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

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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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, weíd 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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
aroma is clean malted grain and its own fresh esters of peach. grassy as well. appearance is well polished just dark of blonde. flavor leans more towards balance of wet grains and subtle hop bitterness then esters but some survive.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (10653) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
A: The pour is an innocent enough looking golden color with a mild, white head. Quite summery, indeed... S: Nothing says summer quite like the smell of...butter? Tons oí diacetyl with a bit of sweet orange and sweet malt. T: Though I did not believe it to be possible, the flavor displays even more butter than the nose! Buttered popcorn with a side of butter and a mild sweetness as well. M: Light and somewhat spritzy. Perhaps a touch watery. D: This was bordering on awful. Iíll simply classify it as really bad and suggest staying away from this beer.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Carbonated bronze body with a an airy froth cover. Nose of crisp, sharp European hops, some grains, and distinct fruitiness. Very bitter, earthy European hops, strong grassiness, and some skunk.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Poured golden with a head that faded very quickly smelled of nothing tasted sweet and malty kind of lagerey boring

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Wow, I liked this way more than the other Ratebeerians. On tap at San Diego Brewing Co. Clear Pale amber-yellow. Tiny head to lace. Nose very light. Yeast and light citrus. Spice. Light and bright in the mouth. Deep lemon to yeasty wet mouth. Refreshing finish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jwatkins56550 (17) - USA - JUL 15, 2010
I would rather be drinking Newcastle brown out of a can for my summer seasonal. At least they put this in brown bottles. I get some slight nuttiness from the malts, with kind of herbal earthy hops. Aroma is pretty good. Good carbonation. Taste is not appealing to me. Very slight resinous finish. I donít think Iíll try this again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (3827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Location: Draft at Texas-Arizona, 7/13/10

Aroma: Kind of dull aroma of straw, grass, grains, earth, and corn
Appearance: Pours a pretty much clear orange color with basically no head
Flavor: The flavor is balanced between yeast/corn malts, and grass/straw hops
Palate: Light body, somewhat on the thin side, decent drinkability, and moderate carbonation
Overall Impression: On that rare occasion that I see a beer in a Hoboken bar that I havenít tried before, I figure I have to try it. This one was unsurprisingly unexciting. The best thing I can say about it: Not a terrible beer for a BBQ or tailgate, but thatís about it.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Mungular (48) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Yet another disappointing summer ale. Iíd think I had a problem with the whole genre if I didnít love some of the other offerings Iíve had this year. This attempt from Newcastle really just didnít do it for me as far as flavor. It looked and smelled ok, but the hops didnít really balance the citrus and the finish just left me lacking. Also, it was a bit heavy for the heat. Not impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Call me crazy, but I think this is a pretty solid ale. Aroma is floral, earthy, with a faint hint of skunk. Flavor is light, but a nice crisp hop bite. Pretty much everything one would want in a summer ale. Easy to drink, and the perfect companion to a beach and the sun.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Bottled. Poured clear, orange-tinted straw golden with a looser-bubbled white head. The aroma picked up honeyed and bready malts with fresh lemon zest, earth, and floral accents (almost agave-like).. fresh and crisp. The flavor found honey again at the core, with peppery notes and lemon zest around.. dry and a touch oxidized at the end. Light-bodied, crisp, and clean on the palate.. dry and well-balanced.. solid stuff.


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