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 (5223) - 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.
cheap (4013) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this on tap at 1 for the road. They told me it was only available on tap, evidently an untruth. A little darker than a pale lager. Smell is a little like an old lager. Taste is somewhat like watered down homemade wine. Very little co2, nearly flat. Fairly easy on the buds. Some bitterness builds but this probably is not really an ipa by craft beer standards. If it is, I hate pa, and this is probably one of the better tasting ipa I hhave ever had; its medium light bitter and overall well behaved. heheh, definately not on style, does not even approach apa in style. More like some kind of lager I would say. But hey, Iím not a beer expert, what do I know.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample on 12/3/2011. This IPA pours a light gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is malty, caramel and fruity. A medium to light bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet, touch of caramel. The hops are earthy and floral. A lighter bodied English Style IPA. It seems more like a ESB/Bitter than an IPA. Nice carbonation. Nice finish. Touch of bitterness at the finish. Not quite sure how or why its marketed as a winter beer, maybe the Winter in Jamaica or some where tropical this would be a good winter beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light golden with a fluffy white head. Grainy caramel aroma and taste with a bready finish. Whereís the hops?
BritAlesRule (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Pours a clear medium brown that highlights garnet in the light. Foamy head dissipates almost at once. Aroma is light alcohol, yeast, and caramel malts along with very English (Fuggle?,Golding?) hops. Taste is light malt and bitter spruce in a pleasant medium bodied ale. A decent quaffable bitter. None of the sweetness of their brown.
unclemattie (4163) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Aroma of an antique cardboard box. Tastes of sweet pale malts and old chunks of wood (as a substitute for really old bittering hops.) Rough leather flavor all through the finish. Not like any IPA (English style or Americanized) Iíve had before. Maybe on a brisk, rainy morning in the UK when I need some hair of the mutt.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown body with a thin white head. Light aroma with some nutty and fruity notes. Not too bad. The palate is quite light for an IPA, but the beer is pretty smooth. The flavor is less like an IPA than a brown ale. Fairly smooth and semi-sweet start fades to a bitter, cloying finish. Not a bad beer, but Iíve had much better.
DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was sent some of this by Newcastleís USA PR firm, along with some schwag to give away in my blogs. So yes, my partiality may be somewhat compromised. First, i see that despite the Newcastle name, itís not brewed at the same place as Newcastle currently is done, but in Scotland. That might account for the more Scots style, almost peaty malt taste. So. From a bottle, it kicks up a nice big brownish head over an amber to brown body. Smell is just a little amped in spicy English hops, but again, a slight peaty note of northern brown malt. Taste is interesting and somewhat complex. Light carbonation mouthfeel, still has brown malt as it major taste component. A bit of smokiness. Hops are a bit earthy, a flash or two of mint, and some sweet orange. A slight edge of sourness, like some staled beer was blended in, Guinness style. So, despite the naming, itís more malty than we expect from IPAs, especially we who are used to American hop bombs. But a distinctive, slightly different statement of UK beers.
alexanderj (3311) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap; poured a clear, orange-amber color with a off white, large head. Aroma of caramel, zest, fruit, grapes, and vanilla. Not much of an IPA by American standards. Alot of grapy and caramel notes, but really lack much of a hoppy punch. Quite bready. Bland.