SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 11, 2011
bottle. flat appearance with a clear bronze/orange color and almost no head. usual rubbery newcastle nose with a burnt caramel and toast note. flavors of toasted malt, balloon rubber and something like old hops. light watery body. MaBeer1972 (2166) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2011
A light amber brew with smooth flavor. More malty than hoppy. Reminds me of something like Hobgoblin, or a similar English Bitter. This is really not an IPA as we know it. Long light sweet-bitter lingering finish. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
12 oz bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Pours a deep golden amber with a small white froth. Aroma......hmmm very strange, fruity character, sweet caramel note, some kind of toffee and stale grain, cereal character, I cant put my finger on it, metallic I suppose, bleh. Flavor has some higher presence of hops, at least some attempt as a fruity hoppy flavor, though it never achieves much, gaining some grainy malt note, some biscuit and more metallic fruity note in the finish. Light to medium body and a very sharp carbonation. No good, not sure what the goal was here obguthr (6666) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Draft: woody, smoky, almost like barbecue aroma, but it’s hard to tell in this restaurant setting. Clear copper thin head, not all that "pale". Distinct cherry and vanilla flavor. Toffee appears when warm. No transitions at all. As David Byrne might say, "Same as it ever was". The Summer from Newcastle was nice. this was underwhelming, especially for a style replete with stellar examples. Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
7 Nov 2011, bottle. med yellow, clear, occasional bubbles. doesn’t really look dark enough to be a winter beer. could look like a slightly dark british ipa. smells like they added the faintest amount of hops to their standard newcastle brown. caramel and red fruit malt with a beeriness that seems oddly out of place. thin body and fizzy. really odd flavor. i’ve tasted this before. it actually has a strongly american macro lager flavor, i just can’t decide which one. it’s a crisp bitter lager, not a sweet one. and there’s some newky brown caramel flavors floating around in there. i can’t imagine who thought this tasted good enough to bottle and sell.
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Light brown. Smells like the area after a skunk has walked through, though I don’t find that smell wholly bad. Taste underhwelming. Not very carbonated. Meh. Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. This is very dissappointing. Weired fruity and mild hops. Not very good. English. very unique flavors, but not really enjoyable flavors. jeremytoni (3083) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Light hoppy flavor with a lingering finish. jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
2011-09-30. Crisp amber body with a small white head. Grainy English malt aroma, toasty malt. Flavour is similar, grainy English malt character, sweetish light bitterness, touch fruity. Average palate. Meh. Bottle
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, jerc & mabel. Pours a deep orange with a small diminishing bubbly white head. Aroma of diacytl, biscuity malt, caramel and earthy notes. Watery flavour of caramel malt, just a hint of hops and a very light bitter finish. Average bodied. Not very good and like no IPA I’ve tried.