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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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3,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,861
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 30
Gots: 181 | 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.

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Photo of metter98

New York

3.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 16:30:29 | More by metter98
Photo of cooch69


3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Newcastle pours a deep brown. It is pretty see through and it comes with barely a trace of a head.

Nose is a bit metallic up front. Bready, biscuity malts come through as well as a bit of caramel. It has a hint of coastal air.

Taste is very biscuity with a little bit of caramel. Not much hops, although I think that I've had a few batches of this beer that had more hops in them. It has a very brisk flavor that finishes as quickly as it starts.

This is a good session beer. One of the first beers to expand the American market and I think it does a pretty good job for a beer that almost every bar/restaurant has.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:13:56 | More by cooch69
Photo of CuriousMonk


3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Usually drank straight from the bottle. Appearance shows a clear brown copper color. Slightly roasted nutty flavor. Flavor is nutty a bit bitter and toasted. Very simple but very well-balanced. Light body with medium carbonation. A bit watery thin. Overall: kind of boring but very seasonable and flawless.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 20:07:34 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured reddish-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt and nutmeg. The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, nutmeg, and pecans. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall I was not overly impressed with this brew at all (never have been). Just glad I didn't have to drink a full pint of this. This might be a good gateway brew for some people, but not for my palate at all.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 18:36:45 | More by thagr81us
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Amber-brown and clear in complexion. One finger head that lasted a bit, eventually dissipating into a sheen. Good lacing.

It's got a lightly roasted malt aroma, with nuts and an earthy background, but with a bit of an odd, funky smell too.

Tastes nutty and caramel-malty with a little fruitiness, earthiness, and skunk.

Feel is slick and light bodied, somewhat watery, with a fairly pleasant sweet malt aftertaste.

Drink is low. Why import this stuff when you can get much better locally brewed beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 16:11:44 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, darker amber that glistens when held up to the light. Nice amount of carbonation as seen by the bubbles making their way up to the surface. Head is pretty full, recedes down to a good covering after a few minutes. Pretty good lacing throughout. Bit of ragweed in the smell, faint floral hop aroma, some sweet malts, not much else going on here. Nice malty sweetness in the taste, a bit of grains and just a touch of roasty flavor. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly light to medium, with a crisp and refreshing feel to it. Carbonation is quite high, adds a tingling effect to each sip. Quite different than what I've had on tap, more crisp and light in the mouthfeel. Overall, it's a good choice when in a pinch or at a restaurant that has a poor beer selection.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:18:57 | More by jsdunlop
Photo of GeneralZod


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown with hint red. Low head retention. Not too inviting.

Roasty, but not overpowering.

It taste of a light roast and light malt. Taste much better than its smell and looks. Easy to go down.

Watery, slightly coarsed without much carbonation.

Easily one of my favorite. Does not leave any bad aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 03:58:18 | More by GeneralZod
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Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually get a really nice and creamy off-white head from cans of this beer that leaves a ton of lace behind. Colour is a reddish nut brown.

Doesn't really have a ton of smell. I get a bready sort of malt with a sweet corn syrup note. Some raisin or fig in there too.

Very sweet taste. Corn syrup with a roasted malt and nutty character. There is a decent dryness to the finish, but I find the syrupy characteristics stick around on my tongue as an aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it has a decent body and a moderate carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

Suitable for times you don't want to take notes or for social gatherings, but too sweet and one-dimensional to be a regular.

Serving type: can

01-28-2011 21:58:28 | More by bryehn
Photo of lstokes


3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown with a hint of red and no head to speak of, this smells lightly roasted but then tastes like sweet nutty malts and a kind of buttery or metallic quality. Mouthfeel is watery. Not a huge fan--I find that this is way too sweet for me to drink a lot of it quickly, and it took a long time for me to get through my glass. Won't be repeating.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 21:26:55 | More by lstokes
Photo of nukem5


3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish color with reddish hues virtually no head but some slight lacing.

S: Malty bready and almost nothing in the way of smell.

T: Sweet malts and a bready a bit nutty tastes.

M: Medium bodied with a nice full carbonation of tiny bubbles.

