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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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3,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,935
Reviews: 1,474
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 215 | 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 fdrich29


3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Iguana Cantina on Moody Street in Waltahm, MA.

Appearance: Nutty brown, no head.

Smell: Light, sweet smell.

Taste: Surprisingly light malt taste, wee bit of hops and some fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

Drinkability: Extremely easy to put back. Goes down way too easily. Nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2004 04:42:18 | More by fdrich29
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a clear light brown ale with below average head with minimum retention. Aroma is quite weak with light roasted malts being noticeable. Taste is generally quite refreshing, with light roasted notes and a slight dry aftertaste. Overall, this is a refreshing drink, better then your average macros, but that is lacking something to make it really special.

Serving type: can

09-20-2004 14:42:37 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of redmosquito


2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle in a restaurant. Beautiful deep brown in color, almost garnet, thin beige head with minimal lacing. Aroma is of malt with almost no hops, and a tinge of wine like alcohol. Flavor brings a toasted and wood like flavor, then a wine like aftertaste. Light in body and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 17:23:11 | More by redmosquito
Photo of BrewMaster


3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Before I was a real BA this was one of my favorite beers. Since then my palate has matured. I had this beer for the first time in a long time last night. What was once a potent beer to me now tastes very thin and watered down. It poured with a thin white head that dissipated quickly to some lacy islands. The color is a medium brown and is transparent. The flavor is sour and sweet but not complex. Very thin on the palate and it leaves a lot to be desired. The finish leaves a bit of a malty taste on the palate, which is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 19:56:53 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

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

Dark brown cola looks, with some light tan cream for a head. Smells is cool--if a little funky. Stank hops over pungent malts is how I'd describe it.

Taste is candy malts, a bit syrupy, with some notes of burnt toast in the aftertaste. Lightish carbonation and watery, especially (shallow) for a brown ale. Highly drinkable and available at many bars where the "bottled euro" is your only option..

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 18:22:14 | More by donnebaby
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at Happy Hour when I was surrounded my such other "premium beers" such as Corona, Heneiken, Beck's, and the like. Decent beer, would have no problem ordering this again. This was only my 2nd Brown Ale, so I can't really say it was a good representation of the style because I haven't had enough to know.

The taste is slightly chocolatey and maybe slightly nutty. I prefer Ybor's Gold Brown Ale to this, because the characteristics are more dominant.

I would buy this again, but I got to ask, what is up with the clear bottles?


Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 14:42:38 | More by Joey7F
Photo of DrJay


3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, ruby-brown colour topped by a dense tan head that settles to a nice lace after a few minutes. Mostly malty and nutty aroma with little in the way of hops. Some hop flavour and bitterness, but malty sweetness and grainy dryness dominate. The finish is mild, with a light bitterness and sweetness persisting. The light carbonation level and mild aftertaste make it quite drinkable, and the can is much better than the skunkiness often encountered with the clear bottles.

Serving type: can

09-01-2004 23:19:21 | More by DrJay
Photo of zjungleist


3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent brown ale. Color is rich chesnut. Decent head, but kinda short lived. Heavy malty taste. Sweet, slightly nutty, with little hop. Did you know this beer has corn in it? Well, at least its not rice. I like this beer out of the 20oz. bottle, there is usaly a bit more sediment on the bottom. Good on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 05:02:32 | More by zjungleist
Photo of baiser


2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Came in a 20 oz clear bottle. Dark, dark brown, with a tan head, little retention. Ring of lacing around the glass.

Faint sweet, sugary aromas. A little coffee aroma.

Taste was quite bland. A very brief coffee taste that seemed very artificial. I'm wondering where the colour came from - there is no trace of any roasted flavour, not much other flavour for that matter. There is an unpleasant tart taste that you don't expect from this type of beer. A bit oily on the tongue. After taste is bitter.

Not worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 00:28:04 | More by baiser
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4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The electronic revolution is upon us and it even helps rating beers. I can now wander into a tavern and write my review as I consume then text it back via phone to my PC for addition to the base later. This is one I did in this manner. Sitting in the Brick in Charleston SC Friday afternoon I ordered a Sierra Pale Ale. The bartender got to talking to my partner and brought me a tall cool Newcastle Brown instead. I had been putting off drinking this one after having tried Sam Smith's and found it pretty bitter. So providence having spoken I set to drinking and reviewing.

