jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
SilkTork (5067) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BeerNDonuts (1) - - MAR 10, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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?
cgarvieuk (12765) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle at home ... copper ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet musty toffee nose ... sweet spiced ... metalic fruits ... blah
varanid99 (403) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Thisis12ptfont (746) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mnoud (241) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
That1Guy (1848) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
ansermadide (1416) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer is amber-red in color, clear and dark, with a bright white head. The aroma is of harshly caramelized malts and tastes very much like an American amber ale, but with a little more weight. Well, actually, Iím starting to wonder if the weight of the glass is making it seem thicker. For an IPA, even an English one, itís much more like a pale, very light on hops, with only the earthy characteristics of those hops surfacing to lightly decorate the unsweet, nearly burnt caramel malt base. It finishes with more of that burnt caramel flavor and a touch of English yeast character, ending with an overall pleasant, nearly creamy, nearly cloying experience that could really use a little brightness to lighten the palate.
badpuppy69 (170) - orange, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poors a copper color Nice head with decent lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy and malty with some Carmel notes and a twinge of citrus note. Taste is slightly hoppy with a Nice Carmel malt note and some mild spices and has some resiney character to it. The beer has a medeum mouth feel and is very smooth. Has alot of the same characteristics of the new castle Brown Ale. Decent beer and is a Nice change from the hop bombs I usually drink.