Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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Reviews by brandonlovesbeer:
1.64/5 rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
COLOR: Medium Amber
BOTTLE CODE: None
Varies depending on where you buy it. But it ranges anywhere from $11.99 to $16.59 for a 6 pack.
12 oz bottles, 12oz Cans, Draft
Depending on how vigorously you pour the beer, the head will be somewhere between nonexistent and 1/2 pinky finger. But it only sticks around for a brief period of time then dissipates.
Crystal clear. Light carbonation. It doesn't look like any brown ale I've ever had. The color was more like a dirty Budweiser.
Very fruity smelling beer. Just like most English ales. There’s a malt sweetness that is very present in the aroma, but nothing over the top. There’s a light breadiness that evens out the malt sweetness.
The first thing your going to notice is that there’s absolutely NO hop character in this beer, which goes right along with the English Brown Ale style.
The bitterness is only slightly noticeable in the aftertaste, which only sticks around on the back of your tongue for about a minute then disappears.
There’s no alcohol taste or presence in this beer. But I wouldn’t expect that from a 4.7% beer.
The pronounced English fruitiness is ever-present in the taste, and is one of the only redeeming qualities about this beer.
Surprisingly, in the bottle that I reviewed, there was none of that Import-Clear-Bottle-Skunkiness. This was certainly refreshing, as I’ve never had a bottle of Newcastle that wasn’t completely skunked.
Is it Worth the Money? "No"
This beer was on sale at my local grocery store for $12.99 for a 12 pack. That’s down from it’s normal price of $16.59. However, it’s normal price at my local beer and wine store was only $11.99.
I just can’t see myself paying nearly $18.00 (after tax) for the regular grocery store price. Not when it’s only $11.99 down the street.
Since there’s such a wide price-range on this beer, if your heart is dead set on buying Newcastle, seek out the best price. Don’t just go to your favorite grocery store and lay down nearly $18 when it can be much cheaper at another store. This is just too over priced for what it’s delivering to the senses.
I feel like the flavors and aromas are so light and muted that this beer just isn’t bringing much to the table.
If you’re looking for a flavorful beer that you can drink quite a few of, this is not the beer for you. It doesn’t really taste like much. However, yes you can drink a ton of them and not even get buzzed.
Although, I guess you could consider this a nice transitional beer for someone looking to dip their toes into the craft beer world. But would I call this a craft beer? Definitely not.
This is what I consider the English equivalent to a Budweiser looking like. It doesn’t taste like much but because of it’s worldwide hype, everyone wants to drink it.
If I’m going to spend nearly $18 on a 12pk of anything, it’s going to be something like Sam Adams or Sierra Nevada or another more flavorful beer than this. Something that I can sit back and relax and have one or two and be completely satisfied. Newcastle just doesn’t give me that sense of satisfaction.
This almost feels like a novelty beer to me. For example:
A point of advice when shopping for this beer...
I’ve always complained about how this beer usually has that clear bottle import skunkiness like Heineken and Corona. But as long as you don’t buy it off the shelf where it’s been sitting in direct light (even fluorescent light), then you should be alright. Personally, I always get the pack that’s all the way on the back of the shelf.
Always buy the 12 pack of bottles or the cans because the packaging shields the beer from the harmful rays. If you buy the 6 packs, there is more surface area exposed to the light which will skunk the beer faster.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2013 05:10:45 | More by brandonlovesbeer
More User Reviews:
1.88/5 rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
Disappointing. It says Brown Ale, but it's not brown and you could have given me a Bud Light and I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference in taste.
Appearance was nice I had high hopes, poured a gorgeous deep ruby red/light brown color with a decent sized head.
Smell was disappointing. Malt and hops. Slight smell of wheat bread.
Taste was most disappointing at all. I taste literally nothing. It tastes like I am drinking soda water or beer water. Low carbonation makes it feel very thin and watery.
Overall this is bad. Won't be buying again won't be recommending.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 02:13:04 | More by Lordhelmit
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
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