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Newcastle Brown Ale - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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3,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 3588
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2000)
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Photo of MetalBoozingBen


5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i dont know why but this brew i can always count on, probably the most smoothest brown ales you can ever consume, the caramel and coffee like flavors bring out the best out of this fine ale, this is the perfect beer to let someone try thats never had an ale or dark beer, because its damn good!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 00:31:36 | More by MetalBoozingBen
Photo of DanDaMan77


5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good ale. Tastes best out of a pint glass excellent laceing. Not overly carbonated makes for easy drinkability. You can govern how much head by how fast you pour it. The head stays around for a good long time. This ale would be good with a meal or just to get drunk on either way I recomend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 19:03:10 | More by DanDaMan77
Photo of SteveoNY

New York

5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P - 18.6 oz clear bottle, code date on back label. nice cap =)

A - Bright translucent reddish amber orange with nice thick foamy whitish tan head, frothy lacing.

S- very sweet carmel maltyness.

T - sweet taste of caramel, slightly bitter at first, with very sweet sugary aftertaste. sweetness overpowers any hop bitterness, alcohol completely hidden.

M - smooth, slightly watery, just the right amount of carbonation.

D - one of my favorite brown ales could sip all night, reasonably priced for an English Brown Ale. very good at warmer temperatures aswell.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 04:22:42 | More by SteveoNY
Photo of JoLight


5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looks absolutely darling, with a nice dark-brown body, and a slightly caramel-colored head with a little bit of lacing.

The smell consists of a dark, roasted, burnt grain presence, with some malt and sweetness. A splendid aroma- indeed.

The taste is absolutely darling. Easily described, it tastes of what the aroma contains. And like an English Brown Ale should, there is very little hop presence.

The mouthfeel is medium; not too thick, not too thin.

Overall, this beer is of the upmost drinkability and quality taste, especially being a macro beer. But like all other imported beers, this is just another wonderful beverage to have. It's well worth the price. This is a beer to always keep in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:00:33 | More by JoLight
Photo of Paracelsus


5/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although I haven't tried as many brews as the majority of people on here, I must say that of all that I have tried, this is by far my favorite beer. I have nothing but good things to say about this brew. I only wish that the other products from the same brewery were up to par with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 22:48:18 | More by Paracelsus
Photo of ORM1

Russian Federation

4.9/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last time I tasted Newcastle Brown Ale (NBA :-) ) was at Grune Wohe (Green Week) exhibition in Berlin (11-20/01/02).
Pint costed 3 EUR, but it costed it :-)
Brown-red body with creamy head; yeast and hop aroma; very typical ale taste makes the feeling of something real British.
If we talk about stout Guinness is the first thing we would think about. For me the same turns to NBA.
Yeah, this is British ale, I should say.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2002 04:27:00 | More by ORM1
Photo of Strand

North Dakota

4.85/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Newcastle Brown Ale is a brown ale brewed in Newcastle, England. It's available pretty much anywhere in the US, and is available on tap at several local bars.

I'll tell you this - I've been experimenting with different beers for a couple years, and I figure I've tried about 100 different brands. That being said, Newcastle Brown Ale is hands down my favorite beer. It's best on tap - if you get it in a bottle or can, pour it into a pint glass, so you get a good thick head. Newcastle is absolutely fabulous.

I can go on and on about how great it is, but all that's going to do is delay you from going out and trying it for yourself. If you've never had it, find some place that has Newcastle on tap. It's a little spendier than regular domestic beers, but it's far better. Try a Newcastle Brown Ale and taste the difference.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 14:14:16 | More by Strand
Photo of thelagerheads


4.83/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm a bottom fermenter and when I seek bottom I climb underground. The dirt and clay taste better than the wispy little cloud poofs and you feel a little closer to the brown people who started this ignorant race of humansauruses. Drinking is afterall a method to kill or cleanse a bad day or a bum occurence. Hell it's even happy time for some elves. But I'm a particularly strange dwarf with my tufted ears and need for gravy and sirloins and sausage. This is what Guinness would taste like if you didn't have to drink it with a fork. Brown gravy soda with chunks of squirrel mixed in. The nutmeggy little squirrel you see hanging from a tree limb and eating all of your songbird's suet energy cakes and laughing as you steam from the inside of the window. Once you knock he'll look and then be gone and you're back to bird watching. Except that the little birds are twittering above your head and building a little shrine to tasty spirits.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 00:48:55 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of flatblack80


4.83/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice deep slightly reddish brown Great cream colored head with light lacing.

S: Wonderful Nutty fragrance with very light fruits and malt.

