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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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3,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,929
Reviews: 1,474
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 30
Gots: 213 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2000)
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Photo of sluggermatt15


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap with lunch a couple of days ago. It was the special, so I couldn't go wrong for the cheap price.

A- Poured a medium brown with a whitish brown head of about one to one and a half fingers.

S- Caramel malts, some wood, and a hint of nuts. The malts are catchy, not a bad scent.

T- Heavily malts, some caramel and nuts. Not too overwhelming. There is a little dryness at the end of the taste. Overall, pretty enjoyable for a brown ale.

M- Not a ton of carbonation, which is a good thing. Sort of creamy too, but not too thick like molasses or syrup.

D- Pretty drinkable. The low alcohol content boosts this category. I would have a few in a single setting. As a I said above, when I was at the bar this was the special at a low price, so it's meant to be drinkable.

I'm into craft beer and I really wanted to give this one a try. Good, but not great. Would order it again, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 22:05:13 | More by sluggermatt15
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a clear brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Like the smell sweet caramel malt

M - This beer has a medium body with lighter carbonation to it

D - A decent session beer however I like a little more flavor in my beers but still a good beer

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 18:52:43 | More by armock
Photo of aasher


3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel in color, rich with carbonation, mildly translucent

Smell: smells sweet, almost like caramel, also a little dry

Taste: Good flavor, not overly sweet, decent after taste that isn't overpowering

Mouthfeel: drinks crisp and features a decent amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Good flavor and worth the money to upgrade from a macro.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 21:43:40 | More by aasher
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

5-liter mini-keg served in an English pub glass.

L - clear brown color with a khaki colored head that was thick and creamy leaving globs of sticky lacing.
S - caramel malt aroma.
T - caramel malty sweet with just a hint of bitterness on the finish.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - way easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 00:48:57 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of xylophonica


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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Lovely dark ale, revealing caramel/sugar crystal elements when held up to the light. Minimal head and lacing.

S - Sweet and mild caramel hints supplemented with various woody facets. Also getting some roast scents coming through - mostly chicken and beef.

T - Slightly creamy at first but taste isn't as strong as you'd expect. Dark caramel and wood flavours coming through (caramel is listed on the ingredients). This is really a brown ale rather than a genuine stout so tastes a bit more watery than you'd expect.

M - Very smooth and discrete. Slight carbonation feel but subsiding off the tongue nicely.

D - Not a bad drop, relatively easy to drink. A better example of the brown ale style, but hardly the pinnacle.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 12:26:08 | More by xylophonica
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used to love this beer, I think it was high school. I had one the other night, and it was okay, but nothing special. I think part of my brain wants to order Newcastle for nostalgic reasons.

The color is really nice, and the taste is good enough, but I prefer a lot of other beers out there. That's probably the best I can say about it, it's good enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 00:09:57 | More by kneeland
Photo of mountaineer99


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

A very well rounded beer I thought. I was pleasantly surprised after the first sip. I didn't expect that much from this beer. I was a smooth and delicious beer.
I would compare this to Bass Ale with Newcastle having a slight edge. Overall I think this beer would appeal to the majority of beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 10:26:06 | More by mountaineer99
Photo of GENNER


4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Umm...ah, now that's a delicious brown ale!
A-Mahogony thin head.
S-Carmel sweet
T-Strong carmel sweetness and with a nutiness.
M-Not very carbonated, lighter body than expected but too light in between the medium.
D-Very easy to drink, and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 09:26:34 | More by GENNER
Photo of markb33


3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein from a bottle.

A--Pours a dark brown with auburn highlights where the light passes through. Good clarity. The fizzy head dissipates very quickly leaving a little lacing.

S--Overall smells a little weak. I picked up sweet and nutty notes with slightly astringent fruit esters.

T--Sweet and malty up front. Strong nutty finish with hints of graham cracker. Very straightforward and overall pretty good.

M--Clean and crisp with nicely balanced carbonation.

D--This is a real easy drinker. Straightforward, solid, and reliable. It may not be anything special, but it more than adequately does the job.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:00:11 | More by markb33
Photo of omowasu


3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Newcastle Brown Ale is one of the better nitro-tap beers out there.

