A couple of weeks ago, a PR rep contacted me about doing a review of the new Newcastle beers- Werewolf and Winter IPA. So up first is Werewolf:
Werewolf, a "Blood Red Ale", is a new seasonal brew- apparently a Halloween beer. After the pour, the beer looks marvelous. It was extremely easy to pour with a gorgeous 3/4 inch creamy, off-white head. The brown colored beer had a little reddish hue to it, I guess helping out the blood red name.
The scent was extremely inviting. It actually drew me into the beer. The sweet aroma of caramel malts and something a little sweeter (smelled like some fruit that I couldn't put my finger on). Just a little hop aroma was present. I was ready for this red ale.
Once it hit my lips, it was a bit of a let down. Taste was on par with an amber ale (not much red to talk about), not on par with Bell's Amber, but certainly better than Killians. It had a slight fruity taste to it, but nothing that really makes a mark. The mouth-feel was off putting to me. It felt almost creamy. I want something smooth, but this beer kind of left a coating in my mouth, that was not appetizing. It did lead me to drinking more though.
Being lower in abv, the alcohol was not a factor in the taste, and the taste disappeared as soon as it was out of my mouth. Overall, this beer was good. I would drink another one and suggest it to someone that likes this style of beer. Would it be something that I would seek out? No, but I wouldn't write it off either.
(I will revisit this beer later in the week to make sure my initial thoughts are on par with a second tasting. Also coming this week will be Newcastle Winter IPA.)