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Newcastle Summer Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 20.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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%

07-28-2012 04:43:45 | More by Mechagrue
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 00:09:50 | More by Clones21
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 20:56:45 | More by Tobe
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:08:57 | More by Zorro
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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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3/5  rDev +1.4%

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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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While a solid beer, not really much that would draw me back to this again in the future. It pours a medium-light copper with a slight foamy off-white head, leaving a slight amount of lacing along the glass. Smell is very hoppy, slightly nutty/bready. Taste is also hoppy, bitter, and slightly acidic. The beer starts strong, but it ends a little flat. More than one or two at a time of these would be pushing it in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

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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.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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

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Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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