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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 14: Newcastle Winter Ale presented by Chad Lothian

@Chaddah, @NewCastle,

Beer Advent Calendar – Day 14: Newcastle Winter Ale presented by Chad Lothian

To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the first annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. 31 Bloggers Blogging – click here for the running list of beers/bloggers.

Let’s see who is spreading holiday cheer today!

Blogger: Chad Lothian
Blog Name: If My Coaster Could Talk
Twitter: @Chaddah
Beer: Newcastle Winter IPA
Brewery: The Caledonian Brewery Company
Beer Details:

  • Style: English IPA
  • ABV: 5.2%

Commercial Description:
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.


Why I selected the Newcastle Winter IPA:

After work, I headed over to the local bottle shop to pick up a beer for this review, I had a few beers in mind but as luck would have it none of them were available so I picked up a bottle of Newcastle Winter IPA. I haven’t had a Newcastle in quite some time, the Brown ale was one of my “stepping stones” into the craft beer world and I occasionally sample the seasonals when they come out, having never had the Winter I figured I’d give it a shot.

The Winter IPA is crystal clear in the glass and dark amber in color; pour produced a short white head.  Smells pretty clean, some light malt coming through, picking up some caramel and toffee. The smell is similar to the Newcastle brown ale but not quite as strong. I did not detect any hops at all.

Tastes malty up front, getting a sweet toffee flavor that gives way to a really easy bitterness. I don’t really feel like I would classify this as an IPA, I would lean more to calling it an English Bitter. The flavor really reminds of Newcastle Brown ale with a touch more bitterness. Has a slightly buttery mouthfeel.

Overall not a terrible beer, just not a beer for me. I find all the Newcastle beers have similar smell and flavor, I would not hesitate to recommend this beer to someone who is a fan of their product but I wouldn’t send a fan of IPA’s out looking for a bottle of this beer.


About If My Coaster Could Talk:
Chad Lothian, Lives in Old Town Maine. He is a Craft Beer Enthusiast and Homebrewer. Chad has traveled to Brewpubs, Breweries and Brewfests all over New England.

About New Castle:
Newcastle Brown Ale, aka “The Dog”. Recipe developed by Colonel J. Porter, aka “The Original Dogwalker”, in 1927 in Newcastle, England.

In Newcastle, England, “Walking the Dog” is Geordie slang for hitting the pub for a Newcastle Brown Ale. It’s a bit of code to use when you’re looking to meet friends and enjoy a couple pints of Newcastle Brown Ale. No actual dog required.

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