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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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4,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,151
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 33
Gots: 309 | 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 psinderson
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearnace: Nice brown/red color. Thin head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Not much hop detectable. A strange mettalic aroma ovewhelms.

Taste: Some maltiness with a minor roasted flavor and the return of that strange mettalic aroma/flavor. Not very complex in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, good carbonation.

Drinkability: This would be much more drinkable if I didn't detect metal. Decently smooth and clean.

psinderson, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%

This beer poured a clear brown color with a thin head which dissipated quickly. The smell is sweet and caramel like. The taste is caramel and sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with noticeable carbonation. The drinkability of this beer is, well…..awesome!!

barefootbrewer, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of Ivanthehero
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%

Newcastle is my definition of a back up beer. Not particularly exiting, but pretty tasty and most importantly satisfyingly drinkable.

Apperance- watered down coke.

Smell- pretty sweet, unaturally so, like a wierd licorice candy.

Taste- The first thing that comes to mind is unoffensive. Slight nuttyness with a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Newcastle is one of 3 beers that actually taste better out of the bottle and I think it is b/c of its minimal carbonation and thin mothfeel. Makes the thing quite drinkable.

Drinkability-The fact that this is a somewhat tasty beer and that its pretty thin makes this a brew one you could kill 3 or 4 in a heartbeat.

"Yea, I'll have a La Fin Du Mond. You don't have that? Just gimmie a Newcastle."

Ivanthehero, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Jimbo07
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Looks like a great beer. But frankly the smell and taste surprised me. Smell was very faint but it didn't smell necesarily bad. I thought I was tasting a light lager, too. But as for me I like light lagers to an extent because they're drinkability and smoothness is above average. I wouldn't mind drinking this again.

Jimbo07, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of HossMcGraw
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Newcastle pours a rich amber colour and produces a decent head. The head quickly disspiates leaving a small ring. No lacing.

The aroma is caramel, fersh bread, and even a little candy corn. The taste is same as the aroma, with a dry, slightly fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin. The drinkability could be great if in the right mood. I usually can't session brown ales but one easily could be, if one were so inclined. Overall a decent brew that is really much better on draft. Also remember to let it warm up a little.

HossMcGraw, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

I used to think this one was something special. Now it strike me as pretty bland. It was highly carbonated from the tap, too much so. Light brown, attractive. Not much going on with the smell. Initial tastes were sour, with a hint of malt sweetness. No hoppiness. After a couple sips, my interest fades fast. Would drink again for a thirst quencher, so long as I wasn't paying the premium import price on it.

pweis909, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Injemanze
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%

This was the first brand I really adopted as a favorite when I started drinking beer in late college (luckily I could never stand the macro-brews with the slight exception of a certain MHL) . My tastes are now much more discriminating but Newcastle still holds a sentimental nostalgia and I will buy a bottle every now and then. It is available in China where I now live but so are far superior beers in the same price range.

Appearance – Pours a medium brown with amber tints if placed in the light. Head retention is not significant

Smell – Hazelnut, hops, malt.

Taste – Far superior to American macro-brews but not very complex or remarkable in itself. Sweet with mild hoppy bitterness with some malt. Aftertaste of hazelnuts, molasses, and something else I cannot quite hit.

Injemanze, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of wanker
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

This is my first ever beer review. I do not in any way claim to have a sophisticated palate. I have not developed the sophistication to isolate flavor components, for example.

That said, I have to say I was disappointed in this beer. Everything about it struck me as thin and unsubstantial. Not in a crisp, refreshing way, but rather in an almost watered down way. It did have an enjoyable carbonation level, though.

Perhaps I was fooled by the color. The color reminded me of brandy, and perhaps that is what led me to expect a richer flavor experience.

wanker, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
4.13/5  rDev +24.4%

Poured not very cold. Attractive red amber, w/ an off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a frothy film.

