scotty (1088) - SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Morrisons. Deepish gold, very thin white head, nice malty/hoppy citrus nose. Medium body, sweetish malt with some good citrus hops. Nice!
mR_fr0g (5333) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home. Nose is nutty brown malt, some earthy hop. Amber brown in colour, thin loose white head. Aroma also has a lager yeast nose. Palete is thin and watery. Medium carbonation. Flavour is malt semi sweet. fruity yeast ester. some metalic flavour. Drinkable but to call this an IPA is crazy.
Kavu (2907) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0,33l bottle from Tesco. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is malts with a hint of fruits. Flavor is malts and fruits with some hops in the finish. Pretty basic bitter / english IPA. Drinkable.
atcdanner (8) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 13, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I did not get the creamy finish but thoughts his was a very good and smooth drink with and slight after taste on the back if he tongue that did not linger. Will drink again.
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LinusStick (3000) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent ESB.Aroma was all malt. Caramel and earth in the nose. Pour was a nice amber with no head. Taste was alright for a session beer. Strong caramel malt backbone with a hint of ginger and spices. Almost graham cracker finish. Nice carbonation. A lot better than I was expecting.
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
IPA? Umm...no. ESB? Yup. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Aromas of caramel and spice. Gingerbread taste, with graham cracker and a touch of clove. Not bad. Id scroll past in the future though.
Chudwick (2438) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle - pours amber with ivory head and thin lacing. Nose is floral caramel. Flavor adds grass and a hint of resin. Slightly sweet and mildly bitter. Easy to drink. Quite different from the standard Newcastle. Bottle says IPA and RB says premium Bitter/ESB. This is light for either style while remaining inoffensive. To weak ABV-wise for my liking as a "winter" beer. Despite all this tedious research behind the making of the label, the question is, will I buy another? No. Do I regret shelling out $2 for this? No.
StueyD (1438) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A mid amber brown coloured beer with a weakish white head. A sweetish caramel malt aroma , slightly spicy with hints of coffee and chocolate. A full mouthfeel. A sweet taste to start, caramel, malt, and milk chocolate give a slightly cloying smoothness, then there is a mild bitterness of green hops. These last through to the finish.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel malts and spicy citrus hops. Dark amber hue with a small white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Palate is light bodied and watery average. Weak IPA.
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 Poured into a 16 oz. goblet.
Pours a dark amber color; looks a lot like strong tea. A two-finger off-white head with tons of sticky lacing.
Smells of caramel, cherries and other ripe fruity aromas. Some nice, earthy hop aromas in there, too.
Taste is malty, fruity and sweet up front with a smooth transition into a herbal, hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is a just little on the thin side, but carbonation level is low and not dry at all.
Overall, probably the best English IPA I’ve ever had. This beer gets a lot of bad reviews, I think because so many people expect an English IPA to taste like the pine sappy, grapefruity American IPAs that are so popular these days. This is a nicely balanced and complex beer that I hate to see called a "Limited Edition." SO much better than Newcastle’s flagship Brown Ale. Hopefully, it will become a yearly, seasonal brew.