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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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3,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,923
Reviews: 1,474
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 30
Gots: 209 | 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 Floydster


3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo

Pour into a pint glass was deep brown with a surprisingly thick white head

Smell was as well wint hints of nuts

Taste was subtle and then faded away fast

Highly drinkable for a brown ale, does not make you too full like most others

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 17:44:52 | More by Floydster
Photo of crazybrody06


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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

I really like this beer. Its cheap, easy to find and something different from your normal macro lager. This beer pours brown with a decent head. Its a really decent brown ale. Mouthfeel is almost to watery, but really pretty good. Decent head nice lacing. I could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 02:06:37 | More by crazybrody06
Photo of Hawthorne


4.53/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Newcastle was my first introduction into good beers 20 years ago and it has remained one of my favorites ever since. It pours a beautiful brown color and is easy on the eyes. The resulting head is sturdy and tenacious sticking around well after the third or forth pull. The taste is pure malty goodness. It is as smooth as the label suggests and beckons you to repeat the procedure until you have drained either your wallet or the six pack. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2007 21:56:54 | More by Hawthorne
Photo of Limberg316


3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty easy to find kind of beer. Really easy to drink and pretty smooth. Has a light malt charactor to it. Pours cleanly, very brown with an okay head. Not a whole lot to it really. Just a good cheap beer thats really easy to drink but still has a decent flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 00:20:38 | More by Limberg316
Photo of musicjustintime


3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a case on sale. Had the wifey pick it up for me and it was like $8 off! SO, I figured..."what the heck" right?! Haven't had one in several years, but remembered that I liked it...so I figured a whole case of these English suds wouldn't go to waste!

Nice "BROWN" color....decent head....good, SMOOTH and slightly sweet flavor. Good flavor yet very drinkable, do to the "thinness" of the ale. They do a good job with this one, I believe. It has flavor...not a TON...but enough...and yet it's still thin and a tad watery for the drinkability. I love it. Wish it wasn't normally like $30 a case though! I'd buy it again..when it's on sale again...and recommend it to anyone who's not a hop-head...'cause this doesn't have a trace of that flower friends! I like it and think you will too! Looks like a freakin' bottle of rootbeer!!!! Neat one to serve dinner guests. Happy sippin' my drunk friends! Saaalute!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 21:46:11 | More by musicjustintime
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a medium brown color with a head that fades soon after the pour. Aroma is malty up front. Some sweetness. Taste is pretty much the same except that it thins out towards the back of the throat. Sort of underwhelming and sweeter than needed at times. An average brown ale that is just a step up from macro lagers but not something I'd consider drinking often.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 03:20:57 | More by Brad007
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice brownish-red color, with tinges of amber. The head was impressive at first but quickly dissapated into a thin layer just covering the top of the liquid, however the lacing stuck to the entire glass from start to finish.

S- There's a strong immediate malty aroma to this but nothing much more....very sweet and/or fruity smelling.

T- Not much in terms of hops here to offset the sweetness (just a little at the end on the back of the tongue), but it does have some nut and caramel flavors, along with the distinct maltiness that is so dominant in the aroma. Not a bad flavor at all, just sweeter than most

M- Surprisingly light and crisp, which I was not expecting! It has some medium carbonation to it, which gave my mouth a little ting while swirling it around.

D- I think that this light, flavorful beer is good, definately something that one could put back a few of in a sitting, just not me personally. It was completely different than what I thought it would be but that isn't a bad thing. A solid brew that I would have on occasion but I don't think I'd have more than 1 or 2 at a time. I may like it even better on tap but do give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 04:18:58 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

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

Medium brown with medium carbonation. Thin white head decent retention. Smell mainly of sweet caramel malts. Taste is simple and good. Caramel malts and a minimal hop presence. Nutty finish. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Pretty good drinkability here as well. An alright beer that brings back memories.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 01:13:34 | More by ncvbc
Photo of ghostmech007


3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep brown color. The head is small and fizzy, not retention at all.

Smells of malts and grains. Not much there.

Pretty decent malt flavor, but not hops to balance out the sweetness. Nice mouthful thought. Sweet up front, but strong in the back. Almost like a dark roast coffee. Very crisp from carbonation.

A decent brown ale but that's it. Decent. Nice session brew though.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 23:42:43 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of hustlesworth


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

possibly the most exotic beer currently served in my bar, this was a favorite of mine while making my transition into drinking "real" beer. label is cheerful, stating various facts about england and the beer.

A- leather nutty brown with a reddish tint, 1 1/2in tan loose sponge cake-like foam settled quickly to nothing. lace will occur if the beer is very cold.

