Theydon_Bois (21484) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle shared at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig ’13, 10/08/13.
Dark amber/golden with a thin off white head.
Nose is dark fruit, caramel, toasted malts.
Taste comprises grain, grass, toasty malt, light fruit.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a little watery.
Mediocre offering. BlackHaddock (7961) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
Chilled 355ml bottle: BBD 30 Sep 2013. Poured slowly into a Gordon’s thistle shaped glass (well they are from the same brewery) on 17 Aug 2013.
Looked fine: but what doesn’t in a thistle shaped glass? Good gold coloured body with a full white head sat on top.
The aroma was of malty molasses: I thought this was an IPA? Caramel and toffee esters fill the nose and those malty smells carry on into the taste, this is no IPA, winter or otherwise.
Fruity notes appear within the taste, more so as the beer warmed in the glass, but the semi-sweet maltiness drowns them out, the hops not really asserting any influence at all.
I actually liked it: my sweet tooth picking up the bits others don’t enjoy. Body depth was fine and the alcohol (5.2% ABV) sat nicely within the brew. planky84 (3514) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at Chris O’s pre-GBBF shindig, 2013. Gold pour with a white head. Sweet toffee aroma. Dry, toffee malt flavour. Drinkable. Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. It pours clear amber with a small white head. The nose is light toast, sweet caramel, brioche, dough and leather. The taste is doughy, orange, grapefruit, light sweetness, watery, wood and leather. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. So-so. yespr (48931) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2013
35.5 cl bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty, light breadish. Bitter, toasted malty and bitter. Caramelish and light roasted.
Dommod2011 (728) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2013
99p from Tosco. I thought the 17/1 score was a little harsh at first as there was a nice malty thing going on. Dark amber pour and all that. However, the chemicals soon kicked in. IPA as well? Nonsense branding. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
Copper pour with a frothy white head. Malty spiced, fruit raisin aroma. Fruit malt flavour. Warming spice feel. Weird syrup texture. Odd finish. OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
Nice aroma, hops, grass. Nice golden colour. Nice head, dies slow, no carbonation, love lace. Disapointiong taste, mild, inoffensive. Bitter. Meh foyle (436) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: 3/4" creamy white head recedes fairly rapidly with decent lacing. Color is Amber and mostly clear with moderate carbonation.
Aroma: some mild fruit (plums maybe), a little English hop spice, and bread dough
Mouthfeel: just above light body (more so than a standard lager), fairly watery and slightly sticky, with a very dry finish.
Flavor: nice balance of sweet malt, earthy hop spice. Flavors of toasted bread, a little of caramel, maybe a little licorice and some mild fruit (raisins or plums). Also pick up some citrus like orange rind and a slight metallic aftertaste as it warms.
Overall: a very pleasant beer. This seasonal offering from Newcastle is a nice example an English style IPA. jmgreenuk (10378) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle from one of the supermarkets. Poured a crystal clear golden brown with a thin white head. The aroma is malty with nuts, leading to a medium bitter flavour with some liqourice, malt and nuts on the palate and a little hoppy bitterness in the finish. An IPA ? I dont think so. It’s more like Newcastle Brown on speed! I’d like to think these guys with all their resources could do better. Maybe they need to look towards the newer, smaller micros for inspiration.