T: Smooth Nutty Caramels, light malts and very light hops flavors.

M: Smooth,thin and beautiful.

D: Can drink it anytime with anything or nothing in any amount needed to be satisfied

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 00:06:22 | More by flatblack80
Photo of emnarasky


4.83/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Color- Beautiful hue, an autumn-esqe brown with a lightness to the color.
Clarity- When held to the light, you can see the the amber hue illuminate light brown.
Head- Solid head and great lacing. Not too thick but thick enough to taste in the first drink.

Aroma- Great nutty smell, caramel and coffee accents.
Bouquet- Smells almost like a refreshing dark tea, light carbonation allows the smell to permeate straight through to the nose.
Off Odors- None to be reported

Balance & Flavors- Great refreshing taste from first to last drink. The flavor itself is all that comes through with no obstructions, when the beer is cold the refreshing factor substantially increase. Do not drink this one warm.
Off Flavors- None to be reported
Mouth-Feel/Body- Light carbonation to allow full gulps with little bite. The body is heavy but delivers a light punch for anyone to enjoy.
Tail- Almost no finish or lingering taste beside a refreshing "ahhh" feeling in your mouth.
Carbonation- Lightly carbonated

Drinkability- Love this beer, my go-to when I do not feel adventurous. Always satisfies my desire to drink beer without too much harshness but it harsh enough to feel me full (in beer terms). My favorite brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 18:00:48 | More by emnarasky
Photo of cowislander

New York

4.8/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New Castle Brown Ale was my first brown ale ever. It was acutally the first beer I ever drank in full. At first sip it has a smooth taste and texture. It has just the right amount of fizz in it. And yes, you can even drink it warm in case there is a black out. It is best to drink this wonderful ale at around 45degrees F. I usually pour it from a bottle into a room temp glass to achieve the optimum setting. Many people are scared of such a dark beer, but it is the smoothest beer in all the land.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 01:01:15 | More by cowislander
Photo of Fnerk

New York

4.78/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, it's interesting to see some of the reviews here slagging this beer. I almost feel as if there's a misconception of what is going on in this beer.

Appearance - wonderful dark brown, clear, with ruby notes. It looks beautiful, and an averagely-vigorous pour into a standard pint glass yields a creamy, frothy head that settles to a lacey cap after a few minutes.

Aroma - faint aromas of malt and caramel. Hops are barely detectable, but since this liquid isn't going to be insufflated, let's move on to where this brew really shines.

Flavor - Amazing blend of pale malts with generous helpings of caramel and chocolate. The flavor is subtle, but the balance is perfect. This could have been a malt-bomb, but the great sensibility, artistry, and restraint of those who formulated the recipe won out in the end, to all beer-lovers benefit.

Mouthfeel - Again, this is where the beer shines, and in a way, is the whole point of Newcastle. The subtle aroma, complex flavors , and creamy mouthfeel and viscosity make the beer truly "The One and Only." Superb.

And for those concerned about the clear bottle? Worry not, this isn't a beer that gets light-struck unless you leave it in the hot August sun. If you're really worried, buy it on-tap or in the cardboard 12-packs.

A true classic all-around.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:46:50 | More by Fnerk
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.75/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is a classic. all those looking to try their first microbrew, I think this is a great one to start with. Newcastle pours a slightly hazy brown. The nose smells like skunk and weed. But in a good way. The taste is smooth and honeyish with slight hop and malt tones. It goes down like water but has a distinctly yorkshire ale taste. Not bitter in the least bit. A great micro to get hammered on, tastes like candy and smooth like water. If I was asked by a beginner to define a yorkshire brown, this is what i would give them first, then maybe some sammy smiths, old peculier, etc.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2007 12:45:43 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of lespaulrocka


4.75/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Transparent brown copper color with tan head. It's a very clean and nice looking beer.

Smell: Aroma isn't too strong but has nutty and caramel notes. (very pleasant)

Taste: Has nice a malty, nutty-caramel flavor. It's very balanced for what it is. Nothing too strong but plenty of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very carbonated and drinkable.

Overall: Can't go wrong with newcastle there are plenty of brown ales but this is definitely my go to brown ale. It's not the most sophisticated but probably a nice and simple beer to have to knock back and enjoy. Great beer to have any day of the week for any occasion. Can't go wrong!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 16:09:42 | More by lespaulrocka
Photo of cptnjck101


4.72/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was unbelievable! Had a bottle at bennigans because I had never tried it before and wow, this beer just blew me away. Looks great and tastes even better. Goes down really great w/ fried food. A classic brew I'de gladly pay a premium for anytime.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 03:49:02 | More by cptnjck101
Photo of TheSicilian33

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Straight out of one of the interesting looking bottles. Great color.

