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Newcastle Summer Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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341 Ratings

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Ratings: 341
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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2.25/5  rDev -24%

KVNBGRY, Aug 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

mquinn919, Aug 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

dasunder, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of nathanc82
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

nathanc82, Aug 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

nrey15, Aug 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Curt_rowe, Aug 02, 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
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

hkyplyr73, Aug 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

burningsnailman, Jul 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Skeptikalz, Jul 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

irs, Jul 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

SMcG2471, Jul 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Mechagrue, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Clones21
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Summer Ale is a yellow straw color. On the first taste there are alot of hops and bitterness. It goes down pretty smooth. To be honest the only reason I am trying this is because I'm a huge fan of Newcastle Brown Ale. It's my favorite beer. I am not a big fan of summer ales. I like my beer dark. But anyways, this summer ale isn't too bad. Goes down smooth if that is what you like. It's worth giving a try. Cheers.

Clones21, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Tobe
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw color with a weak white head. The head was thin (half a finger width) and faded very quickly.

The aroma was sweet with a hint of raisin and sour fruit. This beer has a tart, almost sour ale flavor. There is a mild hoppiness but not pronounce enough to be enjoyed. A little buttery with a clean finish and a mouthfeel that isn't all the pleasant.

A good attempt by a larger established brewer, however not a refreshing enough beer for summer.

Tobe, Jul 23, 2012
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.

Zorro, Jul 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ElCamino13, Jul 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Mtkimes, Jul 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

BeerCigar, Jul 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

Cane4Beer, Jul 17, 2012
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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.

willytime, Jul 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

Lucasperea, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark golden color. Head is fizzy but hangs about. Leaves some lacing.

S-Light citrusy hops along with buttered sweet bread. Very clean and manageable. Hops are also flower petals. Sweetness is pronounced more than anything else, but the bread is quite blatant too.

T-Pleasant. Light citrus and floral hops. Bready and doughy. Sweet throughout the entire tasting experience. Finishes with a mild dryness. Clean enough.

M-A bit creamy. Milder carbonation with some body behind it as well.

O/D-A nice partner to their trademark Brown Ale. This single bottle was a pleasant surprise.

VelvetExtract, Jul 15, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -24%

sansho, Jul 15, 2012
Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
69 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.