illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
nuplastikk (4295) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
beernovice39 (3106) - Montana, USA - MAY 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper or amber pour thin white head. Scent is malty. Taste is kinda like a bran mix?
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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
robbmotiwalla (59) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 9, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.