jmgreenuk (4990) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from one of the supermarkets. Poured a crystal clear golden brown with a thin white head. The aroma is malty with nuts, leading to a medium bitter flavour with some liqourice, malt and nuts on the palate and a little hoppy bitterness in the finish. An IPA ? I dont think so. It’s more like Newcastle Brown on speed! I’d like to think these guys with all their resources could do better. Maybe they need to look towards the newer, smaller micros for inspiration.
EdInSaltLake (672) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Floral, herbal, dark sugar aroma. Caramel malt/sweet/dark sugar, and a little maraschino cherry-ish flavor. Floral, herbal, spicy hops flavor. Really thin mouthfeel... Light flavor--but interesting and pretty decent.
Cakes (380) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle.
An unusual “light”, non-hoppy IPA. Not overdone..
This leaves you with a dry, lingering finish but all in all it tastes like an ESB or a Pale Ale rather than an IPA
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Malty bittersweet nose reminiscent of an unspecial ESB. The flavour follows. The vaguest hint of hops in there but really, do these guys have any idea? Basically it’s a bog standard ESB like a tanglefoot or an abbot and made the worse by a cloying finish and over-carbonation. Poor.
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden-orange in colour with a very small head. Has plenty of dry pale ale character, both aroma and taste are well served in a full bodied ale.
puboflyons (2233) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It is stamped: 30-09X. It pours a deep medium amber with a lasting moderate head. It is a nice looking beer. If this is supposed to be an IPA there is little in the way of hops on the nose. It is primarily sweet roasted malts, toffee, and biscuit. That does tend to be the make-up of an ESB as in the way Rate Beer describes it. The body is smooth and about medium. The taste is sweet all around with a slight lingering bitterness at the end. This is a tasty ESB but does not seem to meet the qualifications for an IPA - even a milder English one. But I definitely liked the way it tasted.
chinchin (15) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a light brown with a thin short lived white head. Nutty aroma, with hints of toasted grains. The flavor has notes of caramel, malt, grain, and fruit. This brew has a thin watery body and fizzy carbonation. What seems to be missing is the citrus hoppy elements of a traditional IPA. Wait a minute, I thought this was an IPA. It says IPA on the label. The finish has a notes of toffee, and ends with sweet with a lingering biscuit flavor.This "limited" release by New Castle was nothing special. The IPA advertising was the selling point for me, but clearly this brew doesn?t live up to the style, actually it doesn?t even come close to resembling an India Pale Ale. Aside from the biscuit finish, the flavors were very watered down. It?s not terrible, but It close. I was defiantly expecting something more from this winter style brew. Its more along the lines of a nut brown ale, and even then, it?s below standard.
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light Brown, Minimal Head, Minimal Lacing. Lightly Toasted, Malty. Winter? Not really. Too Thin. Why Winter? May call it Spring IPA and it won’t make any difference.IPA? Definitely Not. Not enough hops present to make it a hoppy and bitter brew. ESB which is not remarkable, just ok....
SarkyNorthener (2396) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pale brown beer with residual head. Aroma of malt and toffee. Taste is a bit of malt. Very watery and quite fizzy, bordering on a lager on the palate. Poor.
suprchunk (2345) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange/amber pour. Small white/off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Roasted aroma. Malt and a slight hop aroma. Taste is the same. Not very bitter in the back. Mostly sweet. Not a bad beer.