Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Keg & bottle. Mainly for export to USA. Available in the UK at Tesco Supermarkets in 2012.
"The Hoppings" - reputedly the largest traveling fair in Europe, takes place on Newcastle Town Moor every June. Several origins has been suggested for the name. It may derive from the word "Hoppen" an Old English word for dancing or funfair. It has even been suggested that people "hopped" about itching due to fleas caught from animals that travelled with the fair. However, we’d like to think it may relate to the quality hops used in the brewing of our famous beer. Enjoy Newcastle Summer Ale at the fair or wherever you are this summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
comedygene (8) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2013 does not count
Basically a kicked up newcastle, which I like. The base is a traditional nutty Newcastle with more bite and caramel flavor. I subtracted points due to the slightly unbalanced flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zach8270 (3688) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear gold with a puffy white head. Slightly dry malt aroma with a light hint of caramel. Dry and lightly bitter at the start with a semi-sweet middle and a very surprising bitter bite at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhgrantjr (423) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2013
On tap at Mellow Mushroom, pours a golden clear color, small white head. Aroma has that Newcastle smell, malty, but not as heavy. Taste is also Newcastle with some light hoppiness. I'm not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ed5388 (2359) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small bubbly white head.of bubbly foam. Aroma is grassy and floral. Taste of bitter grassy hops, and some grain-like sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (6070) - Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle to pint. Looks solid; a transparent golden orange with white head and lively carbonation. Smells doughy and skunky. Tastes like it smells, but better, with a nice, refreshing hop presence. Crisp and clean on the palate. Light and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dogbomb (996) - ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
Red hot day, so figured I’d give this shot. Bottle. Amber ale with a thin white head. Distinctive "brown ale" malty nose. Not quite as heavy though. Gravy, malt and light hop. Taste is like a light brown ale - a bit like a brown ale shandy. Quite refreshing, but I’m not a massive fan of that distinctive "newcastle" taste, so it’s not a favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
vamp666 (15) - - JUN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 This is a great summer Ale. Burgers, hotdogs, and a nice summer ale kicks ass. Good times

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bowlnman1990 (87) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Aroma: floral and hops. Appearance: thin head, full amber/yellow color, little lacing. Taste: weaker than I was expecting, slight citrus? Palate: thin, short wet finish. Overall: it’s alright, worth trying but not something I will drink regularly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle. Unusual bitter taste with some citrus. Didn’t leave any lacing. Think I liked but its one of those beers that could go either way. Worth trying if nothing else is available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (4370) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
355ml bottle: BBD 30 Apr 2013. Poured into a ’Back Forty Beer Co’ badged glass sleeve @ home on 13 Apr 2013. Light amber with an orange hint, on top a thin covering of off-white bubbles. Sadly the head soon did a runner. Toffee apple aroma, with added grain. Malty feel to the actual taste, but this a watery brew and it doesn’t carry the 4.4% ABV very well at all. Nicely carbonated but lacks depth of flavour and comes across as a weak, almost bland blend. To be fair it does have a crisp bitter bite towards the end, but overall I wasn’t really impressed.

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