Smell- A musty brown smell, that only makes you want it more

Taste- Great taste.

Mouthfeel- Not too small, not to big. Very simple

Drinkability- This was very easy to down. I give the British an A for this very simple, stylish beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 00:17:31 | More by TheSicilian33
Photo of miket163


4.72/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Newcastle is twice as good on tap! Poured a dark brown into a standard pint glass with a slight amber colour when the light moves through it. It had a 2" head that lasted until the last quarter of the beer with good lacing. Smelled very malty with a faint floral scent, a tasted of caramel malts and slightly spicy hops...very balanced and smooth in the mouth. I love this one!

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 00:58:17 | More by miket163
Photo of ProfessorHops


4.7/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very watery beer. One of my favorites. Flavor is slightly strong and noticeable, but very easy to drink. These qualities is what all of us look for in a beer. The carbonation is nonexistent. A beautiful brown color with an off white head. Please please try this beer...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 09:48:07 | More by ProfessorHops
Photo of yuenglingfan101


4.7/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer. Appearance is exceptional. Doesn't look like a beer per se. Smell of wonderul hops and the head isn't bad on this beer either. Taste of hops, but not too strong. It doesn't taste like you are drinking beer, but it is crisp and clean with a smooth taste. Mouthful, can't have too much of it your mouth, it will ruin the taste. Drinkabilty is good, but more than 2 the taste will grow a little old

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 20:53:21 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4.68/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite ales. It has a very sweet, nutty/oaky, very slightly smoky flavor that doesn't get old. One 550 mL bottle is really nice at the end of a long day. And frankly, the only reason I don't enjoy this one more often is that I see it as a way to treat myself on a semi-special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 22:09:23 | More by fullsweep
Photo of BoSox5902


4.65/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first dark beer. a great english ale. this beer opened my mind from only liking american macro brews into loving beers from all over the world. i have had many great dark beers, and this one by far is my favorite dark beer. its not strong in flavor like guinness and it doesn't have the hoppiness of sam adams but it is very refreshing. i feel its a good transitional beer for people who wanna expand into better beers

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:45:54 | More by BoSox5902
Photo of hockeyhead


4.65/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: deep ruby amber brown color with a tan fluffy head but still looks pretty creamy
S: alot of malt coming through brown sugar smell and kind of toffee nutty smell with faint hops but more a dry hop as apposed to bitter
T: really nutty sweet maltyness up front that lingers on to a soft bitter drying hoppyness reallly good and really smooth
M: meduim body but still has lots of carbination but not too much like a lager overall goes down feeling like velvet
D: great brown ale if your looking for a great session ale that doesnt overwhelm your palet

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 02:45:19 | More by hockeyhead
Photo of Gehoffrey426


4.63/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First tried this beer in a steak house. It was incredible.

Appearance: Newcastle isn't very special looking. It looks like any other brown ale, not too dark, but a pleasing darkish brown color.

Smell: The incredible taste inside is first hinted at with a smell. The semi-complex odor that this ale emits is very pleasing to the nose and immediately invites you to taste it.

Taste: Wow! On draught, this beer is incredible. The flavour is not overpowering, but is there more than in most of the other beers that I have tried.

Mouthfeel: In the mouth, this beer is nothing exceptional, but the taste is the real treat here.

Drinkability: I could drink this one all day long. The flavour is so delightful and easy to drink that the beer is never tiring out the tastebuds.

If you ever have the chace to try this beer on draught, jump at the chance. Bottled, it's okay, but on draught, it is simply amazing!

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2006 21:53:12 | More by Gehoffrey426
Photo of Iheartstouts


4.58/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As my favorite beer, this review may be a bit biased.

A: A perfectly brown color, with and almost reddish tinge.

S: Smells of deep roast. Some yeasty aromas along with a caramel hint.

T: Newcastle tastes about the same as it smells. Yeasty with a hint of caramel.

M: Medium lingering. Low carbonation and very smooth.

D: A little too drinkable, if you catch my drift.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 15:31:46 | More by Iheartstouts
Photo of 1fastz28


4.55/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i really dont know how i missed reviewing this one, im not even sure if the website is correct telling me ive never had it. regardless here we go... has a beautiful oaky color to it, slighty reddish amber color. smell is great, inviting malty aroma.. really unlike any beer. taste is great, newcastle has a unique taste of its own thats just great. its a cheap beer that is one of my favorites

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 04:07:58 | More by 1fastz28
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Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
76 out of 100 based on 3,588 ratings.