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Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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3,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 3590
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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Reviews by Haydn-Juby:
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Quebec (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly transparent. Good brown color. Medium to thin head. Moderate/fast dissipation and not to much lacing.

S: Slight toasted malts and sweetness in the smell but honestly not that much.

T: Kind of watery. A little bit of that toasted malt flavor that is typical of a brown ale. Very sweet. Not very much hop flavor and very low bitterness. Most of the taste was pretty watery and searching for flavors was required.

M: Goes down pretty easy. A little bit of a creamy mouth feel. Not to thick or to thin.

Overall: It was a pretty good beer. Nothing astounding but I liked it. Didn't have to worry about the skunking from the clear bottles cause I bought it in a can. It was better than average but didn't really provide a unique experience. I might buy it again and could see it being extremely sessionable if that's your game plan.

Serving type: can

01-02-2013 02:07:16 | More by Haydn-Juby
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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.

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Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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