It poured a tranluscent brown with a nice brownish head. The aroma was pretty much malt and alcohol, not a bad smell just nothing outstanding. Then came the pleasant surprise of the taste. A good winey malt taste that had an alcohol bite. I immediately turned to my friend and let him know I had erred in putting of tasting this fine beer. He laughed but kept on sucking down Harp's. The feel was light and oily. I have added this to my pantheon. It would never replace Petrus or Aventinus, but being available on the street it will definately get tasted again and again. In fact I put it into practice at the next tavern we visited, even getting my friend to give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2004 23:58:04 | More by claytri
Photo of ZAP


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

At 9.99 a sixer I have never felt the urge to try this beer..but after finding it in the cooler at a picnic next to Miller Lite and MGD I gave it a try...and being the only one drinking them I brought one home with me to rate...

Pours brown with red highlights...just a whisp of an off white head...nose offers a little hit of skunkiness...also some coffee grounds and some caramel...Body is light..session beer all the way as expected...tastes a lot better as it warms and the caramel notes begin to emerge nicely....still has some skunkiness to it and some old cold coffee notes..

Overall this is better than drinking MGD or Lite but there is no way in hell I'll ever pay a premium price for it....an decentBrown Ale that is way overpriced..

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 21:02:22 | More by ZAP
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3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was on tap. Poured a nice chestnut color with a small creamy looking head. Smell was nothing special. Just grainy to me. The taste was very smooth and mild. Not much other than slighly sweet malt. Hops almost non existant. Fairly thin mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Good for a session.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2004 01:50:49 | More by heidelbeerg
Photo of ramrod666


2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

newcastle brown ale pours a mohogany color with a decent head that falls to mearly a ring after the fist drink. smell is of sweet malts very faint though. taste is underwhelming enough, but is drinkable anyway. tastes sweet with buttery undertones. not much hop character - malts are on stage here. not bold enough in the flavor dept.. rather watery mouthfeel with little carbonation. drinkability isn't bad but not mind blowing. had on draft where there was little else availible. i say ok to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2004 23:37:05 | More by ramrod666
Photo of canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

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

--came in a clear bottle, 550 ml size with no freshness date found.
--Poured a nice dark brown (no suprise) in color. Nice head that left standard lacing.
--Smell was slightly sweet yet slightly nutty.
This was a good beer, considering it is mass produced and available almost anywhere in the world. I first tried it when living in England, before I even cared about the differant taste in beers, so maybe this beer reminded me of my young backpacking years...but I digress. I still like it now.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 18:28:06 | More by canadianbarman
Photo of jayb


2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured out a dark, but faintly see-through brown. Head started out looking sopay and ended up being a film on top the brew. first whif from this one had a sligth skunk smell to it. Not a horrid skunk, just a not so fresh skunk. second whif was MILDLY of bitter chocolate, and nuts. First sip i could have sworn was water. second sip...grainy adjunct. Corn? Not a really impressive bottle. im not bashing,. i just think that this bottle was not choice. maybe ill give it another try later. just tastes bland to me. Im sure alot of people like it, just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 04:08:51 | More by jayb
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4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap for my 21st birthday, i was impressed. sweet taste and smell, quite drinkable, smooth and flavorfull.good beer if you want to try something new. proublably too sweet for the taste of some, sweetness with flavor is all right by me, sweetness with no purpose can be a let down at times, but this is not the case.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2004 09:13:11 | More by twi1609372
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Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass with a very clear chestnut brown color...large frothy head that doesn’t last long before lacing over the top. Sweet nutty toasty malt aromas are very subdued with a faint but interesting twang of musty pine...very faint. Starts mild where the malt body seems almost diluted...hops are barely detectable but always sit in the background. The finish is quick and uneventful without the lingering malt after taste one expects from a brown ale. This is an OK session beer if you like a malty drink but it is a very mild and subdued brown ale....there are so many others with the big malt body you crave in this style.

