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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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3/5  rDev +1.4%

Satsuma, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

hinemk76, Jun 04, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -24%

Absolut, May 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -24%

Johnnyv310, May 30, 2013
Photo of MarkQ617
2.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Maybe I just don't have enough experience with English Bitters, but this beer didn't sit so well with me. Had on draft at the Times. Clear amber-reddish color, perhaps a little lighter than that. Grainy flavor that you'll occasionally get out of Scottish beers. On tap, average carbonation. It just didn't sit well with me for a Summer beer, better directions to go in for something like that out there.

MarkQ617, May 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

NormLobstah, May 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Slay40, May 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

ajtorres311, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

blknikon, May 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up from a supermarket a while back, and stored in my garage. Brewed in Tadcaster (presumably at John Smiths). The Newcastle brand seems to be plastered on an increasing number of beers - rather than bolstering the brand I reckon the effect will be to dilute it. Oh well.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Some lacing. Aroma of light grainy malt with hints of faint caramel, husk, mild cardboard, fruity ale yeast and a whiff of stewed leaves. Not much going on.

Tastes of grainy malt with a mild finish. Hints of weak caramel, husk, fruity ale yeast, wet cardboard and a hint of stewed leaves. A slightly harsh note in the background, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is dry, smooth and faintly tingly. Carbonation is OK but the body is thin and watery. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of cardboard and stewed vegetables.

Meh - a pretty poor effort. Bland and watery, with little depth or character to keep you interested. The Newcastle brand is going to be subject to the law of diminishing returns if it keeps making brews like this. Give it a miss.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -24%

Tiernan, Apr 27, 2013
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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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Jamison85, Apr 02, 2013
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

allbrigs, Mar 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev -32.4%

bsopko, Mar 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Bill235, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

powdersoldier, Feb 06, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall pint glass. Pours a translucent yellow orange with a small white head with some lacing. Smells fruity and grainy, nice and inviting. Tastes of slight fruit, sweet, with a nice grain profile. Beer is quite watery and is slightly under carbonated. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

cyclonece09, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

j-rod18, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +35.1%

TaylorK, Jan 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

cliff1066, Jan 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

dmk91, Dec 31, 2012
Newcastle Summer Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
69 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.