JennyJam (47) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours dark brown, clear with small head. Not much of an aroma aside from some malt and caramel. There is some bitterness at the onset of the taste, but it dissipates quickly into a watery, bitter, skunky aftertaste. Caramel, toasted malt taste is most prominent. The beer is quite creamy with a light-medium body but the flavor leaves much to to be desired. Nothing very memorable about this one. This beer needs to be re-categorized, it is not an English IPA.
glennmastrange (2400) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas of roasted, nutty and herbs for the malt and hops, light soap for the yeast, with wood and dry sherry in the background. Head is small, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear medium amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly bittersweet. Palate is medium,watery with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. A good drinking ESB, but it says IPA on the bottle..."They fooled ME Jerry!"
Maverick34 (2514) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Brownish. Light bitters. Mild caramel. Drinkable en masse but pretty plain...
honest_silu (60) - Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA - JAN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oh sweet Newcastle , how I love your spl beer. You must drink this beer properly... that is, in simpal supar glass from the fine ppl of Newcastle. One summer I see promotion and save up many bottlecap to redeem for token glass with logo of delicious beer. It has etching in bottom which causes nucleation and many flavours of fine beer to bubble onto your tongue like fine champagne or even jacuzzi with many sexy lady with long blonde hairs and red lips like cherry.
One night after becoming full boost with friends, I drop my spl glass and shatter logo into many pieces. Telling from my heart... I was not OK. Saddened, I wrote to ppl of Newcastle company and tell them of my love and devotion. To my surprise, I receive new glass from these fine ppl with letter of appreciation. Thanks to you Newcastle. I love you so much.
flying_pig (1096) - SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml Bottle from Morrisons (£1.49):
Amber with a creamy white head on top and some pretty good retention as well. A nice looking beer, if perhaps a little clear looking.
Grassy hops and a few malts with a sort of nutty aroma, a hint of grass and some very light, earthy notes as well.
Earthy malt flavour to start with some caramel and a few lighter, grassy hops on top of that. The beer seems more like a bitter than an IPA.
There is some bread and a general, earthy flavour.
Medium and clean tasting with moderate to light carbonation and an earthy bitter flavour to it. It was quite smooth and had a little dryness right at the end.
A nice session beer and a big step up from what I was expecting, this one was highly drinkable and very easy to do so. Nothing stand out in it’s taste and the smell was too faint but overall it was a decent enough drink for what it is. Defo more a bitter than IPA though.
jkbachman (181) - - JAN 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet and spicy aroma. Winter spices are present with some hop flavor, although very low for an IPA. Slightly watery though finishes smooth. A decent beer but not worth buying a 6-pack.
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Onslow (1246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Crystal clear reddish amber brew with striking white head. Aroma is venous, sour, metallic... has hints of caramel malt and some vegetal overtones. Taste is sweet malt, skunk, metal, a little earthy hops. Though the label says IPA this is more like an ESB or even a winter warmer. I love English IPA’s and if this is intended to be one it misses the mark. At face value - whatever category it fits into, it just isn’t very enjoyable to drink. Newcastle has some cachet to me because for years their brown ale was one of the only non-macro lager brews that could be consistently found (talking about the bad old days here) but their new brews just disappoint me.
jsmerig (1323) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep ruby red with minimal head. aroma of malt and wet dog. taste is sweet up front with notes of caramel. Kinda skunky, weird. Not very good. This will be the only time i try it.
bth122 (1326) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Joel’s. copper color. Some caramel aroma. Light sweetness. Light bitter. Caramel taste with a mild bitter finish. Pretty good.
jcos (1664) - Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Location/Date:Bottle on January 24th, 2013.
Appearance: Light hop, bread.
Aroma: Aroma of bready malt, light hop
Taste: Light bitterness, bready, caramel.
Summary: Funny how the brewer lists it as an IPA and RB a premium bitter. Even knowing it is British, my expectations were lower for an IPA, this beer was just okay.