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


on tap

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RATINGS: 240   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 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 (1487) - 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 (6386) - 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 (3210) - 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 (14174) - 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 (5187) - 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 (3848) - 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 (3598) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (931) - SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle (355ml from Tesco):
Light and slightly grainy with some lighter earthy malts and a touch of sweetness. There is some bitter hops but these are light and quite earthy too plus some bread and butterscotch right at the end.
Orange amber colour with a harsh looking, bubbly white head about a fingers width tall and settling to a thing, patchy lacing after a few moments. There is minimal lacing on the sides of the glass as well.
Sweet malts and some grassy hops to begin along with some grain and a touch of caramel maybe. There is an overall earthy taste that is rounded off with some bitterness and butterscotch with hints of some fruit too.
Light medium bodied with a grainy, slightly malty feel that is dry towards the end and has a medium to strong carbonation for the style with a sharp tang to it and a lingering bitter finish.

A basic, bitter golden ale, a decent offering and one that I would have no problems drinking again but not one that is particularly worth going looking for, if it’s available give it a go otherwise drink what you find.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike_77 (3027) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2012
Dark blond colour. Aroma is a bit stale but also sharp. Flavour has dull maltiness, a strong metallic edge and a sharp lemony tang.

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