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


on tap

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RATINGS: 239   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Pours a filtered light orange color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is a little sweaty/skunky despite this being in a brown bottle. Could just be some earthy hops, but it’s not particularly pleasant. A bit of musty grain too. Flavor is light grains and dust with a hard finish, similar to mineral water. In fact this might actually even be malt-flavored mineral water. Kind of slimy on the finish, ultra-thin. Not a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4295) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2010
12oz bottle. Pretty surprised to see a new one from Newcastle on the shelf. Filtered orange-tan color, with a soapy, foamy head. Smooth and toasty, with flash of hop bitterness. I’m rating this one cold, but I have certainly found that it improves as it warms, and displays much more character that way. I really enjoy this beer, it’s nice to have a good English session beer in Wisconsin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at Selma’s in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, this is basically a lawnmower beer with some flavor. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
12 oz. bottle to pint glass. Pour is dark golden yellow and a soapy head, and leaves a froathy sticky film. Aroma is sourdough and bitter hops. Taste is earthy malts and a little spice, but sweet too. Palate is crisp and bitter and dry swallow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beernovice39 (3106) - Montana, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Copper or amber pour thin white head. Scent is malty. Taste is kinda like a bran mix?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Stole a bottle from the bar. Sour grains, cheesy hoppy funky, light, spritzy, doesn’t seem to have travelled very well at all, despite the fact that it isn’t in the typical clear bottle. Yea... not too great =p

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
robbmotiwalla (59) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2010
poured from a bottle, my fiancee got some from a customer who happens to be a distributor, he says this hasn’t hit the shelves yet. The bottle says "hops and glory" on it. Pours a good head, but it dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. the flavor is kind of like cheap beer at first, then some buttery and grassy/hoppy taste, followed by the familiar newcastle taste. i thought my rating would be higher, but i guess on a likert scale it did not match up to craft brews. This beer is not bad, however it doesn’t stand up to craft beer goodness. i would drink this over most any macro though

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Appearance: Crystal clear, dark golden body with a thin wisp of small white bubbles. Smell: Odd, gamey mixture of malts, hops, grains, and fruitiness. A beer that really leaves you wondering: Who’s bright idea WAS this?! Taste: Light pale maltiness with a curious bite of grain huskiness. Understated sweetness. Slight apple seed fruitiness. Faint earthy bitterness. Continues to be husky on the dry finish and beyond. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: Gross!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Although not a real fan of Brown Ales, I liked Newcastle’s, so figured their Summer Ale should be decent.......WRONG. This poured from the tap to a very pale yellow, with thin white head and little lacing. Aroma was faint, but tried to be a floral and apple mix, and the mouthfeel was flat. Taste was bland, and the finish had somewhat of an unpleasant aftertaste. Newcastle should stick to the brown.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 9, 2009
On tap, Downey Brewing. Pours honey brown with a small, fast-dissipating head. Aroma is cloyingly sweet, with caramel, brown sugar, grain and plastic. Flavor starts bready and quickly moves towards artificial sweetness. No depth, not balance. I’m no fan of Newcastle Brown, but this is worse.

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