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


on tap


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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
"Formidable Beast". What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with Rye Malt, it is naturally "blood red" in colour. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!

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mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - AUG 4, 2013
A beautiful head and a rich reddish-brown color (but NOT red) gives one hope that this will be great. However, it is just good. Would I have any reason to choose it over their original Brown Ale? No. Did I enjoy it? Yes.

tonyth1965 (39) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Ratebeer has this classified as a premium bitter/ESB. Itís nowhere close to any ESBís Iíve enjoyed, like Fullerís or Goose Island Harvest Ale. That being said, itís not a bad beer. Head is kind of thin, and the aroma is not fruity, like the description implies. Rather, it has a distinct alcohol aroma, with taste to match. Once you get past that taste, there are some more subtle flavors that reach out. A bit thin on body, but Iíd drink it over Killianís.

TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle. Brown with a White head. The beer is thin with nutty, caramel elements. Nothing special.

foyle (421) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: pours 1Ē foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves significant lacing. Color is reddish brown. Mild carbonation bubbles. Aroma: yeasty bread dough (like when a lump of dough has been left to rise), fruity hop aroma is mild but noticeable Mouthfeel: watery and slightly sticky. Finish is very dry and somewhat astringent. Flavor: the rye malt is clearly evident and provides a less sweet flavor than barley malt (at least in this brew. I have not tried other rye beers, so I do not know if this is normal). The rye has a bite that combines with a citrus peel hop flavor. Taste profile includes raisins. I would enjoy this more if the bitterness were better balanced with more malt sweetness. Overall: Werewolf is good (not great) and is a decent addition to the rotating seasonal lineup from Newcastle.

deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 18, 2013
A - reddish amber, high fluffy head. S - malty, light smoke, grape skins, overripe apples. M - light body. Weak palate, low carb, flat body, grapy end. T - overripe apples, must, floral notes. Paint thinner. O - simple weak overripe apple ale. 2.3

TizzleJizzle (791) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Amber pour with a thin white top. Flavors of caramel, nutty, and old dough. Medium carbonation, watery palate. Overall, meh...

Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2013
I have to say that it didnít appear particularly blood red, however, I do appreciate the use of rye. The aroma was mellow and somewhat subdued (due mainly to the serving temperature) but with a signature ESB hopping. This was manifest in a slightly sweet body with good creamy mouthfeel. A bit of a novelty to find on tap in New Zealand, but Iíll take it.

Sledutah (7489) - Utah, USA - APR 5, 2013
12oz bottle from The Grapevine
Appearance: Clear red/brown with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Bready, toffee and nuts
Taste: Toasted malts, toffee and bitter
A decent bitter

wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2013
12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into pint glass. Aroma: Yeast. Wonder Bread. Paper. Not appealing. Appearance: The bottle says "Blood Red Ale". However, the ale is beer-bottle brown with a very very light tan, thin head. Taste: Stale, sour bread. Slight metallic twinge. The bottle mentions sweet berry fruit and rye malt. I guess that sourness and bread-y-ness comes from the rye, but Iím not getting any fruit at all, and especially not berries. Palate: Thin and fizzy. Overall: Reading the description on the six pack and on the bottles, I was expecting so much more. This was a huge let down. Not very good, and the descriptions on the packaging is deceiving.

philinchains (1) - - MAR 18, 2013 does not count
Great aroma dark orange/brown color creamy head. Taste starts sweet and fruity finishes with a nice bitter bite.

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