Ah yes! Can you feel that? It’s September. And what does that mean? Football is back in season; baseball is in the home stretch; the crispness is in the air; and most importantly, the fall selections of beer are in full swing.
Today, I’m drinking another classic seasonal, limited release by the great brand, Newcastle Brown Ale: Newcastle Werewolf, the fall release, which is available nationwide now through the end of October.
If you’re keeping track of my blogs – and let’s face it, if you’re not, you’re missing out on descriptions of some quality beers – you’ve read about Newcastle’s other Limited Edition series of beers, including Summer Ale, Winter IPA and Founders Ale. Much like the summer, winter and spring selections Newcastle is offering, the fall selection, Werewolf, is quite the delight.
But unlike many of the fall seasonal you’re going to get across this top-notch craft-brewing nation many of us live in, the Newcastle Werewolf is a fall beer that is following its own rules, all while staying in the guidelines of their own reputation of delivering classy beer for beer drinkers of all classifications.
Remember, this isn’t Germany we’re talking about. It’s Britain. This beer “escaped from Britain,” as the slogan on the bottle, and gives you pleasures to your palate from beginning to end of every sip – and start to finish of every 12-ounce bottle.
This “blood” red brew tosses in rye malts which offer up slight berry fruit and roasted caramel notes to this super-drinkable taste-bud treat up front. The use of British-common Fuggle and Golding hops give it a slight bite to provide what seems like a perfect balance you want in a beer. You need that balance – unless we’re in Idaho and we’re having a hop-barrage IPA, which is also remarkable, but on a totally different level.
I digress. Actually, let’s go back to a totally second digression. In the midst of writing up how great this outside-the-box fall seasonal, limited edition beer is, I’ve finished my first bottle and have moved on, immediately, to my second. Fear not, I don’t drink and drive. I drink at home or I drink with a designated driver, and so should you – don’t be stupid now.
Newcastle Werewolf comes in at 4.5 percent alcohol by volume, which will allow you to comfortably drink six to 12 beers in one sitting – and you will, because they are that good. The hops bring in a count of 23.4 International Bittering Units, which is modest. But don’t fret hop heads, it has enough bite to keep you satisfied when you are taking a break from your 60 to 80 IBU beers.
It’s “No Bollocks,” as Newcastle Brown Ale tells us. Werewolf is a one-of-a-kind fall seasonal that should certainly be in your refrigerator. Enjoy one as Newcastle United takes down some of the powerhouses of the English Premier League. But get it fast, because it won’t be here come Nov. 1. You can find it at select pubs and stores nationwide.
While – spoiler alert – there’s no werewolf lurking in the surroundings of Newcastle, the one thing that is as tangible as you and I is none other than the brilliant fall seasonal beer Newcastle Brown Ale is brewing up: Newcastle Werewolf. Enjoy!
Like it? Hate it? Love it? Let me know. I’m sure you’ll be pleased though.
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