Brewed by John Smiths (Heineken UK)
Style: Brown Ale
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 3516   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Available filtered and pasteurised in keg and bottle.
Newcastle Brown Ale was first brewed in 1927 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, by Jim Porter after three years of development. Production moved from Newcastle to Gateshead at the end of 2004 and to Tadcaster on closure of the Dunston brewery in 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MNAle (40) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2014
A relatively aggressive pour results in a one inch off-white head, and a strong malt aroma wafts up. (A gentle pour results in not much of a head and not as much aroma.) Dark brown coffee color, the head dissipates fairly quickly with clinging lacing that follows the beer down the side of the glass as you drink. Sweet malt aroma if you take a whiff with your nose "in" the glass. Taste backs up the aroma with a dusty, English malt flavor. Full malt taste, with some bitterness in the coming through, just a touch of hops that fades quickly. The English yeast does come through, but I would have liked to have had it be more assertive to balance the malt dominance. Even though a bit one-dimensional, it is very flavorful. Lightly carbonated, as is typical for an English ale. Aftertaste is sweet and (you’ll never guess) malty, and it lingers for awhile. While it is sweet, it is not overly or cloyingly so. This ale is meant to be consumed at English pub temperature. If you drink it too cold, it will taste thin and watery. It needs to be at the proper temperature to be fully appreciated. So, if you refrigerate it, let it warm up a bit and the body and mouth feel improves noticeably. At 4.7% ABV, this does meet the "session" criteria here in the USA, but it is a bit to strong for that in the UK. This ale, while pleasant and flavorful, it too one-dimensional for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LED40 (69) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle served super cold. Pours nut brown with a thin white head and grainy aroma. Notes of caramel, malt, toast, prune and chocolate are noticeable. The overall body of the beer is thin with a low hop bitterness but it is lively leaving a trail of lacing along the side of the glass. Overall a great session ale that is very well balanced and enjoyable to drink even if it is a bit generic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jan23778 (113) - SPAIN - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a light brown colour with a slightly off white lasting head. Aroma is quite sweet, not prominant, pleasant. Smooth taste, not strong or overpowering. I pick up lightly toated bread and a sweet finish. overall not bad but a little uninteresting

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YantarCoast (216) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 13, 2014
500ml can, pours clear brown with a very small beige head. Faint aroma of caramel. Taste is sweet. It is very similar in taste to the Russian-brewed Kozel Cerny.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
billtheman (78) - milford, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Just had my first one. Like the dark brown appearance, has a pleasant taste but not the best I ever tasted, good on the palate, good after taste. Will drink it again if someone offered me a bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gorkogrlo (177) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown color, medium size, light yellow head. Chocolate and nuts in nose. Flavor of chocolate, toast, caramel, nuts and oranges. Thin body. On sweet side. So-so beer. Missing some fulness abd bitterness for british style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obfuscate (106) - Minneapolis, - DEC 9, 2014
Paul Harvey once said "best of the lousiest, lousiest of the best" and I think that sums up Newcastle. For a mass produced beer it’s pretty good. There are a few other mass produced beers I like better but these always are pretty easy to drink and taste good. Nothing great but no off pudding favors. If I want a brown ale there are much better choices but I have no problem drinking this if the situation arises.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
coranc (35) - IRELAND - DEC 7, 2014
Pours brown colour. Malty, some bread, light smoke. Medium bitterness. Very average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
HansFredrik (5) - - DEC 6, 2014 does not count
Wery good ale, nice coulor and taste. In my opinion a regular alright beer for my taste

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lidor1995 (13) - ISRAEL - NOV 28, 2014
Straight from a bottle. Average small, malty rich taste and appealing color. awesome beer

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