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Newcastle Summer Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Newcastle Summer AleNewcastle Summer Ale

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321 Ratings

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.61%

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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a clear apple juice color with a 1 inch off-white head that fade to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form randomly on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted grains and caramel malt. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel malt, and a slight metallic flavor. There is also a sour aspect to this beer after each sip. The bottle label says “hops and glory” but I really don’t get any evidence of noticeable hop aromas or flavors. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that really doesn’t say summer in my opinion. I am glad I picked up a bottle to try but I wouldn’t get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 05:43:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of womencantsail


2.17/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is an innocent enough looking golden color with a mild, white head. Quite summery, indeed...

S: Nothing says summer quite like the smell of...butter? Tons o' diacetyl with a bit of sweet orange and sweet malt.

T: Though I did not believe it to be possible, the flavor displays even more butter than the nose! Buttered popcorn with a side of butter and a mild sweetness as well.

M: Light and somewhat spritzy. Perhaps a touch watery.

D: This was bordering on awful. I'll simply classify it as really bad and suggest staying away from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 19:41:24 | More by womencantsail
Photo of metter98

New York

3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of lemon citrus hops and biscuit malts in the nose along with notes of earthy and fruity yeast..
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness persists from the initial taste through the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink but there’s nothing really special about the taste. This would make a good lawnmower beer or something to pair with a summer BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 20:59:38 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.15/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Crystal clear, dark golden body with a thin wisp of small white bubbles.

Smell: Odd, gamey mixture of malts, hops, grains, and fruitiness. A beer that really leaves you wondering: Who's bright idea WAS this?!

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a curious bite of grain huskiness. Understated sweetness. Slight apple seed fruitiness. Faint earthy bitterness. Continues to be husky on the dry finish and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Gross!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 19:23:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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2.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

My brother picked up a sixer of this the other day (before the full onslaught of Snow-torious B.I.G. set upon us), so I figured I'd steal a bottle for myself. A little concerned about having a summer ale in the depths of winter, but I can't decipher the "freshness date" on the label to ease my mind (or dissuade me from drinking it). Here goes. It pours a clear brass topped by a healthy finger of white froth. The nose comprises coriander, menthol, wheat, and light grapefruit peel. The taste brings more of the same, though the menthol is increased, and there is a strong sense of the white, fleshy part of an orange's peel. The bitterness is a bit in the extreme, to the point of puckering my lips (more like buckling them, like a boxer's fatigued legs). The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, I hope this was just an old batch or something, 'cause it doesn't taste anywhere near good. Judging by the overall score, though, it may just be as crappy a beer as it seemed to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:35:55 | More by TMoney2591
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 23:28:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready & sulphury notes

T: Grassy, sulphury, slight lemon notes & dry up front. Bready malt noies & lemons as this warms, still sulphur on the edges. Finishes crisp, lemony with touch of soapyness & more sulphur

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, a touch too gassy for the style

An average bitter at best, glad I was able to pick this up as single, it would take me months to work through a sixer of this. This might be better served at lager temps or even ice-cold

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:04:38 | More by russpowell
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3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and floral. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter grassy hops. Some caramel and grain-like sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was okay. It seemed a little unbalanced. A little messy.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 01:37:19 | More by zeff80
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thick, fizzy white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of hints of oranges and lemons with butterscotch and grainy malt.

The taste is hoppy for a macro British brew, The hops though, fight through too much diacetyl, giving it a buttery taste. The orange/lemon from the hops is balanced by grainy, slightly grassy, sweet malt that mixes in. Finishes bitter-ish and buttery.

Light-bodied, it has a somewhat fizzy carbonation, but not watery or too thin.

Again, the hops do show with balancing malt, but the butter is too much here. While it does add to the complexity and balance here, it goes a bit overboard. I can drink a few, but will have a butter aftertaste with just a hint of the hops that were present in the aroma and initial flavour. Overall though a nice enough "summer" bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 16:56:03 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

2.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

355ml bottle: BBD 30 Apr 2013. Poured into a 'Back Forty Beer Co' badged glass sleeve @ home on 13 Apr 2013.

