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


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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - 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, doesn’t taste at all like an IPA but it’s pretty good. I’d give this a C rating.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnoud (303) - 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 (2101) - 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 aren’t overpowering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
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, I’m starting to wonder if the weight of the glass is making it seem thicker. For an IPA, even an English one, it’s 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
badpuppy69 (301) - orange, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scrapersnbeer (1531) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Aroma of burnt caramel, vanilla and marshmellow. light brown ale color. Starchy malt and caramel taste. On the dry side, chalky. Too sweet to be a traditional bitter, seems more like a lighter brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arventresca (567) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Not sure why this is an IPA. Pretty non-hoppy. Oh well, it is still a decent beer, but far from great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (9100) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Amber with an off white foam. Aromas are tea and Weetabix with caramel and a light fruitiness. Nutty with hints of rubber. Flavours are dry tea with sweet Weetabix. Some fruity bitterness. A bit thin. A mediocre bitter, not an IPA at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
kathouse (1368) - Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2013
This beer is hard to differentiate from the brown ale. No additional perceived bitterness or hop aroma for an IPA. Malty and sweet, low body and thin mouthfeel, this beer is drinkable but far from memorable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle. Holy crap is this dark and caramelly. I actually went in excited and immediately regretted it. Nose is caramel and toast, wet paper (this is a reasonably fresh bottle, FYI). On tasting, it has a sweetness and firm bitterness. More caramel. Really not very pleasant with a kind of harshness to it as well.

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