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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3730   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 King Overrated. People who don’t know anything about beer think this is a good beer. Too mild and boring for my liking.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazywoodsman (10) - USA - MAY 12, 2003
This is my default beer at a pub. It's a nice brown ale, better when served at almost room temp. The aftertaste gets me (on tap) sometimes, but it's clean and strong out of the bottle. Best drank with a meal.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - MAY 8, 2003
The one and only brown ale to forget, but fast and it's in a clear bottle...?

2.8
   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

3.1
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6470) - 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.

1.1
   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.

3.2
   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.

2.8
   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.

4.7
   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.


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