Smell is mild. Breakfast cereal, roasted nuts, green tea grassiness. Nice. From a 12-pack, maybe it helped the beer avoid the subtle skunk mentioned by other reviewers.

Tastes of toasty grain, nuts, a bit of fruit like red apple and grape. Fairly pronounced astringency, like black tea, that really makes the beer. Some grain sweetness that is well balanced by this wonderful astringency. The finish is dry, in a good mildly astringent black tea way.

They don't come more drinkable (including water). The mouthfeel has this great astringency in the right temperature range, but it's unfortunately watery.

This beer has a reputation for smoothness and drinkability, but it deserves a bit more than that. It blossoms at warmer temperatures, revealing some surprising and enjoyable complexity without becoming any less drinkable.


Beerzebub, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours dark brown with a small off white head. The nose has some malt to it, maybe a little maple syrup? The tastes follows through with this, and adds some hops too. It finishes a little syrupy and heavy on the tongue. Has some nice carbonation, and a decent moutfeel, but a bit heavy on the finish.

dherling, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of billybob
3.75/5  rDev +13%

It pours with a one inch head that did not last and It has a med red caramel color. Aroma is very light hopp malt mix, very smooth, very good balance hopps and malt also slightly sweet tasting. And lastly not much carbbonatation, but thats not a bad thing it is very drinkable and would buy it again.

billybob, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.23/5  rDev -32.8%

Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head that fades to nearly nothing. Aroma is caramel malt. Faint skunk.

Taste is thin caramel malt. Some underlying skunk. Mouth is crisp with a sweetish finish. The skunk is so present in the Newcastle bottles, it just has to be considered in the review. Mediocre at best in bottle, I recommend on tap if at all.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.75/5  rDev +13%

This poured to a very light brown-orange color, with medium tan head that lingered, and left a little lacing. Aroma was not real pronounced, but what was there were hints of malty nuts and honey, which then carried over into the flavor, and led to a nice, smooth finish. Overall, this was a mild brown ale, which is maybe why I liked it, as I’m not of a fan of this type of beer. Newcastle hit the mark.

kimcgolf, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CONTAINER TYPE: 355ml bottle


PURCHASED @: anywhere

COST: $11/6pack

HEAD: minimal

LACE: slight

REFLECTED-muted amber

MOUTHFEEL: light-medium

PALATE: adjusts

COMMENTS: at ten dollars for a six pack, It’s just way too much to pay...It is a good beer though

WITH FRIENDS- if they are buying
GET MY BUZZ ON- y (if i'm rich(session))

TechMyst, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%

Served on tap.

A- It came to my table with no head left, just a ring around the top. Deep brown color in the pint glass. Low carbonation.

S- Seems to be a little thin smelling. Very sweet, sticky.

T- Good brown ale taste, a bit translucent though. It kinda slips through your mouth without leaving much flavor to be enjoyed. Caramel, nice hop and malt balance. Leaning toward the malty side.

M- Smooth and good to start, but it gets old very quickly. The sweetness starts stacking up on your tongue. Some sort of malty residue that builds.

D- One every once in a while might be okay. Not something I would be drinking one-after-another. Just doesn't rub me the right way.

Rudgers73, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of scluffman
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Dark coppery brown color that you can look through and still read a newspaper. Light tan head that fades very quickly to a thin film, then nothing. Some roasted malt and nut aromas, but not much. Very little noteable hoppiness. The palate shows some sweetness and roasted malt/caramel character with a creamy texture to go with a short finish.

scluffman, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Fuller
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%

body is dark brown with a small off-white head that has little retention. Aroma is sweet and nutty with some malt. Taste likes it smells - sweet, nutty and malty with a little caramel. Nut flavor stays in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is oily and smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but nothing exciting. This is another one that could be a good gateway brew.

Fuller, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

My first beer was Newcastle on tap in Memphis,Tennessee. For a short while afterwards, this was the only beer I would drink. I eventually branched out, and, not having had this beer in some time, I decided to give it a fresh look and taste.

