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Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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4,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,453
Reviews: 1,495
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 433 | FT: 2
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 usualpulp:
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3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a thin tan head.

The smell of this beer is rather unimpressive, smells very average, some malt tones , not much else.

The taste is pretty somewhat watery, there is some noticeable nut flavor, that blends in with the malt, but overall nothing too noticeable.

The mouthfeel is very thin, nothing that sticks to the tongue.

Overall I would say this is an ok at best beer, easy to drink, but too watery for my taste, especially considering its price. Also I think this beer might benefit from a brown bottle.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 FL OZ custom clear bottle.

Appearance: Tawny/leathery brown. Nice and rich in colour with a bit of a creamy, bubbly lace of a head. Semi-sticky and seems to retain well.

Smell: Medicinal, astringent aromas. Smells crisp and clean. Most of the smells come from the funky ass Ringwood yeast.

Taste: Sweet (but not very malty) and light bodied in the begining. Toasted notes. A crispness creeps up pretty quickly followed by corn sweetness and a definite alcohol taste distinctly from the added maize grits. DMS (cooked vegetables) is also on the palate. Hop notes are leafy, a bit oily. They meld with the prominent yeast profile, that seems to dominate, to create a dryness. Brew gets a bit tea-like, then the tongue then gets coated with a light hop oil/astringent dose of residual flavours from the yeast. Finishes odd.

Notes: This brew uses corn grits, added liquid sugar and is pasteurised. Hardly a "real ale" from England. It's very much a commercial beer these days, and long gone is the age old "goodness." It's now another brew victim to global fame and demand. Despite this, it's drinkable. Not the best brew, or Brown Ale even. In fact, some might find its claimed "special flavour" hard to swallow. Newky Brown uses the tag line "The One and Only" ... let's hope so.

Photo of Marty
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a light brown head that didn't seem to stick around very long. Sweet and rich malty flavor with just a touch of hops. At crappy bars, it's always a great relief to see this on tap. When I go out to buy fridge beer, though, I never go specifically in search of Newcastle. It's just an average beer, and there are many better browns out there.

Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of RoyalT
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Brown (of course) and clear with a decent tan head.

Smell – This is toasty grain that’s a little on the nasty side and a close call with skunk.

Taste – The flavor isn’t as bad as the smell. The toasted malts are well done, although I’m not picking up a lot of sugars here. There’s really no finish to speak of, just the fading taste of toasted malty grain.

Mouthfeel – Kind of creamy and pleasant in the mouth, but a little too thin IMO.

Drinkability – Nothing fancy, but definitely one that I wouldn’t turn down.

Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tectactoe
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of liveandletdie
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a decent generic type of beer, it's the beer that got me into trying different beers other than the giant beer companies. So in that sense it holds a special place. It does not have as much flavor as other brown ales, but it is slightly sweet and simple. A good starter beer for a beginning beer drinker. I like how the label looks, and it makes me want white castle burgers. (Which by the well it does go well with)

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in nonic

LOOK (3/5) Pours a medium brown to light mahogany, about 26-27*SRM. Clarity is very good. The head is a bit disappointing, only rising to about a half finger (off-white and rocky) - this falls with almost no lacing. A bit of carbonation on the inside of the glass.

SMELL (3/5) Not a whole lot going on in the nose. The malt character is pretty light - but I catch some hints of caramel, nuts, and a bit of lighter fruits. This was all, however, very faint. I catch a bit of hopping, but it was pretty minimal (earthy with some resin). A bit of buttery aroma in there as well.

TASTE (3.5/5) The hops and the malts were well balanced, but very gentle. Malt flavor is pretty minimal, as with the small - but I get caramel, nuts, and some biscuit in there too. There is a touch of apricot in the finish. The hop flavor is pretty minimal, but I get a bit of grapefruit that wasn't in the smell. Finish is dry.

FEEL (3.5/5) Medium-light body and carbonation. As with the aroma and flavor, there isn't a lot going on there.

DRINK (3/5) Drinkability was good, it was one of those more watery ones. It was pretty underwhelming, but very refreshing.

FEEL (3.5/5)

DRINK (3/5)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This a dark tea colored beer with a quickly disappearing head. The nose is very faint floral hop and light brown sugar. Taste is very simple light caramel malt, nut, and herbal hop taste that is barely there. Finish is a little bready. Mouthfeel is watery, slick and has stingy carbonation. This is a very smooth, subtle beer, that is worth picking up if you come upon a deal, otherwise, we can do much better.

Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of SkiBum22
1/5  rDev -69.9%

Photo of JacobMutberg
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of blackearth
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at a restaurant and poured into a fluted pilsner glass. Very dark brown body with a reddish rue and a tan head that didn't last very long. Aroma of clean malt and a slight skunked smell. Mouthfeel was rather thin with a low amount of sweetness and clean finish. This beer is easily quaffable, but lacks in the flavor department.

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of markallmon
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of newcastleme
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When first trying beer, Newcastle was my "Great-Awakening". It is still a personal favorite and will always have a place in my heart. I personally love the smell and the mouthfeel. It's not a great food pairing beer, in my opinion, but it makes a great beer to relax with in front of the television.

Photo of RoninBirdman
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 onz can with no freshness date.

Light brown or honey color with a creamy head .

The smell is a bit of malt with some kind if sweetness.

In the the taste maltiness,little bit of hops and some kind of carbonation,not bad better that others english brown ale i have taste.Feels very good on the mouth,leaves some sweetness on the back of your mouth.

Im still looking for a english brown ale that i can really have more often(this is not the one). Not a bad beer very good to try.

Photo of freshflesh
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of csmartin6
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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