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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3722   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2002
lighter brown ale. Excellent tasting bite on the finish. Color is thing of beauty. ASHHHH!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Re-Rate 12/20/02: Once again a beer I first sample some twenty years ago while in England, how great it was from the “Cask”, as my notes from that time state I was totally enamoured. Personally, I still like this ’Brown Ale’, are they’re better, ’yes’, but they’re many worse ones. The beer pours a nice limpid brown color, the head portly, the texture frothy; the lace left behind thick sheets to coat the class. Nutty sweet nose, caramel, with lots of malt, pleasing enough for me. Richly sweet at the start, top middling and the finish mildly acidic, patiently hopped and a nice dry malt aftertaste. Clean and satisfying, and a beer that is much better from the tap than the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Beautiful clear brown ale with good head and floral nose; goes down fast from there. Adequately bitter but unbalanced, not enough malt or caramel, too thin in the mouth.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
LadyBeerLover (70) - Benton, Arkansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
i really need to try this beer again for a decent rateing

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
Pleasant aroma and beautiful appearance. Complex flavour, can taste the hops. But I have to say overall it didn’t live up to the hype. I’ve kept on hearing about great this beer is supposed to be. Wild Rose Brown is a better choice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Have had this beer so many times, I finally had it and remembered to review it. This redish brown colored brew has a smell I feel lack a lot, it is sort of a bland smell almost like the normal smell people associate with beer. But what is lacks in smell is "kind of" makes up for in taste. It has a smooth slight hop/slight malt taste that is not to overwhelming, I feel it is a good crossover beer. But it is one of those beer I drink when I am at a place that "lacks" in selection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2002
Dark ruby red color, no head. Pleasant sweet and fruity aroma. Starts malty, continues more roasty, finishes dry and even a bit bitter. Aftertaste with bready spices and sweetness. Overall an average dark lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Ah. Newcastle without the skunkiness! Smooth malty brown ale flavor. Mild and understated. One of my old standbys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Not great, but not bad either. I was expecting a little more aroma and flavor. A very good looking brew. Update: I gave it another try because of its reputation and I still found it to be painfully average. I won’t waste my time or money again. Update: Ok, I wasted my time again and it wasn’t a waste much better on tap! Malty enough to savor but light enough to DRINK!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 too much hype around this shabby ale. it’s ok, but I’d rather have a Pete’s Wicked Ale. Re-Rate: same score more to say. Cream Soda getting skunked in a clear bottle. Is that vinegar I taste?

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