S- dried fruit, pound cake, roasted malt, molasses

T- raisin, artificially sweet, buttery nuttiness, mild toasted malt, grains, creamed corn, slight earthy hops fades in and out of existence, toasty yeast aftertaste.

MF- sugary, watery, seems to coat the inside of my cheek and gums like mouthwash, light carbonation.

D- refreshingly sweet, this is a good thirst quencher despite its dark color. seems to be a daytime or evening beer though because after midnight, for some odd reason, i rarely finish a newcastle brown. unless i'm extremely thirsty and there's no other option.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 18:08:35 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of Lothore


3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This brew was hazelnut brown in color. The light brown head was somewhat small but stuck around for a while.

S- Nutty, sweet aroma, typical of a standard brown ale.

T- Very balanced, unobtrusive nuttiness. Not offensive whatsoever but slightly on the boring side.

M- I love the mouthfeel of this brew; it is highly carbonated and fairly viscous.

D- This is my go to brown session ale. Very drinkable if you are in the mood to kick back a few brown ales.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2007 09:18:17 | More by Lothore
Photo of biggmike


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

Attractive brown color with nice head that didnt last very long. A very drinkable beer, which makes it a good session beer. Not outstanding, but a good beer. Taste is nutty but has a sweet ending. Aroma is of malt and nuts and also with caramel notes. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. This is one beer that has become available everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 19:30:51 | More by biggmike
Photo of July2Nov


3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown ale that's brown? Hmmm who would have thought. No head and the lace was a bit inconsistent....but the amber brown is tempting.
S: Sweet toffee scent, along with a buttery biscuit hint.
T&M: Mild and nutty...a little bit of carbonated taste that spikes it up a bit and ends with a really mellow fullness.
D: On a hot day, I usually reach for this mainstay. It's always a treat to serve this to the uninitiated and look at the pleasantness that it brings. It's the tops and always a grocery store definite.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 05:18:05 | More by July2Nov
Photo of BeerDreadz


2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 onz can with no freshness date.

Light brown or honey color with a creamy head .

The smell is a bit of malt with some kind if sweetness.

In the the taste maltiness,little bit of hops and some kind of carbonation,not bad better that others english brown ale i have taste.Feels very good on the mouth,leaves some sweetness on the back of your mouth.

Im still looking for a english brown ale that i can really have more often(this is not the one). Not a bad beer very good to try.

Serving type: can

08-13-2007 06:59:14 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of youngleo


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

A-I thought the apearance was good. It poured brown with a slight reddish tint. It had a nice head, that had plenty of big bubbles. The bubbles came from the center of the glass. As the head disappeared it left some good lacing on the sides. The lacing continued and left its mark with each drink.
S-Not a lot of smell. but it did have a trace of alcohol. And a slight sweet smell.
T-The taste was very light. It didnt have the strong taste that other dark beers have. I kind of missed that.
M-Mouth feel was good. It was a little heavier than domestic beers. It felt a little thicker. I liked that.
D-I could probably drink these all night. It was a little pricy, but under the right circumstances i would pay the money and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 19:47:52 | More by youngleo
Photo of Cath0de


3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newcastle...a go-to session beer and a great beer to introduce friends to anything beyond BMC...

Appearance: Pours a nice amber brown, but unfortunately is very difficult to produce a head. Looks a bit thin and watery, but the color is nice.

Smell: The smell is the biggest fault with this beer...smell of cooked grains, corn, faint hoppiness. A surprisingly nasty/bland smelling beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: An upfront sweetness is backed up with a mild hoppiness and slick mouthfeel. The slightly flat carbonation profile to the beer imparts a delightful drinkability, but unfortunately causes the lack of frothiness and watery smell.

An overall good beer...nothing exciting, but definitely a decent session beer in a pinch. I actually prefer it out of the bottle (don't hate, this is an extreme exception) because the narrow opening of the bottle cuts down on the smell and puts the malty sweetness right upfront on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 05:06:03 | More by Cath0de
Photo of giblet


2.1/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a clear bottle. i dont think that is usually a good start. poured nicely into my glass. nice head and carbonation. smells sweet but not strong. tastes sweet. this was the let down. it was lighter color than i expected and far sweeter than i like. it is easy enough to drink cuz it is pretty light.

ok for a notch in the belt. not great.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 10:06:45 | More by giblet
Photo of santafr0g


2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Glass – Pint

A – Pours a deep cherry red color with a lacy head that quickly dissipates.

S – Very subtle sweet smell

T / M – Has a very pleasant mouthfeel – perfect blend of carbonation and body for a brown ale. Has a sweet initial taste with a nutty character upon the finish.

