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Newcastle Bombshell - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 46 | 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 mjh0527
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

mjh0527, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.39/5  rDev +5.6%

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 TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev +9%

TheBigBoy, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%

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 DrDemento456
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%

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 RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +24%

Newcastle Bombshell has a medium-to-thick, creamy, white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance. Lacing is pretty nice. The aroma is pungent, with a relatively strong, sweet & sour, beery smell, and the flavor is a white-wine, grain, lemon, and lightly-toasted barley mix. Actually, it tastes much more of alcohol than the 4.4%, but it all works. There is a fairly strong, somewhat sour aftertaste. Also, there is a nice, hefty bitterness present. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat oily, and Newcastle Bomshell finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. This is not a dull beer, and can go toe to toe with any other summer ale. Overall, it's delicious, and I think they hit a home run with this.


RonaldTheriot, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tbryan5, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.61/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours out to a thin white head that lasts and leaves bits of foam on the side of the glass. Color is a deep gold...a "brassy blond?" Aroma is sweet, buttery and slightly hoppy and estery. Flavor is a balanced mix of sweet grains, Cascade hop flavors and a pleasant, bracing finish. Mouthfeel is correct for style, nothing special there. This is a good beer, a solid choice. It gets tastier and more complex as it warms up a bit.

EagleTalon, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Andrew041180
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Poured a slightly lighter shade of brilliantly clear gold, with strong carbonation at the start, slowly fading to light carbonation. Head retention was solid, but lacing was minimal.

S - Not much going on here. I could smell a little of what I typically refer to as Europe, with a little bit of light toasted malt.

T - Plain Jane. Not offensive by any means, but not enough flavor to really notice. The hops faded as the bear warmed, leaving more of a light malty taste.

M - Started off very light and bubbly. As it warmed the carbonation faded and the feel grew a little more comforting. It did not add to the experience, however.

O - This beer tasted better after I had left it in the glass for about half an hour. The baby needed to be bathed and put to bed, so I had to take a break. I would definitely allow this one to sit before drinking more of it, but on the other hand, I wouldn't really seek it out. Not bad, but didn't have any memorable positive aspects for me.

Andrew041180, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of jjarreau
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

jjarreau, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Hopinista
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Hopinista, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of bump8628
3/5  rDev -6.5%

bump8628, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%

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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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Oldkentman, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of chuckgfk
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

chuckgfk, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of litheum94
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

litheum94, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Carluver
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Carluver, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear pale straw color. White foamy head leaves little film, but has light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet cereal grain and malts.

Taste: A nice grainy, toasted malt body. A nice tang of hops to finish. Faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, crisp.

Overall: the more I drink it, the more citrus comes out. It's a fairly easy drinker.

JuicesFlowing, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of soonerlight
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

soonerlight, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of RCLOHR267
3/5  rDev -6.5%

RCLOHR267, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of bmwats
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Lots of effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely. Leaves a little smattering of bubbles. Slight lacing mostly leaves the scene quickly.

S: Light pungent malt. Sweet hop character. Tea leaf, and a little dish soap.

T: Pungent, sour hops. Kind of tastes like chewing on some tea and tobacco leaves. Soap is available to ya', too.

M: Pungent, bitter, soapy palate. Light body. Off-putting aftertaste kind of haunts you.

D: Drink quickly... and get it over with.

Atmosphere is okay. Nice hue, solid head, not much lacing. Nose is really pungent and almost rancid hop tone, with some sweet tea leaf and dish soap. The pungency really overwhelms the flavor profile. Soapy and leafy....? Overall, this is not so good a quaff.

bmwats, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

podes, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of ScottyDuzntNo
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

ScottyDuzntNo, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev -5%

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
Photo of BigTrubble
2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

BigTrubble, Jun 04, 2013
Newcastle Bombshell from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.