Braudog (5453) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pure amber and serene, with lazy, slow carbonation rising to just a little haze of a head. Not much up-front aroma here, and indeed the beer drinks with a very mellow malty character. Certainly any American expecting something along the lines of an American IPA will be sorely disappointed. To our palate, this drinks like a mild ale, caramelled and nutty. (#4471, 2/7/2012)
bigrond (1435) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
very average at best. More of an English pale ale than an IPA. Hops flavor is missing. But it is smooth and goes down with out a hitch. If you like IPAís...skip this one.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain/cereal, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of cardboard, walnut shells, gasoline, diacetyl, dirt.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Truly bad. Not just bland, but bad. Rough malt with surprisingly high oxidation/staleness despite this just coming out this winter. Fusel alcohol, rancid butter and dirt round out the nose...yum! Dirty aftertaste, thin and watery, off sourness, virtually no hops...it really does have everything you could possibly want in an IPA. To purchase by the case only.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours an amber hue decently dark. Carbonation isnít too bad. Aromas are more malty than hoppy, slightly nutty too. Palate is malty forward, decently nutty, but the hops are subdued, most likely due to the fact that they are english hops and malts used. Nothing special here.
rangerred (838) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Appearance is a clear medium brown with a smallish white head. Poor retention and lacing.
Smell is grainy with a slight fruity character reminiscent of grapes. Also a little bit of toffee. Not bad.
The flavor is kind of a mash up of the smell along with some metallic notes. There is some fruitiness, caramel, and metal along with toffee. There is an almost puckering dryness that lingers on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is thin.
This just isnít a very good beer. The flavors donít are all over the place and donít mesh well. The finish is also too dry. Not a good job by Newcastle.
DiarmaidBHK (3125) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from total wine Sterling. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head that doesnít last long. A bit of floral on the nose Really no hop presence to speak of on the tongues the finish. Tastes a bit sweet, a tad watery. Finish is brief. Has a weird linger going on like cabbage or something.
drdisque (491) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a party. Very well balanced. Lightly hopped but iím not a huge hophead so i liked it. Pleasantly surprised as most recent newcastle seasonals have been weird and bad.
BrewDad (4582) - Olympia, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light Amber in color, clear with a fluffy head. Decent amount of hops. Light malt character. This was easy drinking but nothing special.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
12oz bottle. Foul, foul stuff. smells like vomit mixed with wet newspaper and old dishrags wiped with butter. Dry and oxidized to hell with a cotton-ball finish. Slick and oily mouthfeel. Possibly infected and definitely stale. This is the worst beer that I have had in a long, long time and the fact that itís a current seasonal just makes me scratch my head. Iíve never had regular Newcastle nearly this awful.
TheBeerGod (4997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with a small, foamy tan head. Aroma is spicy hops, floral hops, tea leaves, soft fruit notes and soft herbal notes. Taste is fruit wrapped in tea leaves with a touch of toffee and soaked in a slurry of spicy hops and floral hops, and herbal hops. Body is medium with a soft, foamy carbonation with a light lingering bitterness. Finishes with more hop notes, herbal notes, light toffee, floral hops, fruit flavored tea and malt.