Newcastle Bombshell
Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #452
Ranked #48,842
3.21 | pDev: 18.07%
Heineken Nederland B.V.
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stevoj from Idaho

2.27/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Slightly sour, cereal taste to this beer. Aroma and taste of wet paper. Chalky, watery Mouthfeel. Much better golden blondes to be found in the UK

Dec 29, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

1.73/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden, yellow color with an eighth of a finger of while-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. Looks like a BMC beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked bread, biscuits and cereal. I also get notes of caramel, honey and honey-suckle and some faint notes of corn or rice-like adjuncts. Smells a little bit like a BMC beer.

Taste: Disappointing. Some bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some caramel, and a lot of the aforementioned corn or rice-like adjuncts which give off a slightly sour/vinegary flavor. Tastes like a BMC beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin and pretty smooth and creamy as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a disappointing beer, made for BMC drinkers. Not recommended.

Jun 12, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow, with mediocre whitish head. Interesting smell. Grains, bread,...tequila? Yes, definite, distinct agave notes. Note sure what that's from. The taste has all the same qualities. Yes, tequila again, but it's better in the smell. But some lemony tartness and rindy bitterness. Low to medium carbonation, watery, light bodied, and a little astringent.

May 25, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, bready. Taste is malts, some sweetness, a bit of fruit, light hops are present. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a smooth and refreshing beer.

Jan 26, 2015
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In Laurel MS.
Pours a very light pale yellow with an abundant white frothy head that has outstanding retention and great lacing.
Smell: Bready malts, and some tart lemon hops.
Taste: Bready malts lead, chewy, a little sweet creamy maple syrup that gives way to some dry hops at the finish.
I liked this beer.

Dec 18, 2014
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look- Thin frothy head with a dishwater color.
S- Very nice buttery smell with fruitiness.
T- Nothing really jumps out. Little hop, little funk, little spice and funk.
O- I wasn't expecting much from this and got exactly that.

Dec 07, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a yeasty malt aroma
Appearance- A pale yellow with a large white head.
Taste- disappointing to me, has a yeasty to bread flavor with malt that doesn't come across well to me.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, not that spectacular
Overall- I gave this an average rating, it did nothing for me. I would drink this again if handed one.

Nov 19, 2014
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.42/5  rDev +6.5%

Wife's out at the bar with friends, I'm home drinking crafts. I guess I really am a homebody enjoying the finer things in life instead of getting sloppy and listening to loud and terrible music with people falling over each other.

I digress..

Appearance (3.75) : A solid center pour yields a fluffy 2 finger eggshell white head. The body is pale golden color naturally, and very clear. Lacing is left behind in rings as it recedes slowly.

Aroma (3.75) : Yeast, spiced black jelly bean, candy jelly bean, malt, some fresh grass, pancake batter. It does smell good despite the oddities listed here. It's very fresh and appealing. Bouquet is weak to medium strength.

Taste (3.25) : Bread and butter come out almost immediately... which is really good but there's prominent hops and they destroy that luscious flavor. See, I like blondes that taste like liquid bread. That goes for beers, too. So when it's almost there for me and something gets in the way, it's a bit frustrating. I can't say much else other than the yeast being bready, and the diacetyl being buttery. The hops come in and put moderate bitterness on all of that. I don't mind a balance, but I wish it had a more yeast-malt only flavor. Get thee behind me, hops!

This one actually tastes better out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied, carbonated, lightly creamy. Ends hoppy and semi-dry.

Overall (3.42) : Glad I didn't purchase a six pack of this. It's not a bad beer, but at $2 a shot, well...whatever. Their flagship beer is better. On to the next one! Getting crunked tonight!

Oct 18, 2014
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice golden colored ale with a medium white head. Aroma is fruity, grass notes and grains. Taste is sweet toasted grains, grass with a bitter ending. Palate is medium body, crisp with good carbonation. Finishes with a toasted grain flavor, grass notes, fruity with a moderate hops bitterness bite and a bit of a nutty aftertaste as well. Overall nothing really stand out but still an ok summer brew.

Sep 30, 2014
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

4/5  rDev +24.6%

This pours a very clear and bright golden color with a thick long lived head that settles slowly leaving a thin head down the sides of the glass.

The nose is classic Newcastle spiced hops with a a nice bready and malty undertone.

The taste is rather dry and crisp, this subdues the strong malt with a nice hop bitter that almost reminds me of a stronger Old Speckled Hen. The taste has notes of breadiness that balances well with the dryness.

The moutfeel is just right.

Overall this is extremely drinkable and enjoyable, another one I highly recommend.

Sep 21, 2014
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mjurney from Texas

3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold color, clear. Some carbonation. Thick frothy head.

Fruity, lemony, sweet malts.

Clean malts, semi-sweet, light toast. Tart fruit, green apples. Hop bitterness is mild, tea and leafy. Finish is very dry. Body is light, crisp, dry.

It's a good beer.

Jul 18, 2014
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fx20736 from New York

2.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 6/21/14. Poured into a Nonic at fridge temp.

appearance: Old Gold tinted amber. White head. good lacing.

smell: a little sweet. corn syrup, perhaps. mild hop aroma more Noble than Fuggles/ Goldings.

taste: thick malt flavored by apple cider vinegar. finish is not crisp, clean or refreshing but leaves a thick malty coating on the tongue.

mouthfeel: good, full bodied.

overall: not good at all.

Jun 22, 2014
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HardTarget from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light yellow glass holds a thin white cover that lasts and laces a bit. A bit of chill haze gives it some depth.

Smell: A whiff of what I always associate with a proper pint in a British Pub. Estery yeast on a cracker thin base of clean malt. Slightly lemon citric note.

