Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.33/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Had this on-tap tonight at a local Buffalo Wild Wings. Served in a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep but transparent brown with some red hues in it. ("Brown ale" about covers it.)Thin and slightly fizzy head that quickly fades to some wisps on top. Leaves some good rings around the glass at first, but there's very little lacing and head retention to be found.
Smell: Definitely a more malty smell here. Caramel is what dominates, but there is also a VERY mild hop aroma and a bit of nuttiness with some grains. Pretty standard, but nothing mindblowing. The sweetness is pretty enticing though.
Taste: Following the smell closely, malts dominate the tongue at first with a rich caramel taste. The initial taste has an almost candy-like sweetness to it, maybe too much for me. There's very little hop bite to this one, which wasn't really surprising. The aftertaste is what gets me the most about this beer: While there's a slightly metallic note, there's also an overwhelmingly nutty taste as well... almost like peanut butter? As I said about the aroma, pretty straightforward; it won't wow you or tear your face off, but it's pretty pleasing.
Mouthfeel: A little too thin for me, but decent for the style. It goes down pretty smooth but there's some coarseness in the finish that is undesirable.
Drinkability: As bad as this sounds, the blandness and sweetness of the beer make it very drinkable. Definitely could be used as a session beer if desired, I almost wanted another one just for the heck of it.
I realize that this isn't the best brown ale out there, but I had to start somewhere. Fairly standard beer across the board, very drinkable, not offensive... a good one for those who are starting with darker European styles (like myself).
Serving type: on-tap
11-07-2010 01:05:15 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
3.01/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Poured a very clear reddish copper color. Decent enough head that retreats to lacing.
S - Very pronounced European hop note with little malt aroma.
T - Bitter hops with some hint of malt.
M - Medium body with a dry finish.
O - I honestly thought I was drinking a Heineken that someone had colored brown. This really isn't what I expect from a Brown Ale - not say it was bad - just not what I expected.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 10:25:32 | More by Retroman40
3.34/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.90 CDN. Served rather cold into a pint glass.
Appearance - Mostly clear brown beer with lots of bubbles. 2 fingers of head with only so-so retention. Red hues in the beer and some trace lacing.
Smell - Mild malts and some light grassy aromas. Not much else, and this beer was somewhat metallic smelling.
Taste - Light cherry flavors, Nice blends of caramel and toffee malts. Also some bready characteristics on the palate.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich and slight syrupy in the way the beer clings to the inside of your mouth.
Overall - A good beer, and very accessible too, but by no means a world beater or even something I'd regularly pick up.
Serving type: can
02-26-2014 02:10:17 | More by DenisKolkin
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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