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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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4,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,357
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 35
Gots: 391 | FT: 2
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 washburnkid
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of head dissipates quickly, but leaves some lace on the glass; the color is dark brown with some red and ruby hues. Not too memorable an aroma--some sweet, roasted malts on the nose. The taste features toasted grains with a balanced malt and hop finish. This beer feels crisp and light in the mouth, which helps the drinkability factor. This is, no doubt, the perfect pizza beer. It's balanced, light and palatable. I would have more than one, but for those looking for a complex English ale, this is not the brew for you.

washburnkid, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of likethetaste
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a very good and very drinkable brown ale. This is a great beer to just sit back and sip a few. It is a very simple brew with a very good refreshing taste. This is one of the beers that is a go to beer when you just want an enjoyable, simple, refreshing and very drinkable beer.

likethetaste, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a small off white head that fades immediately leaving no lacing.

S: Smells of slightly roasted malts with hints of nuts.

T: Not too much going on, roasted malts with a bit of hops, some nutty flavors and earthy flavors.

Overall it's a fine casual beer but I don't think it's worth the price at all, although it's very drinkable in large quantities I wouldn't pay the money...I'll probably have again on-tap at a restaurant with no good craft beers available.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This may be my time with this classic beer, I know on tap. Never got around to it. Had at the new Beer Barrel, Lima Ohio

It arrived a dark solid brown with a half inch tan head that reduced to a thin film. What did impress me on appearance was a nice trail of ring lace on the glass. Nice and stuck well.

The aroma was caramel malts, earth and toffee.

The taste was slight sweet at first, alittle nut, caramel and toasty malts. A slight hop of bittering dryness toward the finish. The beer was pretty fresh so im sure that helped.

Drinkable, ya.I found it easy, simple and solid in body. I'd order this over a honey brown to avoid alot of unneeded sweetness.

chilidog, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear beautiful brown with a medium tan head with decent retention. Smells of biscuity and nutty malts; pretty simple but good aromas. Solid flavor: toasty and sweet malt, backed by a nice earthy bitterness. Body comes up a bit to watery but this is an eminently drinkable beer. A wonderful session ale that tastes great both on bottle and on tap. A classic.

droomyster, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of penguinjive7
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a thin fluffy head. There is just a bit of lacing on the way down.

The smell is of toasty malt and buttered toast.

The taste is the same as the smell with a tad bit of a hop presence in the finish.

The carbonation was done very well and goes down very smoothly.

This is just a nice drinking beer. Nothing spectacular here, but a solid choice and one I would definitely choose in bars and restaurants that do not have extensive craft brew selections.

penguinjive7, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Soneast
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown in color with a small, watery, white colored head that disappears fairly quickly. No lace to speak of.

Aroma consists of a mild nutty, caramel smell with hints of honey.

Flavor is predominately made up of mild sweet malts, some graininess and a barely perceptible honey nut taste in the background with no detectable hop presence.

Light bodied, low carbonation. The beer feels watery overall, with no outstanding flavor characteristic. Everything about it (aroma, flavor) seems like it needs just a bit more "oomf." I've had it on-tap and from bottles with similar results. Not a bad choice since this is available at most bars, but not that great of a Brown Ale overall.

Soneast, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Newly issued in a cute, 330ml clear bottle. BB 31/05/09, served cool (not COLD, as suggested on the back label) in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a dark beige frothy head retreating slowly to a thin cap, on top of a bright copper-brown body with sporadic carbonation at play.
S: some skunk initially dissipates slowly, giving way to sour-sweet apple-ly and lightly prune-ish fruits, brown sugar and caramely malts. The sour edge of fruitiness constantly stays aside, providing a necessary balancer overall.
T: a "loosely-textured", or effervescent, palate of sour-sweet fruits, sweet black tea, and licorice-spice upfront fast leads towards medium-bodied gristy brown malts, while the semi-earthy and semi-spicy hop bitterness rounds up everything at a good pace.
M&D: I can't say I like this beer apart from the balanced flavour profile. The body is medium-thin and the mouthfeel is effervescent, somewhat sharp as evinced in every sip. Lukewarm, but just above average.