Taste: Earthy hops mix with the lemon fruity yeast for a bit of complexity. A bit acidic for the proper pint of real ale I want this to be,

Mouthfeel: Soft and slightly gritty in the finish.

Overall: A nice beer. A bit fruity but I could see getting some more.
Worth a try

May 15, 2014
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: thin white head dissipates rapidly with very slight lacing. Clear light golden appearance and heavy carbonation present.
Aroma: fairly mild with some citrus and earthy hops in the background of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: light, watery, refreshing, crisp, with a dry finish.
Flavor: pleasant combination with the sweet white bread malts along with a tangy, earthy hops. Overall: since this is a summer beer, I actually was pleasantly surprised at the hop characteristics. By no means is this a hop-bomb, but it has a nice bitterness that sets it apart from so many of the super sweet summer ales that are so popular at present.

Apr 27, 2014
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AUGRAD06 from Alabama

3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A perfectly middle of the road pale ale. Nothing really wow or amazing or different for that matter. Mainly bought it because of the name and label on it. I definitely prefer the darker Newcastle brews. Not much else to say about this beer...I would have liked a little citrus flair in there personally.

Apr 18, 2014
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generallee from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into and pint glass. The label lists the abv at 4.4% and there is a short description of the beer on the back.

Appearance: The body has a nice clear golden yellow color with about a finger thick white head on top. The head faded quickly leaving a nearly naked beer in the glass.

Smell: In the nose I get a mild grassy hop presence with a slight touch of lemony citrus hops and very light sour dough bread notes as well.

Taste/Palate: Bombshells flavor starts with a base of sourdough bread like maltiness with a thin grassy and flat earthy hop presence for balance. I also picked up some light toasted notes and even a very slight oxidized flavor in the finish.

Notes: Overall this one just didn’t impress me.

Oct 16, 2013
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watermelon from North Carolina

2.67/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass(only clean glass I had).

A: Poured a golden straw color with a white soapy head which left some lacing.

S: I would say the main smell is vinegar, there is a bit of sweetness but not much. Something about the smell almost triggers my gag reflex.

T: the taste is a bit bitter and I taste vinegar. There is a lingering aftertaste that isn't exactly pleasant.

M: The carbonation is a good level and this beer has a silky mouthfeel. I would say if it weren't for the smell and taste this would have high drinkability.

O: I was pretty unimpressed with this beer, If one could return alcohol I would have. However this is a summer beer and I am trying it in October. I was unable to find a date on it, but If I assume it was bottled in April, May, or June then that would put the age at around 6 months. Perhaps I got a bad batch. The style is also not my first choice. Alas I may pick this up again next late spring/early summer and give it another shot, after all everyone deserves a second chance.

Oct 08, 2013
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beergoot from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich, golden body topped with a thick, creamy head. Earthy grain and hop aroma; toffee and grass. Light, toasted grain flavors with a nice, complementary hop bitterness. Light bodied; crisp and dry.

A decent pale that drinks easily. A little thin and watery feel overall, but then it's pretty light in the ABV department, too, so this is a really good candidate for a session ale. What it lacks in body in does a fair enough job with flavor.

Aug 22, 2013
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Pegasus from Texas

3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal-clear medium golden n color, with a moderate, dense white head, which fades slowly. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: A strong punch of earthy hops dominate the aroma, the hops are nearly reminiscent of a very strong, old cheese. There are grassy hops as well. Lightly toasted malts and honey aromas offer a pleasing counterpoint.

Taste: Opens with earthy hops and crisp, lightly toasted pale malt. The hops are a bit harsh, and have an almost "catty" aspect. As the taste progresses, the malt struggles to assert itself against the hops, ultimately falling short. Finishes with a lingering, earthy bitterness.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: For me, the hops were off-putting. If a somewhat milder hop were utilized, this could be a very drinkable session beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Aug 22, 2013
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swanson45 from North Carolina

2.56/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Cascade, Hellertau, and Northdown hops are in this beer and it just didn't work for me. The color and the aroma was ok. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel and the amount of bitterness this beer had but I did not care for the flavor at all. There seemed to be some notes of toasted malt as well.

Aug 18, 2013
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zac16125 from South Carolina

2.16/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pint glaass

Light straw yellow, white head, no lacing. Apple, pale malt, and vinegar notes on the aroma. The taste is just awful, dominated by apple cider vinegar and cheap white wine. Its undrinkable. 400plus BA reviews and this is only my 3rd drain pour. Awful. Avoid.

Aug 11, 2013
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sampled 8/8/13 in a pilsner glass from my home bar. Bottle was chilled to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Pours a yellow/gold color with a 1-finger white head that leaves good lacing with each sip. The aroma is hops and sweet malts. The taste is close to the same with a hint of rice and a slight dry bitter finish. Overall, not real impressed with this one. I do like their regular "Brown Ale" and their 'Founder's Ale" was better than this. Overall it was just OK.

Aug 08, 2013
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Tone from Missouri

2.82/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Aug 07, 2013
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KidKrafty from New York

3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a brown bottle in to a Newcastle Geordie Schooner glass. The beer is a clear golden color with a white head that thins out in a few minutes. The aroma is light fruit, white grape and pear come to mind with a hint of toffee in the background. Toffee flavor starts things out with the fruit flavors passing by finishing with a quick tart bitterness before being sticky sweet on the lips. The beer is crisp, light, refreshing and very easy to drink.

Aug 04, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
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 is pretty well suited for a quenching thirst slaking ale of that type.

Jul 31, 2013
Newcastle Bombshell from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 401 ratings