Newcastle Summer Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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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.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2012 20:55:52 | More by hustlesworth
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Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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