Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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2.68/5 rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Ahhh, Caledonia, also known as "Scotland", tis a bonnie land of whiskey and tap ales. Newcastle is in England geographically so it is a curiosity that a Scottish brewery should make an English ale and a famous one at that, perhaps Australia should start brewing a New Zealand lager and sell it back to them as their own? They are practically our seventh state. In any case it is what it is - a famous brown ale that I've not tried since 2001, having not been particularly fond of it in the first and I doubt much has changed.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Fairly brown body actually... it's in the name, with a chalky white lacing for a head, it looks ok, amber bodied beers are more appealing overall, however from an objective standpoint it's good marks here.
S: Smells a bit like a pub floor (I've mopped a few in my days). There is a malt grain note mixed with hints of yeast, slight fruity hops but that pub floor smell drives home that this may be a mediocre brew... lets see how it goes with the taste before we confirm.
T: It's got a classic array of English ale flavours; nutty, caramel malts, slight sour yeast, light fruity hops in the background and more of a dry than bitter finish. Certainly doesn't taste as bad as it smells which is unexpected. Still not as good as many other English ales I've tried, such as - St Peter's, Old Hooky, Landlord... take your pick.
M: Light(ish) bodied with flat carbonation.
D: A bit of a "meh-beer". There are plenty of superb English ales vying for my attention for me to be remotely be interested in this, and a 6-pack costs $20 which is well overpriced for such an average brew. We sold a lot of Caledonian beers at the bar I worked at in Edinburgh and not a single one of them could hold a candle to the real ale pull tap beers from brewers like Harvestoun, which is telling of the overall state of the market between macro/craft brewers: craft will always trump macro in the battle for my taste-buds.
Food match: A nice hot vindaloo curry will completely overpower the flavour of this brew... which isn't such a bad thing.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2013 08:20:18 | More by doktorhops
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