mnoud (312) - 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 (2195) - Colorado, 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 aren’t overpowering.
ansermadide (1526) - 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, 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.
badpuppy69 (320) - 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.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
arventresca (567) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure why this is an IPA. Pretty non-hoppy. Oh well, it is still a decent beer, but far from great.
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
kathouse (1642) - Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle, brown glass. Some light zest and crystal in the nose, dash of fruity yeast. A pretty dark orange/copper body with a short off-white head. Sweet, lightly bitter taste with a pleasant crackery resolution, touch of astringency or even spice in the middle, does dry out toward the end, maybe a little too much crystal/scratch, and contributed hop flavors are weak. Malt is thinnish but stable enough, though there’s a hint of sour grain that runs this into recent Yuengling territory. Light-medium body, all in all your basic plörre Bitter.