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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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3,970 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,970
Reviews: 1,473
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 231 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-15-2011 23:52:08 | More by manutd103
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

11-15-2011 20:50:34 | More by projhex
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-15-2011 16:46:57 | More by ColSanders123
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

11-15-2011 10:55:39 | More by nshorvath
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-15-2011 05:48:51 | More by tonyf55
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-15-2011 05:15:57 | More by Lawnboy33
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-15-2011 03:08:58 | More by KidRagnarok
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

11-15-2011 02:06:09 | More by rrock44
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-15-2011 00:06:30 | More by Adamostella
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-14-2011 21:30:04 | More by djrn2
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-14-2011 20:55:56 | More by lh012717

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-14-2011 17:41:11 | More by TEAMHOLT
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-14-2011 17:37:36 | More by datalager
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-14-2011 14:27:58 | More by shuajw
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3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz poured into tulip

A- Dark amber brown with a 1 finger white head
S- Faint smell. Reminds me of light beers. not strong at all
T- Nutty flavors you would expect from a brown ale and not much else, I cant help but feel like this beer is really watered down which makes me sad.
M- Carbonated, Smooth and refreshing. I can see why this beer has become so mainstream and resides among all of the other average beers at the grocery store.
O- Seen this on the shelves forever and finally got around to trying it. It is NOT worth the 10$ sixer asking price but it isnt a bad beer, just nothing remotely special.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:21:38 | More by TwelveOunces
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2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-light to medium brown color with a modest white head which dissipates quickly

S-malt and floral notes with hints of hops

T-malt and caramel flavors withsome bitter hops coming through

F-light body and thin with moderate carbonation

O-an average brown ale that is a little thin in weight and flavor

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 18:58:33 | More by MDDMD
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3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1L minikeg into a shaker pint.

A: Pours more of a dirty khaki than brown. There's one finger of white head on top.

S: Mild nutty and caramel. Hops are medicinal smellng and only slightly there.

T: Follows the smell. It hits all the nutty, earthy flavours of a brown ale, but they're all a bit too weak.

D: Easy to drink and i could see making a session of these...if nothing else were available.

Overall: In addition to the regular bottles, I've now had this from a minikeg and from a fresh bottle from the UK. These latter two versions are slightly better, but not by much. I'm thinking that this just may not be that good of a beer. Theres a difference between 'balance' and 'boring'.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 02:36:08 | More by JohnnyChicago
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/amber colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy and caramely malts, some light floral hops and nutty notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy and caramely feel with some honey notes, very light floral hops bringing a slight bitterness and nutty notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with an ok balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 21:18:21 | More by SebD
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2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very thin/watery taste. Not much on the nose either. It's okay and doesn't taste bad, just a bit watery. Had it on tap and in the bottle. Doesn't seem to travel well. Not too sure this comes from a great water sourse, so that might be a factor... it's pretty much "meh" for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 17:35:14 | More by sim0n17
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3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my brother's go to beer and he left one in the fridge, time to review it.

A: Pours a creamy head that dissipates with some decent lacing. Ruby Brown.

S: Sweet raisin and licorice.

T: taste of blood, spice and a hint of nut.

M: Light and easy to drink. Could be a great session beer if you are in to light bodied browns.

O: I like my brown ales thicker and nuttier. But I will not frown when my brother hands me one.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 21:32:00 | More by sweett3k
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3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Looks like a nice brown ale. Perfect dark brown with a nice white head.

S: The only part of this beer that I find unimpressive is the nose. This is not a very aromatic beer. Some caramel sweetness, subtle honey.

T: I love it. Definitly malt forward. Caramel dominates. Subtle nuttiness. Finishes dry. Makes you crave that next sip.

M: Light bodied for as malty as it tastes. Doesn't linger. A nice, very drinkable beer.

O: I find it enjoyable. It may not be the sexiest pick, but you can't argue with a classic. This is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 06:02:54 | More by osusullins
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New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this right out of a bottle. They are silly to put beer in clear glass. Drank on Nov. 3, 2011 at a Longhorn Steak house restaurant. Barely taste a bit of Roast barley. At the cold temperature served you can down it like it is water. OK lacing on bottle. Beer has a brown appearance. Smelled a bit skunky.

Markings on bottle: 30 6 W L157
94 09:32

I could not find any ABV markings on the bottle.

I do not want to drink this any more.

Cheers! Mike

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:19:04 | More by beer272
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3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/28/11 Tasting Notes.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A) As clean as a fairly dark brown ale can look. It shines like varnished wood. There was not an abundance of head, maybe a half a finger. A little bit of lacing.

S) Decent aroma, but what is there is pretty faint. The roasted malt give a hint of caramel/toffee. It is a little nutty.

T) Tastes of roasted malt and a bit of caramel. A little nutty, walnuts maybe pecan. There is a light hops presence. Nice finish and aftertaste.

M) Quite smooth and easy on the palate. A medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice....

O) I could drink a bunch of these, and I have in the past. This is the beer that made me realize there was more to drinking beer than bonging and slamming Milwaukee's Best. Beer is also meant to be appreciated and really enjoyed, and I still really enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 03:47:15 | More by RoamingGnome
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber brown, medium head, abundant lacing

N: Slightly yeasty, fresh swimming pool

T: Pure simple slightly watery sweet malt. Re-review: There is in fact some complexity here due to yeast side products, some buttery flavors as well as some slightly odd fruitiness. Upgrading taste to 3.0.

M: Highly attenuated, watery and dry, medium carbonation.

Short to medium length decently consistent aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:46:01 | More by atlason
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a dark brown and topped by a surprisingly white head. Minimal lacing, however, the head sticks around.

S: Indicernable and weak. The best summary I can give is that it smelled of dark fruit. There was also a slight floral smell from the hops but nothing overwhelming.

T: Good definitely fruity almost reminiscent of wine. The sweetness is not overwhelming hop presence balances it out nicely.

MF: I would have prefered a little more carbonation; it seemed to fall flat towards the end.

O: Not bad definitlely would have on tap again, although, I wish it were a bit stronger.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 05:35:37 | More by brown2cu
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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