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Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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3,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 3588
Reviews: 1459
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.26%

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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New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I first got into "real beer" about a year ago this was my absolute favorite beer and I remember bringing it to some of my buddies who complained that it was much too thick for their tastes (the quickly returned to their Rolling Rocks, and declined my offer for another beer. Now, of course, my main problem with this brew is its lack of complexity and overall lack of flavor.

Pours with little to no head. Zero head retention. Apperance is pretty nice, typical brown ale, nice rich amber color. Not much on the nose, a little malted roastiness, but nothing to write home about. Taste was sweeter than I had remembered. I have had this brew in England and wonder how different it is over there, or if it was about the same. Roasted malts with slight nutty finish, though it could use more nut flavor. Overall a very smooth beer, but one thats just a bit short in all catagories.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2003 08:16:17 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap in a bar in Quartier Dix30.

Appearance is the best looking part with an obvious brown body and good enough head that has a bit of cascading to it. Flavor is decent, mild nuttiness, easy drinking but pretty ordinary obviously. Still, an ok selection.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2014 12:29:30 | More by papat444
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

04-16-2014 02:14:16 | More by Sebas
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4.55/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love the tone. I really like the fact that it has the initial Heineken smell, I also love Heineken. However this beer does not have the heavy aftertaste. I do wish it were a little more potent ;)
Overall I would stock it. There are MANY beers around that Id pass up for this one. I am not into the IPA format. I prefer stout. But I love how smooth this beer drinks.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:03:48 | More by bobvinson2002
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.2%

04-10-2014 23:34:15 | More by hunterjames
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

04-10-2014 06:24:28 | More by krampert11
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-07-2014 21:24:18 | More by ACarp
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-06-2014 22:36:40 | More by Czequershuus
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm confused about where this beer is brewed. I have always assumed that it's English beer based on the fact that it says "Imported from England" on the label. I've researched this a little on the web and can find no reference to a Scottish origin for this beer, as this website indicates. What gives? It's brewed in Yorkshire, England for crying out loud, isn't it?

Anyhoooo, an old favorite here. I bought an 18.6 ounce bottle for I think $3.19 or so.

One good thing about a clear bottle is you get to watch the foam gush up when you open it. A moderate pour into a sampler produces about an inch of snow white frothy head, which proves relatively sticky. The beer is a crystal clear ruddy brown, and definitely more pale than and American brown. Light to moderate carbonation. This beer has some visual appeal.

I pretty much notice minerals and light fruity malt in the nose, with hardly any hop aroma. The taste is sweet up front but sweetness recedes, being counterbalanced by a kiss of earthy hops, with some light fruitiness reminiscent of baked apples and raisins along with some pleasant and interesting mineral flavors. The mouthfeel is relatively creamy despite the relatively low body.

A very easy drinking ale with some light, rather simple, but nonetheless interesting flavors that can be a nice break from the ultra hopped craft brews or the typical AAL out there. This is considered a simple working man's beer in England, as I understand. It probably fits that definition, because I think this beer would quench thirst pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 04:03:39 | More by archyquaffer
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1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

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04-03-2014 04:26:18 | More by sunilmallya
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Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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