The beer pours a nice nut brown hue into my Samuel Smith glass. A very lean head formed, but it didn't last more than a minute. The aroma is nutty with notes of dark, cooked grains (particularly oats). My remembrance of the flavor was way off. What I get now is a nutty, malty and hoppy flavor, with a smooth, slightly buttery texture that is delightful. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, and the nutty overtones remain in the mouth for some time. Very nice.

I'm not as impressed with this beer as I was when I first encountered it five or so years ago. Since then I've learned to enjoy many bigger, stronger beers, and coming back to this seems a bit of a letdown. But, for what it is it's great, and I'm sure I'll get a hankering for this again.

CWiggins, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours medium to dark brown with a thin off-white head that quickly disappears to leave a ring and a small swirly patch. Nice color and clarity, but poor head retention.

The smell is nutty with some toasted grains. The aroma is mild.

The taste is of nuts and roasted earthy grains. It's very basic, but what is there is not bad at all. Unfortunately, some of it is washed away by water.

The feel is smooth and buttery. It does thin a bit, but the flavor holds up for the most part.

A "session" brown ale. Nothing great, but easy enough to drink a few and still get characteristics of the style.

jwc215, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%

Dark brown translucent body with almost no head to speak of, just a tan film. Smells like caramel mostly. Tastes sweet and smooth. Less carbonation present. Tastes pretty good, but weaker than I expected it to be... Still a palatable pleasant beer. Not something to seek out though.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

A few years ago this beer suddenly became ubiquitous. A testament more, I guess, to a good distribution network than overwhelming demand. It's a light brown similar to the darker cream sodas with a small head. Little aroma to speak of, it has maybe a touch of caramel. Taste is bland, sweet with a bare hint of herb deep in the background, slightly cloying aftertaste. It's very light bodied and relatively low carbonation. Boring but not terrible.

Deconstructionis, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of indysamra
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

Newcastle Brown Ale.

The one and only....

Newcastle Brown ale pours to a light brown, almost cola-like color with a pock-marked foamy head and a soft malty nose. The palate is smooth and nutty, slightly sweet, with a light cracker-like malt character and a hint of chocolate. The hops are just barely perceptible in the finish. This is a wonderfully delicate beer, and a classic English brown ale. Though not as assertive as American brown ale, which is a maltier, hoppier brew, Newcastle should be appreciated for it’s subtle delicacy. It’s easy to throw loads of hops and malt at a beer and make it a big one. A far truer test of the brewer’s art is to produce a drinkable, subtly flavored delight the likes of this one.

indysamra, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of dansm
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%

A-Pours a nice reddish brown with a little tan head.

S-Aroma is of sweet, slightly nutty malt with a hint of hops.

T-Starts sweet, with a hint of caramel and nuts. Finishes with a mild hopiness.

M-Fairly thin, with a bit of carbonation.

D-This beer is nicely balanced and easy to drink. Goes down smoother the more it warms.

dansm, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%

A - the color is the same as out of the bottle, that nice dark red coppery hue with a finger of light tan head

S - still has that same great musty ale smell from the bottle, with that same slight citrus hint, familiar and comfortable

T - the taste is also the same as from the bottle, with a few slight differences, its a bit maltier and slightly, ever so slightly metallic

M&D - smooth and quenching, nearly as good as the bottle, a great beer out of a can

sinstaineddemon, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin, off-white head that fades at an average rate and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very malty and nutty, with a little bit of hops & caramel.

T: The taste is mostly malty, nutty sweetness with flavors of hops & tea to balance the sweetness to the point that the after-taste contains just a minimal amount of sweetness. Overall, however, the taste just seems kind of dull.

M: Very smooth, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily, because it’s not too heavy and has a low ABV%, which allows you to drink a lot of volume. However, it’s that same quality that could cause you to look for something with more flavor and more kick.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 27, 2006
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
76 out of 100 based on 4,151 ratings.