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


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RATINGS: 3575   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2002
Newcastle seems to taste better the colder it is served, also the flavor/aroma is smoother and less bitter if the beer is allowed to breath. All in all not a bad beer for the money, and given the choice between Newcastle and most US domestics Go for the Newcastle. Update 02/15/2002, had it on tap last night, even better!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
adsti3 (29) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2002
This is really just average in bottle form. Not much flavor really. Better from the tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5462) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 (Bottle). A good but somewhat overrated beer. Aggressively carbonated. Better in the Good Old Days when it was stronger. Rerate, draught in Newcastle: I found the colour to be darker brown than the bottled version (can that be?), and the flavour was fuller and richer - even though the pub tried to ruin it by serving it ice cold.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2002
All I can really think of is: O.K. The aroma was slightly skunky, but of course, the clear bottle I am sure contributed to it. Slight head, but nice color. Tasted better as it warmed up, giving way to some malt taste. Bell’s makes a much better brown, but this is decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerdrinkingking (47) - Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2002
one of my favorite beers it is good in the bottle and it is ten times greater from the tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMaster (68) - Denville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2002
Good quality english ale. Full rich taste is nice and smooth. I recommend Newcastle to anyone.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 13, 2002
Once one of my favorites, it started my love affair with all beers English. The aroma is not good; I don’t think its always skunked, but I’ve never had one that smelled GREAT; usually its a bit spoiled-smelling and grainy in the bad (Bud) way. Beautiful red-brown color and slightly sweet, smooth, simple flavor do make it a decent all-occasion quaff. There’s some good caramel notes in the flavor, but not enough body and little nuttiness. This is my 3rd rating for a beer that was once a great favorite; I still have to give it credit for helping introduce me to the world of great brown ales (Sam Smith and Rogue esp.), and English beer generally. This almost certainly was a better beer even as short as 10 years ago, and is still much better on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2682) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Some toffee and hazelnut in the malty aroma. Medium brown in color, quite clear and having an average size and duration of head. Flavor profile is also largely malty, with a slight vinous character, breadiness and nut. Some lighter, noble hop flavors on the finish. Body is light to medium, palate is a little on the watery side and smooth. Nice bready aftertaste. Omnipresent in my area of the world. Draught version is a bit more satisfying and flavorful than the bottled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
moose99 (18) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2002
Very tasty with a nice alcohol content. Nice buzz quickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2002
Seems to me that this beer has changed over the last five years. It used to have a much stronger hop character.

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