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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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4,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,074
Reviews: 1,473
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 31
Gots: 277 | 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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Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%

Appearance: Poured from the clear bottle into an imperial pint. I really dont like the clear bottle, so the score suffered a bit there. Brew is a clear pure brown with a one finger thick off white head.

Smell: A bit nutty, a bit sweet. Nice but sort of faint.

Taste: This is why I love Newcastle. Starts off with a nice nutty character, then leading into a sweet honey sort of flavor. Bready malt is evident, and the flavor is balanced with a faint hop - nothing too clear, but enough to balance. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of substance to it.

Drinkability: I can drink these one after the other. Fantastic session beer, and tastes grest.

11-18-2007 00:27:11 | More by BucBasil
Photo of PaleAlien2


3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

Not the most complex beer, but still one of my favorites. Sweet, pleasing aroma. Tastes of malt, caramel and a smoky nuttiness stand out.Has a smooth finish with no hops detected. Slightly thin, watery mouthfeel. Goes great with food.
Note: this seems like kind of a fragile beer. Seems to skunks easily, taking on an unpleasant grassy flavor.

11-17-2007 15:03:04 | More by PaleAlien2
Photo of JamesS


3.38/5  rDev +1.8%

Nice brown ale, pours a good deep brown, although it has little lacing or head. Great aroma, a nice deep and robust scent with a nice mix of hops and malts. Nice deep taste, too, with a bit of a nutty flavor and a good, although almost too strong, bitter ending. Goes down fine, alhtough not as smooth as others.

11-14-2007 20:52:52 | More by JamesS
Photo of KodyBrannon


4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Was lucky enough to find this one on tap at dave and busters and ejoyed a couple glasses. This one is one of my normal everyday staples at home. But having it on tap fresh, trumps drinking it from the bottle. I truly love this beer and will continue to drink it. But I do have to say, the Tap is far better than the bottle. But other than that, it had all the same characteristics of my previous review.

11-13-2007 21:03:13 | More by KodyBrannon
Photo of crayphish


3.73/5  rDev +12.3%

This brown ale pours a clean mahogany brown, with a sparse thin cap and fair amounts of carbonation. No lacing. Smell is malty with a faint bittering. Sweet and heavy. Nothing definitive. Taste is sweet and malty. Nutty. A touchy of hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Surprisingly refreshing. The beers most redeeming quality is its drinkability. A session favorite.

11-12-2007 03:05:21 | More by crayphish
Photo of StoutyMcHaggis


1.7/5  rDev -48.8%

A-Brown, actually has more red in it than expected. Nice and clear though.

S-Hops with a hint of rubbing alcohol, not good.

T-Nothing like the browns I have been trying. Really funky bitter taste. Probably the worst brown I have ever bought.

M-Really carbonated, foamy mouth feel.

D-I did not like this beer, maybe I purchased a bad bottle that was sitting in the sun for a couple of days. I'm not sure, but it was not very tasty at all.

11-08-2007 03:22:00 | More by StoutyMcHaggis
Photo of animal69


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%

i hadn't had one for awhile, so i picked up a sixer to get thru this nasty weather ; pours a deep brownish-copper w/ a fluffy white head that dissapated quickly and left a little lacing in my glass ; a yeasty nose at first w/ some faint toasty malt present ; a rather crisp, thin flavor, but with some maltiness and a faint hop undertone ; light bodied w/ a good amount of carbonation, a dry finish as well ; a very drinkable brew, i should have got more...

11-07-2007 06:29:28 | More by animal69
Photo of likestoswallow


2.68/5  rDev -19.3%

On tap at Chilis. The color was transparent dark brown with a hint of red around the edges. Head was very meager and vanished within a few minutes. The aroma was just not there--probably because they served it very well chilled. The taste showcased sweet molasses and was malty with a touch of spice; and the hops, well not too much to speak of. Mouthfeel was fizzy, weak and watery. Finish was short and dry with a slight rubbing alcohol note. Better than the US macros, but not by much. I speculate that this product is subcontracted to some anonymous north American brewer. I this can't be the stuff they get on tap in GB. Overall: Look for other choices: Not recommended.

11-07-2007 02:16:47 | More by likestoswallow
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%

This beer poured a reddish brown with almost no head. The smell isn't very strong at all with just a tiny bit of maltyness and perhaps a little skunkiness that could be due to the clear bottle and the fact I live a fair ways from England. Thankfully the taste doesn't reflect the faint skunkiness of the smell, with a decent amount of maltiness and a very small amount of hops. I am very underwhelmed by this beer. The only thing I think this beer really has going for it is how drinkable it is, I imagine it would be a great college or bar beer if you could find it cheap enough. I'd be willing to give this beer another shake in another format if I ever see it on tap or in a can, but I think I'm done with it from a bottle.