* Tasting Date: 27/07/05
A: 3.5, S: 3.5, T: 3.5, M: 3, D: 3.5
Served in a jug, it comes in a clear, brown/caramel colour and an initially thick, off-white beerhead mixed of big and tiny bubbles with rather short retention. High carbonation, with very big bubbles in action~~
The smell is pretty straight forward: malty, with some raisiny and brown-sugary note and a faint, refreshing hoppy aroma at the back.
On palate, it's quite fizzy at first, followed by a distictively sour, raw-nut kind of flavour and a dryish wheat-like grainy taste, which gradually settles down to a flat, lightly sweet malty palate and a crisp, clean feel between the teeth.
The bitterness in the short finish is low, if not inconsiderable, while the mouthfeel remains quite refreshing, but turning watery along the way and slightly sticky towards the end. Lacking complexity and depth, it's not a very interesting brown ale, compared with a few distinctive and more tasty brown ales I've tasted. Nevertheless it's a not-bad "movie beer" to quaff.

wl0307, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of taylor714914
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Medium chestnut brown in color, like a nice leather almost. 1 finger of head with tiny bubbles that quickly dissipate.

S- Not much in the smell department. Roasted sweetness is the best way to describe it.

T- Sweet with a hop backbone. Underlying notes of toasted grain, and corn. No complexity, no flavors that come and go....a very upfront beer.

M- Slick and oily mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation that tickles the palate.

D- Drinkability is ok. Depends on the weather and my mood. Doesn't necessarily leave me wanting more....more of a thirst quencher at times.

taylor714914, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Crajun
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber brown color with light tan head

couldn't smell much

Taste was more bland than I expected; nothing bad just nothing that flavorful. Right amount of carbonation

Very light finish; can definitely drink a few at a time; will drink again but no rush

Crajun, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPERANCE: Good head at first does not last to long lite laceing dark golden amber in color

SMELL: Little bit nutty with a slight sweet malt like smell

TASTE: Definitely has a full flavor with a light after taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and a little fizzy,

Drinkability: If u wanna put in a good long shift of drinking this is a good beer to do it with thats for sure.

yuenglings, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of techtatu
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice caramelized color with an off white colored head. Not much lacing on the glass and smell was pretty bland to me. Tasted fairly good and had a hint of sweetness in the end.

I've had this beer both in bottle and tap. I prefer on tap and not so frosty. Definitely a beer I could go out and drink with a few friends at a local bar.

techtatu, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber brown color with a thin white head that fades. Smells of sweet malts. Taste is similar, a sweet malty nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is great, so smooth and easy to drink. Every sip makes me want more.

The price and availability of this beer make it that much better.

nrpellegrini, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving very little lace.

This beer has a very mild aroma. It has a slightly nutty aroma. Some sweet caramel malt flavor mixes in too. Not much else. Pretty boring.

This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Subtle and slightly boring. Nutty with a slightly sweet caramel flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is good for the style. It leaves a slightly nutty aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer since it is low in alcohol, and the flavor is mild.

Overall: This is a decent beer, and I am happy that it is pretty available since sometimes I am at a place with nothing better. I would never pick this over a good IPA or anything though.

OStrungT, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack at Christie's Liquor in Dinosaur CO, about $8. I've always wanted to try the can because every bottle I've ever tasted has been horribly light struck, damn clear bottles.

A: poured a light brown, with an off white head, about half an inch thick, that reduced to a film almost instantly, big clumpy rings of lacing around the glass. Clear. nice red accents when held to the light.

S: buttery and nutty, slight hint of honey, and really thats about it.

T: much better from a can, a lot of the nose flavors, a little more honey, and slightly nuttier, really a light tasting beer, but not skunked as i'm used to, almost no hop character, really mild.

M: thin and very lightly carbonated, slick feeling in the mouth, almost no lingering flavors.

D: this one always goes down easy, great session beer, especially from a can, i could drink quite a few of these, and after sampling it from a can i have a renewed fondness for this beer.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the LCBO.

From a can into my pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-small sized medium thick beige head that quickly dissipates into a light wispy film. Next to no carbonation evident. Rust brown in colour and very clear. Zero lacing and it looks quite flat by the middle of the pint.

SMELL: Very light malt sweetness and the faint scent of caramel and nuts. Not very strong, but improves slightly as it warms.

TASTE: A sweet malt begin and a bit of caramel and nuts again as well, much like the nose. A toasty nutty finish and a strong delayed aftertaste as well.

PALATE: Medium-light body with low end carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes with no bite and a slight bit of stickiness. Not bad.

OVERALL: Definitely drinkable and sessionable, though one might get bored with it pretty quickly. It was enjoyable enough, but certainly not memorable, and certainly not something I'd go looking for. On the other hand, it's easy to drink and is not offensive in any way, so I can see why many people like it so much.

