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


on tap

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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4625) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
"Beer of the month" tap selection at Red Door in Seattle. I liked it. Amber. Thin white head and lacing. Fruity melon aroma. I found a contrasting hop note that cut through the floral flavour. A tasty Golden Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GT2 (8434) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Tap at Mackey’s in DC. Poured a clear, light amber with spotty white lace remaining from a thin head to begin with. Caramel, Worcestershire sauce, slight bitter hops in nose. Taste is soapy, laundry detergent, Worcestershire sauce. Drain pour status if served in my home.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Aroma: citrus, bread. Appearance: amber with a minimal head. Taste: light and watery. Palate: light body with average carbonation. Unfortunately, not an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Pale yellow color with a foamy white head. Mild grainy aroma with a hint of hops. Slightly over hopped and bitter taste with high carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Doesn’t smell the best, a bit of butter perhaps. Looks nice. This is pretty easy to drink, with a good flavor. Nothing aggressive here, but this beer is one that could certainly convince people to branch out a little more, as it’s from newcastle and is quite respectable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured pale clear yellow with thin lasting head. Little lacing. Pleasant faint aroma, summer grass. Light body, light malt flavour, a bit of breadiness. Rather thin finish. This is not a bad ale, bur merely ordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1284) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Had on draft at walnut grove restaraunt in wexford, pa. Poured a clear light copper color with medium foamy white head. Aroma is nice clean malts, with slight fruit and floral hops. Flavor very light and watery, nice creaminess to it, sweet, but light floral citrus hop notes without being bitter in any way shape or form. Very very clean crisp beer. Good for a hot summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
keokani (20) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Aroma: floral, herbs. Appearance: golden, brown, clear, sparkling, frothy, white foam. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Palate: light body, thin feel, lively. Overall: This is one of the best session beers I’ve ever tried, and in my opinion, it is better than most beers offered in the average bar. It is very drinkable. A light amount of bitterness is present, but this is outweighed by the malt character. This beer has the potential for mass appeal. Let’s see if it ever makes its way into bars.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, malt syrup, cookie), trace hops (flowers, apricot), with light notes of diacetyl and DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Nose is unattractive...raw malt with some butter and cooked veggies underneath, only a whisper of hops. Ok flavor balance (ample bitterness) but not very clean and rather watery/bland. Not horrific, but a drain pour all the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3386) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Buffulo Billiards, DC (tap): This was the only beer that I never had at the bar. Looks like an ESB, when i saw it. Copper body with an off-whitish head. Aroma is of malts and mildest notes of hops. The beer itself is rather smooth. Really not that bad. Got some hop bitterness, along with a sort of sweetish burnt finish. A few bready and toffee notes in there as well. Not bad, but not really that good either.

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