11-04-2007 21:23:28 | More by TheTrevor
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2.63/5  rDev -20.8%

I used to drink this a lot in college and then I really never drank it again. Recently a friend of mine left some over at my house and I decided to revisit this brew.

Appearance: Poured out of a clear bottle, which made me a bit apprehensive due to the skunk risk, into a pint glass. Solid, clear brown color. Nice head initially, but it dissipates to nothingness after a minute.

Smell: A bit sulfury and skunky smelling which instantly turns me off. Under that there is some nutty sweetness.

Taste: Very average overall. Some nuttiness. Some sweetness. Really is kind of bland. It tastes to me kinda like what a macro brewery's brown ale would taste like. No bitterness. Fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel: I expect the beer to be almost medium bodied based on the color, but it is pretty light. Crisp on the tongue and finishes smooth. Nothing spectacular.

Drinkability: This was a good beer for me while I was in college because it was better than the $9.99 30-pack of Keystone Ice. At this point in my life I'm not overly impressed with this beer. Maybe I'll try it again on tap sometime, but probably not. There are bigger and better fish to fry in my opinion. However if you like non-bitter, smooth beers, you might like this one.

10-29-2007 01:21:30 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of thierrynantes


3.38/5  rDev +1.8%

Beer bottle (33 & 55 cl), tasted in 2000.

Appearance: reddish-brown color, with white foam head (fugitive)
Smell : caramel malt aroma.
Taste & mouthfeel : smooth and silky on the palate, the taste of hazelnuts comes first. The beer is rather thin and short sprawl. Taste pretty well dry mouth.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style brown ale, pleasant and well balanced.

10-28-2007 17:32:29 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of nosbocaj


3.8/5  rDev +14.5%

A: Dark brownish red with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
S: Smells of breads and malts. Hint of Caramels. Not all that strong.
T: Sweet malty flavor with a hint nuttiness. Different, but good.
M: Light to Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Overall, a pretty good beer. It has a very unique taste, but is still very drinkable.

10-27-2007 04:14:39 | More by nosbocaj
Photo of basica


3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

I have heard and read a lot about this ale and thought I had to travel out and far or get some one of my UK beer contacts to buy it for me haha. I stumbled upon it by luck at Beercellar which is nearby Oosters. I believe that a number of pubs in Singapore. I have been looking for this beer, so naturally I grabbed one bottle to go. This beer surprisingly poured out without much head; only a layer of foam with clinging lacing; color was a dark amber brown that can still barely see through. Smell was strong on malts with some nuttiness and some faint fruits. The taste was hugely malts with little fruit undertones and I think there was a little of apple which kind of became grapes as it progresses into a rather faint after taste. Also in the after taste was the malty profile which seems to be the feature of this beer which is nothing really special. The mouthfeel was really commonplace and nothing impressive too; a slightly above average carbonation greets me upon entry and the mouthfeel was kind of watery otherwise as it is fairly light on the body and there was no creamy smoothness. The drinkabilty here was someone water like smoothness with the exception of tingling carbonation as it goes down. Generally, an OK beer better than the local macros but definitely not impressive (I will choose a Stella Atois on the tap anytime) but still, I am glad I managed to find it and give it a try.

10-26-2007 18:13:53 | More by basica
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.65/5  rDev -20.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear, walnut brown body with a small, fizzy, pale beige head.

Smell: Light, nutty nose with a vague fruitiness and a faint hint of diacetyl.

Taste: Weak nutty, apple flavor with a middling sweetness and a soft buttery quality to it. Not much hop character at all. Short, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Watery mouthfeel. Somewhat spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly bland and yawn-inducing.

10-21-2007 01:51:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of BretSikkink


3.18/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a fizzy head over a clear brew, poor retention of the tan head and no lacing at all really. Oh, it's brown.

Caramel sweetness with light toasting in the nose. Very faint, and a little skunked.

Fragile hops, only a little oily in the flavor, good carbonation with a buttery, slightly fruity flavor. Mostly thinnish, sweetish, brown malt.

A little slick, thin body with a medicinal finish. Not great, but beery enough at certain bars.

10-19-2007 04:33:24 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a deep amber brown color with an average off-white head, some light lacing left on the glass. The smell is of diacetyl and not much else. The brew starts off buttery, works its way to grainy, and finishes a bit watery. Some light hops in the end to add some bitterness. The feel is light, almost watery, fizzy. The drinkability is ok, nothing very offensive though I am not a bit fan of diacetyl. Its very light so it is easy to swig back a few. This used to be one of my favorites but as I become more of a beer geek, the less I enjoy this brew.

