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


on tap


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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Zesty in character and jam-packed with a creamy finish, the Newcastle Winter IPA is full-bodied and hoppy, delivering unique and authentic malt flavors for the cold season and snowy matchdays.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mR_fr0g (11579) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2013
Bottle at home. Nose is nutty brown malt, some earthy hop. Amber brown in colour, thin loose white head. Aroma also has a lager yeast nose. Palete is thin and watery. Medium carbonation. Flavour is malt semi sweet. fruity yeast ester. some metalic flavour. Drinkable but to call this an IPA is crazy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (4686) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
0,33l bottle from Tesco. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is malts with a hint of fruits. Flavor is malts and fruits with some hops in the finish. Pretty basic bitter / english IPA. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
atcdanner (8) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 13, 2013 does not count
I did not get the creamy finish but thoughts his was a very good and smooth drink with and slight after taste on the back if he tongue that did not linger. Will drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3419) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2013
A decent ESB.Aroma was all malt. Caramel and earth in the nose. Pour was a nice amber with no head. Taste was alright for a session beer. Strong caramel malt backbone with a hint of ginger and spices. Almost graham cracker finish. Nice carbonation. A lot better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MacBoost (1871) - Victor, New York, USA - APR 1, 2013
IPA? Umm...no. ESB? Yup. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Aromas of caramel and spice. Gingerbread taste, with graham cracker and a touch of clove. Not bad. Id scroll past in the future though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chudwick (3117) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2013
12oz bottle - pours amber with ivory head and thin lacing. Nose is floral caramel. Flavor adds grass and a hint of resin. Slightly sweet and mildly bitter. Easy to drink. Quite different from the standard Newcastle. Bottle says IPA and RB says premium Bitter/ESB. This is light for either style while remaining inoffensive. To weak ABV-wise for my liking as a "winter" beer. Despite all this tedious research behind the making of the label, the question is, will I buy another? No. Do I regret shelling out $2 for this? No.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
StueyD (1581) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2013
A mid amber brown coloured beer with a weakish white head. A sweetish caramel malt aroma , slightly spicy with hints of coffee and chocolate. A full mouthfeel. A sweet taste to start, caramel, malt, and milk chocolate give a slightly cloying smoothness, then there is a mild bitterness of green hops. These last through to the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel malts and spicy citrus hops. Dark amber hue with a small white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Palate is light bodied and watery average. Weak IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 Poured into a 16 oz. goblet. Pours a dark amber color; looks a lot like strong tea. A two-finger off-white head with tons of sticky lacing. Smells of caramel, cherries and other ripe fruity aromas. Some nice, earthy hop aromas in there, too. Taste is malty, fruity and sweet up front with a smooth transition into a herbal, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is a just little on the thin side, but carbonation level is low and not dry at all. Overall, probably the best English IPA Ive ever had. This beer gets a lot of bad reviews, I think because so many people expect an English IPA to taste like the pine sappy, grapefruity American IPAs that are so popular these days. This is a nicely balanced and complex beer that I hate to see called a "Limited Edition." SO much better than Newcastles flagship Brown Ale. Hopefully, it will become a yearly, seasonal brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3604) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Brilliantly clear deep copper with an off-white head. Aroma of malt and some hops which are similar to a floral guest soap. Light yet coarse bitterness. Thin and refreshing. Premium bitter, not ESB or IPA.

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