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


on tap

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RATINGS: 242   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, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trev (1956) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2010
gold pour, thick tight creamy looking head. aroma is floral and grassy hop. some biscuity malt under that. Flavour is more of the same. Grassy hops, a bit more of a vegetable taste to the hops. Low sweetness. some biscuity maltiness hides behind that odd vegetable-grassy hop. Some mineraly taste in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Sampled on draft at Smokiní Joeís this beer poured a medium amber color with a small white head that produced a small amount of lacing. The aroma was lightly bitter, nutty and dry. The flavor was lightly dry, nutty and yeasty. The finish was long, dry and nutty. Medium body. Not a whole lot going on flavor wise but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
12oz bottle. Very pale amber with a small white head. The aroma is tangy cooked vegetables, stale bread, and mineral water. The flavor is stale, papery, abrasive, and metallic. Weak oxidized malt, a touch of rough hop bitterness, and coarse carbonation. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to buy a single of this. Hope my drain appreciates it. Itís been awhile since Iíve drain-poured anything, but this stuff is awful.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
illidurit (2168) - 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 itís 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 (4671) - 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. Iím 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, itís 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 Selmaís 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 (1946) - 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 (3154) - 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 (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Stole a bottle from the bar. Sour grains, cheesy hoppy funky, light, spritzy, doesnít seem to have travelled very well at all, despite the fact that it isnít 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 (60) - 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 hasnít 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 doesnít stand up to craft beer goodness. i would drink this over most any macro though

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