Newcastle Brown Ale
Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #325
Ranked #49,036
3.33 | pDev: 18.32%
Heineken Nederland B.V.
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Someone left these in my fridge. Contemplated a drain-pour, but what the hell.

A: Fast pour into a glass. Brown/mohogany color. Clear. Decent head and retention.

S: Euro macro beer. Not unpleasant though.

T: Water, caramel malt. Skunky.

M: A little low in the carbonation dept. Pretty unoffensive brew.

O: Before the craft beer wave, this was one of my treasured brews. There's the nostalgia factor going on for me. Otherwise, it's a waste of time.

Dec 21, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am really surprised by the poor reviews on this beer. It really makes me question the "expert's" expertise. By no means is this the best beer I have ever drank, but it is a really good all purpose beer. It goes well with food, relaxation, refreshment, and just to fill that beer craving.

Jan 17, 2015
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Ranger337 from California

3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite brown ale. As I read the previous ratings, and reviews I am wondering if I am doing something wrong. I absolutely love this beer. It is best on tap though, tons better then from the bottle but isn't that the way it is for most beers?

Feb 01, 2015
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Todd from California

2.16/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 FL OZ custom clear bottle.

Appearance: Tawny/leathery brown. Nice and rich in colour with a bit of a creamy, bubbly lace of a head. Semi-sticky and seems to retain well.

Smell: Medicinal, astringent aromas. Smells crisp and clean. Most of the smells come from the funky ass Ringwood yeast.

Taste: Sweet (but not very malty) and light bodied in the begining. Toasted notes. A crispness creeps up pretty quickly followed by corn sweetness and a definite alcohol taste distinctly from the added maize grits. DMS (cooked vegetables) is also on the palate. Hop notes are leafy, a bit oily. They meld with the prominent yeast profile, that seems to dominate, to create a dryness. Brew gets a bit tea-like, then the tongue then gets coated with a light hop oil/astringent dose of residual flavours from the yeast. Finishes odd.

Notes: This brew uses corn grits, added liquid sugar and is pasteurised. Hardly a "real ale" from England. It's very much a commercial beer these days, and long gone is the age old "goodness." It's now another brew victim to global fame and demand. Despite this, it's drinkable. Not the best brew, or Brown Ale even. In fact, some might find its claimed "special flavour" hard to swallow. Newky Brown uses the tag line "The One and Only" ... let's hope so.

Oct 29, 2000
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KeithE from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was my brown ale of choice a while back that I would get in 12 packs before I got into all the dark brown ales, stouts, porters etc. Actually a decent beer if you are quaffing a few and doing stuff outside in the summer. It's not the sort of beer you really want to sit down with to analyze all the subtle complexities and richness.

Jan 27, 2015
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Nine_Tails from Spain

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very easy drinking beer with a sweet taste and pleasant

Feb 07, 2015
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Jasonboerner from New Mexico

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to beer at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Jan 14, 2015
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4.84/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All around easy beer to drink being a malt beer every beer guy would enjoy this everyday after a long day at work

Feb 05, 2015
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UPBrewer92 from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've come across rumors that this supposedly goes extremely well with chocolate cake. The combination was ok, but nothing special. By itself, though, this is a decent drink that's worth having again.

Mar 29, 2015
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berkeleymaw from California

4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not so bad, my go-to beer if I'm drinking somewhere that doesn't sell microbrews, porters, stouts, IPA's, etc. when I'm not in the mood for Guiness. Preferable to the other beers you can usually find typical chain restaurants.

May 08, 2015
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I had this on tap at my local Red Robin, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown opaque color with a very small off-white head and minimal lacing. Lots of carbonation in the glass.

Smell: At first I smelled nothing, but then after a moment I got the faintest hint of malt.

Taste: A bit watery on the first sip, with a malty, slight medicinal presence on the tongue. At first I was decidedly underwhelmed, but the taste actually did improve over time until I thought, "Hey, this isn't too bad."

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated, a bit watery, some bitterness on the back end.

Overall: On tap I have no problems drinking this beer. It's not great and not awful. I wouldn't get it in the bottle.

Mar 05, 2015
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JeffBlue from California

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

(Draft revisited, Canyon Club, Agoura Hills CA 3/8/15) Cream of mushroom soup. Some brown sugar maltiness comes through after awhile. Can remember when this beer was in my top 5 many moons ago.

Mar 10, 2015
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Dana_Campbell from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just re-discovered This Classic! Love it! Tasty easiest drinking beer ever! I will start buying this regularly again for sure. Beer snobs better recognize!

May 05, 2015
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Beertsipper from New York

3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at BWW. No head. Average brown ale. On a warm day, you can definitely crush several of these quite rapidly. On tap is much better than cans or bottles.

Sep 27, 2015
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Diaper-Daniels from Wisconsin

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

New castle?? Where is this castle people keep talking about? All I see is an old moat of a beer.

Feb 01, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a small, white head. Is reddish brown in color. Initial taste is of malts combined with sweet, floral flavors. Malts and floral flavors persist through final taste as a nutty flavor enters. Sweetness from the floral flavors are a bit high and throw the beer off balance. Overall, a slightly better than average brown ale.

Mar 13, 2015
CMIKEHUNT from New York

4.16/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good place to start people into craft beer. .
Id like to consider this beer as beer purgatory.
Dark caramel. Semi sweet. Filling medium body.
Not bitter. Not sweet. Not the best but not the worst.
Middle of the road for anyone training their pallet to jump from mass production beer over to ipa style.

Aug 26, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ah. Newcastle. This was one of my Brown Ales and I used to think it was the flagship of the style. Time has not been overly kind to this beer. I've heard and read plenty of things that make me avoid Newcastle, but I decided to give it another go during a recent pub visit. Really, this beer is much like I remember it - fizzy, thin, with a bit of chocolate and malt. There are so many other great Browns out there - this is not one I will be actively seeking out.

Apr 18, 2015
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ckornmannn from Washington

3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a transparent dark mahogany brown. Very smooth and silky. Malt forward for sure, very little hops coming through. It is a brown ale after all. Its good for the style.

Apr 05, 2015
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jharper2189 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good brown ale with pretty good quality.

Jan 28, 2015
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ThinBlueLine from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a mass produced brown ale, it rates better than most commercial offerings. Readily available when nothing else is, priced right, and always a decent choice.

Jan 09, 2018
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mjstern70 from California

2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

'Eh it's alright. It's a little watery and I'm sure it was much better before they put it on heavy distro around the globe.

Apr 12, 2015
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JakeMegabyte from Rhode Island

1.36/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

The fatal flaw with the Newcastle Brown Ale is it's clear bottle. Unless you're drinking it on tap, or drinking it right out of the box from England, its often properly skunked. It's a beer that is meant to taste smooth that's given a smokey skunked smell and flavour. If I hadn't had the beer at several different venues I wouldn't have said anything, but it's a real problem, especially when you're buying a beer. Put your beer in amber bottles, you don't know how they're stored in other places or how they'll be perceived, because otherwise, the beer is actually good. I wouldn't recommend this beer to even my worst enemies until this problem has been attended to, come on guys.

Dec 06, 2015
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jesusfgcadiz from Spain

3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good brown ale. Buen sabor, refrecante

Apr 12, 2015
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On Tap at the Cabin, Freehold, NJ
AROMA: Nutty Aroma, some vanilla
LOOK: Light brown. Very Small Head.
TASTE: Not bad. Nothing particular stands out
FEEL: A little flat.

Dec 04, 2016
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