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


on tap

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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dogbomb (939) - ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
stevencon (430) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
From bottle to glass. No head formed crystal clear copper. Aroma of biscuit and malt and no hops. Watery no carbonation light malt sweetness no hop bitterness. I hope I got a bad bottle or something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a dark rust orange with minimal head. Aroma of light grassy hops and lots of caramel. Taste is light bitter. Burnt caramel and grassy hops. Light bodied with a very slick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not too bad. Very drinkable, but nothing super special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5188) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2013
355ml dark bottle from Morrison. "Hoppy in the dark" is the claim on the neck label - though itís the malt that makes more impact. This is a roasty premium bitter with moderate hop levels. Itís quite a tasty beer with some malty sweetness which is balanced more by the dark roasted malts than it is by the hops. There seems a sense of Heineken going for an ESB type beer, but somewhat sweeter, less hoppy, and more appealing to the masses. It quite appeals to me, but not in any significant way, and Iím a little put off by the small bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerNDonuts (1) - - MAR 10, 2013 does not count
This beer is way off style but looking beyond the label I really liked it. If they were to rebrand it, what style would it fit in?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (14176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2013
bottle at home ... copper ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet musty toffee nose ... sweet spiced ... metalic fruits ... blah

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
varanid99 (491) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2013
Copper pour with a pale brown creamy head. Very little aroma - maybe a little toast? Flavour is biscuity, but watery, little flavour and very little bitterness. Disappointing...a bit bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thisis12ptfont (832) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Unique aroma of rye and dark malts. Deep brownish copper color. Nice, flavorful malts with notes of toffee, brown sugar, maple, oak and caramel. Overall, doesnít taste at all like an IPA but itís pretty good. Iíd give this a C rating.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnoud (277) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2013.03.02 - Newcastle Winter IPA - 12oz bottle in pint glass. Bottle about a year old. Aroma: just neutral earthy tones with some unidentified smell. Appearance: Pours around 16 on SRM scale. Medium caramel gold. Not much head/carbonation, settles quickly to bubbly ring. Taste: not much hops. A bit of a burnt caramel as others said. Also a bit like a bitter, but ultimately not a good IPA or ESB, in my opinion - coming from someone who loves Newcastle Brown. More like an EPA. Palate/Mouthfeel: pretty light, low carbonation. Aroma 4/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 5/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 12/20

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
That1Guy (1892) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a clear, reddish brown with a white head. Darker color immediately tells me this beer is oxidized. Not that I expected anything else. Caramel sweetness, a bit of butter on the nose. Flavor is metallic, more caramel sweetness, and what the hell does "jam-packed with a creamy finish" mean? Watery and bland, which actually helps it because the oxidized flavors arenít overpowering.

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