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Newcastle Summer Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

ColSanders123, Aug 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

MarshMan71, Aug 06, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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
Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
70 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.