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


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RATINGS: 3655   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   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.

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ACHops (990) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours watery dark tinged amber with thin lacey white head. Aroma is sweet pale caramel malts. Taste is super thin body, semi-sweet caramel malt, and a complete lack of hops. Certainly drinkable, style appropriate, but really lacking in flavor. 20 years ago it was a treat to find Newcastle Brown. Now... It’s consistent but easily surpassed by a standard premium domestic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (3615) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2015
440 ml can into pint glass, canned on 1/31/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hops/fruity yeast ester notes; with poor strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a solid Northern English brown ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cristobal37 (424) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Much lighter than I remember it from when I was younger. Light body, mild caramel malty character. Faint aroma of sweet malts. Essentially zero finish. Not a bad easy drinking beer, but not quite sure why it’s such a world famous beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mecafilo (151) - Perugia, ITALY - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours with a dark orange/light brown clear colour, small off-white head. Aroma is faint, and npt good: rubber and industry. Taste is medium sweet, slightly bitter, slightly sour, certainly better than the aroma. Light to medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, bad rubberish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MGantzel (10) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2015
Denne brown ale har en fin mørke gylden farve og en fin cremet skum. Karboneringen er god og fremmer den klassiske brown ale smag af cremet karamel og den lidt søde smag, der afrundes af en lidt bitter eftersmag. En fin normal brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chucklemation (875) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Pours a brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel and toffee, and hints of skunkiness. Flavor is light on caramel and skunk. Bland compared to good brown ales. Just meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mauroruellas (541) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - SEP 27, 2015
Clássica Brown Ale inglesa verteu no pint uma cerveja límpida,translúcida com coloração acobreada,espuma inicial abundante mas com pouca duração,no aroma é notado malte tostado,caramelo,frutas secas e açúcar mascavo,sabor suave maltado e adocicado sem ser enjoativo,média carbonatação,baixo amargor,corpo médio/baixo,final doce prolongado,refrescante,boa drinkability,fácil de beber. Achei-a equilibrada mesmo sendo um tanto adocicada,gostei,vale a pena.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Baalzevuv (79) - POLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Piana blada, lekko różowa, średnio obfita, średnio trwała, drobnopęcherzykowa. Pięknie koronkuje. Barwa rubinowa, bez refleksów. Piwo klarowne. Zapach delikatnie estrowy. Czuć ciastka, słody, W smaku sporo palonych słodów, nuty kwaśnej wiśni. Słodycz pod koniec ustępuje goryczce, która zostawia lekki posmak. Piwo trochę płaskie. Wysycenie niskie do średniego.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tarmok (561) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2015
Chestnut color clear liquid with white head. Aroma of straws. Taste: caramel, straw, some roastiness, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour. Palate: light body, creamy feel, average carbonation,

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenJensen (1295) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
A very moderate ale type Brown Ale. This Newcastle Brown Ale is probably the most well-known type, and in addition to its famous blue star logo betrays label also that this brown ale through the ages has been honored with several medails. It is a brown ale with nicely foam and a delicate floral aroma. It tastes fine of nuts and has a dry aftertaste. An ale that lives up to its reputation, but not impressive game compared to other brown ales I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arn8897 (201) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Pours a clear brown with a white head. Aromas of malt. Sweet tasting with a nice refreshing taste. Classic brown ale..

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