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, 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
StueyD (1175) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (2925) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2012
355ml bottle from Tesco, Ayr - clear amber brown, creamy off-white head, aroma of grassy, resin, flavour is citrus and grassy, with a bitter citrus aftertaste and dry finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Nothing special. The nose is grassy with notes of hay. Golden with a white cap. Balanced with a little towards the sweet side. Crisp and clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dynamiteninja (1534) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle. Gold body; medium white head. Sulphur, English hops, spice, a hint of red fruit, black malt, aromatic, minerals, dialactyl, dirty, wet cloth. Bittersweet. Dry finish. Watery palate. Similar to Badger Golden Champion or Pedigree. Brewed by accountants. Like a crap microbrew, or a mass market cask ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma: wet cloth, golden malts slight tart notes with gentle hop topping. 5-
Look: clean gold look with medium plus white top. Some lace. 3+
Taste: medium bodied, fairly low caronation. Golden malts , does not feel too clean. Mild off wet cloth feel. Average at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
theisti (3256) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mystery six pack from Andy’s in Rochester, Minnesota. The pour is a clear golden with a foamy two inch white head. The aroma is light grain, and some sweet floral. The taste is a weird herbal honey floral sweetness, slight dirty metallic malt, and a weird grassy dirtiness to finish. It tastes very "industrial". The palate is medium bodied, long lingering dirty finish. Not all that refreshing. Not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (14652) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle at home ... Golden amber ... small white head ... soft mellow toffee hop ... little grassy ... ligth fizz ... soft grassyness ... not laggery but hints of it... soft fruit...light lemon finish

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5225) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012
355ml bottle from Tesco. Rather dull and cheap tasting. They have not used quality ingredients on this, and the brewing process has more do with with a chemical process designed with stability and cost in mind rather than character and flavour. A light, thin biscuit malt, and a smudge of hops. An overall stale flavour from the processing. Drinkable, but not attractive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4030) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2012
On tap in a shaker. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of pale and light caramel malts plus some floral hops. Flavor the same. A light beer, but not too light. A decent beer for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3616) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle, from Tesco Scunthorpe. Gold, fluffy white head thinning to a white sheen of bubbles, moderate condition. Pleasantly hoppy nose with some earthiness, a hint of pepper spiciness and some citrus notes, quite full in the mouth with a solid chalky bitterness layered over citrus notes and a touch of sweet grain. Lingering peppery hop bitterness in the finish with some tangy citrus and a pronounced dry chalkiness.

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