D – Wouldn’t be too much of a hurry to try another bottle. Definitely would consider having it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 01:47:17 | More by santafr0g
Photo of meechum


3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer the other evening with a steak at a local resteraunt. This was the closest this establishment offered in the way of a more robust beer. Offered a non chilled glass and the pour was nice with a very slight head. Had good malty aroma. Mouth feel is crisp and sweet and finishes with just a slight bite of hops. Overall a decent beer for when sophisticated brews are not on hand

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 16:05:16 | More by meechum
Photo of MrMcGibblets


2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

had this on-tap, probably would never have tried this otherwise. this is a very dark clear brown with a thin, dissipating head. roasty, nutty aromas with a hint of molasses. taste is a bit of dark malt sweetness balanced by the roasty flavors. creamy but thin mouthfeel. decent drinkability due to the low abv.
worse out of the clear brown bottles.
note: even my bmc drinking dad was unimpressed by this, stating "it doesn't taste like anything."

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2007 03:56:08 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of OKCNittany


2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz clear bottle - This may have affected the quality of this one, but since it was their choice to put it in a clear bottle, I'm not adjusting the review.

A: Brown body with good clarity. Thick cream colored head that fell quickly to almost nothing.

S: Combination of toasted malt & skunkiness.

T: A bit of toasted malt & sugar. A bit nutty. A bit skunky too. Finished w/ that toasted malt taste, only weaker.

M: Medium body w/ less than average carbonation. A bit dry & grainy.

D: This must be better on tap, but that's probably the only way I'll have another anytime soon - well, unless they scrap the clear bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 04:55:29 | More by OKCNittany
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2.15/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm a bit too much of a novice yet to talk competently about mouthfeel, sediment, lacing, head. But after finishing this bottle I just have to say something. There is a way to make something very cheaply that tastes just like this beer and maybe even looks like it. Very simple.

Take a can of Diet Pepsi and open it.
Put Diet Pepsi back in fridge for 24 hours
remove Diet Pepsi

It's not just the low carbonation, but the fact that there really just isn't much of any kind of flavor at all. The hops are way too subdued, little bitterness, no spice, a very weak aroma.

I drank it from the bottle -- I know, I know -- not the best way, but from the clear bottle even I could tell the head would be hardly anything, very thin. I should never trust a beer in a clear bottle in the first place. It's just a big brown nothing. I thought the English knew how to brew up a good dose of bitters.

Favorite beers so far:
1) Celis Grand Cru
2) Smithwick's Irish Ale
3) Anchor Steam

Worst beers
1) Harbin
2) Corona -- The Yugo of imported beers

and I am EVENTUALLY going to buy myself a decent mug and be able to give a proper review or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 08:52:41 | More by dracula68
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weeeelll, 2 bucks for a pint bottle, why not?

1 pt. 2.6 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Translucent beer a shade darker than caramel with about two fingers of foamy off white head.

S - Smell of some sweet malts. Not a very big nose. Faint overall.

T - A brew that, while it lacks any offensive flavors, is nearly devoid of any flavor. You get a tiny, faint nuttiness and some caramel malt sweetness.

M - Light bodied and low carbonation. But for this brew, kind of fits.

D - Well, not bad as a session brew for someone who's never been into "dark" beers. Still, I need flavor out of a brown ale.

I wonder if this bottle was light struck or just old. Not really skunked but not much flavor at all. I haven't had this in a while but don't remember it being this bland. I'll have to grab a pint on tap to compare.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 00:41:57 | More by EStreet20
Photo of icefisherman


3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

man i love can night at the local watering hole cause of this beer ok well this and PBR about the best beers in a can you can get just about anywhere anyways pours light brown low head nothing to impresive there smells like sweet beer taste is most excelent sweet malty and slight bitter to close almost perfect for the can get this beer anywhere beer mouth feel is a little weak to me but the drinkability makes up for it in most cases this beer is just ok if its in a bottle but when its in a can you cant go wrong but thats just my opinion

Serving type: can

07-18-2007 01:08:54 | More by icefisherman
Photo of wcdoyle


3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived with no head and--as a result--there was next to no lacing. Both might be attributable to the serving practice (I saw this same bar serve a Guinness using a single pour. . .bad, bad, technique) and how glassware is cleaned.

Brown, like dark teas, with a slight touch of red. Molasses sweetness, but no noticeable . The molasses really comes through in the taste, but it not overly sweet. Slight, mild sharpness of hops that comes through in the finish. Medium body and carbonation (the second a surprise given the initial appearance). The carbo hits initially, but doesn't feel overly fizzy in the rest of the taste.

Quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2007 19:33:08 | More by wcdoyle
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
76 out of 100 based on 3,923 ratings.