justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Pours an unflattering copper with little-to-no head, I didn’t hold out much hope for Newcastle’s winter seasonal because of how little I liked their summer beer. Smells maltier than I expected with some nice floral hop notes present (after drinking so many beers back-to-back with heavy Cascade presences, this was actually quite welcome). The flavor is more of the same: a malty, bready sweetness with some light hopping. There is a somewhat weird bitterness present, too, but I couldn’t identify this. I wouldn’t call this an IPA, but it certainly represents as a decent winter pale ale/seasonable. Campy877 (189) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light copper color with a dirty tan head. Was not expecting what I tasted. Called a winter IPA but surprisingly tasting more malt than hops. Funny, it tastes heavy but is anything but. Has a distinctive barley bread flavor on the back of the tongue. Very nice and cozy for a cool thanksgiving night!
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Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Super Market - 12 oz bottle. Medium copper pour, slight off-white head. Nutty aroma, hints of chocolate. Flavor has an interesting bread-like maltiness to it, some nuttiness, a brief citrus undertone, and some odd meaty notes. Surprisingly blends together well. Mouthfeel is thick enough. DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle. Bright, streaming copper with a fine white slick of foam. GK-like soft oak, Allsorts, hazelnut yoghurt, minerals, damp leaves and twigs aroma. Soft and slick with wet dough, hazelnut and digestive biscuit notes. Just a brown, slightly twiggy bitter with some reasonable malt and a pleasantly nutty aftertaste. Dull but better than expected. ronaldtheriot (1934) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Newcastle Winter IPA has a fairly thick, foamy, off-white head, a clear, slightly bubbly, copper appearance and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is subtle, but one can pick up tea, malt, and possibly a touch of hop sting. Taste is of tea, nuts, brown bread, bread crumb, sweetness, tannin, and an underlying hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Newcastle Winter IPA finishes semi-dry, mild, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a sublime, intricate, and delicate offering. I think this is a really nice beer! RJT
danlo (3067) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
355ml bottle. Copper amber colour, off-white head with malt, toffee, caramel aroma. Taste is caramel, malty, light bitterness, smooth medium body. OK but not an IPA. unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
bottle poured a orange-amber color with a dirty white, large head. Aroma of caramel, zest, fruit, grapes, and vanilla. Not much of an IPA by American standards. Alot of grapy and caramel notes, but really lack much of a hoppy punch. Quite bready. Bland smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Pours clear amber color with tan head. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel and bread. Toasted malt and biscuit flavor with earthy hops. Medium body with moderate carblnation. johndoughty (5449) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Bronze with a small head. Cant really trace any hops so how is it an IPA? Think some accountant or marketing manager thought there was a need for an IPA version of Newcastle Brown. Best of luck in your new job. This is pretty poor. Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Slightly candied, toffee and fuggles aroma. Clear, cinnamon gold-brown beer with a thin, filmy head, decent label, brown bottle. Sweet, a toasted bitterness, malty. A light tannic quality that I associate with UK ales. Medium body, longish mild bitter finish. Fair bitter, but not much of an IPA, and it doesn’t have other things that I would expect for a winter brew - high ABV, dark malting or spices. Publix, I-10.