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Newcastle Summer Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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333 Ratings

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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1/5  rDev -66.2%

09-13-2012 03:20:15 | More by mtgrl27
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1/5  rDev -66.2%

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1/5  rDev -66.2%

03-29-2012 23:32:23 | More by gaffm
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1/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

hardly an english bitter or an ale ,where's the hops?
boldly labelled at the top of the bottle "Hops & Glory" we were very disappointed.

I rate this ale as wankers ale plain and simple, it's pretty horrible tasting and continues to go wrong from there as you drink from the glass, artificial carbonation, with a musky horribly wrong after taste.

This ale is more like for dead parrots and budweiser fans, save your schillings

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:20:27 | More by ale1
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1/5  rDev -66.2%

11-21-2011 17:23:11 | More by bootsdomino
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1.25/5  rDev -57.8%

06-17-2012 19:50:26 | More by TheResidentialOP
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1.25/5  rDev -57.8%

08-09-2012 21:49:28 | More by Newbiebeer
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1.4/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I was looking for a summer beer to take to the beach with me. This was the first I'd seen Newcastle's Summer, and since I've enjoy their Brown, I thought I'd give it a shot.

Bad idea.

Honestly, this could be one of the worst beers I've ever had. It is a nice color when poured, although there was not much head. The smell was musty and it tasted like a dry champagne flavored beer. Aftertaste is terrible (butter?). I can drink most "bad" beers and I would prefer them - and I'm talking Natty Light level - over this.

I recommend passing on this. The fact that this got any good reviews makes me wonder if I had a bad batch.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 11:48:18 | More by willytime
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1.5/5  rDev -49.3%

07-04-2013 20:13:06 | More by Mphis
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New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

05-20-2012 20:06:19 | More by MAN615
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1.75/5  rDev -40.9%

01-18-2014 21:01:42 | More by SoCaliC8
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1.78/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was so excited to see this beer in the store... because all Newcastle makes is their brown ale. poured into glass a hazy golden color with almost no head. This beer tastes like funky carbonated dishwater... something isn't right with this beer. On the label it says hops and glory, I barely taste any hops. Was really hoping to like this beer... but it just wasn't good.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 20:08:17 | More by hoppyweasel311
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South Carolina

1.88/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


A: Clear, gleden boddy with a mild white head and little to no lacing.

S: I can't really smell anything except some cut grass that has been clumped up and rotting in the lawn for several days.

T&M: Watery, potent rotting grains. Some oily sweetness and some english hop presence.

This stuff is awful. I guess if I only had a choice of Bud Light, Busch, and this Newcastle Summer Ale, I might choose the Busch Beer at least half the time!

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 00:02:25 | More by cdizinno
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New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Straw color. Pretty boring. White head disappeared quickly. Spotty lacing. Crystal clear. Looks like all pale base malt.

S: Czech pils, fuggle style hops, pilsner bitterness, slight lo mein noodle.

T: Nothing upfront. Small pilsner style bitterness in the finish. No flavor at all. Pretty much water.

M: Thin but carbed. Like water.

O: Terrible.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 19:23:56 | More by JerseyKirk
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1.98/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle given to me by my neighbor Rich. Poured into my outdoor pint glass.

A: Pours a darker golden color, with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Smells "bitter". No grapefruit. No sourness. No citrus. No mango. Just metallic bitterness.

T: Taste follows the nose. Bitter for the sake of being bitter. Mild malt sweetness at the very front. Then a moderate amount of bitterness slowly plods in, overwhelms whatever else might be there, and just remains "bitter" all the way to the finish.

M: Light and thin. Carbonation is a shade low for my liking. Finishes dry and bitter.

D/O: Life's too short to drink subpar beer. It's not particularly drinkable, and it's not particularly enjoyable. My guess is they're moving cases of this because they called it "summer ale", and in the summer time, Common Joe The Beer Drinker gets a little bit more adventurous and will try something new that has the word "summer" in it. Turns out this isn't a wit or a wheat... and it doesn't have anything resembling a "bright hop" presence. Just boring English bitter. I don't think I ever need to revisit this.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:19:07 | More by psuKinger
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

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Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
69 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.