Newcastle Summer Ale
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Newcastle Summer AleNewcastle Summer Ale
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English Bitter
Ranked #289
Ranked #48,167
2.98 | pDev: 20.13%
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Newcastle Summer AleNewcastle Summer Ale
Notes: a Scottish Sparkling Ale
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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and floral. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter grassy hops. Some caramel and grain-like sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was okay. It seemed a little unbalanced. A little messy.

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of flexabull
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Parents had a bottle of this in the fridge, so I decided to give it a try.

Pours a light and bright gold color with a decent head.

Nose is faint, a bit grainy, sugary, with some sweet corn like notes. There isn't much to smell, but what I notice is kind of odd.

Taste is like the nose. Sweet, corn like, buttery, with some cereal grain, and mild tartness. Finish is crisp, with faint mineral hops. Weird taste, it's just too sweet and grainy.

Mouthfeel is ok, a bit thin and watery though.

Overall, this is average at best, but bordering on bad. I finished it, but I thought about letting the drain do it for me.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of alehopman
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why NSA got classified as a hefeweizen. According to a Heineken press release, the malts are Optic and Golden Promise. No wheat mentioned at all. The hefe is also missing, there being not one suggestion of sediment in the bottle. Upon tasting it, I would classify it as a British summer ale.

What I did get from the tasting was a pleasant surprise. Whereas there is litte hop presence in NBA there is plenty here, as promised by the information on the packaging. A spicy Fuggles element really comes through. Mouthfeel is substantial and the higher hopping level doesn't affect the strong malt elements here. For NBA they do add corn grits as the adjunct and I suspect some here also (it is alot less noticable in NSA). The ale finshes with a crisp hop finish. At the end of the day, this ends up being a good quality bitter.

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a sort of clear honey yellow color with a finger of white head that left a touch of lace in the glass and a thin white film on top. Cracker like grain aromas with a thin bit of lemon on the end. Taste follows suit with maybe a touch of honey sweetness up front and a modest bit of bitterness on the back end. I appreciate the different flavor profile that the English hops have to offer, don't get me wrong, I love Cascades, Chinooks and the like, but it is nice to have something that is not over the top with citrus and pine once in a while. Overall this beer goes down pretty easy, but doesn't offer a whole lot of excitement. Basically if I were at a barbecue and the choices were BMC or this, I would jump all over it. On my dollar? Maybe not.

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

355ml bottle: BBD 30 Apr 2013. Poured into a 'Back Forty Beer Co' badged glass sleeve @ home on 13 Apr 2013.

Light amber with an orange hint, on top a thin covering of off-white bubbles. Sadly the head soon did a runner.

Toffee apple aroma, with added grain.

Malty feel to the actual taste, but this a watery brew and it doesn't carry the 4.4% ABV very well at all. Nicely carbonated but lacks depth of flavour and comes across as a weak, almost bland blend. To be fair it does have a crisp bitter bite towards the end, but overall I wasn't really impressed.

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mschind
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A- white foamy 2 finger head that dissapeared. No lacing or retention. Crystal clear light amber color.

S- even this style had some of that Newcastle nuttiness to it followed by some carmel malt. The bottle says hops and glory but I'm not getting much in the way of hops here.

T- clean and malty, carmel and then some cider with a slightly bitter finish.

M- light and even a bit watery. Carbonation is appropriate.

O- the style is identified as an English bitter but they want to sell this as a summer ale. In the US that means something a bit different, some spice or citrus. This is ok as an ordinary bitter. It goes down easy and tastes clean and refreshing but nothing special.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.52/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a crystal-clear light golden color with a thin film of off-white head. Caramel and bread dominate the aroma, with butterscotch and floral hop notes. Bready with bits of toast and caramel and floral hops in the background. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Super-drinkable. Not my favorite example of the style, but a pleasant surprise and something different from the normal blondes and wheats of this time of year.

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1/5  rDev -66.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of lemon citrus hops and biscuit malts in the nose along with notes of earthy and fruity yeast..
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness persists from the initial taste through the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink but there’s nothing really special about the taste. This would make a good lawnmower beer or something to pair with a summer BBQ.

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got while at Boardwalk Billy's University City in Charlotte NC.... Poured in to mug (not frosted !!!! Yes)

A: Golden colored with a hint of orange, pretty clean with nice looking carbonation, very little head and not much lacing... pretty average..

S: Not much here, a little malt and a slight floral hops maybe some citrus hiding. Lacking here.

T: Like the smell... not much going on. Little malt, light hops and a little lemon peel. I think it wants to be a Hefe but comes off more like a very light Pale Ale... Still it is refreshing....

M: Pretty light to mid bodied.... little less carbonated they I was thinking it would be.... Not a bad summer ale.

D: If you want something a little different than the norm, it would work... not overly complex but drinkable.

I was expecting more from Newcastle, this seems very new to them too... Hey keep trying !!!

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of bmwats
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Light amber hue. Pours about a half finger, bubbly white head; which quickly settles, and dissipates almost completely. No real lacing to speak of. Light effervescence continues to rise throughout body.

S: Italian bread, lavender, and dish soap.

T: Subtly sweet, lightly malted brew. Floral notes with a hoppy bite. A little brassy.

M: Light and crisp with an pungent, brassy aftertaste. Feels a little like smelling the inside of an old shoe.

D: Goes down easy, but aftertaste is a little off-putting.

Atmosphere is decent. Light head and no lacing though. Nose is soapy and floral. Light body accentuated with a pungent, metallic malty tone complimented with flora and hops. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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4/5  rDev +34.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body capped by two fingers of bubbly off-white head that leaves sparse patches of lacing on its way down.

Aroma: Citrusy, apricot-like, and perfumey British hops over a sweet pale malt body. Balanced excellently.

Flavor: Lightly bitter and citric hops over a mild biscuity malt backbone. It's crisp and simple, but not without it's charms. Again, this is a well-balanced affair. Grainy malt and juicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a balanced finish.

Drinkability: Top marks here as this was obviously built for sessionability. I just wish I had another bottle to keep the experience going.

Verdict: Newcastle Summer Ale is a solid little brew. Thoroughly British and easily drinkable without sacrificing all character, this is one of those cheerful session beers from that side of the pond we hear so much about. I was a little skeptical going in, but Newcastle's first seasonal spin-off is a welcome addition for me.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Newcastle Summer Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 361 ratings