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

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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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4.4
leftygilmore (1) - - NOV 13, 2012 does not count
As a fan of belgium and german beers and certainly a fan of irish/english beers, this blood ale is excellent. Great aroma, sweet scent. Appearance is dark red, very appealing and fitting to the name. Taste is great, I love the new castle ale too. Fruity, small bite, great finish. Carbonation is not flat, but just right for me.

4.2
bshep (157) - - NOV 26, 2012
Pours like a red ale. Smooth. Taste is great. It does lack in a good aroma, but a great brew for sitting around and drinking with friends and family.

4.1
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2013
From the label description I was expecting an American-style red ale, but this is definitely an ESB. Not a bad one, and surprisingly flavorful given the low ABV, but I can't say that the rye malt reveals itself other than in color, nor do I pick up any of the fruit notes the label intimates. Overall, though, it's nice. B- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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mbirxeotn (1) - - SEP 21, 2013 does not count
Full-bodied, dark, heavy - tasty but a bit overwhelming. I would definitely have it again but it’s tough to have more than a few.

4
justin_mi (5) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2013 does not count
Bottle. White head that lingers for a bit. Beautiful brow-red color. Balanced taste. Not too bitter, not too sweet. A great fall beer without the pumpkin!

4
Albertsen (76) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2013
Dark color, brown chocolate head. Smoke, coffee, soft. Some caramell? Very tasty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
nazzty (1377) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2014
Very nice bitter with stylish burnt tones from the malt and a long bitter aftertaste.


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