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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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4,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,166
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 33
Gots: 312 | FT: 1
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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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jamison85, Apr 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

Jessicasav, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

cosmonick, Mar 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Celtics76, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Agonma, Mar 28, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Newcastle indeed looks a 'nut' brown ale, its colour being some blend of chestnut and pecan tones. Despite quickly losing all its foam the beer remains quite the looker; sheeny highlights and spotless clarity really show-off against the light. I see why they put it in a clear bottle.

The aroma has a minimum amount of nutty, toasted maltiness and a needless amount of sweetness; corn syrup is masqueraded as caramel. The difference is plainly apparent and, like using margarine in place of butter, there's just no substituting the real thing. The flavours are vaporous and passive, not engaged. Smells more like an amber ale than nut brown.

That minority of people who were happy finding tootsie-rolls in their trick-or-treat bag is probably the only group likely to find this satisfying. I base this on the beer's bland, penny-candy quality (though its corn syrup/cocoa/condensed milk profile does create an actual tootsie-roll-like flavour). The mouthfeel has a mineral element that tastes copper-y (like old pennies).

The best brown ales finish with a dusting of chocolate-mocha richness - this one has (maybe) a semblance to soft-serve chocolate ice cream but it's more so because of the milky sweetness, not any cocoa-like taste. The brewer used only enough caramel malt so as to lend colour; the taste of plain pale malt is about as captivating as waiting in line at a drive-thru.

Newcastle is a name synonymous with the brown ale style. This should be attributed to the brand's history and no other reason. Presently, it's a brown ale with a lager's outlook on life. The brewery's aim is no longer to produce the best, most flavourful brown ale but, rather, to market a dark(ish) beer that is still insipid enough to have mass-market appeal.

biegaman, Mar 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

speedvagen, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

acjones, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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1.15/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Oh how the mighty have fallen. I remember this beer 20 or so years ago when you could only get it in pint bottles. It tastes nothing like it once did. There is a rather odd aroma that smells like dirty socks. Flavor wise it reminds me of bad home brew. It tastes like it's brewed with a lot of cane sugar. Dry, cidery like finish that's just awful.

nige4958, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
76 out of 100 based on 4,166 ratings.