Stuu666 (13395) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014 DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was sent some of this by Newcastle’s USA PR firm, along with some schwag to give away in my blogs. So yes, my partiality may be somewhat compromised. First, i see that despite the Newcastle name, it’s not brewed at the same place as Newcastle currently is done, but in Scotland. That might account for the more Scots style, almost peaty malt taste. So. From a bottle, it kicks up a nice big brownish head over an amber to brown body. Smell is just a little amped in spicy English hops, but again, a slight peaty note of northern brown malt. Taste is interesting and somewhat complex. Light carbonation mouthfeel, still has brown malt as it major taste component. A bit of smokiness. Hops are a bit earthy, a flash or two of mint, and some sweet orange. A slight edge of sourness, like some staled beer was blended in, Guinness style. So, despite the naming, it’s more malty than we expect from IPAs, especially we who are used to American hop bombs. But a distinctive, slightly different statement of UK beers.
Bottle at home. Not very exciting. Pours copper, light, metallic, soft toffee. Beese (2740) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear, bright copper, with a dense white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, apples and caramel. Bready malt flavour, with some toffee sweetness and light grassy hop. Finish was cooked fruit, spongecake and grain. slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"nice head, but the body clearly filtered - overly so. anything in the generic newcastle house malt flavor that works in a brown ale (by no stretch a greatbeer but not offensive) does NOT work in an ipa. this is actually laughable as an ipa, english style or not. little hop presence except to contradict the muddled malt flavor and add a touch of bitterness. this beer is a waste of time. got thrugh 10 oz of 12 before pouring. absolutely don;t get the higher scores." weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Clear golden brown (top tune) with a medium rocky off white head. Aroma is malty, biscuits. Flavour is more malts, some sweetness, faint hops. Didn’t hate it but didn’t really enjoy it, needs more hops for my tastes. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Amber pour with small soft head. A little spicy but mostly malt with a nice clean bitter finish.
kappldav123 (6100) - GERMANY - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle looks very simple but okay. Beer in the glass deep golden-brownish, nice small head. Mild hoppy aroma. Starts mild, malty, modest hoppy-dry, mild grasy notes. Finish still mild, less intense hoppy. All in all okay, but the hoppy notes could be more dominating. john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle - Amber Gold in colour. Malty; caramel, sweet toasty malts. Fruity; hint of orange. Hoppy; very slight hop bitterness; almost undetectable. Cloyingly sweet malty faintly fruity throughout. Certainly not an IPA. Uninspiring. Brandon1989 (660) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
pours a amber color with a small white head, the aroma is malty and caramel. the taste is very similar, not much hops in this. Quack-Duck (9484) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2013
bottle from Tesco Newton Abbot. Amber colour, small fluffy head. Malty with a touch of caramel, shy hoppy finish. Disappointing. fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle 355ml. @ [ (chriso Pre-GBBF Shindig) by chriso - London ].
Clear medium amber yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, dusty, toffee, hay - grass. sweet malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, grass - hay, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.