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


on tap


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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackHaddock (6389) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
355ml bottle: BBD 30 Apr 2013. Poured into a ’Back Forty Beer Co’ badged glass sleeve @ home on 13 Apr 2013. Light amber with an orange hint, on top a thin covering of off-white bubbles. Sadly the head soon did a runner. Toffee apple aroma, with added grain. Malty feel to the actual taste, but this a watery brew and it doesn’t carry the 4.4% ABV very well at all. Nicely carbonated but lacks depth of flavour and comes across as a weak, almost bland blend. To be fair it does have a crisp bitter bite towards the end, but overall I wasn’t really impressed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsř, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
355ml bottle picked up from a local store in central Liverpool, shared with Kjell. Fragile white head, spotty lacework, clear dark golden body. Moderate aroma of grain and cocoa. Pale malty taste with some impact of grainy chocolate. Dry ending. Soft in the mouth. Ok (relaxing at the hotel room after the hammers match at Anfield, 07.04.2013).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8777) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2013
Potent grainy aroma, lots of similar biscuit notes in its taste. Copper golden in colour with a small head. Gritty texture.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Martin243 (1022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2013
330 ml bottle served cool, Golden, white head. I literally couldn’t detect any aroma, but i’ve given it 1 as the benefit of the doubt.Lagerish and dull, the kind of beer you’d only drink if there were nowt else. Not actively unpleasant, just dull,dull,dull.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6630) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
Dec 2012 - Mild lager qualities, bit of aniseed. Inoffensive but a bit boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
ralphdot (1042) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
4.4% pale amber colour with a nice head, low in aroma, refreshing fruity taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Not sure what makes this a summer beer, but I had it in the fall - just trying to get the Untappd "summer badge"

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Bottled 08/02/13. An amber coloured beer with a white head. Pasteurized beyond the end of its life. Dry and ashy in the mouth. Very grainy. Really not good and actually superfluous. Score 2.0
Subsequent rating scored 2.1 Score unaltered

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (4036) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Dobre i treściwe piwo z wielką pianą, która tworzy kręgi na szklanicy. Kolor jasno brązowo-złoty. Piwo na lato, nie jest słodkie lecz wytrawne w smaku, a także końcówka goryczkowa.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JAN 28, 2013
I know why I am drinking this summer ale in winter ... it cost just 50p from Home Bargains. That is probably all it’s worth to be honest. This is not offensive in any way, it’s just a little low on either flavour or character. Can’t describe it more than it’s both sweet and slightly bitter without much depth of taste at all.

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