The beer pours with a thick tan head that cascades down the glass. As the bubbles dissipate, the head turns a light brown. Beautiful.

The beer smells great, too - I could swear it was a Belgian Double by the scent, I gather astringent, sweet, and maple notes.

From the nitro-tap, the beer tastes great - lots of nutty, malty flavors with a bitter hop smack at the end. Taste could be a little stronger and more defined though.

Drinkability is great when cold, but the bitterness peaks when the beer gets warm, so imbibe cold. The ABV% is nice on this one too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-22-2010 03:44:02 | More by omowasu
Photo of WhiskerWrangler


3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark amber color. Little head that does reatain well. Very beautiful amber color that has some carbonated bubbles coming up. lacing is fair.

S- Smell is pleasant. It has a dark smell. Somewhat of a chocolate smell.

T- It has a pretty strong, nutty taste but is very pleasant.

M- Fairly thick but goes down smoothly. Has a slightly carbonated feel to it.

D- I can see myself drinking a couple of these but not too much more than that. Overall is a nice beer with a full taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 04:56:01 | More by WhiskerWrangler
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into matching Newcastle glass april 19 2010

A clear reddish amber with a short lived thumbs worth head that left no lace, lots of tiny bubbles though despite the lack of retention and lace

S a little caramel and burnt sugar but quite faint, perhaps a little cherry of all things

T a little molasses I don't smell but other then that not far from the smell, fairly sweet but not enough to be unpleasant

M thin but well carbonated but it leaves a little slickness in the mouth like my gum's have been coated with syrup

D nothings going to blow you away here but nothing to be ashamed of either

hey what can I say this was a good excuse to use my Newcastle glass, an Industry standard and it's easy to find wherever you go. I've found myself drinking this over our Canadian macros when I have no other alternative in many of our lame bars around Calgary

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 03:15:58 | More by wordemupg
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a nice brownish red-orange with a thin, and rapidly decreasing white head.

The smell is sweet and malty with a bit of roastyness. No detectable hops scent.

The taste is slightly watery with a sweet roasted barley backbone. Nothing to write home about, but a pleasant and easy-drinking brew just a tad stronger than an English mild. Slightly thin bodied.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 23:29:37 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of Docer


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a clear 18.6 oz. bottle... loved this stuff back in the day, and a guy at work raved about it... so after a number of years... time to relive it.

- Pours a mild to dark clear brown... sparkly head which quickly dissipated down to just a wee-bit of white floating dust.

- Nice subtle molasses scent, brown sugar.. slight skunky hopping... very bready malt...

- Nice sweet and robust brown... subtle bready and grainy dough-like flavor... nice bittering hop... slightly zesty and bright. Sweet brown sugar... light, and blended right.

- Overall is flavorful without being thick and heavy... light bodied, slightly chewy and bready.

- Just as good as I remembered it... and always worthy of a drink. Smooth, tasty... get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 21:39:55 | More by Docer
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Pours a true translucent brown color, some reddish highlights and a sturdy lasting brown head. Smells of nutty brown malts and a fruity yeast strain. Smooth, simple and malt forward with very little bitterness, a little nutty and a large yeast note. A go to for me while at hockey games, a solid brown ale time after time.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 18:24:04 | More by ATPete
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I generally view clear bottles, especially in dark beers like this, as a bad thing. However, the bottle presents the beer nice here. It really looks like a dark tan nut. Little foam if any.

Smell: Smells pretty nutty and woody but is not strong. I wish it were a bit stronger actually because the smell that's there is good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Refreshing mouthfeel but not that much flavor actually. Yeah, I taste malt and some sugar but not much else.

Drinkability: Nothing offputting about this...average at least.

Overall: Extremely disappointed by this due to the multiple rave reviews friends gave me. Would be better if a bit stronger.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 20:31:24 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of drabmuh


3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What can I possibly say about Newcastle that hasn't been said before. When I met my wife this was her beer, this and Killians, so I would keep it around. I recently had it again and thought it was time to write a review.

Beer is clear and brown, forms a small head of medium bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate but can't prop up the head. Looks fine.

Sweet, slight, nutty, slight. Kind of has a watery smell if possible.

