LinusStick (2757) - 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.
BoostIPA (1110) - 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 (1791) - 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 (1070) - 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.
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brilliantly clear deep copper with an off-white head.
Aroma of malt and some hops which are similar to a floral guest soap.
Light yet coarse bitterness. Thin and refreshing.
Premium bitter, not ESB or IPA.
Osprey87 (1180) - London via, WALES - MAR 19, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jan 2013 - cold bottle on a very snowy day. Pretty generic stuff. It’s not bad, it’s just boring. Malty with very little real hop flavour. A tiny bit of a mild licorice honey flavour - very mild and a bit watery.
beertholomeus (548) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich copper color with 1 finger white head. Smells of malts, caramel and some hop notes. Tastes strongly of malts and caramel with a hop bitterness as well. Medium body and slightly bitter finish. Delicious and easy to drink.
dogbomb (863) - ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dark rusty gold with lots of bubbles. Yellowish thin head. Malty nose with a hint of grapefruit rind. A little ginger and spice in the mouth, with grapefruit bitterness and some malt sweet. A touch of honey. A bit bland though. Expect much more from this style.