D: Very drinkable with a grilled burger.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:55:38 | More by nukem5
Photo of Dave128


3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 18.6 oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Gotta say I don't really have high expectations of this once since who knows how long its been sittin on the shelf at the liquor store.

A - the clear bottle makes it look really watery, but looks good once poured and some carbonation gets goin. 2-3 finger head rises but falls fairly quickly into a thin disk that sticks around. Lacing is pretty nice.

S - Eh.... A little skunky/importy. I can barely pick up some caramely but the nose is rather bland.

T - Also pretty bland. I am searching for distinct flavors, but it just kinda is all wishy washy. I can taste the caramel malt on the aftertaste but it doesn't really come through in the middle.

M - Pretty thin but it feels great for the taste of the beer.

D - Average. This is an average import beer that I imagine would go well with multiple different types of food.. But it doesn't really shine on its own.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 07:18:01 | More by Dave128
Photo of SDtastentune


3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - No head, no lace pored slow into pint glass.

S - Malts, barley and beer.

T - Taste has a heavy malt character, but not to thick as I would think. Not a bad balance of barley and malts, Some kind of hops there but not bitter hops.

M - Medium carbonation, thin not too thick at all. Minimal aftertaste.. subsides quickly.

D - Drinks super easy, used to not like this brew at one point, But its got a balanced malt/barley/hop thing going for it. I got gifted 15 bottles of this stuff from a neighbor coming back around, he had enough I guess? Not my pick of brew, but better that some miller/bud! FREE!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 01:19:31 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of Brunite


1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Serving: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice deep brown/ruby-red color. Tan, 2 finger head with some pitting upon settling. Head subsided rather quickly. Reasonable lacing.

Smell: Not much going on here. Faint sweetness with a little bit of raisin??

Taste: Again....almost nada. Very bland. No malty tones. Slight raisin taste. Something almost metallic or medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, weak.

Drinkability: In a word....difficult.

Overall: What happened to this brew? Has it changed that much since I used to enjoy it 10-15 years ago? Or have my tastes evolved? This was a big disappointment. I already know enough to never buy this stuff in an open sixer as the clear bottle leads to skunkiness very quickly. Thus....I bought a closed 12 pack thinking this would be, at least, a sessionable beer (from memory). Bad choice. It was hard to finish one. This will be my last memory of "Newckie Brown".

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 21:53:28 | More by Brunite
Photo of mdunman


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a clear glass bottle... why do companies still do this?

A: Clear brown with a bit of head that didn't stay for too long.

S: Bland, like Budweiser with a touch of roasted malt.

T: Enjoyable flavor, although a bit too sweet. Roasted malt up front takes over, with a very very slight dryness at the end.

M: Medium body, slight carbonation and a pretty good feel to it.

Overall, a good beer to drink at a small bar that doesn't have much selection. I wouldn't pick it up at a store though. Especially with that clear glass bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 21:23:31 | More by mdunman
Photo of JunkYardJake


3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Scooters in Lititz.
Presented in a standard pint glass with a thin whisper of head. No retention or lacing. Dark amber/brown color with sharp clarity. Smell is very mild. Toasted malts and buttery toffee. Palate is balanced and pleasant. Mostly toasted malts with a kiss of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light and fluid. Good drinkability and wide availability make this worth try, but it's a far cry from being great.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 12:15:50 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of echoes


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a dark brown-amber color. Head is thick and off-white in color and dissipates quickly leaving a lot of lacing.

S: Kind of skuny. Fruity and roasted hops smells.

T: Warm, caramel, nutty taste. No hopsy bitterness (or aftertaste) to speak of even though I swear I can smell it. Perhaps slightly sweet. I concur that the apple finish that others spoke of is there.

M: Thick, full-bodied, smooth, slightly carbonated and kind of sticky.

D: Drinkability is high. There is nothing in the taste or mouthfeel that would make me not want to have another. Plus the taste is pretty good.

It tastes & feels good but the smell could be better in my opinion though. Definitely give this a try, I think you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 06:15:57 | More by echoes
Photo of Jslay77

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Depending on the location... In charlotte new castle varies alot from place to place. red Lion has great new castle on draft. So does big Ben. Not sure why certain places are better than others but that is how it goes here.

