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Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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An Englishman’s first love is his brown ale. However, in the summer he often fancies blondes instead! With this inspiration, we’ve created Newcastle Bombshell, an English style blonde ale. The combination of Cascade, Hellertau and Northdown hops balance this golden coloured ale’s light aroma and bitterness with toasted malt to ensure a silky smooth finish. After one sip of this brew, we’re sure you’ll agree she’s a real bombshell.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Art (2094) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
On tap at PGH Beerfest. Malty mess of an aroma. Smells like an old IPA. It at least tastes slightly better.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (770) - - JUL 26, 2013
Tap at old Chicago powers cos. very malty aroma with a touch of honey. Pours golden yellow with basically no head. Malty flavor with a hint of honey and a slight hoppy bite on the finish. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium gold with just a thin white head that is quick to disappear. Just some sparse lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma of grain with a little bit of toast and spicy hops. Some honey in there as well. Not bad at all but a little weak. More grain and honey on the taste with some caramel sneaking through. The flavor packs a lot more punch than the aroma and really is pretty good. Spicy/grassy hops punch through with a moderate bitterness that lingers for a long while. Overall, not a bad effort from Newcastle on a light and summery brew. A bit better than I was expecting and i would consider picking up some more of this.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear hay colored with 2-finger white clingy head. Nose is caro syrupy pale malt, bready citrus, hops. Tastes of bready pale malt, somewhat cloying, with notes of honey, noble hops, and some finishing pilsy bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheCametron (1964) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle. Golden with White head. Malt is undeniably roasty which undoes the style a little bit. The hops are earthy and sweaty. It doesn’t really come together that well. I was exited when I saw the familiar Newcy Broon branding but the beers were a bit underwhelming.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foyle (294) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10546) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Tap at Union Jack’s. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is cracker and meal malt, earthy hops and sweaty notes. Flavor is malt and hop balanced with a dry finish. Light body and moderate bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Pours clear golden tan with a small lasting head. Very little aroma. Flavor is well balanced with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. This would be a great session ale for a hot summer day.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
seymour (1591) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Tasted from 12oz brown bottle into Geordie Schooner glass, of course. It poured a crystal-clear golden amber colour with weak white head. Very predictable blond ale characteristics. A bit mushy and watery. Hoppier than standard Newcastle Brown obviously, but still nothing dramatic. The label says Cascade, Hallertau and Northdown, three hops I enjoy, and while I guess I believe them, I certainly didn’t pick-up any of their distinct hoppy traits in this beer. Bland but drinkable, a decent summery refresher. It struck me as an American Cream Ale.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
rumproasts (3576) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2013
bottle. Golden with small head. These are some of the worst tasting hops that I’ve ever had in a beer. The last few Newcastle seasonals have been an abomination.


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