Newcastle Winter IPA

A friend of mine from my vacation to Afghanistan brought me this beer today wondering what I thought about it. Well, I gave it a try and here is what I thought. I read a couple of reviews on other sites before I tried it to get a sense of what to expect. I knew going in it was not like an American IPA. It is British after all. OK, the start…it poured a clear light brown color (about a 13 on the SRM color scale). It had a small white head that dissipated quickly. It was lightly carbonated. Here is where it was interesting. It doesn’t smell like an IPA. You don’t get the blast of florals that you get from a West Coast IPA. There was a mild hop aroma, but the more dominant aroma was caramel with a little cinnamon. It also did not drink like a West Coast IPA. The flavor was also mild. It was on the malty side, with a light body. It also has a relatively light alcohol content at 5.2%. It was very drinkable. I could have several of these in a night. I really liked this beer, but it did not seem like a true IPA. I would give it 4 out of 5 proper pints. Only removing one because I think it might not be a true IPA.

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