Jeffo, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of cnjohn19
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

so this beer used to be my absolute favorite, before i became a fan of craft beers...funny how my thoughts have changed...

A - this beer would've received a 4.5 if the head wouldn't have disappeared so soon...nice dark amber color which gives an almost reddish color when held up to light...

S - average at best...not much of a dominating smell, but seemed to pick up on a deep plum...

T - Excellent taste...just a slight bitterness and excellent fullness...has slight nutty characteristics and i really enjoy its very noticeable alcohol taste (not sure exactly how to describe this)...

M - just slightly flat...

D - there is no chance i would ever stop buying this beer...its one of the few beers i get in the mood to drink if i'm out...most of the other times i'll just try something different...

cnjohn19, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2008
Bottle. Poured into shaker. Nice dark amber color, little head. nice taste, somewhat malty. easy to drink with a pleasant finish. Nice brew. A bit overpriced. My first experience with an English Brown Ale. Would enjoy again, more of a session beer for me.

OzarkElmo, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of showell
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad at all really. The appearance is rather bland. I thought. The smell was nice, quite malty. The taste was what you'd expect from the smell. The mouthfeel was okay. A bit wattery, but still decent. Drinkability I think was quite good. I enjoyed it.

I could drink these one after another. The taste is nice, and it actually quenches your thirst. I'll get these again when I want to drink several at one sitting.

showell, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes Oct 7, 2008
Light Brown color with almost no head.Nutty,spicy,slightly skunk aroma. Flavor of dry grain and caramel with a touch of sweetness and a hint of burnt sugar.Loads of carbonation but none apparent in the mouth.Crisp finish.Drinkable but way overpriced for what it is IMO.

WakeandBake, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of thekanna
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a turbid brown that settles into a clear dark color somewhere between copper and mahogany.

Smell: Faint hints of sweetness: yeast, cloves, citrus, slight hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet at the inception, with an overall nuttiness to the character; like eating walnut pound cake. Slight hop bite at the end rounds it out.

Overall: This has been my usual beer to order if I'm ever stuck at at a BMC bar. Very smooth and drinkable. Notes of grandeur, but overall too commercial to make it there.

thekanna, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of JoshuaCain
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little hesitant to review this beer as was my session beer of choice for many years. but I will be as honest as possible.
pours a very appealing brown with a 1 finger cream colored head, decent retention.
aroma is very faint. some maltiness and yeast, a little earth, not much of anything.
taste is better than the aroma, but still very subtle. a little sweetness, a bit of nutiness, a little earthiness, not a whole lot of anything here either, but nothing offensive.
mouthfeel is pretty good, clean, nice finish.
in general the subtle flavor and refreshing nature of this beer makes it extremely drinkable, but nothing special.

JoshuaCain, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark clear brown with not too much of a tan head.
S: The dominant smell is nutty. Some caramelized malts also present.
T: Taste is like the smell--the salty and sweet nutty flavor sticks out initially. Maybe also a hint of figs or raisins.
M: Good body for a brown ale; not too light nor too heavy.
D: Pretty sessionable. Not as interesting as I had remembered but still good.

lhaqq, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Apostrophe
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have to admit I am biased because of all the great times I've had drinking this... But after sitting down and actually paying attention to what I'm drinking, it just ain't the same...

Pours a small head, but looks nice.

Can't really smell it with a cold...

Tastes like it always did, a little sweet and nutty, but after months of exploring better beer, I don't like it nearly as much as I used to.

It goes down smooth, easy to put down a six of these. Its a decent beer, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Apostrophe, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of bmwats
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 18.6 oz. bottle into my trusty half-yard.

A: Medium brown. Medium carbonation. Pours into a thick, frothy, off-white, crater filled head. Leaves lacing as the head settles.

S: Sweet, pungent malt, and hops. Not much else. Maybe a hint of raisin?

T: Light malt, a little hops, and a subtle sweetness.

M: Nothing really stands out. Light palette, slightly malty aftertaste. A little watery.

D: Very drinkable. Nothing special about the flavor, but easy to enjoy.

Light palette, light nose, decent presentation. Easy brew to drink down if you're not offended by something flavor "non-specific". Does have a hint of sweetness. Decent quaff.

bmwats, Dec 21, 2008
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
76 out of 100 based on 4,357 ratings.