Light amber with an orange hint, on top a thin covering of off-white bubbles. Sadly the head soon did a runner.

Toffee apple aroma, with added grain.

Malty feel to the actual taste, but this a watery brew and it doesn't carry the 4.4% ABV very well at all. Nicely carbonated but lacks depth of flavour and comes across as a weak, almost bland blend. To be fair it does have a crisp bitter bite towards the end, but overall I wasn't really impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 17:18:40 | More by BlackHaddock
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:43:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressive three-finger head that settles slowly and rocky. Crystal clear with a warm golden hue.

Light raw grain with a strong fruitiness to the nose. Mildly sweet.

Rich and round body-wise, perhaps from a low carbonation. Relatively unflavorful on the initial sip. The swallow features a touch of hop and notable sourness. The aftertaste is blandly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:01:22 | More by smcolw
Photo of Zorro


2.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear light amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell toasted bread and woody with a mild herbal hop aroma. Mostly though this smells like toast.

Starts out dry with a taste of caramel and toffee to it. Toasted grain with some tea, assuming the tea flavor is from the hops. Still this has a low level of flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin at best, quite close to water.

Overall a disappointing beer. It doesn't taste bad it just doesn't have much taste. I could see where this might appeal to quenching thirst on a blazing Summer day. But taste? This just doesn't have it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:08:57 | More by Zorro
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3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These folks are smart. They must know that I don't normally drink Newkie Brown, so they introduce a pale summer ale to get my attention. I knew this day would come, and it happened earlier tonight when I split a 6-pack with a friend. On to the beer:

The beer has a honey color to it with a clean body and good head retention and healthy lacing. The nose is a little grainy at first, but soon enough there's a little biscuit and faint kiss of hops.

The first half of one bottle was drinkable, but didn't impress me much on taste. It seemed a little plain. As time went by and more Newkie Summmer was consumed, the beer seemed to be more defined. There was a little bready and honey flavor, and a definate, delicate wet smack of hop leaves, which created a vague fruity taste. The beer's lacking of serious off-flavors, which is part of the reason why this beer has some drinkability. It also has a bigger body than expected, especially given its 4.4% ABV. I would say in the middle; not too watery and not too heavy.

The overall score may not impress a whole lot, but it sure beats Newkie Brown from the bottle. For that matter, it's better than many of the large scale commmercial beers out on the market. With so many wonderful (craft) options for a similar price, I wouldn't seek it out, however it would do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 06:38:08 | More by DoubleJ
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grassy hops and a touch of diactyl.

The taste consisted of grassy hops and light grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a serviceable light ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:26:55 | More by plaid75
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.38/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale copper in color, small fizzy head dies away quickly leaving a bald beer indeed.

Smell: Light grainy aroma but nothing of any real substance.

Taste: Grainy, watery, very faint malt body and minimal hops to boot. Bitter? This is more on the side of macro beers. Adjuncts and grain with a weak hop presence. All in all, pretty weak stuff from Newcastle.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery.

Drinkability: It was fine to have this beer with pizza, but on its own its very bland and uninteresting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 02:47:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on the way home from work tonight... paid about $1.80 at Brewforia... Poured into my slim tulip... decent white head and no real lacing atop a clear golden brew.

Grainy pale malts .. possibly some floral hoppiness.. a bit of diacetyl... but I guess that should probably be expected... Interesting, but nothing to special.

Flavor is surprisingly dry .. still a good malt presence for such a low ABV brew... again slight diacetyl, but not bad... and probably appropriate for the style.. hops show as a faint grassy note..

Light body and light/med carbonation...

I would probably buy this again if I find it at a shop near home.

3.5 across the board.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 05:37:52 | More by JohnGalt1
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2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: two finger thick white head on a clear golden with amber hues body. very nice lacing.

S: musty pale malts, grain, light on the hops.

