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Newcastle Summer Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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BA SCORE
70
okay

343 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
a Scottish Sparkling Ale

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2009)
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Reviews by hustlesworth:
Photo of hustlesworth
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- clear amber colored body topped with a wispy white head that eventually settles down to a thin disk. Lace is spotty yet abundant. Sure looks summery.

S- toasty and buttery with a fresh grain husk aroma. Citrus spice from the hops, cut wood and slight cookie sweetness. Not bad, but not typically what I expect from a bitter of this nature.

T- fruitiness up front with a slight citrus and berry character, followed by an odd-ball buttery malt flavor. Minor notes of toffee and fresh toasted grain sweetness struggle for dominance against grassy and earthy hops and kinda reminds me of an American made Scottish ale, namely twisted kilt. Cigarette tobacco flavor, dry hardwood, and some peppery spice from the hops along with spice from the barley that kinda leans toward nutmeg.

MF- crisp "light" body, Leveled out artificial feeling carbonation does its job and goes home when the glass is empty. Plenty of residual grainy sweetness and feeling is left behind on the palate resulting in an overall particulate feel that should theoretically take away from the summer refreshment thirst quencher factor but really doesn't. Tea like tannins are also present.

D- this one isn't so bad although it's getting bashed all over the place. If I was blindfolded I wouldn't guess it as a bitter, actually I would be stumped. The unchecked diacetyl and prevalent grain husk are somewhat alarming but in the end it's a well balanced, not so bad, kinda summery beer.

hustlesworth, May 19, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Typical summer-driven incarnation here to drum up sales (summer = light and golden, right?). Nothing wrong with that, just typical. Clear and golden, impressive head on top. Buttery nose with some spicy hop presence. Smoothness over crispness in a fluffy light body. Buttery yeast flavor is the main attraction here, with the malt helping to round it out. Hops have a quick kiss of bitterness and spicy flavor. Light bready maltiness peeks through right before the dry finish. The buttery tone eventually chips away at the drinkability; not half bad, but the flavor doesn’t scream summer to us, so perhaps it’s not so typical after all.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 28, 2011
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csmartin6, Jun 15, 2012
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wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up from a supermarket a while back, and stored in my garage. Brewed in Tadcaster (presumably at John Smiths). The Newcastle brand seems to be plastered on an increasing number of beers - rather than bolstering the brand I reckon the effect will be to dilute it. Oh well.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Some lacing. Aroma of light grainy malt with hints of faint caramel, husk, mild cardboard, fruity ale yeast and a whiff of stewed leaves. Not much going on.

Tastes of grainy malt with a mild finish. Hints of weak caramel, husk, fruity ale yeast, wet cardboard and a hint of stewed leaves. A slightly harsh note in the background, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is dry, smooth and faintly tingly. Carbonation is OK but the body is thin and watery. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of cardboard and stewed vegetables.

Meh - a pretty poor effort. Bland and watery, with little depth or character to keep you interested. The Newcastle brand is going to be subject to the law of diminishing returns if it keeps making brews like this. Give it a miss.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

dmk91, Dec 31, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap last summer and never thought to write down any thoughts about it, maybe it wasn't too memorable. Pours pale yellow with a billowing white head leaves behind thin wispy lace on the sides of my glass. Aroma has a nice earthy citric hop character with light pale airy malts a bit of cracker and white bread grain action going on. Nice to see a one trick pony do something different for a changes. Flavor is light on bitterness with a touch of fruity apple notes and pale malt sweetness a very nice refreshing mass produced beer that strays from mass produced beer. Under 4.4% abv send me this in cans and I will tailgate before the concert or the big game. Mouthfeel is light bodied definitely a summer drinking beer, not a lager but a light floral/citrus lightly hopped golden bitter. Each sip is more enjoyable than the next excellent easy going mass produced English summer ale.

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

robthepenguin, May 20, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely one of the better summer ales Ive tried. This beer is a light pale yellowish color. It pours smoothly into my snifter and has an average amount of head, lace and foam. It has a typical summer ale aroma of lemon and lager. It is a beautiful color and it is a pretty decent beer. Great for barbeques and backyard swim parties.'

WoodBrew, Aug 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

monkeylice, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

JohnFatAss, Oct 13, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a Saturday morning with warm weather and football on the TV. I've always liked Newcastle and all summer my main beer place has had the Newcastle Summer Ale so I decided it was high time I tried it.

It came to me with almost no head a light orange in color. I raised it to my lips taking in the slightly hopy scent. Took a taste rolling the liquid over my tongue and realized it was just a lighter version of Newcastle and nothing more. I was a bit disapointed but didn't really expect anything more. Just a lighter version of the English Ale.

It goes down easy but is just not that exciting, I'd have it again but maybe next year.

ImusBeer, Sep 06, 2009
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Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
70 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.