10-16-2007 23:16:34 | More by Gmann
Photo of burnstar


4/5  rDev +20.5%

Pours clear brown with a medium head, some lacing on surface and sides. Aroma is sweet carmel and some herbal hops. Taste is nice and malty- carmel and hazelnut notes. A touch of British hops. Balanced and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Not overly carbonated. Seems about right for this beer. Quite drinkable- sessionable in fact. Solid commonly available British beer.

10-14-2007 02:01:04 | More by burnstar
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.55/5  rDev +6.9%

500ml can, bought in a carrefour in shanghai, china.

why can't they have these in the states? the clear bottles are such a risk for skunking... to be able to get a can of this in china of all places, makes it all the more ironic...

pours a clear dark amber, very pretty. frothy head, good lacing.

aroma is gentle breadiness with fruity ester in the background.

taste is very smooth, slight sweetness, balanced with a light hop profile, as an english brown ale should be.

slightly thin and watery however.

nonetheless, a decent-enough brew and apparently a standard for many. i can understand why - as long as you don't rely on those damned clear bottles...

10-13-2007 15:52:50 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of wesleyhighley


4.33/5  rDev +30.4%

Got a hankerin' for a good pub ale? Newcastle definitely fits the bill for me! It's available at most decent bars, if not on tap then definitely in a bottle. I don't often go for it, but I always am pleased when I order one up. It's got a really classic, true-to-style taste.

10-08-2007 19:35:09 | More by wesleyhighley
Photo of brewshakes

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +14.5%

Color is a nice clear brown with a thin white head. The smell is nothing to write home about but the taste is malty with a sweet hint and no aftertatse. Very smooth and very drinkable. A good beer to have if you have some friends coming over and you're just hanging out.

10-08-2007 14:43:42 | More by brewshakes
Photo of BDIMike


4.1/5  rDev +23.5%

Newcastle is a very old and very solid beer. It has an acceptable appearance with a general lack of smell. However, the taste is very malty and smooth. The mouthfeel is the best in the business and incredibly smooth. This makes the drinkability very very good. This beer would be a perfect compliment with a rich, chocolate dessert.

10-03-2007 01:37:45 | More by BDIMike
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.58/5  rDev +7.8%

The ale is a beautiful clear brown, rather inviting. Aroma is strongly malty and pleasant if not complex. Flavor is rich, malty, with no bitterness or other hop hints. Smooth, delightful, plain and simple, a good beer for a party or as a companion to a tasty meal.

09-23-2007 23:43:34 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of simmons

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +31%

Apperance: A dark but clear brown colored ale with small amount of bubbles rising. Thin white lead leaving a thin lace about it

Smell: Very malty. Not sweet but a hearty malt (brown of course). No hop aroma here, just a bready smell.

Taste: The malt has a grainy flavor to it, mildly sweet just enough to give it some taste. There is a slight bitterness just enough to balance the sweetness. No flavor or aroma hops present. Just like the aroma this beer tastes like bread.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated with a great balance between the malt and hops. The water used is not too hard and not too soft making this beer very drinkable.

Overall: This is a tasty beer. Like mentioned above the malt is a hearty malt with a slight sweetness and just enough hops to balance this beer out. Unlike some other beers that are tasty but begin to be overpowering after time this beer is a soild well made beer tha can be drank with out it getting "old'. well done.

09-23-2007 15:37:23 | More by simmons
Photo of TheBishop


4.33/5  rDev +30.4%

12 oz Bottle

To this day the most drinkable beer I ever had, I have had better, but no other beer drinks as easy making it a good session beer. With that being said.

Pours a Light Brown with a thin head that dissapates quickly.

Nose is not overpowering, maybe be a bit underwhelming light sense of carmel and chocolate

Taste is on the light side, little carbination is present, excellent taste, with no aftertaste present.

Highly drinkable, There are better browns, but not near as drinkable or widely available. A good choice.

09-22-2007 03:45:40 | More by TheBishop
Photo of Porkchuck


3.8/5  rDev +14.5%

Amber in color and pours an average head. Head disappears quickly.
Smell is comparable to the color of the roast not too strong but interesting.
Taste is very nice, not strong and has great finish.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkablility is very easy. The type of beer that you can enjoy a few of easily. This is one of my all-time favorites. Before all the micros my brother and I would share a case when we would get together. Enjoy!

09-19-2007 01:55:33 | More by Porkchuck
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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