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


on tap


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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
If this had 20% more body it would have been decent. As is, it was dark water with a slight hoppiness. Needs some balls.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2013
Malty bittersweet nose reminiscent of an unspecial ESB. The flavour follows. The vaguest hint of hops in there but really, do these guys have any idea? Basically itís a bog standard ESB like a tanglefoot or an abbot and made the worse by a cloying finish and over-carbonation. Poor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thisis12ptfont (1101) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Amber pour with small soft head. A little spicy but mostly malt with a nice clean bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vikingguy (1050) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Copper color with very little head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste - toasted, bisquity malt. Caramel and brown sugar. Grassy hops adds some balance to the sweetness. This is not an IPA but better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ianwelby (1043) - SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Clear amber with a thin, frothy head. Thereís something hoppy in the aroma but thereís also something of burnt fruit about it, oddly. Doesnít really seem much like an IPA and I donít get much hop in the taste. The overall effect is pretty bland to be honest.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jeremyh70 (1036) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a light brown with little head and dece t lacing. Aroma of grains, biscuit malt. Watery taste of toasted malt, some sweetness, maybe some nuttiness and slight leathery taste in finish. Not much bitterness for an IPA, even an English IPA. Low carbonation. Not very complex or good. Doesn't taste too bad just not much taste at all. Drinkable if you like flavored water as your beer. Wouldn't buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrBeerFanatic (996) - Friona, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Pours a light clear amber with light orange hues and a frothy head. Aromas of caramel, pine hops, and hints of toffee. Flavors of light bitter hay hops, very light toffee, and light grass. Medium bitter and leaves its bitter bite with bitter and slight grain. Expected more in the flavors from the nose. Smells like a light bock and drinks like a bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a nonic. Appearance is a clear medium brown with a smallish white head. Poor retention and lacing. Smell is grainy with a slight fruity character reminiscent of grapes. Also a little bit of toffee. Not bad. The flavor is kind of a mash up of the smell along with some metallic notes. There is some fruitiness, caramel, and metal along with toffee. There is an almost puckering dryness that lingers on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is thin. This just isnít a very good beer. The flavors donít are all over the place and donít mesh well. The finish is also too dry. Not a good job by Newcastle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lemke10 (962) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binnyís in Downerís Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012. Pours a medium amber color with a slight head. Scent has some bitterness to it, but it smells more like an adjunct lager. Wow, this one you have to try and not in a good way. The texture is light and dry but finishes with a harsh bitter after taste. Overall the taste is barely better than a cheaply made malt liquor. Itís not going to be easy finishing this off. Definitely avoid.

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