Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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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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