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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3746   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12693) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Brownish amber ale appearance Decent taste with hints of nuts and vanilla.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Sweet, malty, tame beer with very little in the way of hop flavor or aroma. Excellent on tap. Much better than any of the U.S. macros. Perfect middle of the road beer for all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Brown/amber color with a barely existent offwhite head. Crisp smell of malt, slight nuttiness. Tastes slightly syrupy, just a touch of nuttiness and vanilla. Aftertaste has a nice smooth mild malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little thin

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleConnoisseur (29) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2003
This is a good beer, especially if you feel like drinking with your pancakes and eggs. I think its a bit too sweet it has a syrupy taste and it is quite overpriced

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Medium brown amber appearance. Big malty nose, the classic aroma of British malts. Sweet syrup aroma as well. good carbonation, soft feeling inside the mouth. Some mildly sweet oak and maple syrup flavors. Just pretty plain, I guess. Missing some more robust, roasted malt flavor. I can't believe I paid $3.75 for a bottle of this at the bar we went to tonight. It was Champions in Norman, and we went there only because it was someplace new. Sat around outside on a nice patio next to everyone else who was 21-23 college drop outs, only there for the meat market. Quote of the night goes to the bright one at an adjacent table who said "I don't like Bud Light because it's too bubbly". Basically, Newcastle was the only beer on the list that I had not rated, so it became my choice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Nutty , vanilla flavor emerged on first swallow, it had a nice silky mouthfeel and a carmelly taste towards the end. Better than American commercial.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 I simply didn't like it that much. The aroma was inviting, but the taste was terrible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 30, 2003
Thin, brown body with hints of amber. Head is little to none at all. Smell is actually pretty good, with healthy malt and nutty scents. Taste is malt, roasted, bitter hops, water and a very small amount of nuttiness, in that order for the most part. Aftertaste is short-lived, with some bitterness from the hops and more wateriness. Probably one of the better beers you can get at a bar sporting all domestic taps. Had on tap at Dave’s Taverna in Harrisonburg, VA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
If I have a standby beer, and I'm not really sure that I do, Newcastle comes the closest. Go to the grocery store and you can bet Newcastle will be there. And that's a good thing. I like the look of a Newcastle. It pours a dark brown, a very dark brown, as befits a brown ale. There is not much of a head so drinking can begin immediately, or at least no drinking through bubbles. Newcastle has a nice aroma. Not sweet but you can smell the malt. As much as I like Newcastle, I will admit that it can be skinky. Actually, I have never tasted a beer whose flavor varies from 6-pack to 6-pack as much as Newcastle. I don't know if it's the clear bottles or it may be old beer but it irritates me. However, I have had much more good than bad. Newcastle proves that dark color does not necessarily equal strong flavor. However, the flavor is good and even better after the first!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Nothing shocking here. Just an easy to drink brown ale (yes, brown). It's one advantage is it's crisper than some beers you'll find in british style pubs (boddingtons or guinness) and it makes a good contrast to either of those.

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