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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3677   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
A average brown ale. Not much head or aroma. Smooth going down but not much taste happening. Just average

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2003
No big surprises or strong flavors, just a decent tasting but underpowered ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6247) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 A rapidly diminishing head and that destroys the aroma too. A soft palate, very short taste and flavour from caramel.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
Personally, I don't see what all the fuss is about. I've heard "Oh, this is great beer", etc. on internet news groups so often, that I decided to buy a 12 pack of bottles to try it out. The first thing I noticed is the clear bottle. I don't know why the British have a thing for clear bottles, but all it does is let the beer skunk that much faster. The second thing I noticed is what can only be described as a "locker-room" smell to it when opened. Sort of like old, dirty gym socks or the like. It is just barely a light brown color, and when you hold the bottle up to the light, you can see right thru it. It poured well enough, even though it has a thin head that doesn't last very long. My batch didn't leave any lace to speak of, either. No hops aroma or flavor either. This is a greatly over-hyped beer. It is more like a super sweet soda than a great British beer. It sure did not taste anything nutty or even malty for that matter. Save your money, buy a better brown ale, there's plenty out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2003
It has a pretty smooth taste. The top end is much better than the finish. An average beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2003
Weak tasting, watery and lightweight. However, it's very drinkable. I just don't consider it to be a notable brown ale, despite being highly over-hyped. I'm glad it's getting cheaper around here. Pours with little head and is very flat. Sweet caramel initial taste, but kicks back with bitterness. I get this one every couple of months when I'm bored. If they flavored this one up a bit, then it might be a winner. But as it is, it has neither the taste or the alcohol to make it noteworthy. I'd expect at least 6% in in this sucker to make it really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2003
Awesome beer, second only to Grain Belt in my book, Thanks UW for one heck of a time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11539) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2003
Frothy off-white head, diminishing slowly. Cherry aroma. Thin and a bit watery. Slight hopbitter and milk chocolate flavor. Toffee and cherry. Slight bitter finish. Nice, tasty beer, could use some more body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2003
Classic example of the sytle. New-kee-brown has moved into the mainstream in London and is threatening to become trendy. Clear copper brown colour, with lots of roasted malt flavour its a lovely beer. Its low on gas and often makes for a safe drinking alternative if the bar is to trendy for good beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 Update, 8/18/03: Picked up a 550 mL bottle before a hike to celebrate with at the summit. This was a complete disaster. The clear bottle had been totally exposed to light and was COMPLETELY skunked. Now, I've had beer that tasted skunky before, but this reeked of it. Get rid of the clear bottles! Avoid this beer unless you know it's been kept in a dark place. Dark brown color reminds me of root beer. Pours to absolutely no head. Solid taste, but the best part is the multi-faceted aftertaste.

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