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Newcastle Bombshell - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 05-18-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy or hay aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and earthy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly flavorful but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

djrn2, May 18, 2013
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -6.3%

zestar, Wednesday at 12:20 PM
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

acurtis, May 18, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -6.3%

kjkinsey, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -37.5%

ygtbsm94, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger white head with some lacing on a golden hazy body. Aroma of sweet corn, honey, butterscotch and pale malts. Flavors include Pale malts, grassy hops, honey, butterscotch. Light body and moderate carbonation. A recently released seasonal and what they say us limited beer. Standard Newcastle brew. Not terrible and decently drinkable.

kylehay2004, May 18, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6.3%

jaydoc, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Corner Slice in Greensboro last night.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear light golden color with a nice looking sticky one finger bone white head atop.Toasted malts mainly in the nose,a hint of sweetness but not much.Crisp feel and toasted crisp flavors with a bit of iron as well on the palate.It's light and I didn't expect much but it went down real easy.

oberon, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

zeff80, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, honey, citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus, honey and caramel. Then a thin malt character comes in along with a decent hops presence for the style to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a sessionable beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

WVbeergeek, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six the idea was to get some wheat and other 'lighter' beers to have as lawnmower beverages. Enjoyed chilled from the brown bottle in a willybecker.

The color is pale golden with very good clarity and thick white rocky cap with fine bead, the lace sticks well and retention is very good. The smell is slightly fruity with mild yeast ester which combines a slight hint of pear and mild malt aroma. The feel is good with mild malt body and moderate carbonation and subtle sweetness with semi-dry finish a smooth mild bitterness and light yeast adds to the feel with nice balance.

The flavor is mildly malty with some light toasted grain in the taste with some light hop notes adding to the flavor with subtle sweet elements from the malt and mild yeast fruitiness but in general it has a somewhat gentle flavor profile befitting the style. I like this and would enjoy it again, but it would not be the first choice unless I was having for a lawnmower ale...it is pretty well suited for a quenching thirst slaking ale of that type.

Slatetank, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a thin white head that soon becomes a thin patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy, musty, with limestone.

The taste is rather bland, but pretty inoffensive. Some grain, some butter. Mild noble hops balance grainy malt to give a dry finish.

Light-bodied and crisp.

As I mentioned earlier, inoffensive but rather bland. Not a bad choice for a hot day. It's a pedestrian light pale ale.

jwc215, Jun 06, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -6.3%

oriolesfan4, May 11, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A disappointing Friday my primary beer store is out of my usual weekend beer, but whats this a new Newcastle beer? I have to give it a try.

A clear light amber to gold colored ale depending on how you look through it. Medium sized white head forms and then disappears.

Smells like an English pale ale. Biscuit malt and herbal and earthy hops. Scents of toasted grains and leather with a little tobacco scent. Slight scent of butter and tea. Mild toffee and caramel, fairly fragrant for a Caledonian brewed beer.

Starts out slightly watery with a mineral flavor and a sharp hop bite. Hard water and hops are the dominate flavors. Leather and tobacco are the main flavors. Mild flavor more of a English pale mild than a straight up pale ale. Not as flavorful as it is aromatic.

Mouthfeel is decidedly light.

Overall a good summer beer and and decently refreshing. It is in no way best of its kind but it isn't with out its charm. I can see consuming this to beat the heat of summer while not getting drunk.

Zorro, May 31, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -6.3%

ejimhof, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright gold, perfectly clear, white head leaves a lot of lace. Aroma of noble hops and toffee. In the flavor, hoppy, some mineral. Bready malts. Honey lemon tea comes to mind. Faint mint notes. Refreshing. Light bodied with a low carbonation level, this drinks like water. A good session ale that hits the spot in the summer.

Stinkypuss, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -6.3%

tdm168, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Tone
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of rice, slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hops. Barely, barely, fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, rice, hint of wheat, and hint of citrus. Overall, bad adjunct aroma, good appearance, and better body than aroma, but still very poor.

Tone, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a very clear light gold pour with a good inch of foam, good lacing.

S- a very grassy smell, hints of malt, that turns grainy with more whiffs.

T- starts off very grassy, some bready/bisuit notes, grainy, not bad but the finish lingers on and on with the grass; seems to be sticking to my tongue. ;^)

M- fairly light bodied, medium carbonation.

O- not a bad brew except it's on the dear side cost wise.

I see from the label that they uss e kinds of hops: Cascade, Hallertau, and Northdown. I've never heard of that last one.

Bitterbill, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - A very dirty blonde indeed with more of an amber rather than yellow. Some pillow like head but not much stickiness.
S - Not bad I do get some decent hop presence but to me it smells very herbal of tea leaves.
T - It taste like they blended this with there brown because I swear I taste some brown malt mid palate. Far from disgusting you get you classic tea leave taste from English bitters and some sweet malts in the finish.
M - Light to medium, far more body than one gets with other light summer ales.

Overall not going to get this one again but it was easy enough to knock back even from the bottle.

DrDemento456, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 28-02-Y-L039-24/19:01. Sampled on June 11, 2013.

The pour is straw or pale yellow with a short-lived white fizzy head. Somewhat carbonated.

The aroma has esters of pale malts, grain, thin hops but I can't get around this sort of dank cellar or cardboard like feel permeating the senses. It's a bit of a put off because of that.

The body is light.

It tastes better than it smells with a reasonable supply of grainy pale malts and clean hop ending. It is lot like a pilsener in that regard. Newcastle should be commended for trying new things but they would be better off sticking with what they do best - their classic brown ale.

puboflyons, Jun 11, 2013
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Newcastle Bombshell from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.