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


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RATINGS: 3559   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.

EHGsean's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHGsean (28) - - MAY 15, 2009
There’s a big difference between Newcastle in the can, versus Newcastle in the bottle. My recommendation: Buy both and see for yourself. The clear bottle does impart some off flavours and aroma to the beer if the merchant has not moved it fast enough, or travel and storage has been poor. Cans seem to provide greater flavour stability to the malt profile, and no oxidation occurs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zlotta (155) - Bonn, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2015
0,55 l bottle, best before 31/10/2015. Looks great: clear, dark amber or mahogany with a huge, foamy, slowly diminishing, tan head. The aroma is quite grassy with some hints of caramel, nuts and raisins. Quite good actually. Taste is rather sweet (almost artificially) with notes of caramel, nuts and raisins. A bit of licorice, too. Short, empty, low bitter finish. Thin to medium body, fizzy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Not a bad beer but not the crown of the art of brewing as well. Maybe a classic, but not really classy.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SangreSani (105) - Głowienka, POLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Low head, dark copper colored beer. Very clear. Hugely oxidized, most likely cause of fully transparent (colorless) bottle. Hints of coffee and wet rag. Medium bitterness. Low sweetness. A little bit sour on finish. High carbonated. Light to medium body, frothy texture. Astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
voyageurmike (102) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Draft in shaker. Reddish brown with thin trace of foam, light carbonation. Mildly bitter edge to malt flavor, watery thin body. Brief bitter finish, not a very interesting brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (10518) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle split at the Cotteridge Convention, thanks to the Osprey, 24/01/15. Probably the first time I’ve had a Newcy brown for something like 8 or 9 years? Was the drink of choice at Uni when feeling flush over 99p a pint cask Boddies! Clear dark amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is malt, toffee, biscuit, rather muted. Taste comprises sweet malt, tooffee, light nutty strains. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close. A touch sweet - more so than I remember. Pretty meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ferrinche (24) - Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN - FEB 22, 2015
Sabor poco intenso, realmente no sé si la tomé a su temperatura ideal, pero la encontré bastante insípida. Sé que al publico general, la encontrará como una buena opción, ya que entra bien, pero no veo la diferencia de entre beber esto y un agua con gas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DraftDodger (201) - - FEB 21, 2015
Copenhagen 25/10 2014. Shared 50 cl can from Netto. Pours dark copper with light brown head. Settles slowly. Aroma with malts and hints. Low carbonation. Light taste with malty sweetness and a little toffee. A little bitterness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggiebob (87) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle: Pours a clear reddish brown with modest carbonation and a thin white head. The aroma is a bit skunky when cold but mellows into bread, hay, and a caramel finish as the ale warms. The body is thin and light, while the the taste is a little bitter but smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (9810) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2015
568ml bottle (Trinity College Bar, Oxford)
This is one odd beer. The first one is 6:3:6:4:13. The second one is 6:3:6:3:12. The third one is 6:3:5:3:10. The forth one is 5:3:5:2:9. It starts like a tasty brown bitter, and just gets more and more acrid, tongue-scrapingly so, the more you drink. I’ve never drunk a fifth. For looks, it would be a 4 if it didn’t come in a clear glass bottle - they want those hops to turn into shit, clearly, and it works.
OK, the above rating is from 1988. I’ve had it many times since, but to be honest have nothing to add. All later ones have been single halves, or 330ml bottles, and have been at the macro-crap end of the scale, so like bottles 3-4 above. They’ve made it a bit blander, to appeal to a wider audience, so the nastiness is diminished a bit, sweetness levels up too, which stops the body from being quite so harsh. Should rerate.
Rerate: ...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jorn69 (1284) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
@ Röhällavägen 150216. Bottle (330 ml) from Systembolaget. Sweet malty with caramelly and nutty notes, sweet, thin to medium body with an oily texture. The finish is bitter and sweet malty. Thin in flavour and boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
willisread (155) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2015
On tap at hub in Gotanda, Tokyo. Served in an English tulip pint. Clear see through caramel color with a modest egg-shell head. Malty aroma. Tastes watery and light on the palate. A hint of malts and caramel coloring. Not as good as I remember it.

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