Saturday, October 08, 2011

Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale

This is a repost from my NorCal Beer Blog (here).

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 session. 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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