Thursday, October 6, 2011

Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale.

From the bottle: "What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first, smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with rye malt, it is naturally ‘blood red’ in color. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!"

And from their Facebook page: "Named for the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the English countryside, Werewolf offers hopheads a beer that shares some characteristics of Newcastle Brown, but remains distinctive enough to stand up on its own."

Let’s get started!

Appearance: Pours a deep, ruby red with a smallish head and a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: Malty aroma with caramel, toffee and bready overtones. There’s also a hint of berries and dark fruit.

Taste: Rye malt and berries are the main attraction, somewhat sweet with a slight bitterness at the finish.

Overall: A pretty good brew and at 5.5% ABV easy to drink. I don’t know that I’d run out and grab this one, but with Halloween approaching it is nice to have it available alongside some of the other spooky brews.


Mark Harvey

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