brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Pours an ominously dark color for an IPA. Almost brown, maybe burnt orange, with an off-white head. Candy-like sweetness on the nose. Lots of sugar and toffee. No real hop presence at all. Maybe a light spiciness? The flavor is of water and toffee, maybe a bit of caramel. Again, almost no hop presence to be found, not even any bitterness. Not good at all. baraciisch (3234) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
I agree with most of these other posts that this beer is terrible... Its a product of the macro-breweries trying to compete with microbreweries and I would hardly call this an IPA.... Minimal hop character or bitterness, very bland flavor... Stick to the brown... Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s 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. It’s not going to be easy finishing this off. Definitely avoid.
ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 Location: Draft at Texas Arizona, 2/10/12
Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Aroma: The nose is really dull, light notes of yeast, corn, and a little fruit
Appearance: This one pours a clear orange color with pretty much no head or lace
Flavor: The flavor is mild as well, lightly corny, minimal citrus presence, and pretty much no hop presence
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has a dull, mediocre mouthfeel, and comes off a bit on the watery side
I was fairly disappointed with this one. This one dreams of being a mediocre IPA. Honestly, this has to be one of the worst attempts at this style I’ve ever tried. There really isn’t anything IPA like about it.
Bottle. Pure amber and serene, with lazy, slow carbonation rising to just a little haze of a head. Not much up-front aroma here, and indeed the beer drinks with a very mellow malty character. Certainly any American expecting something along the lines of an American IPA will be sorely disappointed. To our palate, this drinks like a mild ale, caramelled and nutty. (#4471, 2/7/2012)
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
very average at best. More of an English pale ale than an IPA. Hops flavor is missing. But it is smooth and goes down with out a hitch. If you like IPA’s...skip this one. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain/cereal, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of cardboard, walnut shells, gasoline, diacetyl, dirt.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Truly bad. Not just bland, but bad. Rough malt with surprisingly high oxidation/staleness despite this just coming out this winter. Fusel alcohol, rancid butter and dirt round out the nose...yum! Dirty aftertaste, thin and watery, off sourness, virtually no hops...it really does have everything you could possibly want in an IPA. To purchase by the case only. cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours an amber hue decently dark. Carbonation isn’t too bad. Aromas are more malty than hoppy, slightly nutty too. Palate is malty forward, decently nutty, but the hops are subdued, most likely due to the fact that they are english hops and malts used. Nothing special here. 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 isn’t a very good beer. The flavors don’t are all over the place and don’t mesh well. The finish is also too dry. Not a good job by Newcastle. DiarmaidBHK (4907) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle from total wine Sterling. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head that doesn’t last long. A bit of floral on the nose Really no hop presence to speak of on the tongues the finish. Tastes a bit sweet, a tad watery. Finish is brief. Has a weird linger going on like cabbage or something.