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Newcastle Summer Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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342 Ratings

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.61%
Wants: 4
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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4.25/5  rDev +43.6%

Hugh37, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +43.6%

Capperdurham, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +43.6%

Nofear048, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +43.6%

adamant1912, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of jmbranum
4.23/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a British beer to celebrate the 2012 Olympics.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Bright clear golden liquid with a huge fluffy white head.

Nice fresh grain aroma.

The flavor is grain heavy. Dry. Lots of hops but very balanced.

Much fuller mouthfeel than I expected. Very smooth.

Not at all what I expected from a "summer" beer (most labeled as such are sweet and golden, but mostly bland), but I like it.

jmbranum, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
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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4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice light golden color with some nice initial head and some wonderful lacing. Very nice aroma, with a nice sweet malty undertone that's enhanced by a great hop aroma -- a bit jerky and eggish. Nice taste, with a good malt/hop ratio; sweet on top with a quickly turning hop flavor that lasts after swallowing; slightly grassy and a lot of jerky in the hops. Goes down very smooth with a nice lasting hop flavor.

JamesS, Aug 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

TaylorK, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

Eastside151, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

Cubsfan1087, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

j89de, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

bobtheseventh, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to see something new at the grocery store today. Found this sixer above the delicious Newcastle brown so decided to give it a shot.

The color was pale orangish brown with very little head. It had no lacing to speak of. It looked refreshing. The smell was brown sugar and lemony. The taste was a tiny bit sweet with a slight hop on the finish. Overall it was right for this 90 degree day.

I would buy it again on a hot day.

cswhitehorse, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
4/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange in color with an off-white head made of tiny bubbles. Great lace left behind.
Smell is orange/lemon, malt, vanilla (?), kind of bready.
Taste is malt and hops fairly well balanced but the hops win out in the end. A slight citrus note as well.
A fairly clean finish, somewhat astringent with a medium body and light effervescence. Vey good stuff.

PorterLambic, Sep 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

robertaddis, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

DMB, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ImusBeer
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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3.9/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pizza Club, a slice above the rest! in La Habra carries this beer on draft. The only real criticism is that for a summer beer, I expected a little more carbonation to leave my mouth cleaner. It has a sweetness to it, but it's not honey. Overall, it's a great addition for Newcastle.

PizzaQueen1, Jun 28, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body capped by two fingers of bubbly off-white head that leaves sparse patches of lacing on its way down.

Aroma: Citrusy, apricot-like, and perfumey British hops over a sweet pale malt body. Balanced excellently.

Flavor: Lightly bitter and citric hops over a mild biscuity malt backbone. It's crisp and simple, but not without it's charms. Again, this is a well-balanced affair. Grainy malt and juicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a balanced finish.

Drinkability: Top marks here as this was obviously built for sessionability. I just wish I had another bottle to keep the experience going.

Verdict: Newcastle Summer Ale is a solid little brew. Thoroughly British and easily drinkable without sacrificing all character, this is one of those cheerful session beers from that side of the pond we hear so much about. I was a little skeptical going in, but Newcastle's first seasonal spin-off is a welcome addition for me.

BeanBone, Sep 13, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, tea and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of nuts and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some very mild and sweet flavors of honey, tea and caramel come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a nice beer to session with for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 16, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz brown bottle bought at Market Basket in Somersworth, NH. Bottle pours a golden amber with a half inch of creamy white head that sticks to to the side of the glass leaving some beautiful lacing. the scent of biscuits, caramel, a tinge of herbal hops greets the nose. The taste of herbal hops immediately hits the tongue with caramel and biscuits in the background. The herbal hops left an after taste. the drink is medium bodied with very light carbonation. Overall, it's a quite tasty beer. I just wish it had a little more carbonation than it did.


CheckMate, May 25, 2012
Photo of tyme4beer
3.78/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-As I expected, dark but not too dark.
S-Good smell, nothing out of this world.
T-Smooth, summer ale with the Newcastle touch.
M-Mouthfeel was also smooth like the taste, pretty good.
D-I could drink this one for a while, but not all night.
It's smoothness makes it drinkable, but not for TOO long.

This is a very smooth summer ale, as most of them are,
which is similar to Newcastle Brown Ale mixed in with
a touch of wheat. Being a fan of Newcastle Brown Ale,
I think that this beer complemented the smooth summer night well and
although I was expecting a bit more hoppiness, the taste was
not disappointing because I enjoyed the familiar Newcastle
taste with the way that the wheat was fused in, making for
a very decent summer ale. B-

tyme4beer, Jan 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

JohnFatAss, Oct 13, 2012
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Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
69 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.