Notes – I just had this beer last night and it was super tasty. I loved the dark ale flavor mixed with a good amount of hops this is going to be a very good beer for the winter months.  I was surprised how well balanced and very drinkable this was.  Below is New Castles Press Release.

ITS WINTER NEW CASTLE BROWN ALE SERVES UP LIMITED EDITION WINTER IPA NATIONALLY

WHITE PLAINS,N.Y.Newcastleannounces the first nationwide release of its limited edition beer, Newcastle Winter IPA. On retail shelves and on draught in on-premise locations now through January 2013, Newcastle Winter IPA pours a copper color with a strong hop aroma, subtle caramel notes, a full body and a balanced finish, staying true to the traditional characteristics found in British-style IPAs.

Winter IPA is ideal for any situation, whether you’re trying to reconnect with family over the holidays, or if you need an excuse to head to the pub and avoid them, said Charles van Es, brand director Newcastle Brown Ale. No matter what happens, you’ll at least have a balanced, drinkable brew to enjoy this season.

Made with Super Styrian and Styrian Goldings hops, Newcastle Winter IPA has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 5.2 percent with 28 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

Newcastle Winter IPA is available nationally from November 2012 through January 2013 in 12 oz. bottles in 6-packs and 12-packs priced comparably to Newcastle Brown Ale. Winter IPA will also be available on draught at fine bars and pubs in all majorU.S.markets.