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

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RATINGS: 241   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, 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.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Osprey87 (1693) - WALES - MAR 19, 2013
Dec 2012 - Mild lager qualities, bit of aniseed. Inoffensive but a bit boring.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
ralphdot (983) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
4.4% pale amber colour with a nice head, low in aroma, refreshing fruity taste.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
mnmike (1031) - 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"

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
maeib (8711) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (3195) - 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.

1.6
   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.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
fattybladdy (547) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Not entirely sure why I’m drinking a summer ale mid-winter...but anyways. Pour from a 12oz bottle, a dark orange/amber. Scent is a little lemony, reminds me of kitchen cleaner. Taste is malt and lemon, overall pretty thin and watery. The label says Hops and Glory, but this is neither hoppy nor glorious. Ugh.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
geologyguy (690) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
the smell is a little skunky but I am drinking a Summer Ale in the winter! first thought that came to mind In taste is ash tray.... definitely not good... 1 of my worst beers yet, but might be because its old...

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
iammadeofjelly (192) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
The yen an anny, but yeasty bottled and much much sweeter. dunna be takin the yen an anny from us!! This tastes of corn.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
StueyD (1154) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2012
A mid amber coloured beer with a thick white head. A slightly sour note at the beginning of the aroma, then a light malt aroma comes through. Fizzy mouthfeel. The taste starts well with a tangy citrusy hop flavour, but this soon fades into a mildly bland, biscuity malt flavour which itself drifts off in the finish, leaving a tart, synthetic lemon juice type taste in the mouth.


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