Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.33/5 rDev 0%
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
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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
07-20-2014 04:32:40 | More by JSigsbach
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
76 out of 100 based on 3,919 ratings.