The malt gets me first, its the sweetness up front followed by what I imagine is some kind of woody nut but its not great. No aftertaste to speak of, not a lot of bitterness to mention, carbonation on the palate is low, its perfectly drinkable, its just boring and pointless.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 19:35:47 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jmich24


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear 12oz bottle

A:Light brown in color. Quarter inch head that dissipates fast. Nice lacing all the way down
S: Malty and nutty
T: Very smooth, Malty and nutty again with very faint hoppiness.
M: Too thin and watery for my liking.
D: This is a very tasty for mass produced session beer. Will choose with over the usual suspects(Bud, Miller, Coors) every time.

This something I will pick up when on sale for a $1 a bottle. Not a beer I crave but will order when selections are limited.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 19:25:48 | More by jmich24
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: More brown than amber but highlights of amber and orange, small just off white head

S: Because of the clear bottle...smells slightly skunked, not much else though, just some of that standard malty import smell

T: Better than smell, slightly crisp but also sweet, you can actually taste the roast of the malt, which is better than a lot of imports, some slightly skunky flavor kind of turns slowly to hop flavor, but in a decently appealing way

M: Slightly dry, medium body

D: This is a strange one, I found that drinkability changes from time to time, it really depends on what you are doing, sometimes I can drink this like water, other times, it is hard for me to get much down, eating seems to have a big effect here

Notes: Like I said with the drinkability, the whole beer hits me differently from time to time. However, I will say that I have a soft spot for this beer. It was one of the first beers I can remember drinking a few of.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 15:45:01 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of Jesstyr


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour an amber brown with exceptionally little head that disappears as quickly as it appears. No real lacing, just a little bit of bubbles. Nose is a little nutty with just a hint of sweet malts that makes this a little more enjoyable.

Taste is much like the nose, but overwhelming nutty and malty, without as much of the sweetness that would give this some balance. Definitely earthy, particularly in the mouthfeel, and the brew is somewhat drinkable, particularly with its lower ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 14:12:09 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of NA1NSXR


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

Appearance - No head even with hard pour, dark brown but transparent, medium carbonation. Laces nicely.

Smell - Smells like a lot of roasted stuff. Doesn't smell particularly good to me, but its more interesting than other run of the mill beer. i suppose what I am getting are the caramel malts.

Taste - Malty character overall from beginning to end. Some minor hop character in the middle. Its very basic tasting in that sense. I expected the caramel or other earthy type flavors to be more apparent in the taste. Low bitterness

Mouthfeel - The medium to medium-low carbonation is fitting for this beer.

Drinkability - For all of the cues pointing to extraordinary taste such as the aroma and rich appearance it drinks surprisingly...regular. Its not bad at all and the low bitterness character appeals to me, but there is nothing in the taste that gives any lasting impression. Its definitely drinkable though, if slightly boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 04:25:02 | More by NA1NSXR
Photo of cudmud


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

Appearance: No head or lace. This beer has a nice deep, clear garnet color.

Smell: Nothing special: a slight hint of hops and malt.

Taste: Light malt flavor acented by roasted barley. Limited hop flavor and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

Drinkability: Something you might want after working in the yard to quench your thirst.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 01:11:28 | More by cudmud
Photo of corpulent


1.63/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Looks nice and dark, but no flavor to back it up. Faint ordinary smell in the nose. Astringent. Thin, thin, watery taste. A little sweet. Feels greasy in the mouth. Actually hard to finish, as I can't really pick anything good out to focus on.

At least I can check it off the list now.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 17:53:27 | More by corpulent
Photo of hunthearin


4.43/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers - pours nicely but with a reddish brown color, not quite brown. The distinctive odor in no way effects the taste, which is bold but nothing to write home about. I enjoy keeping these stocked in my fridge and drinking them COLD!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 07:47:02 | More by hunthearin
Photo of DrDemento456


4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review of the night!

A - Dark amber in color with an inch of lacing that's creamy and inviting
S - To me it smells more like a lager than an ale. A bit malty and slight nutty.
T - Very toasty! Taste much more balance than expected from the smell.
M - Thin and drinkable. Really complements my turkey dog.
D - A very nice brown ale that delivers in the malt and nut flavors but Turbo Dog is still my nut brown of choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 05:45:55 | More by DrDemento456
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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