Serving type: can

07-19-2004 23:08:38 | More by pootz
Photo of misterscooter


3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle, it is a good beer. Much better from the tap. They use a clear bottle so I wonder how much that contributes to the chances of getting a bad beer. But it is a good, smooth beer that I easily go back for. A nutty flavor comes out in the caramel and malt flavors. It feels good in your mouth and goes down well. Not much in the way of smell that I got out of it.

This is a good beer to sit with and enjoy slowly before grabbing another one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 20:35:41 | More by misterscooter
Photo of aquatonex

New York

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

Pours medium hazy nut brown. Little or no head and no retention. Smells of alcohol with tones of toast, hops, and nuts. The taste sticks with the smell, being comprised of nutty and slightly hoppy flavors. For its medium strength, its mouthfeel and smoothness was very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 21:29:42 | More by aquatonex
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. clear bottle poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: Light/medium brown. Pours with a moderate sized but quickly subsiding head, though a decent lacing is left behind.

Smell: Elements of ringwood yeast, buttery diacetyl, and sweet malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy body, but with a rather watery finish. An overtly sweet, artificial malt-like taste is quickly recognized. The beer is on the leafy side of the hop spectrum, with a slight oilyness. Much of this beer's flavor derives from the yeast.

Overall: I've never had this on-tap, so there is a chance I might be a bit biased against this beer. But to me, this is a subpar brown ale in every way. The beer is dominated by a really sweet, funky, almost artificial taste, which is probably because this beer contains added sugars.

Skip this beer. If you're looking for a good brown ale, give Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 21:58:23 | More by TagoMago
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2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer was nothing what I expected, in fact it is horrible. It pours a light brown with a semi/tan head that materialized then quickly faded. Lacing was nowhere to be found. The smell was of grain and alcohol, other that that no other tones found. The taste was a dark grain/corn almost grilled taste, you can taste the alcohol as well. A semi sweet malt character is traceable and a hop tracing at the end, but nothing that makes you say "wow" or even "okay". Simply put this was not a good beer. Light bodied for an ale (brown ale) and light and crisp. Not very smooth. I couldn't drink anymore of these, there are great brown ale's out there, this is not one of them. Try Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 20:31:01 | More by beertaster13
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newcastle Brown Ale- on tap at T.G.I.Fridays (Bricktown)

Appearance- nut brown with very little to no head.
Smell- a typical brown ale aroma. Nutty, caramel, slight hops.
Taste- very good. again nuts and caramel with a slight touch of molasses.

Overall- a delicious, smooth, refreshing brown ale. An excellent beer to drink with food. Better than Smuttynose- Old Brown Dog Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2004 15:01:08 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $11.99 for a 12pk.

The appearence of this beer is of a nice brown ale, all except that the head lasts for less than a minute and the lacing is non-existent. The smell was pretty average, hinting a nice blend mix of deep aromas.

The taste is fairly light and refreshing, a little lighter than I'd like. The mouthfeel and drinkability increase the value of this beer tremendously. I always love drinking this stuff no matter when, extremely drinkable, the IDEAL SESSION BEER!

Final Thought: Despite a weak apperence and faint smell, this ale is alright by me.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 22:17:14 | More by mobyfann
Photo of oracle


3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a growler, purchased at a local shop and consumed about 4 hours later.

The beer poured a clear very dark copper, with the fastest disappearing head I've ever seen on an ale. Within 20 seconds of pouring, there was absolutely no head visible anywhere, which suprised me.

Taste was about average for a brown ale. Malty sweet with undertones of nuttiness, and small hop bite in the finish.

An easy drinking average brown ale all the way around.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2004 15:16:04 | More by oracle
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2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: On tap at a local brew pub. Served in a pint glass with almost no head at all. Light brown/tan in color
Smell: A little nutty or a hint of malt but none that I could appreciate. Kind of disappointing
Taste: Hints of malt and nuts but kind of watery to me.
Mouthfeel: Very light and not much character
Drinkability: Not bad but this just wasn't working for me.
Overall, not a bad brown ale I guess. I don't think this is the best representation of a brown ale but I haven't tasted a lot of others for comparison. But the few that I have are much better than this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2004 02:27:09 | More by mattcrill
Newcastle Brown Ale from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
76 out of 100 based on 3,935 ratings.