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Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

3,921 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 3,921
Reviews: 1,474
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 30
Gots: 209 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2000)
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour reveals the same transparent, ruby-brown hue that I've seen in bottle form, with about two fingers of off-white head on top. Bready and caramel malt notes come to mind, with a real underlying sweetness supporting the whole thing. Some floral and earthy hop notes, but only a whisp of an accent in that regard. I wonder if there will be subtle nuances due to preservation and packaging, or if it will pretty much be the same thing.

I'm surprised to find that the beer is actually less flavorful than it is from the bottle or on tap. With a near tasteless introduction, only a brief flash of the toasty malt profile is accompanied by a weak caramel sweetness that disappears as soon as it arrives. Middle and finish are as bland as can be, with only a quaint reminder of bittering hops and dryness making themselves known. Much, much different than the other formats I've tried, and not in a good way.

To be fair, I didn't know what to expect from this. Am I asking too much from a beer that already isn't overly impressive to me? Maybe, but I figured that I'd give this one a shot to see if I found a format that I like. Obviously beer can take on different characteristics depending upon its packaging, and I wanted to give this one an honest shake. My suggestion would be to go bottle or tap with this one.

Serving type: can

04-18-2008 22:39:29 | More by CharlieMopps
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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North Carolina

1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Disappointing. It says Brown Ale, but it's not brown and you could have given me a Bud Light and I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference in taste.

Appearance was nice I had high hopes, poured a gorgeous deep ruby red/light brown color with a decent sized head.

Smell was disappointing. Malt and hops. Slight smell of wheat bread.

Taste was most disappointing at all. I taste literally nothing. It tastes like I am drinking soda water or beer water. Low carbonation makes it feel very thin and watery.

Overall this is bad. Won't be buying again won't be recommending.

Serving type: bottle

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. Not great. Tried this at The Patio restaurant. A bit surprised they carried this.

Appearance: Clear bottle made me suspect of how well it held up being “imported from England” but the distinctive yellow and crimson label is eye catching and inviting. The beer itself looks a bit more like soda than beer. The color is dark, chocolaty with definite deep red base though when nearly finished it had the color and translucence of bourbon. Head was creamy, inviting with decent retention.

Smell: It was difficult for me to pick out distinctive aroma in my serving of this barley and wheat brew though there was a definite ever so slightly sweet maltiness.

Taste & Notes: First wash over the tongue was pleasing and invigorating with a nice bit of bite. These types of ale promise to be sweeter though mine was not at all, more fizzy overall with no real after taste except for a slight bitterness. Though to say it had no body would be unfair, it definitely lacked fullness for me. Some reviews speak to a buttery character but my serving did not exhibit this. Probably more a bit dry, roasty toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin and soda-like.

Drinkability: Though not a great offering in my very humble opinion but solidly drinkable after a hard day’s work. However, it did not go well with typical fried appetizers but I’m thinking could add some nice dimension to fall/winter soups or stews. It may also cut greasiness of dishes such as roast pork.

Serving type: bottle

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Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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