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


on tap


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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper, a bit brownish, but with noted clarity and capped by a finger of whitish froth.

Smell: Biscuity, toasty malts in the nose leaning more towards the biscuit with a leafy, minutely earthy hop scent underneath.

Taste: Biscuity, whole-grain toasty malts leaning more towards the toast with small amount of toffee-esque sweetness. Hint of apple skin. Leafy, faintly woodsy hop profile provides a slightly over-steeped tea character with no more than enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Finishes near-dry with that small amount of bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. It may be a bit thin, but it still has some creaminess to it.

Overall: Not great, but not bad, either, it’s certainly a passable brew, whereas the Summer and Werewolf were, for me, atrocious.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2011
This is one terrible beer. OK, now to the rating. Dark copper, no head at all. Aroma is metallic, taste is a hodge-podge of sweet, sour, bitter, more metallic, and absolutely flat body- i.e., no carbonation whatsoever. Like drinking sweet iced tea that you get at McDonald’s. How disappointing given how much I like the Brown Ale. A 6-pack drain pour- arrgh! Steer clear of this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark penny copper colored brew with a quick dissipating off-white head that leaves behind minimal lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of multi-grain and caramel malt, some grassy hops and a touch of biscuit. Taste is light to medium bodied, toasted caramel malt with some biscuit character and very light grassy hops. Finish is semi-dry with some vegetable notes, then a crisp and clean cut aftertaste with minimal bitterness. This beer style is closer to a light English Pale Ale than an IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle. Thin, off white head. Flavor is a bit skunky with earthy, grassy hop taste. Another in a growing line of seasonal disappointments from Newcastle. They should just stick with what they know.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Sample at the 2011 Fall NOVA Beerfest, 10/22/11. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of floral and minty hops with a fruity finish. The taste is earthy, floral and fruity notes with a caramel malt finish. Medium bodied.

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