Saturday, September 10, 2011

Newcastle - Winter IPA

ABV ?

"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"

The Pour

This winter IPA pours a copper to mahogony colour. One finger of white head with tight bubbles crowns the beer. The beer is clear without any hop haze. Definitely filtered.

Aroma

Big malt backbone. Caramel buscuitiness is present. I was expecting some hop notes, but they are very faint. Some slight earthiness.

Taste

There is a big maltiness to the beer. The flavour quickly washes away with little after taste. Being used to huge American styled IPA's, this was different than I was expecting. The hops are not the center of attention and the beer is much more of a malt bomb than a hop bomb. Definitely a light mouth feel.

Overall Impressions

Light and refreshing, not overly effervescent, a decent beer. Winter IPA? I'm not sure what that means. I personally am a bit of a hop head. Huge hoppy, citrusy, tropical fruit flavours is what I really enjoy in an IPA. This is not that. I'm not sure if this is due to freshness? The bottle had a "best before" date of June 2012. The malts are the most predominant flavour. Nice toffee and caramel notes, some buscuity, malt sweetness, not overly heavy. This is a drinker of a beer, feels low in ABV, I would guess around 4.5%. Very sessionable. This would be a more broadly appealing beer that doesn't smack of huge flavours either way. I would give it a "B".

*This beer was provided by Newcastle as a sample for review.

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