is watery, nut and grain....caramel.
Tastes like a weak brown ale.
Barely any true hop bitter or sensation.
Not a bad flavour...just at a loss to see any hint of an IPA in there.
gripweed57 (755) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours an orange copper color with a large foamy beige head. Light bready malt nose. Zesty sweet caramel malt flavor with a subtle herbal hop finish. Rather bland and certainly not up to character for an IPA.
kdm1984 (699) - Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Newcastle Winter IPA - Pours gold with enormous head and very impressive lacing, especially at the top. Aroma very weak - not much beyond some earthy malts. Flavor is also weak - some biscuity malts and enough hops that it’s recognizable as a pale ale. This and St. Peter’s IPA, for example, are definitely more of the British style of pale ale than the American IPAs we’re used to over in the States. This is okay, but if I really want a British pale ale, I’m definitely more fond of the ESBs. 02/13 update: this is now in the ESB category? It doesn’t fit that one well, either.
Fatehunter (1330) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Finger and half of head, clear copper body.
A wood, barnyard and lemon zest smell.
Fairly malty, medium bitterness, mild apple and pear taste. With a long dry bitter ending.
Smooth texture, low carbonation, medium body.
It’s nothing crazy, but it has a good solid profile. An IPA with more malt to it, which is nice and different.