Newcastle Brown Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #159
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3.67 | pDev: 15.26%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale
Notes: We often think the best way to make new friends is to share a beer – and with some of our closest buds we’re taking it a step further and are brewing beer together! We are excited to be partnering with our friends at Newcastle to take over the brewing of their famous Brown Ale in our Petaluma and Chicago breweries.

And not only are we doing the brewing, but our brewmaster, Jeremy Marshall, has reimagined the classic recipe using Newcastle’s traditional ingredients -- fermented with Lagunitas’ English house ale yeast -- to bring forth a familiar but intriguingly new brew.

The reimagined Newcastle Brown Ale is a smooth, crisp, slightly roasty and hoppier beer, that’s not too bitter, not too sweet, and altogether uncommon. Brewed with Centennial and Chinook hops and available in the U.S., the Lagunitas-brewed Newcastle Brown Ale will hit shelves and delight lips in March 2019.

28 IBU
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 21
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4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; bottled on 3/20/2019, BBE 3/2020. Pours crystal clear dark ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and brown bread dough/crust; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, raisin, plum, fig, pear, red apple, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Slight touch of diacetyl, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and brown bread dough/crust; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, raisin, plum, fig, pear, red apple, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, brown bread dough/crust, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, fruit, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roasted bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an excellent English brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesomely clean/rich English malt complexity; with nice noble hop presence/balance, and restrained fruity yeast. Mild residual sweetness with lingering bitter dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example. Definitely substantially better than the one brewed at Heineken!

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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with BBE 03/2020 printed on the neck poured into a Lagunitas jar glass at fridge temp 4.7% ABV. The beer pours bright medium brown in color with ruby highlights and dirty looking off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island of tiny bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is full of toasted malt notes. The taste is semisweet caramel and toasted malt set against a firm but mild finishing bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with adequate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. Way better than the last Newcastle I had a few years ago. Not much complexity, but the taste is mostly on target and the bitterness is restrained and balanced.

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1.51/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

A sad, sad disappointment. I stopped in to a hole-in-the-wall bar serving only a small selection of bottles. No crafts, but two “imports”. I was happy to see Newcastle Brown on the list and ordered it, knowing I’ve always liked it when in the mood for a rich and mild malty brew.
I was surprised to see the new label and bottle, sad enough that the classic clear bottle was gone. My nostalgic displeasure turned to true dismay upon the first taste. THIS IS NOT NEWCASTLE. Instead it is a thin bodied, hop experiment, with a soapy aftertaste. Inspection of the label revealed why. Production was turned over to Lagunitas by Heineken and they ruined a near century-old classic.

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3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

V2.0. Amber brown appearance. Nice tan head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, and floral hoppiness. Taste is sweet, creamy, toffee, and hops on the backend. Mild bitterness and bold.
In the late 90's and early 2,000's. New Castle was thin, watery and somewhat sweet. I find this one better than the original. Well balanced and full flavored.

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Photo of zeff80
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of roastiness, coffee and toffee. Subtle coffee taste, chocolate and toffee. Mild bitterness.

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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamped BBE 02/2020. I'm super happy to see this one back (with a slightly altered recipe). My grandfather was born in Newcastle, so this is a special one for me. Rich brown colored ale with some reddish hues at the edges; foamy tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty, loaded with caramelized grain and a earthy malt presence. Malty sweetness for flavor: nutty grain, caramel, faint chocolate and dark fruit, earthy & spicy hops. Fuller body, creamy and smooth, dry balanced finish. Once again, glad to see this back in some semblance. The flavors are close enough to the original to bring back some nostalgia.

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Photo of SideShowGary
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Better head and better nose than what was coming from Holland.
Amber brown with great cream color head.
Smell is toasted malts with some floral hop notes.
Taste is malty with hops providing backup.
The USA Hops comes through which is a good thing but wonder how it would be with a UK type only. Fuggles anyone?
Mouthfeel is just there, not much but a little chew with good carbonation. The finish is mildly dry, with lingering malt.
Thank you Lagunitas.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is serve a medium brown color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a brown bread taste that has notes of caramel and a little bit of grass and nut. Along with these smells comes some smells of dark fruit and a hint of herb.
Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted malt flavor that has a decent showing of a slightly bready flavors and some caramel. Upfront there is a little bit of a toasted nut flavor mixed with the rest as well. As the taste advances the nut gets a bit stronger, while some hoppy flavors of an herbal and earthy nature join the taste profile. A little bit of cola and molasses come to the tongue at the end, and with a bit more earth, one is left with a nice toasty and rather easy drinking, lightly hopped, and lightly sweet nut taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the lower abv., the mix of toasted malt, lighter hop, lighter sweet, and bit of nut, the feel is very nice and makes this super easy drinker.
Overall – Not much different then the original, but it seems a bit more hoppy and maybe slightly more sweet and malty, which enhances it a bit in my mind. It would be fun to do a side by side if that was possible to compare how it has changed.

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3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is nutty malts and mild fruit/dark fruit. The flavor is nutty malts/hint of a nut chocolate bar, fruit and a slightly tart/smooth/kind of thin finish.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown with three fingers of foamy cream color head.
Smell is toasted malts with some floral hop notes.
Taste is malt forward with the hops providing backup.
Supposed to be higher IBUs than the Euro version but mine was pretty balanced.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. The finish is mildly dry and sweet/bitter.
Overall a good job by Lagunitas.

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Photo of FBarber
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut colored with a two finger tight tan head that collapses quickly leaving just a thin layer of sudsy foam on top of the beer. Some tan lacing left on the glass. Beer is completely clear and somewhat effervescent when held to the light.

Aroma has notes of earthy nutty malts, hints of roasted nuts, a slight hint of sweet vanilla, and caramel. Initially there is an odd slightly metallic aroma that I can't shake. - the metallic aroma is similar to what you'd get with soft water. However, as the beer settles the metallic aroma did die down.

Taste has notes of earthy malts, roasted nuts, hints of caramel and vanilla with slight tobacco notes and a bitter hop flavor lingers on the back end.

Feel is light, drinkable, and smooth. Vibrant carbonation provides some sprightliness on the palate.

Overall this is quite a nice brown ale - Lagunitas did wonders for this one without making it the stereotypical Lagunitas beer. I'd happily pick it up again.

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Newcastle Brown Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 21 ratings