T: strange herbal hops up front with pale malts and smokey, burnt toast following. Very different than expected.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not your average summer ale. The herbal hops and toasted flavors make this one interesting but take away from the drinkablity/refreshing factor you want in your summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 20:21:55 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.73/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, slightly coppery golden amber with a frothy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Yeasty, fruity aroma is fairly strong and quite appealing. Yeasty, wheaty, malty flavor has a slight woody undertone. The edgy and sassy texture makes for a nice finish to a good beer for kicking off summer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 15:29:06 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Bitterbill


3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hiccup while I tried reviewing this, I'm not going to start from scratch.

Good looking beer, light golden with a small but persistent head of foam.

Smells buttery, light notes of lemon citrus, bread.

Tastes buttery, earthy, light lemon citrus, some bready notes.

Too expensive for the return but a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 19:39:45 | More by Bitterbill
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2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. "Hops and Glory", "Drink Cool" no date or info.

A - Pours a brilliantly clear goldenrod yellow with a pile of dense white foam that reaches three fingers before dropping slowly. Lace is left on most of the glass.

S - Very sweet malty caramel and vanilla opens the aroma up with an odd scent. A little toffee and English muffin comes out too. English hops are incredibly mild in the aroma and unfitting, especially with the tag line on the neck band. Too malt-driven and too sweet in aroma for a summer beer.

T - The sweetness in the aroma is mostly balanced out in flavor as the English hops pull through more. The vanilla remains on the finish but a slightly buttery aspect enters the picture. It seems a little off.

M - Borderline crisp and very smooth, Summer Ale has a tiny bitter hint on the finish overshadowed by vanilla. Lower carbonation feel on the swallow too.

D - Easy enough to drink I suppose but slight hints of off flavors aren't encouraging. The vanilla seems pretty out-of-place and neither the hops nor the bitterness is large enough here.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 16:47:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a local shop for 99 cents, hope it drinks good for more than 8 months old.

A - Pours a nice urine color, sort of dark with a half inch of head, which is a good thing for a beer this old.

S - You get slight grain, and malt, and a mild hop in the nose.

T - Better than I expect for a summer beer. It seemed to have more body especially more than the brown ale. You mostly get bitterness from the grain or hops so it even comes off as a sort of a pale ale. It is sweet and grainy and wet.

M - Very light. Felt like I was drinking water

D - Well summer ales have come and gone and even if this beer hasn't improved with age it really didn't get any worse. I find that I may be able to succession this brew if I was in a need for a beer fix. A very passable summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:05:36 | More by DrDemento456
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3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: crystal clear body with a light golden and with a finger of white foam. Head has pretty decent retention.

Smell: very light malt aroma, somewhat grainy. Not much in the way of hops coming through here.

Taste: light, sweet malt with just a hint of tartness. Hops are earthy and complement the citrusy tartness rather well. Flavor is well-balanced but pretty mild, and bitterness is present but relatively low. Decent but not great.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Effervescent and refreshing.

Overall: this is not a half bad little beer. I could definitely quaff a few of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:38:41 | More by flagmantho
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New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 31-03-X-L0775908. Sampled on June 14, 2012. Newcastle has brewed up a golden yellow beer that has a short lasting head and an odd aroma. I get malts, yeast, and floral hops on the nose but there is something else offsetting the whole thing...something akin to ginger. The body is summer seasonal light and creamy. The taste has a kind of cardboard like maltiness with a more notable bitter hop finish that lingers for a moment. There are summer seasonals from other brewers that I find to be more appealing than this one. I think I will stick with their traditional nut brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:22:52 | More by puboflyons
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2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Parents had a bottle of this in the fridge, so I decided to give it a try.

Pours a light and bright gold color with a decent head.

Nose is faint, a bit grainy, sugary, with some sweet corn like notes. There isn't much to smell, but what I notice is kind of odd.

Taste is like the nose. Sweet, corn like, buttery, with some cereal grain, and mild tartness. Finish is crisp, with faint mineral hops. Weird taste, it's just too sweet and grainy.

Mouthfeel is ok, a bit thin and watery though.

Overall, this is average at best, but bordering on bad. I finished it, but I thought about letting the drain do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:40:23 | More by flexabull
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Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
69 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.