Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale Review

Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale

English Brown Ale [Type 47] 5.0% ABV

Newcastle has been making limited editions recently, a trend that that I wholly support. In the summer, there was Newcastle Summer Ale, and now we get this malty brew. Despite being red, it is a brown ale, like Newcastle itself. It tastes much like Newcastle, but it has more body and more bite. Hence the name. It is brewed with rye malt, giving it a bit more bitterness than typical for a brown.


I like Newcastle, so I generally like Newcastle variants too. I think the Newcastle Summer Ale was my favorite of the three, but I am a fan of the Werewolf too.

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Beer Club November 2010

Brown Ales

November 2010 Lineup

Brown ales originate in England. The original brown ale style is made from 100% brown malt. There is some difference between American brown ales [Type 33] and English brown ales [Type 47], with the American styles tending to be drier and hoppier.

New Belgium La Folie

Although labeled by New Belgium as a Sour Brown, this beer is very much like the Flanders Red [Type 28], a sour, fruity beer. Nearly everyone did not like this beer, but I loved it. The intense sourness coated your tongue with an aftertaste of vinegar and sour cherries. A very unusual beer. 1 beer/6 beers. 6.0% ABV.

Boddington's Pub Ale

Not a brown ale, but an English Pale Ale, we used this to cleanse our palates after the Flanders Red.

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle is one of the most widely distributed English Brown Ales. 4.7% ABV. A lighter brown ale, Newcastle is a sweet malty beer, easily drinkable and easy to find too. 3 beers.

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

The Magistra's favorite of the moment. Rogue's Hazelnut Brown is an intensely full, nutty beer. It has tastes of chocolate that make it taste like Rocky Road ice cream. Our host favored this beer as well. 6.2% ABV. 1 beer.


This beer tasted like apples and malt. Very thick, much like a barleywine. This is a Belgian dark ale [Type 29]. 9.5% ABV. 1 beer. A host favorite.

Mountain Standard Reserve

Sweet and foamy with an intense burst of flavor as it hits your tongue. 8.5% ABV. Pretty expensive for the taste. 3 beers.


Aged in oak barrels, this beer tastes like Kentucky bourbon. Not as popular due to the oakiness, but it has a sweet finish like pineapples. 3 beers. 10.0% ABV.

Humboldt Brown

A hippie beer brewed with hemp. This actually isn't that unusual, because hops are a member of the Cannabaceae family anyway. 5.7% ABV. Good flavor, but nothing special. 3 beers.

Session Black

A black lager or schwarzbier [Type 53], Session Black is a smooth dark beer with little hops and intense malty sweetness. 3 beers. 5.4% ABV

Moose Drool

A drier brown, with cocoa notes. 5.1% ABV

Bitch Creek

An ESB [Type 45], this beer starts bitter but finishes sweet. 6.0% ABV

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

5.0% ABV

Lost Coast Raspberry Brown

A rather weak tasting beer, the raspberry was not backed up by anything more substantial. 5 beers. 6.5% ABV

Abita Pecan Harvest

5.0% ABV. Another host favorite.

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Abita Turbodog Beer Review

Abita Turbodog

English Brown Ale [Type 47] 5.6% ABV

While out on the town, we decided to drop in to Cuvee 928. We had never been to the restaurant before, so we did not know what to expect. I knew it was a wine bar, but I checked to see what beer they had on tap. New Belgium Hoptober and Abita Turbodog. I had Hoptober at Oktoberfest a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to turn the unknown Turbodog.  Abita is a Louisana brewery, so that explains why I had never heard of it before.


What a pleasant surprise! Turbodog is dark and rich, with strong malts and no bitterness. I enjoyed this beer with a pork loin, an excellent combination. The malts give this flavors of chocolate and caramel, with a sweetness that was unexpected. If you demand hops in your beer, this will be unsatisfying, but if you willing to experience the full spectrum of beer flavors, this is a very good brown ale. I will be looking for this beer again.

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