Big Ben draft is excellent. Very nutty, slightly sweet, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 22:44:25 | More by Jslay77
Photo of TheBear11D


3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clear deep amber to brown color with a light foamy head, light brown in color, that didn't last long and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is on the light side. Roasted malts are present along with nuts and earthy smells although fairly distant.

The flavor starts with roasted malts, nuts and apple and finishes a little earthy. Not much happening in the aftertaste.

The beer is medium bodied with fantastic carbonation. I might dare say that is the most enjoyable part of this particular brew.

Not something to have regularly, however, in some situations I might find myself having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 00:08:04 | More by TheBear11D
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The clear bottle somewhat held me back from trying this beer for a long time, but finally I did it.
The brown color and the white head are very attractive.
The smell promises sweetness and some fruity flavors.
Tasting the beer you will be hit with a big load of caramelly , honey, malty sweetness which overpowers the fruit flavors like apple in the background. to sweet for my taste, but smooth and good mouthfeel.
I think two of those are enough for me for one session.
Overall a nice approach of a sweet beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 04:18:25 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of jmperez


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

Tried this because a lot of my friends drink a lot of it. So my impression of the beer in one word is "ehhh". Aroma is grainy, taste is malty sweetness, a bit caramelly with an ever so slight bitterness in the end. I dont think i would want to drink a six pack of this. But i do think is a great intro to craft beer for noobs.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:14:12 | More by jmperez
Photo of ELN


4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only bought this beer about 4x in the past. It's generally 9 dollars but when I got it was 8. 8$ is my cutoff point I guess.

serving type: bottle. i don't think it comes any other way in our stupid state!
appearance: the glass is clear! Gives good head (that's what she SAID!!) when you undo the cap. it's brown or clear-brown actually. comparable to honey.
smell: malt?? nothing offensive. most beers smell terrible and make me want to puke but this smells delightful.
taste: malt and tea. absolutely lovely!
mouthfeel: good
drinkability: since it's imported from like 4000 miles away I can only drink a couple 'cos of cost pretty much.

very good beer. probably get boring after drinking it awhile though. that's why they make stouts and crap that you don't like!!

tho they don't have a art/label rating i'd rank it as "pretty cool". I really like it. quite charming. :)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 04:27:42 | More by ELN
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: 12 oz bottle. warm brown color you can see through. Medium lacing, 1 finger head.

S: sweet aroma, malts are noticable, some carmel and hevy nut.

T/M: crisp throughout, very smooth, will try it on tap next time.

D: recommendable, a soild beer will order more often, wife even liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:50:21 | More by e11iott
Photo of dgilks


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear ruby-brown colour with a moderate light tan head. Decent head retention.

Sweet, almost sugary and sickly nose, mild fruit and a hint of butter.

Mildly nutty with lots of caramel and a light fruit note. Too sweet.

Medium body with low carbonation. Fine.

A mild and somewhat insipid brown ale. I can see why some people like it but I find it dull.

Serving type: can

01-09-2011 06:34:50 | More by dgilks
Photo of rarbring


2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear brownish amber beer, an off-white head that settles quickly but leaves good lacing.

The smell is weakly malty, some bread notes but also a metallic odor.

Upfront brown sugar on cereals, some fruit, apples and pears, a slightly alkaloid bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, small rather aggressive bubbles, a small body, a dry finish.

I used to love this beer, but that was before craft beer ruined my palate. Rather watery and boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 13:35:36 | More by rarbring
Photo of dfclav

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap in a 22oz glass

A - dark chestnut brown with a 1 1/2 finger head that hung around awhile and left really nice lacing.

S - toasted malts, yeast, pretty upfront alcohol presence.

T - this is much better on tap then I have tried from a bottle in the past, a very nice hop presence throughout believe it or not. A decent nutty flavor with a very weak caramel finish. More yeast noted as it warms which isn't a great quality.

M - low to medium carbonation. Very light on the palate, nothing impressive.

D - not bad,  it's ok on tap and it's a good choice for a drink at a restaurant if there isn't anything good on the menu.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 07:04:42 | More by dfclav
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
76 out of 100 based on 3,861 ratings.