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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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4,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,379
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 36
Gots: 405 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average brown. Too sweet, mild hops and undertstated nuttiness. Ok brown colour. Lots of better choices in this style. On tap at Underground Bluz in Orlando. Thin mouthfeel, fizzy, eh. Dry but drinkable. Fizzy but better than in the can. Thin mouthfeel.

Sammy, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark clear brown color. Very light carbonation. Excellent looking beer.

S: It smells of carmel, light fruitiness, and of roasted nuts.

T: Excellent first taste. The beer goes does smooth. You are really able to taste the mild complexity of carmel, hops, nuts, and leather. The beer tastes great from beginning to end leaving a nutty aftertaste with every sip.

M&D: Feels up the mouth with a nice chewy flavor. Excellent taste and feel and an extremely drinkable brown ale. One of the best examples of this style.

Still affordable at $8.99 a six-pack. Price hasn't changed drastically. I'm not a huge brown ale fan but this is always my staple when I do crave one.

spycow, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Townhouse Kitchen & Bar in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a 1 inch light brown head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy sheets of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasted malt, some nuttiness, and an off metallic smell. Taste is of the toasted malt, some slight caramel, slight nut, and subtle hops. The metallic smell I got is also in the taste somewhat. This beer has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A bit coating in the mouth after each sip. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that is widely available. Nothing too great or too horrible.

UCLABrewN84, May 29, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a medium brown color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down the glass. The nose brings some light toffee and caramel plus a faint bit of nuttiness. The nutty character comes through a bit more in the taste along with plenty of the toffee. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Drinks fairly well, but isn't something I'd go after with other choices available.

Thorpe429, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.6%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are metallic aromas in the nose.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sweetness and flavors of caramel and toffee. There are some notes of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily because it has a low alcohol content and isn't very filling, however I wouldn't consider this to be sessionable because the flavor isn't interesting enough for me to want to have more than one of these at a time.

metter98, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Caramel brown with a very modest head but some decent lacing

Smell: Caramel, nutty malt and yeasty aroma. Fairly low profile.

Taste: Initial malty sweetness - caramel and nuts - quickly matched, but not overwhelmed, by distinct bitterness

Mouthfeel: A little thin but decent

Drinkability: Not unpleasant. While I would like to have more distinct flavor in my beer, the widespread availability of this beer makes it a decent selection in macro-wonderland places that are trying to show a little sophistication by carrying this ale.

brentk56, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What should be a nutty northern English brown ale be relegated to a smooth but grainy tasting English-like ale that exhibits as much toasted grain as it does hearty malted character.

The pour of chestnut brown coloration shows brilliant clarity, but only forms a short-lived and lackluster head character that dissipates rather quickly. Reducing to a lace, the beer does lace with isolated pockets of foam. The look is fine, just not as substantial as I would have liked in the foam department.

Grainy-sweet aromas carry a mild nutty, toasty, lightly kilned barley character with woody herbal hop notes that complement the slight caramel and cola nut scent. The nose if fine, crisp, and clean but doesn't allure the senses in the way that classy English brown ales should.

Timidly flavored, the beer starts with more grainy sweetness than it does maltiness. There's really no biscuit malt character, and flimsy toffee richness in taste that celebrates a rather empty mid palate of cola and barley husk more than substantial malt or hop balance.

Low in body, the beer seems to be derived more so of grain hulls as it does of first runnings of malt. Grainy, astringent, and watery, the grains are over worked and unsupported with the textures that make the authentic nutty and malty versions so appealing.

In reality, today's Newcastle has been relegated to a beer that can carry your swill guzzling buddies from Anheuser-Buschs' Amber Bock towards better Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale or Wychwood Hobgoblin.

BEERchitect, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a clear light brown ale with below average head with minimum retention. Aroma is quite weak with light roasted malts being noticeable. Taste is generally quite refreshing, with light roasted notes and a slight dry aftertaste. Overall, this is a refreshing drink, better then your average macros, but that is lacking something to make it really special.

Phyl21ca, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown with a hint of red. The beer actually looks like a lighter version of root beer. The cream colored cap appears soft and a little sticky. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long. Small, tattered sheets of lace decorate the glass.

The aroma isn't impressive with respect to intensity or character. A lightly roasted scent is evident, but so is a strange artificial smell that I can only describe as plastic-like.

Newcastle Brown Ale tastes better than it smells. It features flavors of lightly sweet dark malt, mild cocoa and nuts. However, that artificial character is still lurking. I'm unable, at this point, to be more specific or descriptive with off-flavors.

The finish is slightly metallic. Unlike a lot of beers that have that characteristic in the first several mouthfuls, the metallic taste didn't go away. An early and middle sweetness fades to a subtle bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is acceptable: smooth and not a bit thin.

Despite what one might assume after reading the above, I don't think Newcastle Brown Ale is such bad beer. The off-flavor wasn't that offensive and there's just enough character to nudge this English brown ale into slightly better than average territory.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: brown and clear. Quarter finger head.

S: sweet, brown sugar and malt.

T: toasty, sweet and nutty. Cherry and caramel notes.

M: light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth but watery.

Overall: I think that brown ales either go the way of lots of alcohol or sweet. This one is sweet, maybe a little too sweet but very drinkable. It takes knocks for the macrobrew watery feel I think but it is a decent beer.

kylehay2004, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.6%

jaydoc, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

ygtbsm94, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick dark brown with no real head but some decent lace. Smell was of caramel and nutty Malt, with a bit of a hoppy hit in there. Taste followed suit well. Taste very full and actually well balanced. This one was always one of my favs before getting into the craft brew and still deserves a good reputation.

mikesgroove, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear brown with red highlights and an off-white foam that leaves nearly as quickly as it arrives.

S: The aroma is not all that pleasant. A definite metallic scent coming from the glass along with some sweet, sweet grain. I normally like some nuttiness to my brown ales.

T: The beer is very sweet. A definite caramel and toffee flavor to it with an ever so faint touch of nuttiness on the finish. A mild hop bitterness, but not enough to quite cut through the sweetness.

M: The body of the beer is a bit thin, but not horrible. The level of carbonation is moderate.

D: I used to enjoy this beer, but I'm no longer sure why. It's alright in the flavor department, but nothing spectacular and the nose is quite off-putting.

womencantsail, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had NewCastle at the Keystone Pub for the first time on 3-2-2008. I saw it on the bottle list there. After having most of what was on the list already, I chose to try something new. The beer pours out as a light brown color, very clear looking with a fizzy whie head. The smell of the beer is a little skunky but not enough to hinder the beer. The taste of the beer is sweet up front with a nutty caramel flavor going on that fades into a bitter dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this is pretty light and has a low carbonation to it. Overall I like this beer, It's good as a casual or social beer.

Knapp85, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, walnut brown body with a small, fizzy, pale beige head.

Smell: Light, nutty nose with a vague fruitiness and a faint hint of diacetyl.

Taste: Weak nutty, apple flavor with a middling sweetness and a soft buttery quality to it. Not much hop character at all. Short, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Watery mouthfeel. Somewhat spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly bland and yawn-inducing.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 21, 2007
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -39.8%

largadeer, Jul 31, 2014
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Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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